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#1281 JasonJ

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Posted 31 May 2018 - 0537 AM

Meanwhile the Philippines rush urgent military aid to the United States. https://youtu.be/b1-bshef-G8

 

That was a very interesting video Chris. The Garand is a great fire arm, have had the fortunate pleasure to shoot with it on a number occasions when I was still back in the US.


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Posted 31 May 2018 - 2152 PM

China tells US to stop hyping up SCS.

BEIJING, May 31 (Xinhua) -- China on Thursday urged the United States to stop hyping up the South China Sea issue, after U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis said the United States would continue to confront China on militarization of islands in the South China Sea.

"Hyping up militarization in the South China Sea by some people in the U.S. is quite preposterous, just like a thief crying 'stop thief'," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said at a daily press briefing.

She said that the military forces deployed by the United States far exceed those combined by China and other coastal countries in the South China Sea.

"China is not the first country or the one deploying the largest amount of weapons in the South China Sea, nor is it the most militarily active country in the region," Hua said. "So who is pushing 'militarization' in the South China Sea? The answer is quite clear."

She said it is legitimate and justified for China to deploy necessary and limited national defense facilities on its own islands and reefs, as it is exercising its self-defense right as endowed by the international law.

"China adopts a national defense policy that is defensive in nature, and we will not attack others unless we are attacked," Hua said.

She called on the United States to abandon meaningless hype and do more things conducive to mutual trust, cooperation, and regional peace and stability.

In response to the U.S. move to rename Pacific Command to U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Hua called on the United States to act responsibly in the Asia Pacific region no matter how the name is changed, and to play a constructive role in regional peace and stability.

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Posted 01 June 2018 - 0820 AM

"Hyping up militarization in the South China Sea by some people in the U.S. is quite preposterous, just like a thief crying 'stop thief'"

A rare admission by the foreign ministry that China is stealing the SCS! :P
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Posted 03 June 2018 - 0505 AM

Even thought they are stealing the area, they keep telling themselves that those "islands" are part of their sovereign territory. The 9 dash was a comedic claim for a number of decades that people felt unnecessary to take seriously but they held onto it. But now they are putting physical power behind the claim to create a new normal based on the decade long claim. Some may not believe it to be PRC islands, they go along with the act anyway out of nationalism, and just see the trolling claim as part of the power struggle. So its a mix of intentional lying and actually believing it.

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http://www.globaltim...t/1105157.shtml

 

Here was a recent cute act.

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http://news.rthk.hk/...66-20180515.htm

 

An RT program had a Chinese vs an American about the 2016 tribunal court about the SCS. The argument of the Chinese person is based on the area encompassed by the 9 dash line being sovereign territory of the PRC as being fact, followed by more troll points. The RT host obviously disagreed with the American.


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Posted 03 June 2018 - 0648 AM

Even thought they are stealing the area, they keep telling themselves that those "islands" are part of their sovereign territory. The 9 dash was a comedic claim for a number of decades that people felt unnecessary to take seriously but they held onto it. But now they are putting physical power behind the claim to create a new normal based on the decade long claim. Some may not believe it to be PRC islands, they go along with the act anyway out of nationalism, and just see the trolling claim as part of the power struggle. So its a mix of intentional lying and actually believing it.

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http://www.globaltim...t/1105157.shtml

 

Here was a recent cute act.

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A photo of Chinese tourists wearing T-shirts depicting Beijing's claims to the disputed South China Sea has sparked online anger in Vietnam, prompting calls for the visitors to be deported.

The shirts featured a map of China and its so-called nine-dash line – the sea boundary found on some 1940s-era maps which Beijing says proves its claim to most of the waterway, despite partial claims from Vietnam and other nations.

The territorial dispute is a hot-button issue in Vietnam, which has a turbulent history of conflict with its powerhouse neighbour.

The visitors arrived in southern Cam Ranh airport on Sunday night and were stopped by security at the immigration desk, an airport police officer said.

"We asked them to take the T-shirts off before allowing them to leave the airport," said the officer, without providing his name because of the sensitivity of the issue.

Photos of the tourists in their nationalist attire made the rounds on social media – with the nine-dash line crossed out with an "X".

Some netizens said the tourists were not welcome in Vietnam.

"Immediately deport them and ban them permanently from coming to Vietnam," Facebook user Nguyen Ngoc Hieu posted.

Another, Quan Hai, wrote: "We must be determined, not allowing anyone passing through our border gates if the passports, T-shirts or anything else with the dash-line maps."

Vietnam and China have long sparred over the resource-rich sea, where Beijing has built artificial islands and installed airstrips and military equipment.

Some guides say this can put them in a spot, especially when visitors dispute Hanoi's version of historical events. "We don't like the Chinese tourists but they bring us profits, so we cannot resist them," said Hung, a Hanoi-based tour operator.

A group of guides petitioned authorities in Danang last year, complaining that unlicensed Chinese guides were leading tours with their own interpretation of history – and sea claims. (AFP)

 

 

Looks like the flacid China appreciation society...


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#1286 Chris Werb

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Posted 03 June 2018 - 1254 PM

 

 

Looks like the flacid China appreciation society...

 

 

I'm glad I'm not the only one who immediately thought that :)


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Posted 09 June 2018 - 1119 AM

Aircraft Spots @AircraftSpots

 
 
 
 

Now: USAF B-52H's DIPLO01 & 02 are passing directly overhead the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea while en-route to Andersen from Diego Garcia!


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Posted 10 June 2018 - 0213 AM

 

Aircraft Spots @AircraftSpots

 
 
 
 

Now: USAF B-52H's DIPLO01 & 02 are passing directly overhead the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea while en-route to Andersen from Diego Garcia!

 

 

The image of the flight path is gonna get buried in time, so to put it up here:

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And China's response to it:

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http://www.globaltim...t/1105876.shtml


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