China Warns Against Joint Exercises in South China Seas

Chinese officials in Beijing are warning against any joint military patrols or exercises between Vietnam and the Philippines in the disputed South China Sea. 

Vietnam and Philippines military officials have discussed conducting joint exercises in the disputed region in meetings earlier this month. The exercises could include joint patrols of the Spratly Islands, which both countries and China claim as their own.

In Beijing, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei warned against any exercises in the Spratlys, which China calls Nansha.

The Chosun Ilbo (English Edition): Daily News from Korea – China Warns Against Joint Exercises in South China Seas

U.S. seeks missile-defense shields for Asia, Mideast | Reuters

The United States is seeking to build regional shields against ballistic missiles in both Asia and the Middle East akin to a controversial defense system in Europe, a senior Pentagon official disclosed on Monday.

The effort may complicate U.S. ties with Russia and China, both of which fear such defenses could harm their security even though the United States says they are designed only to protect against states like Iran and North Korea.

U.S. seeks missile-defense shields for Asia, Mideast | Reuters

US missile shield branches into Asia, Middle East — RT

The Asian AMD will likely trouble China for the very same reasons. In a recent interview, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov invited Beijing to step up and voice its potential objections.

Moscow plans to host a security conference in May, where it hopes to make a case against American antimissile system, proving that its stated goal to contain Iran and North Korea is not in line with its actual future capabilities.

US missile shield branches into Asia, Middle East — RT

Given the massive reduction in the US nuclear arsenal, antagonizing both Russia and China is not a good idea. It could provide a reason for these countries to stop the US militarily – World War III.

‘Escape From Camp 14′: Inside North Korea’s Gulag : NPR

Until his early 20s, the only life Shin Dong-hyuk had ever known was one of constant beatings, near starvation and snitching on others to survive. Born into one of the worst of North Korea’s system of prison camps, Shin was doomed to a life of hard labor and an early death. Notions of love and family were meaningless: He saw his mother as a competitor for food.

When he was 23, Shin managed to elude the guards and crawl through an electrified fence over the dead body of his friend to escape. He found his way to China, then to South Korea and eventually to the U.S. He is the only prisoner born and raised in one of North Korea’s prison camps who is known to have escaped.

‘Escape From Camp 14′: Inside North Korea’s Gulag : NPR

The shocking story of one of the few people born in a North Korean political prison to have escaped and survived.

North Korea is isolated and hungry, bankrupt and belligerent. It is also armed with nuclear weapons. Between 150,000 and 200,000 people are being held in its political prison camps, which have existed twice as long as Stalin’s Soviet gulags and twelve times as long as the Nazi concentration camps. Very few born and raised in these camps have escaped. But Shin Donghyuk did.

In Escape from Camp 14, acclaimed journalist Blaine Harden tells the story of Shin Dong-hyuk and through the lens of Shin’s life unlocks the secrets of the world’s most repressive totalitarian state. Shin knew nothing of civilized existence-he saw his mother as a competitor for food, guards raised him to be a snitch, and he witnessed the execution of his own family. Through Harden’s harrowing narrative of Shin’s life and remarkable escape, he offers an unequaled inside account of one of the world’s darkest nations and a riveting tale of endurance, courage, and survival.

Amazon.com: Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West (9780670023325): Blaine Harden: Books

BORN AND RAISED IN A CONCENTRATION CAMP

BORN AND RAISED IN A CONCENTRATION CAMP – YouTube

Can the Brics create a new world order? | The Guardian

Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa seek a multipolar world – but some argue they’re bound by anti-Americanism

Brics boosters project a grandiose vision. India’s commerce secretary, Anand Sharma, said this week the group sought nothing less than “to create a new global architecture”. But commentators interpret such ambitions as essentially anti-American hot air. Pointing to a signal lack of substantive policy agreements, they suggest a desire to counter Washington’s global dominance is the Brics’ sole unifying objective.

Can the Brics create a new world order? | Simon Tisdall | Comment is free | The Guardian

Is Russia still America’s bogeyman? – Behind the Numbers – The Washington Post

Not surprisingly, older Americans with memories of the Cold War may be less willing to bury the hatchet than their offspring. The May 2011 CNN poll found that 47 percent of those over age 50 considered Russia to be unfriendly toward the United States. By contrast, 70 percent of younger adults saw Russia positively — more than a 2 to 1 margin.

Is Russia still America’s bogeyman? – Behind the Numbers – The Washington Post

America is losing the cybersecurity war; China hacked every major US company – Computerworld Blogs

Gloom and doom is the predicted forecast, but that is in regard to U.S. cybersecurity instead of the weather. Four top government cybersecurity officials have basically come out to say America is getting her hiney kicked in cyberattacks by nation state hackers.

“Your government failed you,” testified Richard Clarke, a former cybersecurity and cyberterrorism advisor for the White House. He said that to Congress about 9/11, but now he’s warning the people that we are defenseless when it comes to cybersecurity; our government has failed us again. Clarke stated, “Every major company in the United States has already been penetrated by China.

America is losing the cybersecurity war; China hacked every major US company – Computerworld Blogs

China To Reinforce Territorial Claims in South China Sea, Despite Opposition | Maritime Executive Magazine

As China is in the midst of several maritime disputes with its neighbors, the country has announced that it is currently mapping the South China Sea (SCS) with the intended goal of oil and gas exploration, as well as to underline its territorial claims. Geographical surveys of the area are underway.

By creating this map, China can reinforce its jurisdiction claim in the SCS, and follow up with developing resources near the Nansha Islands. China claims the entire sea as its own; Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan all oppose this claim however, and state their involvement in maritime territory.

China To Reinforce Territorial Claims in South China Sea, Despite Opposition | Maritime News | Maritime Executive Magazine

The red line is China’s claim to the South China Sea. All the claims of the other countries are null and void according to China.

Peter Schiff: Market-Crushing Treasury Collapse To Hit Around 2013 – Forbes

Peter Schiff, the divisive investor and commentator that predicted the subprime/real-estate bubble, is forecasting a U.S. dollar and bond crisis over the next couple of years.  Schiff blames intervened bond markets, where rates are artificially and excessively low, and expects the coming crisis to blow the 2008-9 financial crisis out of the water.

Peter Schiff: Market-Crushing Treasury Collapse To Hit Around 2013 – Forbes

Israel’s Secret Staging Ground – By Mark Perry | Foreign Policy

Notice how close Azerbaijan is to Tehran.

U.S. officials believe that the Israelis have gained access to airbases in Azerbaijan. Does this bring them one step closer to a war with Iran?

In particular, four senior diplomats and military intelligence officers say that the United States has concluded that Israel has recently been granted access to airbases on Iran’s northern border. To do what, exactly, is not clear. “The Israelis have bought an airfield,” a senior administration official told me in early February, “and the airfield is called Azerbaijan.”

Senior U.S. intelligence officials are increasingly concerned that Israel’s military expansion into Azerbaijan complicates U.S. efforts to dampen Israeli-Iranian tensions, according to the sources.

Israel’s Secret Staging Ground – By Mark Perry | Foreign Policy