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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18 Jun 2018

Google investing $550 million in Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com

Expanding its holdings in the competitive and fast-growing Asian market, Google is investing over half a billion dollars in the Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com. The Google-JD.com agreement is designed to promote JD.com products on Google’s shopping platform and expand the company into the U.S. and Europe from its regional base

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11 Jun 2018

China Hacked a Navy Contractor and Stole 600GB of Data

Chinese hackers breached a US Navy contractor in January and February, stealing information on naval technologies, weapons, and plans. While government officials have said all compromised data was unclassified, the breach underscores ongoing difficulties with contractors and agencies concerning the protection of sensitive data. The most significant breach in recent

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09 Jun 2018

China to see record number of corporate defaults this year, analysts say

A combination of a “credit crunch,” regulation, and decreased market confidence has driven a scenario likely to break negative records in the corporate bond market and drive record numbers of defaults this year. “As well as cutting their own holdings, Chinese banks have pulled back from lending to other firms

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09 Jun 2018

China’s exports to US rise while falling elsewhere

Data for the month of May shows increased trade deficit for the US vis-à-vis China, while decreasing for the rest of the world. This comes in the midst of the ongoing trade dispute that has raised uncertainty of future financial positions.  Source: China’s exports to US rise despite an overall

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06 Jun 2018

Inaugural China-Africa Defense Forum Announced

China has announced the first China-Africa Defense Forum, which will take place this summer in June and July. This step is the latest in a series of actions working to develop ties in new areas and develop more sustainable, mutually beneficial partnerships with African states as compared to its more

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06 Jun 2018

A “Hybrid Approach” to the Weaponization of Space and New Opportunities for Cooperation

An upcoming international conference in Vienna to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first UN Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space seeks to “consider the future course of global space cooperation for the benefit of humankind.” This conference comes at a time where the weaponization of

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06 Jun 2018

Chinese colony forming in Cambodia?

A massive 3.8 billion USD project on the Cambodian coastline, ostensibly for Chinese tourism, has started to look like a closed economic zone solely for Chinese workers, investors, and visitors. The land, leased for 99 years in 2008, includes 20% of Cambodia’s coastline at a rate of only 30 USD

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06 Jun 2018

Expert question geopolitical motivations behind Chinese investment in Myanmar

“To understand China’s top priority in Myanmar, forget Beijing’s involvement in the country’s sputtering peace process, or efforts to restart its backed but now suspended 3.9 billion USD hydroelectric dam, or even securing rights to extract copper at the locally resisted mine outside of Mandalay…these are all subordinate interests to

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05 Jun 2018

Former US intelligence officer arrested in Seattle on China spying charges

The officer, arrested en route to China, held a top-secret clearance for many years, working for over 20 years with the US army, the DIA, and as a civilian DIA case officer. He is accused of exchanging information concerning US military and intelligence for $800,000.  Source: Former US intelligence officer

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