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          Denim Cotton Bias Tape 7 yards (width 4 cm) 78959 by cottonholic      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

10.20 USD

+ Content : Denim Cotton

+ Width : 4 cm

+ Length : 7 yards

+ Color : Blue / Navy

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          Wide Yarn Dyed 3 cm Gingham Check Cotton By the yard (width 56 inches) 41350-6 Black by cottonholic      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

12.80 USD

+ Content : Cotton 100%, 20 s weave

+ Width : 145 cm (Approx. 56 inches)

+ Length : By the yard

+ Care: Machine Wash Cold / Tumble Dry Low

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          bias piping 16yards 11209 (black) by cottonholic      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

8.40 USD

*Edged of piping
*Piping width : Approx. 5mm (0.2")
*Total width : 13mm (0.5")
*length:16yards
**care: Machine Wash Cold / Tumble Dry Low

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          cotton 1yard (44 x 36 inches) 45298-1 by cottonholic      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

11.80 USD

cotton 100%,30s weave
*width : 110cm
*length:1yard
**care: Machine Wash Cold / Tumble Dry Low

- Oxford cotton is heavy cotton ( like canvas). It is good for making slip cover, tote bag and more.

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          cotton string 5yards (width 9mm) 19136 by cottonholic      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

3.60 USD

content: cotton
width: 9mm
length: 5yards

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          cotton string 5yards (width 9mm) 19147 grey by cottonholic      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

3.60 USD

content: cotton
width: 9mm
length: 5yards

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          cotton string 5yards (width 9mm) 19149 white by cottonholic      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

3.60 USD

content: cotton
width: 9mm
length: 5yards

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          wide wool blend fabric 1yard (56 x 36 inches) 65615 by cottonholic      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

19.80 USD

wool 50%, poly 40%, silk 10%
○ each Size : 145cm X 90cm (56"x36")

**care: Dry Clean

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          Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Launched: Price, Specifications      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The South Korean smartphone maker has not revealed as to what price the device will be sold in India, however rumours predict it to be priced between Rs 65,000 to Rs 70,000.
           Samsung unveils newest smartphone hoping for sales boost       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
South Korean electronics giant Samsung unveiled the new Galaxy Note 9 smartphone Thursday, its latest effort to address flagging sales of the...
          Belted Washed Straight-Cut Jeans      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Brand from South Korea: KENZI. Color: Blue, Materials: Cotton, Size: S(28) : Total Length 104cm, Waist 77cm, Hem 16cm, Waist to Crotch 24cm, Thigh 24cm M(30) : Total Length 107cm, Waist 82cm, Hem 17cm, Waist to Crotch 25cm, Thigh 25cm L(32) : Total Length 110cm, Waist 87cm, Hem 18cm, Waist to Crotch 26cm, Thigh 26cm, Care: Dry Clean   $85.00...
          Adam Peaty spooks rivals to win fourth gold at European Championships      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
• Peaty leads off GB team in 4x100m medley relay
• Britain’s Ben Proud takes gold in 50m freestyle

A hat-trick of quadruples or a fourpeat times three. Whichever terminology, it illustrates the mutual affection between Adam Peaty and the European Championships that concluded on Thursday in Glasgow with the Olympic champion collecting his fourth gold in the 4x100m medley relay.

Add in a world record as the cherry on top of his endeavours and the 23-year-old has erased any doubts his dominance was in peril following the end of his four-year winning streak at the Commonwealth Games in April. Unbeatable again, and unrelenting, it has been a strident statement of intent as the season ends and ambitions switch towards the world championships next summer in South Korea and the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

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          Red Velvet achieves perfect all-kill with 'Power Up' single      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Red Velvet achieves perfect all-kill with 'Power Up' single. South Korean girl group Red Velvet has achieved its first "perfect all-kill."
          With Outstanding Technology, HUION Launches New Battery-free Pen Display KAMVAS Pro 13      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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Battery-free Pen Display KAMVAS Pro 13</h1> <table class="spacer" style="border-collapse:collapse;border-spacing:0;padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top;width:100%"><tbody><tr style="padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top"><td height="24px" style="-moz-hyphens:auto;-webkit-hyphens:auto;Margin:0;border-collapse:collapse!important;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:24px;font-weight:400;hyphens:auto;line-height:24px;margin:0;mso-line-height-rule:exactly;padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top;word-wrap:break-word">&#xA0;</td></tr></tbody></table> </th><th class="expander" style="Margin:0;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-weight:400;line-height:1.3;margin:0;padding:0!important;text-align:left;visibility:hidden;width:0"></th></tr></table></th>              </tr></tbody></table> <table class="row content" style="background:#fff;border-collapse:collapse;border-spacing:0;display:table;padding:0;position:relative;text-align:left;vertical-align:top;width:100%"><tbody><tr style="padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top"><th class="small-12 large-12 columns first last" style="Margin:0 auto;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-weight:400;line-height:1.3;margin:0 auto;padding:0;padding-bottom:16px;padding-left:30px;padding-right:30px;text-align:left;width:570px"><table style="border-collapse:collapse;border-spacing:0;padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top;width:100%"><tr style="padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top"><th style="Margin:0;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-weight:400;line-height:1.3;margin:0;padding:0;text-align:left"> <table class="spacer" style="border-collapse:collapse;border-spacing:0;padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top;width:100%"><tbody><tr style="padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top"><td height="24px" style="-moz-hyphens:auto;-webkit-hyphens:auto;Margin:0;border-collapse:collapse!important;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:24px;font-weight:400;hyphens:auto;line-height:24px;margin:0;mso-line-height-rule:exactly;padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top;word-wrap:break-word">&#xA0;</td></tr></tbody></table><p><span class="xn-location">TOKYO, Japan</span>, <span class="xn-chron">Aug. 9, 2018</span> /PRNewswire/ -- After launching the 22-inch and 19.5-inch KAMVAS digital pen displays, HUION, the world's second-largest consumer digital drawing tablet brand and original handwriting input technology provider, has released a 13.3-inch KAMVAS Pro 13 digital pen display. </p> 
   <p><b>Design Visualization Supports Fine Design Operation Flows</b></p><th class="expander" style="Margin:0;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-weight:400;line-height:1.3;margin:0;padding:0!important;text-align:left;visibility:hidden;width:0"></th></tr></table></th></tr></tbody></table><table class="row content" style="background:#fff;border-collapse:collapse;border-spacing:0;display:table;padding:0;position:relative;text-align:left;vertical-align:top;width:100%"><tbody><tr style="padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top"><th class="small-12 large-12 columns first last" style="Margin:0 auto;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-weight:400;line-height:1.3;margin:0 auto;padding:0;padding-bottom:16px;padding-left:30px;padding-right:30px;text-align:left;width:570px"><table style="border-collapse:collapse;border-spacing:0;padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top;width:100%"><tr style="padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top"><th style="Margin:0;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-weight:400;line-height:1.3;margin:0;padding:0;text-align:left"><center data-parsed="" style="min-width:510px;width:100%"><img src="https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20180803/2203669-1-a#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000" alt="" align="center" class="float-center" style="-ms-interpolation-mode:bicubic;Margin:0 auto;clear:both;display:block;float:none;margin:0 auto;max-width:100%;outline:0;text-align:center;text-decoration:none;width:auto"></center></th><th class="expander" style="Margin:0;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-weight:400;line-height:1.3;margin:0;padding:0!important;text-align:left;visibility:hidden;width:0"></th></tr></table></th></tr></tbody></table><table class="row content" style="background:#fff;border-collapse:collapse;border-spacing:0;display:table;padding:0;position:relative;text-align:left;vertical-align:top;width:100%"><tbody><tr style="padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top"><th class="small-12 large-12 columns first last" style="Margin:0 auto;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-weight:400;line-height:1.3;margin:0 auto;padding:0;padding-bottom:16px;padding-left:30px;padding-right:30px;text-align:left;width:570px"><table style="border-collapse:collapse;border-spacing:0;padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top;width:100%"><tr style="padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top"><th style="Margin:0;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-weight:400;line-height:1.3;margin:0;padding:0;text-align:left">
   <p>HUION KAMVAS Series pen display monitor is designed for designers, illustrators, animators, video editors and other professional creators. The KAMVAS Pro 13 pen display monitor features a 13.3-inch IPS full-view display screen&nbsp;cover 120% sRGB color gamut, providing users with a wider view and displaying a wider color gamut, more colorful colors, smoother and more natural transition.</p>
   <p>With a full-laminated screen, KAMVAS Pro 13 has combined the protective glass with the screen in a seamless manner, which provides a better screen display effect and drawing experience with better accuracy of the cursor. And also, the screen surface is covered with anti-glare glass, which can effectively reduce the "glare" effect. After being handled by the delicate matte etching technology, the KAMVAS Pro 13 will make you feel like drawing on a real paper.</p>
   <p><b>Simulating Real Painting and Handwriting Experience</b></p>
   <p>Leo, the product design director of Huion, mentioned in the interview: "Each Huion product is born from the expectations of users, for example, what tools they want to be working with every day, what functions or what effects they need, etc. KAMVAS Pro 13 is the product born from users' ideas."</p>
   <p>The matched pen for KAMVAS Pro 13 is Huion's latest stylus PW507 which adopts the latest battery-free Electromagnetic Resonance Technology. The accuracy and pressure sensitivity are both greatly improved thanks to the 8192 levels of pen pressure sensitivity. Also, it has featured the leading pen tilting technology which can quickly and sensitively sense the handwriting gesture of handheld digital pen, supporting ±60° natural tilt recognition. The tilt function also ensures that the accuracy of the pen remains the same when tilted, offering a real and natural drawing experience.</p> 
   <p><b>Accelerating Design Process</b></p>
   <p>According to the user's habits, the position of the express keys and the touch bar are arranged to change the direction of use to match the left-handed or right-handed.</p>
   <p>KAMVAS Pro 13 pen display monitor has 4 express keys and 1 touch bar on the left. You can set the express keys to improve your work efficiency in accordance with your own habits. The touch bar controls 1) zooming in and zooming out of images, 2) change the bushes and 3) rolling of pages, bringing an outstanding operation control experience.</p>
   <p>KAMVAS Pro 13 pen display monitor is equipped with a new three-in-one cable with a Type-C interface to solve the problem of cable disorder and space occupation and create a simple and efficient working environment. </p>
   <p>KAMVAS Pro 13 pen display monitor is compatible with Mac and Windows. It is priced at <span class="xn-money">43800 JPY</span> and have launched on HUION official online store and Amazon Japan.</p>
   <p>After nearly 10 years of independent innovation and unremitting efforts, Huion has demonstrated the technical advantages of professional handwriting, drawing, sketching and electronic signing, and wisdom education. Huion products are exported to more than 50 countries and regions around the world such as <span class="xn-location">North America</span>, <span class="xn-location">Europe</span>, <span class="xn-location">Japan</span>, <span class="xn-location">South Korea</span>, <span class="xn-location">Southeast Asia</span> and ect. Huion will adhere to independent innovation to improve product quality, so that consumers can feel the individualized design development and the strong intelligent hardware strength.</p>
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   <p><span class="xn-location">BEIJING</span>, <span class="xn-chron">Aug. 9, 2018</span> /PRNewswire/ -- Meitu Inc., a leading photo / video editing and sharing company, announced the company's "beauty and social media" strategic pathways for its second decade. As Meitu embarks on the next 10 years, it is poised to enter the social media space, going beyond the beautification products that have shaped the way 1.5 billion users around the world create and share their beauty. </p>
   <ul type="disc">
    <li>Meitu app:&nbsp;Biggest upgrade in a decade slated to be released on <span class="xn-chron">September 21</span>. Three evolutionary stages: from tool, to community, to social media platform </li>
    <li>Meipai app: Repositioning as a pan-knowledge short video platform. New social feature "homework" soon to be launched. </li>
    <li>Reorganize into three business units, including a newly established Social Product Business Unit. </li>
    <li>Refine the Relationship between Infrastructure and Commercial Products</li>
   </ul> 
   <p><b>Three Evolutionary Stages of the Meitu App and Biggest Upgrade in Decade</b></p><th class="expander" style="Margin:0;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-weight:400;line-height:1.3;margin:0;padding:0!important;text-align:left;visibility:hidden;width:0"></th></tr></table></th></tr></tbody></table><table class="row content" style="background:#fff;border-collapse:collapse;border-spacing:0;display:table;padding:0;position:relative;text-align:left;vertical-align:top;width:100%"><tbody><tr style="padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top"><th class="small-12 large-12 columns first last" style="Margin:0 auto;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-weight:400;line-height:1.3;margin:0 auto;padding:0;padding-bottom:16px;padding-left:30px;padding-right:30px;text-align:left;width:570px"><table style="border-collapse:collapse;border-spacing:0;padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top;width:100%"><tr style="padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top"><th style="Margin:0;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-weight:400;line-height:1.3;margin:0;padding:0;text-align:left"><center data-parsed="" style="min-width:510px;width:100%"><img src="https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20180808/2207131-1-a#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000" alt="" align="center" class="float-center" style="-ms-interpolation-mode:bicubic;Margin:0 auto;clear:both;display:block;float:none;margin:0 auto;max-width:100%;outline:0;text-align:center;text-decoration:none;width:auto"></center></th><th class="expander" style="Margin:0;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-weight:400;line-height:1.3;margin:0;padding:0!important;text-align:left;visibility:hidden;width:0"></th></tr></table></th></tr></tbody></table><table class="row content" style="background:#fff;border-collapse:collapse;border-spacing:0;display:table;padding:0;position:relative;text-align:left;vertical-align:top;width:100%"><tbody><tr style="padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top"><th class="small-12 large-12 columns first last" style="Margin:0 auto;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-weight:400;line-height:1.3;margin:0 auto;padding:0;padding-bottom:16px;padding-left:30px;padding-right:30px;text-align:left;width:570px"><table style="border-collapse:collapse;border-spacing:0;padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top;width:100%"><tr style="padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top"><th style="Margin:0;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-weight:400;line-height:1.3;margin:0;padding:0;text-align:left">
   <p>Meitu is evolving into a social platform. The evolution takes three stages: from tool, to community, to social media. In the first "tool" stage, Meitu successfully dominated photo-related internet traffic by meeting users' needs for photo editing and image enhancement. Meitu is currently in its second "community" stage, focusing on helping users create and share engaging content within the community. In the third "social media" stage, the focus will be on building relational connections among users. </p>
   <p>As an effort to test out the market, Meitu soft launched the community feature "Social Circle" in May. Feedback has been encouraging: each day, core users spend an average of 25 minutes on Social Circle, launch the app 8 times, and view over 75 pages. Linking tools aimed at creating an interconnected community have also proven to be effective. For example, the "Collage of Hearts" feature drove a 29% increase in DAU and created dynamic interactions between users. 41% of new users posted their collage of hearts creation as their first action in the community. </p>
   <p>Given such positive feedback, the Meitu App is poised for its biggest upgrade in a decade. Beginning <span class="xn-chron">September 21</span>, Social Circle will be featured prominently in the Meitu app's homepage, right underneath the tool section. The new version will also allow users to scroll down for more community feeds. </p> 
   <p>"While image-based social media has a massive overseas market, there has been no such counterpart in <span class="xn-location">China</span>. Meitu is set to become a one-stop solution: after processing their photos, users can share right here on the Meitu app," said Wu Xinhong, CEO and Founder of Meitu. </p>
   <p>Along with the Meitu app's social media development comes a new slogan that highlights individuality and an ideal way of life: "<span class="xn-person">My Life</span>, <span class="xn-person">My Style</span>". "My" refers to the individual: younger generations have a strong desire to project their internal self on the world and express their own personality and views. In doing so, they discover and attract people who share their interests,&nbsp;their community. "Life &amp; Style" refers to an ideal way of life – users can share their own ideal way of life, while understanding that of others. The slogan is inspired by the revelation that everyone is looking for their vision of beauty and an ideal lifestyle, a need that is far from being met in today's social media landscape. </p>
   <p>Evolving from community to social media involves three key aspects: making every user feel present, building relational connections, and facilitating interactions among users. "Meitu aims to deliver the best lifestyle community in 2018, and further explore the possibilities of social media in 2019," added Wu Xinghong. </p>
   <p><b>Meipai: "Pan-Knowledge" Repositioning and New Social Features </b></p>
   <p>Meipai will be repositioned to a "pan-knowledge" short video sharing platform. Differentiating itself from other "pan-entertainment" focused products, Meipai aims to add value for users by focusing on the sharing of people's talent, skills and experiences, i.e. "pan knowledge". With the new slogan, "Talent worth sharing", Meipai enables its users to share and learn new dance moves, perform magic tricks or skateboard, apply makeup, do yoga and make dessert, play the Rubik's cube, do crafts, etc. Meipai has a solid foundation for further development: Meipai's content library now includes over 300 sub-genres and more than 30,000 key opinion leaders. Meipai has also partnered with more than 50 top short video MCN organizations. </p>
   <p>Meipai will continue to evolve under the new positioning. The homepage is currently being revamped to be more discovery-oriented, which is better suited toward pan-knowledge content: this is because pan-knowledge seekers are more self-motivated and interested in actively exploring things. Meipai will also release new features to encourage social interactions. A "homework" feature will be released in the following month. The feature will allow users to, for example, upload their own video as a comment beneath the original dance tutorial video. </p>
   <p>"2017 has been a year of both excitement and reflection for the short video industry. We reposition Meipai under the guiding philosophy of developing in a sustainable and healthy manner," said Wu Xinghong. </p>
   <p><b>Reorganize into Three Business Units, including </b><b>A Dedicated Social Product Business Unit</b></p>
   <p>In conjunction with the strategic direction, Meitu will reform its corporate structure toward becoming a product-driven company. Effective <span class="xn-chron">August 8th</span>, Meitu will be divided into three major business units: the Social Product Business Unit, the Beauty Product Business Unit and the Smart Hardware Product Business Unit. The establishment of a dedicated social product unit will consist of both the Meitu and Meipai brands. </p>
   <p>Each business unit is encouraged to innovate independently in every aspect of the business to maximize the value of capital and human resources. </p>
   <p><b>Refine the Relationship between Infrastructure and Commercial Products</b></p>
   <p>Meitu's new strategic direction also calls for refining the relationship between infrastructure and commercial products. </p>
   <p>Photo editing has been Meitu's key entry point to the online world and essential to Meitu's success in the past decade. It has been instrumental in helping the company grow its user base and will drive traffic to the social platform in the future. In addition, social media products will increase Meitu's stickiness and traffic value. They will generate data on additional dimensions that helps Meitu further understand user behavior. This serves as Meitu's infrastructure. </p> 
   <p>The advertising platform serves as a traffic distribution mechanism, a business product that matches users with advertisements. The outer layer is Meitu's "beauty ecosystem" of commercial products, including smart hardware, an e-commerce platform, and value-added services, with more to come. "Beauty and social media are our strategic focus for Meitu's second decade and a long-term goal. There are bound to be bumps on the road ahead, with some things going smoother than others, but that will not shake our conviction," said Wu Xinhong. </p>
   <p><b>About Meitu </b></p>
   <p>Established in <span class="xn-chron">October 2008</span>, Meitu is a leading AI-driven photo/video editing and sharing company headquartered in <span class="xn-location">China</span>. With a mission to inspire more people to express their beauty, the company has developed a rich portfolio of software and smart hardware products designed based on the concept of beauty, including Meitu, BeautyCam, Meipai (a short-form video community app) and Meitu Smartphones. Meitu has amassed over 1.5 billion unique users worldwide, with over one third coming from outside <span class="xn-location">China</span>, including <span class="xn-location">the United States</span>, <span class="xn-location">Brazil</span>, <span class="xn-location">Japan</span>, <span class="xn-location">South Korea</span>, <span class="xn-location">India</span>, <span class="xn-location">Thailand</span>, <span class="xn-location">Indonesia</span>, <span class="xn-location">Malaysia</span>, <span class="xn-location">the Philippines</span>, and <span class="xn-location">Vietnam</span>. As of <span class="xn-chron">February 2018</span>, Meitu engages 454.7 million MAUs. With the largest database of human portraits on the planet, Meitu leverages AI in the pursuit of beauty. MTlab, Meitu's research and development hub, is dedicated to AI and imaging innovations such as Computer Vision, Deep Learning, and Computer Graphics. </p>
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It will be the app&#8217;s biggest upgrade in a decade.</p><hr style="border:1px solid #8a8a8d;border-bottom:0"></th><th class="expander" style="Margin:0;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-weight:400;line-height:1.3;margin:0;padding:0!important;text-align:left;visibility:hidden;width:0"></th></tr></table></th></tr></tbody></table><th class="expander" style="Margin:0;color:#0a0a0a;font-family:Montserrat,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-weight:400;line-height:1.3;margin:0;padding:0!important;text-align:left;visibility:hidden;width:0"></th></tr></table></th></tr></tbody></table><table class="row content" style="background:#fff;border-collapse:collapse;border-spacing:0;display:table;padding:0;position:relative;text-align:left;vertical-align:top;width:100%"><tbody><tr style="padding:0;text-align:left;vertical-align:top"><th class="gallery small-12 large-12 columns first last" style="Margin:0 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Benefits Canada reports, CPPIB invests in Korean logistics facilities:
The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board is partnering with a subsidiary of ESR, a pan-Asian logistics real estate platform, to invest about $653 million in Korean logistics facilities.

Within the investment vehicle, which will focus on building a portfolio of premier facilities in strategic areas, Seoul-based Kendall Square Asset Management will identify new assets for acquisition. In a news release, the CPPIB called South Korea the most connected country in the world and emphasized that such real estate assets are an attractive opportunity as the global embrace of e-commerce widens.

Initially, the venture will invest in a seed portfolio of six facilities, which are already managed by Kendall Square, with an aggregate gross floor area of 270,000 square metres. ESR first established its investment relationship with the CPPIB in 2015.

The move follows several other investments in logistics around the world by the CPPIB, including an acquisition, alongside the Alberta Investment Management Corp., of a U.S. industrial REIT, as well as investments in logistics in Brazil and Hong Kong in recent months.
CPPIB put out a press release, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and ESR Partner to Invest in Logistics Facilities in Korea:
Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) today announced that it has agreed to partner with ESR and its Seoul based subsidiary Kendall Square Asset Management (“Kendall Square”) to invest up to US$500 million in a newly established investment vehicle targeting modern logistics facilities in Korea. Kendall Square will identify new assets, support the acquisition and provide asset management services to the portfolio.

South Korea’s position as the most connected country in the world, and continuing embrace of e-commerce, provide an attractive opportunity. The portfolio will be comprised of Grade-A facilities in key locations servicing diverse tenant demands.

The vehicle will initially invest in a seed portfolio of six logistics facilities with an aggregate gross floor area of 270,000 sq. m. which are already managed by Kendall Square. The vehicle will target additional investments in core to value added assets to complete the investment commitments.

CPPIB and ESR have a well-established investment relationship, working together in the Korean logistics sector since 2015.
CPPIB and ESR do indeed have a well-established investment relationship as they established a joint venture platform with APG back in 2015 to invest $500 million in Korean logistics properties.

Last week, I went over AIMCo and CPPIB's $1 billion real estate venture investing in US logistics properties through the WPT Industrial Real Estate Investment Trust.

In that comment, I explained how the rise in e-commerce is driving demand for high quality logistics properties not only in the US but across the world.

It's also worth noting that Canada's two largest pension funds, the Caisse and CPPIB, have been very busy investing in Asian logistics properties.

For example, last year, CPPIB and Ivanhoé Cambridge, the Caisse's real estate subsidiary, invested in southeast Asian logistics facilities:
The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board is investing alongside Ivanhoé Cambridge with real estate logistics specialist LOGOS to develop and acquire modern logistics facilities in Singapore and Indonesia.

In Singapore, CPPIB will initially commit S$200 million for an approximate 48 per cent stake in LOGOS Singapore Logistics Venture, which will be seeded by two fully-leased existing multi-storey logistics warehouse facilities as well as one development opportunity.

In Indonesia, CPPIB will initially commit US$100 million in equity for an approximate 48 per cent stake in LOGOS Indonesia Logistics Venture, which has an identified strong pipeline of development opportunities in Greater Jakarta.

“The logistics sector in southeast Asia continues to grow as a result of the burgeoning middle class and the rise of e-commerce, and presents an excellent opportunity for a long-term investor like CPPIB,” said Jimmy Phua, managing director and head of real estate investments for Asia at the CPPIB.

“We are looking forward to making our first direct real estate investments in Singapore and Indonesia through well-established, like-minded partners like LOGOS and Ivanhoé Cambridge.”

CPPIB and Ivanhoé Cambridge will be equal partners in both joint ventures, with LOGOS, as the operating partner, holding the remaining stake in the ventures.

“Ivanhoé Cambridge welcomes CPPIB as our co-investment partner with LOGOS in Singapore and Indonesia,” said Rita-Rose Gagné, president of growth markets at Ivanhoé Cambridge. “Increasing our allocation reaffirms our view of the growth potential in southeast Asia and our confidence in LOGOS as a best-in-class logistics real estate specialist in Asia-Pacific.”
And last October, Ivanhoé Cambridge formed a partnership for investment in Indian logistics facilities:
La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec’s real estate arm, Ivanhoé Cambridge, and QuadReal Property Group are investing up to US$800 million in a logistics venture in India.

The venture, a partnership between real estate logistics specialist LOGOS Group and Indian construction company Assetz Property Group, was first announced in August 2017. Focused on developing and owning modern logistics facilities in targeted cities across the country, it has identified opportunities in Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Pune and the national capital region to meet an increasing demand.

Ivanhoé Cambridge, alongside the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, invested with LOGOS to develop and acquire modern logistics facilities in Singapore and Indonesia in March 2017.

“We are pleased to invest in the logistics space in India, a promising high-growth real estate sector,” said Rita Rose Gagné, president of growth markets at Ivanhoé Cambridge. “India is a strategic market for Ivanhoé Cambridge and we are continuing to grow our presence and our footprint there.”

The venture’s final closing is subject to regulatory approvals.
Rita Rose Gagné, president of growth markets at Ivanhoé Cambridge, has done a great job

She was featured in the Globe and Mail last year offering sound advice to young people, especially young women:
I find that young women work hard, but we have to remind them to ask for the promotion or to ask for the salary increase. I find that I had more opportunities to give that type of feedback to younger women than to young men, who seem to more naturally think about that.

The advice that I'd give to younger people is "no pain, no gain." If you want an extraordinary gain, you have to make an extraordinary effort. You need to absolutely work hard. Then you do have to establish, look for, or develop relationships that are meaningful.
I also like what she said about working around the world: "When you work around the world, you have to be open and non-judgmental. You have to take a step back. Sometimes they will want to talk a lot before getting into a given topic or negotiation, and things might be slower."

Anyway, logistics properties go hand in hand with the rise of e-commerce which is a long-term secular trend. Whether it's in the US, Canada, or Asia, it makes a lot of sense

In order to find and invest in high-quality logistics properties, you need the right partners, especially in India and Asia which are growth markets but have their own set of risks and complexities.

Still, there is no denying that emerging markets are where the growth is going to be in the future and Canadian pensions and other large institutional investors are positioning themselves for this growth through public and private investments

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          Examining Code Reuse Reveals Undiscovered Links Among North Korea’s Malware Families      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

This research is a joint effort of Christiaan Beek, lead scientist & sr. principal engineer at McAfee, and Jay Rosenberg, senior security researcher at Intezer, and can be found in the McAfee Labs blog as well.

Attacks from the online groups Lazarus, Silent Chollima, Group 123, Hidden Cobra, DarkSeoul, Blockbuster, Operation Troy, and 10 Days of Rain are believed to have come from North Korea. But how can we know with certainty? And what connection does a DDoS and disk-wiping attack from July 4, 2009, have with WannaCry, one of the largest cyberattacks in the history of the cyber sphere?

From the Mydoom variant Brambul to the more recent Fallchill, WannaCry, and the targeting of cryptocurrency exchanges, we see a distinct timeline of attacks beginning from the moment North Korea entered the world stage as a significant threat actor.

Bad actors have a tendency to unwittingly leave fingerprints on their attacks, allowing researchers to connect the dots between them. North Korean actors have left many of these clues in their wake and throughout the evolution of their malware arsenal.

This post reflects months of research; in it we will highlight our code analysis illustrating key similarities between samples attributed to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, a shared networking infrastructure, and other revealing data hidden within the binaries. Together these puzzle pieces show the connections between the many attacks attributed to North Korea and categorize different tools used by specific teams of their cyber army.

Valuable context

This article is too short to dig deeply into the history, politics, and economic changes of recent years. Nonetheless, we must highlight some events to put past and present cyber events into perspective.
The DPRK, like any country, wants to be as self-sufficient and independent as possible. However, for products such as oil, food, and foreign currency for trading, the country lacks resources and has to find ways of acquiring them. What can a nation do when legal international economics are denied? To survive, it must gain foreign currency for trading. One of the oldest ways to do this is to join the worlds of gambling (casinos) and drugs. In 2005, the United States wanted to shut down North Korean enterprises involved in illegal operations. They investigated a couple of banks in Asia that seemed to have ties with North Korea and operated as money laundering sites. One bank in particular is controlled by a billionaire gambling mogul who started a casino in Pyongyang and has close ties to Pyongyang. That bank, based in Macau, came back into the picture during an attack on the SWIFT financial system of a bank in Vietnam in 2015. The Macau bank was listed twice in the malware’s code as a recipient of stolen funds:

 SWIFT code in malware.

Code reuse

There are many reasons to reuse malware code, which is very common in the world of cybercrime. If we take an average ransomware campaign, for example, once the campaign becomes less successful, actors often change some of basics such as using a different packer to bypass defenses. With targeted campaigns, an adversary must keep its tools undetected for as long as possible. By identifying reused code, we gain valuable insights about the “ancestral relations” to known threat actors or other campaigns. Our research was heavily focused on this type of analysis.

In our years of investigating cyber threats, we have seen the DPRK conduct multiple cyber campaigns. In North Korea, hackers’ skills determine which cyber units they work for. We are aware two major focuses of DPRK campaigns: one to raise money, and one to pursue nationalist aims. The first workforce gathers money for the nation, even if that means committing cybercrime to hack into financial institutions, hijack gambling sessions, or sell pirated and cracked software. Unit 180 is responsible for illegally gaining foreign currency using hacking techniques. The second workforce operates larger campaigns motivated by nationalism, gathering intelligence from other nations, and in some cases disrupting rival states and military targets. Most of these actions are executed by Unit 121.

We focused in our research on the larger-scale nationalism-motivated campaigns, in which we discovered many overlaps in code reuse. We are highly confident that nation-state–sponsored groups were active in these efforts.

Timeline

We created a timeline of most of the malware samples and noticeable campaigns that we examined. We used primarily open-source blogs and papers to build this timeline and used the malware artifacts as a starting point of our research.


Timeline of malware and campaigns.

Analysis and observations

Similarities

During our research, we found many malware family names that are believed to be associated with North Korea’s cyber operations. To better understand this threat actor and the similarities between the campaigns, we have used Intezer’s code similarity detection engine to plot the links between a vast number of these malware families.

The following graph presents a high-level overview of these relations. Each node represents a malware family or a hacking tool (“Brambul,” “Fallchill,” etc.) and each line presents a code similarity between two families. A thicker line correlates to a stronger similarity. In defining similarities, we take into account only unique code connections, and disregard common code or libraries. This definition holds both for this graph and our entire research.

We can easily see a significant amount of code similarities between almost every one of the attacks associated with North Korea. Our research included thousands of samples, mostly unclassified or uncategorized. This graph was plotted using a dataset of only several hundred samples, so there might be more connections than displayed here.

Deep technical analysis

During our research, we came across many code similarities between North Korean binaries that had not been seen before. Some of these attacks and malware have not been linked to one another, at least publicly. We will showcase four examples of reused code that has been seen only in malware attributed to North Korea.

1. Common SMB module

The first code example appeared in the server message block (SMB) module of WannaCry in 2017, Mydoom in 2009, Joanap, and DeltaAlfa. Further shared code across these families is an AES library from CodeProject. These attacks have been attributed to Lazarus; that means the group has reused code from at least 2009 to 2017.

Code overlap of a MYDOOM sample

In the next screenshots we highlight the exact code block that reflects the SMB module we found in campaigns other than WannaCry and Mydoom.

An SMB module common to several attacks.

A lot has been written about WannaCry. As we analyze the code against our databases, we can draw the following overview:

WannaCry code comparison overview.
For our research we compared the three major variants of WannaCry. An early release, called a beta, from February 2017, one from April, and the infamous one that hit the world in May.

2. Common file mapping 

The second example demonstrates code responsible for mapping a file and using the XOR key 0xDEADBEEF on the first four bytes of the file. This code has appeared in the malware families NavRAT and Gold Dragon, plus a certain DLL from the South Korean gambling hacking campaign. These three RATs are thought to be affiliated with North Korea’s Group 123. NavRAT and the gambling DLL share more code, making them closer variants.

Code overlap in a NavRAT sample

3. Unique net share

The third example, responsible for launching a cmd.exe with a net share, has been seen in 2009’s Brambul, also known as SierraBravo, as well as KorDllBot in 2011. These malware families are also attributed to the Lazarus group.

Code overlap of a SierraBravo (Brambul) sample.

A code block reused in the malware families Brambul/SierraBravo and KorDllBot.

4. Operation Dark Hotel

In 2014, Kaspersky reported a more than seven-year campaign against Asian hotels, in which the adversaries used an arsenal of tools to break into the computers of hotel visitors. Zero days and control servers were used, along with the malware family Tapaoux, or DarkHotel, according to the report.

While we examined the DPRK samples, we noticed a hit with the Dark Hotel samples in our collections. By going through the code, we noticed several pieces of code overlap and reuse, for example, with samples from Operation Troy.

Figure 11: Code overlap in a Dark Hotel sample.

Identifying a group

By applying what we learned from our comparisons and code-block identifications, we uncovered possible new links between malware families and the groups using them.

With the different pieces of malware we have analyzed, we can illustrate the code reuse and sharing between the groups known to be affiliated with North Korea.

Groups and families linked by code reuse.

The malware attributed to the group Lazarus has code connections that link many of the malware families spotted over the years. Lazarus is a collective name for many DPRK cyber operations, and we clearly see links between malware families used in different campaigns.

The malware (NavRAT, gambling, and Gold Dragon) possibly created by Group 123 are connected to each other but are separate from those used by Lazarus. Although these are different units focusing on different areas, there seems to be a parallel structure in which they collaborate during certain campaigns.

MITRE ATT&CK

From our research of these malware samples, we can identify the following techniques used by the malware families:

When we zoom in on the Discovery category in the MITRE model, for example, we notice that the techniques are typical for first-stage dropper malware. The adversary drops these samples on victims’ machines and collects information on where they landed in the victims’ networks and which user/access rights they gained.

In 2018, we saw examples of campaigns in which attackers used PowerShell to download and execute these droppers. Once information has been sent to a control server, the adversary determines the next steps, which often include installing a remote access tool to enable lateral movement on the network and pursue the goals of the campaign.

Final words

Security vendors and researchers often use different names when speaking about the same malware, group, or attack. This habit makes it challenging to group all the malware and campaigns. By taking a scientific approach, such as looking for code reuse, we can categorize our findings. We believe our research will help the security community organize the current “mess” we face in relation to North Korean malware and campaigns.

We clearly saw a lot of code reuse over the many years of cyber campaigns we examined. This indicates the North Koreans have groups with different skills and tools that execute their focused parts of cyber operations while also working in parallel when large campaigns require a mix of skills and tools.

We found our months of research, data gathering, and analysis very satisfying. By combining our skills, data, and technology, we were able to draw connections and reveal links that we had not seen before. The cybersecurity industry would greatly benefit from more collaboration and sharing of information, and we hope that this effort between McAfee and Intezer will inspire the community to work together more often.

The authors thank Costin Raiu for providing them with samples they did not have in their collections.

Sources

Glenn Simpson, Gordon Fairclough, and Jay Solomon, “U.S. Probes Banks’ North Korea Ties.” Wall Street Journal, last updated September 8, 2005.

Christiaan Beek, “Attacks on SWIFT Banking system benefit from insider knowledge.” https://securingtomorrow.mcafee.com/mcafee-labs/attacks-swift-banking-system-benefit-insider-knowledge/

Atif Mushtaq, “DDOS Madness Continued…” https://www.fireeye.com/blog/threat-research/2009/07/ddos-madness-climax.html

Ryan Sherstobitoff and Jessica Saavedra-Morales, “Gold Dragon Widens Olympics Malware Attacks, Gains Permanent Presence on Victims’ Systems.” https://securingtomorrow.mcafee.com/mcafee-labs/gold-dragon-widens-olympics-malware-attacks-gains-permanent-presence-on-victims-systems/

Alex Drozhzhin, “Darkhotel: a spy campaign in luxury Asian hotels.” https://www.kaspersky.com/blog/darkhotel-apt/6613/

Warren Mercer, Paul Rascagneres, and Jungsoo An, “NavRAT Uses US-North Korea Summit As Decoy For Attacks In South Korea.” https://blog.talosintelligence.com/2018/05/navrat.html

Sergei Shevchenko and Adrian Nish, “Cyber Heist Attribution.” https://baesystemsai.blogspot.com/2016/05/cyber-heist-attribution.html

Mydoom code reuse report. https://analyze.intezer.com/#/analyses/113ba80f-1680-43d7-b287-cc62f3740fad

NavRAT code reuse report. https://analyze.intezer.com/#/analyses/4f19fd5a-a898-4fdf-96c9-d3a4aad817cb

SierraBravo code reuse report. https://analyze.intezer.com/#/analyses/8da8104e-56e4-49fd-ba24-82978bc1610c

Dark Hotel code reuse report. https://analyze.intezer.com/#/analyses/c034e0fe-7825-4f6d-b092-7c5ee693aff4

Kang Jang-ho, “A foreign currency earned with a virtual currency … What is the life of a North Korean hacker?” http://m.mtn.co.kr/news/news_view.php?mmn_idx=2018062517065863930#_enliple

Awesome work by the team responsible for the “Operation Blockbuster” report.
https://www.operationblockbuster.com/resources/

By Jay Rosenberg and Christiaan Beek

About the Authors

Jay Rosenberg, senior security researcher at Intezer Labs, leads the research behind Intezer’s code reuse detection technology. From the young age of 12, he began programming and reverse engineering. He has spoken at various conferences internationally, identified new threats, and published his threat intelligence research on some of the largest cyber attacks.

Christiaan Beek, lead scientist & sr. principal engineer is part of Mcafee’s Office of the CTO leading strategic threat intelligence research within Mcafee. He coordinates and leads passionately the research in advanced attacks, plays a key-role in cyberattack take-down operations and participates in the NoMoreRansom project. In previous roles, Beek was Director of Threat Intelligence in McAfee Labs and Director of Incident Response and Forensics at Foundstone, McAfee’s forensic services arm. At Foundstone, he led a team of forensic specialists in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa during major breaches. Beek develops threat intelligence strategy, designs threat intelligence systems, performs malware and forensic analysis, pentesting and coaches security teams around the globe. He is a passionate cybercrime specialist who has developed training courses, workshops, and presentations. He speaks regularly at conferences, including BlackHat, RSA, BlueHat and Botconf. Besides conferences, he is also frequently teaching at universities, Police Academies and public schools to recruit, mentor and train the next generation of cyber-security specialists. Beek contributed to the best-selling security book “Hacking Exposed.” and has two patents pending.


          Department Press Briefings : Department Press Briefing - August 9, 2018      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Heather Nauert
Spokesperson
Department Press Briefing
Washington, DC
August 9, 2018



Index for Today's Briefing
  • INDONESIA
  • DEPARTMENT
  • ZIMBABWE
  • YEMEN
  • IRAQ
  • TURKEY
  • ISRAEL/PALESTINIANS
  • RUSSIA
  • NORTH KOREA/SOUTH KOREA
  • CHINA

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    MS NAUERT: Hi, everybody. How are you today? And why are so many of you showing up on an August afternoon? You’re supposed to all be on vacation or something, but I notice a few empty seats. But Gardiner’s back from vacation. Gardiner, welcome.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Thank you.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: How’ve you been?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: I’ve been good.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Good. A couple announcements to start before we get started with your questions today.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    First, I would like to express our condolences to the victims of the recent earthquakes and also the aftershocks in Indonesia. The United States has experts and partner organizations on the ground. We’re consulting with the Government of Indonesia at this time. We’re closely monitoring the situation, and we stand ready to provide additional aid to the Government of Indonesia. Our U.S. consulate personnel are assisting affected U.S. citizens. At this time, we do not have any reports of U.S. citizen casualties associated with the earthquakes. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Indonesian people. As many of you know, we were recently on the ground in Indonesia and had some terrific meetings with government officials there.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Next, I have some staffing news to bring you now. And I’m really excited about this one, because it affects our Bureau of Public Affairs and specifically the folks that you will working with. Today I’d like to announce that Robert Palladino will be joining our press team as the State Department’s deputy spokesperson. Robert is a career Foreign Service officer and I believe known well to some of you or perhaps many of you.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Over the past year, Robert has served as director of press and acting National Security Council spokesperson. In that role he’s helped to prepare Sarah Sanders for her briefings at the White House. He was also a spokesperson to the White House press corps and worked as NSC communications lead for both Asia and Europe. Robert’s Foreign Service career has included postings in Washington, where he worked for our Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, and the Office of the Under Secretary for Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy, and also on Capitol Hill. Overseas, he’s worked in Milan, Italy; Guangzhou, China; and also Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Prior to joining the State Department, he practiced law in Asia and Europe in the Army JAG Corps. His service included deployment to Rwanda. He is a graduate of Notre Dame University, Washington and Lee School of Law, the U.S. Army War College, and he also speaks Chinese and Italian. Pretty impressive.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We are delighted that he is coming back to the State Department from the White House. I know you will enjoy working with him. For those of you who have not met him, he is a terrific guy. We’ve worked closely together for the past year or so. I asked him what his children thought, because he has two young girls – I asked him what they thought of his job, and I love these quotes. His youngest daughter said, “I’m proud of America and I’m proud of you, Dad, but it sounds really boring.” And then his older daughter said this – and you’ll appreciate it – “But wait a minute, everybody yells questions and they’re angry. That’s the worst job in the world.” That actually might be the White House press corps, not you all. But we look forward to welcoming Robert when he joins us on the 20th of August. But try not to bug him between now and then; he’s on vacation with his family. So another addition to our press family.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    And that’s it. With that, I’d be happy to take your questions.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Okay, thanks. We’ll try not to be so angry.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: I said not you all.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Let’s – me, yes me. I just wanted to ask you briefly before I ask you about Yemen. I noticed the statement that you guys put out about Zimbabwe, the Zimbabwe elections and the Zambian decision to deport the opposition leader.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Right.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: And in that statement it said that you are reviewing certain aspects of your cooperation with the Zambian Government. Can you be a little bit more specific? What aspects of --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Some of those will be conversations that will be had privately with both governments. But my understanding is that there are certain agreements in which that government was taking steps that the Zimbabweans weren’t completely familiar with and weren’t supportive of, and there were some concerns related to that. But let’s just --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: No, I understand, but I was just --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: But let’s just back up a couple steps for folks who’ve not been following this perhaps as closely as you have. Elections on July the 30th – those were promising, very promising. We thought it was a historic chance to sort of move beyond the political and economic crises of the past and toward a more democratic change and better dialogue in that country. People turned out massively in those elections. We put out a statement just after those elections complimenting them on those elections.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    However, the success in delivering an election day that was peaceful and open to international observers was then marred by violence, which we’ve been seeing and has been heavily reported, at least in the international press, over the past about week and a half. We’ve seen a disproportionate use of deadly force against protestors by the security forces, which is a great concern of ours. We’re concerned by those numerous reports of human rights violations since the elections had taken place about a week and a half or two ago. We have received credible allegations of detentions, of beatings, and other abuses of the people of Zimbabwe, particularly targeting opposition activists.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Now, the latest news today is the foreign – excuse me, the former minister of finance had left to go to Zambia. Zambia returned him to Zimbabwe, we understand. And some of this is still fresh so we don’t have all the details at this point. But I understand he was detained and possibly let go.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    So I’m going to pause there because some of this is still unfolding, and I don’t want to give you any inaccurate information since it’s still developing.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: I get that. I just wanted to know is this a threat to withhold or suspend some aid to Zambia when you say you’re reviewing certain aspects of our cooperation?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Matt, I’m not going to get into that at this point, but we’re watching the situation carefully.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: All right. Let me ask you about this airstrike in Yemen, which appears to have killed dozens of children. The Saudis obviously are the ones who conducted this, but they do that with weapons supplied by the U.S., with training supplied by the U.S., and with targeting information, targeting data, supplied by the U.S. How can something like this happen?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: How can something like that report happen?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Yeah.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Well, I think we would start by saying --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: It’s more than a report. I mean, it’s – they admitted that it happened.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Yeah. How can situations like this happen? We don’t have the full details about what happened on the ground. We’ve certainly seen the news reports of what has been reported happened, okay? I can’t confirm all the details because we are not there on the ground.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We can say that we’re certainly concerned about these reports that resulted – that there was an attack that resulted in the deaths of civilians. We call on the Saudi-led coalition to conduct a thorough and transparent investigation into the incident. We take all credible accounts of civilian casualties very seriously. We call on the parties to take appropriate measures to protect civilians in accordance with international law and urge all parties to investigate all reported incidents of civilian casualties.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Okay. Well, they say – already the coalition says that they acted in accordance with international law. But if you look at the photographs, the video that come from the scene, it doesn’t look like that’s a really – that that’s a credible answer. So are you okay with the coalition on its own doing an investigation, or would you like to see some kind of an international component to it or an international investigation?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Well, I think I just answered that and we said that we would call upon the Saudi Government --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: So you’re --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: -- to do a full and thorough investigation, as we always do. And we call upon all parties in any kind of situation like this to take appropriate measures to try to mitigate the risk of civilian casualties.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: So you don’t think --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: DOD and other entities put out reports on this after the fact as they all start to investigate, and so we will look forward to any information on that.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Right. But my question is you don’t see a need for there to be something other than a coalition investigation, you don’t see a need for an independent --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Matt, I’m not going to get – this is something that is fresh, that just happened, so I’m not going to get ahead of any kind of investigation that may take place. Okay?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: It’s only the latest in a huge number of civilians killed during these operations though.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: I would encourage you to take a look – and that is we regret any loss of civilian life. That is something that the United States Government – in particular, any time you talk to the Department of Defense about civilian casualties, they will say the same thing --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Well --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: -- that – I’m not finished, okay? And they will say the exact same thing, that all parties take very strong responsibility and measures to try to protect against the loss of civilian life. As we have seen – and you all very rarely ask about the issue that has been unfolding and the devastation that has taken place in Yemen – let’s look at some of the things that have been happening in Yemen.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    You have the Houthi rebels who continue to attack Saudi Arabia. They continue to do that with Iranian weapons, missiles, and rockets. They continue to try to attack civilian infrastructure in Saudi Arabia, for example, and that is part of the reason why these actions are being taken.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Let me go back and remind you what I just said a moment ago, and that is we call for an investigation and we anticipate that a thorough investigation will be done. I don’t have anything more for you on that.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: The Secretary isn’t planning on having a conversation with --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: I don’t have any information for you on that. Okay.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Hi, Nick.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Is this – hey, Heather. Is this latest incident or the previous incidents causing the U.S. to re-evaluate in any way the role that it’s playing in the situation, in terms of its relationship with Saudi Arabia?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Look, we provide a tremendous amount of humanitarian assistance in Yemen to try to support civilians in Yemen and try to mitigate against the devastation that’s taken place there in that country. I don’t have anything more for you on that.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: But you also supply a tremendous amount of weaponry and the data for targeting to the Saudis.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Well, then – sorry.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Right? No?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: No.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Am I wrong? Is that wrong?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: That’s not wrong.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Sorry, these ladies over here are laughing. On that I would refer you to the Department of Defense that is involved with that, but as you know, Saudi Arabia is an important strategic partner in the region to the United States.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Okay. Hi, Gardiner.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Just a follow-up on that. Hey. So obviously, there’s growing concerns in Congress about the toll this war is taking within Yemen. It’s the worst humanitarian disaster on the planet. Aren’t you concerned that incidents like this will further erode congressional support and lead to further support for legislation that could cut off Saudi Arabia from arms sales and the rest?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: I mean, I think that is an entirely hypothetical question and we don’t comment on congressional proposals in any event, but I would ask – all of you have been very silent on the issue of Yemen, and times --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Well --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Although Said has asked. You’ve been the one reporter who’s asked a lot about Yemen and the situation there.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Well I would suggest that if you had more than two briefings a week and they lasted for longer than a half an hour or 40 minutes that you might get questions about something other than the actual main topic of the day.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Matt, I think you and I talk every single day.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Yes, we do.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: You have my phone number. You have all my numbers, and anytime you want to talk about Yemen, I’d be more than happy to answer your questions and provide you additional expert briefings --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Okay.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: -- on Yemen anytime anyone is interested, but I have not seen a major level of interest on the part of our press corps, with the exception of Said, on the issue of Yemen.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Yeah.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Why does that matter, though? There’s news today, so --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Yeah.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Can you request an expert on Yemen?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Yeah, certainly, I’d be happy to. Yeah.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Wait, so first of all, I think that when there have been attacks against Saudi installations or missiles and stuff, I think you’ve seen that there have been just as vigorous of reporting.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: I don’t – I disagree, but --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Well, I mean, that’s – it’s not our job to, like, sit here and go back and forth on that. We’re asking today. The U.S. has tried to increase its target training with – to try and improve the targeting of the Saudi coalition. Is that still continuing?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Elise, I think that would be a DOD issue, so I’d encourage you to talk with my --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: But these are foreign – okay, but these are foreign military financing.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Yeah, yeah.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Which is out of the State Department.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: And I would encourage you to talk to DOD about that. So some --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Well, maybe --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Some of this – some of this is a State Department equity, but much of this is Department of Defense, so I’d encourage you to talk with them about it.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Hey, Laurie.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Hi. On Iraq, the road between Erbil and Kirkuk, which was cut as a result of fighting last October, is being rebuilt, but Baghdad has said that it will establish a customs border on that road and collect revenues. Is that consistent, a customs border in the middle of the Erbil-Baghdad road, in which one party, the Iraqi Government, is going to collect revenues? Is that consistent with your view of a unified Iraq?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: I would – there are other countries that have done this in the past, including our own country years ago in which this type of thing has been done. I think this is largely an internal matter for the Government of Iraq, between Iraq and Erbil, to try to work out. We do encourage them to resolve any remaining issues between Baghdad and Erbil.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: You don’t have a position beyond that?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Look, we believe that a strong KRG government within a unified and federal Iraq is something that’s essential to Iraq’s long-term stability and the enduring defeat overall of ISIS.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Okay, if I could ask you about Turkey. So the deputy foreign minister was here; it seemed there was no progress. Is that the case? And was pastor – were the American hostages the only issues that were discussed or were there other questions like the Turkish purchase of the S-400 discussed as well?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Yeah. I mean, obviously you all know that we have a very broad relationship with Turkey and a host of issues that we talk about with the Turkish Government whenever we do meet. Yesterday we had a wide-ranging conversation with Turkish Government officials. We made it clear that Pastor Brunson needs to be returned home. Much of this, though, we’re not going to negotiate in public.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Can you tell us --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Go ahead. Hi.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Can you tell us if you made any progress about the situation of Pastor Brunson?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Yeah, I would say we would define progress as Pastor Brunson being brought home.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: So in other words, no.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: And so progress is --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Until he – until he’s --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Progress is Pastor Brunson being brought home to the United --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: So until he’s home there is no progress?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: -- to the United States.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Did you give any --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Yeah.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Did you give any deadline? Did you give Turkish officials any deadline?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: I don’t have any information for you on that.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Thanks. Hi.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: I think progress is kind of coming closer towards an agreement, like you’re not – you don’t have full North Korean denuclearization but you say that there is progress in working towards that goal. So is there progress in coming to some kind of deal with the Turks or are you still as far apart as you were the day that he was being hospitalized?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Yeah, I’m not going to characterize it that way. As you know, we had – we met yesterday. They had wide-ranging meetings at the State Department and with other departments here in Washington. I’d refer you to those other departments that met with the Turkish Government. The progress that we want to be made is to have Pastor Brunson return home. And I’ll leave it at that. Okay?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: So is that saying you will not engage with the Turks anymore on this issue until Pastor Brunson comes home?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: I’m not going to speculate on that, and I’m not going to get ahead of the administration on that issue. Hey, Said.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Hi. Thank you, Heather. Could we move – could you comment on the escalation in Gaza? There has been escalation in Israeli bombardment of Gaza as we speak.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: I’m sorry, start that over again.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: There is an escalation as we speak of Israeli bombardment of Gaza. They said that they killed a 23-year-old woman, pregnant, with her toddler. Do you have any comments on that?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Yeah. I mean, overall we’ve been watching this as it has been unfolding, and it’s a very concerning situation that has taken place in Gaza. Overall, we condemn the launching of missile attacks into Israel and call for an end to the destructive violence. We’ve seen reports that 180 or so rocket attacks have taken place, shot from Gaza into Israel, and we fully support Israel’s right to defend itself and to take actions to prevent provocations of that nature.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: But this last round of bombardment, Israeli bombardment, actually began by the Israelis. It was not Hamas that started this latest round.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Look, I’m not going to get into how this thing started. Let’s not forget that Hamas bears ultimate responsibility for the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza. It’s a tremendous concern of ours.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Okay. Let me ask you about the peace efforts that are taking place. Now, there are reports that the unveiling of the plan, the deal of the century, has been pushed back. Can – do you have any comment on that?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: I would object to the premise of the question, your statement in that question. We have not unveiled the peace plan at this time. That will be unveiled by Mr. Kushner and Mr. Greenblatt when it is ready. And when it’s ready to be unveiled, they will unveil it.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: And lastly, last week you guys released some funds or some aid to the Palestinian Authority. I believe it was sent to the security forces. Can you share with us the amount of that aid? Is that a one-time thing, or is it part of the sort of unfreezing of the funds to the Palestinian Authority?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: I’m going to have to get back to you on that issue. I don’t have any information for you on that today. Okay?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Russia?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Hi.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Russia?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Yeah, go right ahead.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Okay, two quick questions. First of all, on the sanctions that were announced yesterday, one of the requirements for Russia to avoid further sanctions is to allow inspections to make sure that they’re not using chemical weapons. Does the State Department have any reason to think that Russia is going to allow that? And is the U.S. expecting Russia to allow that?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: I mean, that’s asking us to look into the future, and we don’t know what the future holds. I think that’s a hypothetical question, so I don’t have an answer for you.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: But the U.S. is fully expecting to have some kind of inspections take place, then, according to this law?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: I don’t have anything for you on that today, and I’m not going to get ahead of anything that happens in the near future. Okay?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Okay, well, that’s what the law says.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Yep.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: But my other question is on the – is the U.S. then currently preparing for this next round of sanctions, then?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: As you well know, we don’t forecast sanctions. We have complied with the law in announcing those sanctions just yesterday, and we will comply with the law going forward, of course, as we always would. Okay?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Heather, just to get a follow-on on that?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Yeah, sure. Hi, Gardiner.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: So you – in the case of Iran, you have this 12-point plan of what behavior you want the government to implement in order to lift sanctions. You have a whole series of sanctions that are now revolving around Russia having to do with CAATSA, Magnitsky, now weapons. Can you give us some global sense of what these sanctions are trying to achieve from an American foreign policy perspective? What are you looking for from Russia? Why do we have sanctions on them? What’s your goal? And when’s the – when’s the periodicity of these things?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Sure. I think I would start by answering that question with this: That we approach every country very differently. Every country that we have a relationship or even countries that we don’t have relationships with are viewed through a separate lens. So what may be appropriate for one country is maybe not necessarily appropriate for another country.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The United States Government has determined that sanctions can be a very effective tool in trying to bring various governments to the table to negotiate with us or try to encourage countries to comply or to return to a better set of behaviors. So this is one tool that we have in a very big toolkit. The State Department works closely with Treasury and OFAC and other entities to implement, study, and enforce sanctions, and that is part of what you’ve seen yesterday. Let’s remember that one of the things that has brought North Korea to the table is sanctions. And we have found sanctions to be very effective in many cases around the world. So the U.S. Government looks at that as an overall tool.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Right, so North Korea is a great example. Sanctions – as a result, you want to get rid of their nuclear program. Again, Iran, you’ve got a list of 12 things. Venezuela, you’ve got sort of a clear list. I’m trying to understand what your policy is with Russia. You’ve got a variety – myriad now of sanctions. What’s your goal?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Well, I think the President has addressed this and so has Secretary Pompeo. We’d like to have a better relationship with the Russian Government, recognizing that we have a lot of areas of mutual concern. It is a major country; we are a major country as well. And so when you have that, you are forced to have to have conversations with other governments. And sanctions is a way that we can try to encourage better behavior on the part of government. Now, I’m speaking in a broad-based sense, but that’s one way that we can encourage better behavior. Okay.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Same topic?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Could I ask a follow-up on that?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: (Off-mike)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Sure. What is your name, miss?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: My name’s Emily, I’m from Buzzfeed News.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Emily, hi.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: So if these sanctions are in part meant to encourage better behavior with Russia, Russia today came out and said that these sanctions – sort of as was expected – that these sanctions are not in keeping with the spirit of Helsinki. So – and I understand these sanctions were – they’re in keeping with the law, et cetera, but does this – or to put it a different way, is the cooperation that was sort of established at Helsinki – is the U.S. Government still planning on having that with Russia after yesterday’s sanctions?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: We tend to believe that dialogue is always an important issue. I think I had just addressed this with Gardiner, and that is trying to build a better relationship with countries that we need to cooperate with or we need to be able to have relations with, and that would be one example.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: And then just on the other point on the second tranche, and I don’t mean to get you into hypotheticals, but yesterday at the briefing they did say that if Russia doesn’t do certain things, including sort of admit wrongdoing and say that they weren’t going to do it again, that there would be second tranche. And today, Russia said this is ridiculous, we didn’t do that. So if they keep that position for the next 90 days, won’t there – won’t there, under the law, have to be a second tranche?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: And that’s why I would go back and say that we will comply with the law. We are well aware of what the law contains; we will comply with the law. But I’m not going to get ahead of what could happen 90 days from now. Okay.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: The same topic – same topic?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: (Off-mike)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Janne, go right ahead.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Thank you, thank you, Heather. On North Korean and South Korean issues.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Okay.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: And – recently, South Korea imported North Korean coal. What is the U.S. position on the smuggling of North Korean coal into South Korea? Is that – do you think this is the – South Korea has violated sanctions?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: I think – we’d say this: that we have a great relationship with the Government of South Korea. My understanding is that they are looking into reports of this. We encourage all countries to maintain sanctions, and to not skirt sanctions and make sure that sanctions are adhered to.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: But two days ago, John Bolton, national security advisor, and South Korean national security advisor Chung Eui-yong, they had telephone conversation and John Bolton said that he trust or believe in the South Korean Government. What does it mean that you trust the South Korean Government, so --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Well, the Government of the Republic of Korea is an ally and longstanding partner of ours, and we closely coordinate with that government.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: But allies – but they do something behind the United States is smuggling something else, so how you going to trust them?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Look, we trust when they say that they will investigate that they will investigate. We closely coordinate with them. They’ve been longstanding allies and partners, and we have a strong relationship with them.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Are you still investigations or waiting --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: I don’t have anything more for you on that, okay?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: All right, thank you.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Thanks.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: (Off-mike.)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Kylie, go right ahead.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: So there’s been discussion of potentially having another meeting with North Korea. Has there been any progress on that that --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: We have no meetings, no travel plans to announce today, and by the way, we just got back from a long flight, which I will remind you was a very long flight. Headed over to Asia, a long flight back. We’re okay with being here for a while.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: All right.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: (Off-mike.)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Okay. Hi. Go ahead.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Well wait, can I just follow up real quick on that?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Just hold on, hold on, hold on. He asked first. Go right ahead.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Oh, I’m sorry.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Yes. So about the North Korean coal, yeah. And South Korean Government is going to announce the result of investigation about North Korean coal smuggling maybe later today. So now the issue is that – whether the United States is going to apply the second boycott to the Korean companies, which it appears to be violated the sanctions. So I just wonder whether you are going to apply the secondary boycott to the companies.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: I think I just answered that, that the investigation was initiated by the Government of South Korea, and we will wait to hear from them on any announcements with regard to that, okay?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    And we’re going to have to wrap it up in just a minute. Elise, go right ahead.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Just on the – you said there’s nothing new to announce. Are the delegations trying to get another negotiating session? Like your team in Asia, are they trying to get another negotiating session together with the North Koreans?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Look, I mean, I can tell you we continue to have conversations virtually every day, every other day or so --

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: With the North Koreans?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: -- with the North Koreans, and when I say “conversations,” that can be by phone, that can be my message, that can be by email. Those are – they take different forms, those conversations do. So we continue to have conversations with the government. When – if and when we have travel announcements to make, I will certainly let you know, but we have nothing yet.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: But I mean, obviously that you’ll make those announcements, but I’m just wondering if like – if there is efforts being made to put together another negotiating session.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: I don’t have anything for you on that right now.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Can I have one question on the sanctions?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Okay? Okay. Sir, go right ahead.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Yeah. Just to follow up, you said you have nothing planned, but Mr. Bolton mentioned that in the letter that Secretary Pompeo gave to Foreign Minister Ri, there was an offer to meet. Has North Korea responded to that offer yet?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: I don’t have any information for you on that. This was a letter from the President to Chairman Kim, so I don’t have any visibility on what was actually in that letter or what conversations the White House may or may not be having. I’d have to refer you to the White House for anything on that.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: So you can confirm that there was an offer?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: I can confirm there was a letter. Anything that the White House has said about that or Ambassador Bolton has said about that, I’d refer you back to them on those matters. When I have something to let you know, I certainly would be happy to.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Okay, last question.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: (Off-mike.)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Yeah.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    QUESTION: Two days ago, President Trump claimed most Chinese students in the United States are spies. I’m not asking you to comment on what he said, but State Department as a agency to issue visa to Chinese students, do you share the view – do you think most Chinese students in the United States are spies?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MS NAUERT: Yeah, I don’t have the President’s comments in front of me. I have not seen those comments, so I would hesitate to comment on his comments without having read it and had the full context. As you are well aware, we have many Chinese students studying in the United States. We have strong people-to-people ties with the Government of China, but of course there are concerns with some who might come into the United States and try to pick up some of our technology and other information and bring it back home for reasons that the United States Government would be concerned about. But we have a strong relationship with China and we enjoy having students studying in the United States from China, and I’ll just leave it at that.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Okay, thanks. We’ve got to go, guys. We’ll see you soon.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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          Samsung unveils Galaxy Note 9 smartphone [Specs and Video]      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

South Korean electronics giant Samsung unveiled the new Galaxy Note 9 smartphone Thursday, its latest effort to address flagging sales of the high-functioning gadgets. Boosting the power and the price, Samsung hopes to win back customers in the competitive market. The consistent leader in the global smartphone market, the company nonetheless suffered a 22 percent …

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          Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Launched      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

It was on 23rd August 2017, almost two years after the launch of the Galaxy Note 5 that the Galaxy Note 8 launched. While the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 did make a debut, the company, for a faulty battery, recalled the Note 7. Despite the fact, the South Korean electronics still leads the smartphone market in 2018. At an event in New York, Samsung has launched the new Note series smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9.

Specifications

Sharing the same design as the Note 8, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 features a glass front and back and an AMOLED display. The smooth chamfered edges and the long aspect ratio are also the same as the last Note smartphone. The Super AMOLED panel is 6.4-inch 2960 x 1440 px 18.5:9 aspect ratio display. The front and rear panels of the Galaxy Note 9 use the Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for protection. The smartphone houses the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, right below the camera module. Previously, the fingerprint sat to the right of the camera module on the Note 8.

Samsung is big on AI this year, as are many other companies as well. However, Samsung claims that it is almost “impossible to take a bad photo” with the Galaxy Note 9’s camera. The AI assisted module on the Note 9 is a triple camera setup with two at the rear and one at the front. The primary camera has a wide-angle 12MP lens with a f/1.7 aperture and the secondary camera has a 12MP telephoto lens with a f/2.4 aperture. The rear camera is capable of taking slow-motion 30fps videos at 720p resolution. While the secondary camera is an 8MP sensor with f/1.7 aperture.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 runs Android 8.0 (Oreo) with Samsung Experience 9.5 UI on top. The smartphone has two chipset variants, one for the US & Canada and the other for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The US and Canadian variants will use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset and the Adreno 630 GPU for graphical performance. For the EMEA variant, the smartphone will use Samsung’s own Exynos 9810 chipset. For graphical performance, the Exynos chipset will use the Mali-G72 MP18 GPU. Both the Qualcomm and Exynos chipsets are octa-core processors.

The S-Pen has been in the Note family since the first Galaxy Note released in 2011. The S-Pen is a Samsung proprietary stylus which the company provides with both the Note and the Tab series. What makes the new S-Pen standout is its improved functionalities and Bluetooth connectivity. The S-Pen is now usable as a camera shutter trigger, making it easier to take photos and especially selfies. The S-Pen SDK will soon be available for developers to build their app around the stylus and integrate it seamlessly with their apps.

Pricing And Availability

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will be available starting from August 24th, in major markets including US, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and in India. The base price for the Galaxy Note 9 starts at £899 (Rs. 79,534.53 approx) for the 128GB variant. The 512GB variant will cost £1,099 (Rs. 97,206.07 [...]

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          Seoul: Rival Koreas to meet to prepare for leaders' summit      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Seoul: Rival Koreas to meet to prepare for leaders' summitSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The rival Koreas will meet Monday for high-level talks meant to prepare for a summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, South Korea said, the third such meetings between the leaders in recent months.



          South Korea’s Science Ministry Announces Six-Month Blockchain Youth Training Initiative      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The South Korean government is set to launch a program dedicated to fostering young talent in emerging areas including blockchain on August 10, a press release confirmed today, August 9. The 2018 Innovative Growing Youth Talent Concentration Project is the second installment of the initiative following a successful inaugural round, which ran June 11 through […]

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          Pizza Hut has a new robot waiter in Korea, and we’re booking a ticket to Seoul      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have a little competition in pizza fandom.

Meet “Dilly Plate,” a little robot who just got a job as a waiter at Pizza Hut in Seoul, Korea. It (he?) started a two-week test run on Monday, according to the Korea Times, the first time a robot waiter has been allowed to cut loose on the floor of the country’s dining industry, the company said. Developed by Woowa Brothers, a South Korean startup that also operates the food-delivery app Baedal Minjok (“Delivery Nation”), the little pizza server looks a bit like a moving table and is designed to makes short-distance deliveries within the restaurant.

Dilly Plate’s pizza-delivery services are the first step in commercializing the food bot developed by Woowa and researchers at Korea University, practicing its indoor food-delivery skills before moving into the great outdoors and making long-distance deliveries. Woowa Brothers, which back in 2014 got $36 million in funding in a round lead by Goldman Sachs, hopes to develop low-cost robots that could open the delivery market to include picking up items at the grocery story, taking out recyclables, making pharmacy runs, and more, according to an interview with Korea Joong Ang Daily.

The roving table is the first step toward cornering the “under-1,000 won delivery charge” market (that’s about 89 cents) and making robot delivery affordable, accessible, and absolutely adorable. But before it can conquer the world, Dilly Plate has to make sure that a Bacon Potato pie makes it safely through Pizza Hut before its customers get too hangry.


          8/9/2018: SPORTS: NOTABLE TEE TIMES      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
First hole-10th hole 8:23 a.m.-1:48 p.m. — Rafa Cabrera Bello, Spain; Thomas Bjorn, Denmark; James Hahn, United States. 8:34 a.m.-1:59 p.m. — Billy Horschel, United States; Byeong Hun An, South Korea; Shane Lowry, Ireland. 8:45 a.m.-2:10 p.m. —...
          North Korea and the Dynamics of U.S.-South Korea-Japan      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

SPEAKERS

Glen S. Fukushima
Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress; Former President, American Chamber of Commerce in Japan; Former Deputy Assistant United States Trade Representative for Japan and China

This program was recorded live at The Commonwealth Club in San Francisco on August 7th, 2018


          Samsung unveils newest smartphone hoping for sales boost      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
South Korean electronics giant Samsung unveiled the new Galaxy Note 9 smartphone Thursday, its latest effort to address flagging sales of the high-functioning gadgets.
          Jeju United vs Pohang Steelers, Aug 11, 2018 – Preview, Watch and Bet, Score      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          BTS Member Jin Stars in 'Epiphany' Comeback Trailer for Upcoming Album 'Love Yourself: Answer' - Watch!      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
BTS are getting us so excited for their new music! The hugely successful South Korean group just released a brand new comeback trailer called “Epiphany” ahead of their upcoming album Love Yourself: Answer, which is due out on August 24. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of BTS The trailer features member Jin, and the [...]
          Samsung Unveils Its First Smart Speaker Alongside the Galaxy Note 9      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Samsung is continuing to build its own ecosystem of devices, rolling out its first smart speaker and a new smartwatch alongside the next generation of the Galaxy Note series smartphone. At its semiannual Unpacked event today, the South Korean powerhouse took over Barclays Center in Brooklyn to unveil the Note 9, touting a larger battery,...
          Heatwave in South Korea claims 42 lives      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Heatwave in South Korea claims 42 lives3,400 people were also treated for heat-related illnesses since end of May
          KIM, a New South Korean Global Weather Forecasting Model, Nears Deployment      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The United Kingdom Met Office’s Unified Model (UM) has been in constant use around the world for over 25 years, serving – as its name suggests – as a unified hub for immediate weather forecasts, global climate modeling, and everything in-between. But now, according to a paper published in the Asia-Pacific Journal of Atmospheric Sciences, […]

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          Up to 40 Million EV Charging Points Forecast Worldwide by 2030      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Growth in electric vehicle sales worldwide is expected to boost demand for charging points, with up to 40 million installed by 2030, GTM Research predicts.

The analyst firm’s report, EV Charging Infrastructure Development, forecasts that 11 percent of new vehicle sales in 2030 will consist of electric models.

However, the rollout of charging infrastructure will vary widely according to geography.

North America

The report estimates that 12 million residential charging points and 1.2 million public charging points will be installed in North America by 2030. California will lead the market, thanks to its strong drive toward decarbonization and vehicle electrification. 

California has already been the catalyst for charging infrastructure up the West Coast to Canada. The East Coast, meanwhile, has been slower to take off but is now seeing increasing levels of activity.

Elsewhere, growth is occurring in states like Florida and cities like Austin, Texas. Notably, even some areas in the American Midwest are starting to see vehicle-charging rollout approvals.

“There is quite a bit of geographic diversity in the U.S.,” said lead author Timotej Gavrilovic.

In Canada, like the U.S., growth so far has been most marked in the more densely populated coastal regions.

The interior of the country, where lower population densities have not encouraged EV adoption, could take a while to see charging infrastructure build-outs. 

Europe

Europe is expected to face growth trends similar to the U.S., with an estimated 9 million residential and 1.6 million public charging points set to be in operation by 2030.

But beyond the headline figures, Europe’s EV charging markets differ markedly from those in North America. One point of difference is that public administrations have been largely responsible for supporting early infrastructure build-outs.

Another is that electric utilities are also more engaged with the vehicle-charging market, by for instance making their own equipment or acquiring companies that are active in this space.

The U.K., said Gavrilovic, has seen a good example of cooperation between government, utility and charging network actors to support infrastructure build-outs. Southern European countries, meanwhile, have tended to lag, although there are pockets of growth.

An important development in Europe has been the rise of companies that offer EV roaming services, giving users access to multiple charging networks.

Asia

China’s eye-popping state-sponsored EV charging infrastructure build-out has been well documented. But authorities are now realizing they may have built too much, too soon, said Gavrilovic. “The utilization levels are really low,” he commented. 

This will likely lead to a trimming of national infrastructure targets, he said. In the meantime, other Asian countries are getting in on the act, with Japan also pursuing an aggressive fast-charging build-out strategy.

South Korea has not yet achieved the momentum seen in China or Japan, but is beginning to see increasing activity. 

Finally, India “is definitely a geography to keep an eye on,” said Gavrilovic, purely because its size and population make it highly likely to experience localized EV growth. 

The rest of the world

North America, Europe and Asia are set to dominate EV charging infrastructure rollouts up to 2030, but there is growing activity across the Southern Hemisphere, too. Quantifying this is challenging due to a lack of data, Gavrilovic said.

But in Latin America, for example, Brazil has been piloting the use of infrastructure, and Chile is set to lead growth in the region. Mexico, too, is expected to see some growth in charging infrastructure even though projections of its EV adoption rate remain muted. 

Africa is even further behind the curve. In Australia, though, there is not only a growing build-out of infrastructure, which now pretty much encircles the country, but also an active equipment manufacturing and installation industry that hopes to target Asian markets.

The challenge facing Australia, as in many other parts of the globe, is that while charging infrastructure makes sense in cities, its high cost means there is not much of an incentive to install it in rural areas. “There’s a challenge of geography there,” said Gavrilovic.

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          Bloom Energy Doubles Quarterly Revenue, Losses Continue      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Fuel cell market leader Bloom Energy had its first quarterly financial disclosure as a public company this week — although there was no earnings call because of the post-IPO quiet period. 
 
In light of CEO K.R. Sridhar's verbal missteps of late (more on that below), Bloom may have dodged a bullet.
 
As a refresher, late last month Bloom sold 18 million shares at $15 each, at the height of the price range, generating $270 million and valuing the firm at more than $2 billion. Shares closed at $28.15 on Wednesday. For now, the market seems to really like Bloom's story. 

The company's second-quarter results were strong when it came to revenue — and repeated the usual story when it came to losses.
 
Bloom had Q2 revenue of $168.9 million — on the high end of its guidance, flat compared to last quarter, and up 95 percent year-over-year. Losses for the quarter were $37.9 million.
 
Here are the takeaways from the shareholder letter:
  • Bloom's installed base has grown to 328 megawatts
  • The firm is seeing healthy demand in data center and healthcare markets
  • Installation began in South Korea on an 8.4-megawatt project with KOEN, a Kepco firm
  • Bloom manufactured its millionth solid-oxide fuel cell stack
  • Total installed system cost is $5,607 per kilowatt 
When we interviewed Matt Ross, Bloom's executive VP and CMO, last month, he said the stock jumped because the market understands the story. Investors are seeing rapid growth, significant customer adoption and a major expansion in data center sales. Ross said his customers are looking for greater reliability and resiliency than the grid can provide.
 
According to the S-1 form, Bloom had a product backlog of 108 megawatts, valued at $743 million, at the end of the first quarter. 

CEO K.R. Sridhar trips up

Bloom had a total deficit of $2.3 billion as of March, and its S-1 stated that the company “will incur net losses on a GAAP basis for the foreseeable future.”  
 
As GTM has reported, Bloom has faced significant losses in the past two years — $263 million on revenues of $376 million in 2017, and $279.6 million on revenues of $208.5 million in 2016. In the first three months of 2018, it reported a net loss of $17.7 million on revenues of $169.4 million. The company lost $37.9 million in this most recent quarter. 
 
But strangely enough, shortly after the IPO, CEO K.R. Sridhar told MarketWatch that Bloom will be "cash-flow positive and GAAP-profitable this year." He also said that Bloom is “a profitable company as of [the second quarter],” and that he expected that trend to continue.
 
Bloom PR reps quickly walked that back to: "Bloom Energy expects to be GAAP-profitable at the operating level, and thus cash-flow positive, this year, not net profitable." 
 
Then Dan Primack of Axios noted that Bloom was profitable only on an adjusted operating basis, meaning that the walk-back needed a walk-back. Bloom was forced to issue a filing, disclaiming those and a few other of its CEO's utterances: “The Company disclaims any statement regarding its expectations for future profitability or cash flows, makes no such forecast or prediction at this time regarding its future operating results, and undertakes no obligation to do so in the future."
 
Primack suggests that Sridhar might not "understand or appreciate the difference between GAAP and non-GAAP accounting or cash-flow vs. net income."
 
That's a difficult start to life as the CEO of a public firm. Sridhar has three months to brush up on his accounting and polish his public speaking and truth-telling skills before the next earnings call.

 


          Samsung Launches Galaxy Watch Priced Starting At $329.99      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Samsung Electronics announced on Thursday (Aug. 9) the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Watch, a smartwatch aiming to take on Apple and the Apple Watch. In a press release, the South Korean electronics company said the watch comes equipped with a long-lasting battery, LTE connectivity and advanced wellness features and fitness tracking. The face has […]
          South Korea, North Korea may hold talks next week to discuss new summit — reports      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The talks will be held in Panmunjom
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          Burbank Mayor Gabel-Luddy and Council member Murphy respond to call to action against the dog meat trade      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Los Angeles Times reported on August 3, 2018 that “Burbank Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy and Councilman Tim Murphy will be sending a letter to the mayor of Incheon, South Korea, regarding the recent controversial issue involving the killing of dogs for meat consumption.” Click HERE to read the article. We asked Burbank to take action against the dog meat trade in ...
          Biosimilars Market Trends, And Forecasts 2018-2023      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
(EMAILWIRE.COM, August 09, 2018 ) Biosimilars Market was worth USD 7.66 million in 2018 and estimated to be growing at a CAGR of 26.87%, to reach USD 25.18 million by 2023 Biosimilars are emerging as one of the most important sector in the healthcare industry. With increasing healthcare costs, biosimilars are being looked upon as an affordable treatment option. Growing economies are observing comprehensive growth in biosimilars industry from demanding clinical needs of therapeutics. Rise in GDP and healthcare expenditures, and the demand for cost effective therapeutics solution has resulted in the growth of this market.

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          How do victims of sexual violence benefit from mutual disclosure? An exploratory study of women in South Korea - Choi E, Park N, Lutze FE, Neuilly MA.       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Sexual violence victims in the Republic of Korea (henceforth, South Korea) have mutual support groups that provide a variety of programs promoting mutual disclosure between them. These programs are based upon the premise that responses within those groups ...
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          Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors vs Gangwon, Aug 11, 2018 – Preview, Watch and Bet, Score      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          Samsung unveils newest smartphone hoping for sales boost      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
South Korean electronics giant Samsung unveiled the new Galaxy Note 9 smartphone Thursday, its latest effort to address flagging sales of the high-functioning gadgets.
          Next High-Level Talks Set for North and South Korea      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The August 13 meeting may finally yield a date for Moon Jae-in's anticipated visit to Pyongyang.
          J&J, Bayer to shutter production plants in South Korea: report      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The shutdowns are due to rising labor costs and shifting demand in the pharmaceutical market, writes The Korea Times. 


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          Comment on 21st Eigasai Japanese Film Festival in Bacolod | FREE MOVIES by The Panicked Foodie      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Actually, I don't think I've ever watched a Japanese film before. I've watched a lot of South Korean ones though (they were abundant on Amazon :)). This sounds like a really cool festival, especially for those really into movies. And best of all, it's free!
          Koreas extend conciliatory steps to Asian Games      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Aug. 9, 2018 10:16 PM EDT SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — With the Koreas, there’s no separating their sports from their politics. The war-separated rivals will take their reconciliation steps to the Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia, where they will jointly march in the opening ...
          Talking esports with Angela Natividad!      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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From Comments to yesterday's essay, this on the topic from frequent contributor LL:

"The Central Intelligence Agency - in its entirety - is the national political warfare center, looking out from the US on the world. When you look inward, it clearly WAS the FBI, working hard to make a king/queen that would be satisfactory to the swamp. The Agency had a very small hand in the more recent attempt at a coup against President Trump."
Au contraire, mon ami.

Christians In Action gathers intelligence on other countries, sometimes which is even both accurate and timely(!) - excepting things like the invasion of South Korea, the Suez Crisis, any of a dozen Middle Eastern wars, Soviet missiles in Cuba, Soviet troops in Cuba, the erection of the Berlin Wall, the falling of the Berlin Wall, the fall of the Soviet Union, or any baker's dozen of terroristic acts from 1968-present, inclusive, but other than those petty failings, almost never takes a hand in doing everything outside of espionage or actual direct action. They generally suck at the things they're supposed to do, let alone the things we wish they'd do.

The other eleventy venues of operations, the ones described by Culper in his post, and those actively practiced by, for instance, the Chicoms, in every venue besides open warfare, are precisely what neither the Agency, the State Department, nor any other cabinet agency do, even though such is exactly their mission, either directly or in ancillary ways.

There is, as the referenced RAND study notes, no coordinated propaganda messaging, cyber warfare (offensive nor defensive, although Far Beyond Insanity likes to think they've "got that", they're mainly only concerned with government systems, not the other 98% of the economy, nor anything remotely offensive), no economically coherent outlook, and so on, ad infinitum.

And plainly, even the DoD is more concerned with internecine turf wars than a coherent defense strategy, or they wouldn't continue pursuing SJW nonsense and the jackassical continued deployment of the terminally flawed Thunderjug (which our allies with options are dropping like a hot iron ingot) in preference to three more carrier groups and ancillary surface ships, a strategic sealift capability, and doubling or tripling our SSNs and increasing our SSBNs, let alone halting the criminal hollowing of the current Army into little more than twice the size of the USMC any time since 1946. And they couldn't even had they the will and foresight to address all that, because the entitlement beast has eaten the meat, the potatoes, the seed corn, and left them nothing but gnawed bones to work with, in perpetuity.

And they've been abetted in this by 40 years of the most worthless congresses in US history (and historically, that's saying something).

We're on our way to becoming Britistan 2.0 at light speed, when what we really need, soon in a critical way, is for someone to institute our own version of Churchill's Ministry Of Ungentlemanly Warfare (a great backpacking read, and enthusiastically and unhesitatingly recommended to the readership, btw, as both germane and informative in current times), on steroids, and with the brief of kicking everyone's @$$ who would challenge our survival, our supremacy, and our ability to prosper in any or all of the realms outlined in Culper's post.

That's not only something the CIA cannot do, it's something they actively suck at, any time they've been so tasked.

They should be folded wholesale, the dregs and dross winnowed for any actual talent coupled with the blazing desire to serve America and not the bureaucracy, and the dross flushed out of the pipes once and for all. Doing the same thing to the Feebies, as recent events have demonstrated, is about twenty to forty years overdue as well.

The blood from Langley and the Hoover building should be running waist deep coming down the steps of both agencies, and for the next several years. Anybody employed or hired by the current regime should be considered inherently suspect until proctologically proven innocent, by which I mean a full grand jury background investigation and zero tolerance for anything less than political virginity, and the entire house cleaned out and re-stocked with actual Americans, not agency hacks and bureaucrats, and the slightest degree of wavering afterwards should be dealt with in the most draconian manners imaginable. Permanent assignment to duties at McMurdo Station, including being given a parka and binoculars and told to keep all-directional watch on the horizon in 12 hour shifts, should be the kindest form of in-house punishment contemplated for any future failings, going forward for the next decade.

The mere existence of cesspit lizards like Brennan, McCabe, Strzok, and Page proves that the gentlest instrument used to clean house at the FBI and CIA ought to be actual M1A1 flamethrowers, used in platoon strength, from the roof to the basement, and all the nooks and crannies in between.

Starting today would not be too soon.
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by Helga Zepp-LaRouche, Chairwoman of the German political party BüSo, the Civil Rights Solidarity Party. You can follow Helga on twitter @ZeppLaRouche.

The following is an English translation of an article appearing in the German newspaper, Neue Solidarität.

Aug. 4—We should have learned from the 1920s and 1930s that the spread of cultural pessimism throughout the population has fatal consequences. But such pessimism is spreading today in many Western societies, and especially in Germany, in the face of uncertain future options, with the result that more and more citizens have completely given up the hope of being able to make a difference through their own participation, or they are joining right-wing parties that provide an outlet for anger but offer no solutions. The culprit in this development is not least the political establishment, which leads us to accept a “TINA” politics—TINA is the acronym for “there is no alternative”—and the forced conformity of the mainstream media, which suppress all messages that point to alternatives.

We are living through what is probably the greatest strategic change of all time. Under the leadership of the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa), the majority of the developing countries are currently focussing on close win-win cooperation, with the aim of achieving the leap to the status of industrialized nations, and a good standard of living for their entire populations as quickly as possible. The 10th BRICS Summit in Johannesburg July 25-27 included some of the largest and most important international organizations of developing countries, such as the Group of 77, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Mercosur, and the African Union, which were there to join forces with the BRICS in what might be called the Global South initiative.

The New Silk Road is Changing Everything

China’s Belt and Road Initiative, and the idea that relations are no longer based on geopolitical confrontation but on mutual benefit, have changed the political climate in many regions of the world in a completely positive way. For example, the election victory of newly designated Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has created for the first time the potential to settle the conflict between India and Pakistan. Khan promised to ensure that his country takes two steps toward India for every step that India takes towards Pakistan. The cooperation between the BRICS countries also has its impact on Pakistan; China has traditionally good relations with Pakistan, and just now the Russian and Pakistani navies had a high-level meeting, after the first-ever joint manoeuvres of Russian and Pakistani ground troops took place just one year ago.

The Horn of Africa is also embraced by the new spirit of cooperation. There the hitherto mutually hostile states of Somalia, Djibouti, Eritrea and Ethiopia are massively expanding their mutual diplomatic and economic relations, largely thanks to Chinese investment, such as in the construction of the railway from Djibouti to Addis Abeba.

And, in contrast to the consistently negative media coverage of the progress of negotiations between North and South Korea and the United States, this process is on a good track, with the option that a leading North Korean government official may speak in New York before the upcoming UN General Assembly in September.

Meanwhile, the Syrian government has begun the economic reconstruction of the province of Aleppo. The first part of a three-phase program is the reconstruction of the infrastructure, the second step is the specific provisioning of each individual family, and the third phase is the return of people to a safe environment, as the Deputy Governor of the province, Hamid Kenno, stressed. At the same time, the Russian military has helped create a refugee center in Syria that will welcome refugees returning from Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey, and assist them in their return to their homes. An inter-ministerial coordination committee of the Russian Foreign and Defense Ministries has taken over the orderly repatriation of the refugees.

You Aren't Hearing the Good News

One might assume that these developments would dominate headlines, immediately bringing hope to all clear-thinking people that world peace has become more secure, poverty can be overcome, and the refugee crisis can be resolved in a human way. Instead, the media do not say a word about the “Global South” initiative. An article in the German national daily, Die Welt, furnished with much geopolitical spin, cites Xi Jinping’s speech at the BRICS Summit: “Africa has more development potential than any other region in the world.” And what does the author conclude? That “China is working to build its empire” and the upcoming summit between China and the African nations in Beijing this September is just Xi Jinping’s “charm offensive.”

Of course, this censorship of good news has the purpose of depicting the politics of the old neo-liberal paradigm as having no alternative. If China—incidentally, along with India, Russia and Japan—now demonstrates that Africa can indeed be industrialized, and if that were truthfully reported, then someone might think to ask why the African continent, after centuries of colonialism and decades of the IMF’s notorious credit conditionalities, is in its current precarious state, and whether this is not a major cause of the refugee crisis.

Instead of responding to China’s repeated offer to work together with the African states on their industrialization in the context of the New Silk Road, the German government is blocking Chinese investments in Germany, such as the recent acquisition of the precision machinery manufacturer Leifeld Metal Spinning, although various surveys confirm that Chinese investors have always taken care to increase the number of jobs and raise wages. Where was the government’s veto when, in recent years, dozens of American and British hedge funds have taken everything from mid-sized companies to housing companies and infrastructure, carved out the choicest portions to sell, and closed down the rest as socially unacceptable?

It is an absurd idea to think that one could halt the rise of emerging and developing countries—India and China alone account for 2.6 billion people—and impose the neo-liberal model of geopolitics as the only possible option on the rest of the world. Blair’s and Obama’s policies of converting the whole world to Western democracy through regime change and “humanitarian” interventions, as a sort of modern crusade, have clearly failed. Neither China nor Russia wants this model, and more and more developing countries see the Chinese model as the model for their own development.

The reason is that the BRICS offer a form of cooperation that focuses on mutual development, while “the West” prefers the neo-liberal model of profit maximization for the few at the expense of the many. It is also not overlooked in the rest of the world that the EU is slipping into more and more disagreement between its member states, whether in dealing with the refugee crisis; in choosing between greater integration versus emphasis on sovereignty; or in relations with China, Russia and the United States.

Looking at the world through Eurocentric glasses obscures the view that the greater part of humanity, represented by the BRICS and Global South, has drawn from the neo-liberal policies of the West the conclusion that a revision of the current system of global governance is urgently needed, and that this reorganization cannot be left to the West.

Instead of arrogantly continuing to sit on the high horse of egoism in their supposed superiority and soon landing their own populations on the margins of history, the nations of Europe, and the United States, should look to the offers from China and Russia for cooperation and co-creation of the New Paradigm. Despite the punitive tariffs imposed by Trump, China continues to offer cooperation with the United States in order to overcome the trade deficit through joint ventures in third countries. A spokeswoman for China’s Ministry of Commerce has just said, “We always believe that bad things can be turned into good ones and challenges can be turned into opportunities.”

And at the just-ended ASEAN Summit in Singapore, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov recalled Putin’s words at the 2016 Russia-ASEAN Summit in Sochi, where he called on partner-countries to be aware of the huge geopolitical and geo-economic potential of the Eurasian continent, where the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), the Shanghai Corporation Organization (SCO) and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) complement each other. Lavrov stressed that the door remains open to the EU, and no one should doubt that the EU should be interested in it purely for pragmatic economic and business interests.

But one could also find reasons for such cooperation that go beyond the pragmatic. If Europe does not want to completely forget, and lose, its humanistic and classical culture, then we could revive the ideas of Nicholas of Cusa, Leibniz and Schiller, and make our contribution to the development of humanity. You certainly will not read about it in the mainstream media. But you can read it here.

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s Ties To China Go Way Deeper Than An Alleged Office Spy
Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s warm relationship with and advocacy for Communist China go back decades and involve millions, if not billions, of dollars.



By Ben Weingarten
August 8, 2018

“I sometimes say that in my last life maybe I was Chinese.”—Sen. Dianne Feinstein

As media, intelligence agency, and political scrutiny of foreign meddling is seemingly at its apex, a story with big national security implications involving a high-ranking senator with access to America’s most sensitive intelligence information has been hiding in plain sight.

The story involves China and the senior U.S. senator from California, and former chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Democrat Dianne Feinstein. It was buried eight paragraphs into a recent Politico exposé on foreign efforts to infiltrate Silicon Valley, as a passing example of political espionage:

Former intelligence officials…[said] Chinese intelligence once recruited a staff member at a California office of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, and the source reported back to China about local politics. (A spokesperson for Feinstein said the office doesn’t comment on personnel matters or investigations, but noted that no Feinstein staffer in California has ever had a security clearance.)

Later comes additional detail:

According to four former intelligence officials, in the 2000s, a staffer in Senator Dianne Feinstein’s San Francisco field office was reporting back to the MSS [ China’s Ministry of State Security, its intelligence and security apparatus]. While this person, who was a liaison to the local Chinese community, was fired, charges were never filed against him. (One former official reasoned this was because the staffer was providing political intelligence and not classified information—making prosecution far more difficult.) The suspected informant was ‘run’ by officials based at China’s San Francisco Consulate, said another former intelligence official. The spy’s handler ‘probably got an award back in China’ for his work, noted this former official, dryly.

This anecdote provides significantly more questions than answers. For starters: Who was the spy? For how long was the spy under surveillance? What information about “local politics” was the spy passing back to China? Just how close was the spy to the senator? Did law enforcement officials sweep vehicles and other areas for listening devices? Was there an investigation into whether others in the senator’s circle may have been coordinating with Beijing?

Did the senator expose herself to potential blackmail, or the public to danger through leakage of sensitive, highly classified information? Is firing really the proper punishment for providing political intelligence to a foreign power?

The Details Right Now Are Few and Blurry We now know only the most basic of additional details about what occurred in Feinstein’s office. Five years ago, the FBI approached the senator to apprise her that a San Francisco-based staffer was being investigated under suspicion of spying for China. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Feinstein’s hometown paper, this staffer, who had worked with Feinstein for almost 20 years, drove her around in San Francisco and “served as gofer in her San Francisco office and as a liaison to the Asian American community, even attending Chinese Consulate functions for the senator.”

An unnamed source added that a Chinese MSS official first approached the staffer during a visit to Asia several years prior. Given his proximity to Feinstein, we have no idea what information he could have gleaned in her employ. We do have a presumed identity. The Daily Caller discovered that a Feinstein staffer named Russell Lowe, listed on the senator’s payroll as an “office director” as of 2013 before he was let go, matches the description of the Chinese asset.

It appears Lowe continues to operate freely in the United States. A year after he was removed from Feinstein’s staff, Lowe spoke at a conference on Chinese investment in California. In October 2017 he visited a South Korean publication’s office with former Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA), indicating he still had access to political figures.

Lowe presently serves as secretary general of the Education for Social Justice Foundation, which seeks to “educate the public on unresolved historical conflicts, human rights, and crimes against humanity.” The Chinese government likely views its present focus favorably: Japanese abuses during the World War II era via its “comfort women” system whereby 200,000 girls from 13 or more Asian countries were forced into sexual slavery. Lowe discusses the nonprofit’s work here.

It took a tweet from President Trump implying hypocrisy, given Feinstein’s role investigating “Russian collusion” as a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, while a Chinese spy had infiltrated her own office, to force the senator to address the issue.

(1/2) The FBI told me 5 years ago it had concerns that China was seeking to recruit an administrative member of my Calif staff (despite no access to sensitive information). I took those concerns seriously, learned the facts and made sure the employee left my office immediately. pic.twitter.com/qpVyPanpJk

— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) August 4, 2018

Feinstein’s account conflicts with what has been reported regarding the recruitment and activities of the Chinese spy. She conveniently omits that her office employed this individual for almost 20 years in a close capacity, while he represented the senator in interactions with Chinese officials.

A Short History of Dianne Feinstein’s Love for China For the last 40 years, no politician in America has arguably maintained a deeper, more longstanding and friendlier relationship with China, at the highest levels of its ruling Communist Party, than Feinstein. It dates back to the opening of U.S.-Chinese diplomatic relations in 1979.

Shortly thereafter, Feinstein, then mayor of San Francisco, established a “sister city” relationship with Shanghai, one of the earliest and most robust such relationships in U.S.-China history. Soon after, Feinstein led a mayoral delegation to China joined by her husband, investor Richard Blum, a trip they took together many times over the ensuing years as the relationship between both Feinsteins and China grew.

During the 1980s, as mayor of San Francisco, Feinstein developed a close friendship with Shanghai Mayor Jiang Zemin. This substantially enhanced Feinstein’s foreign policy profile, and created an important linkage to the U.S. government for China’s Communist Party (CCP).

Just as Feinstein rose to a prominent position in foreign affairs and national security in the U.S. Senate, first on the Foreign Relations Committee and later as chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Jiang rose to the top of Chinese leadership, serving as chairman of the Central Military Commission, general secretary of the CCP, and president of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Under Jiang’s leadership, the PRC initiated a brutal crackdown against practitioners of Falun Gong, including mass imprisonments, beatings, torture, rape, organ harvesting, and murder, and engaging in alleged human rights atrocities against Tibetans. Feinstein never renounced her friendship with Jiang, in spite of these acts.

Feinstein and Jiang reportedly visited each other regularly in the 1980s, with Jiang once spending Thanksgiving in San Francisco with Feinstein and her husband. Jiang supposedly danced with Feinstein during one such visit, which surely must have been a propaganda coup for the CCP a la Ted Kennedy and the Soviets.

It Turned Out to Be a Lucrative Relationship In 1986, Feinstein and Jiang designated several corporate entities for fostering commercial relations, one named Shanghai Pacific Partners. Feinstein’s husband served as a director. His financial position was relatively small, less than $500,000 on one project, the only such position in China the Feinstein family held when Feinstein entered the Senate in 1992.


‘They said that Feinstein’s consistent support for China’s interests cannot help but benefit her husband’s efforts to earn profits there.’
That project, however, which Blum’s firm participated in alongside PRC state-run Shanghai Investment Trust Corp., was one of the first joint ventures between San Francisco and Chinese investors, reportedly “cited by Chinese officials as a testament to the friendly business ties between Shanghai and San Francisco that Feinstein had initiated.” Subsequently Blum’s investments in the Middle Kingdom mushroomed.

In May 1993, Feinstein expressed her strong support on the Senate floor for continued trading with China. Contemporaneously, her husband was seeking to raise up to $150 million from investors, including himself, for a variety of Chinese enterprises.

In August 1993, Feinstein and her husband visited Beijing for extensive meetings with Chinese leaders at President Jiang’s invitation. As the Los Angeles Times reported in a 1994 exposé on Feinstein’s husband’s business ties and the potential conflict of interests they presented: “Such encounters are fondly remembered when deals are clinched back in China, according to American experts in Chinese business practices. They said that Feinstein’s consistent support for China’s interests cannot help but benefit her husband’s efforts to earn profits there.”

The historical record suggests these American experts were right. Blum successfully raised $160 million for the aforementioned Asia fund under his Newbridge Capital investment company, including investing $1-2 million himself. The fund invested in several state-owned and Chinese government-linked businesses.

Why, We Love Trading with China Blum’s firm’s largest holding—at the time his China investments began to draw scrutiny in 1997—was its stake in Northwest Airlines. The then-estimated $300 million position was poised to significantly appreciate in value, as Northwest happened to be the sole airline operator providing nonstop service from the United States to any city in China.


On one such visit in January 1996, Feinstein and Blum enjoyed a meal with President Jiang.
When questioned on his China investments, Blum pledged to donate future profits from the holdings to his nonprofit foundation to help Tibetan refugees, thereby “remov[ing] any perception that I, in any way, shape or form benefit from or influence my wife’s position on China as a U.S. senator.” But these conflict of interest issues persisted.

In January 1995, Feinstein was appointed to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Subsequently, she made several visits to China, accompanied by her husband, where she met with senior government officials.

During these trips it the couple was wined and dined. On one such visit in January 1996, Feinstein and Blum enjoyed a meal with President Jiang in Zhongnanhai, the exclusive leadership compound for China’s Communist Party, where according to Feinstein they ate in Mao Zedong’s residence in the room where he died.

Feinstein kept up her dogged support for increased trade with China. In May 1996, she penned an editorial in the Los Angeles Times calling for the United States to grant most-favored-nation trading status to China “on a permanent basis and get past the annual dance that is proving to be extraordinarily divisive and not at all helpful toward reaching the oft-stated goal: improvement in human rights.”

Campaign Contributions from Foreign Sources While Feinstein maintained her pro-China positions, in March 1997, the senator revealed that the FBI had warned her the Chinese government might seek to funnel illegal contributions to her campaign fund. She was one of only six members of Congress to receive such a warning. As the New York Times noted at the time, Feinstein had returned $12,000 in 1994 contributions from people with connections to Lippo Bank, an arm of a multi-billion dollar conglomerate owned by the Riady family, with investments and operations throughout Asia. It employed a senior American executive named John Huang.


At the time Feinstein disclosed returning the Lippo-tied contributions, Huang was under Justice Department investigation.
The Riadys had been friends and supporters of the Clintons since Bill Clinton was governor of Arkansas. Clinton named Huang, a top fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee (DNC), his deputy assistant secretary of commerce.

At the time Feinstein disclosed returning the Lippo-tied contributions, Huang was under Justice Department investigation for making potentially illegal contributions to the Democratic Party from foreign sources. He later pled guilty to violating campaign finance laws as part of the investigation into Chinese attempts to influence U.S. policy through illegal campaign contributions stemming from the 1996 election.

It was later revealed that Huang may have had a direct financial relationship with the Chinese government. The DNC returned more than half of the $3 million he had collected for the party. In 1998, an unclassified report from the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs stated that the Riadys—Huang’s former employer, the leader of which had also pled guilty to campaign finance violations—“had a long-term relationship with a Chinese intelligence agency.”

What is the connection to Feinstein? In June 1996, the senator held a fundraiser at her home attended by President Clinton, Huang, and Xiaoming Dia, chairman of a Hong Kong-based investment company in which Lippo Group had owned a controlling stake until 1994.

The Chinese Get Feinstein’s Lucrative Political Support In May 2000, Feinstein lobbied for making permanent normal trading relations with China, a measure that ultimately passed, and helped pave the way for its entrance into the World Trade Organization, which Feinstein also supported. At the time, a spokesperson for Feinstein indicated that her husband had divested of his last holdings in mainland China in 1999. But Blum’s stake in another Newbridge Capital Asia fund, which contained investments in China, belied that assertion.

Meanwhile, in the years leading to the passage of that legislation, Blum’s Newbridge Capital reportedly invested more than $400 million into East Asian businesses, at least $90 million of which was “invested in companies whose profits are pegged to the burgeoning mainland China market, according to the companies themselves,” and several of which were partly owned or founded by the Chinese government. If nothing else, Blum still stood to profit handsomely from management fees for these portfolios.


Defense companies in which Blum’s firms were invested signed billions of dollars in military contracts approved by Feinstein’s committee.
Such investments in Chinese assets continued. In 2004, Newbridge Capital purchased an 18 percent stake in Shenzhen Development Bank, the first time a foreign company took effective control of a Chinese lender. From 2001 to 2005, Feinstein served as chair of the Senate Military Construction Appropriations Committee. During this time, defense companies in which Blum’s firms were invested signed billions of dollars in military contracts approved by Feinstein’s committee.

This suggests a parallel pattern in the Feinstein family’s political and business dealings that adversaries like China surely could have sought to exploit. When pressed on conflicts of interest, however, on multiple occasions Feinstein has flippantly responded by rhetorically asking what she could do to satisfy those raising the issue, short of getting divorced.

Feinstein’s husband has stressed that his ties to the Dalai Lama and criticism of Chinese human rights violations would never have helped him curry favor with the Chinese, and maintained no conflict of interest between his wife’s position and his investments.

The senator recently co-sponsored the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2018 (FIRRMA), incorporated into the pending National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which gives the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States greater oversight over foreign transactions, geared in part towards China’s malign efforts to gain valuable technology and steal intellectual property. But provisions penalizing sanctions-violating Chinese telecommunications company ZTE were stripped from the NDAA at the Trump administration’s urging.

Interestingly, perhaps anticipating future troubles (the House Intelligence Committee would first warn that ZTE posed national security risks in 2012), in October 2011, ZTE hired its first in-house lobbyist: None other than former Feinstein aide Peter Ruffo, a position it appears he still holds today.

Feinstein’s Related Apologism for the Chinese Government Feinstein’s economic positions frequently downplayed the PRC’s rampant human rights violations. The senator has fashioned herself a peacemaker, often urging appeasement of the Chinese regime in both apologism for such abuses and urging restraint.


Feinstein also argued against tying China’s most-favored-nation trading status to human rights improvements.
These efforts date back to the early 1980s. Until that time, participants in San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade displayed the flag of the Nationalist Chinese government, which had ruled in exile on Taiwan after 1949. According to San Francisco Gate, then-mayor Feinstein “asked organizers to stop the partisan practice because she wanted to encourage trade with China.”

Feinstein also argued against tying China’s most-favored-nation trading status to human rights improvements. In an argument that reads as not only beyond naïve, but demonstrates an offensive moral equivalency, Feinstein added: “Chinese society continues to open up with looser ideological controls, freer access to outside sources of information and increased media reporting. More people in China vote for their leadership on the local level than do Americans. Economic liberalization is introducing market forces into the economy. Educational levels are up, along with wages and the standard of living” (emphasis mine).

In March 1996, Feinstein sought to ease tensions between China and Taiwan, arranging discussions with high-level Chinese dignitaries on Capitol Hill, at China’s behest. During this period, Feinstein took an uncharacteristically aggressive stance towards China’s hostile actions, conducting missile tests near Taiwan, presumably in line with the Clinton administration: “We view the missile exercises…as provocative and unnecessary.”

She took an arguably harsher line towards then-Taiwanese President Lee Teng-Hui, stating: “What is really necessary is for [the leaders of] Taiwan to make a statement in word and in deed that they will adhere to a one-China policy.”

In February 1997, Feinstein against sought to draw an offensive moral equivalence between America and Communist China in calling for a joint U.S.-China commission to examine “the evolution of human rights in both countries over the last 20 or 30 years,” that would “point out the success and failures–both Tiananmen Square and Kent State.”

In a June 2010 interview with the Wall Street Journal covering a trip to China in which she met with old pals Jiang and former premier Zhu Rongji, Feinstein seemed to further downplay and even alibi the Tiananmen Square massacre:

I think that was a great setback for China in the view of the world. And I think China has also – as we would – learned lessons from it.

It just so happens I was here after that and talked to Jiang Zemin and learned that at the time China had no local police. It was just the PLA [People’s Liberation Army]. And no local police that had crowd control. So, hence the tanks.

Clearly none of that made good sense. But that’s the past. One learns from the past. You don’t repeat it. I think China has learned a lesson.

That year, Feinstein also challenged the Obama administration’s $6.4 billion arms sale to Taiwan, calling it a “substantial irritant” to U.S.-China relations.

Similarly, in late 2015, Feinstein effectively sought to defend the CCP from criticism, on a purportedly pragmatic basis, in fighting legislation from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) that would have named the street running in front of the Chinese Embassy in Washington DC “Liu Xiaobo Plaza.” Xiaobo, a Nobel Prize-winning anti-Communist writer and human rights activist, had at the time been held in jail for seven years by the Chinese government for criticizing the regime.

When Cruz sought unanimous consent for the bill on the occasion of President Xi Jinping’s U.S. visit, Feinstein blocked it. A month later, when Cruz reintroduced the measure, citing a statement co-authored by Feinstein and her Democrat colleague Pat Leahy calling for Xiaobo’s release, Feinstein again blocked the legislation.

Finally, in February 2016, the bill cleared the Senate in a unanimous voice vote, though it died in the House amid a veto threat from the Obama administration. Later, Feinstein did co-sponsor a resolution honoring Xiaobo’s freedom-fighting efforts—shortly after his death, in state custody, in July 2017.

This Is About Much More than a Chinese Spy Let us review the facts here.

  • China has for almost 40 years cultivated warm relations with Feinstein.
  • Feinstein has uniformly taken political positions supporting greater ties with China while taking a relatively dovish and strictly apologist line on its human rights atrocities.
  • Feinstein’s husband has profited handsomely during Feinstein’s career from the greatly expanded China trade she supported. It is of course possible that the Feinstein family’s privileged position with the Chinese regime improved his investment opportunities.
  • Feinstein has served as a key intermediary between China and the U.S. government, while serving on committees whose work would be of keen interest to the PRC.
  • A staffer of almost two decades in close proximity to Feinstein was allegedly successfully recruited by China’s MSS and fed China “political intelligence.”
Imagine for a second how a motivated and empowered prosecutor would operate in this situation if tasked with exploring “any links and/or coordination” between the Chinese government, Feinstein, and individuals associated with her office.

Few American officials could have been as potentially exposed to the PRC’s skilled intelligence service as Feinstein. Here we have not only proof of a spy, but real evidence of consistently pro-Chinese policy that at very best created the appearance of a financial conflict of interest.

Recall that the Chinese regime conducted the cataclysmic U.S. Office of Personnel Management hack, arming it with the most compromising possible information on 21 million government employees and applicants. Then the PRC liquidated America’s entire informant network on the Chinese mainland. So why isn’t this a major national story drawing hysterical cries of treason and calls for impeachment?

Feinstein’s dealings with the Chinese must be investigated. But so too ought the links between federal officials and all of our adversaries, be it the Chinese and Russians, the Pakistanis and Iranians, or the Muslim Brotherhood and its state supporters. Feinstein is only one politician. How many other relationships with American politicians have the Chinese and our other adversaries fostered? How many spies might they have recruited?

We need a top-to-bottom reform of our government’s vetting efforts, and enhancement of our counterintelligence capabilities. Attempts by foreign countries to infiltrate our political offices pose a grave national security threat, as Feinstein’s record clearly shows. With people like her on pertinent congressional committees, however, how many foxes have been elected to guard the henhouse? Representatives’ responses to reform measures will help us find out.


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          Koreas extend conciliatory steps to Asian Games      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - With the Koreas, there's no separating their sports from their politics.

The war-separated rivals will take their reconciliation steps to the Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia, where they will jointly march in the opening ceremony and field combined teams in basketball, rowing and ...

          U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team roster set for South Korea trip      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team is training at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif. for four days before traveling to South Korea for two matches as the preparations for the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup continue.
          FDA Cites Teva Supplier Celltrion in Follow-Up Inspection      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A Celltrion plant based in Incheon City, South Korea, was hit again by the FDA for violations observed during an inspection last month following a February warning letter.
          Forex Today: Yen rebounds in Asia on Japan GDP beat, eyes on UK GPP, US inflation      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

FX Today on the final trading day of this week saw the Yen replicating the moves seen in Asia on Thursday. The USD/JPY pair dropped sharply to 110.70 levels after the Yen was boosted by a big beat on the Japanese GDP figures and a cautious tone prevalent across the Asian equities. Escalating trade tensions between the US and the rest of the world and Yuan weakness continue to dampen the risk sentiment.

As a result, both the Antipodeans remained undermined, with the Kiwi having breached the 0.6600 support for the first time since March 2016 amid dovish RBNZ and a reduction in farm gate milk prices by Fonterra. The Aussie traded on the back foot near 0.7360 levels after the RBA trimmed 2018 inflation forecast, as read in the Statement of Monetary Policy (SoMP) published earlier today. However, the downside appeared cushioned, as the US dollar stalled its bullish momentum and consolidated broadly near three-week tops of 95.65.

Main topics in Asia

 

Japan GDP clears estimates as growth rebounds despite sluggish inflation

RBA SoMP: Decline in AUD would be positive for growth, inflation

New Zealand’s Fonterra cut its 2017/2018 farm gate milk price

South Korea’s FinMin: Deepening trade tensions, unemployment weigh on economy

USD/TRY hit a new record high in early Europe, TRY puts value at 7-year high

 

Key Focus ahead

We have a busy EUR calendar today, with a slew of macro news from the UK docket to dominate. However, the main focus will be on the monthly and quarterly UK second-quarter growth figures due at 0830 GMT, which are expected to tick higher, offering some relief to the GBP bulls. Also, the UK goods trade balance and manufacturing production data will be eyed for some near-term trading impetus. Moving on, the NA session sees the critical US CPI release alongside the release of the Canadian jobs data at 1230 GMT.

EUR/USD: Bears reinforced ahead of the US CPI release

An above-forecast CPI print would bolster the already bearish technical setup and open the doors to a drop below 1.15. On the other hand, EUR/USD could have another ago at the pennant resistance(lower end of the pennant) if the US CPI prints below estimates. 

GBP/USD facing an active Friday with UK GDP, US CPI in the barrel

There is a good-sized docket of data for the GBP today, but market's primary focus will be on the GDP figures for the UK and the US' upcoming CPI reading.

UK Q2 GDP seen around 0.4% m/m in June - Barclays

The Barclays Research Team offers its insights on today’s UK second-quarter GDP monthly and quarterly figures that will drop in at 0830 GMT.

How to trade the UK GDP with GBP/USD

The quarterly UK GDP report provides a broad overview of the economy and moves the Pound. The Market Impact Tool shows trading opportunities in both upside and downside surprises on this event.

US CPI to rise 0.1% m/m in July – Barclays

According to the Barclays Research Team, the US inflation figures are expected to have edged higher in the month of July.

How to trade the US Inflation data with EUR/USD

The US Consumer Inflation data and especially Core CPI are critical the US Dollar. The Market Impact Tool shows trading opportunities in both upside and downside surprises on this event.

Canada: Economy to add 20k jobs in July – TDS

Analysts at TD Securities (TDS) provide a brief preview of what to expect from today’s Canadian employment data due on the cards at 1230 GMT.

 


          South Korea’s FinMin: Deepening trade tensions, unemployment weigh on economy      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

South Korea’s Finance Ministry published its monthly economic assessment report on Friday,      with the key headlines found below (courtesy Reuters).

Deepening trade tensions and a feeble job market are weighing on the economy.

Expected US Federal Reserve interest rate hikes and soaring oil prices were also downside risks.

Amid global uncertainties, robust exports, driven by sales of petroleum goods, steel products and memory chips, have shored up the economy.


          Samsung unveils newest smartphone hoping for sales boost      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
South Korean electronics giant Samsung unveiled the new Galaxy Note 9 smartphone Thursday, its latest effort to address flagging sales of the high-functioning gadgets. The consistent leader in…
          Foresting HQ Establishes ICO Legal Safety for Investment Protection      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

SEOUL, South Korea, Aug. 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Foresting HQ, a blockchain-based social media company, signed a corporate agreement with international law firm Duane Morris & Selvam LLP on July 18th for a full-scale project. Duane Morris & Selvam is a joint venture between Duane Morris, ...


          Top NZ Women's players vying for NZ team       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Top NZ women's darts player Tina Osborne is hoping to head back overseas later this year to represent NZ at the World Darts Federation Asia Pacific Cup in South Korea. 

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          North, South Korea to begin joint survey on roads next week for cross-border connection      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
SEOUL: North Korea and South Korea have agreed to start a joint survey of cross-border roads next week as part of efforts to modernise and reconnect them across their borders, the unification ministry said Friday (Aug 10).  The decision came after the North called off a planned on-site inspection ...
          Three South Korean firms imported North Korean coal in breach of sanctions: customs service      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Three South Korean firms imported coal from North Korea disguised as Russian products in violation of U.N. sanctions, South Korea's customs agency said on Friday. Reported by Reuters 20 minutes ago.
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Three South Korean firms imported coal from North Korea disguised as Russian products in violation of U.N. sanctions, South Korea's customs agency said on Friday.

          Koreas extend conciliatory steps to Asian Games      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — With the Koreas, there’s no separating their sports from their politics. The war-separated rivals will take their reconciliation steps to the Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia, where they will jointly march in the opening ceremony and field combined teams in basketball, rowing and canoeing. “Sports have played the […]
          South Korea’s Jeju Shinhwa World Selects Nokia Optical LAN solution to drive superior guest experience      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Nokia has completed the first phase of an Optical LAN deployment for the Jeju Shinhwa World in Jeju, South Korea. The deployment supports 1,326 hotel rooms and the hotel facility management including in-room IT services such as IPTV, VoIP, room control and Wi-Fi. To provide hotel guests with seamless connectivity and services anywhere in the […]

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          Oil mixed as Iran sanctions seen tightening market, trade spat weighs on trade      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Oil markets on Friday were torn between concerns that the U.S.-China trade dispute would stall economic growth, while Washingtons sanctions against Iran were expected to tighten supplies.Front-month Brent crude oil futures were at $72.12 per barrel at 0246 GMT, up 5 cents from their last close.U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were flat at $66.81 a barrel.Despite the possibility of a slowdown in economic growth due to escalating trade tensions, oil markets are for now relatively tight, analysts said, mostly because of sanctions on Iranian oil exports the United States plan to implement in November.Although many other powers, including the European Union and major Asian buyers such as China and India oppose sanctions, many are expected to bow to American pressure.Iranian exports are set for a cliff edge exit from the market in Q4 2018, BMI Research said in a note.We do not believe that sanctions have been fully priced into Brent, leaving room for a significant run up in prices towards the end of the year, it added.Analysts expect the drop-off in Iranian crude exports to range between 500,000 barrels per day and 1.3 million bpd.The reduction will largely depend on whether major buyers of Iranian oil in Asia, including India, South Korea and Japan, receive sanctions waivers that would still allow some imports.It is also not clear whether China, the biggest buyer of Iranian crude, will bow to Washingtons pressure.TRADE DISPUTEFridays markets acted cautiously amid heightened trade tensions between Washington and Beijing.The market seems to be focused on fears of reduced demand from China, partially due to the effects of the trade wars between China and the United States, said William OLoughlin, investment analyst at Australias Rivkin Securities.In the latest round, China said it would impose additional tariffs of 25 percent on $16 billion worth of U.S. imports, which would include refined products, autos and medical equipment.Crucially to oil markets, however, crude has been dropped off the list.Kenneth Medlock of the Baker Institute for Public Policy said Beijings decision reflected Chinas reliance on imports.The issue for the Chinese is that any tariff on U.S. exports (including) oil will likely hurt their economy disproportionately because they have to import, he said, noting that U.S. exports will find a home regardless of how the global supply deck is reshuffled.U.S. crude exports to China, seen as a tool to reduce Americas trade deficit with Asias biggest economy, have soared in the last two years and by the middle of this year were worth around $1 billion per month.REUTERS YK 0840
          S.Korea says global uncertainties, unemployment weigh on economy      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
South Koreas finance ministry on Friday said deepening trade tensions and a feeble job market are weighing on the economy.The ministry said in its monthly assessment that expected U.S. Federal Reserve interest rate hikes and soaring oil prices were also downside risks.Amid global uncertainties, robust exports, driven by sales of petroleum goods, steel products and memory chips, have shored up the economy, it added. Reuters NC0652
          Hunt for South Korea feminist sparks backlash against 'sexist' police      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Activists say search for website editor who posted photos of men without their consent is hypocritical and ignores similar activities by men

Police in South Korea are seeking to arrest the operator of a feminist website, sparking a backlash and accusations of sexism in the justice system.

Police in the southern port city of Busan are seeking to arrest the unnamed operator of Womad on charges of disseminating sexually explicit material after the site posted nude photos taken surreptitiously of a male model. Womad seeks to combat sexism by using the same tactics of their opponents, including online harassment and posting footage from hidden cameras.

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          Police warn public against falling for concert ticket scams; 120 cases reported in 2017 - The Straits Times      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The Straits Times

Police warn public against falling for concert ticket scams; 120 cases reported in 2017
The Straits Times
The police have issued an advisory to fans planning to buy tickets to several concerts that will take place in the second half of 2018, including those by popular South Korean bands Winner (above) and iKON. PHOTO: FACEBOOK/OFFICIALYGWINNER.

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SKorea seeking prosecutions for alleged illegal imports of NKorean coal, pig iron
          South Korean firms imported coal from North in breach of sanctions, says customs service      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Three South Korean firms imported coal from North Korea disguised as Russian products in violation of UN resolutions in a fresh sign of loosening sanctions, South Korea’s customs agency said on Friday. Seoul has been examining nine cases of potential imports of North Korean coal, which would breach a resolution passed last August by the UN Security Council to choke off funding for Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile programmes. The customs service did not identify the...
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          Three South Korean firms imported North Korean coal in breach of sanctions - customs service      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Three South Korean firms imported coal from North Korea disguised as Russian products in violation of U.N. resolutions in a fresh sign of loosening sanctions, South Korea's customs agency said on Friday.

          Samsung Unpacks Galaxy Home Smart Speaker With Bixby Smart Assistant      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Finally, the speculation time is over. The South Korean giant has just unpacked its Bixby-powered smart speaker – the Samsung Galaxy Home alongside the Galaxy Note 9 and a new Gear Watch in New York. The Samsung Smart Speaker is pitched as a competitor to the Apple Homepod, Aisstant-driven Google Home, and Amazon Alexa Echo […]

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SKorea seeking prosecutions for alleged illegal imports of NKorean coal, pig iron

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          S Korean heatwave causes record number of deaths      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
At least 42 people have died in South Korea, as the nation grapples with a record heatwave with temperatures unseen in more than a century.
          Samsung unveils newest smartphone hoping for sales boost      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
South Korean electronics giant Samsung unveiled the new Galaxy Note 9 smartphone Thursday, its latest effort to address flagging sales of the high-functioning gadgets. Boosting the power and the price, Samsung hopes to win back customers in the competitiv
          Police warn public against falling for concert ticket scams; 120 cases reported in 2017 - The Straits Times      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The Straits Times

Police warn public against falling for concert ticket scams; 120 cases reported in 2017
The Straits Times
The police have issued an advisory to fans planning to buy tickets to several concerts that will take place in the second half of 2018, including those by popular South Korean bands Winner (above) and iKON. PHOTO: FACEBOOK/OFFICIALYGWINNER.
Beware of online ticket scams, police warn ahead of K-pop concertsChannel NewsAsia

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          Seoul: Rival Koreas to meet to prepare for leaders' summit - The Daily Courier      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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Seoul: Rival Koreas to meet to prepare for leaders' summit
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FILE - In this June 1, 2018, file photo, South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon, center, speaks to the media before leaving for the border village of Panmunjom to attend South and North Korean meeting, at the Office of the South Korea-North ...
North Korea vows to retain nuclear knowledgeFinancial Times
North Korea Denounces US Officials For 'Intensifying Sanctions'TIME
North Korea lashes out at US diplomats over sanctionsBBC News
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          Investigation Fails to Pinpoint Cause of Sewol Ferry Sinking      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
sewol ferry sinkingThe cause of one the worst maritime disasters in South Korea’s history is likely to remain a mystery. This week, an eight-member panel appointed by the South Korean government to investigate the 2014 capsizing and sinking of the Sewol ferry released its findings from the investigation, failing to pinpoint an exact cause. Instead, the panel […]
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          Current and Projected HVAC Insulation Market Size in Terms of Volume and Value 2016-2026      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Future Market Insights has announced the addition of the “Current and Projected HVAC Insulation Market size in terms of volume and value 2016-2026"report to their offering

Valley Cottage, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 08/09/2018 -- Insulation to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC) is a way of improvising the fire safety, energy efficiency and acoustic performance of the buildings. The insulation is provided in HVAC systems as a resistance towards heat loss or gain. For instance, in cold lines of the HVAC, HVAC insulation resists the heat loss from the system whereas in heating lines it helps in preventing heat gains. According to ISO and EN standards a material is considered as thermal insulation material when (thermal conductivity) ?< 0.065 W/mK. The various insulation materials for HVAC insulation depends on the thermal properties. For instance, in cold lines of HVAC glass wool and flexible elastomeric foams are mostly used where their maximum operating temperature are 250 °C and 170°C respectively. In HVAC systems, duct insulation is an important need since the air flow in the ductwork has to be maintained at desired temperature level. HVAC insulation are highly adopted in residential, commercial and industrial applications. The global HVAC insulation market is expected to expand significantly during the forecast period with the increasing global HVAC systems market.

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Global HVAC Insulation Market: Drivers and Restraints:

The global HVAC Insulation market is primarily driven by the increasing demand for HVAC systems. The uncertain climatic changes propels the increase in sales of HVAC systems which in turn drives the global HVAC insulation market. The commercial and industrial sectors are the major driving forcing towards the global HVAC insulation market since the consumption of HVAC systems are more when compared to residential. HVAC insulation saves the energy being wasted, thus reducing the ultimate energy bills which is one of the major factor driving the global HVAC insulation market. The government regulation towards enhancing energy efficiency of the commercial and industrial buildings also drives the global HVAC insulation market.

Global HVAC Insulation Market: Segmentation

On the basis of material type, HVAC insulation market is segmented into:-

Phenolic foam
Flexible Elastomeric Rubber Foam (NBR)
Extruded Polyethylene Foam (XPE)
Polyurathane Foam (PUF)
Stone wool
Glass wool
Ceramic wool
Cellular Glass
Others
On the basis of HVAC lines, HVAC insulation market is segmented into:-

Cold lines
Warm lines
Heating lines
On the basis of application, HVAC insulation market is segmented into:-

Residential
Commercial
Industrial

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Global HVAC Insulation Market: Region Wise Outlook

The global HVAC Insulation market is divided into seven regions, namely North America, Latin America, Asia Pacific excluding Japan (APEJ), Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Japan and Middle East and Africa (MEA). APAC holds major share in the consumption of HVAC insulation materials. This is attributed by growing industries in countries such as China, India, Indonesia, South Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam. North America and Japan followed by Europe are expected to grow moderately during the forecast period. The HVAC market in MEA and Latin America are expected to show growth during the forecast period.

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          Conductive Plastics Market: Opportunities, Demand and Forecasts, 2015–2025      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Future Market Insights has announced the addition of the “ Conductive Plastics Market Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment, 2015 - 2025"report to their offering.

Valley Cottage, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 08/09/2018 -- Conductive plastics are polymers which conduct electricity. They possess metallic conductivity or behave like semiconductors. Conductive plastics are a new variant of plastics with tremendous ongoing research to develop them further. It is estimated that, conductive plastics would find numerous applications across various industries. Many automobile manufacturers and aerospace engineers are studying conductive plastics in order to make them suitable for industrial applications. Conductive plastics are produced by incorporating carbon fibers, carbon nano – tubes or stainless steel fibers into plastic formulation. These dispersed fibers or nano tubes bring about the electrical conductivity effect in plastics.

The conductive polymers have the usual benefits of polymers such as moldability, ease of processing, light weight, corrosion resistance and design flexibility and in addition to these properties, they make the end product electrically conductive. These plastics find application in electronics, heavy engineering, automobiles and healthcare industry among others. The growing electronics and medical devices industry are the primary drivers of conductive plastics. Conductive plastics are a class of structural materials. They are called so because they are capable of performing several functions owing to their structure.

The growing trend of owning small, light weight and smart gadgets is expected to fuel the growth of the conductive plastics market. Using conductive plastics, light weight gadgets can be manufactured, because, separate components to induce electrical conductivity would not be required if conductive plastics are used. However, conductive plastics possess poorer mechanical properties compared to traditional plastics. There is a lot of ongoing research in this field, in order to make them suited for precision processing, by enhancing their mechanical properties. This is expected to open new areas of opportunity for conductive plastics

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Countries such as China, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea and India are expected to be the biggest markets for conductive plastics. These countries are the electronic and automobile hubs of the world. Use of conductive plastics in automobile sensors, batteries and switches is also expected to grow considerably over the coming years. Brazil is expected to be the emerging market for conductive plastics within the forecast period. If the technology of conductive plastics is developed to meet aerospace needs, U.S and Europe could be potential markets for conductive plastics within the forecast period.

Research and development activities are being carried out to develop conductive plastics for bio medical devices. These plastics are being studied to relay the neuronal responses to eyes and ears via implantable devices, in case of sensory damage. Goodrich Corporation, which specializes in aircraft components, is carrying out research in the field of conductive plastics to develop light weight, sturdy and conductive plastics for use in landing gears.

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The reduced weight due to the use of conductive plastics is expected to greatly enhance the fuel efficiency of aircrafts and automobiles. Audi sedans make use of a conductive plastic named Ultraform N2320 C from BASF to manufacture the fuel filter housing. The use of this conductive plastic eliminates the risk of electrostatic discharge and sparking as fuel flows through the filter. These plastics can be used to manufacture conductive adhesives, artificial nerves, piezoceramics, optical computers, ion exchange membranes, actuators and other automobile and aircraft components.The key players in this market include – Asbury Carbons, Bekaert Co, BASF, Electriplast Corporation, Ensinger, Goodrich Corporation, Nanocyl and RTP Co among others

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          South Korea: North Korean coal entered its ports illegally      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — South Korea said a total of 35,000 tons of North Korean coal and pig iron worth $5.8 million illegally entered its ports last year, in possible violations of UN sanctions. Reporting on preliminary results from a 10-month investigation, the Korea Customs Service said Friday it is seeking prosecutions of three […]
          Celltrion Begins Global Phase 3 Clinical Trial for Its Bevacizumab Biosimilar ‘CT-P16’      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
INCHEON, South Korea — Celltrion, Inc. (KRX:068270) is set to launch global Phase 3 clinical trial for its bevacizumab biosimilar ‘CT-P16’ for the treatment of cancer. Celltrion successfully completed Phase 1 clinical study on the safety and pharmacokinetic assessment of CT-P16 in June 2018. Further, it recently submitted its Clinical Trial Application for Phase 3 […]
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South Korea: North Korean coal entered its ports illegallySEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea says a total of 35,000 tons of North Korean coal and pig iron worth $5.8 million illegally entered its ports last year, in possible violations of UN sanctions. The Korea Customs Service said Friday it is seeking prosecutions of three local companies and their executives for smuggling or falsely saying North Korean mineral resources came from Russia. Officials say they are also looking into whether any of the 14 vessels that transported North Korean coal violated sanctions banning such shipments.



          Three South Korean firms imported North Korean coal in breach of sanctions: customs service      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Three South Korean firms imported North Korean coal in breach of sanctions: customs serviceSEOUL (Reuters) - Three South Korean firms imported coal from North Korea disguised as Russian products in violation of U.N. sanctions, South Korea's customs agency said on Friday.



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Lotte Hotel Seoul’s new Executive Tower opening in September

Along with an increase in the size of guestrooms, the refurbished Executive Tower will also feature one of South Korea's largest club lounges

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SEOUL, South Korea— South Korea said a total of 35,000 tons of North Korean coal and pig iron worth $5.8 million illegally entered its ports last year, in possible violations of UN sanctions. Sales of its mineral resources is a cash mainstay for North Korea. Hopes are high for economic cooperation and investment in North Korea once sanctions are lifted.
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By Dr. Karen Shaw Becker

The final stops this week on our around-the-world tour of native dogs are Russia, China and Korea.

Dogs Originating in Russia

Russia boasts almost two dozen native dogs, including:

Bolonka

Russian Spaniel

Borzoi

Russian Tracker

Caucasian Shepherd Dog

Russkiy Toy

Central Asian Shepherd Dog

Russo-European Laika

East Siberian Laika

Sakhalin Husky

East European Shepherd

Samoyed

Hortaya Borzaya

Siberian Husky

Karelo-Finnish Laika

South Russian Ovcharka

Laika

Sulimov Dog

Moscow Watchdog

West Siberian Laika

Moscow Water Dog

Yakutian Laika

Also native to Russia is the Black Russian Terrier, which despite its name is not a true terrier. Believe it or not, there may have been as many as 17 breeds involved in its development. The breed originated in the former USSR for use as military and working dogs. Breeds used in its development include the Giant Schnauzer, Airedale Terrier, Rottweiler, Newfoundland, Caucasian Shepherd Dog and others.

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The Black Russian Terrier was bred solely by the state-owned Red Star Kennel in Moscow until 1957, when some puppies were sold to civilian breeders. In time, the breed spread to the other parts of USSR, then to Finland and other European countries, and finally to the U.S., Canada and Australia. This is a large-to-giant breed dog, with adult males weighing between 110 and 130 pounds, and females, 100 to 110 pounds.

The Black Russian Terrier is known to be a calm, confident and brave dog who is very intelligent and easily trained. Because the breed was developed to guard and protect, these dogs are alert, instinctively protective, fearless and loyal to their human family.

The Dogs of China

China is home to over a dozen original dog breeds, including:

Bone-mouth

Miniature Shar Pei

Chinese Chongqing Dog

Pekingese

Chinese Crested

Pug

Chinese Imperial Dog

Shar Pei

Japanese Chin

Tugou

Kunming Wolfdog

Xiasi Dog

Also native to China is the ancient Chow Chow breed. In China it’s called Songshi Quan, which means "puffy-lion dog,” as well as the Tang Quan, "Dog of the Tang Empire.” The Chow Chow is believed to be one of the dogs used as the model for the Foo dog, which is the traditional stone guardian placed in front of Buddhist temples and palaces.

Chows have a very distinct appearance. They’re very sturdy, with a broad skull and an incredibly dense, fluffy double coat that can be smooth or rough. The coat is extra-thick around the neck, which makes the Chow appear to have a ruff or mane, like a lion.

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Also distinctive about these dogs are their tongues and lips, which are a blue-black or purplish color, their unusually straight hind legs and their tails, which are covered with thick hair and curl over onto their backs.

In terms of temperament, Chow Chows are known to be fiercely protective of their humans, and often become overly attached to and protective of one or two family members. While generally quiet and well-behaved, Chows can be difficult to train, so it’s important to begin positive reinforcement behavior training when they are puppies.

Since they have a tendency to be aggressive and over-protective as adults, it’s also important to continue to socialize Chows throughout their lives, and be extra-diligent when they’re around same-sex dogs, especially other Chows, cats and small dogs.

Dogs Native to Korea

Dog breeds that originated in Korea include:

  • Donggyeongi
  • Jeju Dog
  • Nureongi
  • Pungsan Dog
  • Sapsali

Another native breed is the Korean Jindo, a hunting dog that originated on Jindo Island in South Korea. The breed is celebrated in its native land for its fierce loyalty and brave nature. There are many theories regarding the origin of the Jindo Dog, one of which holds is that it’s a cross of Mongolian dogs.

In 1962, the government of South Korea designated the Jindo the 53rd “Natural Treasure” and passed the Jindo Preservation Ordinance. Because of the breed’s special status, it’s very difficult to export a purebred Jindo outside of Korea.

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The Jindo is known for his outstanding hunting ability, courage and cunning behavior. In Korea the dogs have mainly been used to hunt deer and boar, but there’s also the often-told story of three Jindos that killed a Siberian tiger. Traditional Korean hunters didn’t use guns, so a pack of well-trained Jindos was very valuable.

Like all very smart dogs, Jindos can be high-maintenance pets. These dogs think for themselves, and the same intelligence that allows them to learn commands and tricks very quickly can be a bit too much for a novice dog parent. They make great companions as long as they receive adequate mental and physical stimulation. They also need lots of interaction with people or another dog in the family, and if left alone for long periods, they’ll find their own entertainment.


          South Korea: North Korean coal entered its ports illegally      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said a total of 35,000 tons of North Korean coal and pig iron worth $5.8 million illegally entered its ports last year, in possible violations of UN sanctions. Reporting on preliminary results from a 10-month investigation, the Korea Customs Service said Friday it is seeking prosecutions of three […]
          S. Korean Firms Imported N. Korean Coal in Sanctions Breach      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Three South Korean firms imported coal from North Korea disguised as Russian products in violation of U.N. resolutions in a fresh sign of loosening sanctions, South Korea’s customs agency said Friday. Seoul has been examining nine cases of potential imports of North Korean coal, which would breach a resolution passed last August by the U.N. Security Council to choke off funding for Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs. The customs service did not identify the companies...
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When South Korean businessman Kim Yong-tae worked with North Koreans at the Kaesong Industrial Complex before it was closed in 2016, one of the biggest challenges was communicating in what is ostensibly a shared language.

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Three South Korean firms imported coal from North Korea disguised as Russian products in violation of U.N. resolutions in a fresh sign of loosening sanctions, South Korea's customs agency said on Friday.

          North Korea Denounces US Officials For 'Intensifying Sanctions' - TIME      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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North Korea Denounces US Officials For 'Intensifying Sanctions'
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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The rival Koreas plan to hold high-level talks on Monday to prepare for a third summit between their leaders, as Pyongyang called on the United States to reciprocate its “goodwill measures” by easing sanctions and stopping ...
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When South Korean businessman Kim Yong-tae worked with North Koreans at the Kaesong Industrial Complex before it was closed in 2016, one of the biggest challenges was communicating in what is ostensibly a shared language. Reported by Reuters India 5 minutes ago.
          Inside the Very Big, Very Controversial Business of Dog Cloning      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Barbra Streisand is not alone. At a South Korean laboratory, a once-disgraced doctor is replicating hundreds of deceased pets for the rich and famous. It’s made for more than a few questions of bioethics. Continue reading… More great content like…

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korea said a total of 35,000 tons of North Korean coal and pig iron worth $5.8 million illegally entered its ports last year,...
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SEOUL, Aug 10 (Reuters) - Three South Korean firms imported coal from North Korea disguised as Russian products in violation of U.N. sanctions, South...
          How do victims of sexual violence benefit from mutual disclosure? An exploratory study of women in South Korea - Choi E, Park N, Lutze FE, Neuilly MA.       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Sexual violence victims in the Republic of Korea (henceforth, South Korea) have mutual support groups that provide a variety of programs promoting mutual disclosure between them. These programs are based upon the premise that responses within those groups ...
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          100 Asian Sweethearts – Rank 91st to 100th      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Let’s start the countdown! Here are the gorgeous women across the region who ranked 91st to 100th in “100 Asian Sweethearts of 2018”: No. 91 – Mild Lapalan, THAILAND No. 92 – Heart Evangelista, PHILIPPINES No. 93 – Yuna Taira, JAPAN No. 94 – Dahyun, SOUTH KOREA No. 95 – Shristi Shrestha, NEPAL No. 96 – Sun Qian, CHINA No. 97 – Shivani Paliwal, INDIA No. 98 – Kiran Jassal, MALAYSIA No. 99 – Miu Le, VIETNAM No. 100 – Yuki Kato, INDONESIA Voting for the Top 30 semifinalists via the online poll and Facebook is still ongoing. Voting period is until August 14, 2018. Click HERE to cast your vote(s).
          North Korea: US not adhering to its side of the bargain since Trump-Kim summit - CNN      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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North Korea: US not adhering to its side of the bargain since Trump-Kim summit
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(CNN) North Korea issued a forceful statement Thursday against what it said were elements of the US government which are not adhering to the spirit of the dialogue established by US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the ...
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"Just Joking Around", the new single from South Korea's Say Sue Me, is a compassionate and emotive insight into their hazy sound.>
          GoM may decide fate of RCEP trade negotiations today      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The RCEP consists of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), China, India, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.
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          South Korea firms caught importing coal, iron from North: Seoul      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Three South Korean firms were caught importing coal and iron from the North last year, Seoul said Friday, in an apparent violation of UN sanctions imposed in August 2017 on the nuclear-armed state.
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SEOUL, South Korea, Aug. 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- I-ON Communications, Ltd. ("I-ON" or the "Company") (OTCQB: IONI), www.i-on.net, a Seoul, South Korea based global enterprise software company focuses on delivering leading CMS and unstructured data management products and solutions to mid ...


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BTSIt seems that after the debate of whether BTS members should be exempt from South Korea's mandatory military service came to light, the nation is focusing on honoring the boy group for the services they have done in promoting K-Pop across the world.

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          South Korea: North Korean coal entered its ports illegally      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
South Korea said a total of 35,000 tons of North Korean coal and pig iron worth $5.8 million illegally entered its ports last year, in possible violations of UN sanctions.
          Samsung unveils newest smartphone hoping for sales boost      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
New York (AFP) Aug 9, 2018

South Korean electronics giant Samsung unveiled the new Galaxy Note 9 smartphone Thursday, its latest effort to address flagging sales of the high-functioning gadgets. Boosting the power and the price, Samsung hopes to win back customers in the competitive market. ... Reported by Energy Daily 40 minutes ago.
          S. Korea firms importing coal, iron from North — Sanctions? What sanctions? — Kim Jong Un is WINNING!      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Trump Gets Mooned Kim Jong Un hugs Moon Jae-in Three South Korean firms were caught importing coal and iron from the North last year, Seoul said Friday, in an apparent violation of UN sanctions imposed in August 2017 on the nuclear-armed state. More than 35,000 tonnes of North Korean coal and iron worth 6.6 billion won […]
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South Korea said a total of 35,000 tons of North Korean coal and pig iron worth $5.8 million illegally entered its ports last year, in possible violations of UN sanctions.
          North, South Korea to discuss plans for leaders' next summit      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
South and North Korean officials will meet Monday to prepare for a summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.South Korea’s Unification Ministry, which handles relations between the two Koreas,...
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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said a total of 35,000 tons of North Korean coal and pig iron worth $5.8 million illegally entered its ports last year, in possible violations of UN sanctions. Reporting on preliminary results from a 10-month investigation, the Korea Customs Service said Friday it is seeking prosecutions of three […]
          South Korea firms shipped nearly $6M of North Korea coal, pig iron      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Three South Korean companies illegally imported North Korean coal and pig iron in 2017, violating international sanctions adopted in August of last year.
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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said a total of 35,000 tons of North Korean coal and pig iron worth $5.8 million illegally entered its ports last year, in possible violations of UN sanctions.Reporting on preliminary results...
          S. Korea firms caught importing coal, iron from North: Seoul      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Three South Korean firms were caught importing coal and iron from the North last year, Seoul said Friday, in an apparent violation of UN sanctions imposed in August 2017 on the nuclear-armed state.
          Shibuya109 eyes bigger reach through partnership with South Korea e-commerce site Cafe24      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The operator of South Korea’s cross-border, multilingual e-commerce platform Cafe24 and Tokyo’s Shibuya109 shopping mall have joined forces to invigorate global clothing exports of the ...

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South Korea said a total of 35,000 tons of North Korean coal and pig iron worth $5.8 million illegally entered its ports last year, in ...

          Three S Korean Firms Buying N Korean Coal May Have Violated Sanctions – Reports      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Three South Korean companies may have violated the UN Security Council resolutions against North Korea by importing the latter's coal and pig iron, Yonhap news agency reported Friday, citing the Korea Customs Office (KCS).
          Investing In South Korea: The Hidden Asian Gem      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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NY-Rochester, If you are a Sr. Software Engineer (FPGA) with experience, please read on! We have operations in Rochester, NY; Daejeon, South Korea and Shenzhen, China. This group develops and manufactures high performance power conversion products for advanced plasma etch and deposition in Semiconductor and Thin Film markets. Key focus and growth areas are enabling reliable technologies for high-aspect-ratio et
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WaterBomb is a water-themed music festival held in South Korea. […]
          North Korea revives 'axis of evil' ties with Iran as denuclearisation talks falter      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

North Korea revives 'axis of evil' ties with Iran as denuclearisation talks falterThe arrival of North Korea's foreign minister in Tehran just hours after Donald Trump had reinstated sanctions against Iran was “no coincidence”, analysts believe, and is designed to send the message that Pyongyang is reinforcing its alliances as denuclearisation talks with the US stall. Ri Yong-ho held talks with Javad Zarif, the Iranian foreign minister, on Tuesday, the same day that economic sanctions went back into force against Tehran. The meeting was held at North Korea’s request, Iranian media reported, and the two officials used the two-day visit to express their “satisfaction” with existing bilateral relations and seek better ties in the future.  “The fact that they are meeting at all comes as no surprise, and of course the timing of these talks is no coincidence”, said Rah Jong-il, a former diplomat who previously served as South Korea’s ambassador to London and Tokyo.  The relationship between the two nations - described in January 2002 by President George W. Bush as two of the three states that made up the “axis of evil” - goes back to the Iran-Iraq war, when Pyongyang sided with Tehran and provided its forces with weapons. That subsequently grew into exchanges of increasingly more sophisticated weapons systems, including missiles, and nuclear technology, Mr Rah said.  Hidden trillions: What if North Korea’s economy opened up? And with talks with the US apparently deadlocked, Pyongyang looks to be returning to its historical allies to underline that it still has friends and will not be bullied, Mr Rah added, pointing out that the North’s foreign minister has also recently visited China, Russia and Cuba.  “The North Koreans were quite optimistic after Mr Kim [Jong-un] met Mr Trump in Singapore because they believed that he would be manageable and that they would be able to get what they wanted from him”, Mr Rah told The Telegraph.  That included rewards for phased denuclearisation and the lifting of sanctions, although the US has since stiffened its position and is demanding that the North completes the abolition of its atomic arsenal before sanctions are removed. “Now Mr Trump has put the sanctions back on Iran, the two countries find themselves in the same situation, so Mr Ri’s visit is likely to be an opportunity to coordinate on policies and emphasise their joint front against Washington”, Mr Rah said.  “It may also be an opportunity to exchange information on military hardware and technology,” he added. At a glance | US sanctions against Iran Kim Hyun-wook, a professor at the Korea National Diplomatic Academy, agreed with that assessment, telling The Korea Herald that, “As North Korea does not hold many cards in negotiations with the US, it appears to be diversifying its diplomatic partners and strengthening its alli2ances with them to increase its leverage”.  The timing and content of Mr Ri’s visit to Tehran will not go overlooked in the US, however, and could serve to further stiffen Washington’s resolve to bring Mr Kim’s regime to heel. That, in turn, could provoke a backlash that negates any progress on the future of the Korean Peninsula made to date.  Yet Mr Rah believes that North Korea still sees Mr Trump as its best hope of being accepted as an equal by the international community and even, potentially, retainings its nuclear weapons.  “Mr Trump is the most favourable opponent they have faced in the White House”, he said. “They still believe they can make progress with him and even though Washington has been firmer recently, the North will be working out ways that they can manipulate him for their own purposes”. 



          JUUN.J Drops a Boldly-Colored Chunky Leather Strap Trainer      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Known primarily for eclectic layering techniques and expressive silhouette usage, South Korean designer JUUN.J has also made a name for himself on the footwear front, as was recently seen in his label’s Spring/Summer 2019 runway show. Recently hitting the shelves for retail is this boldly-colored chunky leather strap sneaker. Fashioned from a combination of both leather and mesh, the uppers sport alternating hits of black, blue, off-white and a bright highlighter-style yellow, while the chunky two-tone rubber sole is split between an additional layer of blue, with white sitting directly below. The adjustable midfoot strap closure and heel pull tab add an extra layer of functional flair, helping to tie the look together. Priced at $884 USD, you can find this JUUN.J sneaker now at Luisaviaroma. In other sneaker news, here is a first look at the adidas NMD TS1 GORE-TEX “Triple Black.”

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After spicing up “Ocean’s 8” this summer, 2018 breakout Awkwafina (a.k.a. Nora Lum) is back on-screen as Rachel Chu’s scene-stealing fashionista college pal, Peik Lin, in “Crazy Rich Asians.”

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After spicing up “Ocean’s 8” this summer, 2018 breakout Awkwafina (a.k.a. Nora Lum) is back on-screen as Rachel Chu’s scene-stealing fashionista college pal, Peik Lin, in “Crazy Rich Asians.”

Born in New York City to a South Korean mother and a Chinese dad, the musician-actress was raised in Queens...


          South Korean Companies Accused of Illegally Importing Coal From North      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A South Korean agency said three companies violated sanctions by bringing more than 30,000 tons of North Korean coal into the South, falsely identifying it as Russian.
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          S.Korean stocks, won tumble over Turkish turmoil      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Round-up of South Korean financial markets: ** South Korea's KOSPI stock index and the won fell on Friday, as the plunging Turkish lira and Russian rouble led to a strong dollar. Bond yields fell. ** At 06:33 GMT, the KOSPI was down 20.92 points or 0.91 percent at 2,282.79, marking the lowest since Aug. 3. The benchmark index fell 0.2 percent on a weekly basis, extending its decline to a second straight week. ** The won was quoted at 1,128.9 per dollar on the onshore settlemen

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          How South Koreans Are Reckoning With a Changing American Military Presence - New York Times      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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How South Koreans Are Reckoning With a Changing American Military Presence
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In late June, Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander of United States Forces Korea, addressed a large uniformed crowd at an outdoor ceremony 40 miles south of Seoul. He christened a glittering new headquarters at United States Army Garrison Humphreys, ...

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Spending will focus on maintaining South Korean conglomerate’s lead in semiconductors
          Hidden camera images in Sunday Seoul magazine in 1971      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
AFP correspondent Hawon Jung, who has been covering the large anti-molka (hidden camera porn) protests by women, wrote today:
The incident which prompted the protests involved police zealously hunting down a woman who posted an image of a male nude model online, in comparison with their lax pursuit of men who do the same to women.

I've been organizing my research taken from weekly magazines from 1968-1971 like Sunday Seoul and, oddly enough, today I came across the following photos from the March 21, 1971 issue of Sunday Seoul. The text reads:
When women are alone…
Men are presented with magic in moments of defenselessness when women are not concealed or unadorned. Women with childish cuteness and sincerity are charming, and in those women-only times and places they slightly turn their heads.
What are the impressions of women who see photos of moments like these?


The photos presented are of a reclining co-ed in her rented room reading on a Sunday, a woman doing calisthenics, and "'Oh my oh my' screams the friend behind [the woman] who absent-mindedly ties her shoes."

Sunday Seoul (and Weekly Kyonghyang) began in the fall of 1968 and for over a year featured nude photo spreads (of mostly Western women in WK and Korean women in SS). By mid-1970 the nude centerfolds had disappeared from Sunday Seoul and were replaced with nude paintings of women, both Korean and Western, modern and classic.

Even Matisse. Sunday Seoul, May 31, 1970.

This is the context in which the photo spread above appeared. As I noted here, even Korean newspapers reprinted photos (from AP) of Western women in swimsuits (though I incorrectly suggest Koreans did not wear bikinis like in the West; my research has found that bikinis were much more common in Korea in the 1970s). While Sunday Seoul is quite important for its documenting and even sponsoring of youth culture in the late 1960s and early 1970s, it's quite clear that men were the target audience. A friend once told me that he got a Sunday Seoul magazine from friends for his birthday when he was in his teens in the 1980s, and that it was used for "masturbation purposes."

While the photo spread above is clearly shot with models and does not suggest that (male) readers photograph women in the same way, what is one to make of this photo spread highlighting women's legs from the August 15, 1971 issue of Sunday Seoul?


This is merely the first of four pages of similar photos. I have my doubts that these photos were shot openly, making them, essentially, molka photos.

I really don't know if such photo spreads would have been in mainstream Western magazines at that time, though it certainly wouldn't surprise me. The Weekly Kyonghyang regularly reprinted Western cartoons, including many like this:

From the January 21, 1970 Weekly Kyonghyang 

The fact that women have breasts was fodder for many cartoons. That images like these no longer appear in mainstream media is a reminder that some progress has been made in the last 50 years, even if it might not always feel that way.

Update:

It slipped my mind that the police have been concerned with at least some men taking hidden camera photos, as this July 29, 2013 Munhwa Ilbo article, titled "'Foreigners [caught for] hidden cameras' increase sixfold over four years - concern videos may be leaked overseas," reveals (see here for a similar story in English). It mentions a foreign teacher who took upskirt photos (but not at a beach, which was the focus of the story) and illustrates the article with an image of an English teacher behaving deviously (though not as deviously as the teacher in the image here, illustrated by the same artist).


Note the difference between how he is illustrated and how the naughty Korean man is illustrated in the offending police poster (which does not appear with the tweet linked above for some reason):



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After spicing up “Ocean’s 8” this summer, 2018 breakout Awkwafina (a.k.a. Nora Lum) is back on-screen as Rachel Chu’s scene-stealing fashionista college pal, Peik Lin, in “Crazy Rich Asians.”

Born in New York City to a South Korean mother and a Chinese dad, the musician-actress was raised in Queens...


          Samsung Galaxy Note 9 – where you can pre-order the new iPhone killer the cheapest      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Samsung have now announced their flagship Galaxy Note 9 will be released on August 24 as the South Korean manufacturer looks to challenge Apple’s iPhone X as the top dog in the phone market. And although you can’t pick up the handset for a couple of weeks yet, we’ve checked around the web to find […]
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DJ Koh, president of mobile communications at Samsung Electronics Co., unveils the Galaxy Note 9 phablet in New York Thursday. The South Korean smartphone giant is banking on the 6.4-inch screen device (starting at US$999) to revive sales. It will go...
          Trump is pushing the military to get ready to fight in space, but the US Army is worried about fighting underground      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Space military

  • The Trump administration wants to move ahead with its plans to create a Space Force.
  • The ultimate structure of that force, and what it will do, remains unclear.
  • Elsewhere in the Pentagon, military planners are focused on another facet of warfare that's much closer to home.

The Trump administration wants to have a force ready to fight in the heavens by 2020, but the US Army is already spending a half-billion dollars to prepare for fighting underground.

In a speech at the Pentagon on Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence described a US Space Force as "an idea whose time as come."

"Our Administration will soon take action to implement these recommendations with the objective of establishing the United States Department of the Space Force by 2020," Pence added.

Critics have said a new Space Force is unnecessary, while an argument for it is that rival powers like Russia and China are growing more able to strike at US assets in space and at US assets from space, missions whose importance necessitate its own dedicated command and even military force.

Mike Pence

The ultimate structure of the Space Force remains unclear, as does what its responsibilities and resources will be.

Elsewhere in the Pentagon, however, officials are looking in the opposite direction to prepare for the future of warfare.

US Army leaders have said that next war will be fought in mega-cities, and the service has started an effort to train troops to fight not just in but also beneath those environments.

An accelerated effort started in late 2017 will devote about $572 million to train and outfit 26 of the Army's 31 active combat brigades for operations in large-scale subterranean facilities, according to a Military.com report in June.

Teams have been activated to train leaders from each of those brigades to operate in large-scale underground facilities. As of June, five BCTs had been trained, and the trainers had a January deadline to finish training the other 21.

US Army soldiers subterranean tunnel air assault

Underground combat will require Army infantry to navigate, communicate, overcome heavy obstacles, and engage enemy forces in facilities that range in size and complexity from relatively small corridors to sprawling subterranean compounds.

"We did recognize, in a megacity that has underground facilities — sewers and subways and some of the things we would encounter ... we have to look at ourselves and say 'OK, how does our current set of equipment and our tactics stack up?'" Col. Townley Hedrick, commandant of the infantry school at the Army's Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, Georgia, told Military.com.

"What are the aspects of megacities that we have paid the least attention to lately?" Hedrick said. "And every megacity has got sewers and subways and stuff that you can encounter, so let's brush it up a little bit."

The Army's Asymmetric Warfare Group, which is often asked to assess future threats, has been tasked with developing a training course for underground fighting, relying on modular facilities to simulate such combat.

A portion of the money assigned to the effort will go to acquiring specialized equipment, like radios, breathing systems, or night-vision goggles. An Army source told Military.com that the tactics and techniques of underground fighting are similar to those used to clear buildings, with complicating factors like a lack of light or air.

ISIS tunnel

Underground warfare is nothing new. Special units of US troops, usually engineers, were tasked with exploring tunnels found during the Vietnam War. More recently, US and partner forces have dealt with ISIS fighters operating in underground tunnels in Iraq and Syria.

Villages around Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, were found to have extensive tunnel networks that were likely used as meeting places and escape routes. In early 2017, the US used its largest nonnuclear bomb, nicknamed the "Mother of All Bombs" against what was said to be a complex of tunnels and caves used by ISIS.

Prior to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, dealing with underground structures was largely the responsibility of special-operations units like the Army's Delta Force or Rangers or the Navy's SEAL Team Six.

But Army researchers have said that special-operations forces alone will not be able to deal with the scale of underground combat in a future conflict with a peer or near-peer adversary. One Army source told Military.com that an estimate made in 2017 found about 10,000 large-scale military facilities that could serve as underground cities.

US Army soldiers subterranean tunnel

More than 4,800 of those underground facilities are in North Korea, which has used such subterranean structures to house nuclear-weapons facilities and, in case of war, could use them to funnel thousands of troops into South Korea.

Moscow and other major Russian cities are replete with undergound bunkers, tunnels, subway lines, and other facilities, many of which were built during the Cold War.

China, home to dozens of densely populated cities, has a vast network of tunnels and underground facilities used to house its missiles and nuclear arsenal. Iran, too, has used underground complexes for its nuclear program.

"I think that modern warfare and modern combat, [it will] occur mainly in urban areas, and urban areas are a place that tunnels and underground facilities can be used, mainly by asymmetric opponents, as something that changes the equation," Brig. Gen. Nechemya Sokal, chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces IDF Technology and Logistics Branch, said on the Modern War Institute podcast in early 2017.

Sokal said that Hamas' use of tunnels for variety of operations, including infiltrating Israeli territory, created a number of challenges that required new technology and different tactics to address.

"We have to change our doctrine and the way we do things, because underground facilities are not so intuitive as buildings and places we are using to being," Sokal said.

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The new and updated ad for its foundation range by Becca Cosmetics

Becca Cosmetics is facing critcism for one of its advertisements promoting its foundation range.

The brand was accused of ‘blackwashing’ after Twitter user ‘@xfarahalyx’ shared its ‘Skin Love Weightless Blur Foundation’ ad, which shows the various swatches on four arms, each in a different skin tone.

Similar to Stylenanda’s case, the arm with the darkest skin tone comes with a palm of identical pigment, which is not natural.

Farah tweeted, “So did Becca cosmetics really refuse to hire black women for these swatches? They just edited a white hand darker? Look at the the darker hand’s palms.”

Another user explained that darker women normally have palms that are of a lighter shade than their arms, and tweeted a photo of a model to prove this point.

Many users expressed their disdain with the ad. One Twitter user chimed in saying, “Not only is this an issue of race but if you’re editing the color to match your swatches, I’d say that’s a little a lot like being dishonest about how well your products match different skin colors.”

Another Twitter user suspected that the brand used only one model to advertise the foundation swatches in the ad. She tweeted, “[I]t’s literally the same arm, all four of them are the same arm so they even edited the medium girl.”

However, a programmer named Marcelo disagreed with the issue, explaining that although the cosmetic industry “is super racist and all,” he believes that the ad shows four different hands due to the differences in shape.

Becca Cosmetics has released a statement on its Instagram, apologizing that its previous ad “missed the mark.” The statement continued saying, “BECCA is committed to showcasing the lightest to the deepest skin tones and hiring inclusive models for our campaigns. To demonstrate this commitment, we’ve re-shot with real girls from the BECCA office.”

This is not the first time such an incident has happened. Previously, South Korean cosmetics brand Stylenanda garnered flak for darkening a fair model’s hand instead of hiring a black model for its ad.

so did becca cosmetics really refuse to hire black women for these swatches? they just edited a white hand darker? look at the two darker hand’s palms. pic.twitter.com/GROoMYBQUx

— Farah | فرح (@xfarahalyx) August 8, 2018


Seems like you guys needed a reference. @BECCA_COSMETICS pic.twitter.com/E94mFErfmu

— Makeup For WOC (@MakeupForWOC) August 9, 2018


it's literally the same arm, all four of them are the same arm so they even edited the medium girl hahahahaha

— 𝖕𝖊𝖆𝖈𝖍𝖈𝖆𝖎𝖙 (@peachcait_) August 8, 2018


yeah u can tell by looking at all their nails and how on 3 of the arms they've clearly edited out the natural lines on her wrist etc, it's lazy and it's racist and i'm also ????

— 𝖕𝖊𝖆𝖈𝖍𝖈𝖆𝖎𝖙 (@peachcait_) August 8, 2018


i know but let's be honest having shades for black people will give them clout (they don't actually give a shit obviously)so obv they had no time to get models just look at our shades internet

— 𝖕𝖊𝖆𝖈𝖍𝖈𝖆𝖎𝖙 (@peachcait_) August 8, 2018


Just, no. pic.twitter.com/wnUaMpbMxr

— skanktalk (@skanktalk) August 8, 2018


Do you think women are stupid? @BECCA_COSMETICS pic.twitter.com/E7EmGXEpqb

— skanktalk (@skanktalk) August 8, 2018


Not only is this an issue of race but if you’re editing the color to match your swatches, I’d say that’s a little a lot like being dishonest about how well your products match different skin colors.

— scott walker's bald spot (@shannityparody) August 8, 2018


we really gotta stop supporting problematic brands. im sure after they get called out for their shit they gon do some damage control and just go back to being fake inclusive!

— 💫🍀 (@i_aim_tyga) August 8, 2018


Thanks to everyone who shared feedback on our recent arm swatch image, we hear you and want you to know that we remain committed to continually representing our inclusive BECCA Beauties. Some insights: Truth: The image featured four models of different ethnicities. Truth: We acknowledge the way we adjusted the image missed the mark and are deeply sorry for this oversight. Truth: BECCA is committed to showcasing the lightest to the deepest skin tones and hiring inclusive models for our campaigns. To demonstrate this commitment, we’ve re-shot with real girls from the BECCA office ✨ #BECCASkinLove

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said a total of 35,000 tons of North Korean coal and pig iron worth $5.8 million illegally entered its ports last year, in possible violations of UN sanctions. Reporting on preliminary results from a 10-month investigation, the Korea Customs Service said F...
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S. Korea firms caught importing coal, iron from NorthMore than 35,000 tonnes of North Korean coal and iron were imported into the South via Russia between April and October last year, the Korea Customs Service said, warning that "any ships that are believed to have violated UN sanctions will be impounded or banned from entering South Korean ports".
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Samsung is rolling out a series of attractive offers for those buying the Galaxy Note 9. Samsung is set to launch the Galaxy Note 9 in India in the coming weeks, and the South Korean manufacturer has kicked off pre-bookings for the device in the country. Like the Galaxy S9 — which debuted at the same price point as the Galaxy S8 — the Note 9 is set to retail for ₹67,900 ($985) — the same price as the Note 8. The key difference is that the Note 9 offers 128GB of storage as standard, and Samsung is also rolling out a 512GB model, which will be available for ₹84,900 ($1,230). That's a lot of money to spend on a phone, even one as impressive as the Note 9. To incentivize the purchase, Samsung is rolling out a range of offers for those interested in picking up its latest phone. First up is a ₹6,000 cashback for HDFC credit and debit card holders; and if you don't have a card from the bank, you'll be able to avail the same cashback by purchasing the No...
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After spicing up “Ocean’s 8” this summer, 2018 breakout Awkwafina (a.k.a. Nora Lum) is back on-screen as Rachel Chu’s scene-stealing fashionista college pal, Peik Lin, in “Crazy Rich Asians.”

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SEOUL, South Korea >> South Korea said a total of 35,000 tons of North Korean coal and pig iron worth $5.8 million illegally entered its ports last year, in possible violations of UN sanctions.


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Three South Koreans illegally imported North Korean coal and iron via Russia in violation of sanctions, exposing a crack in the U.S.-led campaign to cut off trade with Pyongyang.
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DJ Koh, president of mobile communications at Samsung Electronics Co., unveils the Galaxy Note 9 phablet in New York Thursday. The South Korean smartphone giant is banking on the 6.4-inch screen device (starting at US$999) to revive sales. It will go...
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SEOUL, South Korea, Aug. 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Daekyo Co., Ltd. (www.daekyo.co.kr), one of Asia's largest education companies, today announced its acquisition of Knowre (www.knowre.com), an award-winning global AI-based education technology company. Executives from both companies,...


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On August 1, the Hanoi’s Department of Transportation Department launched the pilot operation of the first 3 buses using Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) for tourism purposes in Vietnam’s capital city. The new service is being operated by Bao Yen Tourism Construction Services Co., Ltd. Originating from Hyundai in South Korea, the […]
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SEOUL, South Korea, Aug. 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Daekyo Co., Ltd. (www.daekyo.co.kr), one of Asia's largest education companies, today announced its acquisition of Knowre (www.knowre.com), an award-winning global AI-based education technology company. Executives from both companies, including Daekyo Group Chairman Young-Joong Kang and Daekyo CEO Soo-Wan Park, along with Knowre's Co-CEOs Yong Jae Kim and David Joo, met today at Daekyo Tower in Seoul, South Korea to finalize and close the transaction.
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          Offer - Opportunities for the global energy cable market to reach $128.7 billion by 2023 - USA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
According to a new market report published by Lucintel, the future of the energy cable market looks attractive with opportunities in the utilities, industrial, residential, and commercial sectors. The global energy cable market is expected to reach an estimated $128.7 billion by 2023 and is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 5.2% from 2018 to 2023. The major growth drivers for this market are growth in electricity consumption due to industrialization, urbanization, electrification of rural areas, and increasing construction activities. In this market, low voltage, medium voltage, and high voltage energy cables are used for the transmission and distribution of electricity. Lucintel forecasts that low voltage cable is expected to remain the largest segment due to growth in construction as well as automotive sector, especially in China and India. High voltage cable is expected to witness the highest growth in the forecast period supported by increasing investment on renewable power generation sources and ultra-high voltage transmission lines. Within the energy cable market, utilities are expected to remain the largest end use market due to the continuous expansion in electrical infrastructure to fulfill growing electricity demand. The residential segment is expected to witness the highest growth in the forecast period supported by increasing construction activities and increasing demand for heating, cooling, and air-conditioning (HVAC) equipment. Asia Pacific is expected to remain the largest market and is also expected to witness the highest growth over the forecast period. Economic expansion, industrialization, urbanization, and rural electrification projects, particularly in India and China, are leading the demand for energy cables. Emerging trends, which have a direct impact on the dynamics of the industry, include the deployment of superconductors in power cables for improved performance and electron beam cross linking of power cable for durability and high current carrying capacity. Prysmian Group, Nexans S.A., Leoni AG, NKT S/A, Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd, Encore Wire Corporation, and Southwire are among the major suppliers of energy cable. Lucintel, a leading global strategic consulting and market research firm, has analyzed growth opportunities in the global energy cable market by product type, voltage type, end use industries, and region. Lucintel has prepared a comprehensive research report entitled “Growth Opportunities in the Global Energy Cable Market 2018-2023: Trends, Forecast, and Opportunity Analysis.” The Lucintel report serves as a catalyst for growth strategy as it provides a comprehensive data and analysis on trends, key drivers, and directions. The study includes a forecast for the global energy cable market by product type, voltage type, end use industries, and region as follows: By Voltage Type [$B shipment analysis for 2012 – 2023]: · Low Voltage · Medium Voltage · High Voltage By End Use Industries Market [$B shipment analysis for 2012 – 2023]: · Utilities · Industrial · Residential · Commercial By Product Type [$B shipment analysis for 2012 – 2023]: · Low Voltage Energy Cables · Power Cables By Region [$B shipment analysis for 2012 – 2023]: · North America − US − Canada − Mexico · Europe − Germany − Russia − United Kingdom − Italy − France · Asia Pacific − China − India − Japan − South Korea · The Rest of the World This 185-page research report will enable you to make confident business decisions in this globally competitive marketplace. For a detailed table of contents, contact Lucintel at +1-972-636-5056 or helpdesk@lucintel.com. Lucintel offerings include energy market report, energy industry, commercial due diligence report, business strategy consulting and market research reports online. About Lucintel Lucintel, the premier global management consulting and market research firm, creates winning strategies for growth. It offers market assessments, competitive analysis, opportunity analysis, growth consulting, M&A, and due diligence services to executives and key decision-makers in a variety of industries. For further information, visit www.lucintel.com. This report answers following 11 key questions: Q.1 What are some of the most promising potential, high-growth opportunities for the global energy cable market by product type (low voltage energy cables and power cables), voltage type (low voltage cables, medium voltage cables, and high voltage cables), end use industry (utilities, industrial, residential, and commercial), and region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Rest of the World)? Q.2. Which segments will grow at a faster pace and why? Q.3. Which region will grow at a faster pace and why? Q.4. What are the key factors affecting market dynamics? What are the key challenges and business risks in this market? Q.5. What are the business risks and competitive threats in this market? Q.6. What are the emerging trends in this market and the reasons behind them? Q.7. What are some of the changing demands of customers in the market? Q.8. What are the new developments in the market? Which companies are leading these developments? Q.9. Who are the major players in this market? What strategic initiatives are key players pursuing for business growth? Q.10. What are some of the competing products in this market and how big of a threat do they pose for loss of market share by material or product substitution? Q.11. What M&A activity has occurred in the last 5 years and what has its impact been on the industry?
          Offer - Opportunities for the global energy cable market to reach $128.7 billion by 2023 - USA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
According to a new market report published by Lucintel, the future of the energy cable market looks attractive with opportunities in the utilities, industrial, residential, and commercial sectors. The global energy cable market is expected to reach an estimated $128.7 billion by 2023 and is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 5.2% from 2018 to 2023. The major growth drivers for this market are growth in electricity consumption due to industrialization, urbanization, electrification of rural areas, and increasing construction activities. In this market, low voltage, medium voltage, and high voltage energy cables are used for the transmission and distribution of electricity. Lucintel forecasts that low voltage cable is expected to remain the largest segment due to growth in construction as well as automotive sector, especially in China and India. High voltage cable is expected to witness the highest growth in the forecast period supported by increasing investment on renewable power generation sources and ultra-high voltage transmission lines. Within the energy cable market, utilities are expected to remain the largest end use market due to the continuous expansion in electrical infrastructure to fulfill growing electricity demand. The residential segment is expected to witness the highest growth in the forecast period supported by increasing construction activities and increasing demand for heating, cooling, and air-conditioning (HVAC) equipment. Asia Pacific is expected to remain the largest market and is also expected to witness the highest growth over the forecast period. Economic expansion, industrialization, urbanization, and rural electrification projects, particularly in India and China, are leading the demand for energy cables. Emerging trends, which have a direct impact on the dynamics of the industry, include the deployment of superconductors in power cables for improved performance and electron beam cross linking of power cable for durability and high current carrying capacity. Prysmian Group, Nexans S.A., Leoni AG, NKT S/A, Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd, Encore Wire Corporation, and Southwire are among the major suppliers of energy cable. Lucintel, a leading global strategic consulting and market research firm, has analyzed growth opportunities in the global energy cable market by product type, voltage type, end use industries, and region. Lucintel has prepared a comprehensive research report entitled “Growth Opportunities in the Global Energy Cable Market 2018-2023: Trends, Forecast, and Opportunity Analysis.” The Lucintel report serves as a catalyst for growth strategy as it provides a comprehensive data and analysis on trends, key drivers, and directions. The study includes a forecast for the global energy cable market by product type, voltage type, end use industries, and region as follows: By Voltage Type [$B shipment analysis for 2012 – 2023]: · Low Voltage · Medium Voltage · High Voltage By End Use Industries Market [$B shipment analysis for 2012 – 2023]: · Utilities · Industrial · Residential · Commercial By Product Type [$B shipment analysis for 2012 – 2023]: · Low Voltage Energy Cables · Power Cables By Region [$B shipment analysis for 2012 – 2023]: · North America − US − Canada − Mexico · Europe − Germany − Russia − United Kingdom − Italy − France · Asia Pacific − China − India − Japan − South Korea · The Rest of the World This 185-page research report will enable you to make confident business decisions in this globally competitive marketplace. For a detailed table of contents, contact Lucintel at +1-972-636-5056 or helpdesk@lucintel.com. Lucintel offerings include energy market report, energy industry, commercial due diligence report, business strategy consulting and market research reports online. About Lucintel Lucintel, the premier global management consulting and market research firm, creates winning strategies for growth. It offers market assessments, competitive analysis, opportunity analysis, growth consulting, M&A, and due diligence services to executives and key decision-makers in a variety of industries. For further information, visit www.lucintel.com. This report answers following 11 key questions: Q.1 What are some of the most promising potential, high-growth opportunities for the global energy cable market by product type (low voltage energy cables and power cables), voltage type (low voltage cables, medium voltage cables, and high voltage cables), end use industry (utilities, industrial, residential, and commercial), and region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Rest of the World)? Q.2. Which segments will grow at a faster pace and why? Q.3. Which region will grow at a faster pace and why? Q.4. What are the key factors affecting market dynamics? What are the key challenges and business risks in this market? Q.5. What are the business risks and competitive threats in this market? Q.6. What are the emerging trends in this market and the reasons behind them? Q.7. What are some of the changing demands of customers in the market? Q.8. What are the new developments in the market? Which companies are leading these developments? Q.9. Who are the major players in this market? What strategic initiatives are key players pursuing for business growth? Q.10. What are some of the competing products in this market and how big of a threat do they pose for loss of market share by material or product substitution? Q.11. What M&A activity has occurred in the last 5 years and what has its impact been on the industry?
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          Offer - Opportunities for the global energy cable market to reach $128.7 billion by 2023 - USA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
According to a new market report published by Lucintel, the future of the energy cable market looks attractive with opportunities in the utilities, industrial, residential, and commercial sectors. The global energy cable market is expected to reach an estimated $128.7 billion by 2023 and is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 5.2% from 2018 to 2023. The major growth drivers for this market are growth in electricity consumption due to industrialization, urbanization, electrification of rural areas, and increasing construction activities. In this market, low voltage, medium voltage, and high voltage energy cables are used for the transmission and distribution of electricity. Lucintel forecasts that low voltage cable is expected to remain the largest segment due to growth in construction as well as automotive sector, especially in China and India. High voltage cable is expected to witness the highest growth in the forecast period supported by increasing investment on renewable power generation sources and ultra-high voltage transmission lines. Within the energy cable market, utilities are expected to remain the largest end use market due to the continuous expansion in electrical infrastructure to fulfill growing electricity demand. The residential segment is expected to witness the highest growth in the forecast period supported by increasing construction activities and increasing demand for heating, cooling, and air-conditioning (HVAC) equipment. Asia Pacific is expected to remain the largest market and is also expected to witness the highest growth over the forecast period. Economic expansion, industrialization, urbanization, and rural electrification projects, particularly in India and China, are leading the demand for energy cables. Emerging trends, which have a direct impact on the dynamics of the industry, include the deployment of superconductors in power cables for improved performance and electron beam cross linking of power cable for durability and high current carrying capacity. Prysmian Group, Nexans S.A., Leoni AG, NKT S/A, Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd, Encore Wire Corporation, and Southwire are among the major suppliers of energy cable. Lucintel, a leading global strategic consulting and market research firm, has analyzed growth opportunities in the global energy cable market by product type, voltage type, end use industries, and region. Lucintel has prepared a comprehensive research report entitled “Growth Opportunities in the Global Energy Cable Market 2018-2023: Trends, Forecast, and Opportunity Analysis.” The Lucintel report serves as a catalyst for growth strategy as it provides a comprehensive data and analysis on trends, key drivers, and directions. The study includes a forecast for the global energy cable market by product type, voltage type, end use industries, and region as follows: By Voltage Type [$B shipment analysis for 2012 – 2023]: · Low Voltage · Medium Voltage · High Voltage By End Use Industries Market [$B shipment analysis for 2012 – 2023]: · Utilities · Industrial · Residential · Commercial By Product Type [$B shipment analysis for 2012 – 2023]: · Low Voltage Energy Cables · Power Cables By Region [$B shipment analysis for 2012 – 2023]: · North America − US − Canada − Mexico · Europe − Germany − Russia − United Kingdom − Italy − France · Asia Pacific − China − India − Japan − South Korea · The Rest of the World This 185-page research report will enable you to make confident business decisions in this globally competitive marketplace. For a detailed table of contents, contact Lucintel at +1-972-636-5056 or helpdesk@lucintel.com. Lucintel offerings include energy market report, energy industry, commercial due diligence report, business strategy consulting and market research reports online. About Lucintel Lucintel, the premier global management consulting and market research firm, creates winning strategies for growth. It offers market assessments, competitive analysis, opportunity analysis, growth consulting, M&A, and due diligence services to executives and key decision-makers in a variety of industries. For further information, visit www.lucintel.com. This report answers following 11 key questions: Q.1 What are some of the most promising potential, high-growth opportunities for the global energy cable market by product type (low voltage energy cables and power cables), voltage type (low voltage cables, medium voltage cables, and high voltage cables), end use industry (utilities, industrial, residential, and commercial), and region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Rest of the World)? Q.2. Which segments will grow at a faster pace and why? Q.3. Which region will grow at a faster pace and why? Q.4. What are the key factors affecting market dynamics? What are the key challenges and business risks in this market? Q.5. What are the business risks and competitive threats in this market? Q.6. What are the emerging trends in this market and the reasons behind them? Q.7. What are some of the changing demands of customers in the market? Q.8. What are the new developments in the market? Which companies are leading these developments? Q.9. Who are the major players in this market? What strategic initiatives are key players pursuing for business growth? Q.10. What are some of the competing products in this market and how big of a threat do they pose for loss of market share by material or product substitution? Q.11. What M&A activity has occurred in the last 5 years and what has its impact been on the industry?
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Three South Korean companies reported to have been involved in illegal shipments, Seoul says
          Offer - Opportunities for the global energy cable market to reach $128.7 billion by 2023 - USA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
According to a new market report published by Lucintel, the future of the energy cable market looks attractive with opportunities in the utilities, industrial, residential, and commercial sectors. The global energy cable market is expected to reach an estimated $128.7 billion by 2023 and is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 5.2% from 2018 to 2023. The major growth drivers for this market are growth in electricity consumption due to industrialization, urbanization, electrification of rural areas, and increasing construction activities. In this market, low voltage, medium voltage, and high voltage energy cables are used for the transmission and distribution of electricity. Lucintel forecasts that low voltage cable is expected to remain the largest segment due to growth in construction as well as automotive sector, especially in China and India. High voltage cable is expected to witness the highest growth in the forecast period supported by increasing investment on renewable power generation sources and ultra-high voltage transmission lines. Within the energy cable market, utilities are expected to remain the largest end use market due to the continuous expansion in electrical infrastructure to fulfill growing electricity demand. The residential segment is expected to witness the highest growth in the forecast period supported by increasing construction activities and increasing demand for heating, cooling, and air-conditioning (HVAC) equipment. Asia Pacific is expected to remain the largest market and is also expected to witness the highest growth over the forecast period. Economic expansion, industrialization, urbanization, and rural electrification projects, particularly in India and China, are leading the demand for energy cables. Emerging trends, which have a direct impact on the dynamics of the industry, include the deployment of superconductors in power cables for improved performance and electron beam cross linking of power cable for durability and high current carrying capacity. Prysmian Group, Nexans S.A., Leoni AG, NKT S/A, Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd, Encore Wire Corporation, and Southwire are among the major suppliers of energy cable. Lucintel, a leading global strategic consulting and market research firm, has analyzed growth opportunities in the global energy cable market by product type, voltage type, end use industries, and region. Lucintel has prepared a comprehensive research report entitled “Growth Opportunities in the Global Energy Cable Market 2018-2023: Trends, Forecast, and Opportunity Analysis.” The Lucintel report serves as a catalyst for growth strategy as it provides a comprehensive data and analysis on trends, key drivers, and directions. The study includes a forecast for the global energy cable market by product type, voltage type, end use industries, and region as follows: By Voltage Type [$B shipment analysis for 2012 – 2023]: · Low Voltage · Medium Voltage · High Voltage By End Use Industries Market [$B shipment analysis for 2012 – 2023]: · Utilities · Industrial · Residential · Commercial By Product Type [$B shipment analysis for 2012 – 2023]: · Low Voltage Energy Cables · Power Cables By Region [$B shipment analysis for 2012 – 2023]: · North America − US − Canada − Mexico · Europe − Germany − Russia − United Kingdom − Italy − France · Asia Pacific − China − India − Japan − South Korea · The Rest of the World This 185-page research report will enable you to make confident business decisions in this globally competitive marketplace. For a detailed table of contents, contact Lucintel at +1-972-636-5056 or helpdesk@lucintel.com. Lucintel offerings include energy market report, energy industry, commercial due diligence report, business strategy consulting and market research reports online. About Lucintel Lucintel, the premier global management consulting and market research firm, creates winning strategies for growth. It offers market assessments, competitive analysis, opportunity analysis, growth consulting, M&A, and due diligence services to executives and key decision-makers in a variety of industries. For further information, visit www.lucintel.com. This report answers following 11 key questions: Q.1 What are some of the most promising potential, high-growth opportunities for the global energy cable market by product type (low voltage energy cables and power cables), voltage type (low voltage cables, medium voltage cables, and high voltage cables), end use industry (utilities, industrial, residential, and commercial), and region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Rest of the World)? Q.2. Which segments will grow at a faster pace and why? Q.3. Which region will grow at a faster pace and why? Q.4. What are the key factors affecting market dynamics? What are the key challenges and business risks in this market? Q.5. What are the business risks and competitive threats in this market? Q.6. What are the emerging trends in this market and the reasons behind them? Q.7. What are some of the changing demands of customers in the market? Q.8. What are the new developments in the market? Which companies are leading these developments? Q.9. Who are the major players in this market? What strategic initiatives are key players pursuing for business growth? Q.10. What are some of the competing products in this market and how big of a threat do they pose for loss of market share by material or product substitution? Q.11. What M&A activity has occurred in the last 5 years and what has its impact been on the industry?
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What are the Benefits of Nuclear Power?

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Nuclear power has many benefits over other energy sources, particularly older methods such as oil, coal, and hydroelectricity. It is more efficient than these traditional sources of energy, and the raw materials needed to produce it occur commonly throughout the natural world. Additionally, nuclear power plants are relatively cheap to run, and safety measures have improved substantially since the accidents of the 20th century. Although there are some well-known risks to the use of nuclear energy, most are generally comparable to the risks of other types of power generation.

History

In the early 20th century, scientists discovered how to create energy through the use of highly radioactive elements such as uranium. Famously, this led to the atomic weapons that ended World War II, resulting in a decades-long pattern of nuclear proliferation in countries around the world. At the same time, however, a different process was discovered that could use controlled, non-explosive nuclear reactions to generate cheap electricity. By the 1960s, nations including England, the U.S., and even Japan were constructing nuclear power plants called reactors.
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Efficiency and Availability

A small amount of nuclear material can produce a lot of energy; a single kilogram (2.2 pounds) of uranium, for example, can produce at least as much energy as 200 barrels (8,400 gallons or 31.8 m3) of oil or 20,000 kg (44,092 pounds) of coal. Uranium, which is the element used to generate nuclear power, is as common as tin in nature, although it needs to be in a high enough concentration to make worth extracting it commercially. The ore must be mined and treated to separate it from the surrounding rocks, then processed to turn it into uranium dioxide.
Because uranium is so common, it is not subject to the price fluctuations that are standard in the fossil fuel market. Oil, for example, is only found in certain places in the world and production levels can significantly affect the price.

Clean Energy

Nuclear energy is considered "clean," in that the amount of carbon and airborne pollutants it produces is very small when compared to traditional power plants. While the plants do produce nuclear waste, the ratio of power generated to waste created is far greater than that of fossil-fuel facilities. Nuclear power plants do require a large amount of water, however, which can affect the surrounding environment. Once used, this water is often contaminated with salts and heavy metals, but this is also true of water used by other types of power plants.

Building and Operating Costs

Uranium is relatively inexpensive, although the cost of processing it and disposing of the waste after it has been used do add to the costs. This means that nuclear power plants are pretty cheap to operate. They are expensive to build, however, because of the special materials and safety features that are required.
Conversely, plants that use fossil fuels such as natural gas, oil, or coal are easier to establish, and their higher fuel costs are often offset by income from power production. The nature of investment capital means that these short-term profits usually have greater appeal to investors than the longer-term returns from nuclear power. This dynamic may change if fossil-fuel prices continue to rise dramatically in the 21st century, however.

Safety Concerns

Although nuclear energy is considered safe when plants are built and run following very strict guidelines, the potential for catastrophic disaster means that there is a great deal of fear concerning their safety. High-profile accidents such as Russia's 1986 Chernobyl disaster or Japan's Fukushima meltdown in 2011 have eroded public faith. While these are legitimate concerns, it is helpful to place them in the context of other power generation methods. The pollution from fossil fuels, for example, is estimated to kill over 10,000 people in the United States per year, mainly due to respiratory ailments. Fatal incidents at nuclear plants are relatively rare by comparison; the infamous partial meltdown at Pennsylvania's Three Mile Island in 1979 resulted in no fatalities, and studies have found that people who lived in the area had no long-term health problems related to the accident.
Other concerns surround the highly radioactive waste that is an inevitable by-product of nuclear power. Spent nuclear fuel remains dangerous to human and animal life for thousands of years. A safe method of storing nuclear waste for this time span has yet to be discovered, but it is possible to reprocess it to extract the remaining uranium and plutonium and turn them into usable fuel. Although the high expense of this technique has prevented its implementation in the U.S., it is being done in Europe and Russia. This reused fuel, in turn, produces less radioactive waste.

Future Solutions

The Chernobyl and Fukushima catastrophes have inspired greater safety measures in the design of future nuclear plants. One such design calls for liquid cores that cannot melt down in the event of an accident, since they are effectively pre-melted. As concerns mount over global climate change, the environmental benefits of nuclear power may be reassessed. If higher safety protocols and radioactive waste reprocessing can be established worldwide, nuclear might become preferable to traditional power generation methods. 

The nuclear optionsHow to build a nuclear-power plant

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A new crop of developers is challenging the industry leaders
THE Barakah nuclear-power plant under construction in Abu Dhabi will never attract the attention that the Burj Khalifa skyscraper in neighbouring Dubai does, but it is an engineering feat nonetheless. It is using three times as much concrete as the world’s tallest building, and six times the amount of steel. Remarkably, its first reactor may start producing energy in the first half of this year—on schedule and (its South Korean developers insist) on budget. That would be a towering achievement.
In much of the world, building a nuclear-power plant looks like a terrible business prospect. Two recent additions to the world’s nuclear fleet, in Argentina and America, took 33 and 44 years to erect. Of 55 plants under construction, the Global Nuclear Power database reckons almost two-thirds are behind schedule (see chart). The delays lift costs, and make nuclear less competitive with other sources of electricity, such as gas, coal and renewables.

Not one of the two technologies that were supposed to revolutionise the supply of nuclear energy—the European Pressurised Reactor, or EPR, and the AP1000 from America’s Westinghouse—has yet been installed, despite being conceived early this century. In Finland, France and China, all the EPRs under construction are years behind schedule. The main hope for salvaging their reputation—and the nuclear business of EDF, the French utility that owns the technology—is the Hinkley Point C project in Britain, which by now looks a lot like a Hail Mary pass.
Meanwhile, delays with the Westinghouse AP1000 have caused mayhem at Toshiba, its owner. The Japanese firm may announce write-downs in February of up to $6bn on its American nuclear business. As nuclear assets are probably unsellable, it is flogging parts of its core, microchip business instead.
Yet relative upstarts in South Korea and China show that large reactors, such as the four 1,400-megawatt (MW) ones in Abu Dhabi, can be built. Moreover, the business case for a new breed of small reactors below 300MW is improving. This month, Oregon-based NuScale Power became the first American firm to apply for certification of a small modular reactor (SMR) design with America’s nuclear regulators.
“Clearly the momentum seems to be shifting away from traditional suppliers,” says William Magwood, director-general of the OECD’s Nuclear Energy Agency. Both small and large reactors are required. In places like America and Europe, where electricity demand is growing slowly, there is rising interest in small, flexible ones. In fast-growing markets like China, large nuclear plants make more economic sense.
If the South Koreans succeed with their first foreign nuclear programme in Abu Dhabi, the reason is likely to be consistency. Nuclear accidents such as Three-Mile Island in 1979 and Chernobyl in 1986 caused a long hiatus in nuclear construction in America and Europe. But South Korea has invested in nuclear power for four decades, using its own technology since the 1990s, says Lee Jong-ho, an executive at Korea Electric Power (KEPCO), which leads the consortium building Barakah. It does not suffer from the skills shortages that bedevil nuclear construction in the West.
KEPCO always works with the same, familiar suppliers and construction firms hailing from Korea Inc. By contrast, both the EPR and AP1000, first-of-a-kind technologies with inevitable teething problems, have suffered from being contracted out to global engineering firms. Also, South Korea and China both keep nuclear building costs low through repetition and standardisation, says the World Nuclear Association (WNA), an industry group. It estimates that South Korean capital costs have remained fairly stable in the past 20 years, while they have almost tripled in France and America.
The WNA also notes in a report this month a “revival” of interest in SMRs, partly because of rock-bottom sentiment toward large plants. Utilities are finding it tough to pay for big projects (Barakah, for instance costs a whopping $20bn), especially in deregulated power markets where prices have slumped because of an abundance of natural gas and renewable energy. Big investments can sink a firm’s credit rating and jack up its cost of capital.
It is less onerous to pay for an SMR, which means that even though they produce less energy, they can be cost-competitive with larger plants once they are being mass produced, says the WNA. Other advantages are that SMRs will be factory-built, easy to scale up by stacking them together, and quick to install.
America’s regulators expect to reach a decision on NuScale’s application within 40 months. Safety will be the crucial issue; both the reactor and the facilities where it will be fabricated need to pass muster. It uses a well-established pressurised-water technology and claims not to be at risk from the problems that caused the Fukushima disaster in Japan in 2011; it has no pumps, and no need for external power or water. If approved, the success of the technology will not be known until many have been produced. Yet with the prospect of SMRs and the Abu Dhabi plant soon going into action, long-suffering backers of nuclear power at last have something to pin their hopes on.
This article appeared in the Business section of the print edition under the headline "Nuclear options"

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Nuclear Power Plants

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Nuclear power plants use the heat generated from nuclear fission in a contained environment to convert water to steam, which powers generators to produce electricity. Although the construction and operation of these facilities are closely monitored and regulated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), accidents are possible. An accident could result in dangerous levels of radiation that could affect the health and safety of the public living near the nuclear power plant.

Nuclear power plants operate in most states in the country and produce about 20 percent of the nation’s power. Nearly 3 million Americans live within 10 miles of an operating nuclear power plant.

Before a Nuclear Power Plant Emergency

The following are things you can do to protect yourself, your family and your property from the effects of a nuclear power plant emergency:
  • Build an Emergency Supply Kit with the addition of plastic sheeting, duct tape and scissors.
  • Make a Family Emergency Plan
  • Obtain public emergency information materials from the power company that operates your local nuclear power plant or your local emergency services office. If you live within 10 miles of the power plant, you should receive the materials yearly from the power company or your state or local government.
  • Sign up for emergency updates, if available, from your local emergency management agency to receive timely and specific information for your area.

During a Nuclear Power Plant Emergency

If an accident at a nuclear power plant were to release radiation in your area, local authorities would activate warning sirens or another approved alert method. They also would instruct you through the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on local television and radio stations on how to protect yourself.
  • Follow the EAS instructions carefully.
  • Minimize your exposure by increasing the distance between you and the source of the radiation. This could be evacuation or remaining indoors to minimize exposure.
  • If you are told to evacuate, keep car windows and vents closed; use re-circulating air.
  • If you are advised to remain indoors, turn off the air conditioner, ventilation fans, furnace and other air intakes.
  • Shield yourself by placing heavy, dense material between you and the radiation source. Go to a basement or other underground area, if possible.
  • Stay out of the incident zone. Most radiation loses its strength fairly quickly.

After a Nuclear Power Plant Emergency

The following are guidelines for the period following a nuclear power plant emergency:
  • Stay tuned to local radio or television stations for the latest emergency information.
  • Public shelters are locally managed and operated in response to events.  If you have been told to evacuate or you feel it is unsafe to remain in your home, go to a designated public shelter.  To find the nearest open shelter in your area, text SHELTER + your ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA), example: shelter 12345.
  • Act quickly if you have come in to contact with or have been exposed to hazardous radiation.
  • Follow decontamination instructions from local authorities.
  • Change your clothes and shoes; put exposed clothing in a plastic bag; seal it and place it out of the way.
  • Seek medical treatment for unusual symptoms, such as nausea, as soon as possible.
  • Help a neighbor who may require special assistance - infants, elderly people and people with access and functional needs may require additional assistance.
  • Return home only when authorities say it is safe.
  • Keep food in covered containers or in the refrigerator.

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Entry Submitted by The Son of Man at 3:20 AM EDT on August 10, 2018

The “good” guys are running out of time, they are not just going up against the “bad” guys but more importantly, they are going up against Nature Earth, where they have absolutely no chance.

Example: Donald Trump want “Made in USA” products, but USA lands are bleeding (Super Volcano Yellowstone, California), so if you are injuries and your blood is bleeding, what should you do? Stop activity or continue to work?

If they do not work, who can give them food, but if they are work, then they 100% die because of Nature Catastrophe which is happening right now. Many has recommended ban GMOs but for whatever reason they chose not to, I do not know.

Back to the Asia, they are also have many problems, many stupid things was created last 100 years in that land, one of them is new stupid simplified Chinese language, technology, chemicals, etc.

Many prophecies already predicted about that end-time, from Chinese/Vietnamese/Korean prophecies: 90% of people will die, start from 2021 to 2044.

There is only one Master plan can save the Asia & the world from that prophecy, that plan is the new Ancient Eastern Asia Union (AEAU).

Ancient Eastern Asia Union (AEAU)
Countries: China, Vietnam, Mongolia, Korea, Japan, Taiwan.
Total Land Size: 12 millons km2
Total Population: 1.8 billions
Official language: Traditional Chinese
Support language: Vietnamese
Official Currency: Eastern Asia Gold Note (backed by Gold)

First of all, they are basically the same group of people from skin to overall body.

Their language pretty much the same thousand years ago, still 214 radical traditional Chinese language.

But they must add Vietnamese (the most complicated alphabet latino) as the supporting language so they can have a way to spell their hard traditional Chinese language.

They must also have to keep their current language & many minorities language from many minority tribles.

They are holding many Gold, Eastern Asia Gold Note backed by gold, even $1 = 0.1 or even 0.01 gram of Gold still better than “fiat” in public view.

With the creation of AEAU:

- The Chinese can erase the hjacked Simplified Chinese language.

- The North & the South Korea can be unified without hardwork.

- The Western Media can be surprised and have no reason left to talk about nuclear for from now AEAU will use China nuclear power and have AEAU military Alliance.

But they cannot make the same mistake as the EU.

My concerned now for them is the security from hjacked immigrant in Japan/Korea, and the behavior of Chinese/Vietnamese people. So I hope the “gangster” can tell or even “eliminate” the hjacked immigrant back to their original countries (not all immigrants but some here to cause trouble for others).

2019 – 2020: Free travel between people in AEAU.
2020 – 2021: Free trade.
2024 – 2025: Free movement and live anywhere.

But they must ban all kind of chemicals/gmos and have more transparency info to their citizens.

The China president Xi Jin Ping and/or Chinese Government must have a huge announcement with follow content:

- We are going to gold-backed currency for physical goods, digital currency for digital goods

- The Western media has been deceiving the Asia & the world too much.

- We are banning all kind of GMOs, artificial chemicals. Just use camera to see what happen inside your body after eating these things.

- All kind of chemical drugs must be regular with more specific strict rules.

- We are forming new AEAU alliance, if any one of the neighbor nations want to join.

- We are setup new free 24 TV channel for Chinese people to know the truth about human health, real news free live footage about live everywhere on Earth, free any movies/sport events ever shown on Chinese land.

- We are disbanding the Chinese Communist party, we are going to back to Ancient method only 1 Government no political party, with open discussion and big reward for talented people.

After that, other Nations will follow….

That is the Golden Sword from Asia, if China just only give new gold-backed currency, then it does not mean much & cannot save the World from Natural Catastrophe.

That is the brief plan I can provide now. I have much more plan for the whole World, but it is mean nothing if nobody willing to listen & using it. Maybe the “written” destiny prophecy 2044 is the year for the “show up”. If the Asia interest then you must release the GCR in August 2018, I prefer work according to the God’s language rather than 3D human plans. But if I help you directly in person, then millions people will lost jobs, and I do not prefer to do that for what you need is just knowledge & information, not the physical presence.

The Son Of Man
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The Chinese are wary of Donald Trump’s creative destruction

He is the first US president in decades to challenge China on multiple fronts

Mark Leonard


Donald Trump and Xi Jinping in Beijing. Most Chinese think the US president’s goal is nothing less than remaking the global order © EPA


Donald Trump is leading a double life. In the west, most foreign policy experts see him as reckless, unpredictable and self-defeating. But though many in Asia dislike him as much as the Europeans, they see him as a more substantial figure. I have just spent a week in Beijing talking to officials and intellectuals, many of whom are awed by his skill as a strategist and tactician.

One of the people I met was the former vice-foreign minister He Yafei. He shot to global prominence in 2009 when he delivered a finger-wagging lecture to President Barack Obama at the Copenhagen climate conference before blowing up hopes of a deal. He is somewhat less belligerent where Mr Trump is concerned. He worries that strategic competition has become the new normal and says that “trade wars are just the tip of the iceberg”.

Few Chinese think that Mr Trump’s primary concern is to rebalance the bilateral trade deficit. If it were, they say, he would have aligned with the EU, Japan and Canada against China rather than scooping up America’s allies in his tariff dragnet. They think the US president’s goal is nothing less than remaking the global order.

They think Mr Trump feels he is presiding over the relative decline of his great nation. It is not that the current order does not benefit the US. The problem is that it benefits others more in relative terms. To make things worse the US is investing billions of dollars and a fair amount of blood in supporting the very alliances and international institutions that are constraining America and facilitating China’s rise.

In Chinese eyes, Mr Trump’s response is a form of “creative destruction”. He is systematically destroying the existing institutions — from the World Trade Organization and the North American Free Trade Agreement to Nato and the Iran nuclear deal — as a first step towards renegotiating the world order on terms more favourable to Washington.

Once the order is destroyed, the Chinese elite believes, Mr Trump will move to stage two: renegotiating America’s relationship with other powers. Because the US is still the most powerful country in the world, it will be able to negotiate with other countries from a position of strength if it deals with them one at a time rather than through multilateral institutions that empower the weak at the expense of the strong.

My interlocutors say that Mr Trump is the US first president for more than 40 years to bash China on three fronts simultaneously: trade, military and ideology. They describe him as a master tactician, focusing on one issue at a time, and extracting as many concessions as he can. They speak of the skilful way Mr Trump has treated President Xi Jinping. “Look at how he handled North Korea,” one says. “He got Xi Jinping to agree to UN sanctions [half a dozen] times, creating an economic stranglehold on the country. China almost turned North Korea into a sworn enemy of the country.” But they also see him as a strategist, willing to declare a truce in each area when there are no more concessions to be had, and then start again with a new front.

For the Chinese, even Mr Trump’s sycophantic press conference with Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, in Helsinki had a strategic purpose. They see it as Henry Kissinger in reverse. In 1972, the US nudged China off the Soviet axis in order to put pressure on its real rival, the Soviet Union. Today Mr Trump is reaching out to Russia in order to isolate China.

In the short term, China is talking tough in response to Mr Trump’s trade assault. At the same time they are trying to develop a multiplayer front against him by reaching out to the EU, Japan and South Korea. But many Chinese experts are quietly calling for a rethink of the longer-term strategy. They want to prepare the ground for a new grand bargain with the US based on Chinese retrenchment. Many feel that Mr Xi has over-reached and worry that it was a mistake simultaneously to antagonise the US economically and militarily in the South China Sea.

Instead, they advocate economic concessions and a pullback from the aggressive tactics that have characterised China’s recent foreign policy. They call for a Chinese variant of “splendid isolationism”, relying on growing the domestic market rather than disrupting other countries’ economies by exporting industrial surpluses.

So which is the real Mr Trump? The reckless reactionary destroying critical alliances, or the “stable genius” who is pressuring China? The answer seems to depend on where you ask the question. Things look different from Beijing than from Brussels.


The writer is director of the European Council on Foreign Relations
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DJ Koh, president of mobile communications at Samsung Electronics Co., unveils the Galaxy Note 9 phablet in New York Thursday. The South Korean smartphone giant is banking on the 6.4-inch screen device (starting at US$999) to revive sales. It will go...
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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korea said a total of 35,000 tons of North Korean coal and pig iron worth $5.8 million illegally entered its ports last year, in possible violations of UN sanctions.

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This week, Ikea opened its first store in India–a feat the company has been planning for many years. But while the big, blue exterior of the store looks the same, the interiors, from the displays to the products themselves, have been subtlety tailored to accommodate cultural differences.

It’s a strategy Ikea has used to expand from its origins in Sweden, now reaching 30 markets in Europe, the Americas, Africa, and Asia: keep the general idea and most of the products the same, with small tweaks to help ease people into the Ikea view of the world (and convince them to shop there). After all, what an American shopper is looking for is different from what an Indian consumer wants. To discern the differences, the company sends its representatives into homes all over the world to talk to people, asking what their needs are, what they can afford, and how they like to shop.

As Ikea has expanded into Asia over the last five years, this has been a crucial part of its strategy–along with preserving the company’s instantly recognizable brand and its famed shopping experience. But even crucial elements of Ikea’s business, like flatpacking most furniture, have to be rethought in some Asian countries, where consumers expect that furniture is assembled for them.

Here’s how Ikea tweaked its design in its new Indian store–and around the world.

[Image: courtesy Ikea]

Indian furniture can beat the heat and humidity

In the hot, humid climate of southern India, untreated pine furniture–which might work in cooler climates–is a no-go. As the New York Times reports, that meant the company had to adjust some of its furniture designs to use different materials. And because people tend to clean their floors using water, the designers added risers to keep furniture from getting wet.

The way Indian families use their space also impacted the number of product options: Because impromptu family gatherings are common, Ikea offers a greater number of stools and folding chairs in the India store.

[Image: courtesy Ikea]

Chinese Ikea showrooms get their very own balconies

The displays in the showroom are culturally relevant as well: In China, the showroom includes an entire section on balconies, which are common in Chinese homes. But in southern China, these balcony displays show them being used to dry clothes, while in northern Chinese Ikea stores, the displays show the balcony as another place for food storage–both according to the custom in the area.

[Image: courtesy Ikea]

Korean Ikea beds are built for tiny spaces

Just as people use their living spaces differently, cultural expectations around bedrooms–and beds–are also wildly different. Americans, for instance, have a particular set of standard sizes for bed frames and mattresses. When the company was expanding into the United States, it made the mistake of putting the dimensions in centimeters rather than in terms of “queen” and “king” sizes, though it quickly fixed the error. When the company first opened stores in China, it had a similar problem: It used the standard sizes for Hong Kong, which are shorter than those on the mainland, before implementing the local sizes.

Ikea’s displays in the new Indian store are more culturally aware: Because Indian children tend to sleep in their parents’ bedrooms for longer periods of time, the sample bedroom included a small bed for a family’s youngster.

Sleeping habits have even led to entirely new products. Before opening its store in South Korea in 2014, Ikea conducted 900 interviews and visits–and ended up designing a “super single” sized bed specifically for Koreans that is optimized for small bedrooms but offers a little more space than your average single.

[Image: courtesy Ikea]

Swedish meatballs get local flavors

In the company’s new store in Hyderabad, India, there are Swedish meatballs still on the menu at the cafeteria–but they’re vegetarian ones. According to the Times, the cafeteria also serves Indian staples like samosas, biryani, and gulab jamun, a popular dessert. In South Korea, Ikea serves kimchi bibimbap and Korean barbecue.

[Image: courtesy Ikea]

The Indian cafeteria is also far bigger than Ikea’s other restaurants, which are a staple of the store experience–it can seat 1,000 people. The Times writes that this is “to accommodate the more leisurely dining style of Indian families,” though that might mean that Ikea is aware that trekking out to the store might be an activity for the entire extended family–and all of the cousins will be invited.

[Image: courtesy Ikea]

American drinking glasses are as big as vases

Regardless of culture, the kitchen is often a centerpiece of the home–but that doesn’t mean it’s used in the same way or shouldn’t adjust to each culture’s needs.

[Image: courtesy Ikea]

The Times reports that Ikea adjusted the heights of countertops in its Indian showroom because Indian women tend to be shorter. Even the cutlery they’re selling is slightly different: Because many Indian people prefer to use spoons over knives, Ikea decided not to sell the packets of children’s cutlery it sells in other countries that include knives. Instead, it sells sets of four spoons for the equivalent of 22¢. In the company’s Chinese stores, Ikea stocks far more rice cookers and chopsticks than it would in other countries. The catalog for the Chinese market is different as well: The 2017 version shows a much more confined kitchen space when compared side by side with the American one, because Chinese homes tend to have smaller kitchens.

Ikea also had to change its designs for American audiences. When the company started to expand its presence in the United States in the 1990s, it found that it was selling an uncommonly large number of vases. Eventually, executives realized that Americans were buying the vases to drink out of, as the Swedish company’s glasses were too small for local tastes. Even Swedish design-loving Americans needed their own cultural accommodation.


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Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: And now a lesbian love story turned into a film by a South Korean director based on a best-selling novel set in Victorian London. It's called "The Handmaiden," and Neda Ulaby is going to tell us more about it. NEDA ULABY, BYLINE: This gothic drama brims with double crossings, a secret library, a sinister uncle and a woman wrongly stashed in an insane asylum. (SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "FINGERSMITH") SALLY HAWKINS: (As Sue Trinder) Let me go. Let me go. ULABY: The book, "Fingersmith," is incredibly popular here in the U.S. and in Britain, where it's been adapted into a movie, a play and a BBC television series. (SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "FINGERSMITH") HAWKINS: (As Sue Trinder) I was a fingersmith, a thief. ULABY: Ultimately, it's a romance between a female pickpocket and a wealthy young woman she was hired to dupe. (SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "FINGERSMITH") RUPERT EVANS: (As Richard Gentleman Rivers) You're going to become her friend,
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Kudlow’s remarks can be right on economies such as Japan, and even South Korea and Mexico, but it seems that he has forgotten that China is the largest buyer of soybeans, the largest market of automobiles and communication products, and also the fastest-growing country of internet economy. Th...

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NEW YORK, Aug. 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for South Korea decreased 0.9 percent in June 2018 to 102.6 (2016=100). The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index® (CEI) for South Korea remained unchanged in June 2018 at 102.1 (2016=100). The ...


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1. Ananth points to the stunning shift in the market for leveraged loans,
Right now roughly 78% of the more than $1 trillion in outstanding U.S. leveraged loans are cov-lite, compared to just 29% in 2007, at the peak of last credit cycle (and just before the financial crisis). Cov-lite loans place fewer restrictions on a borrower than do traditionally structured credits... the average discounted recovery rate on cov-lite loans undertaken before 2010 is 78%. That figure drops to 56% for cov-lite loans originated in 2010 and after...
2. As the 5G telecommunications spectrum auctions beckon, Mobius Philippose raises the inevitable questions around winner's curse,
The recommended price for the 5G spectrum on offer is over seven times of what was discovered in a recently held auction in South Korea for 3,500 MHz spectrum. 
At the recommended reserve prices, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) estimates the auctions would be worth over ₹5 trillion, or as much as $78 billion. Mobius feels that given their troubled balance sheets, the high reserve prices are likely to deter telecom providers from bidding for spectrum. 

I am inclined to agree with his view, but not the conclusion that keeping reserve prices high "shows that the regulator and the government don’t care much about the financial health of surviving telcos".

3. SEBI has a draft proposal to deepen capital markets in India by mandating corporates with outstanding long-term borrowing greater than Rs 100 Cr and with credit rating of AA and above to raise 25% of borrowings through corporate bond market. It is proposed for implementation from 1 April 2019, would be on a "comply or explain" mode for the first two years, and would have fines ranging from 0.2-0.3% of the shortfall.

Tamal Bandopadhyay has a nice article which highlights some of the concerns. 
According to a recent analysis by Care Ratings, as of March 2017, the credit limit of such borrowers was 1.5 times the amount of loans actually taken. The Care analysis finds that 106 large companies with over ₹ 10,000 crore credit limit in March 2017 sourced 47% of funds from banks and 16 of them have never entered the bond market. From a group of 42 companies with bank credit limit between ₹ 7,500 crore and ₹ 10,000 crore, 11 never raised money from the bond market...


In a rising interest rate scenario, companies prefer to borrow from banks where the cost is relatively lower than the bond market which reacts fast to rising rates. In the first quarter of current fiscal year, ₹ 66,997 crore has been raised from the market against little over ₹ 1.48 trillion in the year-ago quarter. The volume of gross issuance was ₹ 6.4 trillion in 2017 but dropped to ₹ 5.8 trillion in 2018 and will reduce further in the current year given the rising yields...
Currently, the bond market is dominated by AAA issuers and the issuances by A-rated entities are a measly 2%. The key reasons for the lack of appetite for the A and lower-rated companies’ papers (a bond is considered investment grade if its credit rating is BBB- or higher by Standard & Poor’s or Baa3 or higher by Moody’s) are that most of the investment regulations either do not permit investment in private corporate bonds with rating lower than AA and, even where it is permitted, discouraged through regulatory interventions.
4. Dani Rodrik makes the case to reform WTO to make it accommodate more diversity, 
Negotiated at a time of neoliberal triumphalism, WTO reached inside the border to constrain domestic policies in subsidies, health and safety and intellectual property. Any domestic regulation with an adverse impact on imports could now be treated as a trade restriction. Subsequent trade agreements went further, prioritising trade and foreign investment over domestic concerns. Western policymakers tend to think of today’s global trade rules as neutral and impartial, treating all participants fairly. But trade agreements are political documents, reflecting the interests of dominant coalitions. Multinational corporations, international banks and Big Pharma play a particularly important role in shaping them. It is no surprise that long-term concerns about development, or indeed labour rights and the environment, are given short shrift... When trade threatens to undermine domestic labour standards, fiscal systems, or investments in advanced technology, rich nations should be just as entitled to privilege these concerns over imports and foreign investment...  
If the WTO has become dysfunctional, it is because our trade rules have over-reached. A fair world trade regime would recognise the value of diversity in economic models. It should seek a modus vivendi among these models, rather than tighter rules.
The point being made is less about a justification of China as a case for flexibility within international  trade frameworks, but more about allowing the freedom for individual countries to respond to trends which are genuinely detrimental to their interests.

5. Global tourism has been growing at an explosive pace,
International tourism rose from fewer than 300 million trips in 1980 to some 500 million in 1995, before exploding to 1.3 billion trips in 2017—a number that’s expected to rise to 1.8 billion in 2030.
And China has been the main driver,
China also accounts for an estimated 80 percent of the growth in tourism spending over the past 10 or so years.
6. NYT chronicles Mawlynnong, the cleanest village in India.

7. One of the less discussed problem mounting up across the US and now UK (and elsewhere too) is the financial crunch faced by local governments and its impact on their ability to continue the delivery of regular civic and utility services. Sample this from UK,
Central government funding for local authorities has been reduced in real terms by 49 per cent between 2010-2011 and 2017-18, according to the National Audit Office, parliament’s spending watchdog. Nearly half of England’s 353 local authorities recorded real-terms falls in their reserves between March 2015 and March 2017, according to an FT analysis conducted earlier this year
With economic stagnation, declining or stagnant median incomes, widening inequality, rise of part-time jobs, and so on, cuts in important civic services and consequent pressure to pay for them could be adding fuel to the fire of discontent that feeds populist politics.

8. There is no bigger market failure than in the market for audit services. Talk about the illusion of competition and conflicts of interest in that market,
No fewer than 98 per cent of FTSE 350 constituents (the largest companies on the UK market) have their books vetted by one of KPMG, EY, Deloitte or PwC. In the US, the figure is 99 per cent for the S&P 500... Conflicts are often hidden discreetly beneath the surface. Accountancy firms are not required to be open about the consulting work they provide to companies, from pension and tax advice, to advising on pay policies or restructuring. These ancillary activities can often be much more lucrative than a plain audit contract (which, in addition to legal risk, also limits a firm’s ability to bid for non-audit business)... While situations where conflicts restrict large companies to considering at best two, or in some cases one, of the Big Four are rarely public knowledge, they are relatively routine.
And the conflicts can be egregious,
PwC was recently confirmed as the “delivery partner” to the regulator, Ofwat, for its next price review in 2019, This involves vetting industry business plans to determine appropriate prices. PwC undertook the previous price review in 2014, at a time when it audited or advised no fewer than nine of the UK’s 19 water companies. This time its role is more modest. But it remains statutory auditor to three firms, including the UK’s largest, Thames Water, and provides services to several more. Prem Sikka, professor of accounting at the University of Essex, said of the situation: “Such links will no doubt be exploited to attract clients and say that the firm will show you how to duck and dive and negotiate the regulatory environment. Firms can’t serve more than one master and must be banned from having their fingers in all pies.”
There are also more pernicious forces at work that deter smaller rivals from competing for audit contracts,
Across Britain’s largest listed companies, 61 of the 100 audit committee chair positions at the end of last year were held by Big Four alumni, according to Accountancy Daily. The ties that bind the Big Four to big business extend beyond the boardroom, to the worlds of politics and regulation. This creates a feedback loop that reinforces the giants’ dominance as their connections give them a powerful advantage when bidding for public or private work.
Wholesale break-up of the Big Four or separation of consulting and audit business or selection of the audit firm by a regulator, stock exchange or government are ideas under discussion to address the problem.

9. Finally, comparing China, India, and Vietnam,
“In China, the government can do everything; in India they can’t do anything,” says Huynh The Du, a lecturer at Saigon’s Fulbright University. “In Vietnam it’s somewhere in between: sometimes the government can’t do things because of the resistance of the people.”

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Doug Bandow

Germans are losing their trust in America’s security guarantees. Believing that U.S. troops would always defend Europe, Berlin has allowed its military outlays and capabilities to wither. German defense spending at present barely breaks 1 percent of GDP. With only slight overstatement, political scientist Christian Hacke recently said of the German military, “nothing flies, nothing floats, and nothing runs.”

For years, Washington officials have whined about Europe’s and especially Germany’s failure to take defense seriously. Yet the U.S. also continued to spend money and deploy troops to “reassure” its allies, giving them less incentive to do more.

Despite his tough rhetoric, in practice, President Donald Trump’s policy has proven to be more of the same. He criticized America’s defense commitments to Montenegro, yet allowed it to enter NATO. At the latest alliance summit, his subordinates advanced new subsidies for member states. This year the administration is putting another $6.5 billion into the European Deterrence Initiative, formerly called the European Reassurance Initiative.

Nevertheless, the president’s crude hostility and unpredictability have set him apart from his predecessors. Thus, many Germans and other Europeans worry that he might walk away from NATO.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been particularly vocal. Last year she defiantly responded to President Trump’s criticism by calling on Europeans to “take our fate into our own hands.” She remains committed to bumping her country’s military outlays up to 2 percent of GDP, despite opposition from her coalition partners.

Proliferation is a good thing if it means relieving some of America’s numerous security guarantees.

Other Germans want to do even more. For instance, shortly after Trump’s election, Roderich Kiesewetter, a member of the Bundestag and former German general staff officer, suggested creating a European military budget to expand the French and British nuclear arsenals. Berthold Kohler, publisher of the influential Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, urged direct German support.

Two weeks ago, the Welt am Sonntag ran an article by Christian Hacke that argued Germany was no longer under America’s nuclear umbrella and that “national defense on the basis of a nuclear deterrent must be given priority in light of new transatlantic uncertainties and potential confrontations.” Criticism of his idea was fierce — a former intelligence official denounced it as “reckless, foolish, and incendiary.”

U.S. commentators also dumped on Hacke’s proposal. Jim Townsend, a one-time deputy defense secretary, argued: “Trump notwithstanding, the U.S. nuclear guarantee is not going anywhere.” That, of course, is the conventional wisdom inside the Blob, as the Washington foreign policy establishment has been called, which also believes that America must forever defend Europe, Asia, and the Middle East; fix failed societies and sort out foreign civil wars everywhere; and underwrite every authoritarian regime that claims to oppose Washington’s enemy du jour.

But it isn’t just the Germans who are considering nuclear options. Jarsolaw Kaczynski, former Polish prime minister and dominant figure in Poland’s current government, has suggested developing a European nuclear arsenal to confront Russia.

The same question also has arisen in Asia. The Republic of Korea embarked on a nuclear program in the 1970s after President Park Chung-hee doubted the Nixon administration’s commitment to the ROK’s defense. Seoul later abandoned the effort under U.S. pressure, though in recent years the North’s nuclear advances have fed popular support for a South Korean bomb. A poll found two thirds of South Koreans in favor and some newspapers and politicians offered their support.

North Korea’s new pacific course has reduced the perceived necessity of a nuclear arsenal and leftish President Moon Jae-in last fall declared, “We will not develop or possess nuclear weapons.” However, the future remains uncertain. Indeed, few Korea analysts believe Pyongyang will ever fully disarm, and President Trump has shown disdain for America’s defense commitment to South Korea.

Even more controversial is the case of Japan. The idea of possessing nuclear weapons remains anathema to much of the Japanese population, but they also remain sheltered beneath America’s nuclear umbrella. Despite Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s attempt to tie himself to President Trump, an increasingly burdened America may tire of protecting its wealthiest ally.

So far the proliferation door is “ajar, even if no one is leading the way through it,” observed Llewelyn Hughes of GR Japan. The idea of a Japanese nuke was studied (and rejected) by military and civilian policymakers as far back as the 1960s. During the conservative nationalist Abe’s earlier stint as prime minister a decade ago, he appeared to offer indirect support for a Japanese nuclear weapon, though nothing came of that gambit. In April 2016, Abe observed that the Japanese Constitution does not preclude the country from possessing and using nuclear bombs, which reaffirmed a position going back to Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi in 1957. The same reasoning allows Tokyo to field a “Self-Defense Force” despite the constitution’s Article Nine, which holds that “land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war potential, will never be maintained.”

Most U.S. policymakers dismiss the idea of friendly proliferation in Asia, though analyst Ira Straus has proposed a nuclear loan by Washington to Japan and the ROK. Ultimately, however, there is no reason for the U.S. to remain entangled in those nations’ defense. Both are nuclear capable and could develop their own weapons if they desired. America should consider shifting — permanently, not temporarily — nuclear as well as conventional defense responsibilities onto its freeloading allies.

Uncle Sam has been profligate with his nuclear umbrellas. The 28 other NATO members — including Montenegro, President Trump’s bête noire — each received one. So did Japan and South Korea. Australia and Taiwan could also be seen as protected. Certainly Israel would be had it not developed its own arsenal. Perhaps Saudi Arabia would get one if Iran developed a bomb. Ukraine probably thought it had one after yielding its leftover Soviet nukes.

The presumption is that America’s commitments are costless since they will never be called in. Washington deters the bad guys while preventing the spread of nuclear weapons. Whatever risk might exist, believes the Blob, it’s vastly exceeded by the dangers of proliferation. Under such assumptions, no wonder non-proliferation is one of foreign policy’s great sacred cows.

The problem with our promises to use nukes on behalf of other nations is that doing so costs nothing only so long as deterrence holds. And history is full of conflicts in which conventional alliances failed to prevent war. World Wars I and II are prime examples.

A nuclear guarantee that failed at deterrence would force either military action likely to result in destruction on the American homeland or humiliating retreat and a consequent loss of credibility and honor. What U.S. cities should be held hostage for Berlin, Taipei, Podgorica, Tokyo, Warsaw, and Canberra? Only an interest most compelling could justify taking such a risk. Yet Washington has opened its nuclear umbrellas casually, even thoughtlessly, without much regard for the consequences.

In fact, most of America’s nuclear guarantees are leftovers, tied to antiquated alliances created during a different time. But for those commitments, the U.S. would not be a nuclear target of so many opposing regimes. Through its alliances, Washington has needlessly turned itself into an adversary of nuclear-armed powers.

Hence last year’s bizarre nuclear scare involving North Korea. No serious analyst believed the DPRK planned to start a nuclear war with America. Nothing suggested that any one of the three Kims who ruled the North were suicidal. Yet in the event of a conventional war, Pyongyang could still be tempted to either strike out in desperation or threaten attacks on civilian targets to halt an allied advance. With South Korea well able to defend itself, Washington is risking nuclear attack for no good reason.

The dangers are exacerbated by the potential impact of nuclear guarantees on allied behavior, which can encourage intransigence and even recklessness. Conventional commitments are dangerous enough. In the early 2000s, Taiwan’s independence-minded Chen Shui-bian government appeared to provoke Beijing in the belief that the U.S. would deal with any consequences. In 2008, Georgia’s Mikheil Saakashvili triggered a disastrous conflict with Russia, bombarding Moscow’s troops in the breakaway territory of South Ossetia, apparently expecting Washington to enter any war on his government’s side.

While friendly proliferation could create instability and encourage competing arms build-ups, it would also be the most effective way to constrain China without forcing the U.S. into a military confrontation over primarily allied interests with what will be soon a great power, perhaps eventually even a superpower. Enabling more nuclear states would be unfortunate, but it still might be the best among bad options.

If nothing else, Americans should debate Washington’s multiple nuclear guarantees. Recipient nations increasingly recognize that the nuclear umbrella offers an imperfect defense at best. And the U.S. government’s nuclear commitments create enormous, disproportionate costs and risks for Americans. When the issue is nuclear war, without question America must come first.

Doug Bandow is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute. A former special assistant to President Ronald Reagan, he is author of Foreign Follies: America’s New Global Empire.
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A roundup of global commentary for the Aug. 6, 2018 weekly magazine.


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Sanctions Busters Smuggled North Korean Coal, Iron to the South via Russia
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DAEJEON, South Korea—Three South Koreans illegally imported North Korean coal and iron via Russia in violation of sanctions, South Korean customs officials said, exposing a crack in the U.S.-led campaign to cut off trade with the Pyongyang regime.
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          Diplomatic Disunity      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Another week, another string of humiliations for America’s top diplomats.

On Wednesday, Vox reported (and a knowledgeable source confirmed to me on Thursday) that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has, on several occasions, given his North Korean counterparts eight months to turn over 60 or 70 percent of their nuclear weapons—but the North Koreans have simply ignored him.

This should be no surprise. First, Pompeo offered nothing in return for the rather significant act of disarmament he demanded. Second, it was a meaningless proposal to begin with, since the North Koreans haven’t yet given the Trump administration a list of the weapons they possess. (If the North Koreans wanted to be particularly mischievous, they could have shaken hands on the deal, dismantled three of their bombs, and said, “We did have five, so this is 60 percent of them.” U.S. intelligence agencies estimate they actually have as many as 60 bombs.)

Above all else, this is slipshod diplomatic practice. No competent negotiator comes out of the pen with such a specific demand, and such a specific timetable, without having a Plan B for what to do—how to turn up the pressure—if the other side does what the North Koreans have done: basically, given him the finger.

It is unclear whether Pompeo, a former West Point valedictorian and Tea Party congressman who served as Trump’s CIA director before taking his current job, is in way over his head—or whether he’s just carrying the president’s bucket of turbid water. Trump believes that the vaguely worded one-page “joint statement” that he and Kim signed at their June summit in Singapore was an agreement—at one point, he called it a “contract.” He also came away from the summit hailing Kim as an honorable man (“I trust him, and he trusts me”) who would start to “de-nuclearize” immediately upon returning home. (In fact, construction continues on two new ICBMs.) It is, therefore, doubtful that Trump will turn up the heat and prod Kim’s negotiators into action; that would constitute an admission that he’d misjudged the funny little man who’d shaken his hand and smiled and treated him with such respect. Even if he suddenly realizes he’s been had, it’s unclear what kind of pressure he would apply: After the bonhomie of Singapore, Russia and China have resumed trading with North Korea; South Korean President Moon Jae-in would loudly oppose a renewal of U.S. military threats. Trump has fumbled away whatever leverage he once had.

It’s also possible that Pompeo is following instructions drafted by national security adviser John Bolton, who took office in April, full of zesty hopes that the hard lines he’d long been advocating against Russia, North Korea, and Iran would finally become U.S. policy—only to see Trump turn to mush on the first two of those targets. In the case of North Korea, all it seemed to take was a “very nice note” from the tyrant that Trump had previously trashed as “Little Rocket Man” and threatened with “fire and fury like the world has never seen.” I suspect that Bolton is lying in wait for Trump’s illusions to dissolve—and meanwhile, doing all he can to ensure that the talks with Kim’s officials go nowhere (which they were likely to do anyway).

In the week’s other diplomatic disgrace, which also occurred on Wednesday, Republican Sen. Rand Paul—a periodic Trump critic who has found common ground with him as a Putin-admirer—traveled to Moscow, carrying a handwritten letter from the U.S. president proposing resumption of talks on arms control, counterterrorism, and cultural exchanges.

If this is what the letter really says (we have only Paul’s tweet to go by), it isn’t a bad thing; Moscow and Washington cooperated on issues of converging interests through the darkest years of the Cold War, when tensions were much sharper than those of today.

But here’s the thing: Delivering messages of this sort, from the American president to the Russian president, is properly the job of the U.S. ambassador. Trump’s ambassador, Jon Huntsman, is a true professional—a former governor of Utah who has served under every president since Ronald Reagan, including as Barack Obama’s ambassador to China.

Yet Huntsman must be wondering what the hell he’s doing at this job. Even before this week, he’d had to juggle two conflicting U.S. policies toward Russia: on the one hand, the more traditional views of the State Department and every other relevant Cabinet officer (sanctions and containment in response to Russia’s violations of Ukrainian sovereignty and to the nerve-gas poisonings of former spies now living in England, combined with pragmatic cooperation where possible); on the other hand, Trump’s unseemly obsequiousness to Putin, reflecting a desire for “good relations” across the board at all cost. And now Paul’s ascension as Trump’s messenger boy has, in effect, rendered Huntsman irrelevant. Should he ever call on Putin or his various ministers, to protest some human-rights violation in Russia, or atrocity in Syria, or some other objectionable act, the Russians can—quite reasonably—dismiss his complaints as mere noise. Trump has shown them that, when it comes to real messages from the White House, Huntsman is no longer his man—and therefore, of no use in Moscow.

Huntsman, like any other ambassador in his position, should resign. If he left now, he would do so with his integrity, and the prospects of a political future, intact—something that can’t be said of many other high-ranking officials, who have dunked themselves in the swamp too many times to walk away untainted.

Finally, the New York Times reported on Thursday that, in early July, senior national security officials, led by Bolton, urged NATO ambassadors to sign a crucial policy document before Trump arrived at the alliance’s summit in Brussels—fearing that, otherwise, he would wreck the meeting and foment disunity, just as he had at the G-7 meeting in Toronto a few weeks earlier. In other words, Trump’s officials know that they’re working for a bad egg, a disruptive force.

Meanwhile, the world is now divided into two types of leaders: those who wonder what the hell is going on in Washington—and those who are exploiting the confusion.


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          Static VAR Compensator (SVC) Market to Garner Brimming Revenues by 2025      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 08/10/2018 -- Static VAR compensator, usually referred to as SVC, is a power quality device employed in power electronics to control the reactive power flow of the systems to which it is connected. It provides fast-acting reactive power compensation on high-voltage electrical systems. In other words, a static VAR compensator regulates and controls the voltage of devices to the required set point, thereby providing fast-acting reactive power on electricity transmission networks. Static VAR compensators are primarily used in large industries, such as steel-making plants, to lower voltage fluctuations and flicker compensation. Additionally, SVCs are installed at appropriate positions in the electric power system to increase power transfer capabilities by improving the voltage stability. SVCs can also improve active power oscillations by modulating the amplitude of the voltage. Furthermore, they have the advantage of taking the system power factor close to unity. SVCs are generally installed near high and rapidly varying loads in large industries such as welding plants, and industries prone to flicker and voltage fluctuations.

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Static VAR compensators offers numerous benefits. They maximize power compensation, increase economic benefits, eliminate harmonics, and reduce voltage distortion. Furthermore, they provide near-instantaneous response to system voltage variations. They also provide load balancing on three-phase systems. Increase in demand for renewable energy sources and power quality & network reliability requirements is anticipated to boost the static VAR compensator market in the near future. The need for upgrade and replacement of aging power infrastructure and rise in usage of SVCs in railways as high voltage boosters in developed regions are likely to boost the static VAR compensator market. With major developments taking place in industrial and power infrastructure sectors across the world, the static VAR compensator market is anticipated to expand at rapid pace during the forecast period.

Lack of awareness regarding the advantages of MCR-based SVCs among companies and high political involvement in the power industry are the major factors hampering the static VAR compensator market. Reluctance of end-customers to adopt or switch to static VAR compensators is anticipated to adversely affect market growth.

The static VAR compensator market can be segmented based on technology type, component, and application. In terms of technology type, the static VAR compensator market can be bifurcated into thyristor-based SVC and Magnetically Controlled Reactor (Mcr)-based SVC. Based on component, the static VAR compensator market can be classified into power electronics devices, harmonic filter, capacitor bank, thyristor, Phase-shifting Transformer (PST), reactor, Gas insulated switchgear (GIS), surge arrester, and control protection system. In terms of application, the static VAR compensator market can be segregated into electric utility, renewable, railway, industrial and oil & gas.

Geographically, the static VAR compensator market can be segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and Latin America. Asia Pacific led the global static VAR compensator market in 2016, followed by North America. The market in Asia Pacific is anticipated to expand at a fast-paced CAGR during the forecast period, owing to the increase in the number of investments in the renewable sector in countries such as China, India, Japan, and South Korea. The static VAR compensator market in Europe is projected to expand significantly during the forecast period, due to the implementation of stringent government regulations to greenhouse gas and carbon emissions in the region. The static VAR compensator market in Middle East & Africa and Latin America is likely to expand at a moderate pace during the forecast period, due to stringent restrictions on the investments in the renewable energy sector in various countries in these regions.

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          Ready-to-assemble homes provider wins Samsung start-up award      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Bengaluru: Jaipur-based Hexpressions, which offers affordable, ready-to- assemble homes made out of composite paper honeycomb panels was the winner of the Samsung Global Startup Acceleration Program award and was given a prize of Rs 200,000, the South Korean tech giant said on Friday.

Samsung organiseed the programme here in partnership with the International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore (IIIT-B) to mentor startups in varied fields in order to support the sustainable growth of local entrepreneurs in the country.

Bengaluru-based Ziroh Labs that works in the area of privacy engineering and runtime encryption of data emerged as the first runners up was given a prize of Rs 150,000 while New Delhi-based Olly Credit, with a business model around mobile micro credit cards for millennials, was judged the second runners up and was given a prize of Rs 100,000.

"At Samsung we strive to encourage young minds and nurture the spirit of innovation. With the Global Startup Acceleration Program, our experts and engineers from different domains are volunteering to support the sustainable growth of local entrepreneurs in the early stage," Aloknath De, Chief Technology Officer, Samsung R&D Institute, Bangaluru, said in a statement.

As part of the progaramme, a group of university students and employees from Samsung's global headquarters in South Korea mentored 20 shortlisted startups remotely for the last two months.

Since 2010, about 1,500 employees have joined this programme in 43 countries, Samsung said, adding that this year the company was focused on supporting local entrepreneurs and helping them build their businesses for a sustainable impact on society.

This programme is being held globally in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Africa between July and September with 80 selected startups, Samsung said.



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          Workflow Automation Market Analysis Key Players 2018-2025: IBM, Oracle, Pegasystems Inc., Xerox, Appian, Bizagi      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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- Tibco Software Inc
- Uipath SRL
- Sourcecode Technology Holdings Inc.
- Thoughtonomy Ltd.

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- Europe
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3.1.3 Products, Services and Solutions
3.1.4 Workflow Automation Revenue (Million USD) (2018-2025)

3.2 GenScript
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3.2.3 Products, Services and Solutions
3.2.4 Workflow Automation Revenue (Million USD) (2018-2025)
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- What are the key barriers and threats believed to hinder the development of the industry?

- What are the future opportunities in the Workflow Automation market?

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          Iglooghost Drops Two EPs, 'Clear Tamei' and 'Steel Mogu'      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

British producer Iglooghost drops his anticipated dual Clear Tamei and Steel Mogu EPs, the follow ups to his acclaimed 2017 full-length debut Neō Wax Bloom. The twin EPs draw from different corners of Igloo’s influences; Steel Mogu features synths contorting around violent 808s, while Clear Tamei channels lavish string quartets and classical instruments. The EPs are set in his fictional world of Mamu, 3000 years prior to the events of Neō Wax Bloom. It follows a young, god-in-training named Tamei who is gifted but resents his fate of becoming Grid Göds with his cohorts. Igloo spoke about how the stories between Neō Wax Bloom and the new EPs are connected. "In [Neō Wax Bloom], it was all based around the fact that the eyes of the god of Mamu had fallen out," he explained in a recent interview. "Tamei is him when he's a baby and training to be a god. Mogu, who's the rival guy on the album cover, is from the future and he wants to kill the god. So he's come back in time to try and kill Tamei." Stream Clear Tamei and Steel Mogu below and let us know your thoughts of the albums in the comments below. IGLOOGHOST TOUR DATES: 09/07 - Linz, Austria @ Ars Electronica 10/04 - Seoul, South Korea @ Cakeshop 10/07 - Tokyo, Japan @ Circus 10/08 - Osaka, Japan @ Circus 10/12 - Krakow, PL @ Unsound 10/16 - Manchester, UK @ Yes 10/18 - Brighton, UK @ Patterns 10/19 - Amsterdam, NL @ ADE 10/20 - Bristol, UK @ Simple Things 10/22 - Edinburgh, UK @ Sneaky Petes 10/23 - Glasgow, UK @ Centre for Contemporary Arts 10/25 - Ramsgate, UK @ Ramsgate Music Hall + Special London date TBA Clear Tamei Steel Mogu

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          8/10/2018: NEWS | WORLD: Koreas prep for leaders’ summit      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

SEOUL — The rival Koreas are to meet Monday for highlevel talks meant to prepare for a summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, South Korea said, the third such meetings between the leaders in recent...
          Ready-to-assemble homes provider wins Samsung start-up award      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Ready-to-assemble homes provider wins Samsung start-up award#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000Bengaluru: Jaipur-based Hexpressions, which offers affordable, ready-to- assemble homes made out of composite paper honeycomb panels was the winner of the Samsung Global Startup Acceleration Program award and was given a prize of Rs 200,000, the South Korean tech giant said on Friday. Samsung organiseed the programme here in partnership with the International Institute of …
          News diary 13-19 August: Imran Khan to be sworn in as Prime Minister of Pakistan and North and South Korean officials to meet      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Foresight News provides a look-ahead to the key events that need to be in your news diary for next week… Officials from North and South Korea meet in Panmunjom on Monday to discuss the implementation of the declaration made between President Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un at their meeting in April. It was during those … Continue reading "News diary 13-19 August: Imran Khan to be sworn in as Prime Minister of Pakistan and North and South Korean officials to meet"
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OK THEN: Russian Prime Minister Says U.S. Sanctions Will Be Considered an Act of ‘Economic War.’ Russia’s economy is about one-sixth the size of the US. That’s slightly smaller than South Korea’s, despite having nearly three times more people.
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In today's podcast we hear that US-CERT is warning of a North Korean RAT. Researchers find vulnerable WPA2 handshake implementations. A sales call results in inadvertent data exposure. Notes on Black Hat: circumspection, hype, barkers, and artificial intelligence. Russia braces for US sanctions and promises retaliation. South Korea will reorganize its Cyber Command. The PGA is hit with ransomware. Guests are Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan, authors of the book The Red Web. 


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