Saturday, October 20, 2018

Pentagon’s goal of stopping enemy missiles before they’re launched risks amplifying North Korean danger

Pentagon’s goal of stopping enemy missiles before they’re launched risks amplifying North Korean danger

Starting in the Obama administration, the United States began studying ways to covertly use offensive cyber capabilities to disable North Korea’s missiles before they could launch. These efforts have intensified under the Trump administration, which has loosened Obama-era guidance on the conditions under which the United States could use cyberweapons. In fact, earlier this year,…
China, US defence chiefs agree to Asean rules on encounters between warplanes

China, US defence chiefs agree to Asean rules on encounters between warplanes

Defence chiefs from the US and China agreed in principle to guidelines on encounters between warplanes, in the latest bid by Pacific nations to keep increased military activity from unintentionally escalating into conflict. US Secretary of Defence James Mattis said he and seven other regional military chiefs, including China’s General Wei Fenghe, gave broad endorsement…
Chinese have so much to learn from the Jews about soft power

Chinese have so much to learn from the Jews about soft power

Vice-president Wang Qishan’s visit to Israel is about more than increased trade and technological cooperation By Wang Xiangwei 20 Oct 2018 Chinese vice-president Wang Qishan is set to visit Israel this week. Photo: AFP Ever since President Xi Jinping bent China’s retirement rules and allowed 70-year-old Wang Qishan, one of his most trusted allies, to…
China has much to learn from Israel and Jewish diaspora about soft power

China has much to learn from Israel and Jewish diaspora about soft power

Vice-president Wang Qishan’s visit to Israel is about more than increased trade and technological cooperation By Wang Xiangwei 20 Oct 2018 Ever since President Xi Jinping bent China’s retirement rules and allowed 70-year-old Wang Qishan, one of his most trusted allies, to become the country’s vice-president in March, Wang’s role and influence in Xi’s administration…
Mike Pompeo warns Panama and other nations about accepting China’s ‘belt and road’ loans

Mike Pompeo warns Panama and other nations about accepting China’s ‘belt and road’ loans

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has issued a warning to Panama and other nations in the region about the potential dangers of accepting Chinese investment, as Beijing expands its development projects to increasingly distant corners of the world. “When China comes calling, it’s not always to the good of your citizens,” Pompeo said on…
US court keeping accused Chinese spy jailed over use of alias ahead of pretrial hearings

US court keeping accused Chinese spy jailed over use of alias ahead of pretrial...

A US federal court is keeping an alleged Chinese spy in jail ahead of pretrial hearings because the defendant is sticking to what federal prosecutors say is a false alias. US Magistrate Judge Stephanie Bowman of the district of Southern Ohio said the defendant, Xu Yanjun, “provided a background that is in contrast to the…
Shinzo Abe’s China visit will push infrastructure and sea ties to counter US tensions

Shinzo Abe’s China visit will push infrastructure and sea ties to counter US tensions

China and Japan are set to boost their cooperation on infrastructure projects and Tokyo is pushing to resume talks on joint exploration in the disputed East China Sea when Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits Beijing next week, sources have said. A forum of more than 1,000 business leaders and some government officials will be…
Chinese tourists visiting US reminded of rules on cellphone checks at customs

Chinese tourists visiting US reminded of rules on cellphone checks at customs

Chinese visitors to the United States have been reminded they may be asked to hand over their phones and other electronic devices to customs agents on arrival, China’s embassy in Washington said on Thursday. The travel advisory came after several reports of Chinese nationals being asked to comply with regulations introduced at the start of…
Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim to emphasise bilateral ties and Uygur rights on China visit

Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim to emphasise bilateral ties and Uygur rights on China visit

As democracy icon Anwar Ibrahim makes his way to the prime ministership promised to him by 2020, Malaysia’s largest trade partner has begun testing the waters to see if the leader-in-waiting will continue premier Mahathir Mohamad’s occasionally adversarial approach. In a recent interview, Anwar told Nikkei that on his trip to China next week, he…
US urged to counter Chinese aggression with strong military partnerships in Asia

US urged to counter Chinese aggression with strong military partnerships in Asia

Former US defence secretary Ash Carter has urged the United States to strengthen its military partnerships in Asia to counter what he described as China’s isolationist and confrontational approach in the region and around the world. “In the Taiwan Strait, on the Korean peninsula, in cyberspace, in global trade – at nearly every turn, China’s…
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