Grind for November 28th
“There is nothing we like to communicate to others as much as the seal of secrecy together with what lies under it.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche
Will Trump sign a bill promoting the Hong Kong protest?
The US Senate and House his week passed a bill that supports the pro-Democracy movement in Hong Kong.
The bill requires annual US verification that China is maintaining the freedoms it promised Hong Kong in 1997 and threatens to strip HK of its special trade status if China fails to do so.
Hong Kong’s government insists the bill will damage the US-HK relationship. Beijing described it as a ‘violation of international law.’
It is unclear if Trump will sign the bill, even though it was passed with enough votes to block a veto.
“We have to stand with Hong Kong, but I’m also standing with President Xi,” said Trump. “He’s a friend of mine.”
The Trump Administration is currently working on a small trade deal to boost China’s purchase of American farm goods. The US is set to impose tariffs on $160 billion of Chinese goods if a deal is not reached before December 15th.
Speaking on Fox and Friends, Trump claimed his friendship with Chinese President Xi Jinping had prevented Beijing from unleashing its troops to quell the protests in Hong Kong.
“He’s got a million soldiers standing outside of HK that aren’t going in only because I asked him, ‘Please don’t do that. You’ll be making a big mistake,'” said Trump. “It’s going to have a tremendous negative impact on the trade deal, and he wants to make a trade deal.”
NATO wants a space force, too
When Trump proposed a new military branch called the “Space Force” last summer, everyone laughed at him.
Now, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization is proposing something similar.
Speaking Wednesday during a meeting in Brussels, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced plans to add a fifth “operational domain” to the organization’s purview.
Moving forward, NATO will now operate on land, in the air, at sea, and in space.
“Space is extremely important for all civilian and military activities, for communications, for navigation, for the transmission of data, so of course space and satellites are of great importance for all NATO allies,” said Stoltenberg.
“We will not weaponize space” or “deploy weapons in space,” added Stoltenberg, “but we [will] make sure the assets there are available in peace, crisis, and conflict.”
NATO might want to avoid sending weapons into space, but with the US, France, Russia, and China all working on projects to defend their satellites and other off-world interests, NATO might want to develop some space weapons just in case.
GOOD TO THE LAST DROP:
Did you know… You are about 1 centimeter taller in the morning than in the evening!