Archive for the ‘South East Asia’ Category

China Devours Hong Kong

Friday, May 29, 2020 Comments Off on China Devours Hong Kong

Beijing just imposed a raft of new security measures that will completely undermine the independence of Hong Kong’s own legislature. The new measures will apparently be announced in a few weeks — but one can assume that they include extradition to the mainland and imprisonment.

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US-China Tensions Rise as Beijing Signals Tightening Controls on Hong Kong

Thursday, May 28, 2020 Comments Off on US-China Tensions Rise as Beijing Signals Tightening Controls on Hong Kong

China’s decision to propose new legislation tightening control over Hong Kong has sparked a wave of condemnation from American lawmakers and officials, in yet another sign of worsening relations between the economic superpowers.

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India Voices Unusual Criticism of China’s Conduct in South China Sea

Thursday, May 28, 2020 Comments Off on India Voices Unusual Criticism of China’s Conduct in South China Sea

India has voiced a rare note of criticism of China’s assertive actions in the South China Sea, amid a tensions between the two Asian powers on their long land border.

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China slows defense budget growth to 6.6 % in 2020

Thursday, May 28, 2020 Comments Off on China slows defense budget growth to 6.6 % in 2020

China to hike defense spending by 6.6% China set its 2020 defense budget growth target at 6.6 percent, resulting in a draft budget of 1.268 trillion yuan ($178.2 billion), lower than the 7.5 percent growth in 2019.

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China Marine Corps on Show in the South China Sea

Thursday, May 21, 2020 Comments Off on China Marine Corps on Show in the South China Sea

Amid the recent muscle-flexing in the disputed South China Sea, one maritime drill went largely unnoticed that could be an important harbinger of China’s strategic thinking, and how its forces could project power across heavily contested waters.

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China warns France not to harm bilateral ties by selling weapons to Taiwan

Thursday, May 21, 2020 Comments Off on China warns France not to harm bilateral ties by selling weapons to Taiwan

China has warned France not to sell weapons to the self-ruled island of Taiwan, saying such a move would harm bilateral ties.

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Pentagon Mad Scientists Developing a Robotic Vessel Resembling ‘Star Wars’ Ship

Monday, May 11, 2020 Comments Off on Pentagon Mad Scientists Developing a Robotic Vessel Resembling ‘Star Wars’ Ship

The secretive Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which develops high-tech weaponry for the US military, is attempting to create a purpose-built unmanned warship. Observers have noted it bears a curious resemblance to the wedge-shaped Imperial Star Destroyers from the “Star Wars” franchise.

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Two Advances for Chinese Navy after Monthlong Aircraft Carrier Voyage near Japan, Taiwan

Monday, May 11, 2020 Comments Off on Two Advances for Chinese Navy after Monthlong Aircraft Carrier Voyage near Japan, Taiwan

China’s navy just learned from a monthlong aircraft carrier training mission how to keep troops safe from COVID-19 and what it would be like to spar with Japan or Taiwan, analysts believe.

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The Long March-5B completes a successful maiden flight, officially kicking off China’s space station construction

Monday, May 11, 2020 Comments Off on The Long March-5B completes a successful maiden flight, officially kicking off China’s space station construction

China’s latest state-of-the-art carrier rocket, the Long March-5B, made a successful maiden flight on Tuesday, during which the new rocket managed to send the assembly of a trial version of the country’s new-generation manned spaceship with no crew and a testing cargo-returning spacecraft into planned orbit. The successful launch signaled that a new era of […]

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ODNI , the clearinghouse for the web of U.S. spy agencies, debunks conspiracy theory on COVID-19

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 Comments Off on ODNI , the clearinghouse for the web of U.S. spy agencies, debunks conspiracy theory on COVID-19

USA Intelligence Community Statement on Origins of COVID-19 News Release, For Immediate Release

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Cold War Of Trump/Navarro Vs China: More Dangerous Than COVID-19

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 Comments Off on Cold War Of Trump/Navarro Vs China: More Dangerous Than COVID-19

It is getting ugly, extremely ugly. It is increasingly looking like a war – at least a new ‘cold’, ideological war. But in the shadow of COVID-19, it goes almost unnoticed.

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Navy Accepts Delivery of USS Zumwalt

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 Comments Off on Navy Accepts Delivery of USS Zumwalt

The Navy accepted delivery of USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), the lead ship of the Navy’s next-generation of multi-mission surface combatants, on April 24.

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China’s Economic Rebound Unlikely to Rescue Oil Market

Monday, April 27, 2020 Comments Off on China’s Economic Rebound Unlikely to Rescue Oil Market

China’s gradual economic recovery and available infrastructure are unlikely to come to the rescue of the world oil market this year, analysts say.

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China Moves to Take Over Direct Political Control of Hong Kong

Monday, April 27, 2020 Comments Off on China Moves to Take Over Direct Political Control of Hong Kong

The ruling Chinese Communist Party has ushered in an era of more direct political control over Hong Kong, with a cabinet reshuffle and a slew of statements targeting pro-democracy figures in recent days.

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Germany Arrests Four Men From Tajikistan Suspected of Planning Attack

Thursday, April 23, 2020 Comments Off on Germany Arrests Four Men From Tajikistan Suspected of Planning Attack

German police arrested on Wednesday four suspected members of Islamic State, all from Tajikistan, believed to have been planning deadly attacks in Germany, prosecutors said.

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US-China Trade War

Thursday, April 23, 2020 Comments Off on US-China Trade War

The conflict between the US and China is not simply economic — it has political, cultural and military dimensions.

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Three ASEAN States Push Back on Beijing in South China Sea

Thursday, April 23, 2020 Comments Off on Three ASEAN States Push Back on Beijing in South China Sea

In an unusual show of unity against China, Southeast Asian nations have been pushing back on Beijing’s sweeping assertion of sovereignty over the South China Sea amid dissatisfaction over its stance in negotiations for a Code of Conduct, analysts say.

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Movement Ban Worsens Migrants’ Plight in Serbia, Bosnia

Thursday, April 23, 2020 Comments Off on Movement Ban Worsens Migrants’ Plight in Serbia, Bosnia

The complete ban of moving in and out of camps imposed in the current pandemic has left those locked inside them feeling more isolated, frustrated and information-starved than ever.

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‘China conducted nuclear tests’ a US trick to push West-led treaty: Chinese expert

Thursday, April 23, 2020 Comments Off on ‘China conducted nuclear tests’ a US trick to push West-led treaty: Chinese expert

The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Thursday rubbished the US’ accusation that China may have secretly conducted nuclear tests, and a Chinese nuclear disarmament expert said the groundless accusation is a US attempt to push China into a Western countries-led nuclear treaty while also diverting domestic pressures caused by the novel coronavirus.

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China Sends Survey Vessel into Vietnamese Waters

Thursday, April 23, 2020 Comments Off on China Sends Survey Vessel into Vietnamese Waters

China has sent a survey vessel involved in a standoff with Vietnam last year back into that nation’s exclusive economic zone this month, vessel-tracking data shows, in a move likely to fuel tensions between the two countries over their rival claims in the South China Sea.

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Indian Navy ‘Prepared for Immediate Deployment’ Amid China’s Increased Activities in Region

Thursday, April 23, 2020 Comments Off on Indian Navy ‘Prepared for Immediate Deployment’ Amid China’s Increased Activities in Region

In January, Indian Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh confirmed the constant presence of seven to eight People’s Liberation Army Navy warships in the Indian Ocean Region at any given time. Speaking at the Raisina Dialogue, the admiral warned: “If anyone operates in our region, they have to notify us first”.

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China’s AG600 amphibious aircraft conducts test flights over sea

Thursday, April 23, 2020 Comments Off on China’s AG600 amphibious aircraft conducts test flights over sea

China’s independently-developed AG600 large amphibious aircraft has conducted test flights over the sea, according to its developer Tuesday.

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Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning conducts exercises in South China Sea: PLA Navy spokesperson

Thursday, April 23, 2020 Comments Off on Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning conducts exercises in South China Sea: PLA Navy spokesperson

The Chinese Navy recently organized the Liaoning aircraft carrier group in a cross-regional mobilization, which saw the flotilla led by the aircraft carrier crossing through the Miyako Strait, Bashi Channel and entering the South China Sea for exercises, the PLA Navy announced on Monday.

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UK Spy Agencies Predict More Assertive China Post-Coronavirus – Reports

Thursday, April 23, 2020 Comments Off on UK Spy Agencies Predict More Assertive China Post-Coronavirus – Reports

Successfully coping with the COVID-19 outbreak in recent months, Beijing set about restarting its massive economy a month ago. The rest of the world, meanwhile, remains on lockdown with economies virtually shut down, and hasn’t even begun to play catchup.

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Fire on China’s first amphibious assault ship to have no major impact: sources

Thursday, April 23, 2020 Comments Off on Fire on China’s first amphibious assault ship to have no major impact: sources

China’s first Type 075 amphibious assault ship reportedly caught on fire on Saturday at the Hudong Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai. Although thick smoke was seen on the ship, sources in the know said the accident was not significant and will not wield any major impact on further construction.

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Suspected Jemaah Islamiyah Leader on Trial in Indonesia

Monday, March 30, 2020 Comments Off on Suspected Jemaah Islamiyah Leader on Trial in Indonesia

The suspected leader of Indonesia’s al-Qaida-linked Jemaah Islamiyah network went on trial Wednesday on charges of terrorism that could result in a death sentence.

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Extremist charities spread in Indonesia

Monday, March 30, 2020 Comments Off on Extremist charities spread in Indonesia

The Indonesian government has arrested more than 1100 suspected terrorists since 2015, with still more killed in counter-terrorism operations or during attacks. As of 2018, there were 432 terrorist inmates across 117 prisons. Hundreds are undergoing or awaiting trial. While the Indonesian government is successfully enforcing the anti-terrorism law, the proliferation of extremist charities exposes […]

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Coronavirus outbreak rising globally, China’s outbreak continues to slow down

Monday, March 23, 2020 Comments Off on Coronavirus outbreak rising globally, China’s outbreak continues to slow down

The number of coronavirus infections in the world have been rising even as countries take precautionary measures to slow the spread down.

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Presidential Rift, Coronavirus Eclipse Afghan Peace Deal

Monday, March 23, 2020 Comments Off on Presidential Rift, Coronavirus Eclipse Afghan Peace Deal

A lingering dispute over Afghanistan’s presidential election and an outbreak of coronavirus in the country appear to have complicated further an already troubled effort the United States is making to help find a negotiated end to nearly 19 years of war.

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Japan Unveils Plans for Domestically-Made Hypersonic Weapons – Report

Monday, March 23, 2020 Comments Off on Japan Unveils Plans for Domestically-Made Hypersonic Weapons – Report

The blueprint reportedly stipulates the development of the Hypersonic Cruise Missile (HCM) and the Hyper Velocity Gliding Projectile (HVGP) which are expected to enter service in the early 2030s.

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Central Asian Countries Use Different Strategies To Deal With Coronavirus Crisis

Monday, March 23, 2020 Comments Off on Central Asian Countries Use Different Strategies To Deal With Coronavirus Crisis

A glance at a global map tracking the spread of the coronavirus just one week ago would have shown a large blank space south of Russia, north of Iran, and west of China as an area completely free of the virus.

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Chinese major homemade aircraft conducts test flights despite epidemic

Monday, March 23, 2020 Comments Off on Chinese major homemade aircraft conducts test flights despite epidemic

Major Chinese home-grown aircraft, including the C919 large passenger jet, AG600 large amphibious aircraft and Y-20 large transport aircraft, have managed to conduct test flights and operations despite the novel coronavirus epidemic.

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Erdogan Confirms First Turkish Soldier Deaths in Libya

Monday, March 2, 2020 Comments Off on Erdogan Confirms First Turkish Soldier Deaths in Libya

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed Tuesday the deaths of two Turkish soldiers in Libya, where Ankara has military forces in support of the internationally-backed government in Tripoli. Word of the losses comes as the Turkish opposition steps up pressure against Erdogan’s Libya policy.

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DOD Adopts 5 Principles of Artificial Intelligence Ethics

Monday, March 2, 2020 Comments Off on DOD Adopts 5 Principles of Artificial Intelligence Ethics

The Defense Department has formally adopted five principles for the ethical development of artificial intelligence capabilities.

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Kabul Chaos: Afghan Election Dispute Could Spill Over Into Peace Process

Monday, March 2, 2020 Comments Off on Kabul Chaos: Afghan Election Dispute Could Spill Over Into Peace Process

Afghanistan has averted a full-blown political crisis after the two main contenders in a bitterly disputed presidential election — each claiming victory — agreed to back down from their escalating feud.

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