Archive for the ‘South East Asia’ Category

Al Qaeda gaining strength as terror fight focuses on ISIS

Monday, August 3, 2020 Comments Off on Al Qaeda gaining strength as terror fight focuses on ISIS

Tackling extremist online terrorist messages must remain a priority for security services as ISIS continues to pose a threat, according to an EU crime report.

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Tensions Rise as Washington Rejects Beijing’s Maritime Claims

Monday, July 27, 2020 Comments Off on Tensions Rise as Washington Rejects Beijing’s Maritime Claims

While Southeast Asian countries support the U.S. position on the South China Sea, they fear it could be a flash point for conflict.

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Preventing a Bloody Harvest on the Armenia-Azerbaijan State Border

Monday, July 27, 2020 Comments Off on Preventing a Bloody Harvest on the Armenia-Azerbaijan State Border

Fighting in July interrupted what had been a stretch of relative quiet on the Armenia-Azerbaijan border. The incidents underscored how quickly and unexpectedly this front can erupt. The two countries should take better advantage of a hotline created in 2018 to avoid dangerous misunderstandings.

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Russia did pay extremists to attack US soldiers in Afghanistan, according to 3 separate Taliban sources

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 Comments Off on Russia did pay extremists to attack US soldiers in Afghanistan, according to 3 separate Taliban sources

Taliban commanders have confirmed that Russia has offered financial and material support to its members in exchange for attacking US forces in Afghanistan.

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China’s Undeclared War on India

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 Comments Off on China’s Undeclared War on India

China’s artificial islands in the South China Sea — equipped with military bases, naval ports and airfields — pose a strategic threat to neighboring countries. In 2018, China landed nuclear strike-capable bombers on these artificial islands, sending an alarming message to the U.S. and regional powers.

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Hezbollah’s Hassan Nasrallah calls for closer ties to China

Saturday, June 27, 2020 Comments Off on Hezbollah’s Hassan Nasrallah calls for closer ties to China

During a June 17 speech eulogizing former Palestinian Islamic Jihad Secretary-General Ramadan Shalah and Hezbollah commander Hajj Abu Ali Farhat, Hassan Nasrallah called for a realignment with China in an attempt to end Lebanon’s dependence on western aid during its economic crises.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient, South East Asia

Dump China: Time to End Beijing’s Pernicious Tech Empire

Saturday, June 27, 2020 Comments Off on Dump China: Time to End Beijing’s Pernicious Tech Empire

China’s window of vulnerability… is only a few years at most. So this is the time for the world to act.

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Jihadist group confirms arrest of Uzbek commander

Sunday, June 21, 2020 Comments Off on Jihadist group confirms arrest of Uzbek commander

Jabhat Ansar al Din (JaD), a longstanding pro-al Qaeda group in Syria, has confirmed the arrest of Abu Saloh al Uzbeki earlier this week. Uzbeki was the founder and former emir of Hay’at Tahrir al Sham’s Katibat al Tawhid wal Jihad (KTJ).

This was posted under category: Afghanistan, Eurasia, South East Asia

Strategic competitors in search of China: The story of Romania and Bulgaria

Sunday, June 21, 2020 Comments Off on Strategic competitors in search of China: The story of Romania and Bulgaria

Romanian and Bulgarian interests have diverged on many occasions throughout history, but their outlooks have recently become more aligned. For one thing, both countries have fostered a competitive dynamic to exploit their advantageous position near the Black Sea, or to join the EU and the Schengen Area. Their narratives regarding China are also similar. Today, […]

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IntelBrief: Tensions between China and India Have Asia—and the World—on Edge

Saturday, June 20, 2020 Comments Off on IntelBrief: Tensions between China and India Have Asia—and the World—on Edge

Bottom Line Up Front

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Trump Calls China’s Actions on Hong Kong ‘Plain Violations’

Monday, June 8, 2020 Comments Off on Trump Calls China’s Actions on Hong Kong ‘Plain Violations’

U.S. President Donald Trump says China’s actions on Hong Kong are “plain violations of its treaty obligations” in remarks Friday that strongly criticized Beijing on a host of issues including its trade practices, handling of the coronavirus pandemic and dealings with the World Health Organization.

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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.

This was posted under category: Balkans, Eurasia, South East Asia

‘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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