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How Obama lost friends and influence in the BRICS

How Obama lost friends and influence in the BRICS | Political Consulting . . . | Scoop.it

When Barack Obama took office, he pledged a new overture to the world’s emerging powers. Today each of the BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – is at loggerheads with America, or worse. Last month four of the five abstained in a

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Would you believe that China is a major cause of air pollution in San Francisco?

Would you believe that China is a major cause of air pollution in San Francisco? | Political Consulting . . . | Scoop.it
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China uncertainty hurts Bitcoin: China’s Central Bank Stays Silent on Rumors

China uncertainty hurts Bitcoin: China’s Central Bank Stays Silent on Rumors | Political Consulting . . . | Scoop.it
Following as-yet-unconfirmed rumours that the People’s Bank of China would move to block domestic banks from working with digital currency exchanges this April, the price of bitcoin has declined substantially since 26th March, dropping from a high...
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China Slows Down: Economist Warns That China's 'Bear Stearns Moment' May Strike Any Time

China Slows Down: Economist Warns That China's 'Bear Stearns Moment' May Strike Any Time | Political Consulting . . . | Scoop.it
Lombard Street Research's Diana Choyleva argues that China's Bear Stearns moment may strike at any time.
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382 Chinese babies rescued in huge online child trafficking sting

382 Chinese babies rescued in huge online child trafficking sting | Political Consulting . . . | Scoop.it
China has smashed four child-trafficking rings and arrested more than a thousand people for using websites and instant messaging groups to trade babies, Chinese authorities said Friday.
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China Rising | Institute of Politics

Jon Huntsman, former U.S. Ambassador to China, and Kevin Rudd, former Prime Minister of Australia, along with Keith Richburg, former Washington Post Bureau C...
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Why is China doing what nations do when they prepare for war

Why is China doing what nations do when they prepare for war | Political Consulting . . . | Scoop.it
by David Murrin         In my new book, The Roads to Wars, I outline a ten step process that nations walk before they initiate a war of expansion.  Key to that process is the commitment to resource acquisition, economic power and military growth, which are the combined starting point for expansionary policies. China's execution of this plan of action has been consistent with such ambition.
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China decries U.S. spending bill as harming its interests

China decries U.S. spending bill as harming its interests | Political Consulting . . . | Scoop.it
BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China's Commerce Ministry has condemned a $1.1-trillion spending bill passed by the U.S.
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China Conducts First Test of New Ultra-High Speed Missile Vehicle

China Conducts First Test of New Ultra-High Speed Missile Vehicle | Political Consulting . . . | Scoop.it
China’s military last week conducted the first flight test of a new ultra-high speed missile vehicle aimed at delivering warheads through U.S. missile defenses, Pentagon officials said. The test
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U.S. says China's fishing curbs 'provocative and potentially dangerous'

U.S. says China's fishing curbs 'provocative and potentially dangerous' | Political Consulting . . . | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States, already at odds with China over that country's air defense zone, said on Thursday that new Chinese fishing restrictions in disputed waters in the South China Sea...
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China-watcher David Murrin has some interesting thoughts on China's recent behavior: http://www.davidmurrin.co.uk/blog-entry/china-part-2-reform-as-demonstration-of-intention-to-rise-to-super-power-status

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Jang's "execution by dogs" bodes ill for China

Jang's "execution by dogs" bodes ill for China | Political Consulting . . . | Scoop.it

THE brutal execution of Jang Song Thaek, the No. 2 man in North Korea, took Beijing by surprise and will adversely affect bilateral relations.

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Veteran China-observer David Murrin: Recently, China has clearly demonstrated further intention to rise to super power status

Veteran China-observer David Murrin: Recently, China has clearly demonstrated further intention to rise to super power status | Political Consulting . . . | Scoop.it
In my next book The Roads to Wars I outline a ten step process that nations walk before they initiate a war of expansion. Key to that process is the commitment to resource acquisition, economic power
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David Murrin is correct too often to be ignored, much as we'd probably like to.

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Financial Times: Beijing bans banks from Bitcoin deals.

Financial Times: Beijing bans banks from Bitcoin deals. | Political Consulting . . . | Scoop.it

Chinese regulators warn of criminal activities.

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As interest in cyber currencies spreads, Chinese regulators warn that Bitcoin may be used for criminal activities. See positive and negative videos and articles at http://bitcoinsinvestor.com.

 

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Lucrative China-Malaysia relations not derailed by search for MH370

Lucrative China-Malaysia relations not derailed by search for MH370 | Political Consulting . . . | Scoop.it
If the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 caused a rift in China-Malaysia relations, the two countries appear to have put it behind them.
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China is having a $20-plus billion corruption week—and the week is young

China is having a $20-plus billion corruption week—and the week is young | Political Consulting . . . | Scoop.it

An astounding thing about China’s recent crackdown on government corruption is just how much corrupt officials, many who have been in power for decades, have allegedly stolen from state funds, misdirected into their pockets or otherwise wrongly appropriated.

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Here’s a rundown of the headline-making corruption cases from this week alone:

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Former security head and petroleum minister Zhou Yongkang has not been formally charged with any crimes, but the arrest and detention of practically all his associates and family may signal one is close at hand. Police have seized$14.5 billion in assets, said to include cars and real estate, from people close to him in connection with the investigation, reports said this week.A trial against former Sichuan Hanlong Group chairman Liu Han started this week. He faces 17 charges including murder, financial crimes, and assault, according to to Xianning court’s microblog (link in Chinese) indictment. Prosecutors say he and 35 accomplices killed 9 people and accumulatednearly US$7 billion through crime.Lieutenant General Gu Junshan, the deputy chief of logistics for the People’s Liberation Army, was charged this week with corruption, embezzlement, abuse of power and misuse of state funds. His amassed assets included gold bullion, cash, and real estate estimated at from several hundred million to several billion dollars, some of which was made public after police collected four truckloads of loot, including a gold statute of Mao Zedong, from his home.

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Over 100,000 People In Taiwan Protest A Controversial China Trade Deal

Over 100,000 People In Taiwan Protest A Controversial China Trade Deal | Political Consulting . . . | Scoop.it
Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators gathered in the streets around Taiwan's Parliament on Sunday to voice their opposition to a trade pact with China, part of a nearly 2-week-old protest that is challenging the president's policy of moving the...
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Hong Kong protests take aim at 'locust' shoppers of mainland China

Hong Kong protests take aim at 'locust' shoppers of mainland China | Political Consulting . . . | Scoop.it
As more Chinese mainland visitors pour into Hong Kong, some locals are getting frustrated and angry.
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Why We Should Be Nervous If China's Leaders Actually Believe What They're Saying

Why We Should Be Nervous If China's Leaders Actually Believe What They're Saying | Political Consulting . . . | Scoop.it
China's economy is slowing. 
Meanwhile, rising local government debt and the ballooning shadow banking sector has experts worried that a sincere effort to deleverage could trigger a hard economic landing.
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Is China preparing for war? What does eliminating the 1-child policy have to do with it?

Is China preparing for war? What does eliminating the 1-child policy have to do with it? | Political Consulting . . . | Scoop.it

by David Murrin         In my new book, The Roads to Wars, I outline a ten step process that nations walk before they initiate a war of expansion.  Key to that process is the commitment to resource acquisition, economic power and military growth, which are the combined starting point for expansionary policies. China's execution of this plan of action has been consistent with such ambition.

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China Installed More Solar Power in 2013 than the US has in its Whole History

China Installed More Solar Power in 2013 than the US has in its Whole History | Political Consulting . . . | Scoop.it
(By Joshua S.Hill) China’s Solar Market Beat All Expectations For 2013 (via Clean Technica) Despite predictions all through 2013 suggesting that Japan would walk away the dominant solar PV market, Bloomberg…...

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Dangerous giant smog cloud chokes Beijing

Dangerous giant smog cloud chokes Beijing | Political Consulting . . . | Scoop.it
BEIJING – Air pollution readings spiked across China's capital Beijing on Thursday, prompting residents to don air masks and offices and homes to put electric air purifiers on overdrive.  Commuters across Beijing found themselves cloaked in a thick,...
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China Set to Seize South China Sea Island by Force

China Set to Seize South China Sea Island by Force | Political Consulting . . . | Scoop.it

Beijing claims island "illegally occupied" by the Philippines.

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China planning 'to reorganise military.' Move will allow swifter response to crises.

China planning 'to reorganise military.' Move will allow swifter response to crises. | Political Consulting . . . | Scoop.it
TOKYO - China is considering reorganising its seven military regions into five in a bid to respond more swiftly to a crisis, the Yomiuri Shimbun in Japan reported yesterday.
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Does this mean that the Chinese military is shifting from a defensive force to a more offensive posture?

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What a Bitcoin is really worth in India and China

What a Bitcoin is really worth in India and China | Political Consulting . . . | Scoop.it
Bitcoin might be in a bubble, but in some less fortunate parts of the world, it offers a way out. That’s worth something.
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China and India show internal strains when they try to contain  a virtual currency.

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Whole lot of problems out there: Here are 6 global challenges for 2014.

Whole lot of problems out there: Here are 6 global challenges for 2014. | Political Consulting . . . | Scoop.it
Here are some data points that measure how the public in the U.S. and around the world see the challenges ahead for 2014.
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These six problems are enough for a couple of decades. What will Obama do? Best guess: Not much to nothing.

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