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Why is Gov. Imee Marcos Optimistic about the Global Crisis Caused by the US-China Trade War

US-China Trade War


By: Elena Grace Flores

Ilocos Governor Imee Marcos said that she does not have to explain the controversies during her father’s regime. It is enough seeing that most projects of the Marcos patriarch still exist at the present time in service to the people. Despite the expected world crisis brought by the US-China trade war, Gov. Marcos remains optimistic in governing her local territory. She is bound to run for Senator as her brother, Bongbong Marcos refuses to abandon his electoral protest against the presumptive Vice President, Leni Robredo.



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[VIDEO]: Watch the full interview of Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos as she expresses her opinion on different political issues in the country and talks about various projects that she is implementing for the province of Ilocos Norte.


Abolish NFA

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos is still optimistic about the country’s current economic situation. However, she calls for the abolition of the National Food Authority (NFA). It is an agency created by her father, the late President Ferdinand Marcos, in 1972. Marcos blames the NFA for the current high prices of rice. She said that it fails to perform its mandate. Marcos, however, said the “tariffication” should be “measured” so as not to affect the livelihood of local farmers.

Kadiwa Revival

The NFA was created through Presidential Decree No. 4. Its abolition, therefore, requires the passage of a law. Several senators have called for NFA’s abolition following issues on rice shortage. Not to mention the soaring prices of the staple. Marcos also presses for the revival of the Kadiwa market system. It was first implemented during her father’s time.


US Control

Meanwhile, the Trump administration is trying to prevent China from getting emerging technologies such as 5G. It is the next generation of wireless. President Donald Trump has been critical of China’s trade practices. He says they restrict access to certain markets and force American firms doing business there to hand over valuable technology and trade secrets.

US-China Trade War

This comes on top of tariffs the U.S. has slapped on some $250 billion of Chinese imports. China has retaliated with its own set of tariffs on U.S. goods. Trump had considered putting a set of sweeping investment restrictions on China but decided to go along with a plan to grant Cfius broader review power, a win for Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who had been working behind the scenes to diffuse the trade spat.



Misguided Belief

On the other side of the world, Alibaba Group executive vice-chairman Joe Tsai, warns that China’s dispute with America is veering towards becoming a “cold war or a geopolitical war started by the United States”.  “I think what the United States is doing is a reaction to an unfounded fear that China’s rise is somehow going to threaten the national security and well-being of the American people,” said Tsai. But that belief was misguided because of the tremendous integration of national economies,


Stay Optimistic

Tsai believes that the United States would “suffer more” from the dispute – but added he remained optimistic because one should not be in business without optimism. This is actually true with the Ilocos Norte governor. Despite the hardships felt in her province, Gov. Marcos remains optimistic as she speaks about the imported Galunggong that used to be the cheapest fish in the country. She said that the importation is necessary to bring the prices down. Only people who think outside of the box can understand that.

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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.
Russia

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.”


Reference: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/sep/21/china-russia-space-war-weapons-on-fast-track/

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/08/21/politics/us-warns-syria-russia-on-attacks/

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/09/20/politics/syria-convoy-strike-us-conclusion-russia/

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Can war against China be won by US’s fifth-generation aircraft





welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Diplomatic talks are ongoing with regards to the rising friction between the United States and China. This is not only about China’s rejection to the recent international ruling that did not give them sovereignty over the disputed areas in the South China sea – but also involves economic and trade disagreements. Should there be war between them, experts have analyzed their capabilities and this is what they can say:

Yahoo wrote: A recent report from the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, written by Maj. Gen. Jeff Harrigian and Col. Max Marosko of the US Air Force, gives expert analysis and never before seen detail into how the US’s fifth-generation aircraft would fare in a war with China. The report starts with a broad overview of fifth-generation capabilities and their roles in the future of air combat, and it concludes with a hypothetical war in 2026 against an unnamed nemesis after “rising tensions in a key region abroad.”

However, the locations mentioned in the scenario are all in the Western Pacific and clearly seem to indicate the rival is China, whose advanced radar and missile capabilities make for very interesting challenges to the US Air Force’s force structure.

It added: As the scenario takes place ten years in the future, it is assumed that all the kinks with integrating fifth generation fighters into the force have been ironed out, and that the F-35 and F-22 work seamlessly to aid legacy aircraft via datalink.

In the opening stanza of such a conflict, the Air Force officials say that the US would send its F-35s and F-22s to a wide range of bases across the Pacific, leveraging the US’s vast network of bases and allies with some of the valuable warplanes. Such a step denies China’s ability to land a “knockout blow” as they normally could, because typically US jets stay stationed at larger bases, presenting a more attractive target. Also, by this time, the US’s fifth-generation aircraft can find airfields on their own, without the help of air traffic controllers, allowing the force to be further spread out to present less target-rich areas.

(The US would avoid large masses of airpower in the event of a conflict with China.U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Elizabeth) Additionally, regional allies like Australia, who also fly the F-35, can quickly fill in for US airmen in a pinch. A US F-35 can land on an Australian airfield and receive much the same maintenance as it would at it’s home base, the officials claim. With the Pacific now a patchwork of small units of F-35s and F-22s, the Chinese would seek to leverage their impressive electronic warfare capabilities, but the officials contend that the fifth-gens would weather the storm.

“Heavy radar and communications jamming confront US and coalition forces, but fifth generation aircraft leverage their networked multi spectral sensors to detect and target enemy aircraft, while supporting a common operating picture through data links and communication architectures,” the Air Force officials write. (China’s military installations in the South China Sea create a huge area that could possibly be turned into an air identification and defense zone. CSIS ASIA MARITIME TRANSPARENCY INITIATIVE)
Meanwhile, legacy platforms like F-16s, F-18s, and F-15s provide a critical layer of defense closer to the US mainland. China’s formidable surface-to-air missile capabilities keep these older, more visible fighters off the front lines until the stealthier platforms, like the F-35, F-22, B-2, and the upcoming B-21 do their job.

Reference: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/heres-us-fifth-generation-aircraft-164710437.html

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