China has said it carried out a combat air patrol over contested islands in the South China Sea. In a separate incident, roughly 230 Chinese fishing vessels and Coast Guard ships were spotted near East China Sea islets, triggering an angry response from Japan.
Several Chinese aircraft, including H-6K long-range bombers and Su-30 fighter jets, went on patrol over two contested islands in the South China Sea, Senior Colonel Shen Jinke, a spokesperson for the Air Force said on Saturday, according to the Xinhua news agency.
The warplanes were escorted by Airborne Early Warning Aircraft (AWACS) and flying tankers, which were part of “actual combat training to improve the Air Force's response to security threats,” the Air Force said.
The patrols included “air defense early warning maneuvers, air combat and island patrolling, in a complicated electromagnetic environment,” the Xinhua report said without elaborating on when the mission took place.
On Friday, roughly 230 Chinese fishing vessels and Coast Guard ships passed by the Japanese-controlled islands of Senkaku in the East China Sea. The islands are called Diaoyu in China.
Japan’s Foreign Ministry said the action was a unilateral escalation of tensions and demanded the Chinese Coast Guard vessels leave the area immediately.
“This is a unilateral act that raises tensions … and it is unacceptable to us,” Kenji Kanasugi, from the Japanese foreign ministry said, according to the Kyodo news agency.
Tensions between China and neighboring countries are running high in the region. China, Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam all have territorial claims in the South China Sea, with the US insisting on what it calls freedom of navigation patrols close to Chinese-controlled islands.
China's air force sent bombers and fighter jets on "combat patrols" near contested islands in the South China Sea, in a move a senior colonel said was part of an effort to normalize such drills and respond to security threats.
The exercises come at a time of heightened tension in the disputed waters after an arbitration court in The Hague ruled last month that China did not have historic rights to the South China Sea.
The air force sent several H-6 bombers and Su-30 fighter jets to inspect the airspace around the Spratly Islands and Scarborough Shoal, Senior Colonel Shen Jinke of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force said, according to state news agency Xinhua.
The patrols included surveillance and refueling aircraft, Xinhua said, although it did not say when they occurred.
China has refused to recognize the ruling by an arbitration court in The Hague that invalidated its vast territorial claims in the South China Sea and did not take part in the proceedings brought by the Philippines.
Beijing has reacted angrily to calls by Western countries and Japan for the decision to be adhered to and has released pictures of aircraft flying over the shoal since the ruling.
China has repeatedly blamed the United States for stoking tension through its military patrols in the South China Sea, a strategic waterway through which more than $5 trillion of trade moves annually.
A secret agreement, obtained by the Associated Press, reveal that Iran’s nuclear deal would not only lift constraints on Iran’s nuclear program after the nuclear deal, but it will also do so before the deal expires as it makes it easier for Iran to achieve its nuclear ambitions.
According to the secret agreement, the deal would pave the way for Iranian leaders to advance their nuclear capabilities at a higher level and even be capable of reducing the break out capacity from one year to six months long before the nuclear agreement ends.
The Obama administration has not made this document public yet. A diplomatwho works on Iran’s nuclear program shared the secret document with The Associated Press. He asked for anonymity since he was not allowed to release the documents. “The diplomat who shared the document with the AP described it as an add-on agreement to the nuclear deal. But while formally separate from that accord, he said that it was in effect an integral part of the deal and had been approved both by Iran and the US, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany, the six powers that negotiated the deal with Tehran.”
This document suggests that Iran can install thousands of centrifuges, five times more than what it posses currently, as well enrich uranium at much higher pace, long before the agreement expires.
The Associated Press adds: “The document also allows Iran to greatly expand its work with centrifuges that are even more advanced, including large-scale testing in preparation for the deal’s expiry 15 years after its implementation on Jan. 18.... The document is the only secret text linked to last year’s agreement between Iran and six foreign powers. It says that after a period between 11 to 13 years, Iran can replace its 5,060 inefficient centrifuges with up to 3,500 advanced machines. Since those are five times as efficient, the time Iran would need to make a weapon would drop from a year to six months.”
The good news for the Iranian government is that it is becoming financially and economically more powerful in the meantime, thanks to the tens of billions of dollars released to Tehran, and thanks to the lifting of four rounds of UN Security Council’s sanctions that allows the Iranian regime and Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IEGC) to sell oil and do business freely in the international market.
The secret agreement highlights the fact that significant restraints on Iran’s nuclear program will be lifted before the expiration of the nuclear deal and it would shockingly allow Iran to install more advanced nuclear components than it ever possessed, which would “legally” and much more easily allow Iranian leaders to obtain nuclear weapons if they chose to do so.
“Instead, the soldier responded with kindness, and the oblivious toddler instead threw stones into the nearby field. The exchange epitomized perfectly the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Most Israelis just want peace, while far too many Palestinians have been brainwashed into believing the Jews are enemies that must be violently confronted.”
And Netanyahu’s response:
Officers with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) joined the family of Seth Rich, 27, who died July 10 from gunshot wounds walking to his home in northwest D.C., in a press conference Thursday. The Rich family requested that people come forward with any information that may lead to an arrest of the killer, reports WJLA.
While the Russians build a new Eurasia, the European Union undergoes a process of dissolution that no one would have predicted a year ago. But American voters cannot be allowed to know that, for then they might question the money being spent on NATO exercises along Russia’s European borders, from the Baltic to the Black Sea. So far Donald Trump, who knows very little about foreign policy, is the only one to see that this courts disaster.
The United States has been caught many times indulging in false flag operations, one being the 1898 destruction of the destroyer Maine in Havana harbor, a pretext for the Spanish-American war that brought Cuba under US management for half a century. More recently, the ‘Tonkin Gulf incident’ was Johnson’s legal justification for commencing open warfare against North Vietnam. Current false flags consist of organizing ‘color revolutions’ to demand ‘more democracy’ when rulers do not comply with Washington’s wishes, as in Ukraine. Other anti-Russian false flags consist of doping its athletes in order to bar them from international sporting events – or hacking Hillary Clinton’s emails, then claiming the Russians did it.
In 1997, national security advisor Zbignieuw Brzezinski published a book entitled “The Grand Chessboard”, whose thesis is that the US must never allow any country to challenge its status as world hegemon. Zbig recommended starting with regime change in Ukraine and Georgia, then carving Russia proper into a dozen smaller entities under local leaders obedient to America’s globalization project.
As the US moves into the final months of the presidential campaign, the Washington beltway can be expected to indulge in more false flag operations against Russia, in order to prepare the American public for Hillary’s implementation of Zbig’s program. Until relatively recently, interference in the domestic affairs of another country was broadly recognized as unacceptable, but in the last decade it has been referred to so casually as ‘regime change’ that ‘good Americans’ do not think to question it.
Concomitantly, Donald Trump’s remark that he would rather be friends with Russia and China is labelled as treason, and ‘good Americans’ do not even realize that the definition is inaccurate, so well have they been trained to accept anything negative regarding Russia that anyone says.
In the following video, Putin reveals exactly why he cannot stand Barack Obama, and why it is clearly not in Russia’s best interests (or anyone else on the planet’s for that matter), for Hillary Clinton to become the next President of the United States. When referring to specific Obama/Clinton policy decisions that led directly to large boost in recruitment for ISIS (no, it wasn't a Donald Trump video as Hillary likes to say), Putin says:
"I consider this absolutely unprofessional politics… [their acts] are not grounded in facts in the real world."
In the video below, Putin tells a very different story than the one Western media has reported about what happened in Crimea. In fact, he becomes quite angry when asked about it by German reporters. Putin says that contrary to western media reports, there was no “invasion” of Crimea, there were no gunshots ever fired, and not one person died during events in Crimea… not one. He says the people of Crimea held their own referendum, and they chose to leave Ukraine, and become part of the Russian Federation.