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RCEP making strides

Topics related to the preparation and follow-up negotiations of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) — touted as the largest free trade area in the world — are likely to be on the table when Southeast Asia’s economic ministers meet during the 20th ASEAN Economic Ministers Retreat in Singapore on Thursday.
The RCEP, which comprises the 10 ASEAN member nations as well as China, South Korea, Japan, India, Australia and New Zealand, would integrate all of ASEAN’s existing free-trade agreements into one scheme….
The next RCEP negotiation round is scheduled to be held in China in April.
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1-22-14   NEW DELHI: India plans to stick to its strategy of protecting its domestic industry as it faces China in the regional comprehensive economic partnership (RCEP) grouping by proposing separate product lines and tariff structures for the member countries during the third round of negotiations in Malaysia that aim to conclude an agreement by next year….
India had a $39-billion trade deficit with China last year, a situation that the government fears could get worse if it were to ink an FTA with the manufacturing powerhouse. However, RCEP is an important negotiation for India since it could be left out of the region. “We cannot stay out of it. But we have to protect our interests too. It is a good opportunity to integrate our value chains,” the official added.

The government is holding consultations with the industry, which is against opening up the market to Chinese goods. Arpita Mukherjee of Icrier agrees that India needs to proceed with care at the RCEP.     http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2014-01-22/news/46463072_1_rcep-regional-comprehensive-economic-partnership-fta

overview on gold ownership worldwide; economics Crimean

4-16-13   Here are nations (central banks) with largest gold reserves as measured by tonnes. This list includes the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank.

  • The United States (#1) was static at 8,133.5 tonnes
  • Germany (#2) was down slightly at 3,391.3 tonnes (April 2013), versus 3,401.8 tonnes in late 2011
  • The International Monetary Fund (#3) was static at 2,814 tonnes
  • Italy (#4) was static at 2,451.8 tonnes
  • France (#5) was static at 2,435.4 tonnes
  • China (#6) was static at 1,054.1 tonnes
  • Switzerland (#7) was static at 1,040.1 tonnes
  • Russia (#8) increased reserves from 851.5 tonnes in late 2011 to 976.9 tonnes (April 2013)
  • Japan (#9) was static at 765.2 tonnes
  • The Netherlands (#10) was static at 612.5 tonnes
  • India (#11) was static at 557.7 tonnes
  • The European Central Bank (#12) was static at 502.1 tonnes
  • Taiwan (#13) was static at 423.6 tonnes
  • Portugal (#14) was static at 382.5 tonnes    http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2013/04/16/countries-buying-worlds-gold/
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India’s private gold holdings (not pure gold) probably total 15,000 tons, according to an estimate by Citigroup analysts in May. Some jewelers like T.K. Chandiran of Coimbatore thinks this number is too conservative, and the real amount is more like 30,000 tons, counting other hidden temple treasures.  http://blogs.wsj.com/indiarealtime/2011/07/14/indias-600-billion-hidden-treasure/
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Current Chinese plans call for an additional 2,000 gold vending machines (offering gold coins and gold bars) to come on line in the next two years. If they prove as successful as they did in Germany, where metals vending machines were first introduced, China’s consumer gold demand will surge.   http://moneymorning.com/2011/11/22/china-changing-global-gold-market/
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World gold holdings (2008) (Source: World Gold Council)[17]
Holding Percentage
Jewellery 52%
Central banks 18%
Investment (bars, coins) 16%
Industrial 12%
Unaccounted 2%            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gold_reserve
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2-18-14     World Gold Council: “Given last year was such a strong year, it will be hard to equal that again in 2014, [but] the stock of gold in China is less than half of that in India, so we think there’s plenty more room to grow.”   https://www.usgoldbureau.com/news/gold-news/chinese-gold-purchases-continue-outpace-all-other-nations-says-wall-street-journal
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correspondence between GATA and the U.S. Treasury Department on the subject in 2005:  The Treasury Department was surprisingly candid in that correspondence, asserting the U.S. Government’s authority, in declared emergencies, to confiscate precious metals and to restrict ownership of mining shares — and to confiscate and restrict every other financial asset as well. So perhaps precious metals investors shouldn’t feel too paranoid.   http://www.gata.org/node/5606
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11-30-12          How Will Confiscation Be Instituted?

Expect no warnings at all. Don’t be surprised if such an event were preceded by denials. Most likely it would happen over a weekend or public holiday so as to catch all off-guard. This would maximise the gold caught in the authorities net. 

all gold world

The objective of such legislation would be to ensure that a nation could reap as much gold as possible into the State’s coffers.

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Russia’s Black Sea race for oil/gas/ports 3-11-14 http://en.portnews.ru/comments/1759/

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3-11-14 Europe relies on Russian gas for around 30% of its total gas imports. Oil and gas accounts for more than half of Russia’s federal budget, according to the US Energy Information Administration. The pipelines through Ukraine plug both into the relationship. http://www.bne.eu/story5850/EU_freezes_talks_with_Russia_over_gas_pipelines_in_retaliation

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3-10-14 Russians need foreign investment and the syndicate that runs Russia cannot tolerate lower oil prices. Soon, North America’s bounty of oil and gas will swamp Moscow’s capacity. Authorizing the Keystone XL pipeline and championing natural gas exports would signal that we intend to do precisely that. -Condi Rice
http://triblive.com/opinion/featuredcommentary/5738080-74/russia-ukraine-putin#ixzz2vgziie9P

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Russian Firms Monitoring Ukraine Exposure
•Reuters
•Mar. 11 2014

Russian companies and banks are watching events in Ukraine anxiously because they stand to lose billions in investments and business in the former Soviet republic.

Russian banks are the biggest overseas lenders to Ukraine, accounting for 12 percent of the sector with about $28 billion of exposure, including Sberbank, VEB and VTB.

Companies with exposure are in the oil and gas sector, telecoms and metals and mining.

The mainly Russian-speaking eastern regions, which produce coal, metals, chemical products and combines for nuclear plants, are among the most heavily industrialized parts of Ukraine. http://www.themoscowtimes.com/business/article/russian-firms-monitoring-ukraine-exposure/495953.html

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Russian polls; disarmament

3-6-14   Russian poll:  In 2009 73% in favor of more active measures to defend the interests of Crimea’s Russian-speaking population, with 15% taking opposite view.  A March 1/2, 2014 poll found “practically the same” results.  However, now 38% believe Russians and Ukrainians do not have much in common, whereas 5 years ago this was at 16%.  (Now 44% Russians queried believe Russians and Ukrainians have much in common.)
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3-2-14  “Only 90 senators out of 166 voted to support Putin call for military action” on Ukraine,  says former US ambassador to Russia M. McFaul of the Russian upper house of Parliament.  http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/03/02/voices-stanglin-russia-crimea/5949017/
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In a poll conducted in late February by the All-Russian Public Opinion Center, which works closely with the Kremlin, 29 percent of respondents described the events in Ukraine as “rampant anarchy and banditry,” 25 percent described them as “a coup and overthrow of the state” and 27 percent saw them as the outbreak of a civil war.  http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/06/world/europe/for-russian-tv-channels-influence-and-criticism.html?_r=0
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A commander at the Ukrainian military garrison at the Belbek airbase speaks to troops under Russian command occupying the Belbek airbase in Crimea on March 4, 2014 in Lubimovka, Ukraine.
A commander at the Ukrainian military garrison at the Belbek airbase speaks to troops under Russian command occupying the Belbek airbase in Crimea on March 4, 2014 in Lubimovka, Ukraine.
3-5-14                     But since dual citizenship in Ukraine is illegal,… Putin claims to be defending “compatriots,” but that is a category that has no meaning….The 1919-1938 European system was based on the principle of state sovereignty. No doubt this was an imperfect and incomplete moral and legal basis for international relations. And yet its violation meant the end of the system itself.                    http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/05/opinion/russia-ukraine-austria/
However, there are endless riddles often left unfaced by mankind.  One more doesn’t particularly matter.  But disarmament without disarming the carnal mind won’t work.  Disarmament without the vital and far-reaching exposure of the emerald ray of Truth also won’t work.  -r
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Lincoln inaugurated  Mar 4, 1861    Supreme Court rules in Dred Scott case, Mar 6, 1857     Georgi Malenkov succeeds Stalin, Mar 6, 1953             Mar 07, 1950 Soviet Union denies Klaus Fuchs served as its spy
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3-4-14 Gorbachev was genuinely shocked when 90 per cent of Ukrainians voted for independence on December 1st, 1991.

The Russian government under Boris Yeltsin, who was determined to break up the Soviet Union, immediately recognised Ukraine as an independent country….
Russia’s legal counsel Sergey Shakhrai came up with the formula that met their requirements. A Cossack lawyer with a curling moustache, he argued that as the USSR was founded on the basis of a 1922 treaty signed by Russia, Belarus and Ukraine (and the Transcaucasian Federation that had ceased to exist), so the three surviving states could legally dismantle it.
At 4pm, on Sunday, December 8th, the Slav leaders signed the Agreement on the Creation of a Commonwealth of Independent States.

It stated: “We, the Republic of Belarus, the Russian Federation (RSFSR), and Ukraine, as originators of the USSR on the basis of the Union Treaty of 1922, confirm that the USSR, as a subject of international law and a geopolitical reality, ceases its existence.”

The new commonwealth would have no flag, no ministry of foreign affairs, no parliament, no citizenship, no tax-raising powers and no president. …
Gorbachev, the (rather powerless) Soviet leader, accused Yeltsin of “some kind of a political coup… meeting in the woods and shutting down the Soviet Union”. http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/how-ukraine-s-fate-was-decided-in-a-hunting-lodge-1.1712000?page=1
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As a result, the Union for which Lincoln gave his life has been steadily subverted in an ongoing revolution that has nearly destroyed the delicate architecture of the American republic with its limited powers, checks and balances, and individual sovereignty. -Messenger ECP, see http://books.google.com/books?id=-HVCQjNiM1kC&pg=PA102&dq=clare+prophet+lincoln&hl=en&sa=X&ei=EfsYU__xOs76oAT80ILAAw&ved=0CDQQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=clare%20prophet%20lincoln&f=false

US-Russian military picture: focus on 2016

The signing away of the defenses of Europe, of America, of the West and the contemplated signing away again of even greater defenses is a dire prophecy to all people of light who above all require time and space [in order to fulfill their destiny].  -Alpha and Omega:  7-3-1988 at RTR, Montana via Messenger E C Prophet

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U. S. Senate on 5-27-88 signed INF Treaty that eliminated ground-launched nuclear missiles of 300-3400 mile range; US also agreed to eliminate conventionally-armed cruise missiles deployed in defense of Europe, to please the Soviets.

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But the missiles we are removing threaten military targets in the Soviet Union. They were the only weapons we possessed that could take out Soviet command centers in 10-12 minutes. -Messenger ECP in Pearls of Wisdom of 10-27-1988,
see at page 100 of http://books.google.com/books?id=hMRP0f-zVK0C&pg=RA1-PA112&dq=clare+prophet+inf&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Sq8XU7T4OIeFogTymoDoDg&ved=0CDkQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=clare%20prophet%20inf&f=false
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“A legitimate question arises: On the one hand, we have signed the Soviet-U.S. treaty, and we are honoring it, but this can’t last endlessly,” Ivanov said according to Interfax.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said June 19 that some of Russia’s “neighbors,” a reference to China, were developing INF missiles and suggested Moscow would not allow the INF treaty to hinder its strategic arms buildup.

“We cannot accept a situation that would put the strategic deterrent system out of balance and make our nuclear forces less effective,” Putin said on the same day Obama announced plans for a one-third cut in the U.S. deployed nuclear warhead arsenal. http://freebeacon.com/treaty-cheating/
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USA natal chart– sun: 10.7 Tau., mars: 13 Ari., moon: 16.6 Can., pluto: 19 Aqu.
Soviet Union natal chart– sun: 14.3 Sco., uranus: 19 Aqu., saturn: 14 Leo
combined they clearly form a full fixed cross. but the US natal mars by mars progression* is a factor.
mars takes 1.88 Earth-years to orbit sun; its progression rate then is 1/1.88= .532 degrees/yr.
.532 degrees/yr x Z = 121 degrees. It is 121 degrees between 13 Ari and 14 Leo.
121/ .532 = 227.4 years. 1789.3 + 227.4 = 2016.7 A.D. which is ~late summer of that year.
……………………………………………………MOSCOW, Oct. 8 (UPI) — Russia’s spending on nuclear weapons will increase by 50 percent by 2016, a draft budget released Tuesday by a parliamentary committee said.
http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2013/10/08/Russia-plans-increases-in-spending-on-defense-nuclear-weapons/UPI-36261381251991/#ixzz2v8fNvEIj
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Russia to Deploy Long-Range Attack Drone by 2016 http://freebeacon.com/russia-to-deploy-long-range-attack-drone-by-2016/
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1-10-14 A high-ranking Russian military figure says the country’s armed forces will be equipped with advanced self-propelled and medium-range surface-to-air Buk-M3 missile defense systems in 2016.

“We are now in the midst of planned rearmament to replace Buk-M1 with Buk-M2. We expect to receive Buk-M3s starting from 2016,” Russian Air Defense Force’s chief, Major General Alexander Leonov, told the Ekho Moskvy radio network on Saturday.
http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=c16_1389330977#xpL4cKt0oCOkr4hq.99
……………………………………………………4-24-12 70% of Russian weaponry to be modernized by 2016 http://www.examiner.com/article/modern-weaponry-will-make-up-70-of-the-russian-arsenal-by-2016
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Reuters
December 19, 2013

HONG KONG — If the People’s Liberation Army went to war tomorrow, it would field an arsenal bristling with hardware from some of America’s closest allies: Germany, France and Britain.

Most of China’s advanced surface warships are powered by German and French-designed diesel engines. Chinese destroyers have French sonar, anti-submarine-warfare helicopters and surface-to-air missiles.

Above the battlefield, British jet engines drive PLA fighter bombers and anti-ship strike aircraft. The latest Chinese surveillance aircraft are fitted with British airborne early warning radars. Some of China’s best attack and transport helicopters rely on designs from Eurocopter, a subsidiary of pan-European aerospace and defense giant EADS.

But perhaps the most strategic item obtained by China on its European shopping spree is below the waterline: the German-engineered diesels inside its submarines.

Emulating the rising powers of last century – Germany, Japan and the Soviet Union – China is building a powerful submarine fleet, including domestically built Song and Yuan-class boats. The beating hearts of these subs are state-of-the-art diesel engines designed by MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH of Friedrichshafen, Germany. Alongside 12 advanced Kilo-class submarines imported from Russia, these 21 German-powered boats are the workhorses of China’s modern conventional submarine force.

With Beijing flexing its muscles around disputed territory in the East China Sea and South China Sea, China’s diesel-electric submarines are potentially the PLA’s most serious threat to its American and Japanese rivals. This deadly capability has been built around robust and reliable engine technology from Germany, a core member of the U.S.-led North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Arms trade data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) to the end of 2012 shows that 56 MTU-designed diesels for submarines have been supplied to the Chinese navy.

“They are the world’s leading submarine diesel engines,” says veteran engineer Hans Ohff, former managing director of the Australian Submarine Corporation, the company that built Australia’s Collins-class conventional submarines.

MTU declined to answer questions about transfers to the Chinese navy, future deliveries or whether it supplies technical support or servicing. “All MTU exports strictly follow German export laws,” a company spokesman said.
http://www.voanews.com/content/chinese-military-secret-to-success-european-engineering/1814104.html

root cause in Kiev; Soviet Union analysis by ECP; 1987 INF Treaty–its chart

In NYT frontpage article of 3-5-14: Putin on 3-4 in Moscow 66 minute news conference “went on to recount one grisly story on the mob violence that in his view has dragged Ukraine into nightmarish chaos: the humiliation of the recently appointed governor of the western region of Volyn region, Oleksandr Bashkalenko. On the night of Feb. 20 he was handcuffed by protesters, doused with water, ‘locked up in a cellar and tortured.’ ” http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/05/world/europe/putin-flashing-disdain-defends-action-in-crimea.html?hpw&rref=world&_r=0 This retake from the KGB big gun; photos of Bashkalenko don’t show the guy very broken at all, but the KGB have seldom let anyone loose from their grip, as we all know. -r

The Governor of the Volyn region, Alexander Bashkalenko, was captured by anti-government protesters in Lutsk, north-western Ukraine, on Wednesday, said Reuters.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-26268620 many other photos too as of 2-20-14, before the KGB disinformation campaign on Ukraine: http://beforeitsnews.com/alternative/2014/02/ukraine-president-yanukovych-iterrupts-conversation-with-eu-ministers-for-a-call-to-putin-2902774.html

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2-23-14 Gorbachev added that the root cause of the unrest in Ukraine was an “interruption of perestroika,” referring to his reform policies, and “an interruption of the democratic process” there. http://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2014/02/23/gorbachev-ukraine-failed-to-act-democratically
But of course all eastern Europe, and others, have been heartily sick and tired to the max of the KGB game–which is the root cause of so many peoples breaking with Moscow. -r
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The only mitigating factor of the due date (of Soviet Union’s self-destruction due to karma) has been and continues to be the indecision of Western capitalists and the international bankers, spies, fifth column sympathizers, and agents of the United States government, conscious and unconscious….

The Soviet Union is ruled by a dictatorship that installed itself by force and maintains itself by terror.  It is compelled to continually increase its power to stay in power, lest it be overthrown.  Indeed it cultivates violence as a form of vital energy. 
-Messenger ECP in Year of Prophecy (Pearls of Wisdom 30:3) at pp. 67-8

I can assure you that what the people want is not what the power elite wants…The Intermediate-range Nuclear Force (INF) Treaty will clear the last block to the Soviet intent to wage conventional/chemical/biological warfare against Europe.  
-Messenger ECP:  Saint Germain on Prophecy, bk. 2, online; INF Treaty was finalized at Gorbachev-Reagan meeting in Washington starting on 12-7-1987, Monday.  An astrologic chart of this for 12:30 p.m. local time shows:

22 Sag. overhead, 16 Pis. ascendant. Sun at 15 Sag., Pluto at 11 Sco., Mars at 9 Sco., Moon at 12.3 Can., Uranus at 26 Sag., Saturn at 22.6 Sag., Neptune at 7 Cap., Venus at 12 Cap., Jupiter at 20 Aries. Now Sun in this patterning is at one-tenth circle from Mars and Sun probably in parallel declination to Venus and Saturn and Uranus and Neptune; Sun trines Jupiter; Sun also at ~150 from Moon which trines Pluto. Pluto and Mars trine natal USA conceptual Sun (at 13 Can.) and are opposite USA natal Sun of 11 Tau. (4-30-1789 nativity).
Then as to solar progression: we are now Sun progressed–of this 12-7-1987 chart–to 11 Cap. this spring of 2014. Certainly we (esp. USA) will have a rough year directly ahead! Most dynamic challenge will come between 1 Dec 2014 and mid-April 2015. That is when the Sun is progressed to 12 Capricorn (conjuncting natal Venus of chart and opposite natal Moon) while transiting Pluto is conjunct and while progressed Moon will reach 12 Can. Transiting Jupiter near 12 Can. will play a big role too in triggering action on this 12-7-1987 chart. -r