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Sunday, 10 June 2018

10 June 2018. Why Is It Important That Kim Jong-un Flew In a Chinese Aeroplane to Singapore?

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Kim Jong-un flew in a Chinese Boeing 747 to Singapore. Moreover, PLA fighters escorted it all the way. China told the whole world:

We have the DPRK’s back. We’re behind it 100 percent. We’ll intervene like in 1950 if the Americans attack it. We’re the local power and you’d best adjust to that.

The USA doesn’t have the oomph to take on the PRC. The PLA is much larger than the American ground forces are and the ROK forces wouldn’t hold against the Chinese (Korea, historically, has been a Chinese client-state). If the Yanks were to involve the Japanese, it’d cause an explosion in both Korea and China. Both countries have a Number One White-Hot hatred of Japan. In other words, the USA is fucked… royally. Trump doesn’t have anything to negotiate over. China wants it done its way; the DPRK will repeat verbatim whatever Beijing tells it to do. That is, Trump can’t threaten an invasion, for Chinese forces are in Manchuria waiting to intervene in the case of such a scenario. The USA has nothing in the store-cupboard, militarily. It has no conventional forces to send, for all its forces are engaged in colonial wars in Southwest Asia and Africa. What reserve units exist in CONUS aren’t up to strength and need at least a year to get ready for the big time.

That’s what scary in this impasse. Trump could decide to go nuke because he has no other options. The USN can’t interdict the Chinese and Russian land-based transportation networks and the USAF would face world-class air defences. The Army simply has no troops to send. Trump is an impulsive and juvenile character. The Chinese will do their best to save his face (they aren’t like Anglo Americans, who like humiliating people), but Trump may resent it. Parenthetically, Russia is involved in this, but only as an ally of China. China is the major actor in the Anti-Empire Coalition, and all know this, including the Russians. They find being Number Two to China preferable to being the Victim of the USA (it’s much like St Aleksandr Nevsky making tribute to the Tatars whilst resisting the West… it’s the same historical situation, with the same result, no doubt).

This scene isn’t encouraging at all. God willing that we’ll get through it. China, Russia, and the DPRK are the grownups in the room… unfortunately, an adolescent US President holds the nuclear football. Let’s all hope for the best.

BMD

Kim Jong-un Departs for Singapore Summit

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According to the Yonhap News Agency, an Air China flight departed from Pyongyang airport at 0830 local time. Kim Jong-un boarded a Chinese Boeing 747 commonly used by high-ranking Chinese officials. However, the popular tracking online source Flightradar24 reportedly didn’t specify the destination of the aircraft. The website also didn’t detect any other flights departing from the DPRK. According to Yonhap, many government-chartered planes keep their routes secret due to security issues. According to Reuters, one more plane, an Il-76 cargo jet, departed early on Sunday from the DPRK for Singapore. According to media reports, the cargo plane carried food items as well as several cars to escort Kim Jong-un. The flight tracking service also reportedly showed that the Il-76 landed in Guangzhou in southern China before being airborne again, likely heading for Singapore. Reportedly, Kim Jong-un took only one known overseas trip by air since becoming DPRK leader in 2011. An Il-76 cargo plane accompanied his personal Il-62M jet to China in May.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, the White House said that US President Donald Trump also departed for Singapore, where he should meet with Kim on Tuesday. Trump took off from Canada on Saturday after participating in the Group of Seven (G7) summit, and shall arrive in Singapore on Sunday. According to Japan’s Kyodo News agency, citing a diplomatic source, the DPRK leader will arrive in Singapore on Sunday. Earlier, a ROK Air Force official told the South China Morning Post that Chinese fighter jets would secure Kim’s flight route to the historic meeting.

The USA-DPRK summit will mark the first-ever meeting of the leaders of the two countries. The highly-anticipated talks were at risk following Trump’s 24 May declaration that he was cancelling the meeting with Kim over Pyongyang’s hostile rhetoric. Last week, however, Trump reinstated the summit after meeting with Kim’s top aide, Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea Vice Chairman Kim Yong Chol, at the White House.

10 June 2018

Sputnik International

https://sputniknews.com/asia/201806101065275784-singapore-trump-kim-summit-departure/

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According to ROK military sources, the PLA Air Force is preparing to send fighter aircraft to escort DPRK leader Kim Jong-un to an upcoming summit in Singapore where he’ll meet US President Donald Trump after years of hostile relations. A ROK Air Force official told the South China Morning Post that Chinese aircraft will secure Kim’s flight to the meeting… and perhaps remind the US side that Beijing will support Pyongyang. the ROK source told SCMP Thursday:

Escorting [a head of state] with jets is one of the highest security protocols that the air force can provide. If China sends air assets to conduct the escort, then, it may be a message directed to the USA-ROK alliance that China is strongly backing up Kim.

The Hong Kong-based newspaper, acquired by Alibaba Group in December 2015, also reported that Beijing is seeking to broaden its influence over Pyongyang ahead of the summit. In recent months, the USA, the ROK, and the DPRK engaged in unprecedented meetings that sparked hopes that the 68-year Korean War will finally be brought to an end, reducing the risk of nuclear conflict in the Korean peninsula.

Trump is also seeking to reduce the US trade deficit with its many trading partners, and China is America’s second-largest such partner, 2018 US Census Bureau data shows. On Thursday, the Wall Street Journal reported:

Trump got fed up with hearing he was weak on China, calling on advisers at a 22 May meeting to get moving on imposing more tariffs against Beijing as a weapon to force trade concessions.

Sceptics of Trump’s approach to relations with China said Beijing is aware of Trump’s two-prong approach and, therefore, unlikely to allow major US victories on both trade and Korean Peninsula denuclearisation.

7 June 2018

Sputnik International

https://sputniknews.com/asia/201806071065208322-chinese-jets-escort-kim-jong-un/

Friday, 2 January 2015

RT Presents… Firework Extravaganza Ignites 2015 New Year Celebrations

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Fireworks explode behind the quadriga of Berlin’s landmark Brandenburg Gate to usher in the New Year on 1 January 2015.

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People watch fireworks exploding over Copacabana Beach during New Year celebrations at the Pavao Pavaozinho favela in Rio de Janeiro (Rio de Janeiro State. Southeast Region) BRAZIL on 1 January 2015.

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00 fireworks new year 03. Seoul South Korea. 02.01.15

Buddhist believers watch as fireworks go off during a ceremony to celebrate the New Year at Bongeun Buddhist temple in Seoul (Special City of Seoul) ROK on 1 January 2015.

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00 fireworks new year 04. Singapore. 02.01.15

Fireworks burst over Marina Bay to mark the New Year’s celebration in Singapore on 1 January 2015.

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00 fireworks new year 05. Hong Kong China. 02.01.15

Fireworks explode near the observation wheel during a pyrotechnic show to celebrate the New Year in Hong Kong PRC on 1 January 2015.

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00 fireworks new year 06. Pyongyang North Korea. 02.01.15

Fireworks explode in the sky over Kim Il-sung Square in Pyongyang DPRK.

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People cheer in front of Rome’s ancient Colosseum as fireworks explode to celebrate the New Year on 1 January 2015.

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Fireworks explode behind the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben on the River Thames during New Year celebrations in London ENGLAND UK on 1 January 2015.

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00 fireworks new year 09. Sydney Australia. 02.01.15

New Year’s fireworks erupt over the iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House in Sydney NSW AUSTRALIA during traditional fireworks at midnight on 1 January 2015.

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Fireworks light the sky over St Basil Cathedral during New Year celebrations in Red Square in Moscow (Federal City of Moscow. Central Federal District) RF on 1 January 2015.

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Holiday fireworks over Red Square in Moscow on 1 January 1, 2015.

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Fireworks over the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge during New Year celebrations in Sydney on 1 January 2015.

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1 January 2015

RT

http://rt.com/in-vision/new-year-2015-celebrations/

Friday, 27 August 2010

2010 Youth Olympics Roundup

Aleksandra Papusha, Olga Detenyuk, Kristina Kochetkova, and Yekaterina Andreyeva (all 1993- ), second in the 4×100-metre medley relay

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Editor’s Foreword:

One wonders about the lack of coverage of this in the mainstream US media. It’s probably because the USA wasn’t even in the top ten! Suburban Americans are typical bullies… when they’re beaten, they slink away, sulk, and cry. They haven’t forgiven Cuba for having whipped them in ’61, for God’s sake.

BMD

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The Russian national team won six medals, including two golds, on the second day of the Singapore Youth Olympics. Champion swimmer Andrei Ushakov, who excelled in the 200 metres freestyle, as well as Yana Yegoryan, a fencer, who won her final battle against the American Celina Merza, won the golds. Swimmer Anton Lobanov won the silver in the 100-metre breaststroke, and a team consisting of Aleksandra Papusha, Olga Detenyuk, Kristina Kochetkova, and Yekaterina Andreyeva, finished second in the women’s 4×100-metre medley relay. In individual swimming competition, in the 100-metre backstroke, Ms Papusha won a bronze. Svetlana Lipatova won another bronze medal in freestyle wrestling.

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Freestyle wrestler Azamatbi Pshnatlov (1994- ) with his coach

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On the third day, Team Russia won the gold in freestyle wrestling at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. Aldar Balzhinimaev got the gold in the 46-kilogramme (102-pound) category, beating Iranian Mehran Sheikhi in the final. Azamatbi Pshnatlov won the gold in freestyle wrestling in the 63-kilogramme (139-pound) category. In the final match, he was stronger than Bakhodur Kadirov from Tajikistan was, and the bronze went to Georgian Irakli Mosidze. Pshnatlov is one of the youngest competitors at the Games. This year, he celebrated his sixteenth birthday; most of the grapplers are at least 17-years-old. Azamatbi trained at the Stavropol SDYuSShOR, specialising in wrestling under Coaches Mukharbi Shemirzov and Raul Arashukov. Azamatbi cheered on his colleague Aldar Balzhinimaev, who won the gold in the 46-kilogramme category. Russian athletes won four medals, three of them gold, on the third day of the Youth Olympics. Now, Team Russia has 12 medals (5 gold, 4 silver, 3 bronze).

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Swimmer Anton Lobanov (1992- )

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Weightlifter Artyom Okulov won gold at the Youth Olympic Games in the 77-kilogramme (170-pound) category. The young strongman, who came from the teams in Perm Krai and Tatarstan, lifted a combined score of 327 kilogrammes (721 pounds)/ 145+182 (320+401). Second place went to Chatuphum Chinnawong from Thailand with a combined of 311 (686 pounds) and third went to Rustem Sibai from Kazakhstan with 285 (629 pounds). For 16-year-old Okulov, this was the second major success the season. In May, Artyom won the gold at the Junior European Championship in Valencia. However, his victory total there was 7 kilogrammes (16 pounds) less than in Singapore. Coach Rim Sirazetdinov prepared the young champion.

Anton Lobanov finished second in swimming in the 200-metre breaststroke, with a time of 2 minutes 13.65 seconds. Italian Flavio Bizzarri took the gold with a time of 2.13.31 and Australian Nicholas Schafer won the bronze, coming in at 2.13.72. Earlier on Wednesday, weightlifter Olga Zubova won gold in the over 63-kilogramme (139-pound) category, lifting a combined score of 251 kilogrammes (554 pounds).

After four days, Team Russia is still the unofficial leader back in overall standings at the Youth Olympic Games. They now have 22 medals (10 gold, 9 silver, and 3 bronze). In second place is the Chinese team (10-5-2), and in third are the Italians (5-4-1). Today, the Russians won seven medals, three gold and four silver. The golds came from Artyom Okulov (weightlifting, 77-kilogrammes (170-pounds)), Olga Zubova (weightlifting, 63 kilogrammes (139-pounds)), Yana Yegoryan (fencing, mixed teams), and the silvers from Anton Lobanov (swimming, 200-metre breaststroke), Artyom Kosov (weightlifting, 85-kilogrammes (188-pounds)), Aliaskhab Sirazhov (Taekwondo, up to 73 kilogrammes (161 pounds) and Alena Alekseyeva (fencing, mixed teams).

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Gold medal gymnast Viktoria Komova (1995- )

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Gymnast Viktoria Komova won the gold in the all-around at the Youth Olympic Games. She’s a student at the Voronezh Gymnastics School; she executed all the routines on the apparatus without error and celebrated a deservedly-won victory. This year turned out to be bright for Viktoria, who is the daughter of Vera Kolesnikova, one of the best-known gymnasts on the Soviet national team in the 80s, the overall champion of the Goodwill Games-86, and world champion. Viktoria won the all-around at her first “adult” Championship of Russia, and, then, at the continental junior championship, she was the best in the all-around, vault, and balance beam exercises, helping her teammates to win the team championship. Interestingly, Andrei Rodionenko played a major role in the life of both the mother and the daughter. In 1981, as senior coach of the Soviet team, he invited a young promising gymnast from Voronezh, Vera Kolesnikova, to train at the Ozero Krugloe facility. Almost thirty years later, Rodionenko, by now the chief coach of Russia, began to teach Vera’s daughter at the same facility.

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Daria Gavrilova (1994- ), winner of the gold in tennis

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The seventh day of the Youth Olympic Games brought Team Russia three medals a gold, a silver, and a bronze. The gold went to Daria Gavrilova in tennis. On Friday, the 16-year-old from Moscow in the final match beat Chinese Zheng Saisai, 2:6, 6:2, 6:0. The silver was in the mixed relay 4×100-metre medley. The quartet of Aleksandra Papusha, Anton Lobanov, Kristina Kochetkova, and Andrei Ushakov scored 3 minutes 55.29 seconds, being only seconds behind the Chinese (3.52.52), whilst the bronze went to Australia. Tatiana Segina won the bronze in archery. In the competition for third place in the individual competitions, she defeated Mexican Mariana Avita with 6:2. Team Russia could win more medals on Friday, but two tennis matches were postponed to Saturday because of rain. For example, Viktor Baluda and Mikhail Biryukov trailed 1:4 the British-Czech pair of Oliver Golding/Jiří Veselý in the final game of the doubles match when it began to rain. A fight for the bronze in women’s doubles between Daria Gavrilova and Yuliya Putintseva against the pair of Tímea Babos and An-Sophie Mestach (Hungary/Belgium) didn’t even begin.

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Bolot Tsybzhitov (1993- ), bronze medallist in archery

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Viktor Baluda and Mikhail Biryukov won the silver in men’s doubles tennis. On Saturday, the Russian duo lost to the pair of Oliver Golding and Jiří Veselý in the finals. Friday’s match was interrupted due to rain, so, therefore, began with the score 4:1 in favour of Golding and Vesely. The Russians were unable to put up a fight to their opponents, losing in the end at 53 minutes with a score of 3:6 and 1:6. On Saturday, Baluda will try to win the bronze in singles. In the match for third place, he’ll play Damir Džumhur from Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Yekaterina Bleskina won the gold in the 100-metre hurdles with a time of 13.34 seconds. In second place was Michelle Jenneke (13.46) from Australia, in third was Noemi Zbaeren (13.50) from Switzerland. Bolot Tsybzhitov took the bronze in archery, defeating Slovenian Gregor Rajch, 6:0. The gold went to Egyptian Ibrahim Sabry, who defeated the Dutchman Rick van den Oever, 6:0.

Gymnast Viktoria Komova continued her winning streak at the Youth Olympics. After winning the all-around, she outclassed everyone else in the vault, and, then, she shone in the exercise on the parallel bars. Her score was 14.525 points, ahead of Chinese Tan Sixin (14.125) and Swede Jonna Adlerteg (13.550). Komova won 15.312 points in the vault to win the gold, the silver went to Spaniard María Paula Vargas (13.800), and the bronze went to Italian Carlotta Ferlito (13.700), who was also third in the overall championship standings. Viktoria said, “I didn’t think that I was one of the favourites. You can’t let it go to your head, you’ve got to go out there every time and show ‘em what you can do”.

Jacques Rogge, the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Rogge praised the first Youth Olympic Games just days before their completion. He said, “We must, of course, be careful in our statements, but I think we can already say about the Games that they were successful”. M Rogge visited cultural centres created by students at the Olympic Village, and was pleased with what he saw, noting that such centres “are an important part of the IOC. Along with a high level of sport competition, our priority at the games will be education and culture. This was the 22nd Olympic Village that I visited since 1968 (M Rogge competed in three Olympics in sailing, 1968, 1972, and 1976). In comparison with all the others I have seen, Singapore had a great village!” M Rogge also spoke in glowing terms of the national sailing centre.

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Youth Olympics gold medal

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Ilya Shugarov won the silver in the modern pentathlon, scoring 4,568 points. First place went to South Korean Kim Dae-Beom with 4,588 points and the bronze went to Mexico’s Jorge Camacho with 4,548. Natalia Troneva won gold in the shot put, showing 15.66 metres, whilst the silver went to Chinese Gu Siyu (15.49) and the bronze to the Polish Anna Wloka (15.48). In addition, Maria Kuchina won gold in the high jump with 1.89 metres; the silver went to Italian Alessia Trost (1.86) and the bronze to Pole Aneta Rydz (1.79). Russian judokas won two silver medals. Khasan Khalmurzaev won the silver medal in the 81-kilogramme (179-pound) category, losing to the South Korean Lee Jae-Hyung in the finals. Slovak Arpád Szakács and Hungarian Krisztián Tóth split the bronze. Anna Dmitrieva won the silver medal in the 42-kilogramme (93-pound) category. In the final, she lost to American Katelyn Bouyssou. Un Ju Ri of North Korea and Austrian Christine Huck won the bronze medal. Gymnast Viktoria Komova took the bronze in floor exercise, with a score of 14.175 points. The gold went to Chinese Tan Sixin (14.525) and the silver to Romanian Diana Bulimar (14.325).

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Artistic gymnast Aleksandra Merkulova (1995- )

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Ilya Shugarov won the gold medal at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in the modern pentathlon in the mixed relay teamed with a Ukrainian woman, Anastasia Spas. They showed a score of 4,638 points. The silver winners were the Chinese Zhu Wenjing and South Korean Kim Dae-Beom (4,630), whilst the bronze went to Russian Gulnaz Gubaidulina and Lithuanian Lukas Kontrimavičius (4,566). Aleksandra Merkulova won the individual all-around in artistic gymnastics with a score of 103.500 points. Merkulova was more than three points ahead of Arina Sharopa from Belarus with 100.400. Third place went to Jana Berezko-Marggrander from Germany with 98.875 points. Alexandra Merkulova occupied leading positions in three of the four programmes, in the exercises with skipping rope (25.950), hoop (26.250), and ball (25.800). She scored lower only in the track with clubs, being in second place (25.500). Here, the best was Arina Sharopa, who beat Merkulova by 0.225 points (25.775).

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The First Youth Olympic Games, held in Singapore, were declared closed. In the open arena, built in Marina Bay, the Olympic flag was lowered, and was passed to the Chinese city of Nanjing, the site of the next Summer Youth Games, to be held in 2014. “I declare the first Youth Olympics closed”, said Jacques Rogge, the head of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The closing ceremony began with the anthem of Singapore, which was sung by a choir backing up 12-year-old Netanya Ong. Then, after a short presentation by a local pop stars, the young athletes who participated in the Games over the last 12 days rushed onto the field. The emergence of the young athletes was accompanied by fireworks, and with gunfire that lasted for five minutes over Marina Bay. 204 national Olympic committees sent teams to the Games. The closing ceremony was held in the same place as the opening ceremony, on a special stage erected over the water’s surface in Marina Bay, right in the heart of Singapore. Approximately 27,000 spectators watched the presentation from the stands. Team Russia sent 96 athletes to Singapore represented (equally split between male and female athletes). Overall, the Games saw 3,600 athletes participate in 30 sports, competing for 201 sets of medals. Team Russia was successful at the Games, finishing second in the overall standings with 49 medals won (20 gold, 17 silver, 12 bronze). China was first, putting 54 awards in the piggy bank (30, 18, 6). Third place went to the Ukrainian team with 35 (10, 9, 16).

16-26 August 2010

Voice of Russia World Service

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