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想當然耳 May 31, 2018

Posted by hslu in China, Cold War, 特朗普, 美國, Global Affair, Military, Russia, Trump, U.S. Foreign Policy, 川普, 中國.
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Russia, China agree to boost military cooperation against America’s aggression and hegemony.

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What a mess: the yoyo America can’t be trusted May 8, 2018

Posted by hslu in China, Cold War, 美國, Economics, Global Affair, Middle East, Russia, Trump, U.S. Foreign Policy, 川普.
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I told you about the yoyo America a few days ago and Trump’s decision to pull out of Iran nuclear deal is another good example of why America can’t be trusted.

Source: Fox News

Now what? Will Europen-based companies stay in Iran while only American companies get out of Iran? What about Russian and Chinese companies? Will the non-U.S. companies stay and fight against Trump’s sanctions?

Oil price should continue to go up because the market will add more geopolitical risk to the price of oil. If missiles continue to fly into Saudi Arabia in a big way, oil price will hit 3 digits easy.

Will American economy suffer from the consequence of Trump’s hostile foreign policy towards its enemies and allies alike?

What will an isolated America look like if German, England, France, China and Russia, the other five signators of the Iran nuclear deal, decide to keep the deal without the U.S.?

Where is Obama on this mess? Did he tweet anything? He has been awfully quiet on Trump’s actions which totally destroyed his presidency. The only thing left standing is Obama’s single payer health insurance deal but it is in complete shamble.

Poor Obama.

Over the past 450 days or so, Trump has bullied him to the ground and the neoconservatives have managed to write him off American’s history. And where is Obama now? It seems that he couldn’t utter a word of rejection against Trump.

The untold war between Israel and Syria April 29, 2018

Posted by hslu in 特朗普, 石油, 美國, Global Affair, Islam, Middle East, Military, Muslim, Russia, U.S. Foreign Policy, 一帶一路.
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Very few people in the U.S. know about the role played by Israel in the ongoing conflict between Russia and the United States in the Middle East theater.

Make no mistake: it is a proxy war between Russia and the US but fought by Assad’s Syria on one side and anti-government forces on the other.

Assad’s Syria is supported by Iran and Russia. The rebels are supported by the U.S. and Israel.

Dead on the killing field everyday are mostly Syrians but weapons and missiles come from Russia, Iran, Israel and the US.

Why is Israel so eager to join the fight and is it legal for Israel to bomb another nation?

Why do we have this war in the first place? Who started this war anyway? Is it another “nation building” project by the United States requested by one or more nations in the region? Will the new Saudi crown prince who was empowered by Trump join the conflict to exert his influence on the region?

Will the Syria war morph into a regional war and is it a prelude of an all out war in the entire Middle East?

What a mess.

Cold wars Déjà vu April 20, 2018

Posted by hslu in China, Cold War, 美國, Military, Russia, U.S. Foreign Policy, 中國.
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Look familiar?

Source: GlobalMail

Panicked Pentagon pushes through development of hypersonic missiles http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5634997/US-Air-Force-awards-nearly-1-bn-hypersonic-missile.html via http://dailym.ai/android

This is exactly what cold war is like: arm races in every aspect of military conflicts.

It used to be the U.S. against Soviet Union. Now, we have China and Russia on one side vs. the United States on the other.

It is not only a race on the development of advance weapons but also a race on economic prowess of each nation. The end results are mounting national debts, economic ruins and/or financial disasters for the countries involved.

Think about this for a moment:

A missile in a silo is kind like a bridge to no where: they do not generate any economic benefit to a country except the initial funding to produce the missile. A missile deployed in the name of protecting a country’s national security interests causes damage to enemy’s infrastructure and makes people hate you more.

America’s hegemony is being threatened by Xi Jinping’s OBOR Initiative, China’s hidden intention to modify the existing world order and Putin’s agressive stance to make Russia a prominent player in the world again. The unintened consequence of geopolitical posturing is the second cold war in front of our eyes.

Who will come out of this war smiling? I don’t know. I will only point out one thing for you to consider:

The national debt of the United States is $21.2 trillion or about 106% of its GDP. On the other hand, China’s national debt is about $5.1 trillion or about 45% of its GDP.

Even I saw that coming April 16, 2018

Posted by hslu in China, Cold War, 特朗普, 美國, Economics, Global Affair, Military, Putin, Russia, Taiwan, Trump, 台灣, 川普, 中國.
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I wrote about the new cold war long time ago between China and the U.S.

The cold war between Russia and the U.S. has intensified after Trump was investigated by Mueller and the situation shows no sign of improving at all after America-led air strike on Syria this past weekend.

While China and the U.S. is now engaging in a give and take on the trading front, two more worrisome developments have cast a shadow on the China-U.S. relationship:

  • The prospect of elevating the status of Taiwan on the part of the U.S. to start a new run of diplomatic confrontation.

  • Trump has talked about re-joining the TPP trade pact as a strategic development to further isolate China in the Pacific and Southeast Asia region.

Both developments could push China and the U.S. into a more explosive and prolonged cold war. The situation probably won’t get any relief until Trump is either impeached or forced to resign from the office from the ongoing special counsel investigation.

A peek inside Putin’s Russia March 16, 2018

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Does Putin’s Russia reject the West? – BBC News

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/russia_election

It is a long but very interesVeryand informative read.

You’ll like it.

Very serious accusation from the right February 26, 2018

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Source: The Atlantic Daily

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/10/is-trump-ending-the-american-era/537888/

Actually, the decline of the mighty American empire started shortly after Obama took office. Trump just accelerated the pace downward fast.

Trump’s “America First” has quickly turned into “American isolated”, “America Brushed Aside” or “America Left Behind.” Manyforeign leaders, especially American’s European allies, privately laughed at Trump’s childish play on Twitter, chastise his erratic behavior and mood swings, ignor his bullying mentality and looked down on his lack of a cohesive world view.

Take a look of the article and decide yourself whether Trump is flushing the American empire down the drain fast.

Democracy American style: a joke? February 26, 2018

Posted by hslu in Congress, 特朗普, 美國, Democracy, Election, Obama, Russia, Trump, US Government, 川普.
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Panic-stricken Trump awaits more bad news

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Reading an article like this from Flipboard makes one wonder how could someone like Trump could ever be elected to the highest office in the United States of America.

The answer: a flawed democratic system like American’s can.

To make the matter worse, the herd mentality, disregarding candidates’ disqualifications for the job, ignorant of candidates’ lack of moral fiber and low turnouts on the part of American voters make American presidential election a laughing stock for the entire world.

And the collective gullibility of American voters make them easily fooled by unrealistic campaign promises time and time again. It appears that American voters have grown numb to candidates’ lies that they take the lying for granted because every politicians lie.

Consider these embarrassing facts of American elections:

  • Impeachment of Clinton,
  • The infamous hanging chads,
  • Supreme Court intervention,
  • Lies told by candidates,
  • Flaws in voter registration system,
  • Meandering of U.S. Congressional districts,
  • Influence of rich donors and PACs’ money,
  • Manipulation of issues by lobbyists,
  • Being able to vote without an ID,
  • Lack of recourse of the voters,
  • Low voter turnouts,
  • Utterly embarrassing fact of lack of qualification of Obama for the WH job,
  • No vetting of allegations of sexual harassment by Trump on as many as 20 women,
  • No vetting of hush money paid to a hooker on behalf of Trump,
  • Trump’s likely collusion with Russia,
  • Russia’s meddling of American’s 2016 presidential election, and
  • Fill the swamp while in the office.

Maybe America needs a formal vetting process by an election committee to weed out and disqualify unfit presidential candidates so that jokers won’t occupy 1600 Pennsylvania in Washington D.C. anymore.

You should read this December 31, 2017

Posted by hslu in China, Cold War, 美國, Economics, Global Affair, Middle East, Military, Muslim, Putin, Russia, Trump, U.S. Foreign Policy, 川普, 中國.
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What Tillerson Won’t Admit: The U.S. Has No Leverage https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-12-28/what-tillerson-won-t-admit-the-u-s-has-no-leverage

It goes to show how little Tillerson and Trump can do in a world where the U.S. has already lost its influence.

With Russia and China forming an economic and military alliance, with Europe firmly against Trumo’s policies, the glory days of American supremacy are over.

A new world order with China in the dominant position has emerged.

Care to count how many friends America still have these days?

Fewer than 10?

Petro renminbi? November 14, 2017

Posted by hslu in China, 石油, 美國, Economics, Global Affair, Middle East, Oil, Russia, U.S. dollar, 中國.
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Economist Jim O’Neill explains how the dollar will lose its ‘kingpin’ status – https://www.cnbc.com/2017/11/14/economist-jim-oneill-explains-how-the-dollar-will-lose-its-kingpin-status.html

It will happen and it will take less than ten years as speculated by O’neill.

One country at a time. Iran. Russia. Chinese are patient and methodical. They can wait. It is a decadeclong project for China and it started the effort a few years back already.

Saudi Arabia is the big fish but America will fight hard to keep the dollar as the trading currency for crude oil.

It will be futile for the U.S. as China is already the largest oil importer in the world. The culpit is none other than the shale oil American private companies are producing now for their short term gains. Without the growing domestic shale oil production, U.S. will still be the largest oil importer in the world. As such, there is no way that petro-dollar’s kingpin position can be challenged any time soon. 

這就是因,這就是果。有因,就有果。真有意思。

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