Thursday, September 3, 2015

• China's covert war with America heats up: warships near Alaska, another industrial explosion, and China unveils cruise missile that renders U.S. carriers obsolete - by Mike Adams

Thursday, September 03, 2015 - by Mike Adams
(NaturalNews) Two weeks ago, I ran an exclusive Natural News story announcing that a covert war between China and the USA had begun. The war started as a currency and debt war, then escalated into the catastrophic Tianjin explosion carried out by the U.S. Pentagon in a "kinetic retaliation" strategy, according to sources.

It wasn't long after the Tianjin explosion that a second explosion rocked the Chinese province of Shandong, sending "coincidence theorists" into a hissy fit because suddenly a pattern of explosions was emerging that could not simply be explained away as sheer chance.

Just a few days later, a massive explosion took out a U.S. military munitions depot in Japan, and evidence clearly pointed to it being sabotage (the Chinese government hates the Japanese, and it's now the 70th anniversary of Japan's heinous war crimes committed against the Chinese people).

Now, as reported by The Daily Sheeple, a THIRD massive explosion has ripped through China's industrial infrastructure... this time also taking place in the Shandong province.

When I first saw this news, I thought someone was confusing the facts about the Shandong province, mistakenly thinking there were two explosions taking place there. But it turns out there were really two explosions in Shandong alone (plus the one in Tianjin), according to the Mirror (UK) which reports: "Today's explosion is also the SECOND blast to occur in Shandong, after a previous one injured eight people just over a week ago."

(Keep in mind that China is desperately censoring all the news on these explosions, and the Chinese government is also heavily pressuring other nations to downplay or censor these explosions as well. There is a global effort to suppress this news, and China has even arrested over 15,000 bloggers and journalists for so-called "internet crimes" which include reporting on true events the government doesn't want talked about.)

For full details on this latest explosion, you'll have to read little-known Chinese language websites such as this page from which explains this latest explosion in great detail and even carries some new video not found elsewhere.

Here's video from the first Tianjin explosion. It will make your head spin. (WARNING: LOTS OF PROFANITY IN THE VIDEO for all the obvious reasons.) Notice carefully that it contains two explosions: the 3-ton TNT equivalent explosion you see at the beginning, followed by a massive 21-ton TNT equivalent explosion of the chemicals:


Now, then, we have FOUR explosions that have taken place between China and the United States, all in the span of just a few weeks. The realization that something far beyond chance is happening here is now inescapable. Clearly, someone is strategically and covertly sabotaging China's industrial infrastructure... and this is all taking place at a time when China is accelerating its selling of U.S. debt while devaluing its own currency (both of which are considered acts of economic warfare by the United States).

Five Chinese naval ships spotted operating off the coast of Alaska - Wall Street Journal
Following all the back-and-forth explosions mentioned above, we now have the Wall Street Journal reporting that Chinese naval ships are being spotted off the coast of Alaska.
From the WSJ on Wednesday, Sep. 2:

Five Chinese navy ships are currently operating in the Bering Sea off the coast of Alaska, Pentagon officials said Wednesday, marking the first time the U.S. military has seen them in the area. The officials have been tracking the movements in recent days of three Chinese combat ships...

Note carefully that these are, according to the WSJ, "Chinese combat ships." Their presence so close to the continental United States is yet another escalation of kinetic warfare posturing between the two nations. (Don't forget that just a few months ago, Russian nuclear bombers were also spotted making "practice runs" toward Alaska.)

China unveils Mach 10 "carrier killer" cruise missile that renders U.S. carriers tactically obsolete
On top of all this, China has just unveiled a Mach 10 cruise missile that can destroy U.S. aircraft carriers, thereby rendering them all but obsolete in the modern theater of war.
From the Financial Times, Sep. 2, 2015:

A weapon so secret China would not reveal it for years will make its first public appearance in a military parade on Thursday, Chinese defence experts say.

The so-called "carrier-killer" missile that threatens to reshape the balance of power in the western Pacific is set to wheel through the centre of Beijing along with 12,000 troops and 500 tanks and other vehicles as China marks the 70th anniversary of the end of the second world war.

Like an intercontinental ballistic missile, the DF-21D goes into orbit, but after re-entering the atmosphere it is capable of manoeuvring on to a target, making it theoretically capable of landing a large warhead on or near a moving ship.

Some analysts say such missiles threaten to consign aircraft carriers -- which form the basis of current US naval strategy -- to the dustbin, just as aircraft carriers themselves did to battleships with Japan’s 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.

What especially fascinating about this is that I wrote a weapons analysis document just 10 days ago that described the capabilities of orbital weapon systems as being very similar to what the Financial Times has now stated about China's Mach 10 cruise missile.

From my analysis published August 23, 2015:
A higher density "rod" weapon designed with exotic materials and dropped from high Earth orbit would obviously arrive on target at some velocity higher than 1km/s, but we don't know how much higher. Conservatively, let's estimate four times the velocity of an artillery shell, or 4km/s. In case you're curious, this is roughly Mach 12.

...Once the rod reaches atmosphere, small changes in control surfaces could easily glide the rod to within 2 meters of any intended target on impact, using the exact same technology that already exists in precision munitions on Earth (tiny adjustable surfaces near the tail).

China's new Dongfeng (meaning "East Wind", and pronounced like "Dong Fong" for those who wish to speak Chinese) cruise missile also launches into orbit, cruises through the atmosphere at Mach 10, and is precision guided to strike any land-based target within its range.

Based on the fact that this technology is openly admitted to exist in China, does anybody really think the Pentagon doesn't already have weapons that meet or exceed these capabilities?

Furthermore, does any intelligent person really believe this string of industrial explosions is sheer coincidence?

Of course they aren't. The U.S. and China are already engaged in the preliminary stages of war, folks. It just hasn't been announced yet. Just as importantly, both China and the United States possess and are using advanced weapon systems whose operational details aren't publicly known yet.

Warfare in 2015 isn't the same as warfare in 1942. In fact, it's so different that most people don't even recognize when it has already begun.

Watch for yet more war posturing, currency devaluation moves, debt dumping attacks, cyber warfare, strategic hacking and "unexplained" explosions throughout the remainder of 2015. These are not random events. They are all part of the war with China that has already begun.


Vessels complied with international law, Pentagon officials say

Chinese navy ships off the coast of Alaska came
within 12 nautical miles of the U.S. coast,
making a rare foray into U.S. territorial waters.
WSJ's Gordon Lubold reports. Photo: Zuma Press

By Jeremy Page in Beijing and
Gordon Lubold in Washington
Updated Sept. 4, 2015 4:46 p.m. ET

Chinese navy ships off Alaska in recent days weren’t just operating in the area for the first time: They also came within 12 nautical miles of the coast, making a rare foray into U.S. territorial waters, according to the Pentagon.

Pentagon officials said late Thursday that the five Chinese navy ships had passed through U.S. territorial waters as they transited the Aleutian Islands, but said they had complied with international law and didn’t do anything threatening.

“This was a legal transit of U.S. territorial seas conducted in accordance with the Law of the Sea Convention,” said Pentagon spokesman Cmdr. Bill Urban.

The passage was seen as significant as Beijing has long objected to U.S. Navy vessels transiting its territorial waters or operating in international waters just outside.

China’s Defense Ministry confirmed that its navy ships had sailed to the Bering Sea for training after joint exercises with Russia in late August, but said the activity was routine and not aimed at any particular country.

U.S. officials said earlier that they were tracking the five ships in the area, where they hadn’t seen the Chinese navy operating before, but they didn’t say how close the ships had come to U.S. territory.

The foray, just as President Barack Obama was visiting Alaska, threw a fresh spotlight on China’s expanding naval power and ambitions on the eve of a lavish military parade in Beijing. It also came just three weeks before China’s President, Xi Jinping, begins a state visit to the U.S. already clouded by tensions over alleged cyberattacks on the U.S. and China’s island-building in the South China Sea.


The flotilla apparently traveled east from somewhere near Russia and entered the Bering Sea, navigating north of the Aleutian Islands before transiting south, where they undertook the “innocent passage” through U.S. waters between two islands, a defense official said. 

That principle allows military ships to transit foreign territorial waters if they don’t conduct threatening activity. The Chinese didn’t give prior notification to the U.S. before doing so, but under international law, they don’t need to. 

The Chinese don’t always acknowledge those rules, according to U.S. officials. Beijing, for instance, complains that U.S. warships don’t provide notification before “innocent passage” in Chinese territorial waters, even though it isn’t required. 

During fiscal 2013, the Pentagon challenged China on this notion, deploying U.S. naval ships through Chinese territorial waters without advance notice. A Pentagon official said that the U.S. didn’t pose a similar challenge during fiscal 2014, citing data in a Pentagon report on such issues. There is no data available on the current fiscal year. 

U.S. officials believe China is building a “blue-water” navy capable of operating far from its shores, while also developing missiles and other capabilities designed to prevent the U.S. Navy from intervening in a conflict in Asia. 

Many of those capabilities, including a new antiship ballistic missile, were put on display for the first time on Thursday during the parade to mark the surrender of Japanese forces at the end of World War II. 

Some U.S. military experts saw the Chinese transit through the Aleutians as a positive step, in that they had adhered to the “innocent passage” principle. 

“As a matter of fairness and equity, these operations are a big step forward for U.S. interests in that Beijing now has no basis to object to similar passage through China’s territorial sea by the U.S., for instance in vicinity of China’s islands in the South China Sea,” said Peter Dutton, director of the China Maritime Studies Institute at the U.S. Naval War College. 

China took another step in that direction last year during the U.S.-led Rim of the Pacific, or RIMPAC, joint naval drills in Hawaii. 

U.S. officials said then that an uninvited Chinese spy ship had observed the drills from international waters. China’s Defense Ministry said that its operations complied with international law. 

Still, Mr. Dutton and other experts said it was doubtful that China would suddenly stop objecting to U.S. naval ships passing through its waters or conducting surveillance nearby. 

Pentagon officials said in May they were drawing up plans to send U.S. Navy ships or aircraft within 12 nautical miles of artificial islands that China has been building in the disputed South China Sea. 

Later that month, China expressed “strong dissatisfaction” and accused the U.S. of irresponsible and dangerous action after a U.S. Navy surveillance jet flew close to the islands, but not within 12 nautical miles. 

China has also repeatedly demanded that the U.S. cease surveillance operations within its exclusive economic zone, or EEZ, which under international law extends 200 nautical miles from the coast. 

For that reason, Beijing would likely say its ships off Alaska weren't conducting surveillance, although they probably were, said Taylor Fravel, an expert on China’s military at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

“China faces contradictory impulses to limit the activities of foreign navies within its own EEZ and to operate within the EEZs of others,” he said. “Over time, especially as China’s military becomes even more capable, it could downplay objections to the activities of foreign navies in its EEZ as it seeks to operate more frequently out of the region.” 

China’s Defense Ministry didn’t respond to questions about which ships were in the flotilla near Alaska or how close they came to U.S. territory. 

The joint exercises with Russia ran from Aug. 20-28 off the Russian Pacific coast—about 2,000 miles west of the Bering Sea—according to the official Xinhua News Agency. Seven Chinese ships took part, including two destroyers, two frigates, two landing ships and one supply ship, Xinhua said. 
U.S. officials said the five ships near the Aleutians included three Chinese combat ships, a supply vessel and an amphibious landing ship.


Chinese warships come within 12 nautical miles of US coast

Five Chinese warships that were operating off the Alaska coast earlier this week reportedly entered U.S. territorial waters and came within 12 nautical miles of the coast, Pentagon officials told the Wall Street Journal early Friday. 

China’s Defense Ministry also confirmed to the paper that its naval ships had sailed to the Bering Sea for training after a joint military exercise with Russia in late August. Officials in Beijing insisted that the activity was routine and not aimed at any particular country. 

Navy Commander Bill Urban, a Pentagon spokesman, confirmed to Fox News Wednesday that three surface warfare ships, one amphibious assault ship and one supply vessel from the People's Liberation Army Navy had been sighted in the Bering Sea. It was the first time that Chinese ships had been seen in the body of water separating Alaska and Russia. 

The Chinese ships' appearance coincided with President Obama's trip to Alaska, during which he largely focused on climate change, but also pressed Congress to approve the building of more icebreakers to counter claims to the Arctic made by Russia. 

Pentagon officials told the Journal that the ships complied with international law, saying the Chinese actions were in accordance with the principal of "innocent passage." A Pentagon spokesman defined that principle by saying the ships "“transited expeditiously and continuously through the Aleutian Island chain in a manner consistent with international law." 

White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters on Wednesday that the Defense Department "positively identified a number of Chinese naval vessels in that region, but based on their analysis, they have not detected any sort of threat or threatening activities." 

More on this... 

China has become more active in asserting its territorial claims, including reclaiming land to build new islands at a number of disputed Spratly reefs in the South China Sea. Several of China's neighbors also claim the reefs — including U.S. ally the Philippines — which lie in one of the world's busiest shipping routes and are rich in fish and potential gas and oil reserves. 

The U.S. has a policy of not taking sides in the territorial disputes, but it has declared it has a national interest in ensuring freedom of navigation and overflights. 

On Thursday, the U.S. Navy installed Rear Adm. Frederick Roegge to command its submarine force in the Pacific. 

The ceremony's guest speaker, Adm. Cecil Haney, a former submarine commander himself and currently the commander of U.S. Strategic Command, said significant disagreements and disputes challenge peace and stability in the Pacific. 

"For example, we see China's efforts to assert regional dominance in the East and South China Seas while at the same time they're operating a new ballistic missile submarine force, modernizing its mobile and fixed intercontinental ballistic missiles and conducting persistent cyber activities and counter space demonstrations," Haney said. 

The submarine force, which often called the "silent service," plays an important role in keeping track of China's increased activity, primarily through intelligence gathering. 

A photo of Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy warships in 2014. PLAN Photo

Five Chinese warships crossed into U.S. territorial waters heading south out of the Bering Sea exercising a stipulation in maritime law that allows a warship to cross into another country’s maritime territory legally, U.S. defense officials told USNI News on Thursday. The People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) flotilla made an “innocent passage” passing within 12 nautical miles of the Aleutian Islands that border the southern edge of the Bering Sea, defense officials told USNI News.

“The five PLAN ships transited expeditiously and continuously through the Aleutian Island chain in a manner consistent with international law,” according to a Thursday statement provided to USNI News by U.S. Northern Command.

NORTHCOM did not provide a time when the transit occurred but it is most likely the ships passed through the islands either early Thursday morning or late Wednesday night based on USNI News’ understanding of the current positions of the flotilla — about 300 nautical miles south of the island of Attu on the western edge of the Aleutians.

An innocent passage, without prior notification, is a maritime right laid out as part of the U.N. Law of the Sea Convention.

Under international law a warship can transit through a nation’s territorial waters “so long as it is not prejudicial to the peace, good order or security of the coastal state,” according to Article 19 of the UNLOSC.

Specifically, it means during an innocent passage a warship can’t launch or recover aircraft, collect military intelligence, distribute propaganda, launch any kind of watercraft, fire weapons, fish or take any other action that is not involved in the direct passage of the ship through the territory of the costal state.

Innocent passage differs from a warship moving through an internationally recognized transit area like the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf or the Strait of Gibraltar. Warships are not subject to the innocent passage limitations during those transit passages.

The PLAN group was composed of three surface combatants, an amphibious warship and a fleet oiler and were part of the seven ship group the Chinese sent to drill with the Russians earlier this month off of Russia’s Pacific coast and the Sea of Japan.

According to Chinese press reports, the PLAN sent Type 051C Luzhou-class guided missile destroyer Shenyang (115), Russian-built Sovremennyy-class guided destroyer Taizhou (138), Type 54A Jiangkai II frigates Linyi (547) and Hengyang (568), Type 071 amphibious warship Changbaishan, Type 072A tank landing ship (LST) Yunwushan (997) and Type 903 fleet oiler Taihu to the exercise.

The PLAN flotilla entered the Bering Sea via international waters via a passage between the Russian Kamchatka peninsula and the American Attu island, a defense official confirmed to USNI News on Thursday.

After operating in the Bering Sea — a first for the PLAN — the group passed east of Attu, through the Aleutians and into the northern Pacific Ocean.

According to one maritime law expert, an innocent passage on the part of the Chinese would send several messages to the U.S. and the international community.

Not only does the PLAN visit to the Bering Sea coincide with China’s massive celebration on the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II the operation also comes ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to the U.S. later this month.

“It kills a lot of birds,” James Kraska, professor in the Stockton Center for the Study of International Law at the Naval War College, told USNI News on Thursday.

The PLAN ships moving through the Aleutians would be the legal equivalent of a U.S. destroyer moving through the strait separating mainland China from Hainan Island, Kraska said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.

An undated Chinese amphibious warship Changbaishan. Chinese Ministry of Defense Photo 

Closer to home China jealously guards its own maritime boundaries and has at times required prior notification for ships making innocent passages in its own territorial waters and routinely challenges aircraft and ships in what are universally considered international waters. 

U.S. military ships and aircraft routinely conduct freedom of navigation missions in the South China Sea drawing fighter intercepts and verbal rebukes from the PLA. 

For its part, the U.S. has not made innocent passage part of its freedom of navigation missions in the South China Sea — a divisive issue between the Pentagon and the Obama administration, according to a late July report in Politico

Kraska said there was a perception in China that the U.S. viewed the Bering Sea the same way the Chinese see the South China Sea and the PLAN mission would be provocative. 

“They think this sends a big signal [to the U.S.] but they’ll be surprised that the U.S. treats them professionally,” he said.