28 Jun 2018

China increases defense ties with Africa

Beijing established its first military base in Africa last year and it is now expected that more will follow as joint exercises increase across the continent, especially in countries where the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative has made significant investments. At the first China-Africa Defense and Security Forum this week,

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25 Jun 2018

Pentagon: China’s ‘Thousand Talents’ program labeled a national security threat

An unclassified analysis of China’s ‘Thousand Talents’ program has named it a project to “facilitate the legal and illicit transfer of US technology, intellectual property and know-how” to China as part of the country’s aggressive “toolkit for foreign technology acquisition.” The program began in 2008 and is likely the largest

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25 Jun 2018

China’s military absords its Coast Guard

On the coattails of another restructuring that placed China’s People Armed Police Force and its 1.5 million employees under the structure of the People’s Liberation Army, the China Coast Guard has been restructured within the Central Military Commission. Experts predict that the integration will follow be patterned similarly to the

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21 Jun 2018

Newest US tariffs could reduce China’s growth by up to .5%

If the threatened tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods are implemented, economists predict that they could cut China’s economic growth by up to .5 percentage points. China’s pace of growth has continued to slow, and such a reduction could push it well underneath its 6.5% growth projection for 2018.

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21 Jun 2018

Senior shipbuilding executive in China arrested for selling military secrets to the CIA

The most recent espionage case involving China and the US has surfaced, this time in China where a senior executive with the Chinese state-owned China Shipbuilding Industry Corp (CSIC) is accused of “gross violation of laws and party discipline,” by Chinese oversight bodies. Although the oversight bodies have not released

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20 Jun 2018

Chinese hackers breach satellite, defense companies

Security researchers at Symantec identified a major breach of satellite operators, defense contractors, and telecoms in the U.S. and southeast Asia by Chinese hackers. Symantec reported that the hack was likely driven by national espionage efforts working to intercept military and civilian communications. The hacks had the capabilities of changing

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20 Jun 2018

Space Force: China cautions against outer space arms race

Responding to President Trump’s executive order for the establishment of a “Space Force” within the US military, China warned that such a decision could result in an space arms race. US worries over Chinese and Russian development of powerful space technology and weaponry, mostly against satellites and GPS systems, have

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20 Jun 2018

US may be falling behind in the Arctic

New strategic shipping lanes and a number of natural resources have become accessible due to continued meltdown of the polar ice cap. And, while Russia and China have made the Arctic a strategic priority, the US did not mention it anywhere in its National Defense Strategy released in January. This

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19 Jun 2018

China’s Xi praises North Korea’s Kim for Trump summit, promises support

On his third trip to China this year, Kim met with Chinese President Xi Jinping where he received praise for the Trump summit and assurances of China’s continued friendship. “No matter the chances in the international and regional situation, China’s party and government’s resolute position on being dedicated to consolidating

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19 Jun 2018

China’s Belt and Road extends to space, too

China’s Belt-and-Road-Initiative (BRI) is a multi-trillion dollars investment in the infrastructure of Asia, Africa, and Europe, including oceans. Currently including around 70 countries, the project has begun reaching into space, as high tech satellites have begun to accompany infrastructure development projects in many countries. As a part of the BRI,

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