05 Jul 2018

China’s army struggling with ‘peace disease’ after years without a war

The official newspaper of the Chinese Military published an article highlighting the struggle the force haces due to “peace disease,” as the army has not engaged with another country since Vietnam in the late 1970s. One of the key problems of this “disease” is the regular falsification of training data

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03 Jul 2018

The Belt and Road Bubble Is Starting to Burst

Risky projects funded as part of China’s “Go Out” policy for domestic businesses have begun to have an impact on Chinese banks and the larger economy. The policies created easily-accessible credit for foreign projects and encouraged investments, but many of these have severely underperformed. China’s foreign asset purchases have increasingly

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29 Jun 2018

Technological entanglement

An interesting paper from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute looking at issues of entanglement and dual-use technologies.

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29 Jun 2018

China’s “debt trap” in Sri Lanka and beyond

China’s financial practices in Sri Lanka have created a deteriorating debt balance approaching 100% of GDP. Along with Sri Lanka, eight other nations are projected to fall into a “vulnerable” debt situation with China, according to the Center for Global Development, through Belt and Road Initiative investment debts. These countries

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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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