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Air Force Brat

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IF Trump were a member of our forum, what would he say or suggest???
It's hard to say what the Trumpster is gonna say in any given situation my friend??? but you gotta love him, he gives us plenty to talk about.. The Trumpster is a full on NEW YAWKER! He says whateva comes to mind, I do think he does really respect President Xi, and hopefully they can get their relationship back on track, and get through this current mess and get China and US back to business...

Blessings to you all, Happy Spring, here's to Peace, Happiness, Long Life, and Healthy Children, and Grand Children! its warming up here Gents, looking forward to Summer, praying out friends South of the Equator do NOT experience this mess, really, I have lots of friends in Africa particularly, one Chick has an orphanage, I'm just praying they are spared this heartache!
 

ZeEa5KPul

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I'd like to ask members what they think of Global Times's recent military coverage; I find it's improved significantly from where it used to be. I remember seeing a picture a while back of Hu Xijin sitting across a table from some PLA officers and I knew the moment I saw it that the quality of GT's reporting and sourcing was going to get a boost. I can't dig the picture up now, unfortunately, but I believe it was from around the time the "unofficial" channels of PLA reporting were starting to get squeezed.

In reading recent Global Times articles I find that the analysis isn't very deep, yet there's a commendable absence of mistakes and unfounded speculation. It's solid reporting, if nothing we don't already know. I believe it can be a useful source for beginners and people who have a casual interest in the PLA (like everyone who writes for The National Interest). Where Global Times can be useful is as a replacement for Minnie Chan and her garbage, which has a lot of mind-share in the West. You find her memes like "the H-20 is going to be in Zhuhai", "China launched 2 SSBNs", etc. repeated all over the place. Very annoying.
 

Aniah

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Can anyone give me an accurate estimate of how many militias are in China? I can't seem to find any good sources for this.
 

SoupDumplings

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I've recently started reading the books
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, which was published in 2009 and 2010 respectively. Does anyone have any resources on how the quality of the bureaucrats has changed under Xi Jinping? How about corruption and meritocracy? Thank you.
 

dankris

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Hello, I want to ask if there's any way to change the displayed member name and location? I got bored and want to try another name :p
 

BMEWS

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Economics/finance is obviously not my strong-point to say the least but can someone explain simply to be at a big picture level :

Everyone knows about the US Petrodollar hegemony and the now Infinite QE and completely abandonment of restraint in terms of printing cannot go on forever, in fact that it went on for this long is due to the fact that US military might have kept all the rest of the world in check, those that went off on their own route (Iraq exporting oil in Euro etc) got regime changed and you know the story...

For obvious reasons, other than nuclear WWIII or some other equally wild edge cases, the US cannot regime chance China or Russia even if/though China will eventually de-dollar itself with the digital Yuan or whatever other methods, I would say to some extent BRI is about China becoming less dependent on the trading in US dollar system, hedging against a potential US naval blockage in SCS, and also exporting to other developing countries China's expertise in construction/etc since it has overcapacity and China's own infrastructure growth cannot continue domestically at such rates forever etc...

By the numbers US is no longer China's largest trading partner and vice versa... and since US is printing literally like there is no tomorrow, China's holdings in USD is becoming increasingly more worthless... I read somewhere after the 2008 crash, Russia tried to get China to abandon the dollar right then and there but China felt it wasn't ready yet, and instead came to the US rescue, thinking that it would have leverage over America later, but Obama /US tricked China because afterwards they did a lot of QE and QE never really stopped, which means it basically diluted China's investment and negated any of the expected benefits/leverage that China would have down the road...

So now there are talks that US might kick China entirely out of the SWIFT system.... this would be a rubicon crossing type of event to which there is no going back... After this, either long term dollar will crash and USD will no longer be the world reserve currency, or if America can get enough of the rest of the world to side with it in abandoning and isolating China (much like how as it turns out US/Trump was able to convince EU/UK to reverse its earlier decisions on accepting Huawei 5G etc) then instead of Petrodollar ending, it will be China that will suffer another century of humiliation etc...


So my question boils down to this, given the above premise, why is China still basically making good for the US for pennies on the dollar (or even worse, since the dollar is fake since either Infinite QE will mean it loses all value sooner or later, OR US will freeze China accounts, force reparation for COVID excuse, and/or something like saying it no longer honors the debt it owes to China etc) and basically giving US stuff for free, when it can transform its own domestic markets, give UBI to its own Chinese citizens so that they can afford to purchase more of the goods that they produce for the West, and directly raise their actual quality of living/ living standards instread of the trick down roundabout way of making things for th West for free in hopes that it will help China someday?
 

BMEWS

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From Chinese centric point of view, whats the real story on the scs... is it true Xi offered Obama that China wouldnt build islands if US didnt do FoN exercises in SCS, Obama rejected that offer and doubled down and China had no choice but to militarize?

Was the US planning on eventually militarizing the SCS for itself, but China got to it first? If so, couldnt the US start building out islands of its own in the SCS? Sure US has no grounds but when did international law ever stopped it from doing anything?
I dont see China bombing said islands premptively...

From China standpoint the SCS is about protecting its trade shipping routes right? From a potential US blockage in times of war or the TW situation etc no about mineral rights or fishing

Essentially the SCS gives China stationary air craft carieers or almost military bases ports in forward position to have early warning on potential attacks etc.... its like force projection in a way as well...

Could China put nukes like df41 on those islands as well?
 

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