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    China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has “stacked 60,000 soldiers against the Indians in the north” of India, along the two countries’ Himalayan border, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News on Friday.
    https://www.breitbart.com/asia/2020/...-border-india/

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    Western world waking up to Beijing's bullying

    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/we...12-p5647l.html

    "Beijing's behaviour has alarmed a score of countries that would have preferred to turn a blind eye and simply accept Chinese trade and investment. China's elites have noticed the backlash: "It would be better if China had been more low-key and humble," a prominent commentator, Shen Dingli of Fudan University in Shanghai, told the New York Times."
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    Erdogan defiance of Putin bodes a bloody October


    https://asiatimes.com/2020/10/erdoga...loody-october/
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    The Building of the Quad

    Understanding Japan’s future security relationships

    https://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion...relationships/

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    Lessons being learnt from Germany? or Germany learning lessons?


    With 'great concern': Germany watching Australia-China relationship...


    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/wi...15-p565ej.html
    Last edited by Davexl; 17-10-2020 at 10:31 AM.
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    Next Aust trade item being hit - Cotton

    China's cotton mills told to avoid Australian exports


    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/ch...16-p565ox.html
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    NZ next? highly likely .....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Waltzingironmansinlgescul View Post
    NZ next? highly likely .....
    Well - let's not encourage them...but you may be right if the criticism is public, shutting down free speech in small Western nations...
    Last edited by Davexl; 17-10-2020 at 10:37 AM.
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    An hour and a bit of Australian navel-gazing


    https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=...&v=mD9lG8WBwpM

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davexl View Post
    Western world waking up to Beijing's bullying

    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/we...12-p5647l.html

    "Beijing's behaviour has alarmed a score of countries that would have preferred to turn a blind eye and simply accept Chinese trade and investment. China's elites have noticed the backlash: "It would be better if China had been more low-key and humble," a prominent commentator, Shen Dingli of Fudan University in Shanghai, told the New York Times."
    Opinion: Bhim Bhurtel October 16, 2020
    https://asiatimes.com/2020/10/losing...s-imperialism/

    "In contrast to colonialism, the direct rule and economic exploitation of colonies by great powers, imperialism directly or indirectly imposes international trade rules by way of military power and strategic arms. These rules then ensure that the economic surplus flows toward the imperialist power. The US has maintained its economic and political domination in the world by adopting imperialism.
    For example, the Plaza Accord destroyed the Japanese economy in the 1990s. The rate of expansion of the Japanese economy had been much higher than that of the US. Japan’s manufacturing was leading exports internationally, and the country was now the second-largest economy.
    To remain an uncontested superpower, the US needed to halt Japan’s economic growth. Washington initiated the Plaza Accord negotiations, and the US, Germany, France, the UK, and Japan signed the accord. Tokyo was cowed into compliance by the US military presence in Japan.
    The Plaza Accord was highly influential in the Japanese economy. It led to the Japanese asset price bubble of the late 1980s and ultimately to the lost decade starting from the early 1990s. "
    "There is something wrong with a regime that requires a pyramid of corpses every few years." George Orwell.

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    Australia says it’s ready to talk to China about their trade dispute

    https://www.cnbc.com/2020/10/16/aust...-minister.html
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    Tensions even in Fiji "the friendly isles"...

    Taiwan says diplomat sent to hospital after China spat in Fiji

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-taiwan-china-fiji/taiwan-says-diplomat-sent-to-hospital-after-china-spat-in-fiji-idUSKBN27409V
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    Beijing threatens to detain Americans if U.S. prosecutes Chinese scholars

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    Appreciate your posts Davexl. Saves a fair bit of skim reading elsewhere. Useful to be aware of potential geopolitical risks even if some perceived threats don't eventuate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glennj View Post
    Appreciate your posts Davexl. Saves a fair bit of skim reading elsewhere. Useful to be aware of potential geopolitical risks even if some perceived threats don't eventuate.
    Thanks glenj, am taking a bit of a break for a couple of weeks. Everyone is free to step up and contribute at any time...Just snippetts and links to keep an eye on developments...
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    Japan and Australia to coordinate on protection of military assets

    https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/20...litary-assets/
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    Canada-China spat heats up over ambassador's alleged threat

    https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/10/20/asia-pacific/politics-diplomacy-asia-pacific/canada-china-ambassador-threat/

    (delete your japantimes 'cookie' and refresh)
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    Funny how the old alliances rotate - USA/Pakistan, USSR/India becomes China/Pakistan, USA/India.

    The prize is Africa, and the route lies through Gwadar

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    Slightly tangental but moderately interesting for Russia followers, in a Guardian article Russia just unveiled its new Military Cathedral (partly built from melted down Nazi tanks etc etc). It has battle murals instead of halos and cheribums including one of soldiers without ensignia in Crimea (you know, the ones whose existence russia denied) but most interestingly, they've left a few blank spaces for future conflicts.
    Bless them.

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    Gas war with Russia drives Turkey in the Caucasus


    Ankara says EU allies seeking to diversify from Russian gas should see Karabakh hostilities as a wake-up call

    https://asiatimes.com/2020/10/gas-wa...-the-caucasus/
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