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PLA Navy Advancements, Putin’s Promise, and US Failure in the Middle East

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Mary ManleyA captain for the PLA Navy said that their submarines will “enable” the Chinese people to develop economy in peace without fear of an invasion. While China’s submarine technologies have trailed behind other navies, their latest breakthrough shows that they are “catching up,” Sputnik reported, citing experts. The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy’s submarine force has made “historic breakthroughs in torpedo and missile capabilities”, Global Times reported, citing a report by China Central Television (CCTV).”Now, the country’s submarine force development comprises both nuclear-powered and conventional boats, with nuclear-powered being the main focus,” said Wen Xuexing, a captain at a submarine detachment of the PLA Navy.”We have achieved historic breakthroughs in terms of maritime verifications on our torpedo attacks and missile attacks. This means that our combat capabilities are stronger, we can reach regions farther away, and we are more confident in our missions,” Wen added.MilitaryPLA Navy’s Submarine Force Makes Historic Breakthroughs18 June, 11:32 GMTDr. David Oualaalou, an international geopolitical consultant, author, veteran and former international security analyst in Washington, DC joined Sputnik’s The Critical Hour on Wednesday to discuss the PLA Navy’s developments. The hosts and their guest also discussed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent visit to North Korea during which he signed a security agreement with Kim Jong Un.“The Chinese are sending the message. Usually, to my knowledge, this kind of technology, the Chinese do not disclose much about it,” said Oualaalou. “I got word that the upcoming summit of NATO is going to be in July in Washington, DC, that they’re going to state – NATO, that is – that [they’re] going to go global. All they mean by that is that the next front is Asia. So the Chinese are getting ahead of this by saying we have what we’re going to be countering you with, including this kind of advanced torpedoes which are very major to the point of having the ability to sink an aircraft carrier.”Submarine developments are typically kept private for any navy, but a small amount of leaked information can serve as a deterrence, a Chinese military expert told the Global Times.“And all this falls within that concept of the entire Global South is moving in a different direction that’s going to bypass the US dollars, especially now that the Russians and the Chinese have established a mechanism by which to bypass the SWIFT system altogether,” he added.AnalysisNorth Korea, Shunned For Decades, Welcomed Into New Multipolar World19 June, 23:25 GMT“The agreement that Russia and North Korea signed will pave the way now for North Korea to do trade. Why? It’s because now the system is going to bypass the US dollar,” Oualaalou explained. “They’re going to bypass the SWIFT system. And if we know anything about what’s going on right now in the Global South, it’s that everybody is moving into the direction of de-dollarization.”“In other words, we don’t need the dollar anymore. North Korea will fall into that category of doing trade and North Korea has some things that other countries will be interested in, such as the missile technology, which, by the way, was provided to them by the Russian, Soviet Union,” the analyst said, adding that while Russia will assist North Korea militarily, China could potentially be an economic partner of North Korea.Sputnik’s Garland Nixon then asked the show’s guest for his thoughts on Russia “utilizing [its] legacy of goodwill in Africa” as a way to return to alliances in that continent which are of “great value to BRICS”.“What Western media is limiting in disclosing the truth so the people here in the West will not know, is that the Russians have forgiven about $28 billion of debt to African nations,” said Oualaalou. “[Russia said], you know what? We’re going to forgive this $28 billion in debt and we’ll move forward. So Russia’s relations with the Africans is moving in the right direction, the same way with the Chinese, given the infrastructure they’re doing in Africa.”AmericasJoe Biden’s ‘Ceasefire Proposal’ Was Just ‘Kabuki Theater’20 June, 01:58 GMTA recent report published to Mondoweiss claims that US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is spearheading a campaign of “deception” regarding the war in Israel. During an interview with Al Jazeera, Blinken claimed the proposal that US President Biden “laid out 12 days ago” is virtually identical to one that Hamas accepted on May 6.But the report notes that at the time, the US said that Hamas had not accepted the proposal. Not only that, but Biden’s plan suggests that if Israel decides Hamas is not negotiating “in good faith” it can resume its military strikes at the approval of the US. Biden’s plan also says Israel can free many, but not all of their hostages.“In essence, Israel wants a deal that frees the hostages and also allows it to ‘finish the job.’ Hamas, quite reasonably, wants the slaughter and siege to end, Israel to withdraw, and reconstruction to immediately commence,” the report writes.“Hamas said we will be willing to sit down and talk about this ceasefire and all that you’re saying, except that we’d like to have the Russians and the Chinese sitting at the table with all of us. And you know why? It’s because they know Hamas, Hamas knows in that case, first of all, they can’t trust the Americans,” Oualaalou explained.“And, second, should that ever happen that the US will not take the credit for saying, ‘oh, we are the ones that achieved the ceasefire when in reality, it is not’. So, the Chinese understand this reality. The Russians understand this reality and the US, this is why Tony Blinken said what he said. It’s to divert from this reality and mislead the masses into thinking that the US is willing to do this ceasefire when in reality it is none of that,” the analyst added.

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