CHINA is preparing for war in the South China Sea and Taiwan as tensions between China and the US continue to escalate over trade and Chinese expansion
China’s President Xi Jinping ordered the Southern Theatre Command, the nation’s military group that monitors the South China Sea and Taiwan, to “prepare the war” last Thursday.
He told the state broadcaster CCTV that it was important for the military to be prepared for war.
President Xi said: “It’s necessary to strengthen the mission and concentrate preparations for fighting a war.”
He made his comments during an inspection of the Southern Theatre Command located in Guangdong province. read more…
‘We are preparing for war’ Russia issues SHOCK warning over US withdrawal from INF Treaty
A LEADING Russian official has warned that Russia is preparing for war in the wake of the US’s unilateral withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), in a sign of growing tensions between the two foes.
Andrei Belousov, deputy head of the Department of Nonproliferation and Arms Control at the Russian Foreign Minister, raised concerns over potential future conflict between the US and Russia, stating that Moscow will defend its territorial integrity and principles in response to US aggression.
Mr Belousov made his remarks after the First Committee of the UN General Assembly voted against a draft resolution to the INF proposed by Russia in support of the treaty.
He said: “Here recently at the meeting, the United States said that Russia is preparing for war.
“Yes, Russia is preparing for war, I have confirmed it. read more…
Emergency crews in hazmat suits were seen entering the medical facility on Sunday afternoon, after the medical center had admitted a man that morning who showed symptoms characteristic of the Ebola virus. As the patient was rushed into an isolation unit, the hospital was placed on lockdown, with ambulances diverted to other locations. Three ambulance staffers were also placed in a biocontainment unit, over fears that they might have been exposed to the virus.
After isolating the possibly infected persons and running initial tests, Ebola is being considered as a “potential but unlikely diagnosis,” the hospital said in a press release.
“From an initial review of the situation and the symptoms presented by the patient, it is unlikely that this will be confirmed as an Ebola case,” said Connie Price, an infectious diseases physician and Chief Medical Officer at Denver Health. “We are, however, following our standard procedures and taking every necessary precaution.” read more…
Earlier this month the US announced it had added 38 Russian entrepreneurs, senior officials and companies to its sanctions list as part of an effort to crack down on the country’s “malign activity” taking place across the globe.
Now the Kremlin has confirmed it is working on retaliatory measures to hit back at the Trump administration.
Russia’s Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov confirmed the news.
He said: “I will not announce anything, we are working on that.”
A firm response to the sanctions from Putin was already expected and a bill outlining potential reactionary measures was presented to the Russian parliament earlier this week. read more…
Russia’s Putin predicts global ‘chaos’ if West hits Syria again
MOSCOW/DAMASCUS (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Sunday that further Western attacks on Syria would bring chaos to world affairs, while signs emerged that Moscow and Washington want to pull back from the worst crisis in their relations for years.
Putin made his remarks in a telephone conversation with Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani after the United States, France and Britain launched missile strikes on Syria on Saturday over a suspected poison gas attack.
A Kremlin statement said Putin and Rouhani agreed that the Western strikes had damaged the chances of achieving a political resolution in the multi-sided, seven-year conflict that has killed at least half a million people. read more…
Nikki Haley says Russia will face new sanctions over Syria
The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations says President Donald Trump told her if the Syrian regime uses poisonous gas again, “the United States is locked and loaded” to strike again. (April 14)AP
The price Syria paid for using chemical weapons on its citizens was a military strike. Now Russia will pay an economic price for supporting the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley said Sunday. read more…
US is ‘locked and loaded’ if Syria uses chemical weapons again: Nikki Haley
The U.S. announced that overnight airstrikes succeeded in dealing a severe blow against the Syrian government’s capacity to use chemical weapons. But U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley also warned Saturday that the U.S. is “locked and loaded” in case Syrian President Bashar al-Assad uses chemical weapons again. read more…
Warning that it is “not far away” from testing a missile that could strike the United States with a nuclear warhead, North Korea on Saturday declared a policy of keeping Americans “in distress” about the possibility of a North Korean nuclear attack on the U.S. mainland, revealed by an article in the country’s Rodong Sinmunnewspaper — a paper that as the mouthpiece of “Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea,” and is considered the definitive source for the viewpoints of the country’s “supreme leader” Kim Jong Un.
The Roding Sinmun launched an online English-language edition in 2012, the year that Kim Jong Un assumed power, in order to spread North Korean government propaganda more widely throughout the world.
“U.S. President Donald Trump has said the world will never see North Korea reach the final stage of developing nuclear weapons that could reach the U.S., but recent strategic weapon tests have proved the country is ‘not far away’ from testing an ICBM,” the paper said this week according to a report by Bloomberg News. read more…