Category Archives: China

Who Will Help Russia Build Better?

Russia needs a lot of good men and good weapons to defend its vast and porous borders. Russia is falling behind on both. Who will help Russia to build more and better young men and weapons? Russia’s New Weapons Do … Continue reading

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Donald Trump: China’s Great White Grandfather

Chuan Da Ye People in the United States and other Western countries may have called Donald J. Trump a lot of different names, but in China, many people are addressing him as “Chuan Da Ye.” “Chuan” is the Chinese pronunciation … Continue reading

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Empty Towers on Debt Mountains: China’s Vulnerability

Until now, China has managed to keep its huge raft of nonperforming debt afloat thanks to capital inflows, as successive waves of quantitative easing pushed dollars into the world. A tighter dollar would seem to make the bursting of China’s … Continue reading

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Entering the New Chinese Warlord Era

Chinese warlords have appeared all throughout China’s history, springing up in times of turmoil to gain power, and sometimes establishing their own dynasty. Warlords are normally aggressive and ambitious, they want to gain power and will use any means necessary … Continue reading

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Xi Jinping’s Extreme Makeover: Marxism that Really Works!

China’s president-for-life Xi Jinping has turned to “born-again Marxism” in an effort to revise history and to re-shape national consciousness around a more malleable model that suits his purposes. … Xi and his supporters [are] now trying to use [Marx] … Continue reading

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China’s Marshmallow Days

China Economic Blockbuster Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain __ The Wizard of Oz (1939) Despite appreciable slowing of China’s economic growth rates, the Middle Kingdom is riding a glittering wave of apparent wealth. The dragon maintains … Continue reading

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China Loses Market Share… And Workers

China is no longer the manufacturer of first resort for a growing number of western importers. China is losing market share to upstarts, newcomers, and old grizzled rivals such as Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea. China is losing market share … Continue reading

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China-Style Bridge Collapse in Florida Raises Questions

Something was clearly wrong with the bridge. An engineer for bridge contractor FIGG noticed cracks in the structure two days before the collapse. But his message was overlooked until the day after the collapse. This Kind of Thing is Expected … Continue reading

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Pyramids Within Pyramids … Schemes and Scams

The Fractal Scams of Modern Chinese Society Today’s China is one fractal pyramid from top to bottom — from the lowest scale to the highest. “Scale Invariance” is a fractal property of an object, where its morphology is virtually identical … Continue reading

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What Really Scares China’s Leaders

Trump’s “Double Whammy” Spreads Fear in Beijing There has been a lot of nervous speculation in Beijing over the “single whammy,” Trump’s tax plan which reduces corporate taxes in the US, and makes it much easier for international companies to … Continue reading

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An Important Distinction: GDP Growth vs. Economic Growth

Real GDP Growth in China 3% or Less It is actually much worse than China expert Michael Pettis explains below: GDP growth is not the same as economic growth. Consider two factories that cost the same to build and operate. … Continue reading

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The Chinese Century Is Already Over

A Workforce Already Shrinking The working age population of China is shrinking so quickly that wages are being forced upward, driving many overseas investors to look to other nations to do their offshore manufacturing. A country needs a fertility rate … Continue reading

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Robert D. Kaplan on the Russia – China Rivalry

Savvy geographer and writer Robert D. Kaplan has had his eyes on developments in Central Asia since he published his influential essay and book, The Coming Anarchy, in the middle 1990s. Since that time a quiet but intense rivalry in … Continue reading

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China’s Junk-Rated Future

One Belt One Road: Leap Into the Uncertain Future China’s Mr. Xi has attained the pinnacle of one-man power in The Middle Kingdom. In order to achieve his ambition to make China the leading global power in economic, political, and … Continue reading

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China’s Growth is 100% Debt Driven

China leads the world in economic growth but that growth is 100% debt-driven. China’s recent $10 trillion in growth comes from $10 trillion in additional debt. … The instability of China’s credit-fueled, investment-focused growth strategy is—without a doubt—one of the … Continue reading

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The Lithium Calamity: Poison Mountain, Green Idiocracy

Who Wants to Follow China’s Long Toxic Walk? China has long been famous for its poisoned air, toxic rivers, and deadly soil. Now the aging dragon faces a new toxic calamity: a looming mountain of poisoned and unusable lithium batteries … Continue reading

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The Engineering Apocalypse: David Goldman “Spengler”

Update: Can the “Engineering Apocalypse” save China from its perfect storm? According to the South China Morning Post, the impending economic crisis is rooted in expansive fiscal policy, increased government spending, rising property values, extremely lax monetary policies, record-high bank … Continue reading

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China Preparing for Next Great Leap Forward?

Can China Reverse its Present Stall? China is experiencing an unexpected slowdown in its global ambitions. The very nature of economic growth in China has changed in an ominous way. A closer look at the fixed causes behind China’s unhealthy … Continue reading

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Astounding Ghost Towers of Shanghai

A dangerous proportion of China’s vaunted GDP is based upon capital misallocation, overproduction, and “broken window” style investments. The “demolish and build” cycle so prominent in many Chinese cities is only one case in point. The era of economic reform … Continue reading

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Emerging Ghost Malls, Hotels, Office Buildings and Cities of Africa

We usually think of China when contemplating “ghost cities” and other ghost real estate properties. But the Chinese propensity to build infrastructure far in advance of actual demand is not limited to the Middle Kingdom. The Chinese Communist Party wants … Continue reading

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The 3 Empires of the 21st Century

Just over 100 years ago at the dawn of the 20th century, the world was awash in empires. Once strong empires such as the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Ottoman Empire, the Tsarist Russian Empire, The British Empire, The German Empire, The … Continue reading

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China Road to World Domination Hits Snags

… it’s almost certain that the amount of money that makes its way into Belt-and-Road projects will be significantly lower than advertised. Grand in ambition but short on details, Xi’s sweeping initiative may be better thought of as a “philosophy” … Continue reading

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“Chinese [and World] Financial Flaws Leading to War”

War is Coming Discussion of China’s multi-faceted predicament begins near the 33 minute mark in the video below. The speaker anticipates a cascading war encompassing most regions of the globe as a result of economic constraints in China (poor supply … Continue reading

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China’s Shaky Foundations: A World at Risk

Update: Undercover investigation reveals that despite government claims, China is digging a deeper hole for itself The world is watching China’s credit explosion, wondering how it will all end. It is a cold comfort that some of the same institutions … Continue reading

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Is China’s Goose Cooked? And Other Bedtime Stories

Economically, China needs a powerful recession to get rid of businesses being kept alive by loans. Politically, China can’t afford the cost of unemployment. The re-emergence of a dictatorship in China under President Xi Jinping should be understood in this … Continue reading

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