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China's Maritime Strategic Realignment

"Whether the United States decides to stand in the way of China’s growth or chooses to participate more constructively in a mutually beneficial relationship is yet to be determined. Without a doubt, China has set its course and will not deviate from this course unless some overwhelming force is brought to bear."

The Petrodollar Is Under Attack: Here's What You Need To Know

"The evidence continues to show that the USDollar is slowly being eroded... and that as these adversarial countries make these developments in unison, there appears to be little the US can do without risking an all-out world war..."

Global Stocks Storm To New Record High Ahead Of Historic Fed Announcement

Last week's bullish sentiment that sent the S&P not only to a new all time highs, but a burst of last-second buying pushed above 2,500 for the first time ever, has carried through to the new week, with European and Asian shares rallying across the board, US futures again the green, and world stocks hitting a new record high on Monday ahead of a historic Fed meeting.

Suddenly, "De-Dollarization" Is A Thing

"For what seems like decades, other countries have been tiptoeing away from their dependence on the US dollar. These were challenges to the dollar’s dominance, but they weren’t mortal threats. What’s happening lately, however, is a lot more serious. "

IEA Forecasts Fastest Oil Demand Growth In Two Years

The International Energy Agency, which advises most major economies on energy policy, forecast that global oil demand will climb this year by the most in two years amid stronger-than-expected consumption in Europe and the U.S. although it was unclear just how this will offset fading demand by the two biggest marginal consumers, China and India.

United Nations Unanimously Approves New Sanctions On North Korea

The United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted new, stepped-up sanctions on Monday afternoon against North Korea after the U.S. drastically watered down its original sanctions proposal in an attempt to win the endorsement of China and Russia.

Crackdown Begins: Chinese Banks Are Suspending North Korean Transactions

Japan's Kyodo reports that Chinese state banks have started suspending transactions through accounts held by North Koreans, making it nearly impossible to do business between the two countries.  At least three major state banks - Bank of China, China Construction Bank and Agricultural Bank of China - have banned North Koreans from opening accounts.