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Porkins on Sputnik: China Defends 10% Military Budget Increase as ‘Proportionate and Low’

The Chinese government recently announced a near 10% increase in their military budget for 2018. Chinese state media have defended the decision, saying it is part of a modernization program, calling the increase “proportionate and low.”

The increase is the biggest jump in Chinese military spending in recent years. In 2014, the total was $132 billion, which grew to $145 billion in 2015, $147 billion in 2016 and will reach $175 billion next year. Zhang Yesui, a spokesperson for the first annual session of the 13th NPC, explained that the extra money is not to increase China’s overall military capacity, but to update and modernize their armed forces:

“A large part of the growth of the defense budget is to make up for the low military spending in the past and is mainly used to upgrade equipment and improve the welfare of servicemen and women and the living and training conditions of grassroots troops.”

Sputnik spoke to political analyst Pearse Redmond about the geopolitical struggles that are the underlying reasons for China’s consistently growing military expenditure:

“As China becomes more and more integrated in the global economy it understands that maintaining economic superiority requires more security. In Africa, where China has poured vast sums of money into various projects, they have also been quietly building small military bases and developing relationships with various African military and security forces. For example, in Djibouti, once the exclusive military domain of the US, China now operates a naval base adjacent to the Port of Doraleh, which is west of Djibouti City.”

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Porkins Great Game Episode 5 East Turkestan Exposed

For this month’s episode Christoph and I start by taking a look at a very important aspect of Gladio B,  the East Turkestan Project, and specifically the terrorist smuggling rings that are active in bringing Uyghurs to Turkey.  We start by taking a look at the most recent example of this type of operation which was just discovered in Shanghai.  Christoph breaks down how widespread these large and sophisticated human smuggling rings are.  We also touch on how the ongoing battle between Erdogan and Gulen has affected the political debate about the Uyghur issue in Turkey.  Christoph and I highlight this point by discussing  the rare admission by World Uyghur Congress President Reba Kadir that there are in fact Turkish smugglers sending Uyghurs to Syria and Iraq, and the interesting response in the Islamist Turkish media calling Kadir an “infidel” and “American agent for sale.”
Next we move on to Azerbaijan and discuss the the most recent attempts by the South Caucus nation to crack down on foreign-funded media and NGO’s.  This time we look at the recent closing of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL)  offices in Baku and the arrest and detention of RFE/RL journalists and staff.  Christoph breaks down how this recent crackdown is being spun in the West as a geopolitical shift away from NATO and the West, and into the arms of big, bad, evil Russia.  Christoph and I explain how even though the rhetoric of Azerbaijan may be hostile, behind the scenes, particularly with regard to NATO, everything is going splendidly.  We finish out the segment by dissecting one aspect of the Azerbaijan issue that continues to flare up, the ongoing crisis in breakaway region Nagorno-Karabahk, and how this relates to Azerbaijan’s increased “anti-Western” actions.
In our next segment we move on to the other actor in the Nagorno-Karabahk region, the small South Caucus nation of Armenia.  Christoph and I start by discussing Armenia’s recent entry into the Russian-led economic bloc,  the Eurasian Economic Union.  Christoph explains why Armenia chose to join the EEU despite Europe’s desires to the contrary.  We discuss how Armenia is stuck in a difficult position when it comes to EEU, as Russia , which they depend on to militarily back up their de-facto control of Nagorno-Karabahk, is their sole protective ally in the world.   Christoph relates how Armenia’s membership in the EEU has led to the closing of the National Democratic Institute, which signals a tacit defeat for the American Deep-State’s “democracy promotion”  agenda. We finish out this section on Armenia by focusing on the recent brutal murder of a family of seven by a Russian solider in the city of Gyumri and how this complicates Russian-Armenian relations.
Closing out this episode of PGG Christoph and I update the listeners on the Tajik-Afghan border crisis and the pipeline politics of Russia and Ukraine.  We also comment on the recent Charlie Hebdo killings by looking at it from a geopolitical perspective.  Christoph and I discuss how bizarre it is – – casting the already dead Awlaki and the practically dead Zawahiri as the masterminds of the attack.  I also give my take on the situation in Yemen and how the Houthi led takover of the nation might be part of a much larger plan to get former president Saleh back in power.

Download PGG ep. 5

Show Notes:

Xinjiang-Turkey:

Turks, Uyghurs held in smuggling, terrorism scheme

The New Great Game Round-Up #83 – Turkey’s Role In Washington’s East Turkestan Project Exposed

Sibel Edmonds on Gladio B and the Paris Shooting

Turkey, Terrorism, and the Global Proxy War

Xinjiang terrorists finding training, support in Syria, Turkey

East Turkestan Education and Solidarity Association

World Uyghur Congress – Affiliate Organizations

China rebukes Turkey for offer to shelter Uighur refugees

The New Great Game Round-Up #84 – China Cracks Down On Illegal Border Crossings By Uyghurs

Islamic State ‘executed three Uyghur deserters from China’

Gülen:

Oppressed by China, Uighurs drawn to Salafist ideas

Fethullah Gulen: Turkey’s Eroding Democracy

President: Gülen Movement cooperates with Mossad

Azerbaijan:

The New Great Game Round-Up #82 – Washington’s Regime Change Tools Struggle In The South Caucasus

The ‘broken window’ approach to international relations

The Heydar Aliyev Era Ends in Azerbaijan Not with a Bang but a Whisper

The New Great Game Round-Up #83 – Aliyev Turns To Erdogan For Support Amid War Of Words With U.S.

BFP Exposé: CIA-Obama-George Soros Coordinated Misinformation Campaign Targets Russia

George Soros urges President Aliyev to loosen his stranglehold over civil society

The New Great Game Round-Up #85 – Atlantic Council Working On Transatlantic Strategy For Europe’s East

Armenia:

Clashes Intensify Between Armenia and Azerbaijan Over Disputed Land

The New Great Game Round-Up #83 – Killing Of Armenian Family Tests Armenia-Russia Ties

Gyumri case: Permyakov to go on trial at garrison court in Gyumri

Armenia Asks Russia To Hand Over Massacre Suspect

EU Commissioner Opens Door To Armenian Association Agreement

Armenia: Aftermath of a Massacre

Tajik-Afghan border:

Eyeing Taliban, Tajikistan Sets Up New Military Base On Afghan Border

The New Great Game Round-Up #85 – Russia Vows To Support Tajikistan As ISIS-Taliban Rivalry Escalates

Pipelineistan:

Southeast Europe Still Clinging to South Stream Pipe Dream

Russia says it will shift gas transit from Ukraine to Turkey

Gazprom mothballs extension of Nord Stream pipeline

Charlie Hebdo-AQAP:

Al Qaeda: Zawahiri Ordered ‘Charlie Hebdo’ Attack

Know Your Terrorists: Ayman Al-Zawahiri

Charlie Hebdo: Listen to extraordinary moment terrorists speak to TV journalist during terrifying hostage siege

All the Government’s Men: Agents of Terror on Payroll

US maintains intelligence relationship with Houthis

Yemen leak: Collusion between Houthis and ex-president Saleh

Houthi militia installs “president council” to run Yemen

Thousands protest over Houthi “security commission” in Yemen

Updates for Christoph and Pearse:

The CIA and Hollywood: A new podcast series by Pearse Redmond and Tom Secker.

Christoph Germann is now a contributer to Russia Insider

Music:

Larry Levan live at End Max (Japan 1991)

Porkins Policy Radio ep. 34 Gladio B Roundtable Part 2

FULL DISCLOSURE: I am no longer associated with Sibel Edmond, or BoilingFrogs/Newsbud. I think she is a con-artist and a petty and vindictive individual. If you want to know more about why I broke off all ties with Sibel you can find out more here:

On this week’s episode we continued our roundtable discussion on Gladio B with Sibel Edmonds and Tom Secker.  Picking up where we last left off, the three of us explored some of the reasons for Russia’s presumed intransigence in the face of mounting NATO and Gladio operations in their backyard.  As a case study for this we looked at Ayman Al Zawahiri’s little-discussed imprisonment by the Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) in Chechnya in 1996 while traveling with four diplomatic passports and a laptop.  We discussed why the FSB captured him as well as why they let him go.  Tom provided the context of the geopolitical situation in Russia at the time, and how this directly relates to the FSB’s actions with Zawahiri; with a defeated Soviet Union, Russia had to bide its time and begin to piece together what the new NATO strategy represented.  Sibel expanded on this by discussing similar “diplomatic” incidents that she saw take place while at the FBI, dealing with foreign nationals caught in counterintelligence operations in the US using “diplomatic passports” who, like Zawahiri, were quietly released back to their home nation.

Later we explored the recent uptick in violence in Chechnya and how this relates to an increase in NATO operations meant to destabilize Russia.  I discussed how fragmented ISIS is and how easy it is to turn on the Chechen terrorist movement’s switch. Tom asked both Sibel and me how we thought we ought to feel towards the Chechen terrorist movement:  Should we support them because of their desire to seek independence from an authoritarian state?  Or instead, should we oppose them as they are a tool of NATO power?  Sibel explained how the choices are always the lesser of two evils, and how both NATO and Russia are bad choices.  Sibel explained Gladio’s desire to break up areas such as Chechnya and Dagestan into autonomous states so that ultimately chaos will reign supreme.  We talked about the prospects for Chechnya to become one of these autonomous NATO-backed nations complete with Gulen-style schools and a Gulen power base.  Sibel later spoke about the threat of Russian nationalism to Putin’s tight grip on power.  Sibel explained that while NATO despises Putin, they ultimately need him in place as the alternative; strong Russian nationalism would be much more detrimental to the Gladio Deep State.  We ended the conversation on a philosophical note when Sibel asked Tom and me whether we would want to live in a unipolar world dominated by NATO, or in a bipolar world dominated by NATO and Russia.  This was a wide-ranging discussion that ended with more questions than answers, so we will be continuing our roundtables on these topics — and more —  next month.Quick note:  There is a special announcement at the end of the show about a new podcast series that Tom and I are working on.  It will be dealing exclusively with our research on the CIA and Hollywood and should be out in about two months.  Check out Porkins Policy Review for more updates on this.

Quick note:  There is a special announcement at the end of the show about the new podcast series that Tom and I are working on.  It will be dealing exclusively with our research on the CIA and Hollywood and should be out in a bout two months.  Check out Porkins Policy Review for more updates on this.

Download PPR episode 34

Show Notes:

Boiling Frogs Post

Spy Culture

Porkins Policy Radio ep. 30 Gladio B Roundtable with Sibel Edmonds and Tom Secker

Ayman Al Zawahiri arrested by FSB in Russia

Exploring Al Qaeda’s Murky Connection to Russian Intelligence

Porkins Great Game ep. 4 Start of the Third Chechen War

Trailer for new podcast series The CIA and Hollywood

Music:

Akira Soundtrack – “Kaneda’s Theme”

 

Porkins Great Game ep. 1 ISIS is everywhere in Central Asia

The wait is finally over:  The new podcast series produced by Christoph Germann and me, Porkins Great Game, is now up and running!  This new podcast will deal exclusively with Central Asia and the Caucus region, and will explore the various geopolitical machinations that compose the “New Great Game.”  Porkins Great Game will be a monthly podcast and we really encourage you to be a part of this endeavor.  So please follow us on Twitter, @PorkinsPolicy & @NewGreatGame, and feel free to email us with topic suggestions and news stories that pertain to the new great game. You can contact me by emailing porkinspolicy@gmail.com, and you can contact Christoph through the contact form on christophgermann.blogspot.com

On this month’s episode we take a look at the increasing violence in Xinjiang as well as the ISIS connection within the Uyghur separatist movement, and take a look at the recent Shanghai Cooperation Organization conference in Tajikistan.  We discuss the military buildup in NATO proxy-country Georgia as we consider the recent announcement  to set up both a NATO training center and training camp for Syrian rebels.  Rounding off the Georgia section, we take a look at probable intelligence operative and ISIS commander Tarkhan Batirashivili, offer an update on former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, an consider Sibel Edmonds’ new novel The Lone Gladio and how it pertains to Georgia.  Later we examine some of the recent attempts by the government of Azerbaijan to crack down on the Gulenist movement with in the country.  Christoph and I explore how the national oil and gas company of Azerbaijan, SOCAR, may be quietly reopening many of the Gulen-funded schools that were recently closed.  We also touch upon the the claim that ISIS captured a SOCAR fuel tanker in Syria, and talk about the twentieth anniversary of the signing of the “Contract of the Century.”  We conclude the podcast with an exploration of the ambush of Saudi Prince Abdul Aziz bin Fahd this summer in Paris.  This story received almost no media coverage, despite the theft of over $300,000 and diplomatic documents from one of the prince’s cars.  Abdul Aziz bin Fahd is of course a high-profile royal official who has been linked to terrorism in Syria, and to billionaire and former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

Download PGG episode 1

Show notes:

Christoph’s websitesChristophgermann.blogspot.comNichtZensiert.blogspot.de

Christoph’s work can also be found on Boiling Frogs Post where he is a contributor.

Xinjiang Latest developments:

The New Great Game Round-Up #62

Villagers recount narrow escapes in Kashgar attack as CCTV airs scenes of aftermath

Chief imam at Kashgar mosque stabbed to death as violence surges in Xinjiang

Is Uyghur American Association involved in recent wave of terrorism in Xinjiang?

A Chechnya in the making

Xinjiang-ISIS connection:

The New Great Game Round-Up #64

ISIS tentacles reach toward China

JCPA analyst: 1,000 Chinese jihadists training in Pakistan

‘Capture’ of Chinese national fighting with ISIS gives China jitters

At least 50 killed in Xinjiang violence, officials say  (This story came out after me and Christoph finished recording)

SCO summit:

The New Great Game Round-Up #66

Georgia NATO’s military build-up:

NATO Chief Lays Out Package to ‘Bring Georgia Closer’ to Alliance

Exclusive: Georgia Offers to Host Training Camp for Syrian Rebels

Georgia: The New CIA-NATO Arab Terrorist Training Center

The Ginger Jihadist of Mosul: Omar al-Shishani the Chechen ‘General’

The mysterious link between the US military prison Camp Bucca and ISIS leaders

Tarkhan Batirashvili put on U.S. terrorism sanctions list  (This story came out after me and Christoph finished recording)

The Saakashvili chase:

The New Great Game Round-Up #44

Georgia: The Saakashvili Chase Continues at Sea

Mikheil Saakashvili Doesn’t Know What Democracy Is

Georgian Court Impounds Saakashvili’s Property

 

Azerbaijan:

Azerbaijan shuts down ‘Gülen-linked’ schools

The New Great Game Round-Up #65

President Erdogan pays a visit to Turkish ally Azerbaijan

Erdogan reiterates call for cooperation on Gülenists

20th anniversary of “Contract of the Century” celebrated in Washington DC

Ambush in Paris:

How Gunmen Pulled Off a Daring Ambush of a Saudi Prince’s Convoy in Paris

Saudi royal named in Paris attack, amid reports of blackmail

What do we know about Prince `Abdul-`Aziz bin Fahd: who was ambushed in Paris

Hariri announces $1bn Saudi military aid to Lebanon

Saudi Arabia promises record $3 billion in military aid to Lebanon

U.S. Embassy in Ankara Headquarter for ISIS War on Iraq – Hariri Insider

This is how Al-Riyadh newspaper coverd the story of the ambush of Prince `Abdul-`Aziz Bin Fahd

Don’t look for Al-Arabiyyah TV to cover this story

Music:

Qaya – “Ey heyat ne qeribesen”

Never nice song from Xinjiang

Porkins Policy Radio ep. 22 Xinjiang, Azerbaijan and Gladio B with Christoph Germann

On today’s episode we spoke with independent analyst and researcher Christoph Germann.  Christoph runs the invaluable blog, The New Great Game, which deals with Central Asia, the Caucus region as well as regional powers.  We discuss the very troubling trend of knife and bomb attacks occurring in the Xinjiang region of China.  Christoph explains what is at stake for China as well as the western powers when it comes to this oil-rich geo-strategic region. We also explore the situation in Azerbaijan.  Christoph explains how CIA puppet Fethullah Gulen and his Islamic movement have entrenched themselves in the nation in much the same way as in Turkey.  We round off the conversation by discussing Gladio B and how Azerbaijan has been used as a base of operations for NATO and there roving band of mujahedin fighters, both in the 90’s and now in Syria.  Lots of information in this one, so please go to the show notes.

Download PPR episode 22

Show notes:

The New Great Game

Christoph Germann on BFP

Three Dead 79 Injured in Xinjiang railway station terrorist attack

Six injured in knife attack at Chinese train station

Russia, India planning $30 billion oil pipeline through Xinjiang

Gullen: Top issue in the agenda of Erdogan’s visit to Azerbaijan

Armenia and Azerbaijan share a Syria problem

Azerbaijan: Sumgayit becomes front of Syria bound jihadists

BFP Expose: Cia-Obama-George Soros coordinated misinformation campaign targets Russia

Why was a Sunday Times report on US government ties to al Qaeda chief spiked?

Music:

Paul Johnson – “Hear the music”

The Whispers – “And the beat goes on”

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