Steven Aftergood: CRS on Foreign Agent Registration & Political Warfare (PBI: Half the Story, As Usual)

02 China, 02 Diplomacy, 03 Economy, 06 Russia, 08 Wild Cards, 10 Security, 11 Society, Congressional Research Service, Corruption, Cultural Intelligence, Government, Officers Call, Peace Intelligence
Steven Aftergood

Foreign Agents Registration Act: An Overview, CRS In Focus, updated March 7, 2019

Phi Beta Iota: Valuable itemization of the requirements for registration. Unstated but obvious: both AIPAC and ADL are illegally unregistered agents of a foreign power.

Strategic Competition and Foreign Policy: What is “Political Warfare”?, CRS In Focus, March 8, 2019

Phi Beta Iota: High school version of the concept, neglects fact that the US Government does not do holistic analytics or true cost economics, loves regime change as a pay to play profit center for the banks, and lies to the public every single day while the Chinese whip our ass world-wide using peace, commerce, and friendship, the Ron Paul playbook.

Evan Ellis: China in Latin America — the Ecuador Case with Sidebars on Venezuela and Bolivia

02 China, 03 Economy, 07 Venezuela, 08 Wild Cards, Commerce, Commercial Intelligence, Government, Peace Intelligence

While this article was written prior to President Moreno’s December 2018 trip to the PRC (securing a new $900 million loan), you may find this article a useful sector-by-sector analysis of the relationship, with a comparison to China’s relationship with Venezuela and Bolivia, as well as discussion of President Moreno’s attempt to secure more equitable contract terms for his country.

PDF (18 Pages): 2018 Ellis China Ecuador

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Robert Steele: No, Virginia, China Is Not Going to Sink Two US Aircraft Carriers in the South China Sea

02 China, Ethics, Government, Military, Officers Call, Peace Intelligence, Strategy

Chinese Admiral Wants To “Sink Two US Aircraft Carriers” Over South China Sea

Who does Major-General Luo Yuan speak for?

Alert Reader says:

The rank is academic, not military.  He is not part of the chain of command. He appears to be largely ignored by everyone. Those attempting to alarm the public on Fox et al are debunked.

Long comment with links below the fold.

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R. Evan Ellis: The Impact of China on the Latin American Security Environment

02 China, Communities of Practice, IO Deeds of Peace, Officers Call, Policies
Evan Ellis

The Impact of China on the Latin American Security Environment

To frame the nature of China’s impacts on the Latin America and Caribbean security environment, it is important to understand that the rise of the PRC is
simultaneously affecting the region in multiple interdependent ways, often indirect and unintentional. These include altering its economic structure,
changing the dynamics of the regional arms market, and contributing to transpacific organized crime, among other. Perhaps most importantly, however, it is also impacting the perceptions and calculations of political, military leaders and business elites in the region, non-state actors and others, and by affecting those perceptions, it is altering their actions and the dynamics of the countries in which they operate.

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Nicholas Eftimiades: Chinese Espionage in USA — Cases and Costs

02 China, 03 Economy, Commerce, Commercial Intelligence, Government

Uncovering Chinese Espionage in the US

Robert Steele: Will China “Own” the Southern Hemisphere?

02 China
Robert David STEELE Vivas

China’s Building Spree In Poor Nations: Does It Really Help The Local Economy?

A useful analysis that includes the negatives; the bottom line is shown in the image below – China is on a path to “own” the Southern Hemisphere including ports, airports, high-speed rail, and highways.

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Paper Tiger: China is Bluffing on Tariffs, Time to Invite Others to Bid UPDATE 1 Graphics Added

02 China, 03 Economy, 03 India, 08 Wild Cards, 11 Society, Commercial Intelligence, Ethics, Government

Alert Reader based in China and heavily invested in Chinese manufacturing brokerage reports that Trump tariffs are exactly what has been needed to bring the Chinese to the table so as to correct the imbalance that may have been fair 30 years ago but is grossly unfair to US companies and workers now.

He reports that over 100 factories have closed overnight as US companies have started cancelling orders that would not arrive in time to miss the new 10% tariffs that start 24 September, and that the Chinese government is under massive pressure to work with Trump to avoid triggering the 25% tariff rate that would be implemented on 1 January 2019 if talks do not progress.

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Stephen E. Arnold: You Are Your Phone — There Will Be No Anonymnity

02 China, Advanced Cyber/IO, IO Impotency, IO Privacy, IO Sense-Making
Stephen E. Arnold

Google: Making Cross Correlation Factually Fluffy General Tso Dish?

I read “Google China Prototypes Links Searches to Phone Number”. This is one of those write ups which offers some possibly accurate information attributed to anonymous sources or “sources familiar with the project.”

Nifty. Nothing like anonymity.

But for the moment, let’s assume that queries from mobile devices are explicitly linked to the a specific mobile device. What’s the big deal?

According to the write up:

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Ellen Brown: China’s Mobile Ecosystems Making Banks and Credit Card Companies Obsolete

02 China, 03 Economy, Advanced Cyber/IO, Commerce, Commercial Intelligence, Ethics
Ellen Brown

How China’s Mobile Ecosystems Are Making Banks Obsolete

Giant Chinese tech companies have bypassed credit cards and banks to create their own low-cost digital payment systems.

Stephen E. Arnold: China Charts a Course in Cyber Space

02 China, Advanced Cyber/IO, Commercial Intelligence
Stephen E. Arnold

China Charts a Course in Cyber Space

I am not much a political thinker. But even with the minimal knowledge I possess about world affairs, it seems to me that China has made its cyber technology objective clear. Of course, I am assuming that the information in “When China Rules the Web” is accurate. You will have to judge for yourself.

The write up states:

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