12 Oct 2018

In Pacific, US Army Shifts Training from Disaster Relief to War

“Not long ago, U.S. Army forces in the Pacific spent most of their training time preparing for humanitarian relief missions, evacuations from natural disasters, and efforts to build up allied security forces. Not anymore. Since President Donald Trump has come to office, the administration has issued a new National Security Strategy

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11 Oct 2018

Chinese spy charged with trying to steal U.S. aviation trade secrets

“A spy for the Chinese Ministry of State Security was arrested and indicted on charges of economic espionage and attempting to steal trade secrets from several U.S. aviation and aerospace companies, the Justice Department said on Wednesday. Chinese operative Yanjun Xu, a deputy division director for the ministry’s Jiangsu State

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11 Oct 2018

One-fifth of Chinese tycoons drop out of Hurun Rich List

As of August 15th, 456 Chinese businessmen lost their position on the Huran Research Institute’s “Rich List” of individuals worth over 2 billion yuan ($290 million USD) in 2018. This number accounts for 21% of the total and marks the largest drop-off since the data started being compiled 20 years

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10 Oct 2018

EU harbors fears about China’s maritime Silk Roads

The EU is not a political entity known for reaching consensus with speed. Its fears over security-related foreign investments, specifically from China, however, have activated debates and movements towards stringent policies. “We are not naive free traders,” stated EU President Jean-Claude Juncker. “Europe must always defend its strategic interests. This

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08 Oct 2018

Interpol president resigns after going ‘missing’ and turning up under investigation in China

In an extremely bizarre series of events, Interpol president Meng Hongwei was reported missing by his wife, the Chinese government confirmed that he is being “monitored and investigated” by anti-corruption party investigators, and Interpol announced that they had received his resignation. When Meng, a vice minister of public security in China,

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05 Oct 2018

Report: China Used Tiny Chips to Infiltrate the U.S. Supply Chain

“Tiny surveillance microchips, produced by Chinese company SuperMicro, were placed inside hardware within data centers used by Apple, Amazon and other large U.S. tech companies, Bloomberg reported on Thursday. The chips were allegedly used to gather information like trade secrets and intellectual property. According to the report, 30 U.S. companies were affected, but no consumer data was

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04 Oct 2018

US still has technological edge, but Chinese drones proliferating across Middle East

“Across the Middle East, countries locked out of purchasing U.S.-made drones due to rules over excessive civilian casualties are being wooed by Chinese arms dealers, who are world’s main distributor of armed drones. ‘The Chinese product now doesn’t lack technology, it only lacks market share,’ said Song Zhongping, a Chinese

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02 Oct 2018

Is informationalization the modern equivalent of industrialization? How the U.S. Should Respond to China’s Informatization Strategy

Is “informationalization” the modern equivalent of industrialization? Chinese President Xi Jinping thinks so. In the same way that industrialization reshaped the economic structure of human life and interactions around the world, “informationalization” is transforming everything from everyday consumer products to military capabilities. This War on the Rocks commentary tracks the

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28 Sep 2018

China Will Close Artificial Intelligence Gap by End of 2018, Lawmakers Warn

“Artificial intelligence technologies are capable of disrupting every aspect of society and the United States must do more to maintain leadership in the area, the leaders of a House panel said in a report released Tuesday. Artificial intelligence ‘has the potential to disrupt every sector of society in both anticipated

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27 Sep 2018

US to remove several missile defense systems from the Middle East, highlighting shift in focus

The US will remove two Patriot missile of its defense batteries from Kuwait, one from Bahrain, and one from Jordan next month, according to military sources. The batteries will be returned to the U.S. for upgrades and then relocated elsewhere. While it has not been announced where they will be

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