China in Focus 


-The Chinese consulate in Houston was closed. Documents were burnt. Now two shred trucks stand in front of the Chinese consulate in New York. A dozen containers of shredded papers were taken away.

-Chinese citizens’ anger towards authorities is rising. A watermelon farmer’s video has gone viral on social media.

-A Chinese company celebrated the People’s Liberation Army’s day with US aircraft carriers. If the US and China were at war, which one would Chinese people support?

-The US seeks to remove Chinese apps from American app stores and American Apps from Chinese phones—a potential blow to Chinese phone makers.

-TikTok insists it’s clean and has no security risks. But its parent company back home appears to be under the thumb of the Communist Party.


The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) will remain in power so long as the People’s Liberation Army remains intact and disposed to prop up the Party. The CCP would not hesitate the army to go and clean out a city (like downtown Portland) if they were causing trouble and that would be that. It’s how they roll. There won’t be a situation where a man carrying groceries will lecture a tank, holding up a whole battalion of armor – and that tank won’t roll over him and grease their treads with his guts. That sort of thing has been ‘managed’ and the CCP has learned.

China has significant problems and a lot of them have to do with loss of manufacturing. Some of that has yet to be felt since the US Christmas Order never came in any meaningful way. But that’s just the tip of a much larger iceberg. The Chinese food supply, too, is in a difficult place, and that means more pressure on peasants to produce. And in the Chinese countryside, they still plow behind oxen. I’m not saying that it doesn’t work, but rural China is not living in the modern age. Then there are floods, locust, plague, etc.


  1. There’s a very strong argument for sending the people of Austin to Hong Kong and vice versa. And the same for Portland, obviously.

    • I think that the Portland Antifa thugs, the CHOP/CHAD freaks, and Austin Hippies would learn a lot about the joys of Communism, working the fields alongside the peasants in rural China.

      • A girlfriend of long ago, of Mexican heritage, thought it a grand idea to work the strawberry fields to ‘get in touch with my roots’. There so too much stupid in that I lack the desire to begin.

  2. I still think that an armed conflict with the Chinese will not happen. They have a couple of million man standing army, and maybe six of those milliions with a college degree. The rest are uneducated Gomer Pyles who aren’t given an ounce of responsibility or encouraged to show any initiative. They are trained to form a human wave in any battle, and I can’t see that as a valid tactic these days. Too much tech to overcome.

    That, and their air craft carriers are prone to catch fire.

    • So are ours, albeit not one of the super carriers (Bonhomme Richard – a $2 billion total loss). I have little faith that the 7th Fleet is much more combat effective within what the Chinese call the First Island chain than our Asiatic Fleet was in 1941. Not nearly so much the determination of the sailors, but poor leadership at the very top and piss-poor performance on their part for the last two decades. Not least in procurement.

      • I remember being at the 100th Submarine Ball in Groton, where the theme seemed to be the unpreparedness of the 1930, and how many skippers were removed in short time in 1941 to promote real leadership.

        • Yes. We must have a Great Weeding Out of ineffective peacetime (only) commanders before things get much better. I fear the amount of blood we’ll lose relearning old lessons we’d once (or more) mastered.

          • It’s always like that. The bureaucracy is a comfortable home for the weak minded, for the traitorously inclined, for the tranny culture and BLM, until bullets fly. Read Neptune’s Inferno if you haven’t already. What you suggest comes through loud and clear.

    • FREDD: Half of the PLA is looking inward at crushing the population. Not as many free to fight as you’d think. Still a lot of gomers, but, they may try something with their navy.

      LARRY: As many problems as we seem to be having, they have more. That’s cold comfort, but it’s a fact.

      • Yes, most certainly. I think the PLAN is a paper tiger right now, but they’re sure pushing hard to change that. And we’ve got very little reserve capacity. Almost every ship lost will be a serious loss. Of course, if the Dems get in, we might not have to worry about fighting. 🙁

  3. I’d caution against underestimating our enemies. It can be argued that the US has not decisively won any major war since WW2. This appears to be largely because our “leaders” don’t have will to do the ugly work of winning or the sense to define our goals in a conflict. Although, prolonging a a war does prolong the profits of govt contractors….

  4. My incomplete knowledge of the situation makes anything profound coming from this keyboard. That said, incompetence combined with arrogance increase the likelihood of a group f^*ckup. How many times in history has a nice little shooting war/outside threat been used to stifle internal dissent?

  5. Regarding stoop labor:
    When you are teenager, have no skills, no education, no car and live in a rural area and your daddy does not own a business, stoop.labor in the local fields and orchards might be the only work available. BTDT.
    Dad said it built character.
    I sometimes think that it should be required of college kids to work a summer planting strawberrys, so they would appreciate what it takes to bring food to the table. Architects and engineers should work as carpenters, ironworkers, miners, and plumbers before being allowed to stamp a set of plans.
    Then, I reflect on the various Cultural revolutions the communists have forced on their people and I repent.

      • I think about the hay that I hauled, I caught and transported domestic turkeys (a nasty job), castrated and de-horned sheep and cattle, dug root cellars for many people, and on and on. Never strawberries, but they didn’t grow them where I lived. I thinned sugar beets, and that’s about the same thing.

      • Ed Bonderenka,
        As I noted: “Then, I reflect on the various Cultural revolutions the communists have forced on their people and I repent.”

  6. Thanks for the tip on “Neptune’s Inferno”. I have a couple of Hornfischer’s other books, and he’s quite good. I’ll have to get the rest of his books for my “Naval History” shelf.

    One of the WWII vets I worked with on the Iowa was on the USS Hoel at the Battle off Samar, and somewhere I have my copy of “The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors” which he autographed for me.

    • That’s another very good book, also highly recommended. The Tin Can Sailors were in the wrong place at the right time, and accounted themselves well. The Japanese thought they were up against a squadron of light cruisers… while Halsey was off being cool instead of doing his job.

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