THE KINGS OF THE EAST

Pentagon warns on risk of Chinese submarines in Arctic

May 3, 2019 — Reuters reports: “Deepening Chinese activities in the Arctic region could pave the way for a strengthened military presence, including the deployment of submarines to act as deterrents against nuclear attack, the Pentagon said in a report released on Thursday.

The assessment is included in the U.S. military’s annual report to Congress on China’s armed forces and follows Beijing’s publication of its first official Arctic policy white paper in June.

In that paper, China outlined plans to develop shipping lanes opened up by global warming to form a ‘Polar Silk Road’ – building on President Xi Jinping’s signature Belt and Road Initiative.

China, despite being a non-Arctic state, is increasingly active in the polar region and became an observer member of the Arctic Council in 2013. That has prompted concerns from Arctic states over Beijing’s long-term strategic objectives, including possible military deployments…”  (China will become a basic partner with Russia for the rapidly approaching battle of Armageddon – Revelation 16:16. Russia will lead invasion number one – Ezekiel 38 & 39. China will lead invasion number two – Revelation 16:12; Revelation 9:14 – 16. Then all nations will come against Jerusalem for the final invasion at which point Jesus will return to stop the bloodshed and set up his eternal kingdom upon earth – “[He gathers] all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken… Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south” – Zechariah 14:2 – 4. Then Psalm 2:6 occurs as God the Father says: “…I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion [Jerusalem].”  See the next four reports.)

Satellite images show China is building its third and largest aircraft carrier

May 7, 2019 — FoxNews.com reports: “Images released by a Washington-based think-tank show construction on China’s third and largest aircraft carrier, activity analysts believe could eventually challenge U.S. strategic superiority in East Asia.

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington released images from April that reveal construction on China’s third aircraft carrier in the Jiangnan Shipyard in Shanghai over the past six months, Reuters reported.

China has not confirmed it is building a third carrier. But the Pentagon said last week that work had begun on a vessel that would ‘probably be larger than the first two and fitted with a catapult launch system to accelerate aircraft during takeoff.’

The CSIS images support the Pentagon’s claims. The satellite photographs show China’s Type 002 aircraft carrier is slightly smaller than U.S. carriers but larger than France’s Charles de Gaulle, analysts said. It remains unclear whether the vessel would have nuclear capability…”

Pentagon expects China to add international military bases

May 3, 2019 — SpaceDaily.com reports: “The US Defense Department expects China to add military bases around the world to protect its investments in it ambitious One Belt One Road global infrastructure program, according to an official report released Thursday.

Beijing currently has just one overseas military base, in Djibouti, but is believed planning others, including possibly Pakistan, as it seeks to project itself as a global superpower.

‘China’s advancement of projects such as the ‘One Belt, One Road’ Initiative (OBOR) will probably drive military overseas basing through a perceived need to provide security for OBOR projects,’ the Pentagon said in its annual report to Congress on Chinese military and security developments.

‘China will seek to establish additional military bases in countries with which it has a longstanding friendly relationship and similar strategic interests, such as Pakistan, and in which there is a precedent for hosting foreign militaries,’ the report said…”

China to enhance international space cooperation

April 25, 2019 — SpaceDaily.com reports: “China will promote aerospace development, strengthen international cooperation and contribute Chinese wisdom, plans and strength in man’s peaceful utilization of outer space, said an official with China National Space Administration (CNSA) on Wednesday.

Zhao Jian, deputy director of the Department of System Engineering of CNSA, said at a press conference that the ‘Forum on Space Solutions: Realizing the Sustainable Development Goals’ will be held in Changsha, capital of central China’s Hunan Province, from April 24 to 27.

The forum, co-organized by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and the CNSA, aims to bring together space application users and solution providers to forge new partnerships, enhance international space cooperation and contribute to the attainment of the sustainable development goals, according to Zhao…”

Coast Guard plans to add resources in Arctic to counter Russia, China

April 25, 2019 — SpaceDaily.com reports: “The U.S. Coast Guard wants to add resources to the Arctic because ‘dramatic changes in the physical environment’ of the region have allowed China and Russia to become more competitive there.

The military branch has proposed upgrading ships, aircraft, unmanned systems and communications systems in a 48-page Arctic Strategic Outlook, which was released Monday.

‘Since the release of the Coast Guard Arctic Strategy in 2013, the resurgence of nation-state competition has coincided with dramatic changes in the physical environment of the Arctic, which has elevated the region’s prominence as a strategically competitive space,’ the report says. ‘America’s two nearest-peer powers, Russia and China, have both declared the region a national priority and made corresponding investments in capability and capacity to expand their influence in the region.’

Because of Russia and China’s ‘persistent challenges to the rules-based international order around the globe,’ there is concern of ‘similar infringement to the continued peaceful stability of the Arctic region.’…”