29 Jun 2018

Silicon Valley could be next battlefield in US trade war

Over 20 venture capital firms in Silicon Valley have close ties to entities either owned or funded by the Chinese government. With the ongoing focus on intellectual property, high-tech research, and China’s efforts to gain U.S. technologies, it is likely that their embedded presence in Silicon Valley will also come

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29 Jun 2018

Australia warns of cold war-style espionage as it passes law banning covert foreign interference in politics

Australia passed two pieces of national security legislation that critics complain criminalizes dissent and is unnecessarily directed towards China, the country’s largest trading partner. The laws ban covert foreign interference in politics, criminalize industrial espionage, and create a public register where lobbyists for foreign governments must be listed. Proponents emphasize

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29 Jun 2018

China opens bids for first nuclear-powered icebreaker

Reflecting the arctic’s increased position as a strategic priority for China, the country recently opened bids for the production of its first nuclear-powered icebreaker. Russia currently dominates globally in terms of civilian-operated nuclear-powered icebreakers, maintaining a fleet of four with three more on the way. The Russian military fleet boasts

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29 Jun 2018

Pentagon Intelligence Chief: Russia And China Will Have Weapons in Space ‘In the Near Future’

In what has been called the most “overt” acknowledgement by U.S. intelligence regarding Russian and Chinese weaponization of space, the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency stated that U.S. superiority in the domain is decreasing as China and Russia develop powerful satellite and anti-satellite technology. Both countries have developed ground

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28 Jun 2018

Trump to use U.S. security review panel to curb China tech investments

“U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he will use a strengthened national security review process to thwart Chinese acquisitions of sensitive American technologies, a softer approach than imposing China-specific investment restrictions. The decision marks a victory for Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in a fierce White House debate over the

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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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