China Holds Joint Naval Exercises With EU

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China Holds Joint Naval Exercises With EU

A look at the remarkable growing cooperation between Europe and China

The European Union Naval Force and the People’s Liberation Army Navy announced on October 16 that the two had held joint exercises in the Gulf of Aden. The Diplomat wrote, “Set in the current geopolitical context, this new development merits attention for activity not only in the Gulf of Aden, but also in the Mediterranean Sea.” While this is not the first time that the EU and China have interacted in this way, it does signify a level of cooperation not previously seen.

The Gulf of Aden is a major shipping route and a vital waterway that links the Arabian Sea and the Red Sea through the Bab el-Mandeb. Via the Red Sea and through the Suez Canal, access to the Mediterranean Sea is facilitated. This makes the Gulf of Aden incredibly valuable. Anything that disrupts access through the gulf will significantly impact global trade.

Knowing the strategic significance of this gulf, both the European Union and China have deployed ships in the region since 2009 to protect against piracy. Other nations also patrol the region, frequently working together under the banner of the multinational Combined Task Force 151. China, however, has had very limited coordination with the EU through the task force.

“That said, recent activity may portend more regular interactions, if not cooperation, on the horizon,” the Diplomat wrote.

This recent China-EU exercise was held in the early hours of October 12. The two forces performed a joint medical and evacuation rescue drill, improving air-sea coordination and testing the medical rescue ability of China’s base in Djibouti.

The drill, which simulated rescuing six injured sailors from a burning ship cabin, lasted four hours and “practiced seven procedures such as the dispatching of emergency signal and information transmission, the establishment and dispatch of a joint medical rescue team, on-site joint medical treatment, and helicopter emergency medical evacuation and so forth,” China’s Ministry of National Defense reported October 15. Most notably, it “promoted exchanges and cooperation between the Chinese base and EU military forces in the region, and improved the capability of regional joint humanitarian operation.”

Rear Adm. Alfonso Perez De Nanclares, commander of the EU Naval Force, said, “This excellent interaction leaves me and the operation commander in no doubt that with these results we will be able to prepare further exercises which will consolidate the excellent relationship that has been built up with our Chinese counterparts.”

While this exercise may seem like a small event, it is a rarity for China and signifies something far greater. What has just occurred is part of a trend of China’s rise on the global scene.

China’s military base in Djibouti, built in 2017, is its first overseas military post. When the base first opened, Chinese officials took pains to refer to it as “an outpost or logistics facility,” rather than a military base, to downplay its significance as the first of China’s growing global military deployments. The proximity of this Djibouti base to a U.S. naval base has raised concern that the Chinese may be using their “logistics facility” to spy on American forces.

This most recent exercise constitutes the first time that EU military staff have been invited to the Chinese base. On August 8, prior to the joint exercise, the EU Naval Force operational commander visited the Djibouti base, and during the exercise, an Italian helicopter used it. Both of these events were either the first of their kind or one of an extremely rare and unknown occurrence of European military personnel entering the Chinese base.

Another key point to note is the proximity of these exercises and the Chinese Navy units to the Mediterranean Sea. Chinese presence in the Mediterranean is becoming more and more common as China’s global ambitions spread.

Chinese presence in the Mediterranean Sea greatly increased during 2015 with Russian and Chinese military drills occurring in this region. Chinese drills continued in 2017.

Also important to note is China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Trumpet staff wrote this regarding the project in Russia and China in Prophecy:

In September 2013, newly appointed Chinese President Xi Jinping unveiled his plan called “One Belt, One Road”—a land and sea version of the Silk Road trading route that would run through Asia, Europe and Africa. The initiative would cover an area that holds 55 percent of the world’s gross national product, 70 percent of the global population and 75 percent of known energy reserves. DefenseNews wrote, “China’s ‘one belt and one road’ initiative could usher in a new era that sees China as the undisputed geopolitical powerhouse in the region” (April 12, 2015). The idea is mainly economic, but as vice director of Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Center for National Strategy Studies Zhuang Jianzhoug said, it “has political and strategic components and implications.” China is extending its influence and reach to create what Quartz called “the most extensive global commercial-military empire in history” (June 9, 2015). Beijing is making a “resource grab” wherever it can, creating economic alliances to fund its global ambitions of becoming a superpower. …

Beijing is also extending itself diplomatically, economically and even militarily into anywhere and everywhere in the world with resources for sale.

Mediterranean ports are vital to the Belt and Road Initiative. Earlier this year, it was estimated that Chinese enterprises control 10 percent of European port capacity in the Mediterranean. The result is increased presence of Chinese ships in the region.

The Diplomat concluded its article by highlighting the significance of these rising trends:

[T]he increasing Chinese presence in the Mediterranean makes it easier—if not inevitable—to envisage necessary eventual coordination in more crowded Mediterranean waters. As such, the significance of the combined medical evacuation exercise in the Gulf of Aden should be seen as more than a gesture of good will. It is attestation of Beijing’s growing comfort with sustaining a Far-Seas military presence and a way to test the waters for more action in and around Europe’s neighborhood.

Although the Diplomat provides insightful reporting, it misses key foresight that is only provided by Bible prophecy.

Isaiah 23 discusses a “mart of nations,” which includes both European and Asian nations, including Russia, China and Japan, combining to form a powerful economic bloc. Russia and China in Prophecy states:

The relationship we see developing between the “king of the north” and the “kings of the east” is exactly what Isaiah prophesied over 2,700 years ago! Think about the role that this alliance will likely play in the economic besiegement of America! …

The Bible contains many prophecies of that European power attacking America. This is where China and the other giants of Asia enter the picture. Considering that China now possesses most of the world’s strategic sea gates (at one time held by Britain and America), the German-led Holy Roman Empire will need to form a brief alliance with the Asian powers identified in Isaiah 23 (Russia, China, Japan—the “kings of the east”).

If Europe finds a way to take advantage of key resources and strategic holdings of China, Russia and Japan—even for a short period—then it would have more than enough power to besiege the Anglo-Saxon nations. The United States and Britain are going to be left out in the cold as two gigantic trade blocs, Europe and Asia, mesh together and begin calling the shots in world commerce. These nations of Israel are going to be literally besieged—economically frozen out of world trade!

The growing interaction between Europe and China points to the fulfillment of this prophecy. While this is primarily a financial relationship, the cooperation is increasing in other ways. This most recent medical exercise between the EU and Chinese navies shows that the two regions are becoming more comfortable with each other. A growing relationship, primarily economic, is prophesied.

The alliance between these two power blocs, the European “king of the north” and the Asian “kings of the east,” will continue to strengthen. They will work together to besiege America. But prophecy shows that this “friendship” will not last.

Both power blocs are vying for power to take over the world. In the end, their goals will conflict and their alliance will erupt into violence. Daniel 11 shows exactly what will become of this brief Euro-Asian alliance. In the end, the “king of the north” will be troubled by “tidings out of the east and out of the north,” causing him to “go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many” (verse 40).

To understand more about the rise of China and its growing cooperation with Europe, please order your free copy of Russia and China in Prophecy.

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Iran Supplies Houthis With Naval Mines

By arming its Yemeni proxies, Iran endangers oil shipments in a vital choke point.

The Houthi militia in Yemen can now threaten critical oil shipments sailing through the Red Sea. A video released recently by Houthi media clearly shows the fighters in possession of naval mines and threatening to place them in the Red Sea and the Bab el-Mandeb.

The video constitutes further evidence that Iran is arming the Houthi militia. This is another example of Iran’s strategy to influence and control nations bordering the Red Sea and the southern Mediterranean Sea.

Analysts agree that the Houthis most likely do not have the technical ability to build their own mines. The same is true for other advanced weapons they use, such as ballistic missiles. Iran is the main supplier of these weapons.

Najib Gallab, the head of the al-Jazeera Center for Studies, believes Iran is encouraging Houthis “to carry out terrorist acts through booby-trapped boats and missiles to target the international trade corridor in the Red Sea.” This is because “Iran wants to show its maritime terrorist capabilities through Houthis on the west coast.”

Increasing its influence and control over Yemen and neighboring nations surrounding this vital seaway would give Iran immense strategic leverage.

Iran’s actions affect Europe too. Oil shipments passing through the Bab el-Mandeb choke point are vital to the European economy.

According to data collected by the Energy Information Administration and published by Bloomberg, roughly 4.8 million barrels of oil and petroleum passed through the strait in 2016. More than half of that was bound north toward Europe.

If the Red Sea became impassable due to mines, tankers would have to reroute around the entire continent of Africa. The voyage from Fujairah, Saudi Arabia, to Rotterdam, the Netherlands, would increase in distance by 78 percent. Reaching Italy would take three times as long. This would be a major disruption in a vital supply chain.

The Trumpet has warned for years that Iran and Europe are on a collision course. Since 2011, we have drawn attention to Iran’s attempts to influence and control nations bordering the Red Sea and the Mediterranean.

In his article “Libya and Ethiopia Reveal Iran’s Military Strategy,” Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote about how and why Iran is pursuing control over the nations bordering the Red Sea and the Mediterranean, and how those ambitions will lead to a military clash with Europe.

All you need to do is get a good map of the Middle East, with the emphasis on the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea. Then you can see why the king of the south, or radical Islam, is so interested in an alliance with or control over these two countries (as well as Egypt and Tunisia). They are on the two seas that comprise the most important trade route in the world!

If Iran gets control of that trade route, it could create enormous damage and chaos in America and Europe almost overnight. Germany and the Vatican, the heart of the Holy Roman Empire, are not going to allow the king of the south to get control of … the world’s number one trade route!

You can understand Iran’s ambitions and where its strategy in the Red Sea is leading. Request your free copy of The King of the South, by Gerald Flurry.

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The procession of several thousand illegal migrants that set out on October 12 from Honduras is, with each passing week, getting closer and closer to its destination: the United States. And it’s getting closer and closer to worsening America’s immigration crisis and sociopolitical divisions.

“The United States has about five years left before the population imbalance in the entire Southwest will be so tilted toward the illegal aliens that there will be no possibility of passing any legislation at all,” Georgie Anne Geyer, a columnist at Universal Press Syndicate, warned in 1984. “Within 20 years, this illegal community will begin organizing politically, demanding rights even as they refuse to become citizens. … They will be led by self-styled caudillos and gangs. The rule of law will pass with the idea of American citizenship. If the Marxist civil wars in Central America are not contained, we will see a hemorrhage of Central Americans, many of them carrying with them extremist, Marxist and irredentist ideologies.”

The problems that Geyer described have grown progressively worse since 1984. They are fulfilling prophecies that Moses recorded almost 3,500 years ago!

Investigation Reveals Foiled Terror Plot in Germany

Germany narrowly avoided a massive terrorist attack at a music festival in 2016, according to investigations that have just been made public. The attack was to be executed by three separate groups of Syrian-based terrorists who were to infiltrate the country on the pretext of marriage to German citizens.

Hans-Georg Maaßen, president of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, warned about the danger of radicalized Germans returning home. “They identify so closely with the [Islamic State] ideology that one can rightly call them jihadis,” said Maaßen. Of those who return, he said that they “could be living time bombs.”

How many other plots exist, unknown to the general public? What if German authorities don’t catch and foil the next plot? How much will Germany’s migrant crisis exacerbate its leadership crisis? To what extent will the threat of Islamic terrorism cause Germans to demand a leader strong enough to galvanize the nation? Read “Investigation Reveals Foiled Terror Plot in Germany” and “Was This Germany’s 9/11?” for the Bible-based answers to these questions.

Iran Helps Al-Qaeda-Linked Terror Group Evade UN Sanctions

Iran has been helping al-Shabaab, an al-Qaeda affiliate in Somalia, with its illegal charcoal shipments, according to a report cited by Agence France-Presse and Reuters on October 12.

United Nations Security Council monitors said that Iran “has been a weak link in implementation” of the UN’s ban on al-Shabaab’s charcoal.

While Iranian leaders have some ideological differences with al-Shabaab, it’s clear that they are willing to overlook them for the sake of achieving their ultimate goal: using radical Islam to terrorize Europe and America.

Russian Military Buildup in Kaliningrad Puts Europe on Edge

New satellite imagery made public on October 17 shows that Russia is engaged in a military buildup and major upgrades of its military installations in Kaliningrad.

This Russian territory, which lies right on nato’s doorstep, has long been an area of great concern to European nations. But instead of frightening Europe into inaction and subservience, Russia’s actions are frightening Europe into military action and unification to confront foreign threats—fulfilling Bible prophecy.

Taiwan Seeks Bigger Military to Protect Itself From China

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen promised on October 10 to boost Taiwan’s national security in order to counter an increasingly aggressive China. Taiwan will not allow Communist China’s efforts to seize control of the island, Tsai said.

So far, Taiwan has survived Chinese aggression largely because of strong military and political ties with the United States. But U.S. support of Taiwan’s sovereignty has ebbed over the years, and Taiwan could compromise with China and surrender to its intimidation to avoid war. This would pave the way for Taiwan to lend its military might to the powerful Asian army prophesied in Revelation 9:16 and Revelation 16:12

“This Week” appears every weekend. To receive an update on our latest stories in your inbox ahead of time every Friday afternoon, subscribe to the Trumpet Brief daily e-mail. Sign up by clicking here or by visiting theTrumpet.com home page.

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  • A showdown in the European Union: The European Commission rejected Italy’s new budget, but Italy says it won’t change it. This demonstrates how the EU in its current form cannot function.
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Germany’s ruling coalition is getting ready for yet another major setback this weekend.

The nation is in the midst of a couple of state elections that are weakening its coalition government.

The German state of Bavaria held its election on October 14. The state of Hesse will hold its election on Sunday. These elections pose three big problems for Chancellor Angela Merkel, which will weaken and could destroy Merkel’s government.

  1. Plummeting support for Ms. Merkel’s party

Hesse is home to Frankfurt, Germany’s financial capital. It is typically a stronghold for Ms. Merkel’s party. Polls forecast that her party would receive 26 percent of the vote. That would be a massive drop compared to the 38 percent it won last time.

Merkel’s party does not run in Bavaria, but her sister party, the Christian Social Union, does. It got pummeled in the election there, receiving its worst result in 68 years. It was one of the very few times it didn’t win at least 50 percent of the vote; instead, it received only 37.2 percent.

This is making many in Ms. Merkel’s party unhappy with her, and there is a lot of talk of a new leader. Merkel’s party members need to decide who it wants to lead them in December, as there’s talk that they might try to get rid of her then.

  1. Plummeting support for the Social Democrats

Ms. Merkel is governing Germany in a coalition with the Social Democratic Party (spd). The elections have been a disaster for the Social Democrats too. Typically, the spd is Germany’s No. 1 or No. 2 party, its main left-wing party. In federal elections, they regularly received around 40 percent of the vote. In Bavaria, they won less than 10 percent, coming in fourth. Polls also forecast the spd will fare badly in Hesse. It seems their time as Germany’s main left-wing party is over.

This is causing a crisis in the party, and many want to leave the coalition and bring down Ms. Merkel.

  1. The rise of the AfD

The far-right Alternative für Deutschland entered the Bavarian state parliament for the first time with over 10 percent of the vote. It is also certain to enter the Hesse state parliament on Sunday. If so, it will, for the first time, have representatives in all German parliaments.

This is a massive defeat for mainstream German politics, which has done all it can to demonize the AfD and its supporters. But the party keeps growing.

Put these trends together and you see a crisis for German politics. Project Syndicate published an article earlier this week saying that this is the end of Germany’s two-party system and that the nation “could be heading for a new era of paralysis and instability.”

This is exactly what the Trumpet has been warning about for years. The Bible describes a massive change soon coming to German politics. Daniel 11 describes the rise of a strong leader. It states that he shall not be given “the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.” Barnes’ Notes on the Old and New Testaments states, “[I]n other words, it should not be conferred on him by any law or act of the nation, or in any regular succession or claim.”

Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry has speculated about how this leader could come to power. In a 2009 Key of David program, he said this leader could “perhaps take advantage of a weak coalition.”

The events we see in Germany with these two elections perfectly set the stage for this strongman.

This strongman is someone you need to know more about. He will have a huge impact on the world and on your life. To learn about this subject, read our free booklet A Strong German Leader Is Imminent, by Gerald Flurry.

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Listen to the October 26, 2018, episode of the Trumpet Daily Radio Show.

On today’s show, I draw attention to an article my father wrote after the election of Donald Trump in November 2016: “America’s Coming Civil War.” As shocking as it was to see Donald Trump win in 2016, as my father wrote, the “shocks for America aren’t going to go away.” So true! Besides this important flashback, I also discuss a valuable lesson we can learn from one of America’s founders: John Adams.

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