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11 Apr 2017
Chinese wines are becoming big sellers in the US, to the tune of about 700 million dollars in 2016, thanks to wines produced on nearly 60,000 acres of vineyards in northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. A delegation from Ningxia recently traveled to the US aiming to raise the number to a higher level
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China ‘seriously concerned’ over North Korea missile warnings
China’s foreign ministry has expressed ‘serious concern’ over its ally North Korea’s warning of further missile tests and the eventual possibility of nuclear war.

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Post by RTH10260 » Mon May 15, 2017 9:35 am

And the USA is not (among) the leader of the pack...
Trump just gave China what it wanted for its new Silk Road: a credibility boost from the US

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Matt Pottinger (C), Special Assistant to U.S. President Donald Trump and National Security Council (NSC) Senior Director for East Asia, and Kim Yong Jae (R), North Korea's minister of external economic relations, arrive for the opening ceremony of the Belt and Road Forum at the China National Convention Center (CNCC) in Beijing, Sunday, May 14, 2017.
Part of the deal. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

China’s “new Silk Road” initiative aims to link the economies of Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa—but Beijing would really like the US to get on board.

Also called “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR), the initiative involves expensive infrastructure projects—led by Chinese state-owned companies—in dozens of nations. The US has much to offer, and as part of a trade deal (paywall) with China announced last week, the Trump administration agreed to send one of its top Asia experts, Matthew Pottinger, a National Security Council official, to a two-day OBOR summit just completed in Beijing.

His presence amounted to a nod from the US. Recent pieces in China’s state-controlled media hint at why that’s so important to Beijing:
“Under the current international framework, the US is leading international organizations like the United Nations, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund,” read a commentary (link in Chinese) in Xiakedao, a WeChat account run by the People’s Daily. “This is like a date, when a girl says yes to dinner and a movie—there will be further development possibilities.”

It goes on:
https://qz.com/983477/trump-just-gave-c ... om-the-us/


PS. Although not reported I think the US foreign policy may have missed an oportunity for a short inconspicious contact with a N.Korean diplomat.



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Euronews clip to extend above (w/o transcript)

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Post by RTH10260 » Mon May 15, 2017 11:45 am

14 May 2017
Chinese President Xi Jinping treated his guests, including over two dozen world leaders, at the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation to a special gala on Sunday evening following a lavish banquet at the Great Hall of the People.
Note: full 1 hour program

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Post by RTH10260 » Sun May 21, 2017 9:26 am

CIA - desaster
China 'dismantled' CIA spying operations and killed sources – report
Newspaper cites 10 current and former officials in report of serious intelligence breach caused either by a mole or hacking of covert communication system

Associated Press in Washington
Sunday 21 May 2017 02.53 BST First published on Saturday 20 May 2017 23.04 BST

The Chinese government “systematically dismantled” CIA spying operations in the country starting in late 2010 and killed or imprisoned at least a dozen CIA sources over the next two years, it was reported on Saturday.

The New York Times cited 10 current and former US officials, who described the intelligence breach as one of the worst in decades. They spoke on condition of anonymity.

In an apparent attempt by China to intimidate serving or would-be spies, one source was reportedly shot in front of his colleagues in the courtyard of a government building.

The report said US intelligence and law enforcement agencies scrambled to stem the damage – setting up an investigation into the crisis code-named Honey Badger – but were divided over the cause of the breach. Some investigators were convinced there was a mole within the CIA, while others believed the Chinese had hacked the covert system the CIA used to communicate with its foreign sources.
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Post by RTH10260 » Tue Aug 22, 2017 10:11 am

Not sure if this was posted around here (h/t Keith Olberman)
Chinese paper says China should stay neutral if North Korea attacks first

AUGUST 11, 2017 / 2:04 AM
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BEIJING (Reuters) - If North Korea launches an attack that threatens the United States then China should stay neutral, but if the United States attacks first and tries to overthrow North Korea's government China will stop them, a Chinese state-run newspaper said on Friday.

President Donald Trump ratcheted up his rhetoric toward North Korea and its leader on Thursday, warning Pyongyang against attacking Guam or U.S. allies after it disclosed plans to fire missiles over Japan to land near the U.S. Pacific territory.

China, North Korea's most important ally and trading partner, has reiterated calls for calm during the current crisis. It has expressed frustration with both Pyongyang's repeated nuclear and missile tests and with behavior from South Korea and the United States that it sees as escalating tensions.

The widely read state-run Global Times, published by the ruling Communist Party's official People's Daily, wrote in an editorial that Beijing is not able to persuade either Washington or Pyongyang to back down.
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Post by RTH10260 » Mon Oct 23, 2017 3:10 pm

Just stumbled over this article, may be of interest considering the US is pulling back into its snail shell
China Is Quietly Reshaping the World

BY ANJA MANUEL OCTOBER 18, 2017

The staggering scope of the country’s infrastructure initiative—and what it means for the international order.

The Pakistani town of Gwadar was until recently filled with the dust-colored cinderblock houses of about 50,000 fishermen. Ringed by cliffs, desert, and the Arabian Sea, it was at the forgotten edge of the earth. Now it’s one centerpiece of China’s “Belt and Road” initiative, and the town has transformed as a result. Gwadar is experiencing a storm of construction: a brand-new container port, new hotels, and 1,800 miles of superhighway and high-speed railway to connect it to China’s landlocked western provinces. China and Pakistan aspire to turn Gwadar into a new Dubai, making it a city that will ultimately house 2 million people.

China is quickly growing into the world’s most extensive commercial empire. By way of comparison, after World War II, the Marshall Plan provided the equivalent of $800 billion in reconstruction funds to Europe (if calculated as a percentage of today’s GDP). In the decades after the war the United States was also the world’s largest trading nation, and its largest bilateral lender to others.

http://www.defenseone.com/ideas/2017/10 ... ld/141864/



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Post by maydijo » Mon Oct 23, 2017 7:59 pm

RTH10260 wrote:
Mon Oct 23, 2017 3:10 pm
Just stumbled over this article, may be of interest considering the US is pulling back into its snail shell
China Is Quietly Reshaping the World

BY ANJA MANUEL OCTOBER 18, 2017

The staggering scope of the country’s infrastructure initiative—and what it means for the international order.

The Pakistani town of Gwadar was until recently filled with the dust-colored cinderblock houses of about 50,000 fishermen. Ringed by cliffs, desert, and the Arabian Sea, it was at the forgotten edge of the earth. Now it’s one centerpiece of China’s “Belt and Road” initiative, and the town has transformed as a result. Gwadar is experiencing a storm of construction: a brand-new container port, new hotels, and 1,800 miles of superhighway and high-speed railway to connect it to China’s landlocked western provinces. China and Pakistan aspire to turn Gwadar into a new Dubai, making it a city that will ultimately house 2 million people.

China is quickly growing into the world’s most extensive commercial empire. By way of comparison, after World War II, the Marshall Plan provided the equivalent of $800 billion in reconstruction funds to Europe (if calculated as a percentage of today’s GDP). In the decades after the war the United States was also the world’s largest trading nation, and its largest bilateral lender to others.

http://www.defenseone.com/ideas/2017/10 ... ld/141864/
Yes! This is a very important development. Don't think it won't have cultural implications too. Recently it's emerged that many uni lecturers in Australia are coming under attack by Chinese students when they give a narrative that doesn't match the official Chinese narrative. The students often feel they have no choice, because they are often closely watched when they're overseas and if they remain silent they may be reported. But it has very strong implications for academic freedom. This is in Australia, a strong Western liberal democracy. For countries like Pakistan, which are heavily corrupt, Chinese money is very likely to sway politics, freedoms, etc. I won't go so far as to say this is a dangerous development, but it certainly has the potential to be.



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Post by RTH10260 » Tue Oct 24, 2017 8:04 am

Dang - Will Teh Donald aspire for something similar and claim his Mount Rushmore position ?
Xi Jinping becomes most powerful leader since Mao with China's change to constitution
Rare accolade puts Xi’s Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics into Communist charter and sets him on course for indefinite spell in power

Tom Phillips in Beijing
Tuesday 24 October 2017 10.06 BST First published on Tuesday 24 October 2017 05.28 BST

Xi Jinping has been consecrated as China’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong after a new body of political thought carrying his name was added to the Communist party’s constitution.

The symbolic move came on the final day of a week-long political summit in Beijing – the 19th party congress – at which Xi has pledged to lead the world’s second largest economy into a “new era” of international power and influence.

At a closing ceremony in the Mao-era Great Hall of the People on Tuesday it was announced that Xi’s Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era had been written into the party charter.

“The congress unanimously agrees that Xi Jinping Thought … shall constitute [one of] the guides to action of the party in the party constitution,” a party resolution stated.

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Post by RTH10260 » Wed Nov 22, 2017 8:04 pm

Americas farmers ought to be afraid of Trump leaving the TPP
China's pig farmers go north, upending world's top meat, grain market
Dominique Patton

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s largest pig farming companies and new entrants are racing to build vast, modern hog farms in the north-eastern cornbelt, expanding the world’s biggest pork market and upending traditional trade flows in meat and grain.

At least eight listed companies have announced or confirmed plans to produce around 17 million pigs annually in the north-east in coming years.

Many more companies, including the country’s biggest pig farmer, Guangdong Wen’s Foodstuff Group Co Ltd, are building farms in the area, suppliers and sources say, adding to China’s annual $1 trillion pork market.

Some researchers expect output in the northeast to hit nearly 120 million pigs a year, almost double the 69 million head produced in the area by Heilongjiang, Jilin, Liaoning and Inner Mongolia provinces last year.

“In the next few years, almost 20 percent of China’s hogs will be transferred to new territory. That’s equivalent to the number slaughtered in the U.S. annually,” said Feng Yonghui, chief analyst at consultancy Soozhu.com.

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Post by RTH10260 » Mon Dec 18, 2017 8:47 am

Does the US have a Tibet policy and does this administration still follow it?
How China got a U.S. senator to do its political bidding

By Josh Rogin Global Opinions December 17 at 7:57 PM
In its effort to cultivate foreign influence, the Chinese Communist Party boldly mixes economic incentives with requests for political favors. Its dealings with Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) this year offer a success story for Beijing.

Last month Daines announced a breakthrough in his long-standing effort to win access for Montana’s beef exports to China — a $200 million deal with a leading Chinese retailer.

Then, on Dec. 5, the regime of Xi Jinping got something at least as valuable from Daines. The senator hosted a delegation of Chinese Communist Party officials who oversee Tibet, at the request of the Chinese Embassy — thereby undercutting a simultaneous visit to Washington by the president of the Tibetan government in exile.

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Post by maydijo » Mon Dec 18, 2017 6:32 pm

RTH10260 wrote:
Mon Dec 18, 2017 8:47 am
Does the US have a Tibet policy and does this administration still follow it?
How China got a U.S. senator to do its political bidding

By Josh Rogin Global Opinions December 17 at 7:57 PM
In its effort to cultivate foreign influence, the Chinese Communist Party boldly mixes economic incentives with requests for political favors. Its dealings with Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) this year offer a success story for Beijing.

Last month Daines announced a breakthrough in his long-standing effort to win access for Montana’s beef exports to China — a $200 million deal with a leading Chinese retailer.

Then, on Dec. 5, the regime of Xi Jinping got something at least as valuable from Daines. The senator hosted a delegation of Chinese Communist Party officials who oversee Tibet, at the request of the Chinese Embassy — thereby undercutting a simultaneous visit to Washington by the president of the Tibetan government in exile.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions ... story.html
Australia's had its own Chinese crisis this month. Senator Dastyari was disciplined last month after it came out that he'd allowed a Chinese lobbyist to pay for a trip. It emerged earlier this month that he told a Chinese businessman that his phone was being monitored by ASIO. He's now resigned from Senate. But yeah, these senators, eh? The best money can buy!



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Post by RTH10260 » Mon Jan 01, 2018 3:49 pm

China ivory ban comes into effect
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Wildlife campaigners are applauding China's total ban on the commercial sale of ivory. The ban came into effect on New Year's Eve.

China ivory ban comes into effect

Wildlife campaigners are applauding China's total ban on the commercial sale of ivory.

The ban came into effect on New Year's Eve.

China has long been a major market for ivory but has been gradually restricting its sale and import over recent years.

The country had already banned sales of ivory acquired after 1975. But critics say partial bans can help drive up demand and encourage illegal trading.

According to Chinese state media, the price of raw ivory has declined by 65% over the past year. Seizures of ivory entering China have declined by 80%.

One concern is that Hong Kong is not covered by the new law. However, the territory is planning to introduce its own ban.

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Post by RTH10260 » Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:16 am

Making China Great Again
As Donald Trump surrenders America’s global commitments, Xi Jinping is learning to pick up the pieces.
By Evan Osnos

In an unfamiliar moment, China’s pursuit of a larger role in the world coincides with America’s pursuit of a smaller one.
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Under the banner of “America First,” President Trump is reducing U.S. commitments abroad. On his third day in office, he withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a twelve-nation trade deal designed by the United States as a counterweight to a rising China. To allies in Asia, the withdrawal damaged America’s credibility. “You won’t be able to see that overnight,” Lee Hsien Loong, the Prime Minister of Singapore, told me, at an event in Washington. “It’s like when you draw a red line and then you don’t take it seriously. Was there pain? You didn’t see it, but I’m quite sure there’s an impact.”

In a speech to Communist Party officials last January 20th, Major General Jin Yinan, a strategist at China’s National Defense University, celebrated America’s pullout from the trade deal. “We are quiet about it,” he said. “We repeatedly state that Trump ‘harms China.’ We want to keep it that way. In fact, he has given China a huge gift. That is the American withdrawal from T.P.P.” Jin, whose remarks later circulated, told his audience, “As the U.S. retreats globally, China shows up.”

For years, China’s leaders predicted that a time would come—perhaps midway through this century—when it could project its own values abroad. In the age of “America First,” that time has come far sooner than expected.
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Post by RTH10260 » Sun Jan 07, 2018 6:31 pm

3 Jan 2018
An engineering marvel! Major work on world's longest sea bridge has been completed. The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao bridge will be ready for traffic after further testing.



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Post by Volkonski » Sun Jan 07, 2018 6:42 pm

Sigh. Remember when the world's longest bridge and tallest building were in the USA? ;)


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3 Jan 2018
An engineering marvel! Major work on world's longest sea bridge has been completed. The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao bridge will be ready for traffic after further testing.
I plan to drive across that bridge/tunnel once it's open to the public :)



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Post by RTH10260 » Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:34 am

Opposed to US 'finger-pointing' at Pakistan on terror-related issues: China
PTI | Updated: Jan 8, 2018, 17:46 IST

China has always opposed linking terrorism with any certain country and we don't agree to place the responsibility of anti-terrorism on a certain country: Chinese foreign ministry
US last week suspended approximately $2 billion in security assistance to Pakistan for its failure to take decisive action against terror groups


BEIJING: China on Monday said it is opposed to the US "finger-pointing" at Pakistan+ and linking it with terrorism, insisting that the responsibility of cracking down on terror outfits cannot be placed on a particular country.

China's support for its all-weather ally came as the US stepped up its efforts to pressure Pakistan+ to eliminate terror safe havens on its soil.

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Post by RTH10260 » Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:00 pm

When the USA loses to be a leader on the fight against climate change
Chinese City to Become World's First to Switch Entire Bus Fleet to Electric
The city of Shenzen, China is home to a staggering 16,000 buses. To compare, that's more buses than the five largest North American bus fleets combined (New York City, Los Angeles County, New Jersey Transit, Chicago and Toronto).

Now, after a six-year effort to replace its diesel-fueled buses, the major Chinese city is well on its way to become the world's first city to electrify its entire public transit bus fleet.

Shenzen has methodically electrified its buses in recent years to curb unhealthy air pollution and cut emissions. According to the United Nations' Climate Action program, in 2015 there were 3,600 electric buses on the city's roads. By 2016, the number increased to 9,000. By May 2017, the number reached 14,500. The remaining 1,500 buses will go emission-free before the end of the year.

Shenzen, which has a population of 11.91 million, is also planning to switch its taxis to electric by 2020.

While coal remains as the main source of the buses' power, the all-electric fleet will reduce carbon emissions by 48 percent and methane emissions by 100 percent, according to estimates cited by the Climate Action program.


https://www.ecowatch.com/electric-buses ... 62677.html



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Post by Somerset » Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:17 pm

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Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:00 pm
When the USA loses to be a leader on the fight against climate change
Chinese City to Become World's First to Switch Entire Bus Fleet to Electric
The city of Shenzen, China is home to a staggering 16,000 buses. To compare, that's more buses than the five largest North American bus fleets combined (New York City, Los Angeles County, New Jersey Transit, Chicago and Toronto).

Now, after a six-year effort to replace its diesel-fueled buses, the major Chinese city is well on its way to become the world's first city to electrify its entire public transit bus fleet.

Shenzen has methodically electrified its buses in recent years to curb unhealthy air pollution and cut emissions. According to the United Nations' Climate Action program, in 2015 there were 3,600 electric buses on the city's roads. By 2016, the number increased to 9,000. By May 2017, the number reached 14,500. The remaining 1,500 buses will go emission-free before the end of the year.

Shenzen, which has a population of 11.91 million, is also planning to switch its taxis to electric by 2020.

While coal remains as the main source of the buses' power, the all-electric fleet will reduce carbon emissions by 48 percent and methane emissions by 100 percent, according to estimates cited by the Climate Action program.


https://www.ecowatch.com/electric-buses ... 62677.html

It's already happened. All busses here in Shenzhen are electric. An interesting side benefit is noise reduction. You don't realize how loud diesel busses are until you've been here for a few weeks, then visit somewhere else with regular busses.



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Post by RTH10260 » Sun Feb 04, 2018 9:43 pm

US dropped ball on Navy railgun development—now China is picking it up
Analysis of photos show a railgun system being installed on a Chinese amphibious ship.
SEAN GALLAGHER - 2/2/2018, 11:00 PM

Photos posted by a Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) observer show what appears to be an electromagnetic railgun being affixed to a PLAN tank landing ship, the Haiyang Shan. The LST is being used to test the weapon because its tank deck can accommodate the containers for the gun's control system and power supply, according to comments from a former PLAN officer translated by "Dafeng Cao," the Twitter handle of the anonymous analyst.

For nearly a decade, the US Navy's Office of Naval Research (ONR) and various contractors worked to develop a railgun system for US ships. A prototype weapon was built by BAE Systems. Testing at the US Navy's Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren, Virginia was deemed so successful that the Navy was planning to conduct more testing of the gun at sea aboard a Spearhead-class Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV). The program promised to deliver a gun that could fire projectiles at speeds over Mach 7 with a range exceeding 100 miles. The 23-pound hypervelocity projectile designed for the railgun flying at Mach 7 has 32 megajoules of energy—roughly equivalent to the energy required to accelerate an object weighing 1,000 kilograms (1.1 US tons) to 252 meters per second (566 miles an hour).

But the program has been largely shelved because of the Department of Defense's ongoing budget problems and the loss of interest at DOD's Strategic Capabilities Office in funding further development. The continued "sequestration" of the DOD's budget has forced the Navy and ONR to shift development focus away from the long-term goal of the railgun toward the more short-term goal of using the hypervelocity projectile (HPV) the railgun fires within more conventional US Navy gun systems.


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Post by RTH10260 » Tue Feb 06, 2018 10:20 pm

Photos show Beijing’s militarisation of South China Sea in new detail
China accused of building ‘island fortresses’ as Philippine newspaper obtains aerial images

Tom Phillips in Beijing

Tue 6 Feb 2018 10.09 GMT Last modified on Tue 6 Feb 2018 22.00 GMT

Beijing has been accused of building “island fortresses” in the South China Sea after a newspaper in the Philippines obtained aerial photographs offering what experts called the most detailed glimpse yet of China’s militarisation of the waterway.

The Philippine Daily Inquirer said the surveillance photographs – passed to its reporters by an unnamed source – were mostly taken between June and December last year and showed Chinese construction activities across the disputed Spratly archipelago between the Philippines and Vietnam.

Brunei, China, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam have overlapping claims in the region.

The Inquirer said the images showed an “unrestrained” building campaign designed to project Chinese power across the resource-rich shipping route through which trillions of dollars of global trade flows each year.


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Post by gupwalla » Tue Feb 06, 2018 10:47 pm

I'm in one of my "not quite on planet Earth" moments tonight (which is to say: I'm absolutely bonkers :rolleye: ) Beware.

So I'll remind all that Malaysian Airlines flight 370 went missing over the South China Sea in early March 2014. The passenger manifest included 19 Chinese calligraphers. And I'll note that calligraphy is a form of artistic writing, and that such artisanship might contain messages in excess of the literal meaning of the portrayed characters. In other words, spies might well use artistic calligraphy as a means of transmitting messages. I can't say for certain if that was the case here.

I'll note, though, that in the aftermath of MH370's disappearance over the South China Sea, China swooped into the Sea with lots of "search and rescue" vessels and got a good look at what appears to be a prime territorial target of theirs. And they have yet to leave.

What a coincidence, if you still believe in those.

I'll also remind all that in March 2014, Russia was massing forces near Ukraine and pushing for territorial advancement. I know it's crazy to think that Russia and China were coordinating their actions in order to each gain territory while hopefully diverting US spy satellites with a humanitarian mission in the Indian Ocean but - well, it's a coincidence, that's for sure.

And then the same airline and the exact same plane model had yet another misfortune with MH17, oddly off course just enough to provide nominal justification for Ukranian separatists Russia to blast it out of the sky. Yet another coincidence.

I don't enjoy being in conspiratorial mode. But I also don't really believe in this flavor of coincidence.


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Post by Somerset » Tue Feb 06, 2018 10:54 pm

gupwalla wrote:
Tue Feb 06, 2018 10:47 pm
I'm in one of my "not quite on planet Earth" moments tonight (which is to say: I'm absolutely bonkers :rolleye: ) Beware.

So I'll remind all that Malaysian Airlines flight 370 went missing over the South China Sea in early March 2014.
Wrong side of the peninsula.



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