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Assad stays in power because he has popular support

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We have constantly heard from the West “Assad must go! Assad must go!”, and yet he remains. The Western narrative about Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad literally contradicts itself if you think about it:

There is a brutal dictator who is killing his own people, and the whole world is against him save for a few countries, and his people totally hate him because he is killing them, yet his army is the largest in the nation and they are winning the war…somehow. And despite the world and his people being allegedly against him, he remains in power…despite the odds.

That is the western narrative. The simple reality is, no one could survive, let alone remain in power against such odds, without the support of the people. And Assad has that support, the support of Syria and her people.

In this video, President Assad explains in his own words, why that is, how he remains in power, and talks briefly about Russia’s role. It is very interesting hearing him break down the western narrative levied against him and the Syrian people in his own calm, collected, and articulate words.

Assad explains in the video, how if the western narrative about him were true, if he was really despised by his entire people, he simply could not remain in power. While there can exist evil dictators in the world, there must always be some form of popular support for almost anyone to remain in power against any form of resistance for a prolonged period of time.

The illusion of “The Evil Dictator” must be dispelled, because it’s a crucial component of the way the Zionist powers justify their global war against the free peoples. What do I mean by this?

The West loves to create Black and White juvenile fantasy narratives, there are “The Good Guys” (NATO, Israel, and friends), and the Bad Guys (anyone who doesn’t worship “Western Democracy and Values”). All the good guys are always good, even if in reality they’re brutal dictators, and all the bad guys are always evil, even if they have the support of their people.

This is an example of the type of people you can see supporting Assad in Syria…

These narratives are absolutely necessary for invaders to justify their military interventionism. They can’t come right out and say: “We’re invading this country because they won’t obey us.”, so instead, they must invent a reason to invade which doesn’t make them look like imperialist conquerors.

Thus, they label someone an evil dictator, and all of the sudden, they may now begin a “carpet bombing for world peace” campaign. But the most important aspect of labeling someone an evil dictator is to say they do not have the support if their own people.

It’s very common to see Syrian Orthodox Christian Bishops supporting Assad

This isn’t the Middle Ages, it’s no longer socially acceptable to run around conquering countries because you don’t like the leaders…or rather…conqourers aren’t so honest about their true intentions anymore, as they were in ages past, and they must now justify their actions.

These people…however, are the types of people who show up to ANTI-Assad rallies. These are the people who DON’T support him, and fight him, and receive funds from the US and their allies. Notice the flag of the French Mandate as well as Al-Queda style flags

It’s a lot easier to justify regime change if you claim everyone hates the regime…but think…honestly think…is it really possible for a regime to exist which is truly hated (to the level the West implies Assad is hated) by even 80% of the country?

The reality is…no…to remain in power for so long, some form of popular support is a must. The support can come from various factors, fear of the unknown, a “lesser of two evils”, ignorance or apathy for politics, nationalism, genuine love, but all governments need public support.

Syrians supporting Assad, Russia, and Putin. Note the difference between them and the “moderate” decapitators further above. Heavily armed terrorist psychopaths vs unarmed peaceful civilians. According to the west, THESE people are the problem, not the terrorists whom they arm.

Even if their excuse is that Assad stays in power via the army – the army is still made up of normal human beings with hearts, and souls, and family members that they love. The army is not made of emotionless robots, but the army itself is made up of the people, and the Syrian Army is a diverse group of Syrian Citizens ranging from Sunni Muslims, to Christians, and even the occasional Syrian Jew.

These women support Assad and fight with the Syrian Army – you won’t see women with uncovered hair running and gunning with the “Syrian” Rebels. They believe women are roughly equal to cattle, unlike the Syrian leaders.

When a person joins the army, they don’t magically cease to be a member of the people. While rule through fear is possible…fear of what? Death? People are already dying in Syria…there is a war waging. You can’t threaten the entire country and population with death, such methods only work against a people with an implied threat…once the actual fighting starts, there is no more implied threat.

The other narrative the West uses, is that Russia is the only thing keeping Assad in power. While that has helped save Syria, that is not the only reason Assad is in power. In the video, he pointed out how the Shah of Iran had the total support of the US, but he still fell when the people turned against him. Would the US imply that the support of Russia is stronger than the support of the US? The Shah fell because he lost the support of the people.

When the US invaded Vietnam, they fought for years in a complex war, they were engaged in a scale far greater than Russia was in Syria, and yet they still failed. Why? Because they did not have the support of the Vietnamese people.

The truth is, there are very few nations in the world, if any, where there is not some form of popular support, at least enough to prevent a violent revolution. And this is not meant to imply that there are no brutal leaders in the world, nor that popular support guarantees a leader or policy is good, merely that these issues are more complicated than it seems.

The topic of whether or not “the people” can be wrong, is altogether another one, which can shake the foundations of faith in democracy. Hitler’s Nazi Germany is an example of a situation in which…while yes, there was oppressed opposition, however, there still was a frighteningly large amount of public support, and the masses chose an evil future for themselves.

Considering how that happened is a sobering event, which requires inward contemplation about human nature. Nazi Germany wasn’t created by Satan magically, the Devil is not known for his creativity; it was humans which permitted that to happen, and “civilized Europe” is letting it happen again in Ukraine.

It shows us that indeed, humans can make evil decisions which are not the act of evil dictators alone, which we dehumanize, but regular people can simply give their passive support to destructive regimes like Nazi Germany. All it takes for evil to succeed is for regular people to say “Моя хата з краю” (it’s none of my business).

This too is possible, which is why I described this Black and White view of the world as a juvenile fantasy narrative. Indeed, there is true Good, and true Evil, I do not believe in moral relativism, but humans tend to fall anywhere in between on that scale, and its shocking how much evil can come from the most simple of sources. We should not be so quick to pass judgments on people, moreover, powers like NATO should not run around the world accusing others of war crimes when they commit and tolerate them at will.

Sometimes Good people can do bad things, which doesn’t make them as a whole evil, and sometimes evil people can do good things, which does not totally justify them.

Dostoyevsky, in fact, said, that the majority of evil people are in fact far more naive than we realize.

It would be naive to assume the West can simply step into a conflict in an ancient country with a little regime change, and all will be well.

Russian people experienced this first hand, when a foreign ideology was imported into the Motherland, and the divinely anointed Russian Czar was murdered by evil men, bringing the curse of regicide, and a sea of blood upon long-suffering Russia.

The word Bolshevik even comes from the word “majority”, and while it can not be said that the majority of Russians support the Bolsheviks, they still seized power and ruled Russia none the less. It was also during the Soviet era, when the people rose together and saved the world from Nazism, and slowly, the Russian Faith bloomed again, so it’s hard to look at these events in human history with the simplistic frame the West applies to everything.

It is this simplistic style of framing the West uses which is designed to gain that all to precious public support from otherwise ignorant and apathetic citizens.

While Americans may not understand too well the cultures of the world in their complexity, the reality is, these situations are truly ancient issues which must be solved by the people living in the country in question, with the possible help of close neighbors – like Russia.

Why does Assad remain in power? Simple, because its the choice of the people, and honestly, unless you are a Syrian citizen, that is all you need to know. The internal politics of Syria remain an issue for the Syrian people, not for western foreigners to judge what will be a good future path for them.

Ultimately, only the Syrian people can truly create a lasting future for Syria, because whatever the future in Syria will be, and whatever or whoever will go, come, or stay, they must live with that future.

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Something many leaders will never have.

tibetan cowboy
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Assad is right up there with Putin and Xi as world class leaders of their people and nations. How he can be so impressive even after 7 years of destruction of his nation and people by the USA is astounding. To weather the incredible war crimes levied against him and his people by Israel and the USA require near sainthood. But instead, he’s humble and gently well-spoken, a wonderful person. We have NO such politician in the USA that I know of: no leaders, no politicians with either courage or honesty. The USA is not only bankrupt economically but worse:… Read more »

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The ironic aspect of all this is that, in the West, no one who has the support of the people and who works for their benefit can ever attain power. Such people are carefully screened out long before the candidate stage.

As usual, Western governments and their media “echoes” are not content with merely lying – they prefer to turn the truth upside down and inside out.

It is not Syria, or Iran, or China, or Russia that is a dictatorship ruled by a ruthless oligarchy who care nothing about the common folk.

It is the USA and its catamites.

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Fuck the Nuland family, a bunch of Zionistas who hijacked the state department and should be on trial for treason. I’m so fed up with americans paying no attention and zionistas taking over every institution.

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Beautiful!

GET REAL WILL YA
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per tibetan cowbow below, putinstein is part of the jew punch and judy show, the huge khazarian fraud statesman who’s jewish blood is not mentioned ever, nor the fact he signed into law a bill that makes denial of the HOLLOW HOAX in Russia an ‘imprisonable offense’ now. Such a tool of the Rothschilds as he is, means that many dupes like the guy below here fail to grasp that the khazarian mafia runs the fake opposition. if Putin were really on Syria’s side he would have blown the friggin US NAVY ships OUT OF THE WATER for launching tomahawk… Read more »

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can’t Mossad the Assad! God bless the man.

Occams
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Of course no Rothschild bank, no US gas pipeline, and a supply of oil couldn’t possibly have anything to do with his being “an evil, murderous dictator, now could it?

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The US is number one in oil . The bank ? Assad is an evil murderous dictator. He has killed FAR more than that corrupt creep Netanyahoo. But of course when Assad is slaughtering is okay with you.

When enemies of the US mass kill you are okay with it .
When enemies of Israel are okay with it you are okay with it.

So it is not slaughter or killing that interests you, is it?

Interesting.

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Many, who seem to be opposed to the Western terrorist proxy war against Syria, unfortunately, do not challenge the BIG LIE that President Bashar al-Assad is a corrupt brutal dictator. [1] In fact, as this 53 minute press conference of 19 June 2014 at the United Nations New York headquarters: https://candobetter.net/SyriansVotedForPresidentBasharAlAssad … shows, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has vastly more legitimacy than any of the leaders of any of the countries that are hostile to his government. These countries include Britain, the United States, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Sweden and Germany. Note that no ‘reporter’ who, elsewhere peddles the narrative… Read more »

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Great article, except for the ridiculous “divinely anointed Russian Czar” bit. Fits well with the usual anticommunist blabber I’ve come to expect from The Duran.

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People always forget that 200,000 SAA soldiers have died, Assad did not kill them, also 80% of the population went to live in Assad controlled areas not ISIS controlled areas!.

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Skripal and Khashoggi: A Tale of Two Disappearances

Two disappearances, and two different responses.

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Two disappearances, and two very different responses from Western governments, which illustrates their rank hypocrisy.

When former Russian spy Sergei Skripal went missing in England earlier this year, there was almost immediate punitive action by the British government and its NATO allies against Moscow. By contrast, Western governments are straining with restraint towards Saudi Arabia over the more shocking and provable case of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The outcry by Western governments and media over the Skripal affair was deafening and resulted in Britain, the US and some 28 other countries expelling dozens of Russian diplomats on the back of unsubstantiated British allegations that the Kremlin tried to assassinate an exiled spy with a deadly nerve agent. The Trump administration has further tightened sanctions citing the Skripal incident.

London’s case against Moscow has been marked by wild speculation and ropey innuendo. No verifiable evidence of what actually happened to Sergei Skripal (67) and his daughter Yulia has been presented by the British authorities. Their claim that President Vladimir Putin sanctioned a hit squad armed with nerve poison relies on sheer conjecture.

All we know for sure is that the Skripals have been disappeared from public contact by the British authorities for more than seven months, since the mysterious incident of alleged poisoning in Salisbury on March 4.

Russian authorities and family relatives have been steadfastly refused any contact by London with the Skripal pair, despite more than 60 official requests from Moscow in accordance with international law and in spite of the fact that Yulia is a citizen of the Russian Federation with consular rights.

It is an outrage that based on such thin ice of “evidence”, the British have built an edifice of censure against Moscow, rallying an international campaign of further sanctions and diplomatic expulsions.

Now contrast that strenuous reaction, indeed hyper over-reaction, with how Britain, the US, France, Canada and other Western governments are ever-so slowly responding to Saudi Arabia over the Khashoggi case.

After nearly two weeks since Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, the Saudi regime is this week finally admitting he was killed on their premises – albeit, they claim, in a “botched interrogation”.

Turkish and American intelligence had earlier claimed that Khashoggi was tortured and murdered on the Saudi premises by a 15-member hit squad sent from Riyadh.

Even more grisly, it is claimed that Khashoggi’s body was hacked up with a bone saw by the killers, his remains secreted out of the consulate building in boxes, and flown back to Saudi Arabia on board two private jets connected to the Saudi royal family.

What’s more, the Turks and Americans claim that the whole barbaric plot to murder Khashoggi was on the orders of senior Saudi rulers, implicating Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The latest twist out of Riyadh, is an attempt to scapegoat “rogue killers” and whitewash the House of Saudi from culpability.

The fact that 59-year-old Khashoggi was a legal US resident and a columnist for the Washington Post has no doubt given his case such prominent coverage in Western news media. Thousands of other victims of Saudi vengeance are routinely ignored in the West.

Nevertheless, despite the horrific and damning case against the Saudi monarchy, the response from the Trump administration, Britain and others has been abject.

President Trump has blustered that there “will be severe consequences” for the Saudi regime if it is proven culpable in the murder of Khashoggi. Trump quickly qualified, however, saying that billion-dollar arms deals with the oil-rich kingdom will not be cancelled. Now Trump appears to be joining in a cover-up by spinning the story that the Khashoggi killing was done by “rogue killers”.

Britain, France and Germany this week issued a joint statement calling for “a credible investigation” into the disappearance. But other than “tough-sounding” rhetoric, none of the European states have indicated any specific sanctions, such as weapons contracts being revoked or diplomatic expulsions.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was “concerned” by the gruesome claims about Khashoggi’s killing, but he reiterated that Ottawa would not be scrapping a $15 billion sale of combat vehicles to Riyadh.

The Saudi rulers have even threatened retaliatory measures if sanctions are imposed by Western governments.

Saudi denials of official culpability seem to be a brazen flouting of all reason and circumstantial evidence that Khashoggi was indeed murdered in the consulate building on senior Saudi orders.

This week a glitzy international investor conference in Saudi Arabia is being boycotted by top business figures, including the World Bank chief, Jim Yong Kim, JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon and Britain’s venture capitalist Richard Branson. Global firms like Ford and Uber have pulled out, as have various media sponsors, such as CNN, the New York Times and Financial Times. Withdrawal from the event was in response to the Khashoggi affair.

A growing bipartisan chorus of US Senators, including Bob Corker, Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham and Chris Murphy, have called for the cancellation of American arms sales to Saudi Arabia, as well as for an overhaul of the strategic partnership between the two countries.

Still, Trump has rebuffed calls for punitive response. He has said that American jobs and profits depend on the Saudi weapons market. Some 20 per cent of all US arms sales are estimated to go to the House of Saud.

The New York Times this week headlined: “In Trump’s Saudi Bargain, the Bottom Line Proudly Stands Out”.

The Trump White House will be represented at the investment conference in Saudi Arabia this week – dubbed “Davos in the Desert” by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. He said he was attending in spite of the grave allegations against the Saudi rulers.

Surely the point here is the unseemly indulgence by Western governments of Saudi Arabia and its so-called “reforming” Crown Prince. It is remarkable how much credulity Washington, London, Paris, Ottawa and others are affording the Saudi despots who, most likely, have been caught redhanded in a barbarous murder.

Yet, when it comes to Russia and outlandish, unproven claims that the Kremlin carried out a bizarre poison-assassination plot, all these same Western governments abandon all reason and decorum to pile sanctions on Russia based on lurid, hollow speculation. The blatant hypocrisy demolishes any pretense of integrity or principle.

Here is another connection between the Skripal and Khashoggi affairs. The Saudis no doubt took note of the way Britain’s rulers have shown absolute disregard and contempt for international law in their de facto abduction of Sergei and Yulia Skripal. If the British can get away with that gross violation, then the Saudis probably thought that nobody would care too much if they disappeared Jamal Khashoggi.

Grotesquely, the way things are shaping up in terms of hypocritical lack of action by the Americans, British and others towards the Saudi despots, the latter might just get away with murder. Not so Russia. The Russians are not allowed to get away with even an absurd fantasy.

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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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