23 Nov 2021

Philippines navy completes resupply mission after Chinese blockade

Following a Chinese blockage in the South China Sea, navy vessels from the Philippines successfully completed a resupply mission at an outpost in the region. The mission was completed yesterday, according to the Philippino defense minister. Two vessels were unhindered earlier in the dar in reaching the Sierra Madre, a

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23 Nov 2021

China’s Continued Rise Hinges on Information Control

In November 2021, the U.S.-China Economic Security Review Commission published its annual report to Congress. The Commission addressed several key areas in the report including the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) ambitions in the wake of its centennial. One of these included China’s burgeoning use of its cyber capabilities as a state tool supporting its political, military, and economic well-being.

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19 Nov 2021

National Security, Space-Based Capabilities and U.S. Deterrence

Space has many strategic vectors: economic, military, cyber, and information warfare. It will play a vital role in the future of U.S. collaboration with its allies. Space is also on the list of domains that are part of The Chinese Dream for supremacy in areas like quantum computing and artificial intelligence. As China sees it, the U.S. could stand in the way of achieving its strategic aims in space. Classic deterrence theory (i.e., nuclear proliferation and deterrence) should be applied to these space-based challenges.

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18 Nov 2021

China is eyeing the metaverse as the next internet battleground

China last week launched its first metaverse industry group: the Metaverse Industry Committee, under the state-supervised China Mobile Communications Association (CMCA). Speaking at the launch ceremony (link in Chinese), which took place in a conference room decorated with the hammer-and-sickle flag of the Chinese Communist Party, the former vice-minister of the

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18 Nov 2021

Philippines accuses Chinese Coast Guard of firing water cannons on its supply boats

The Philippines has condemned the actions of the Chinese Coast Guard following an incident in which three vessels blocked Manila supply boats on Thursday. The vessels reportedly used water cannons on Manila boats on their way to a Phillippine-occupied atoll in the South China Sea. The Phillippines’ top diplomat, Foreign

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16 Nov 2021

A Better Understanding of the Size and Strength of China’s Great Firewall

A research team uncovered that the Great Firewall (GFW) runs a hidden layer of HTTPS censorship. Another team of researchers determined the size of the GFW through a nine-month project measuring Chinese DNS censorship. Censorship evasion strategy tools and a DNS blocking measurement platform dashboard have also been made available by the researchers.

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16 Nov 2021

China took control of an Italian military drone maker without authorities knowing it, report says

Two Chinese state firms took control of an Italian military drone maker more than three years ago via an offshore company — without the knowledge of authorities in Italy and Europe, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday. The offshore company, Mars (HK) Information Technology, started the process of transferring Alpi’s technical

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11 Nov 2021

‘Captain America’ Protester Gets Nearly Six Years in Prison for Hong Kong Mall Chants

Ma Chun, a 30-year-old former food deliveryman has been sentenced to five years in jail after protesting carrying a Captain America shield. China maintains that Mr. Ma was guilty of promoting independence, a sentence that carries tough penalties for public dissent. Mr. Ma was charged under the national security law

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09 Nov 2021

U.S. Tests Israel’s Iron Dome in Guam as Defense Against Chinese Cruise Missiles

Israel has used advanced technology called the Iron Dome missile defense system to intercept thousands of Palestinian rockets and mortars. The dome defense system is now being tested by the US in Guam, aiming to increase defenses against Chinese ballistic missiles. The dome can only protect against limited types of

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09 Nov 2021

Chinese hackers are targeting Zoho ManageEngine software

Microsoft has issued an alert regarding the exploitation of systems running Zoho ManageEngine ADSeflService Plus. Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC) has detected exploits originating from a sophisticated Chinese hacker group. Microsoft stated that the group is targeting an obscure bug in the Zoho software to install a web shell. The

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