Chinese billionaire Jack Ma says the US wasted trillions on warfare instead of investing in infrastructure

Jack Ma, Chairman of Alibaba Group at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Alibaba founder Jack Ma fired a shot at the United States in an interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Ma was asked by CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin about the U.S. economy in relation to China, since President-elect Donald Trump has been talking about imposing new tariffs on Chinese imports.

Ma says blaming China for any economic issues in the U.S. is misguided. If America is looking to blame anyone, Ma said, it should blame itself.

“It’s not that other countries steal jobs from you guys,” Ma said. “It’s your strategy. Distribute the money and things in a proper way.”

He said the U.S. has wasted over $14 trillion in fighting wars over the past 30 years rather than investing in infrastructure at home.

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US Deploys Third Carrier Group In Asia To Boost “Naval Air Forces” In Disputed South China Sea

For a brief but tense period, two weeks ago the US found itself without a single aircraft carrier in any area of the globe. The absence of a deployed U.S. Navy aircraft carrier, long seen as a symbol of American power projection, was noteworthy because according to Fox, “it is believed to be the first time since World War II that at least one U.S. aircraft carrier has not been deployed.”

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Afghan Ghost Soldiers Cost US Taxpayers Hundreds of Millions of Dollars Annually

US Paying Salaries for Tens of Thousands of Non-Existent Afghans

Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) John Sopko is once again warning about the long-standing problems of corruption in Afghanistan, and the amount of US “reconstruction aid” disappearing down black holes over the course of the years. As always, the discussion came around to “ghost soldiers.”

Ghost soldiers are a phenomenon in which Afghan military commanders fill their ranks with fictional names and just keep the salaries.

Read more at: http://news.antiwar.com/2017/01/11/inspector-general-us-taxpayers-pay-for-tens-of-thousands-of-afghan-ghost-soldiers/

China turns to robots as workers age

Wuzhen (China) (AFP) – Flat, orange robots glide under stationary cars and ferry them to empty Chinese parking bays, using space more efficiently and, their creators say, reducing driver stress.

It is one of a number of elegant — and expensive — mechanical solutions China is turning to as it faces an ageing population, which, even in the world’s most populous country, is making workers harder to come by.

With an eye on the rising numbers of cars on Chinese roads, Hikvision has been testing a robotic parking system in Wuzhen, 130 kilometres (80 miles) west of Shanghai.

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