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Sen. Mike Gravel, on Philippines Radio, Hits Obama War Plans Internationally

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Oct. 25, 2015 (EIRNS)–Former U.S. Senator Mike Gravel appeared this morning on Philippines radio DZXL 558 for 40 minutes, interviewed by Philippines LaRouche Society leaders Butch Valdes and Ver Archivido. Gravel issued a powerful call to the Philippines people to save themselves, the United States, and the world from the Obama drive for world war, by rejecting the U.S. effort to place massive military installations across their country, which would make the Philippines the “friction point to a conflict with China,” the “spear-point” for war on China. He appealed to the nation to stand up, declare that the nation is sovereign, and reject any foreign military forces on their soil.

If they would do so, said Gravel, he believes South Korea and Japan would soon follow their lead and remove U.S. troops, which would lead quickly to the peaceful reunification of Korea and a far better relationship between Japan and its Asian neighbors. He said the South China Sea should be made a common area, putting sovereignty issues aside in order to pursue joint development, drawing especially on China’s One-Belt One-Road development process, which could go a long way to alleviate the horrible poverty in the Philippines.

He said that if the U.S. military deployment is not stopped by the case now before the Philippine Supreme Court, it will only grow, and “far exceed even what the unfortunate Vietnam War caused, which foisted our own immorality on the Philippines in a war that was fought in vain, killing 3 million Asians for no purpose.” He warned that the U.S. military presence would again “turn the Philippines into a U.S. military whorehouse,” as it did in the Vietnam War era.

Gravel ridiculed the U.S. claim that China is “militarizing” the South China Sea, noting that “a single missile would decimate the new islands, which can therefore serve no military purpose.” He expressed his hope that the Philippine Supreme Court would accept and consider his Friend of the Court brief, to be filed on Oct. 27, and that the Court and/or the Philippine Senate would act to end Obama’s militarization program.

The Senator said that the Chinese are trying to unify the world through economic development, while the United States wants to unify the world under its military power. “Which do you choose?” he asked. “It should be a no-brainer.”

Senator Gravel also described Obama’s drone killing program as a sign of the “moral depravity” of Obama, who has “no empathy, no understanding of our country, disregards our laws on habeas corpus [and] the right to face one’s accusers,” and who “makes decisions on his own over who lives and who dies.”

Butch Valdes concluded that it was a “breath of fresh air” to hear a U.S. politician telling the truth, unlike the many who have visited the Philippines in the past with lectures and lies.

China and Brazil Reach Agreement on Iron Ore Shipments

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Aug. 25, 2015 (EINRS)–Brazil’s Vale, the world’s largest exporter of iron ore to China, a few years ago ordered 35 new, giant “Valemax” ships (400,000 DWT–deadweight tons–bigger than any other cargo ship out there), and have already taken delivery on 30 of them from Chinese and South Korean shipbuilders. However, Chinese shipping companies, who feared being pushed out of the market by the highly efficient new Valemax carriers, got the Chinese government to prohibit docking of anything larger than “Capesize” ships (350,000 DWT) in Chinese ports. But Vale this summer reached an agreement with some of these Chinese companies; set up a 51-49 joint venture company with them that gave the Chinese the majority share; then sold four of the Valemax ships to the joint venture; and then had that company lease them back to Vale for 25 years. That way, everyone gets to share in the profit from the new ships. The first such ship docked at the port of Qingdao, China, on July 4, 2015.

The physical economic savings of the Valemax giants are significant–up to 15% overall–to Chinese steel producers who import the Brazilian iron ore. The big ships provide a 35% saving on fuel per ton transported; and they can save up to 15% on shipping time, which is reduced from 40 to 35 days by being able to dock directly in China, and not have to offload the ore to smaller ships in Subic Bay, Philippines, or other locations in Asia that Vale uses. Additionally, the Valemax ships can offload cargo twice as fast as Capesize ships.

And then there are the significant further savings in time and distance that will occur once the Nicaragua Grand Inter-Oceanic Canal opens in 2020–which, unlike even the expanded Panama Canal now under construction, will be large enough to handle Valemax ships. That will mean that the iron ore can be shipped {westward} from Brazil, through the Nicaragua Canal, and then across the Pacific to China–saving over 10% in time and distance over the current route across the Atlantic.

Chinese Foreign Minister Blows Up the US Lies on South China Sea, Offers Cooperation with All Nations

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Aug. 7, 2015 (EIRNS)–Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, in his speech to the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) in Malaysia, Thursday, blew open the war-mongering hysteria coming from Obama and his Philippine underlings in the Aquino Administration regarding the escalating war mobilization against China’s supposed “aggression” and “breaking the status quo” in the South China Sea.

Wang Yi announced that the island creation in the Nansha (Spratly) Islands had been completed, that the next step is to “build facilities primarily used for public purposes, including lighthouse, maritime emergency rescue, weather station, marine scientific research as well as medical and first-aid buildings,” as reported in Xinhua.

Wang Yi said: “Once the construction is completed, China is willing to open these facilities to countries in the region. As the largest coastal country in the South China Sea, China has the ability and obligation to provide these maritime public goods to countries in the region.” Is there any question why this was conveniently left out of the western press coverage of the event?

Wang Yi reviewed China’s long-standing historical claim of sovereignty to the deep water portion of the South China Sea (outside the continental shelfs of the claimant countries — a region often referred to as China’s “nine-dash line”), including the use of US ships to retake the islands seized by Japan during the war. He noted that numerous historical treaties recognize China’s sovereignty, and only in the 1970’s when oil was discovered, did the Philippines begin occupying and building up islands in the Nansha (Spratly) Islands. He clarified that the Obama Administration’s demand that China abide by the Philippine case brought before the UNCLOS tribunal is entirely illegal, since the UNCLOS clearly alows arbitration only when two sides agree to that arbitration.

As shown in his offer for public use of the islands, as referenced above, China keeps open its offer to carry out joint development of the region with the other claimant nations — which would certainly work if Obama and his neocon pals were removed from power. [see full Xinhua article: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2015-08/07/c_134489926.htm]

Kerry Demands ASEAN Confrontation with China, While China “Aggressively” Pushes Development Across the Region

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Aug. 6, 2015 (EIRNS)–China and most of the ASEAN nations focused on nation-building at the just concluded ASEAN Foreign Ministers meeting in Malaysia, but Secretary of State John Kerry and Obama’s Filipino puppets ranted about China’s “aggression” and “militarization” of the South China Sea for building a few artificial islands, even while the US shifts massive military forces into a ring around China.

The Foreign Ministers, after days of wrangling over the wording of a final communique, finally agreed on a statement that showed “concern” over actions in the South China Sea, without naming specific countries: “We discussed extensively the matters relating to the South China Sea and remained seriously  concerned over recent and ongoing developments in the area. We took note of the serious concerns expressed by some Ministers on the land reclamations in the South China Sea, which have eroded trust and confidence, increased tensions and may undermine peace, security and stability in the South China Sea.”

Singapore Foreign Minister K. Shanmugam told reporters Thursday morning that the joint statement was supposed to have been completed the previous day, but, “It has not been finalized as of now. There are difficulties. The paragraphs relating to the South China Sea are causing some problems.”

Philippine Foreign Minister Albert Del Rosario, the most rabid anti-China hawk in Manila and in ASEAN, according to the NY Times said that the Philippines “would halt its own land reclamation work if China would do so”– thus confirming Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s statement that the US had a double standard in denouncing China alone for reclamation.

Wang Yi held bilateral meetings with the foreign ministers of Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Laos, getting full support for China’s real “aggressiveness” — building huge development projects as part of Xi Jinping’s Road and Belt plan — discussing regional rail and port development, nuclear cooperation, and more.

Philippines President Implements Obama’s Dictatorship by Foreign Bankers

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August 4, 2015 (EIRNS)–The well-known Filipino journalist and author Rod Kapunan, writing in the Manila Standard on Aug. 1, exposed the government of Obama’s puppet President Noynoy Aquino for allowing 100% foreign ownership of Philippine banks, which took effect on July 14. Kapunan shows that the bill implementing this policy explicitly breaches the Constitutional provisions designed to allow the development and functioning of Filipino-owned banks and businesses, which required 60% Filipino ownership “when national interest dictates.”

Kapunan references Glass-Steagall: “Foreign banks can now participate and do any business transaction by virtue of corporate takeover after foreclosure proceedings by their defaulting borrowers, thereby disregarding the limitation on ownership to aliens.  This is worse than the hated banking practice that was once prohibited even in the US under the Glass-Steagall Banking Act, which separated investment banking from commercial banking that has been blamed as the principal cause of the economic meltdown in the US, Japan, in Asia in 1998, in Mexico, Argentina, and today in Greece.”