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Marcos Martial Law is Back in Mindanao as the President Returns Immediately from Moscow

martial law

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

The President of the Philippines has declared the Marcos-style martial law in Mindanao. This is despite his trip to Russia. He returned immediately to deal with the problem with the Maute insurgencies in Marawi. The place is filled with terror with rebels burning houses and taking over the city jail to free prisoners.

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[VIDEO]: President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday night declared Martial Law in Mindanao amid the ongoing clashes between government troops and Maute group terrorists in Marawi City, presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said.

Anticipated Action

President Du30 always remind people that he won’t hesitate to declare martial law when there’s a reason for it. It is noted that the rebels in Mindanao were in contact with the administration’s detractors, the Liberal party ever since the time of the late Ninoy Aquino. His decision is not a surprise to Filipinos.

Aquino Visit

Coincidentally, Bam Aquino is rumoured to have visited Marawi just before the attacks. Many people speculated that he is carrying out what the older Aquino did during the Marcos regime. It is assumed to be one of their destabilisation tactics.

Harsh Dealing

Martial law is as it is. It is not different from the late president Ferdinand E. Marcos actions. He deals with it with toughness. Punish the lawless to protect the land. The police, however, promises not to do any abuses. This remains to be seen.

No Worries

The tough leader assures his citizens that there’s nothing to worry about. His action is lawful. It intends to preserve the nation and the people. Only the detractors can say otherwise.

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Russia Interfered during the U.S. Elections?


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

People scrutinize Mainstream media for fake news recently. This leads Denzel Washington to comment: If you don’t read the news you are uninformed if you do read, you are misinformed, he said. However, that’s not all. It is alleged by U.S. Spy Chiefs that Russia spearheads hacking government computer systems to spread misinformation that discredit Hillary Clinton. President Trump does not buy this.

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[VIDEO]: FYI For Your Information – Russia Hacked the Election America’s Top Spy Chief Has a Massive Announcement.

Russian Authorization

James Clapper, National Security Agency chief Michael Rogers and Marcel Lettre, undersecretary of defense for intelligence, tells the committee during the hearing in a joint statement that “only Russia’s senior-most officials” could have authorized the operation. They refer to hackers’ who steal Democratic Party files and emails.

Not Convinced

The Republican mocks via Twitter intelligence errors of the CIA, the FBI, and other agencies. It challenges them to prove Putin’s administration to the hacking and leaks.

CNN Report

US officials tell CNN that they already have the names of the liaison officers who deliver the hacked emails from Russia to WikiLeaks. Russian officials indicate that that celebrate Trump’s victory. His triumph is also a win for Moscow so to speak. Former president Obama hopes that Trump looks into this report.

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Friendly with Russia

Trump vows to get along with Russia and admires Putin. His non-traditional approaches are compared to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Isn’t this a good thing that the possibility of warring nations can be minimized if not eliminated?

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South China Sea News: China, Russia hold naval maneuvers war games as practice

South China Sea News

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
China attempts to counteract the near total isolation it has incurred from regional states. This is the result of its maritime claims. They use show of force together with the Russian military. Perhaps to intimidate neighbors. Read this interesting South China Sea news:

South China Sea

Chinese and Russian naval forces

Large-scale war games in the South China Sea by Chinese and Russian naval forces included practice for taking over islands in the disputed waters and appear part of efforts by both states to counter the U.S. pivot to Asia.

The exercises began Sept. 13 and concluded Monday. Dubbed Joint Sea-2016, the Chinese and Russian naval maneuvers involved the use of both warships, aircraft and marines in practice combat operations – a clear sign Beijing continues gearing up for a future military conflict with the United States over China’s expansive maritime territorial claims.

Largest Naval War Games

It was the largest joint exercises since the two navies began holding the war games and the first in the contested South China Sea. Chinese military officials described the war games as “a strategic measure” aimed at increasing military and especially naval cooperation.

State-run Chinese and Russian news reports provided a glimpse into some of the operations that took place in three phases, the largest of which involved naval live- fire drills, and anti-submarine warfare and air defense maneuvers. Details of the island-seizure practice were omitted in state-controlled media reports from both countries.

Overwhelming Warfares

A total of 13 warships took part, including guided-missile destroyers, frigates, landing ships, supply ships and significantly – two submarines. The two Chinese submarines were not identified by type but were used in anti-submarine exercises.

Aircraft included 11 Chinese fixed-wing warplanes and eight helicopters. A total of 160 Chinese marines also participated.

Russia dispatched three warships, two supply vessels, two helicopters and 96 marines, along with armored amphibious tanks.

The war games took place not far from the disputed Paracels claimed by China, Vietnam and others.

South China Sea Patrol

The operations were carried out near the city of Zhanjiang, located in southern Guangzhou province and north of the South China Sea’s Hainan Island, where China’s main regional military base is located.

A Pentagon official said U.S. reconnaissance assets, both sea-based and aerial, closely monitored the maneuvers.

In Washington, Japan’s Defense Minister Tomomi Inada said last week that Japan supports the Pentagon’s limited freedom-of-navigation operations in the sea to counter what she called attempted coercion by China. And Inada announced Japanese naval forces would soon join American naval forces in joint patrols in the South China Sea.

Japan to increase Engagement

“Japan, on its part, will increase its engagement in the South China Sea,” she said during think tank speech. “So for example, maritime defense forces joint training cruises with the U.S. Navy, bilateral maritime exercises with regional navies as well as providing capacity-building assistance to coastal nations.”

The announcement drew a harsh response from China denouncing any international patrols as “gunboat diplomacy” that would be met with unspecified countermeasures.

Careful not to upset China

Sticking to its policy of seeking to avoid upsetting China, the Obama administration remained relatively silent on the joint South China Sea exercise.

Adm. Harry Harris, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, made no mention of the war games during a speech Sept. 15 in Los Angeles.

China’s “Great Wall of Sand”

Harris, who only months ago had been very outspoken in denouncing what he termed China’s “Great Wall of Sand” in the sea, appears to have been muzzled. In his Los Angeles remarks, Harris said only that Moscow and Beijing need to follow an international rules-based order.

The only public American comment came from State Department spokesman John Kirby who played down the large-scale exercises as “not unusual.”

“The only thing that, you know, we’re mindful of is that as exercises like this take place, they take place in accordance with international law and don’t do anything to raise tensions,” he said.

Exercises Raise Tensions

The exercises have raised tensions and followed years of Chinese provocations in the sea. Those have included the large-scale building of islands, deployment of warplanes and missiles on them, and heightening tensions with Vietnam by moving an oil platform to the Paracels. In the Spratlys, China has built several long runways that could be used for military transports and it is eyeing the strategically-located Scarborough Shoal for militarization in the future. The shoal is close to the Philippines where U.S. aircraft and naval vessels will be based as part of an enhanced defense agreement.

So far, the U.S. pivot to Asia has been limited to bolstering ties with India, Australia, Japan, Philippines, and Vietnam. Most military activities have been limited to periodic deployments of warships and increased surveillance activities.

Provocative Warplane Flights

Russia also is seeking to counteract the U.S. pivot by stepping up joint military activities with China and by conducting provocative warplane flights. Last year, two Russian bombers made a low pass near the aircraft carrier USS Reagan. Nuclear-capable Russian bombers also have flown around Guam several times. The island is the center of the military element of the Asia pivot.

Misleading South China Sea war game

Russian state-controlled news reports noted that the “massive” South China Sea war games followed recent U.S. naval operations in the area.

During the recent war games, Chinese propagandists used English-language media to mislead western publics about the exercises. For example, Zhang Junshe, a researcher at the Chinese Navy’s Military and Academic Institute, told the official Xinhua news agency the joint exercise was “essentially defensive and totally different from the island landing and retaking drills that a few countries engage in year after year in the west pacific region against an imaginary enemy,” an apparent reference to U.S. military exercises in the nearby East China Sea.

Other Chinese language reports on the war games provided a different description. The two militaries would be involved in “seizing reefs,” “amphibious landing” of troops and weapons on islands, and “other island defense and offense joint training.”

China, Russia stage joint island-seizing drills

And the Communist Party-affiliated newspaper Global Times newspaper headlined its Sept. 19 report on the exercises with this: “China, Russia stage joint island-seizing drills.”

Xinhua added that the war games were not targeted against “third parties.” But the exercises clearly were designed to send a targeted strategic message to the United States that China is increasing its military presence in the sea.

Another Chinese report said the joint operations included practice for “basic beachhead attack tactics.”

Chen Xi, captain of the guided-missile destroyer Zhengzhou that was part of the exercise, described the military operations as drills for sudden, surprise attacks using asymmetric weapons – arms that provide a weaker opponent with capabilities to defeat stronger foes.

“As the commanding post of the blue team, we can use early warning helicopters to search and engage JH-7A aircraft and submarines in combat,” Chen said. “The blue team enjoys the priority of initiating the combat which means we have the priority over when to engage, giving the other team a secret and sudden attack.”

Military intelligence sharing

Xinhua also disclosed what had long been suspected: China and Russia are engaged in military intelligence sharing, including data on the use of both radar and sonar – key electronic warfare capabilities.

During the drills, Chinese warships escorted a ship that played the role of a merchant vessel. Those ships were then joined by a Russian destroyer that provided air defense and anti-submarine warfare protection for the merchant ship.

Anti-submarine warfare helicopters dropped sonar buoys that transmitted data to the Russian anti-submarine destroyer Admiral Tributs, a vessel the Chinese say has more technical capabilities than those of Chinese, according to Xinhua.

Permanent Court of Arbitration

The high profile war games followed a setback for Chinese efforts to legitimize control over 90% of South China Sea. The Permanent Court of Arbitration in July ruled against China and in favor of the Philippines in a legal dispute over who owns the disputed Spratlys islands. The United Nations court ruled there was “no legal basis for China to claim historic rights to resources within the sea areas falling within the ‘nine-dash line’” – a ill-defined border covering most of the strategic waterway.

China has insisted that its militarization of the South China Sea through deploying military forces on some of the 3,200 acres of newly reclaimed islands is not destabilizing. Beijing also has claimed that the joint drills with Russia are not destabilizing.

The recent military exercise shows that China is attempting to counteract the near total isolation it has incurred from regional states as a result of its maritime claims by using a regional show of force together with the Russian military. So much for that part of the South China Sea news.

Sources: Freebeacon.


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Are we going to war with Russia, China in Space?

Are we going to war with Russia

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Are we going to war with Russia and China? The nominee to lead the U.S. Strategic Command warned Congress this week that China and Russia are rapidly building space warfare capabilities. The United States is lagging behind in efforts to counter the threat.

Both Beijing and Moscow are developing anti-satellite missiles and laser guns and maneuvering killer space robots that could cripple strategic U.S. communications, navigation and intelligence satellites, the backbone of American high-technology warfare. The question; Are we going to war with Russia, China at Space will be answerable by yes and no. We do not have to go to space for that. It’s their technology being so advanced, they can manipulate via space channels.

Chinese and Russian

Air Force Gen. John E. Hyten, picked to be the next Stratcom commander, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that Chinese and Russian space weapons pose “an emerging challenge” and that the Pentagon is accelerating its efforts to counter the threat.

“The Department of Defense has aggressively moved out to develop responses to the threats that we see coming from China and Russia,” the four-star general said Tuesday. “I believe it’s essential that we go faster in our responses.”

U.S. military

A program called Space Enterprise Vision is being carried out by the U.S. military and the National Reconnaissance Office, the spy agency that builds and launches U.S. satellites, to prepare for war in space.

Committee Chairman John McCain, Arizona Republican, said that information he received from the general is classified. It’s about the rapid buildup was “deeply disturbing.”


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US and Russia’s Syria Ceasefire short-lived?


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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says his country had long been calling for closer cooperation with the US to fight Al Nusra, Al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate, and the Islamic State

The United States and Russia agreed a deal Friday, September 9, to impose a ceasefire in Syria, and if the truce holds they will begin a joint military effort against Islamic jihadists.

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the truce would come into force on Monday, September 12, the first day of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha; Rappler reported. However, as per CNN’s breaking report, it says:  Syria’s nascent ceasefire hung in the balance Monday after an airstrike on a United Nations aid convoy led the US to question Russia’s commitment to calming violence in the war-torn country and its ability to influence its ally in Damascus. Full story here:

Rappler continues: The two powers back opposite sides of the conflict, with Moscow supporting the regime of President Bashar al-Assad and the US behind a coalition of rebel groups it regards as moderate.

But if Russia is able to use its leverage over Assad to respect the ceasefire for a week, Moscow and Washington will begin joint air strikes against agreed terrorist targets.

The much anticipated breakthrough came at the end of marathon talks between Lavrov and Kerry in Geneva, as the pair push for an end of the 5-year civil war that has killed 290,000 and displaced half the country’s population.

“Today, the United States and Russia are announcing a plan which we hope will reduce violence, ease suffering and resume movement towards a negotiated peace and a political transition in Syria,” Kerry said.

The vexed question of President Bashar al-Assad’s fate remains, with Western powers calling for his removal and Russia backing him.

But both Kerry and Lavrov said the plan represents the best available chance to end the fighting between Assad and the mainstream opposition rebels, while still targeting Al Nusra jihadist rebels and Islamic State extremists.

Lavrov stressed that his country had long been calling for closer cooperation with the US to fight Al Nusra, Al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate, and the Islamic State.

“Despite all the problems, despite the mistrust, despite the attempts to disrupt what we agreed today, we have been able to work on a package of documents,” Lavrov said.

“All this creates the conditions for a return to the political process,” he added.

The Pentagon warned in a statement following the announcement that any “potential military cooperation” between the US and Russia was contingent on the terms of the truce being “fully met”.

“We will jointly agree on strikes against terrorists to be carried out by the Russian and American air forces. We have agreed on the zones in which these strikes will be carried out,” said Lavrov.

“Only the Russian and American air forces will work in these zones,” he added.

US and its allies have been insisting that Assad’s own air force, accused of widespread civilian massacres, must stand down.

The final hours of the talks dragged out as Kerry contacted US President Barack Obama’s office to get approval for the plan, but the top diplomat said both governments stand behind it.

“The United States is going the extra mile here because we believe that Russia and my colleague have the capability to press the Assad regime to stop this conflict and come to the table and make peace,” Kerry said.

The ceasefire should see Syrian and allied forces pull back from positions on key supply routes around Aleppo, allowing desperately needed humanitarian access to the communities besieged in the 5-year-old conflict.

The UN’s Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura joined Kerry and Lavrov after their talks and welcomed the deal, which he said he will to take to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and to seek international support for its implementation.

“The United Nations hopes that the political will that led to this understanding is sustained,” Mistura said in a statement.


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China, Russia joint military drills in South China Sea

South China Sea

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

This news about China and Russia alliance on South China Sea conflicts can raise more tension. They basically intimidate the opponents. What’s the Philippines’ position on this? Read through:

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BEIJING – China and Russia were to start war games in the South China Sea on Monday, Beijing’s defence ministry said, in a show of force after an international tribunal invalidated the Asian giant’s extensive claims in the area.
The eight-day joint drills will include exercises on “seizing and controlling” islands and shoals, Chinese navy spokesman Liang Yang said in a statement.
They will involve surface ships, submarines, fixed-wing aircraft, ship-borne helicopters, marine corps and amphibious armoured equipment from both navies, he said.
“Compared with previous joint drills, these exercises are deeper and more extensive in terms of organisation, tasks and the command” he said in the statement, released Sunday.
China claims almost all of the South China Sea and has sought to bolster its case by building a series of artificial islands capable of supporting military facilities.
But a UN-backed tribunal ruled in July — in a case brought by the Philippines — that any extensive claims to the sea had no legal basis and that China’s construction of artificial islands in disputed waters was illegal.

Beijing reacted furiously, with foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang threatening a “decisive response” if anyone took “any provocative action against China’s security interests based on the award”.
Beijing’s land reclamations have prompted criticism from other claimant countries and the US, and Washington has regularly sent warships into the strategically vital area to assert the right to freedom of navigation.
This week’s drills will be carried out off the coast of Zhanjiang city in the southern province of Guangdong.
Their precise location was not announced, but they do not appear to be taking place in disputed parts of the sea.
They were aimed at “strengthening the capabilities of the Chinese and Russian Navies in jointly handling security threats on the sea”, navy spokesman Liang said.

China and Russia have close military and diplomatic ties, often in opposition to the West, particularly the United States, and their leaders Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin enjoy a tight relationship.
Last August, the two powers held military exercises in the waters and airspace of the Peter the Great Gulf, south of the Russian Pacific city of Vladivostok, involving 22 vessels, up to 20 aircraft and more than 500 marines.
In May last year, they conducted their first joint naval exercises in European waters in the Black Sea and Mediterranean, China’s farthest-ever drills from its home waters.
Chinese military officials have said this week’s exercises were “routine” and the official Xinhua news agency said Monday that Western media reports on them had sought to deliver a “sensational impression”.
Suggestions that they were meant as a “sabre-rattling” warning to other countries were “ill-informed” and driven by “prejudice about China and Russia”, it said.
“It may be true that growing military ties between Russia and China have irritated someone’s sensitive nerves,” Xinhua added. “The defensive nature of these manoeuvres is in line with China’s defence policy, which makes it clear that China will not be the first to strike.”

Apart from the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan also have partial claims to the sea, through which over $5 trillion in annual trade passes.


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Power Merging: Russia, China and U.S. – two is company and three’s a crowd

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
What would it be like when the 3 powerful countries of the world would merge and unite towards the betterment of the world? Should be too good to be true – knowing that each of them has their own interests and principles. Besides, all three are observed to have the tendency of wanting to dominate the world. So, is war the answer to settle such competition? Read through this analysis:

US News reported: A team of analysts Tuesday discussed the often tense relationship between the three economic powerhouses. As Russian President Vladimir Putin last month wrapped up his fourth trip to China since Xi Jinping assumed the Chinese presidency back in 2013, he boasted of nearly 60 deals that were in the works between Moscow and Beijing, reportedly worth upward of $50 billion.

“Russia and China stick to points of view which are very close to each other or are almost the same in the international arena,” Putin said at the time.
On its face, that message isn’t exactly reassuring to American observers, especially considering the substantial amount of political tension swirling between U.S. politicians and their counterparts in China and Russia.
“The reality is that Russian and Chinese relations are probably the best [they’ve been] in modern history. … They’re both opposed to a world dominated by a source of power that isn’t one of them,” J. Stapleton Roy, founding director emeritus of the Kissinger Institute on China and a former U.S. ambassador to Singapore, China and Indonesia, said Tuesday at a Brookings Institution event in Washington. “They both feel threatened by U.S. unilateralism.”

Roy and a handful of colleagues spoke Tuesday of the complicated and winding diplomatic relationships between the U.S., Russia and China. The three countries collectively represent some of the most geographically large, economically powerful and militarily significant nations in modern history. They collectively hold a quarter of the world’s population and account for 41 percent of its gross domestic product. If all three operated on the same page, each party – and the world at large – could stand to benefit immensely. But it’s said that two is company and three’s a crowd. And given China’s and Russia’s close proximity – and a mutual frustration with American international intervention – concerns have developed that a two-vs.-one scenario is developing.

The possibility that such an alliance could undermine American authority in the world is not ideal for the U.S. And yet China and Russia have increasingly aligned themselves in international efforts that stray from Western hegemony. The BRICS group – a collective reference to the emerging economies of Brazil Russia, India, China and South Africa – has offered opportunities for China and Russia to team up to improve economic and infrastructural development, as have the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and Xi’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative.
Trade between the two countries has also exploded in recent years, as China has become a primary market for Russia’s abundance of natural resources – particularly since the U.S. and Western allies levied sweeping economic sanctions in the aftermath of Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.

It added: “Russia and China are strategically complementary for one another. The Chinese feel Russia is good at confrontation, while the Chinese are good at maneuvering,” says Yun Sun, a nonresident Brookings fellow. “One is an energy exporter, one is an energy importer.” Attempting to clear the air, analysts at the Brookings event Tuesday were asked point blank whether rumblings in this three-way relationship could be laying the groundwork for a new Cold War in the years ahead.

Their answer: Not necessarily, though it can’t be completely ruled out.
“The Cold War was obviously driven by a very intense ideological struggle that was very clearly defined. This is much more vague in many respects,” says Fiona Hill, director of the Center on the United States and Europe. “In many respects, it’s a one-sided struggle.”
Whereas the Cold War in large part represented a showdown between capitalism and communism, Hill says the tensions at play today are more a matter of perspective than of disagreement over a nation’s ideological political structure.

For example, she says the U.S. sees its promotion of democracy and its involvement in global political affairs – like America’s advocacy for the removal of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad – as “very benign.”
“That is not the view of many people in China, and it’s certainly not the view of the inner circle around Vladimir Putin,” Hill says. “There’s very much a strong view that the United States has been driving the uptick in insurgencies … which of course is not the perspective we’ve had in the U.S. at all.”

Analysts also suggested current tensions may not erupt into a Cold War-style conflict simply because all parties in the triangle aren’t standing on equal footing. Although Russian-Chinese trade has ballooned in recent years, the goods and services exchange between the U.S. and China is significantly more substantial. “A major weakness in Sino-Russia ties actually lies in their economic relations, which are fragile,” Sun says, noting that a combination of depressed energy prices, Russian and Chinese currency fluctuations and China’s broader economic slowdown all contributed to a “deterioration of the trade relations” in only a handful of months.

“The economic relationship with the United States is fundamentally more important than the one with Russia,” Roy says of China’s perspective. “The tenor of our relationship with China now, with all of the serious problems we have in the South China Sea and all our other issues, is so different than our relationship with Russia during the Cold War.” Analysts also pointed to an element of distrust that lingers between China and Russia. Hard feelings still persist in China over the Sino-Soviet border conflict of the mid-1900s and previous territory disputes in Eastern Russia that date back to the 19th century.

“It is nothing new for China that there are concerns about Russia within China and vice versa. It’s a peril of proximity and a peril of history,” Sun says. “It is Russia who took most of our lost territories. … Putin’s nationalism in China is perceived to be aimed not only at the West but also at China.” All told, though, Roy cautions American politicians about actively pushing China and Russia into an alliance against the U.S. Although they mostly avoided citing presidential candidates by name, Roy and Hill both noted that this election cycle has included some particularly strong rhetoric on the topic of Chinese trade.

Roy notes that “it’s bad diplomacy … to manipulate them instead of accomplishing something positive” and that “a bad relationship with China is not in the U.S. national interest.” But regardless of who moves into the White House in January, Hill notes that the upcoming presidential election will in some respects allow Russia, China and the U.S. to get a fresh start, even if it will take “really deft diplomacy” to make that happen. “We have an opportunity for a new chapter with our presidential election,” Hill says. “This might still be an opportunity to think afresh. And if we are concerned about getting into another Cold War relationship, which is actually avoidable, then perhaps it’s time that we start thinking about how to change [existing tensions].”


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