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Viktor Jav

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I wouldn't believe them unless we get official confirmation from Chinese authorities. Russia would love for China to share a part of the burden, but what's in it for China?
Unless it is something as critical as Syria leasing an entire port in perpetuity to China (ie:Latakia), I can't see how Beijing is going stick its hand into this quagmire. Even then such an offer would be one of doubtful value. The Mediterranean is basically a closed off bowl, if Syria was sitting on the Indian Ocean, doubtlessly China would have jumped on the prospect of having such a foothold.
Russia is going all in because it needs to maintain it's Tartus naval base as a vanguard to the Black Sea area.
In all honesty I won't be surprised if China has deployed covert intelligence assets to both survey and advise the Syrian forces but that did be the limit of what they are willing to do, apart from selling them weapons via 3rd party connections but lets be honest everyone is doing that at the moment. With all the weapons, factions and doctrinal tactics involved in Syria, that place is an intelligence gold mine.
 
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Tam

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I don't think China takes sides in any mid east conflict. China has business partners everywhere from Israel to Saudi Arabia, and so on.
 

gelgoog

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What do you guys think of this video? Is the Taiwan military really in such shambles?
Beats me since I can't understand Chinese well enough. But I will say a couple of things.
Their military equipment is like early 1980s. It is insufficient in quality. Also their defensive posture is IMHO real poor.

Then, with all the moves to both decrease conscription time and even eliminate conscription altogether, there is simply no way Taiwan can defend itself against a much larger army like the PLA's. I see very timid prospects of this situation improving. Especially when US leaders still use Taiwan as a bargaining chip in trade with mainland China and noone else will even sell weapons to them.
 

solarz

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Beats me since I can't understand Chinese well enough. But I will say a couple of things.
Their military equipment is like early 1980s. It is insufficient in quality. Also their defensive posture is IMHO real poor.

Then, with all the moves to both decrease conscription time and even eliminate conscription altogether, there is simply no way Taiwan can defend itself against a much larger army like the PLA's. I see very timid prospects of this situation improving. Especially when US leaders still use Taiwan as a bargaining chip in trade with mainland China and noone else will even sell weapons to them.
What particularly surprised me in the above video was the claim that only 50% of Taiwan's military officers show up for work!
 

MrCrazyBoyRavi

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what is this whole deal about Henry Kissinger and china relationship ? Kissinger is loathed all over the world as genocidal maniac while he seems to be reverted in china and have so much popularity ?
 

adiru

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what is this whole deal about Henry Kissinger and china relationship ? Kissinger is loathed all over the world as genocidal maniac while he seems to be reverted in china and have so much popularity ?
Kissinger is credited for giving Nixon the idea to open up China. It appears as the 45 year rapprochement comes to a sudden close, the US has regretted the long term decision. When viewed threw the lens of optimization of entropy maximization and the 2nd law of thermodynamics it is all about the counterbalance needed to an unchallenged US uni-polar scheme that impedes the progress and destiny of a universe in evolution.

Steve Bannon was quoted to say that it is Ten times more important for the US to kill Huawei than it is for Trump to sign any trade deal. USA realizes that China will soon surpass them if status quo isn't changed. The true motive of the trade war is to decouple the US from China quickly enough to asymmetrically target and destroy any tip of the spear Chinese companies/projects/tech such as the Huawei, 5G, DJI, EV, trains, Cancer research, TikTok, SenseTime, etc etc to cripple China's plans to move up the value chain and hi-tech-ify its economy and to do so with enough force to set back China and permanently prevent it from successfully climbing the arch trajectory of replacing the US. For the US it’s not just about losing the top spot to China, if America were to ever lose its petrodollar hegemony it would collapse in much the same way as happened to the USSR. The whole US empire is built on house of cards, ever since Brentwood they got away with taxing/usurping the world using the dollar as economic weaponization through 'quantitative easing' and its military to control OPEC to sustain the petrodollar hegemony. In the 1980's Japan became a threat to the US so they forced Tokyo to acquiesce to the Plaza Accord resulting in the "lost four decades" and Japan never recovering. Nowadays Trump, Steve Bannon, Pompeo and other Hawks are trying to impose the same sort of colonization on China, but much harder to do since China doesn't entertain US troops/US bases unlike the Japanese vassal so the next best thing is to subvert Hong Kong by way of CIA/NED and other propaganda techniques. And which nation killed a million civilians in Iraq after a false flag event and a WMD pretext but now is banning Chinese AI startups ostensibly because they care about the human rights of Muslims in China's internal Xinjiang region?

This is all part of the bigger picture to contain China's continued rise, as we see that if the US ever lost its hegemony it would be game over... America views Chinese ambitions such as Made In China 2025, One Belt One Road, 5G, AI, etc as existential threats to its very lifestyle and way of life, hence the whole "Huawei is a national security issue" stance... Now even TikTok, a dancing video app, has become a "national security" threat and targeted and singled out by the US Congress. By "national security" they really mean China is offering the world a better deal and they are pissed that they are being undercut and view Chinese success as a direct threat to American hegemony. The West had its chance to help out Africa but did nothing, now China wants to help them develop and US is getting resentful, the supreme irony is accusing China of predatory lending. This will only get much worse, Xi predicted this will last a period of 30 years until which time China has become the undisputed Number One in the world economically, technologically, politically and militaristically. As the declining power the US isn’t going to just go down without fighting..... Just like the Roma Empire, as the US declines on the way down the lip service of freedom, democracy, etc stops and the true colors of the ugly side all comes out, they just did another coup in Bolivia after China signed a lithium deal to secure development of batteries for EVs, and now US is even sanctioning its own "allies" like Germany for daring to buy energy from Russia (NordStream 2, etc)...

The time for "bid your time" is over, Xi and China needs to build own microprocessors, own jet engines, etc etc etc before it is too late. And make sure China has a credible nuclear deterrence in place after the START treaty ended unless Xi wants the Chinese people to end up like the Native Americans. It doesn't matter who wins the next election be it Trump or Andrew Yang, the American POTUS doesn't have any real power, even Kissinger stated that all out war is all but inevitable.

I know Ren keeps saying he doesn't want to get involved in politics, but when a company is as large and successful as Huawei, the American politics finds you. The ban is a blessing in disguise if Huawei and China take advantage of it correctly. The world desperately needs a credible counterbalance to fight for humanity.
 

Tetrach

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What's the position of China on the lybian conflict, do they support Haftar or the LNA?
 

adiru

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Can anyone officially confirm or deny whether or not TerraN_EmpirE and Deino are one and the same poster/person?
Alternatively, would it be possible to do statistically analysis of public postings of the two accounts in terms of timing - like many have done with twitter accounts -- to compute a confidence interval of the percentage likelihood that the two accounts are or have been operated by the same individual? Is there any open source deep learning software capable of easily doing this?
 

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