Shaking hands as the Chinese president left the imperial palace, Xi said via an interpreter: "Change is coming that hasn’t happened in 100 years. And we are driving this change together." Putin replied: ‘I agree,’ before his counterpart bid him farewell, saying: "Please, take care, dear friend"
"I think that the Russia-China axis is being formed, to which Iran and North Korea are adjacent. Look at the map, look at the geography, we need to take this seriously."
The formation of a Russian-Chinese alliance creates a real problem for Western countries, which is more serious than the conflict in Ukraine. With such an opinion in an interview with the British newspaper The Telegraph, published on their website, was made by the former assistant to the President of the United States for national security, John Bolton.
President of Mexico:
That’s just how they are.” The US believes “it’s the government of the world.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has bristled over his government being accused by the US State Department of human rights abuses, dismissing his country’s neighbors to the north as “liars.”
Mexican President AMLO says that the Biden Administration has no right to speak about violence in Mexico since it authorized the sabotage of the Nord Stream gas pipeline as journalist Seymour Hersh argues.
"If we are talking about acts of violence, how is it that an award-winning journalist in the United States claims that the US government sabotaged the gas pipeline from Russia to Europe?" he taunted.
Poland Threat followed by a backtrack, but the statement was made...
🇵🇱 "If Ukraine cannot defend its independence, we will have no choice, we will be forced to enter into conflict"
Polish Ambassador to France Jan Emeric Rostiszewski in an interview with the French channel LCI.
Vladimir Putin answered the question that a lot of people have been asking for the last year: Why didn't Russia started the SMO back in 2014, when the Ukrainian army was weak.
◽️I assumed that the situation with Ukraine would be resolved peacefully
◽️The Russian Federation did not have hypersonic weapons in 2014, but now it does, like other modern systems
◽️Moscow tried to solve the problem peacefully, but "now we see that we were led by the nose"
Biden was unable to read the verse and admitted that he was scared in the White House: And every window in ... in ... every county ... every country. Let me start again. I'm getting scared to be here.
HSBC in flames shortly after they bought SVB:
More Banking Major Change Afoot:
"Coordinated central bank action to enhance the provision of U.S. dollar liquidity
The Bank of Canada, the Bank of England, the Bank of Japan, the European Central Bank, the Federal Reserve, and the Swiss National Bank are today announcing a coordinated action to enhance the provision of liquidity via the standing U.S. dollar liquidity swap line arrangements.
To improve the swap lines’ effectiveness in providing U.S. dollar funding, the central banks currently offering U.S. dollar operations have agreed to increase the frequency of 7-day maturity operations from weekly to daily. These daily operations will commence on Monday, March 20, 2023, and will continue at least through the end of April.
The network of swap lines among these central banks is a set of available standing facilities and serve as an important liquidity backstop to ease strains in global funding markets, thereby helping to mitigate the effects of such strains on the supply of credit to households and businesses."
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Did you know that in the case of a nuclear attack, the IRS has plans to resume tax collecting in a month?
"In 1989, the IRS updated its employee manual with information on how the agency will deal with a nuclear war. According to the manual, the IRS will resume tax collection within 30 days of a nuclear attack. Tax collection efforts will be focused on areas that produce the most taxes. The manual also states that the staff is to focus on collecting current taxes because the widespread destruction could make it nearly impossible to recover previously owed taxes."
Source: This NYT article from 1989
Russia changes the entire balance of Power in the Pacific:
"Andrei Martyanov, is always worth reading, but his piece today regarding Russia and the Chinese Navy is must read and see. The United States is quite worried that China is going to provide Russia with weapons, but that misses the point. When it comes to advanced weaponry, Russia is the leader, not China. China’s Xi Jinping is not in Moscow with a catalogue of weapons he is ready to sell to Putin. Just the opposite — Russia has weapons that China needs it if is going to deter U.S. military action against Beijing.
The United States and Europe mistakenly believe that any bilateral relationship between China and Russia is lopsided in favor of China and that Russia has little to offer its behemoth of a neighbor to the south. The truth of the matter, as Andrei points out, is that China needs Russia as much, if not more, than Russia needs China. While Russia’s population is tiny compared to China, its technological sophistication, particularly on the military side of the equation, and its ample supplies of oil and gas makes it a large and vital country for the Chinese.
Andrei points out that China’s current hypersonic missile, the DF-21 ballistic anti-shipping missiles with their range declared as… 1,500 kilometers, would be of little use against a U.S. Carrier Battle Group parked 2,000 kilometers from China’s mainland. Moreover, the U.S. F -18 Hornets on those carriers are armed with the AGM-158 JASSM, would have an effective range of 2,600 kilometers. Andrei writes:
Russia’s latest system, the S-500 Prometheus, “is a mobile, surface-to-air missile system (SAM) . . . It is designed to counter aircraft and ballistic and cruise missiles, and reportedly can target low-orbit satellites.” It is no longer a program in development. It is now in production and, if shared with the Chinese, would represent a significant upgrade in China’s already robust air defenses.
The current Russia/Chinese summit in Moscow is going to produce a number of agreements. These have been in negotiation for more several months. China’s top diplomat, Wang Yi, was in Moscow in February to put the final touches on these agreements. Besides an agreement of mutual defense and cooperation, I anticipate that Russia and China will sign a long term deal on oil and gas that will ensure China has a reliable supply for the foreseeable future.
But this is not a one-way street. China provides Russia with a key ally for creating a multi-polar and defeating the attempt by the United States and Europe to isolate and destroy Russia. China wields significant diplomatic clout among the so-called Third World nations and can use that influence to rally support for Russia at the UN and before other international bodies. The Chinese/Russian summit, if nothing else, delivers a death blow to the United States’ effort to isolate Russia and make it a pariah nation.
Starlink no longer Drone Enabling:
Starlink blocks the operation of terminals used by Ukraine over new regions of Russia, - Economist, citing a source in the intelligence of the Armed Forces of Ukraine
Starlink is now using geofencing to block the use of terminals not only over Russian-occupied territories... but also... over water and when the receiver is moving at speeds greater than 100 km per hour
Looking for the Next Ukraine:
The European Union is ready to "do for other countries of the world the same thing that it did for Ukraine" in terms of arms supplies and "lethal assistance." This was stated by the head of the EU Foreign Policy Service, Josep Borrel, opening on Tuesday the first Schuman forum on security and defense partnership, held in the European Parliament.
"We also invite our partners to join projects under the PESCO [military partnership for the development and production of new types of weapons] program. These projects are available to countries outside the EU - Norway, Canada, Ukraine, but also other countries that share our approaches, such as Serbia, can join this initiative. We are also ready to partner with African and Asian countries."
This is for real: A letter from the CEO of Wagner PMC that is killing Ukraine in Bakhmut: