#9406631 at 2020-06-01 06:13:44 (UTC+1) Q Research General #12039: Castle Dark Edition
Resignations in the news 5/27/2020 thru 5/31/2020 - part 4
Bytedance SVP LiuZhen resigns as company shifts power out of China
Lexington Medical Center employee fired after social media post
Young Mayor of North Lincolnshire Levi Bonnett announces resignation
Covina-Valley School Superintendent Resigns Amid Misconduct Allegations
Vadnais Heights City Council member resigns over racist Facebook posts
Cox resigns from PISD board, Guerra named secretary
Longtime City of Martinsburg utilities director retiring after 45 years
Skeljungur hf.: Hendrik Egholm resigns as CEO of P/F Magn, subsidiary of Skeljungur
Katrina Barton resigns from Jackson Local Schools board
Report: Baltimore Employees Fired for Taking Improper Trips
Christensen resigns top county job
Sullivan resigns from Gainesville council; Postponed April 7 election is Tuesday
SCDHEC Director Rick Toomey to resign effective June 10
Resignation of Mike Smith as a Director
Adam Tomer resigns from city council
North Dakota's top health officer resigns; job split into 2
Thomaston Police Department officer resigns over social media post
Iron River City Manager David Thayer announced his resignation
Fancher to resign as county clerk, Suver set as her replacement
Sanofi's Board of Directors notes the resignation of Emmanuel Babeau and coopts Gilles Schnepp as Independent Director
Lima policeman indicted, fired
#9033309 at 2020-05-05 05:32:20 (UTC+1) Q Research General #11563: Hangin For The Q Edition
South China Morning Post
US military researchers call for use of privateers against China
Magazine published by US Naval Institute features articles titled 'Unleash the Privateers!' and 'US Privateering Is Legal'
But any such move would provoke a retaliation from China, military watchers say
SCMP LiuZhen in Beijing and Kristin Huang
10 Apr, 2020
The United States should encourage the use of privateers to fight Chinese aggression at sea, according to a pair of articles in magazine produced by the US Naval Institute.
The reports - titled "Unleash the Privateers!" and "US Privateering Is Legal", and published in the April issue of Proceedings - suggest the US government issue letters of marque - a commission authorising privately owned ships (privateers) to capture enemy merchant ships.
The authors - Mark Cancian, a retired US Marine Corps colonel and senior adviser at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), and Brandon Schwartz, a former CSIS media relations manager - said that China's larger merchant fleet represented an asymmetric vulnerability with the US, and an attack on China's global trade would undermine its entire economy and threaten its stability.
Such a campaign would be a legal and low-cost way to contain China's power rise on the sea, they said, adding that it could prevent, rather than provoke, a war.
Collin Koh, a research fellow from the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Singapore's Nanyang Technological University, said the idea was "politically unsound".
"That would be regarded as an outright provocation which would invite retaliation from China," he said.
"And going by the UN Charter, it might even be construed as a use of force, and would invite international condemnation too."
Privateering with a letter of marque dates back to a period from the mid-16th to the 18th century known as the Age of Sail, but was outlawed with the introduction of various treaties in the 19th and 20th centuries.
However, the authors of the Proceedings reports said that the US government never formally signed any agreements, and argued that the US Constitution gave Congress the power to "grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal".
Although no such letters had been issued since 1907, that was due to "strategic and policy considerations rather than legal ones", they said.
The authors did not say if China's trillions of dollars worth of trade with the US should be exempted from attacks by pirates, but that probably was because it would no longer exist in a hypothetical scenario of the two nations already having decoupled.
Hong Kong-based military commentator Song Zhongping said that such decoupling, as advocated by American conservatives and far-rights, was a dangerous sign that it would place two nuclear powers in confrontation and even conflict.
"When the Americans decide to act tough against a so-called adversary or enemy, they will spare no effort and limit no means," he said.
"Privateering on Chinese merchant ships may also be possible."
Republican congressman Ron Paul raised the issue of using letters of marque against Osama bin Laden and Somalian pirates in 2007 and 2009, but did not succeed.
Julia Xue, chair professor of International Law at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, said the researchers argument was not valid.
"It has been customary international law, and the US is also bonded by it," she said. "It was an incorrect interpretation of international law."
Koh said the current policy elites were unlikely to seriously consider such a recommendation, but such articles represented the think tankers who advocated a much harder policy stance against China.
"If anything, it does reflect the growing schism between China and the US, as both countries see their ties sliding downhill under the cloud of strategic lack of trust," Koh said.
#4536796 at 2018-12-31 19:32:37 (UTC+1) Q Research General #5786: Eve of the EO Edition
Two child traffickers were sentenced to death in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, after a public hearing on Friday.
The verdict against Zhang Weiping and Zhou Rongping was handed down by the Guangzhou Intermediate People's Court on Friday morning.
All the assets they illegally gained from trafficking children were confiscated, the verdict said.
Additionally, the court sentenced Yang Chaoping and LiuZhenghong, key members in the gang, to life in prison. Another gang member, Chen Shoubi, was sentenced to 10 years behind bars and fined 3,000 yuan ($440).
All the defendants are from Zunyi, Guizhou province.
The court said Zhang, Zhou and their gang were found to have participated in nine cases of abducting and trafficking children between 2003 and 2005?and the whereabouts of the nine are still unknown.