Friday, February 24, 2017

'Nationism' vs Globalists

UKIP leader Nigel Farage speaks on why he feels 'Nationism' has emerged as the rightful backlash against Globalists:

C25 Cryo Engine Test Firing

Here's a video of the C25 cryogenic upper stage engine test firing conducted recently by ISRO. This engine will be used to propel the upper stage of the GSLV-Mark3.




Besides being used in the GSLV-Mk3, the system may one day be adapted for use on the upper stage of the TSTO (Two-Stage-to-Orbit) Reusable Launch Vehicle.

Indian Shot Dead in Kansas

2 Indians have been shot, 1 of them fatally, at a bar in Kansas by a local man:

https://www.usnews.com/news/top-news/articles/2017-02-24/kansas-man-charged-in-shooting-of-two-indians-in-possible-hate-crime

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/this-president-has-blood-on-his-hands-kansas-shooting-of-indian-engineer-sparks-anger/story-ZImI1PWBRXtTkvlU0JZLyM.html

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Quick notes: Solar tariffs, Cognitive computing...

  • Solar tariffs hit all-time low: Rs2.97/unit. It couldn’t be a worse time for the coal-fuelled power plants in the country as India’s current installed capacity of 3,10,005 MW and the projects under construction are expected to meet the country’s electricity demand till 2026. This effectively means that there will be no requirement for new coal fuelled power plants in the country till then.


  • Cognitive computing: Watson helps treat heart disease by looking at medical images


  • Clogged cities: On an average, 353 new cars and 1,372 new bikes joined Bengaluru’s slow-moving traffic every day in 2016, taking the total number of vehicles to 66.65 lakh. "No amount of infrastructure will be adequate if private vehicles are not reduced".


  • Tackling smog: London to charge all pre-2004 cars $27 to enter on weekdays


  • Manu Prakash: Saving lives with simple Engineering



  • 17 equations that changed the world:


Bannon is the Strategic Brain

At the annual CPAC convention for American conservatives, the top men of the Trump Whitehouse showed up to speak to the attendees. Steve Bannon articulated the vision underpinning the Trump agenda, which commentator Dr Charles Krauthammer said showed he was the brains of the operation.



It remains to be seen how Bannon will get this agenda implemented at the National Security Council, where a new seat has been created for him. Will the establishment be successful in opposing the new reforms?




https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/top-wh-strategist-vows-a-daily-fight-for-deconstruction-of-the-administrative-state/2017/02/23/03f6b8da-f9ea-11e6-bf01-d47f8cf9b643_story.html

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

India Becoming Smartphone Manufacturing Hub

India is starting to become a hub for smartphone manufacturing, which makes sense given that it's got one of the largest smartphone consumer markets in the world:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/krnkashyap/2017/02/22/heres-how-india-is-becoming-a-hub-for-smartphone-manufacturing-in-south-asia/#15e7056922f5

This is a key area where India can make the leap into electronics manufacturing, and develop its own thriving ecosystem for homegrown hardware innovation. This in turn would have tremendous ripple effects on other sectors like defense and aerospace, as well as Make-in-India as a whole.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Uranium Extraction from Seawater Improved

A team at Stanford has managed to obtain a nine-fold improvement in the extraction of Uranium from seawater


http://news.stanford.edu/2017/02/17/uranium-seawater-factors-nuclear-power/

This technology could reduce India's dependence on external suppliers of Uranium.


Monday, February 20, 2017

Trump Appoints McMaster as NSA

US President Donald Trump has appointed General H R McMaster to replace Michael Flynn as his NSA:

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/trump-mcmaster-national-security-235213

Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster has staked out a decidedly more hawkish position on Russia and gone out of his way to assert that the war against terrorism must not turn into a war against Islam.
McMaster's worldview and positions are significantly different than Michael Flynn's. The Lefties at CNN, etc are thrilled:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/20/opinions/trumps-brilliant-choice-of-mcmaster-bergen/

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/20/trump-appoints-hr-mcmaster-national-security-adviser

If pro-establishment establishment forces are successful in veering Trump back towards establishment policies of appeasement towards Islam, then India will have to look for strategic alternatives.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

PSLV-C37 Onboard Camera Footage

Here's footage from the onboard camera of PSLV-C37, showing the various operations executed during the mission, including the deployment of all 104 satellites:





Some private customers (private Indian and private Japanese) will be paying ISRO to send their lunar rovers to the Moon, which should be happening by year's end:



ISRO will also be sending its own rover to the Moon with the Chandrayaan-2 mission.

Quick notes: Technology shift, Helical model...

  • Tech Shift: Half of Indian IT workforce may become irrelevant in 3 years: McKinsey


  • Cutting Meat Without Cutting Muscle: Science finally settles the issue: If muscle-building protein is what you seek, plant protein is just as good as animal protein. ...Dangal got this wrong!


  • Scientific Superstition: “As there is religious superstition, so also there is a superstition in the matter of science. …As soon as a great scientist’s name, like Darwin or Huxley, is cited, we follow blindly. It is the fashion of the day. Ninety-nine per cent of what we call scientific knowledge is mere theories. …Just as we should be careful with the priests, so we should be with the scientists. Begin with disbelief. Analyze, test, prove everything, and then take it.” -Swami Vivekananda


  • The Helical Model - our solar system is a vortex


Saturday, February 18, 2017

leaving twitter

i wanted to point out that i am basically leaving twitter, though i am not deleting my account. i have some forwards from other sites that will automatically come to it, but i have ceased to be active on twitter. i'm the same way with facebook: no active participation, just forwards. i thought gab.ai could be a substitute, but it's not anywhere near as popular or useful.

twitter has become highly politicized, in a way that #freedomOfExpression has now become: you are free to express my opinion. 

which opinion they hold you can imagine, when they have a kashmiri separatist as their man in india, and the failing twitter is 10% owned by a saudi.

there is an account named @bhaktslayer which apparently has a direct line to twitter india. it consist entirely of tweets about how they have reported certain accounts to twitter, and lo and behold, 100% success: every such account is suspended, regardless of merit. 100% success is very unusual, except if you are, say, a dictator in kazhakstan or zimbabwe; it typically means there are other considerations.

the last straw has been the harassment of sonam mahajan, apparently a kashmiri pundit (who would thus have a grievance) who was posting aggressive but not severely offensive and objectionable content. twitter suspended her first account @asyounotwish, and then her new account @isonammahajan.

twitter obviously has the right to suspend or dismiss anybody (we signed an agreement saying they can do this when we signed up), but there has to be transparency and fairness. they do not say exactly what it is that they object to; nor do they act even-handedly in suspending those who are offensive on the other side. 

even though i like twitter as a newsfeed, there's no reason for me to enrich it with my time. it is anyway failing, which means that the #FoE that i once thought was possible through social media is no longer quite the case. i was once quite positive about it http://www.dnaindia.com/analysis/column-india-is-finally-seeing-the-birth-of-alternative-journalism-1493314 (and amitabh bacchan, the great one himself, liked this piece too). 

but social media, in the hands of facebook and twitter, have gone the #DeepState way, as far as india is concerned. of course, @therealDonaldTrump is using it quite a lot, and it's his way of disrupting the existing system, and more power to him.

but as for me, i have ceased to spend time on twitter, which is probably good for my well-being as well as my time management.  

US Carriers Start Routine Patrols in South China Sea

The US is sending aircraft carrier battle groups to start routine patrols in the South China Sea:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-39018882


US President Donald Trump has vowed not to let China claim the South China Sea as its own.

ISRO Tests C25 Engine

ISRO tested its powerful C25 cryogenic engine for a duration of 640 seconds

http://www.isro.gov.in/update/18-feb-2017/isro-successfully-tests-its-cryogenic-stage-c25-gslv-mkiii-flight-duration





This powerful upper stage engine will be used on the new GSLV Mk-3.

India's Only Volcano Active Again

India's only volcano, in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands, is now active once again, showing small eruptions every 5-10 minutes:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/indias-only-volcano-active-again/articleshow/57227969.cms


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Elon Musk Pursues Tunneling Technology

Tech wiz and market disruptor Elon Musk is looking to revolutionize how underground tunnels are made, with an eye to building underground transit networks which could decongest cities:

https://techcrunch.com/2017/02/16/elon-musk-doesnt-just-want-to-bore-tunnels-he-wants-to-make-boring-better/





Musk is has targeted this particular sector because he feels it's ripe for innovation and disruption, since the technology hasn't advanced in over half a century. India should look at applying any revolutions in this field towards improving its own infrastructure.

I know Rajeev feels urban concentrations go against India's traditional village existence, but on the other hand, big cities can function more efficiently by concentrating large numbers of people in close proximity to infrastructure and resources. "3D cities" could enable more people to live within close proximity of work to ease their commute, while also making more efficient use of mass transit. Previously it was the rise of the automobile and cheap gas which facilitated suburban sprawl, while in the future the opposite scenario may be favored.

Additionally, India has some of the highest mountainous regions in the world, located in remote and highly disputed boundary areas. The ability to tunnel deeply into mountainsides could help in creating more fortified and impregnable defenses, as well as in improving logistical transport supply lines to these remote areas.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Air India Bomber Freed

Inderjit Singh Reyat, convicted of the 1985 bombings which destroyed an Indian airliner and 329 passengers, as well as 2 baggage handlers in Tokyo, has been released by Canadian authorities to go free :

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/inderjit-singh-reyat-1985-air-india-flight-kanishka-canada-canada-parole-board/1/883992.html

US Intelligence Eavesdropping on Trump Whitehouse

The US intelligence is perhaps leaning towards Musharraf's "doctrine of necessity" by emulating the ISI in wiretapping the Whitehouse and leaking private discussions by Trump's officials:




When the Deep State feels threatened by the winds of change, they seem to have claimed their own right to undermine the Trump Whitehouse, for the purpose of preserving their own policy agenda. The American Left are very gleeful about it, of course.



Fwd: New Delhi will suffer loses if it plays Taiwan card+Windfall for Chinese on coal fired projects+Make In India’ Fighter Aircraft: Strategic Options+Managing scarce water resources Pak


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Sanjeev Nayyar


1. IAF expanding at rapid pace says Air Chief Marshall Dhanoa 13.2.17 Interview with Nitin Gokhale  http://www.rediff.com/news/interview/beware-indias-enemies-iaf-is-expanding-at-a-rapid-pace/20170213.htm
 
2. Pakistan based counterfeters circulating fake Rs 2000/ notes on Indo Pak Border 13.2.17 http://www.firstpost.com/india/pakistan-based-counterfeiters-circulating-fake-rs-2000-notes-in-india-via-bangladesh-border-3279964.html
SN – Cattles worth thousands of crores smuggled into Bangladesh every year. Is it paid for in gold, fake notes, dollars or hawala. I met a businessman from Kolkata who exports to Bangladesh and receives payment thru hawala. He said there are Bangladeshis on both sides of the border, sometimes brothers, that had made hawala and some sort of barter work freely.
 
3. JeM chief block shows China's determination to shield Pakistan from terrorism scrutiny 13.2.17 by Kanwal Sibal  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/indianews/article-4221172/China-s-efforts-shield-Pakistan-terror-scrutiny.html#ixzz4YefTizc5
 
4. New Delhi will suffer loses if it plays Taiwan card 15.2.17 by Yu Ning http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1033001.shtml
A female "parliamentary" delegation from Taiwan, at the invitation of India, began a visit to the country on Monday, the first such visit since the Tsai Ing-wen administration took office. High-level visits between India and Taiwan are not very frequent, so why did India invite the Taiwan delegation to visit at this time?
India wants benefits from the development of trade with Taiwan and Taiwanese investment. But it should be wary of Tsai's political intentions and avoid being used to confront the mainland. The best way for India to develop is by participating in the Belt and Road Initiative and attract more investments from the mainland.
 
5. HAL's Gamble – Will the "Advanced Hawk" break into the Export market? 13.2.17 by sanjay b maharaj http://www.idsa.in/idsacomments/hal-gamble-advanced-hawk_sbmaharaj_130217
 
6. Global Balance of Power 2017 weighted heavily against China-Russia Nexus 14.2.17 by dr subhash kapila http://www.southasiaanalysis.org/node/2120
While dwelling on the issue of the global balance of power in relation to the China-Russia nexus it is also for consideration that while Russia adds strategic ballast to China, the same is not true of China adding strategic ballast to Russia, in global power equations'.
 
7. Make In India' Fighter Aircraft: Strategic Options 15.2.17 by air marshal anil chopra http://www.indiandefencereview.com/news/make-in-india-fighter-aircraft-strategic-options/
 
8. Mehbooba proposes 9 modifications in LOC trade 15.2.17 http://www.dailyexcelsior.com/jk-going-propose-9-modifications-sop-cross-loc-trade-mha/
 
9. Windfall for Chinese on coal fired projects 15.2.17 https://tribune.com.pk/story/1327172/windfall-chinese-coal-fired-projects/
In what appear to be heavily China-favoured deals, Pakistan has offered up to 34.5 per cent annual profit on equity invested in coal-fired energy projects of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and loans have been obtained at six per cent interest rates, excluding insurance cost.

The official documents revealed that by including the cost of insurance, also paid to a Chinese insurance company, the cost of borrowings would surge to 13 per cent. Adding insult to injury, the government has already exempted income of Chinese financial institutions from dividend income tax.'

10. Managing scarce water resources 14.2.17 by talat masood GOOd read. https://tribune.com.pk/story/1326900/managing-meagre-water-resources/

What is not well known that India having the advantage of being the upper riparian is cleverly utilising the ground water to its advantage! In Pakistan, unlike India, there is absence of laws for ground water usage to ensure equitable distribution among provinces.Pakistan is also faced with the danger wherein in certain areas saline water is mixing with sweet water.

The Indus River basin aquifer spans the two countries and when the Indians carry out excessive abstraction it results in starving the Pakistani side and lowering the water table. This in turn creates a favorable situation for Indian Punjab as water starts flowing to their side having a lower water table. This in turn adversely affects the water availability and quality on the Pakistani side.

When sanctity of treaties are violated then it could well open up a Pandora's box with China similarly exercising the option of diverting the Brahmaputra River!When sanctity of treaties are violated then it could well open up a Pandora's box with China similarly exercising the option of diverting the Brahmaputra River!'

warm regards

sanjeev nayar

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

what we don't know: how much did xi bargain away?

Donald Trump grants China's fervent wish The "one-China" policy is back. Who blinked? Feb 13th 2017

we may well see a less aggressive south china sea policy. that would mean trump has managed a nice bargain

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atlanticists and deepstate are going to keep beating trump with russia/putin

Russia: The scandal Trump can't shake 27 minutes ago Throughout the confusion of Donald Trump's campaign and the chaotic events of his early days in the White House, one controversy has clung to the Trump train like glue: Russia.


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the west is beginning to close ranks and form a white christian bulwark against muslims

Trump, Islam and the clash of civilisations The hostility to Muslims is finding adherents across the western world YESTERDAY by: Gideon Rachman


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are we investing enough in defense?

Defence budget: The central government has talked smart, not acted smart
ANALYSIS Updated: Feb 14, 2017 01:45 IST
Bharat Karnad
 


Not On A War Footing
The defence budget, 2017-18, raises serious concerns
Amit Cowshish, The writer, former financial advisor (acquisition), Ministry of Defence, is a distinguished fellow with the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses
 | Published:February 14, 2017 


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ISRO Launches Record 104 Satellites

ISRO has achieved a world record by successfully deploying 104 satellites in a single launch:

http://www.timesofindia.com/india/isro-sets-history-launches-104-satellites-in-one-go/articleshow/57159734.cms

Monday, February 13, 2017

Michael Flynn Forced to Resign

US General Michael Flynn has been forced to resign as Donald Trump's National Security Advisor:

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/319367-national-security-adviser-michael-flynn-resigns


Looks like the Deep State has claimed its first main casualty - they'd managed to undermine Flynn by claiming that he'd talked to the Russians about possible lifting of sanctions against them. So by that standard, should Kissinger and Nixon have been labeled traitors by the Washington establishment for opening secret talks with China? Of course not - when Atlanticists dominate the Deep State, then all is forgiven in the interest of confronting Moscow - and that's what the imperialists in Rawalpindi and Beijing always bank on.




In the meantime, Trump's team has scheduled General David Petraeus for an interview, with an eye to having him replace Michael Flynn.

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/white-house-interviewing-petraeus-as-possible-flynn-replacement/article/2614723


Sunday, February 12, 2017

Kejriwal and Khalistan

If Kejriwal comes to power in Punjab, I foresee a return of Khalistan militancy - and if that happens, then not only will Pak/ISI get involved, but China will as well, because both nations are very committed to achieving the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), and destabilization of Punjab would be very instrumental in helping them do that.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/view-if-arvind-kejriwal-wins-punjab-it-will-alter-course-of-politics/articleshow/57094811.cms


Saturday, February 11, 2017

perils of demonetization: my piece in swarajya

how feminism has been perverted: rajeev in swarajya mag

my piece on the trump visa regulations

forbes says demonetization seems to have produced positive economic news

wharton on effect of H1B visa stuff on businesses

Tears in the Rain - A Blade Runner Short Film

Somewhere in the future, an early forebear of Deckard's sits down to break the news:


Friday, February 10, 2017

Japan's Changing Relationship With USA

Japan's relationship with the USA is undergoing change:


US Commander Urges 'Holistic Review' of Policy On Pakistan

The commander of US forces in Afghanistan has urged a full review of US policy toward Pakistan:

http://www.voanews.com/a/us-afghanistan-review-pakistan-policy/3717381.html

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Quick notes: Economy in 2050, Carbon tax...

  • PwC report: China, India to overtake U.S. economy by 2050.

    Largest GDP-PPP in 2050:
     1. China
     2. India
     3. U.S.
     4. Indonesia
     5. Brazil
     6. Russia
     7. Mexico
     8. Japan
     9. Germany
     10. U.K.
     11. Turkey
     12. France
     13. Saudi Arabia
     14. Nigeria
     15. Egypt
     16. Pakistan (..please ignore this, there will be no Pakistan in 2050)
     17. Iran
     18. South Korea
     19. Phillippnes
     20. Vietnam

    GDP purchasing-power-parity calculations aren't the gold standard for most U.S. macroeconomists.


  • Republican Group Calls for Carbon Tax: $40 per ton of carbon dioxide produced.


  • Renewables Boom, Emissions Plunge: Since 2007, U.S. GDP has grown by 12 percent, while energy consumption has fallen by 3.6 percent.


  • BJP's Uttarkhand miscalculation: “The BJP was certain to get a decisive mandate had we not indulged in toppling Rawat. Now, we have welcomed even the liabilities of the Congress into our fold.”


  • Om Shreem Shriyei:


Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Obama Told Trump of America's #1 Problem

In his latest interview, US President Donald Trump has mentioned that former president Barack Obama told him who/what America's #1 problem is:




Afterwards, interviewer Bill O'Reilly - who knows Trump quite well - speculated on who that #1 problem was, which Obama had told Trump his serious concern about:



Bannon & the Vatican

Steve Bannon's concern about the increasing liberalism of the Vatican and the acquiescence to Muslim migration/colonization of the West, has led him toward cultivating influence in Rome:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/07/world/europe/vatican-steve-bannon-pope-francis.html?_r=0


Meanwhile, what are the implications of Trump's "America First" policy for India?

http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/lead/What-%E2%80%98America-First%E2%80%99-means-for-India/article17205287.ece

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Quick notes: Expanding evangelism, Fourth Turning...

Mauritia - the Lost 'Kumarikandam'?

Scientists have used advanced measurement techniques to detect and discover what appears to be evidence of a continent which once stretched from Madagascar to the tip of Southern India, which has been dubbed 'Mauritia':

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2119963-long-lost-continent-found-submerged-deep-under-indian-ocean/

Mauritius sits on an ancient continent


This bears a superficial resemblance to the old Tamil legends of a 'lost continent of Kumarikandam' which was supposed to have been a cradle of Tamil civilization. Perhaps the story is just a myth, but the recent discovery will no doubt give believers something to chew on.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kumari_Kandam

Will Kejriwal Revive Khalistan Insurgency?

Arvind Kejriwal has been aggressively courting the Khalistan supporters in the Punjab elections, daring to meddle like a fool where wiser men would not rush in. Likewise, the Khalistanis are very much in love with him.

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/punjab-polls-arvind-kejriwal-khalistani-terrorist-house/1/869769.html

Given their crooked stuntsmanship in Delhi, if AAP comes to power in Punjab, they may destabilize it, just Kashmir has recently been destabilized. If that happens, then Pakistan/ISI will be sure to take full advantage to re-extend their hand back into the state. Furthermore, China might get involved to help advance its CPEC ambitions.

I don't know if Doval is devising a doctrine to deal with Punjab under AAP, but we're going to need more than just positive wishful thinking.

western 'science' exposed

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/feb/01/high-tech-war-on-science

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maybe the sky IS falling

DOOMSDAY PREP FOR THE SUPER-RICH
Some of the wealthiest people in America—in Silicon Valley, New York, and beyond—are getting ready for the crackup of civilization.
By Evan Osnos
JANUARY 30, 2017

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aswath damodaran, valuation expert, on fragiliy


'I don't believe India is that fragile'
Aswath Damodaran, professor of finance, New York University's Stern School of Business
January 30, 2017 09:28 IST
'I have very little faith in economists who tell me that demonetisation will reduce growth.'
'The greater effect of demonetisation is if it creates changes in the financial services system and gets people to shift from cash.'
'The economy is not a trained monkey that will jump around if you lower rates.'

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pak, run like hell from saudi embrace

Dear Pakistan, Return To Your Indian Roots And Run Like Hell From Saudi Arabia
No good can come from this association.
 30/01/2017
Deeba Abedi

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more china stuff

China labour unrest spreads to 'new economy'
Retail and logistics sectors hit by strikes and protests once focused on industry
2 HOURS AGO  Hudson Lockett in Hong Kong

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india, us, china

FORGING STRATEGIC TIES WITH US
Thursday, 02 February 2017 | Pravin Sawhney
India needs to disclose its strategic posture regarding the Indian Ocean, given Chinese belligerence in the region. Behaving like a leading power, which it is not, since it lacks credible Naval power, would require it to protect the SLOC in the Indian Ocean with US' support


India's role as US-China positions harden
Rakhahari Chatterji
February 2, 2017 

Staring down the dragon
Gurmeet Kanwal, Feb 2, 2017
INDIA-CHINA RELATIONS : China's attempts aimed at the strategic encirclement of India make it necessary to evolve appropriate counter strategies.
China's growing power and influence and its mounting military assertiveness are causing concern not only to India, but also to most other countries in the Indo-Pacific region. 

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Is War Looming Between US and Iran, Or Even China?

Donald Trump and his advisors have slammed Iran over its latest ballistic missile test:

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/02/02/trump-blasts-iran-and-nuclear-deal-after-missile-tests.html

The question is - will the US do anything about it, if Iran continues down this path, as it is likely to?


Trump's strategic advisor Steve Bannon had last year publicly wondered about the likelihood of war between the US and China in the next 5 to 10 years:

http://www.ibtimes.com/steve-bannon-china-us-war-china-over-south-china-sea-likely-5-10-years-2485126

Additionally, Trump's Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had said during his recent Senate confirmation hearings that the US would act to block China from access to its newly-built islands in the South China Sea.

“We’re going to have to send China a clear signal that, first, the island-building stops and, second, your access to those islands also is not going to be allowed,” Tillerson said.