07 Feb 2019

Is China about to abandon its ‘no first use’ nuclear weapons policy?

As China advances its nuclear weapons programs and works to close some of the major nuclear gaps between it and other major powers, some controversy is developing over whether these developments will lead to changes in its “no first strike” nuclear policy. With a kind of naval arms race and

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07 Feb 2019

Understanding China’s AI Strategy

China’s views, strategies, and prospects for A.I. in the areas of economics and national security will play a significant role in world politics and U.S. foreign relations. It is important, therefore, to work to understand them, without overgeneralizing, to the greatest extent possible, as these understands are essential for informing

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06 Feb 2019

Why 5G is a big deal for militaries throughout the world

The advent of the 5th generation (5G) of cellular mobile communications is of critical importance in terms of technological innovation and the transformation of the global economy. However, the implications of 5G also affect the realms of international security, conflict and cooperation. Already, the technology is a key element in the

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06 Feb 2019

Why your business needs to work with the government to fight cyber warfare

A new report by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) and the Chertoff Group highlights the importance of private and public sector cooperation in the fight against cyberattacks. As part of the research, business executives and former top-level government officials participated in a tabletop exercise. In the scenario, heightened geopolitical tensions

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04 Feb 2019

Chinese scientists make progress on nuclear submarine communication

In their early days, submarines were isolated from centralized command centers. Communications capabilities connecting them to command-and-control systems have made consistent improvements and, most recently, China has used inductive coupling and underwater acoustic communication technologies to boost real-time high-capacity data sharing between deep ocean transponders and satellite systems. One scientist

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01 Feb 2019

Trump hails China trade talks progress and says he will meet Xi Jinping soon

At a meeting with Chinese vice premier Liu He at the White House, US President Donald Trump has stated that after two days of negotiations, the United States and China are on their way to reach the “biggest deal ever made”. Trump also said that he would have one or even multiple

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31 Jan 2019

Venezuela’s Maduro Has 20 Tons of Gold Ready to Ship. Address Unknown

Sources have indicated that the Maduro regime in Venezuela has set aside nearly $1 billion in gold reserves, around 20% of the country’s total, for departure to an unknown location. The regime has been propped up from complete collapse through billions of dollars from Russia and China, and some have

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31 Jan 2019

China’s military-run space station in Argentina is a ‘black box’

Although the initial agreement included the building of a visitors’ center, a decade later, the program is complete and the facility in the Argentinian desert is surrounded by tall barbed wire fences with access to outsiders by appointment only. The site does not employ any locals or non-Chinese workers. While

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31 Jan 2019

World’s largest human migration: Travel for Chinese New Year is underway

While an estimated 54 million Americans make a long trip for Thanksgiving, this figure is dwarfed by travel numbers for the upcoming Chinese New Year. For this celebration, an estimated 413 million travelers will descend on the country’s railways and 73 million will take flights, beating last year’s numbers and

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30 Jan 2019

Cyberattacks: China and Russia can disrupt US power networks warns intelligence report

According to this year’s edition of the The Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community, the major cyberthreats for the US and its allies come from China and Russia. The report states that “China presents a persistent cyber espionage threat and a growing attack threat to our core military and

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