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In Dramatic Escalation, China Sends Five Navy Ships Off Alaska Coast For First Time Ever

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Just as China celebrates the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II with an extravagant parade designed to showcase the country’s military prowess and project Xi Jinping’s power to nervous onlookers in the West, the Pentagon says it has spotted five Chinese Navy ships in the Bering Sea, just off the coast of Alaska.

Here’s WSJ:

Five Chinese navy ships are currently operating in the Bering Sea, off the coast of Alaska, the first time the U.S. military has seen such activity in the area, Pentagon officials said Wednesday.


The officials said they have been aware in recent days that three Chinese combat ships, a replenishment vessel and an amphibious ship were in the vicinity after observing them moving toward the Aleutian Islands, which are split between U.S. and Russian control.


They said the Chinese ships were still in the area, but declined to specify when the vessels were first spotted or how far they were from the coast of Alaska.

The Pentagon official said there were a “variety of opinions” on how to interpret the Chinese ships’ deployment.


“It’s difficult to tell exactly, but it indicates some interest in the Arctic region,” the official said. “It’s different.”

"Different" indeed, as in "uprecedented", and while we won’t endeavor to jump to conclusions, we would note that the PLA hasn’t exactly been shy when it comes to challenging the US from a maritime perspective of late and of course, the US has had its ships and carriers to the east and south of China for decades, so it would appear that Xi is intent on giving Washington a taste of its own medicine. 

But don't worry, the Commander in Chief is on the scene - literally.

Finally, what better diversion from its crashing stock market on its national military holiday than for China to invade the US?

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Wed, 09/02/2015 - 14:28 | 6500718 knukles
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They can see Barry from their bridges

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 14:29 | 6500725 Temporalist
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Knucks sometimes I'd swear if I had a brain we'd be sharing it.

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 14:31 | 6500737 jcaz
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Wow- I'm impressed they made it that far without sinking....   Send a tuna boat out to dispense of them.

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 14:38 | 6500783 Stuck on Zero
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According to old Chinese maps the aleutians belong to China. They therefore need to establish bases to ensure peace and prosperity.

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 14:49 | 6500855 JoeSexPack
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Cruise missiles would sink most surface ships in hours, & US has biggest fleet.


DC false-flag op warming up...

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 14:53 | 6500861 Divine Wind
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Dramatic Escalation? How?

I wonder if there was a drilling rig with that naval flotilla?

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 14:59 | 6500910 chunga
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Can't China just use the trendy excuse that their ships are searching for ISIS renegades in the global campaign against terrism?

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 15:10 | 6500982 Occident Mortal
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They're probably just taking note of some good amphibious landing spots.

Nothing to be alarmed about.

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 15:19 | 6501043 ThroxxOfVron
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No problemas.

They aren't invading.

They are sending their pregnant wives on vacation...


They are seeking asylum from the brutal repression and violence against short sellers...


They are just looking for jobs that Americans won't do...

Obama will probably rush to arrange housing, medical care, ebt cards, and personally enroll the kiddies in public school...

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 15:21 | 6501053 CheapBastard
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Palin can see them [and the Russians] [and Barry] from her bedroom window.


Wed, 09/02/2015 - 15:26 | 6501083 ThroxxOfVron
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On a serious note: I've said for years that IF China started landing tens of thousands of 'refugees' in Alaska that the US would be paralyzed to act to stop it due to the idiocy surrounding the Illegal Alien problem.  

While politicians argue people would swarm into the woods and start setting up camp, begin marching south in columns towards the Continental US with warmer climes and more infrastructure to support them, etc...

The differences between an Illegal Alien probem, a Forced Migration, and an Invasion; are merely semantics and ideological perspective...

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 16:03 | 6501288 Oracle 911
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Few days ago there was a combined Sino-Russian anti-terrorist drill which involved amphibious forces. Source:



Chinese invasion into Alaska or just muscle flexing? (I think it is later.)

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 16:20 | 6501363 wee-weed up
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Methinks the ChiComs are going to really test the little wussy in the White House before he leaves office.

And like everything else he has done thus far, I'm afraid we're going to find him seriously lacking.

Unfortunately for us...  the ChiComs are well aware of this too.

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 16:37 | 6501485 Dolar in a vortex
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Think they were watching Kerry and Obama begging Iran for a deal?

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 17:30 | 6501691 johngaltfla
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Calm down everyone. Kenyans nor Chinese people can swim.

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 18:00 | 6501813 1000 splendid suns
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The Barry'ng Str8?

Keep a round eye out for one of those Tonkin Gulf incidences...

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 18:26 | 6501926 Handful of Dust
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You can keep the Kenyans ... the Chinese can keep coming as far as I'm concerned.

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 18:48 | 6502015 Fahque Imuhnutjahb
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China is miffed because someone blew up their "flakka" chemicals before they could be shipped to the States.

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 20:06 | 6502223 SoilMyselfRotten
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I think it's irrelevant that Obama is a wuss. He has surrounded himself with the freakin crazy neo-cons who would like nothing more than war with Russia. I'm thinking he has very little say in how this plays out.

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 20:49 | 6502361 Joe Davola
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I'm not worried, they are no match for the Hillstrands.

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 03:43 | 6503361 cookie nookie
Wed, 09/02/2015 - 21:29 | 6502529 wee-weed up
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"I think it's irrelevant that Obama is a wuss."

Unfortunately, Obozo's "wussyness" emboldens the ChiComs.

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 22:31 | 6502840 Sages wife
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"Does this glacier make me look fat?"

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 02:05 | 6503276 cnmcdee
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'When America goes to war with China, Russia will strike without warning.'




Wed, 09/02/2015 - 19:56 | 6502182 Paveway IV
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The Pentagram, through their WSJ stenographers, are simply trying to temporarily distract everyone with a shiny object (or five) because the news blackout on Socotra failed.

Side note: I have a hard time believing this was 'unprecedented' so I had to check with my squid buddies. They interrupted me with laughter after the phrase 'Chinese Navy', after which they conceded that it may be unprecedented because the Chinese Navy rarely goes anywhere. They were pretty unimpressed by the significance of this - it's international waters, for Christ's sake.

The 'distraction' part is the Pentagram trying to front-run any criticism of the U.S. apparent invasion and occupation of Yemeni sovereign territory. There's a little island just before the Gulf of Aden off the coasts of Yemen and Somalia called Socotra that makes a great permanent aircraft carrier for the U.S. to engage in whatever clownfuckery they have planned in the Saudi peninsula and the Horn of Africa.

In 2010, the U.S. traitor Gen. Petraeus bribed the then Yemeni president Saleh (and subsequently bribed Hadi) to let the Pentagram set up a drone and naval base there. This whole Houthi cluster-bombing campaign threatened the progress, so the U.S. just moved in like nothing happened and started building their base. Wouldn't it have been more polite to wait until the Houthi genocide was over and the U.S. puppet Hadi reinstalled as president? I guess not... And what about when the Houthis kick the U.S. al Qaeda forces and the Saudi army's ass out of Yemen? What if their government doesn't like the idea of the U.S. occupying Socotra? We're getting to be more and more like Israel every day. 

Remember a bit back when Russia 'invaded' Crimea and the howls of protest by the U.S.? Remember the Pentagon filling their depends when the Chinese started making their own islands in the South China Sea? Those rules don't apply to the Pentagon or the crony contractors they've hired to build their new base. I'm sure the same contractors that were electrocuting U.S. soldiers taking showers in Iraq got the Socotra contracts, but I won't name any names. I'm just a lowly taxpayer and missed the part in the constitution about protecting the Red Sea for Saudi Arabia and Israel. Otherwise, I would just say: "Fuck them - they can protect it themselves from imaginary threats. I'm all tapped out!"

So please ignore the U.S. military invasion and occupation of Socotra and fret about the might Chinese 'fleet' bobbing around the radioactive North Pacific. That's the real threat, here.

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 20:00 | 6502207 Freddie
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Tyler's should pay you for your posts.

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 20:13 | 6502246 Paveway IV
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I know, right? Those bastards charge me $25 a post here and they won't take bitcoin.

The guys at the Plasma Donor Center are getting suspicious - I don't know how much longer I can keep this up.

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 21:53 | 6502660 willwork4food
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You're bitchin about the plasma centers payouts these days? What is it uip to now $75 ? Shit I remember doing it for $8 back in the '80s in sunny Cal just to get me free chicken soup.

But on topic, you hit a home run with those posts paveway. The fucks in DC don't do anything that is anti-"Christian", or in bad taste or even downright immoral. Everyone else does.

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 06:35 | 6503452 Lets_Eat_Ben
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"chicken soup" was slang for 80's crack cocaine 

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 07:55 | 6503610 ThroxxOfVron
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"bastards charge me $25 a post here "


Is that all it costs for 'guest post' placement ?

Are you shitting me ?

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 15:12 | 6505656 Paveway IV
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Do you think I should be paying them more?

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 23:49 | 6503085 grumpy stacker
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Very astute there Paveway IV. I am a fan of your comments.  Cheers mate! 

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 00:07 | 6503114 ThirteenthFloor
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Paveway -> US is not protecting Red Sea for Saudi Arabia, it's for the oil complex, bankers, and the military complex. Can't afford a missed day with a few bucks in the pocket. Borders and countries no longer matter to the cabal.

US military is working to protect the dollar scam - the idea that once was America has vanished a while back.

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 01:51 | 6503259 Paveway IV
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"...US military is working to protect the dollar scam..."

Yeah, well it doesn't look like it's working out too well for them. You're right about the rest. All I know is it DAMN SURE has zero benefit to the average peon citizen in the U.S. (yet they still force a total news blackout of the occupation! - F'king cowards).

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 07:08 | 6503533 Fractal Parasite
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Imagine if ZH would report every time a US ship was in international waters near some unsubordinated nation – it would quickly get tedious.

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 23:22 | 6503033 Hide and Watch
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Your exactly right Wee. They are going the make a big grab in the next few months. I wonder what T-bills will do the day Taipei falls? 

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 03:33 | 6503352 short the FED
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You have no concept of reality. Obama is every bit as much a NEOCON as any Bush. How many more democratically elected governments does he have to topple? How many more drone strikes? How many more Sunni coalitions?  What else could he possibly let wall street get away with? Wake up there is only a one party system controlled by the same Nazi bankers who killed Kennedy adn put Hitler in power then dropped the Nazi infastructure into the land of the free... It's 2015 the truth's out there!


Wed, 09/02/2015 - 16:17 | 6501366 Funny Money
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Oh no!  The Chinese military!  Remember their last military victory?



Wed, 09/02/2015 - 16:35 | 6501469 Bunghole
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Never heard of the Chosin Reservoir?

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 17:31 | 6501695 Funny Money
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Was that a naval battle?

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 18:07 | 6501838 Likstane
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Wed, 09/02/2015 - 18:55 | 6502028 Herd Redirectio...
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Brave sir Robin ran away!

"Although Chinese troops managed to surround and outnumber the UN forces, they were able to break out of the encirclement while inflicting crippling losses on the Chinese, allowing them to successfully withdraw in good order. The evacuation of the X Corps from the port of Hungnam marked the complete withdrawal of UN troops from North Korea"

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 19:00 | 6502043 Will To Live
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Bung Hole and Likstane, you guys were meant for each other.  Cheers.

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 20:14 | 6502247 Pickleton
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"Never heard of the Chosin Reservoir?"


I'm still trying to figure out if you're either that stupid or whether it was just a stupid joke.  The Chosin is a lake, and it had nothing to do with naval forces.  Oh, and the Chinese got their asses handed to them by the Marine Corps.





Wed, 09/02/2015 - 20:47 | 6502352 Fahque Imuhnutjahb
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I figured it was some resort lake in Israel  q:B

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 21:17 | 6502468 Jim in MN
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My Dad and 18,000 Allied casualties think the ass-whooping was mutual.  And Chosin is NOT a lake, you fucking blowhard.

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 00:02 | 6503112 grumpy stacker
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Jim in MN...you are correct sir. I will be honored to meet soon with some of the surviving heros of the 1st Marines who escaped the Chosin Reservoir 'massacre'. God bless them everyone and the VICTORY they accomplished by escaping while crushing EVERY CHICOM attempt to disrupt and intimidate.

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 00:15 | 6503138 Funny Money
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Thu, 09/03/2015 - 01:54 | 6503268 Lanka
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Chosin Reservoir was formed by constructing a dam across the river.  It is not a natural lake, but is man-made.

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 18:02 | 6501820 greenskeeper carl
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well, after the absolute ass kicking we gave to the vietnamese, iraqis, afghanis, and "ISIS" Im sure we will have no problem taking on 1 billion screaming chinamen right? USA! USA!


hopefully the above poster wasn't serious. What have you seen in the last 5 decades or so that would lead you to believe we are prepared to take on another world power like that?

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