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BREAKING: US searches of Russian diplomatic properties begin (FIRST VIDEOS)

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has called the FBI searches “a travesty of justice”.

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US authorities have begun raid style searches of diplomatic properties in the United States which are legally the property of the Russian Federation.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has published the first videos of the US authorities inside the Russian properties and promises to publish more as they become available.

Addition videos show men described as FBI workers climbing into ceiling spaces during their search

The photos below show FBI personnel entering the Russian diplomatic property.

The Foreign Ministry also published photos of the diplomatic facilities shortly before the FBI search indicating that most of the items had been removed.

Russia has correctly slammed the move as being unprecedented. Beyond this it is illegal according to the international law inscribed in the Vienna Conventions.

READ MORE: US actions against Russian diplomatic and consular property are illegal–here’s why

 

 

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englishvinal

More deliberate isolation. Why would any country want to send Ambassadors and other Russian personnel into the United States?… They really do NOT need to have their own people inside the US.. whatever needs to be negotiated can be done from Canada or Mexico.. or anywhere in Central America… International flights started avoiding US air space about 7 years ago, when the US began harassing everybody who might only have been sitting in their plane seat waiting for the fuel-up in Florida.. and never even entered the airport. Flights fuel up in Panama now… and pay Panama the fees…. Assets,… Read more »

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

It’s called the Noahide Laws, which GHWB acknowledged to be the sole repository of all true morality.
The jew is judged according to the Ten Commandments; but not considering the Gentile to be human, he places him beneath the harsh yoke of said laws, administered not by God, but by those gods on earth, the sanhedrin.
This is what Orwell was speaking about when he referred to the boot stamping upon your face for ever.
This is what the jewish New World Order looks like; and this is how it behaves, in that home of judaism, the United States of Terror.

BobValdez
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BobValdez

Time for the FSB and GRU to “search” ALL us embassy property, vehicles and homes of ALL us diplomatic staff in Russia. NO exception.

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

Without warning also. Staff members should be – courteously, kindly, but firmly – held incommunicado in a nice hotel, until the searches are completed.

Simon
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Simon

When life gives you lemons…..make lemonade. This was brilliant. MID opened up their premises to their media, they even had live streamed coverage. It surprised me. What could the US do? They just looked arrogant and stupid, any chance of planting fake ‘gotcha’ evidence evaporated. Hats off to the Russian Min Foreign Affairs. It’s what makes Russia the king of adversaries – they are smart and subtle. 😉 Sorry (to many on this site), but no need for war threats. This game is not being played in the US media (or diplomatic) space or the Russian. The real player is… Read more »

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

Sorry Simon, but “the rest of the world” is not homogeneous. The people like yourself who can see America looking like the scum they are, are very much the minority. The majority are seeing America as treating Russia with contempt and also as a potential aggressor – and Russia seems so far to have no answer. Russia looks either a fool, a weak scared country, or a suspect, depending on the train of thought of viewers. It makes me furious and yes, whilst I agree that filming this and showing the yank troglodytes had nothing was clever and a good… Read more »

Simon
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Simon

Isabella, your frustration and anger are TOTALLY justified. But we are dealing here with something between a rabid dog and sulky teenage bully. Just what is the kick in the cojones that we can try to shut them down?! How about a thermobaric bomb on the illegitimate US base at Al-Tanf? Did I go too far? You can see the problem in dealing with them. You tell me what should be done. In the meantime every time that they are mocked, humiliated and shamed is a step in the right direction. They don’t even have an ‘Empire’. It is virtual,… Read more »

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

Ohh, dont think I can agree with you there Simon. I’ve long said America has an Empire – tell me how it differs?? They have their military in countries – about 800+ bases as far as we know. They use said countries as their own backyard. Several have asked them to leave and they just take no notice. They flood countries with their money, they behave exactly as they please, and are answerable to no-one. Japan, Europe, Afghanistan, the Middle East !! They look like an Empire to me I’m afraid. Yes, I agree with you regarding the problem of… Read more »

Simon
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Simon

Isabella, It’s very easy. This is a ‘war’ between reality and virtual reality. Russia is based on reality. Its military are real, its reserves, low debt, and gold – real, its politics and strategies are real. It is not alone. China and others live in the real world. We only have to prick the bubble of the virtual reality that is the West. What is left after that will be – reality. PS I disagree, there is no American Empire – if there were then eg they could raise an army of 100,000 Afghans and invade…some place. The Brits could… Read more »

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

I think with the Brits in India, things were a bit different, and the mindset. The average Asian – certainly the Indians of those times – admired strength. Many saw the armies of the Dutch East India Company – and then of Queen Victoria, whom they all admired enormously – as mighty, and to be revered. Britain and India forged a link of understanding that I must admit slightly puzzles me. I have known and had friendships with many Indians, and note that sense of a bridge of understanding being present. I dont quite know why – but it’s been… Read more »

Rex drabble
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Rex drabble

Isabella,You are plain wrong,Your kind of talk doesnt make things better.It is just a continuation of endless,useless non constructive points of view.Talk is cheap.action speaks louder and Russia is the master in that regard

André De Koning
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André De Koning

But it might be falling apart as we speak: these are symptoms of becoming powerless, even though it might take a while for the dying beast to actually collapse. Like the Rise and Fall of Civilizations (Toynbee), the symptoms are visible, so there is hope yet for the world to see Russia/China and BRICS to develop and show a better way than war and aggression and arrogance.

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

It’s certainly what we are all hoping for Andre, I agree.

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

“Everybody hates the British” is what I kept hearing from people in those countries.

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

“Those observers who criticize Russia for being “weak” or “naive” simply project their own, mostly American, “reaction set” on the Russians and fail to realize the simply truth that Russians are not Americans, they think differently and they act differently. For one thing, the Russians don’t care if they are perceived as “weak” or “naive”. In fact, they would prefer to be perceived as such if that furthers their goals and confuses the opponent about their real intentions and capabilities. The Russians know that they did not build the biggest country on the planet by being “weak” or “naive” and… Read more »

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

I am very well aware of how Russians think, and how differently to the West they think. Russia has been my subject of study for some years now.
How others see Russia is what drives them – that is something Russia has to take into account. You have to know what your enemy is thinking – and how it thinks. No good just going on your own knowledge.

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

No insult intended. I firmly believe that Russia/Putin know exactly what the West thinks of them and how they “see” Russia. As Putin says it is actions that tell the truth and the West has made action against RF in every way possible. It has been said that Putin studied Sun Tzu and we know he plays chess. The ways he has confounded the US’s moves against RF in so many ways shows this, and at the same time shows the impotence of the West to do anything of REAL damage to Russia. Should Russia REALLY risk a war with… Read more »

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

Here is an article for you : “Russia and the Chinese Petrodollar Kill Shot” https://www.roguemoney.net/blog/ru-china-petrodollar-killshot

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

Good one, thank you Gonzogal.

Rastislav Veľká Morava
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Rastislav Veľká Morava

Very well said.

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

Thank you but those are not my words but a quote from the article linked in my comment.

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

“You tell me what should be done”.
OK.
Something highly symbolic.
RF to announce the end of all US-Russian collaboration in space.
No more sales of Russian rocket engines to the Children of Darkness.
No more lying, dirty, contemptible, masonic, yanquis in space.
As a symbolic move par excellence, this is the ideal.

Let them be confined to the gutter where they grew up, and where they exist, and have their being.

Bob Trajkoski
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Bob Trajkoski

AMERICA LOOK AS WHAT THEY WHAT ARE DOING IN THERE AMBASIS AND SUSPECT EVERYONE IS THE SAME .USA IS A CRIMINAL STATE

Trauma2000
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Trauma2000

So it begins. Lets all watch with baited breath at the ‘incriminating evidence’ the FBI and CIA ‘find’ and ‘disclose to the world.’

Seán Murphy
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Seán Murphy

Except they’re not going to “find”it.

Trauma2000
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Trauma2000

Oh. But they WILL. I’m almost certain that the evidence WILL BE FOUND. It will be found hidden in between the walls; or in a pile of documents the Diplomats “forgot” to shred; or it will be ‘decoded’ from the ashes of the documents that were incinerated.

They WILL find the evidence. Of that we can be sure.

Hans Zandvliet
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Hans Zandvliet

And if they don’t, they will plant some ‘evidence’.
Hell, they only need to utter some accusations: since the February 2014 coup in the Ukraine, we’ve learned time and again that evidence is not even needed anymore.

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

Yeah. Kind of familiar scenario, isn’t it? Where have seen this before? America, accusations, illegal atrocities, no evidence found – oh yes. Iraq. Familiar pattern.

Trauma2000
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Trauma2000

Yeah… Ah, from memory; Iraq; 911, Syria, Russian Election Meddling ‘Inquisition,’ Libya, MH17 Shoot Down, “Russia did it” French Election, Mythical Russian Invasion of Donbass and Luhansk; Funding the Taliban in Afghanistan…

There’s probably about a dozen I’ve missed.

F Flint Rider
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F Flint Rider

shame…shame…shame….clang!!!

Freethinking Влади́мир
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Freethinking Влади́мир

Effing Zio globalist tools. I have no respect for America. Absolutely none! I feel sorry for the 0.01% red pilled people, but other than that they can suffocate for what I care.

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

Every single thing America has done on the international stage, bar a few minor token gestures has, since about 1945, been illegal. What point is there now in grizzling about how this is illegal? You think they give a monkey’s cuss?. Yes, so was the destruction of Libya, the lies and invasion of Iraq – illegal. Didn’t stop them and they’ve paid not one iota for it. They act with utter impunity, and they know it. The AngloArrogantAristos of America dont give a rats ass about “illegal”. As far as they are concerned, if they want to do something, that… Read more »

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

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Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

“The most pathetic thing about all this is how the AngloZionists are misreading the Russians. From a Russian cultural point of view, everything the West and NATO has been doing as signs of weakness. Why would a strong alliance need to engage in meaningless threats (NATO battalions or ABM systems)? Why would a strong alliance seek safety in numbers? Why would a strong alliance act is if reality did not exist? From a Russian point of view all that saber-rattling and grandstanding amount to a gigantic admission weakness and they are totally unimpressed. And they are not shy about expressing… Read more »

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

Yes, I in fact was writing – I think over 18 months ago – that in my opinion we would find that Putin’s main aim has always been to bring America down via crippling her international currency standing, and all the back up [undeserved] which that has given her. I agree that, when Putin said, in the Stone “Putin interviews”in answer to Stone’s comment, of the rabid hatred coupled with lack of any insight and insanity of the Ruling clique “I fear them”, Putin replied with “I fear them too” — wasn’t because of any strength NATO/US have. I am… Read more »

Rex drabble
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Rex drabble

Let them.Who cares?Russia has proven time and again they are much smarter than the US and followers.The US shows the whole world how corrupt and stupid they really are.They will bring themselves down.Enjoy the show,you are watching the world change for the better,relax and put your faith in Mr Putin,,,,,The greatest world leader we will ever see in our time.Buy some pop corn and put your feet up.

Matt Hol
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Matt Hol

My first baby was born yesterday. And I wake up to great power war escalation not seen since the 1940’s.

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

Congratulations Matt. I hope Mum and Baby are doing well, and continue to thrive. Dont let the scum of the earth spoil your day. It is one that will never come again – by definition, there can only ever be one “first”. So have a wonderful happy day, thinking of all the other wonderful day days to come. They have no part in life, joy, and beauty.

Matt Hol
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Matt Hol

Thanks so much.

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

Congratulations!

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

Here is a super interesting interview that points to the fact that this “precedent setting” violation of international law could be in preparation for the US/UK storming of the Ecuadoran embassy in London to take out Assange,,,,
https://youtu.be/KApwpwxnYGY?t=5m11s

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

It’s a good point. She also made the point I did here – that it has strengthened the view of many that Russia is “guilty” of something.
However, the other thing it might be doing is adding fuel to the fire of anti-Russian sentiments in order to set the picture for a False Flag.
Never forget the False Flags – and that they always “set the scene” first.

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

Surely you’re not a conspiracy theorist, Isabella?
I know our governments would never, ever, do anything utterly immoral and illegal.

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

🙂
Nah – of course they wouldn’t Tim. It’s just these nightmares I keep getting!!

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

🙂

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

FBI searching the attics of the Russian Consulate, but never went to search the basement of Clinton’s residence, where she hid illegal computer servers …
FBI, the joke of the day.

Voltaire
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Voltaire

The FBI never searched the DNC to find who hacked it either……..that is gros negligence and means that no poroof will ever be provided of Russian hacking of the DNC….

The FBI are a bunch of amateur and corrupted incompetents…

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

Or the blood-soaked cellars beneath Planet Pizza.

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

“What are our people going to do in your ambassador’s apartments or in the consulate in San Francisco? Look for illegal recipes for borsch? Of course, Russians have to respond and to go into our consulate in St. Petersburg – looking for what? Perhaps, for too many copies of Doctor Zhivago in the embassy’s library?”
– John Graham, former US ambassador

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

Russia, by the grace of God, hangs her international reputation foursquare upon the Word of God. She is a Christian nation; and this is what the jew cannot abide, or tolerate. The scenario we see playing out here has played out before, in another land, and in another time; but the actors remain the same, the script unmodified. Good against evil; force, brutality, lies, murders, and thefts; against The Truth. Let us thank God for Vladimir Putin and the Russian Federation, upon whom, and upon which, the entire Light of the World shines, and all the more brightly, in this… Read more »

seby
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seby

I wonder if this atrocious illegal bullshit and the nyt and msm dancing again to what Robert Parry describes as “Russia-gate’s Totalitarian Style” has something to do with the Lithuanian zionist’s panic visit to Sochi recently?

Win
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Win

I think this, along with news of the criminal behaviour of their police just helps further the growing understanding in the world that the USA is on the way to becoming a failed state where the rule of law has been discarded.

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

They are still following the law; but the law has changed; it is now the Noahide Laws which are being implemented.
Beneath which, there is no concept of righteousness and equality, only oppression, and evil.
This, my friends, is the jewish mentality.
This is what the Palestinians have had to endure for seventy years, whilst we looked away.

Shue
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Shue

LoL!!… Good move, they left the place bare naked, impossible to falsify anything.

mikhas
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mikhas

It also means that the US may violate int. Law anywere including Ecuador’s embassy in london, grab Assange and the English will comply.

Strip search the CIA agents at the remaining US consulates in Russia, close and send the f*ckers home

Hans Zandvliet
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Hans Zandvliet

As far as I know, this kind of violation of diplomatic immunity is unprecedented. As far as I can remember, this never happened; not even during the Cold War (1946 – 1991), not even during WW-2, not even during the Interbellum (1918 – 1939), not even during WW-1!
And all these unprecedented violations of basic diplomatic relations, just because of a totally unsustantiated fairytale of Russian intervention in US elections?
Washington has seriously lost touch with reality; not only domestically but also internationally!

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

Driven mad by the jewish infection of their society, they are now nothing more than rabid dogs, fit only to be destroyed.
There can only be one end for this society of madmen, and madwomen.

Hans Zandvliet
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Hans Zandvliet

I simpathize with your feelings, but to prevent the Washington psycopaths from dragging us down with them by blowing up our entire planet, we’d better use our brains instead of our hearts, to give them check-mate.

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

The two always go together.
Brains, but informed by the heart.
Without which, the brains are nothing.

Based ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ
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Based ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

Jew world order loading

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

And now, without any further delay, Russia should respond in kind.

Mr Misanthropic
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Mr Misanthropic

international laws apply to every other country, USA are the exceptional people aren’t they

Mario8282
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Mario8282

US Government performs an unprecedented show of monumental stupidity. As everybody expected: nothing to be found. Maximum PR damage. EGG ON US FACE BY OWN CHOICE. Somebody high in the US leadership must very much hate the USA.

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US-China trade war heats up as surplus hits record $34 Billion (Video)

The Duran – News in Review – Episode 136.

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According to a report by the AFP, China’s trade surplus with the United States ballooned to a record $34.1 billion in September, despite a raft of US tariffs, official data showed Friday, adding fuel to the fire of a worsening trade war.

Relations between the world’s two largest economies have soured sharply this year, with US President Donald Trump vowing on Thursday to inflict economic pain on China if it does not blink.
The two countries imposed new tariffs on a massive amount of each other’s goods mid-September, with the US targeting $200 billion in Chinese imports and Beijing firing back at $60 billion worth of US goods.

“China-US trade friction has caused trouble and pounded our foreign trade development,” customs spokesman Li Kuiwen told reporters Friday.

But China’s trade surplus with the US grew 10 percent in September from a record $31 billion in August, according to China’s customs administration. It was a 22 percent jump from the same month last year.

China’s exports to the US rose to $46.7 billion while imports slumped to $12.6 billion.

China’s overall trade — what it buys and sells with all countries including the US — logged a $31.7 billion surplus, as exports rose faster than imports.

Exports jumped 14.5 percent for September on-year, beating forecasts from analysts polled by Bloomberg News, while imports rose 14.3 percent on-year.

While the data showed China’s trade remained strong for the month, analysts forecast the trade war will start to hurt in coming months.

China’s export jump for the month suggests exporters were shipping goods early to beat the latest tariffs, said ANZ’s China economist Betty Wang, citing the bounce in electrical machinery exports, much of which faced the looming duties.

“We will watch for downside risks to China’s exports” in the fourth quarter, Wang said.

Analysts say a sharp depreciation of the yuan has also helped China weather the tariffs by making its exports cheaper.

“The big picture is the Chinese exports have so far held up well in the face of escalating trade tensions and cooling global growth, most likely thanks to the competitiveness boost provided by a weaker renminbi (yuan),” said Julian Evans-Pritchard, China economist at Capital Economics.

“With global growth likely to cool further in the coming quarters and US tariffs set to become more punishing, the recent resilience of exports is unlikely to be sustained,” he said.

According to Bloomberg US President Donald Trump’s new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement isn’t that different from the North American Free Trade Agreement that it replaced. But hidden in the bowels of the new trade deal is a clause, Article 32.10, that could have a far-reaching impact. The new agreement requires member states to get approval from the other members if they initiate trade negotiations with a so-called non-market economy. In practice, “non-market” almost certainly means China. If, for example, Canada begins trade talks with China, it has to show the full text of the proposed agreement to the U.S. and Mexico — and if either the U.S. or Mexico doesn’t like what it sees, it can unilaterally kick Canada out of the USMCA.

Although it seems unlikely that the clause would be invoked, it will almost certainly exert a chilling effect on Canada and Mexico’s trade relations with China. Forced to choose between a gargantuan economy across the Pacific and another one next door, both of the U.S.’s neighbors are almost certain to pick the latter.

This is just another part of Trump’s general trade waragainst China. It’s a good sign that Trump realizes that unilateral U.S. efforts alone won’t be enough to force China to make concessions on issues like currency valuation, intellectual-property protection and industrial subsidies. China’s export markets are much too diverse:

If Trump cuts the U.S. off from trade with China, the likeliest outcome is that China simply steps up its exports to other markets. That would bind the rest of the world more closely to China and weaken the global influence of the U.S. China’s economy would take a small but temporary hit, while the U.S. would see its position as the economic center of the world slip into memory.

Instead, to take on China, Trump needs a gang. And that gang has to be much bigger than just North America. But most countries in Europe and East Asia probably can’t be bullied into choosing between the U.S. and China. — their ties to the U.S. are not as strong as those of Mexico and Canada. Countries such as South Korea, Germany, India and Japan will need carrots as well as sticks if they’re going to join a U.S.-led united trade front against China.

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the escalating trade war between the United States and China, and the record trade surplus that positions China with a bit more leverage than Trump anticipated.

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Via Zerohedge Trump Threatens China With More Tariffs, Does Not Seek Economic “Depression”

US equity futures dipped in the red after President Trump threatened to impose a third round of tariffs on China and warned that Chinese meddling in U.S. politics was a “bigger problem” than Russian involvement in the 2016 election.

During the same interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes”, in which Trump threatened to impose sanctions against Saudi Arabia if the Saudis are found to have killed WaPo reported Khashoggi, and which sent Saudi stock plunging, Trump said he “might,” impose a new round of tariffs on China, adding that while he has “great chemistry” with Chinese President Xi Jinping, and noting that Xi “wants to negotiate”, he doesn’t “know that that’s necessarily going to continue.” Asked if American products have become more expensive due to tariffs on China, Trump said that “so far, that hasn’t turned out to be the case.”

“They can retaliate, but they can’t, they don’t have enough ammunition to retaliate,” Trump says, “We do $100 billion with them. They do $531 billion with us.”

Trump was also asked if he wants to push China’s economy into a depression to which the US president said “no” before comparing the country’s stock-market losses since the tariffs first launched to those in 1929, the start of the Great Depression in the U.S.

“I want them to negotiate a fair deal with us. I want them to open their markets like our markets are open,” Trump said in the interview that aired Sunday. So far, the U.S. has imposed three rounds of tariffs on Chinese imports totaling $250 billion, prompting China to retaliate against U.S. products. The president previously has threatened to hit virtually all Chinese imports with duties.

Asked about his relationship with Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin’s alleged efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election, Trump quickly turned back to China. “They meddled,” he said of Russia, “but I think China meddled too.”

“I think China meddled also. And I think, frankly, China … is a bigger problem,” Trump said, as interviewer Lesley Stahl interrupted him for “diverting” from a discussion of Russia.

Shortly before an audacious speech by Mike Pence last weekend, in which the US vice president effectively declared a new cold war on Beijing (see “Russell Napier: Mike Pence Announces Cold War II”), Trump made similar accusations during a speech at the United Nations last month, which his aides substantiated by pointing to long-term Chinese influence campaigns and an advertising section in the Des Moines Register warning farmers about the potential effects of Trump’s tariffs.

Meanwhile, in a rare U.S. television appearance, China’s ambassador to the U.S. said Beijing has no choice but to respond to what he described as a trade war started by the U.S.

“We never wanted a trade war, but if somebody started a trade war against us, we have to respond and defend our own interests,” said China’s Ambassador Cui Tiankai.

Cui also dismissed as “groundless” the abovementioned suggestion by Vice President Mike Pence that China has orchestrated an effort to meddle in U.S. domestic affairs. Pence escalated the rhetoric in a speech Oct. 4, saying Beijing has created a “a whole-of-government approach” to sway American public opinion, including spies, tariffs, coercive measures and a propaganda campaign.

Pence’s comments were some of the most critical about China by a high-ranking U.S. official in recent memory. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo got a lecture when he visited Beijing days later, about U.S. actions that were termed “completely out of line.” The tough words followed months of increases tit-for-tat tariffs imposed by Washington and Beijing that have ballooned to cover hundreds of billions of dollars in bilateral trade.

During a recent interview with National Public Radio, Cui said the U.S. has “not sufficiently” dealt in good faith with the Chinese on trade matters, saying “the U.S. position keeps changing all the time so we don’t know exactly what the U.S. would want as priorities.”

Meanwhile, White House economic director Larry Kudlow said on “Fox News Sunday” that President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping will “probably meet” at the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires in late November. “There’s plans and discussions and agendas” being discussed, he said. So far, talks with China on trade have been “unsatisfactory,” Kudlow said. “We’ve made our asks” on allegations of intellectual property theft and forced technology transfers, he added. “We have to have reciprocity.”

Addressing the upcoming meeting, Cui said he was present at two previous meetings of Xi and Trump, and that top-level communication “played a key role, an irreplaceable role, in guiding the relationship forward.” Despite current tensions the two have a “good working relationship,” he said.

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BREAKING: Explosion in Crimea, Russia kills many, injuring dozens, terrorism suspected

According to preliminary information, the incident was caused by a gas explosion at a college facility in Kerch, Crimea.

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“We are clarifying the information at the moment. Preliminary figures are 50 injured and 10 dead. Eight ambulance crews are working at the site and air medical services are involved,” the press-service for the Crimean Ministry of Health stated.

Medics announced that at least 50 people were injured in the explosion in Kerch and 25 have already been taken to local hospital with moderate wounds, according to Sputnik.

Local news outlets reported that earlier in the day, students at the college heard a blast and windows of the building were shattered.

Putin Orders that Assistance Be Provided to Victims of Blast in Kerch – Kremlin Spokesman

“The president has instructed the Ministry of Health and the rescue services to take emergency measures to assist victims of this explosion, if necessary, to ensure the urgent transportation of seriously wounded patients to leading medical institutions of Russia, whether in Moscow or other cities,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitriy Peskov said.

The president also expressed his condolences to all those affected by the tragic incident.

Manhunt Underway in Kerch as FSB Specialists Investigate Site of Explosion – National Anti-Terrorist Committee

The site of the blast that rocked a city college in Kerch is being examined by FSB bomb disposal experts and law enforcement agencies are searching for clues that might lead to the arrest of the perpetrators, the National Anti Terrorism Committee said in a statement.

“Acting on orders from the head of the NAC’s local headquarters, FSB, Interior Ministry, Russian Guards and Emergency Ministry units have arrived at the site. The territory around the college has been cordoned off and the people inside the building evacuated… Mine-disposal experts are working at the site and law enforcement specialists are investigating,” the statement said.

Terrorist Act Considered as Possible Cause of Blast in Kerch – Kremlin Spokesman

“The tragic news that comes from Kerch. Explosion. The president was informed … The data on those killed and the number of injured is constantly updated,” Peskov told reporters.

“[The version of a terrorist attack] is being considered,” he said.

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10 percent of American F-22 fighter jets damaged by Hurricane Michael

Part of the reason the F-22’s were left in the path of the storm is that they were broken and too expensive to fix or fly.

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Note to the wise: When a hurricane comes, move your planes out of the way. Especially your really expensive F-22 fighter planes. After all, those babies are $339 mil apiece. Got the message?

Apparently the US Air Force didn’t get this message. Or, did they find themselves unable to follow the message?

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The Washington Times reported Tuesday that between 17 and 20 of these top-of-the-line fighter jets were damaged, some beyond the point of repair, when Hurricane Michael slammed ashore on Mexico Beach, Florida, not far from the Tyndall Air Force Base in the same state. The Times reports that more than a dozen of the F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jets were damaged after being left in the path of the extremely fierce storm:

President Trump’s tour Monday of devastation wrought by Hurricane Michael took him close to Florida’s Tyndall Air Force Base, where more than a dozen F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jets were damaged after being left in the path of the powerful storm.

The pricey fighter jets — some possibly damaged beyond repair — were caught in the widespread destruction that took at least 18 lives, flattened homes, downed trees and buckled roads from Florida to Virginia.

The decision to leave roughly $7.5 billion in aircraft in the path of a hurricane raised eyebrows, including among defense analysts who say the Pentagon’s entire high-tech strategy continues to make its fighter jets vulnerable to weather and other mishaps when they are grounded for repairs.

“This becomes sort of a self-defeating cycle where we have $400 million aircraft that can’t fly precisely because they are $400 million aircraft,” said Dan Grazier, a defense fellow at Project on Government Oversight. “If we were buying simpler aircraft then it would be a whole lot easier for the base commander to get these aircraft up and in working order, at least more of them.”

This is quite a statement. The F-22 is held to be the tip of the American air defense sword. A superb airplane (when it works), it can do things no other plane in the world can do. It boasts a radar profile the size of a marble, making it virtually undetectable by enemy radars. It is highly maneuverable with thrust-vectoring built into its engines.

However, to see a report like this is simply stunning. After all, one would expect that the best military equipment ought to be the most reliable as well. 

It appears that Hurricane Michael figuratively and physically blew the lid off any efforts to conceal a problem with these planes, and indeed with the hyper-technological basis for the US air fighting forcesThe Times continues:

Reports on the number of aircraft damaged ranged from 17 to 22 or about 10 percent of the Air Force’s F-22 fleet of 187.

The Air Force stopped buying F-22s, considered the world’s most advanced fighter jets, in 2012. The aircraft is being replaced by the F-35, another high-tech but slightly less-expensive aircraft.

Later in the tour, at an emergency command center in Georgia, Mr. Trump said the damage to the F-22s couldn’t be avoided because the aircraft were grounded and the storm moved quickly.

“We’re going to have a full report. There was some damage, not nearly as bad as we first heard,” he said when asked about the F-22s, which cost about $339 million each.

“I’m always concerned about cost. I don’t like it,” Mr. Trump said.

Still, the president remains a fan of the high-tech fighter jet.

“The F-22 is one of my all-time favorites. It is the most beautiful fighter jet in the world. One of the best,” he said.

The Air Force managed to fly 33 of the F-22s to safety, but maintenance and repair issues kept 22 of the notoriously finicky aircraft on the ground when the powerful storm hit the base.

About 49 percent of the F-22s are out of action at any given time, according to an Air Force report this year.

This is a stunning statistic. This means that of the 187 planes in existence, 90 of them are not working. At their cost, that means that over thirty billion dollars worth of military equipment is sitting around, broken, just in airplanes alone.

As a point of comparison, the entire Russian military budget for 2017 was $61 billion, with that budget producing hypersonic missiles, superb fighter aircraft and tanks. Russian fighter planes are known for being able to take harsh landing and take-off conditions that would cripple the most modern American flying machines.

It would seem that Hurricane Michael exposed a serious problem with the state of readiness of American armed forces. Thankfully that problem did not arise in combat, but it is no less serious.

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