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China Warns US To Stay Out Of South China Sea Dispute

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A week ago, China made it very clear to the US that while it is happy to preserve cordial relations and smile on photo ops, it had no problems with taking the US to task, and even the battlefield, financial or conventional, should the US - having lost most of its credibility in recent years - dare to interfere. It said it so clearly only an idiot could have misread it: "A conflict between China and United States will definitely be a disaster for the two countries and the world,” Xi said. “As long as we uphold mutual respect, maintain strategic patience and remain unperturbed by individual incidents and comments, we’ll be able to keep relations on a firm footing despite ups and downs that may come our way.”

Sadly, since these days US foreign policy indeed appears to be run by idiots, instead of staying out of China's way, the US responded by kicking the tiger in the teeth and escalated even further when it was reported that the US was unleashing even more military forces in China's back yard, and is developing new military tactics to deter China’s slow but steady territorial advances in the South China Sea, including more aggressive use of surveillance aircraft and naval operations near contested areas.

Ok, so the US can't take a hint. So it is up to China to explain again. Which it did earlier today when it warned the United States, in no uncertain terms, to stay out of disputes over the South China Sea and leave countries in the region to resolve problems themselves, after Washington said it wanted a freeze on stoking tension.

From Reuters:

China's Foreign Ministry repeated that it had irrefutable sovereignty over the Spratly Islands, where most of the competing claims overlap, and that China continued to demand the immediate withdrawal of personnel and equipment of countries which were "illegally occupying" China's islands.


"What is regretful is that certain countries have in recent years have strengthened their illegal presence through construction and increased arms build up," the ministry said in a statement.

In case it was not clear how far China is willing to go, here is another explanation for the US state depratment: "China would resolutely protect its sovereignty and maritime rights and had always upheld resolving the issue based on direct talks with the countries involved "on the basis of respecting historical facts and international law", it added.

And since China is aware it is dealing with John Kerry, it explained one final time: China "hopes that countries outside the region strictly maintain their neutrality, clearly distinguish right from wrong and earnestly respect the joint efforts of countries in the region to maintain regional peace and stability", it added, in reference to the United States.

Not surprisingly, the US toed the party line: Michael Fuchs, U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state for Strategy and Multilateral Affairs, said no country was solely responsible for escalating tension in the region. But he reiterated the U.S. view that "provocative and unilateral" behavior by China had raised questions about its willingness to abide by international law.

That said, now that China has very clearly warned to stay out of its national interest zone, one wonders just how many US aircraft carriers will find their way into the East and South China sea to make sure China is antagonized some more, and a full blown conflict truly erupts. In the meantime, keep an eye on the BRICS bank we reported about yesterday, because while the US pretends its entire economy isn't merely riding on the coattails of the biggest asset bubble ever inflated, the part of the world that is actually productive is already planning for what happens once said bubble - as implicitly confirmed by Yellen earlier - bursts.


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Tue, 07/15/2014 - 12:43 | 4959492 Eyeroller
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Is this being reported on main stream news?  Barry needs to know.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 12:45 | 4959500 lordylord
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Governments act like children.  We can do so much better without them.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 12:57 | 4959547 jbvtme
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not sure what china is worried about. our track record in asia is less than stellar

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:03 | 4959577 Headbanger
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Prepare to standby to ready for launch our ultimate weapon of mass destruction...

The Hillary!

And if that isn't enough, we'll  send the Wookie again!

Oh the humanity!!

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:59 | 4960024 Dick Gazinia
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To put it in terms that our feeble-minded president can understand...


The South China Sea is a large water hazard.  Don't slice.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 18:36 | 4960772 The Alarmist
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In real life, unlike on the golf course, you can't "fix" your f*ck-ups by dropping a new ball on the fairway. 

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 12:58 | 4959553 Kirk2NCC1701
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In the short run, it's necessary to do w/o them for a while, to restore sanity.

In the long run... you need both.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:03 | 4959581 El Vaquero
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Governments are evil.  I'm just of the opinion that we'll get one whether we want one or not.  There are just too many sheep and too many sociopaths and control freaks to maintain a true state of anarcho-capitalism. 

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:13 | 4959610 Herd Redirectio...
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I wish people weren't sheep, but the fact is, people want to believe what they are told.  Especially when someone tells you what you want to hear.  So thats what we got.  A system where the all-powerful government lies to you, and tells you its looking out for you. 

We want the gov't to be all powerful, because we believe it is looking out for us!

Madness.  People only truly ever learn the hard way, it would seem.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:18 | 4959630 lordylord
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"We want the gov't to be all powerful, because we believe it is looking out for us!"

A vote for more government is a vote against one's ability as an individual to provide for one's self and one's family.  I would feel bad for these people if they didn't also give away my liberty along with theirs.  As such, these people are my enemies.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:25 | 4959646 NOTaREALmerican
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Exactly right.   Trust in authority symbols (suits,  uniforms, wise-beards,  robes,  bald-heads) is what keeps society organized.   The smartests-n-savviest humans simply leverage this trust.    That's why we have religions and political parties.  Anarcho-capitalism is like any other ISM,  it would work great if you removed all the manipulative sociopaths and assholes.   But what BETTER survival-of-the-fittest trait is there for a human than "ability to manipulate".  

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:35 | 4959895 Anusocracy
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"is what keeps society organized."

Hardly. It gives us war, death, destruction, theft, and massively interferes with technological progress in areas not related to government viability.

"Anarcho-capitalism is like any other ISM"

Again, hardly. The other ISMs need government in order to exist.

Anarcho-capitalism can't exist while government exists.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 12:58 | 4959556 BigJim
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Weird article from ZH. What the fuck is more aggressive use of surveillance aircraft and naval operations near contested areas in international waters?

Much as I dislike the Anglo-American empire, I'm not keen on a Chinese one, either... and they've been making some very aggressive moves in waters nowhere near their territory.

Just because the US is an evil hegemon doesn't mean we should welcome China trying to behave like one too.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:06 | 4959590 COSMOS
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Yeah so what, so USA can be the only evil hegemon at the party.  LOL dude until the USA stops being the world hegemon we have no business telling others you can't do it so we can be the only ones.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:16 | 4959625 NOTaREALmerican
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But, in the real world, there is always ONE evil hegemon.    There's got to be.    Which is why our Big-MIC is supported by "Liberals", "Conservatives", and even some/most "Progressives" because everybody is afraid of the OTHER guy being the evil hegemon.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:22 | 4959638 cougar_w
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Wait. Is a hegemon anything like a pokemon? Cuz there are some really nasty pokemon.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:26 | 4959653 NOTaREALmerican
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HA,  I actually had to look-up the word.    Still not sure it means anything.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:06 | 4959781 Hugh G Rection
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Israel is in the process of showing what hegemony looks like.  Use your whores in DC to send American cannon fodder off to Balkanize your strongest Arab rivals, mix in some Wahabi lunatic throat slitters as icing on the cake and watch Syria and Iraq divide up into little warring sects while you scare the MSM watching idiots into thinking Islam is pushing for a Caliphate.  Meanwhile they secure the pipelines, resources, and work toward fulfilling the Torah fairy tail of Eretz Yisrael.

Out with the petrodollar, and in with world government headquartered in Jerusalem and an RFID chipped population of slaves.

“Once we squeeze all we can out of the United States, it can dry up and blow away.” Benjamin Netanyahu, 2002

Jack Bernstein called it decades ago

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:58 | 4960014 BlindMonkey
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I see no evidence to the contrary to suggest that Bebe isn't a sock puppet of London too. Israel May be stroked into thinking they are the chosen people but they dance to the same chaos and war tune as everyone else.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 15:40 | 4960218 Hugh G Rection
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Israel is the pet project of the Rothschild banking cabal.  The City of London and ZUSA are in the same axis of evil.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 23:42 | 4961598 willwork4food
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The bastards really want to start sacrificing on the Temple Mount again . . we shall see about that.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:59 | 4959762 fockewulf190
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Well, if China wants to play, then good luck. They are not going to get those islands by jawboning their way to possession. They are going to have to attack and risk the consequences. They are going to have to put their "face" on the line. The Chi-coms have been shaking their fists at Taiwan for decades already, and have never invaded, so their track record up until now is quite clear. However, their one big advantage right now is that the US has a totally inept leader who may well fold like a cheap suit if put under pressure. So the time for action may never be better than now.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:35 | 4959892 Uchtdorf
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Careful, the ineptness in the current occupant of the White House was just what the elites ordered. He's a puppet and nothing more. Actions taken in and around the three branches of government are not done by accident or by mere coincidence.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 17:52 | 4960634 mkkby
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True, China hasn't taken back Taiwan.  They have calculated that the cost would be too high.  But they can afford to wait us out. 

We are hard to beat while we can pay for real things with printed fiat.  But once the dollar crashes the US won't be able to support the MIC essentially for free.  Nobody will be there to stop them.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 20:24 | 4961067 TheReplacement
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They can't wait too long.  Demographics are going to be their Waterloo just like Japan but on a vastly grander scale.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 15:01 | 4960033 BlindMonkey
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Has Barry drawn his red line in crayon yet? I have been too busy watching ISIS driving around in the Hummers that the CIA gave them to pay attention to the East.

Poke me in the ribs when something good happens there. (Chinese rioters torching the Japanese new car lots will do just nicely thank you.)

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 15:05 | 4960054 Dick Gazinia
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"We can just work up a number six on them.  We'll go ridin' in whoopin', shootin', and rapin' everything in sight."

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 15:14 | 4960102 luftmensch
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Cozzie, the real question is who do we want managing things - the Chinese, the Americans, or the Caliphate? (I think Russia is safely out of the running at this point.)

The sovereign nation industry has reached a point of consolidation. There are not a lot of brands to choose from. If you think they're all evil, then back the lesser of the evils.

You can't pull a Ron Paul here and naively think everyone can just mind their own business at this point.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 17:00 | 4960505 Omen IV
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action begets reaction - american actions for 100 years everywhere - overt and covert - has created momentum against their interests regardless if someone has apposing view or not - just because the USA is there - forces will arm against them

go to genesis - Delano participation (FDR's uncle) in the opium trade and what that did to Chinese interests - the beginning of the  chinese  - american relationship -  payback is a bitch

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 20:21 | 4961057 TheReplacement
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So true.  Am glad someone else sees it too.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:28 | 4959858 Stuck on Zero
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The U.S. can win this battle by doing nothing militarily or diplomatically.  China is destroying its own image and will drastically hurt its own economy by its present imperial course of action.  What we need to do is use this as an excuse to slowly turn off Chinese imports and rebuild our own country.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 12:52 | 4959526 lakecity55
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No, he does not. He's off giving a BJ somewhere, leave him alone.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:26 | 4959651 Snoopy the Economist
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"Is this being reported on main stream news?  Barry needs to know."

Very good comment. I agree, golf courses should be outfitted with electronic billboards with MSM news flashes to keep him updated - how else can he be expected to keep up with evolving events?


Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:05 | 4959778 post turtle saver
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the US Navy is larger than the next 13 navies listed... unless China wants to (yet again) see up front what a couple of _real_ carrier groups can do in that area they best tone down their rhetoric... ASEAN cannot possibly work these claims out themselves, outside players will be actively sought out and brought in to bring stability to the South China Sea... and, like it or not, the US Navy is *the* big swinging dick on the high seas these days...

so, more bloviating bluster from the region's paper tiger... signifying nothing...


Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:26 | 4959852 fockewulf190
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Unless the dollar is destroyed. The biggest threat to the US Navy is the national debt and the unsustainable economic policies being pursued in DC. The Great Reset will force the Navy into a mothballed fleet... much as I hate to admit it.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:33 | 4959886 post turtle saver
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yep... "we have met the enemy and he is us"

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 16:04 | 4960322 BlindMonkey
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You might get your chance to see the Chinese ASBM vs the US countermeasures. Good luck to the sailors riding the thing.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 17:19 | 4960550 post turtle saver
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yes, I'll get my chance to see what an Aegis that can pop satellites from orbit can do with that... if they don't railgun it instead...

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 18:16 | 4960704 Abbie Normal
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Paraphrasing Bruce Lee:  satellites don't hit back

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 19:09 | 4960866 BlindMonkey
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Yep. You have witnessed the satellite in orbit thing? What about returning bodies at insane speeds? It might happen and it might not. I would not want to be in a carrier group and find out the ASBMs work better than we thought.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 17:04 | 4960514 Omen IV
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carriers wont cut it - give me 20 submarines and the US Carrier Group is "blown out of the water" - with base operation less than  days sail away for the chinese.

they can do it for ten or twenty years with 5% of the resources the US needs

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 17:19 | 4960548 post turtle saver
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no, they can't, and they know it

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 20:31 | 4961090 TheReplacement
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Why would the US have to go into the disputed waters near China to engage?  Couldn't the USN just interdict all oil and raw materials bound for China in the Malacca Strait and starve China?

Sounds crazy but that is what I would do IF I wanted to take on China.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 12:45 | 4959501 Duffy Duck
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The US Navy doesn't have to fear the Chinese Navy per se, but China's coastal and sub based and ship to ship missiles.

Some of them even have US tech.

Courtesy of our very bestest ally in the whole wide world.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 12:54 | 4959535 Winston Churchill
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Plus the US weapons systems use Chinese ic's.

No way the Chinese would backdoor them ?

Where on earth would they get such an idea ?

Heavens forbid the USN found itself shooting blanks.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:34 | 4959672 Snoopy the Economist
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China's ICs? Have you ever researched counterfeit parts? It's disgusting what lengths some poor people will go through (including causing themselves irrepairable harm) to pass off an IC chip as being new or even relabeled as a different part. Some counterfeits have been discovered labeled as MIL-STD parts - others I'm sure haven't been discovered yet...but will likely end up failing in some life affecting device (nuclear power plant equipment, military/hospital equipment, etc.).

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:00 | 4959561 BigJim
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 Courtesy of our very bestest ally in the whole wide world.

Hmmm. Would that be a tiny, freedom-loving, racist apartheid State in the Middle East someplace?

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:23 | 4959641 directaction
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Yeah, that country. The one filled with God's Chosen People, the ones who have it on highest authority to kill whomever they please, the ones who direct the actions of the leaders of the USA.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 23:43 | 4961599 willwork4food
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oh yeah that dirthole.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 15:18 | 4960120 luftmensch
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Which leads us to the next question, why do we allow 200,000 Chinese students to study advanced engineering in the U.S.??

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 16:06 | 4960332 BlindMonkey
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Because our education system would collapse without the Chinese as consumers?

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 23:45 | 4961607 willwork4food
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College profs need love too!

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 20:33 | 4961097 TheReplacement
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As I asked above, why would the USN have to go near China?  How does China get it's oil and raw materials?  Why hit them where they are instead of hitting them where it hurts?

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 23:49 | 4961615 willwork4food
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A good question, but the answer would be that a blockade would be an act of war, especially on international waters and China holds a LOT of cards right now. Me thinks it's a horse & pony show, all scripted and talked about prior to movement.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 12:46 | 4959504 NOTaREALmerican
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Just more dick swinging.   The US has to show China they've got the biggest.   No choice here.  

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:03 | 4959575 Winston Churchill
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Must be cold over there, seems to have shrivelled up.

Maybe its Auntie Scam now.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:06 | 4959593 Hippocratic Oaf
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Oh, the US will show China that THEY (the chinese) have the biggest dick. Just watch how far down Lil barry bows down to Jinping.

They own us. They know it. They have no fear.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:14 | 4959813 where_is the_nuke
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The dick is long 7 miles

It's old and it's skin is cold

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 12:48 | 4959512 optimator
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I guess the Spratly Islands are more important to Communist China than the very much closeer Quemy and Matsu Islands are.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 12:50 | 4959516 Itchy and Scratchy
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Oh yeah ...just wait 'till they get some of that sanctimonious Kenyan racist & community organizing finger pointing!

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 12:58 | 4959551 Hippocratic Oaf
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Let me be clear..........

more sanctions...........

my wife is a wookie......

I like reggies cawk......

so sue me............





Tue, 07/15/2014 - 12:50 | 4959520 lakecity55
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Don't worry, Bath House Barry will unilaterally surrender.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 12:51 | 4959522 bubblemania
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Tue, 07/15/2014 - 12:52 | 4959530 SheepDog-One
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Kerry seems to have been hand picked as the best guy to stoke tensions and piss off everyone he talks to.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:01 | 4959563 Hippocratic Oaf
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Would YOU take advise from frankenstein?

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:37 | 4959906 Uchtdorf
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If he were Frankenstein and on our side it wouldn't be too bad of a deal, actually. Instead we got a heartless clone of Herman Munster.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 15:38 | 4960209 fockewulf190
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Actually, I always thought that Lurch fits Kerry to a T. Everytime I see him on the tube, all I hear is "You rang?".

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 12:54 | 4959533 gdiamond22
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Who would've thunk this Admin would have completely fucked up EVERYTHING it is involved in, both domestically and internationally. Literally, everything. Quite impressive actually. I guess when he said he was going to CHANGE EVERYTHING, he actually told the truth for once.

2 years left. Should be a fun ride.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 12:56 | 4959548 Kaiser Sousa
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you've been punked!
and well over due i might add.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 12:59 | 4959559 magnetosphere
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china is building something like 5? islands in the south china sea.  each much bigger than an aircraft carrier

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:01 | 4959562 q99x2
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The US doesn't even have its own citizens backing it why would anyone listen to what the oligarchs that control Washington D.C. say?. I don't listen to muslim oligarchs why should China.


Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:00 | 4959564 buzzsaw99
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even if we duke it out on the high seas that won't affect trade negatively

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:04 | 4959586 NoDecaf
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You go now!

Bye Bye!

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:05 | 4959587 El Vaquero
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China will be going to war for natural resources.  They need water, food and oil to support their population.  If they don't, their leaders will get their throats slit by a population that is hungry.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:12 | 4959802 fockewulf190
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The Japanese tried that once. Almost made it.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:06 | 4959589 Rootin' for Putin
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So "provocative and unilateral"by China = Bad
"provocative and unilateral"  by US = good?

Or am i missing something about the pot and kettle here?

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:17 | 4959629 NOTaREALmerican
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Only "our dick is better than their dick".  

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:23 | 4959639 El Vaquero
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Geopolitics these days:



My dick, VIP, your dick, needs ID

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:35 | 4959674 NOTaREALmerican
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HA!!!  +10  That would be great "hold music" for a law firm.  

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 15:16 | 4960114 Overfed
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"Dicks like Jesus" FTW!

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:06 | 4959591 wmbz
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Just send Lurch over, he can speak some French to them and that'll smooth things over. Afterwards he can do a little kite sailing in the South China sea.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:07 | 4959596 Fix-ItSilly
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What makes the BRICS productive? lol! ... the worldwide international monetary bubble...

When tightening comes, the BRICS will feel the liquidity contraction first.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:47 | 4959953 Herd Redirectio...
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Well, SA used to have  gold, platinum, and so on.  Less so these days.  I would mention diamonds, but they are primarily valuable because of the 'DeBeers' Cartel.

Russia produces oil.  Brazil's deepshore oil will be coming online the next few years, AFAIK.  India, call centers. 

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:09 | 4959603 toady
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Bet the P.I. , hell, even Nam, is second guessing kicking out uncle Sam now. Do we still have Diego Garcia?

Maybe they'll let the US back in to Subic if the shit gets hot.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:18 | 4959632 directaction
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Since the USA is must remain in a state of perpetual war it should seriously consider sticking with the past-practise of starting wars against small, poor, Third World countries. Starting a war against Russia or China is unwise on countless levels. 

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:30 | 4959658 NOTaREALmerican
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Sure, but just like with sports at some point pre-season gets old and you want to go mano-ta-mano against another dick.   If for nothing else, just to show the fans you're worthy of all those slow-motion eagles and flags (not to mention the human sacrifices).

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 18:17 | 4960709 Jorgen
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Starting a war against Russia or China is unwise on countless levels.

True, but this is exactly where the American Neo-Con Think Tanks' are taking the West to.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:29 | 4959656 cougar_w
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The map makers made a big mistake naming it the South China Sea. Now the Chinese think it belongs to them.

To smooth things over I suggest they rename it the South Side Straits and if the Chinese think they can go a few rounds with the thugs in Chicago, let them.


Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:33 | 4959665 Circle of DNA
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One of the points of this articles is to demonstrate the utter stupidity and incompetence of the US foreign policy makers.  The majority of Americans don't know where Canada is and I'm beginning to see that this majority includes some American policy makers. This is not a joke or an exaggeration; ignorance, shortsightedness, corruption and absolute idiocy is what rules at the top of American politics.

I remember reading an employment add in one of the Houston newspapers that said: "If you have teeth, you can get hired ." The same requirements are likely to be applicable in Washington's highest job positions.   

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 00:01 | 4961631 willwork4food
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The only true thing you stated was "corruption". It is NOT ignorance, shortsightedness or idiocy.

This is being planned.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:36 | 4959676 p00k1e
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Where are the simpleton Republicans cheering on "Cowboys and Chinese"?  Or. "Wrath of the Eagle”?

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:38 | 4959685 NOTaREALmerican
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Have to wait two more years for that.   

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:43 | 4959712 Desslok17
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As far as the Spratly Islands go......had a relative who was a heavy hitter for the CIA named Larry Devlin. 1950's he was station chief in the Belgian Congo when Lumumba was whacked and Mobutu was eventually put into power. He was in charge of CIA operations in Laos in the 60's -70's...... he told me years ago the Spratly Islands have massive oil reserves and were one of the reasons for our intervention in Vietnam. For what it's worth.

Just popped my ZH comment cherry!

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:46 | 4959723 TrustWho
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There are a lot of unemployed youth that need something to do. From USA perspective, Bring it on Chinamen and the sooner the better.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:47 | 4959731 johngerard
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"It said it so clearly only an idiot could have misread it"

What's the betting that Kerry and Barry DON'T stay out of the South China Sea Dispute, because they fit the above description?

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:48 | 4959735 Duffy Duck
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China has no business in the Sprats.

The US - even less.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:50 | 4959741 SillySalesmanQu...
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China say "no more poopy in my yard bad dog"...

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:13 | 4959806 crazybob369
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China is several thousand years old. They have been a world power for most of that time. They do not plan for 1 or 2 years; they plan for decades and centuries. Do not mess with the tiger. There are 1.5 billion of them; 350mil of us. Play nice, or we will either be speaking Mandarin in a couple of decades, or the whole world will be radioactive dust.


Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:47 | 4959949 p00k1e
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How does one pronounce ‘Monroe’ in Mandarin? 

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 15:00 | 4960031 Funny Money
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This is funny.  Were the Mayans a world power, too?

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 15:07 | 4960068 crazybob369
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If you would stop looking at porn for a few minutes and actually read some world history, you would realize how incredibly stupid your question is.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 15:47 | 4960249 Funny Money
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Awesome.  How far across the world were they projecting their power inthe Bronze age?

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:17 | 4959827 Canucklehead
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... Smoke and Mirrors... Smoke and Mirrors...

I thought the article about the Anti-Dollar Alliance was some type of joke but it seems someone wants to really push this party line.  If you read the article, the new bank will be capitalized to $100 Billion.  The story line is this $100 Billion is going to "kill" the US dollar as a reserve currency.

Global Bond Market Capitalization is somewhere north of 85 TRILLION dollars.

Global Stock Market Capitalization is somewhere north of 55 TRILLION dollars.

For those who can't count, there are 1,000 Billions in a TRILLION.

It has been estimated the valuation of global assets (including real estate) is somewhere north of 200 TRILLION.  A 100 Billion line of credit is not going to shake confidence in the US dollar.  China wants to print 41 Billion to buy the allegience of the remaining BRICS.  China wants them to buy into their Economic Sphere.  Russia, India, Brazil and South Africa want a seat at the table.

... small potatoes...

Now China wants to unilaterally own the world?  How is that going to work out?  Why couldn't they own the world when they "were" a communist country?  What happens if China's exports drop? There are 7 members on their Politburo Standing Committee.

Once they start a war, can they make decisions fast enough to win the war?  Are there seams within their committee that can be manipulated to slow down decision-making?

The question to ask the Chinese citizen... Is everyone on board?

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 16:14 | 4960360 BlindMonkey
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As I understand it, they are putting in real money. You quote geared up leverage. Not comparable.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 16:29 | 4960408 Canucklehead
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Real Money?  That is a nice thought.

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 00:10 | 4961655 willwork4food
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Gold, Silver & Oil tend to be consider more real than fiat dollars. Granted $100B is child's play but it is tantamount to the colony's Bunker Hill moment. If you read anything about China you will tend to understand that they usually do not induce war outside of their own country, but let their adversary fall on their own sword.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:23 | 4959842 JohninMK
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You don't actually need to start a war.

Once the Chinese get their anti-ship ballistic missile, the DF-21D, fully upgraded and operational with all the very advanced 'stuff' that the US carelessly gifted them via the RQ-170 Sentinel drone lost in Iran in 2011 (the Chinese being rumoured to be quite good at reverse engineering) all bets are off regarding the UN Navy's ability to operate carriers anywhere near the SC Sea.

The Chinese appear to have the WU-14, a hypersonic glide vehicle HGV, even more deadly missile underway.

The Chinese are starting to project US neutralising military power over SE Asia and the locals seem to have noticed. Hence perhaps the S Korea Yuan swap agreement.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:42 | 4959932 Canucklehead
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Are you related to Bagdad Bob?  He talked that same way at the start of the First Gulf War.

... 100 Hours... 100 Hours...

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:31 | 4959874 Erpfish
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Google Earth shows most of the Spratly Islands as belonging to Vietnam, with a few to the Phillipines.  So China, much further away from them, is behaving like a bully in a playground.  This could end badly.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:37 | 4959904 Jorgen
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OK, so after S.2277 - Russian Aggression Prevention Act of 2014, S.???? - Chinese Aggression Prevention Act of 201? is next. Patrick Buchanan was right:

Although the US leadership has failed to prove Russia's involvement in the Ukrainian turmoil, it seems like a good excuse for the warmongering neocons and Republicans like McCain, to convince the US government of the necessity to increase military sector spending. Patrick Buchanan has brilliantly characterized John McCain and like-minded politicians in his article "Is Obama blundering into a Syrian quagmire?" If Americans voted for McCain, deems the columnist, he would put the US into numerous wars on Eurasian continent, including military confrontations in Syria, Iran, South Ossetia, Ukraine. "He would be pushing for membership in NATO for Ukraine and Georgia, so the next time there was a dust-up with Putin’s Russia, we could be right in the thick of it," wrote Patrick Buchanan. If you look at the bill S.2277, you will see that Mr. Buchanan was absolutely right.


Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:39 | 4959910 robertocarlos
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I watched a showing of Apocalypse, in French, last night. L'enfer was the episode. In the end the losers used all they had, V1,V2, Kamikaze, committed suicide, got shot, torched, amd nuked. This is not going to end well.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:42 | 4959926 HamRove
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Until this county is ready to put people like John Kerry in a straight jacket, we will have this psychotic foreign policy which consists of pissing in the faces of everyone and in every country. 

The US foreign policy can't possibly be more clear. It does not recognize, uphold, or care about a nation's soverignty. It cares about it's own future to pay its wealthy 1% more money. 

Otherwise the US corporation has no other duty 

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:57 | 4960010 Funny Money
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This brings to mind the last great Chinese naval battle.



...oh, wait.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:57 | 4960015 Itchy and Scratchy
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If those islands have any golf courses on them the Chinese are in big trouble!

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:59 | 4960030 earleflorida
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To?morrow's today is placated by an asian pivot centuries old-- monroes' truman doctrinaire... this mish-mash lost in a regurgitated synchronized-diachronic language, that all your seas belong to US[a]! Basically, telling in hubris?tasy and arro[batic]gance narcissism! This outdated containment folderol of quixote`anachronism haranque eulogy? 

So? What's a shackled free world too do? These 1940's great changes to a world-wide freedom via fiscal masturbation in a sexual orgy of 'United 'N word?', hegemonic squid`sperm`ization.

Fresh off the press via the   , Mr. Pepe Escobar and his 'Roving Eye' has a few choice words about the "BRICS"...

"BRICS against Washington consensus"                  




Tue, 07/15/2014 - 15:05 | 4960055 no more banksters
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Cold War 2.0 updated report: New evidence that the US are trying to surround China

Japan to ease military restrictions since World War II

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 15:30 | 4960183 CheapBastard
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Barry won't touch them as long as they keep buying our empty houses. The NAR has a boot on his throat.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 15:48 | 4960256 redc1c4
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the PLAN is more of a "reef in being" than a naval threat to the USN...  a few Los Angeles class subs scross their route of advance, and their SLOCs and that would be that.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 16:13 | 4960354 syntaxterror
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It would we awesome if the Spratly Islands were sold to the USA (even if only for a few years.)

Ho Li Fuk indeed Chinaman.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 16:40 | 4960450 Hubbs
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Gee, I wonder if things will start scrapping as badly as they did in the Falklands....or worse.


At last count when stopping through, Falkands comprised two rocks with some peat used for heating, and a few sheep. The Argentinians had a war memorial with two soldiers at guard and eternal flame in Buenos Aires as a testament to the stupidity of the Junta who provoked the war with Thatcher in order to gain some national prominence.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 17:52 | 4960635 Dublinmick
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The Falklands are a lot closer to Brittania than those Spratley Island are to China .... oh wait

Distance doesn't seem to be a factor here, I wonder why. 

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 01:18 | 4961750 hedgiex
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Xi knows that China is not ready for escaltion in south China Sea. China has an economy to repair as a priority. The message to Kerry is "do not push the envelope" in Asia. Will Kerry call his bluff ?

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 05:31 | 4972362 IronForge
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International and Territorial Space of other Nation-States were just "pwned" by CHN.

That's the problem - almost every Sea Trade Route EAST OF SINGA PURA is effectlively claimed by them.

I expect conflicts in the future for the "disputed regions".  Since the locals are relatively weak. they'll call in the USA and/or engage in Hit-and-Run Tactics on PLAN Assets.

Is Ix/Blackwater/Academi sending their Prospectus to the Region?  They better hurry, since ISIS has some USD, ChemWeaps, and now Uranium at their disposal.

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