Trump adviser Bannon says U.S. in economic war with China: media

(Reuters) – The United States is in an economic war with China, U.S President Donald Trump’s chief political strategist has said, warning Washington is losing the fight but is about to hit China hard over unfair trade practices. “We’re at economic war with China,” Steve Bannon told U.S. news site prospect.org in an interview published in Wednesday. “It’s in all their literature.

Source: Trump adviser Bannon says U.S. in economic war with China: media

Gore, But No Glory For Russia’s Ukraine War ‘Veterans’

MOSCOW/ST. PETERSBURG — Russian volunteer Andrei Kamayev arrived in war-torn eastern Ukraine in late September 2014, bursting with patriotic bravado and convinced that he was following in the footsteps of his grandfather — a Soviet intelligence officer in World War II — by fighting against “fascists and Nazis.” Using terms propagated by the Kremlin to describe Ukrainian government forces fighting Russia-backed separatists, the 49-year-old Kamayev admits to other motives for joining up: he also wanted to help restore the “Russky Mir,” or Russian World, and stave off the perceived encroachment of NATO.

Source: Gore, But No Glory For Russia’s Ukraine War ‘Veterans’

China-India Conflict Is Far More Dangerous Than US-North Korea One | OrientalReview.org

While the international media remains concerned to the point of being fixated on the US-DPRK (North Korea) stand-off, in terms of sheer firepower, the much more pressing stand-off between China and India holds the potential to be far more destructive.

Source: China-India Conflict Is Far More Dangerous Than US-North Korea One | OrientalReview.org

Indian, Chinese Soldiers Clash Following Alleged Chinese “Incursion”

In what may be the first documented clash between Chinese and Indian soldiers who have been piling up across the border between the two nations over the latest territorial dispute, Reuters reports that ” Indian and Chinese soldiers were involved in an altercation ” in the western Himalayas on Tuesday, “further raising tensions between the two countries which are already locked in a two-month standoff in another part of the disputed border.” While there has been no official confirmation yet by either India or China, a Reuters source in New Delhi who was briefed on the military situation on the border, said Indian soldiers ” foiled a bid by a group of Chinese troops to enter Indian territory in Ladakh, near the Pangong lake .” He added that some of the Chinese soldiers carried iron rods and stones, and in the melee there were minor injuries on both sides , the source said. “There was an altercation near the Pangong lake,” said a police officer in Srinagar, the capital of India’s Jammu and Kashmir state, under which the area falls.

Source: Indian, Chinese Soldiers Clash Following Alleged Chinese “Incursion”

Mattis Statement Means Trump Not Bluffing

Secretary of Defense James Mattis made the following statement:

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Mattis making a statement like this indicates not only that military operations are possible, but that active planning is underway if not completed.  This situation looks to get more tense in the near future and the outcome as to whether military action takes place may lie with China’s ability to bring the DPRK under some sort of control.

One scenario would be for China to take preemptive action to remove the regime and occupy the North as a buffer to the South.