The Approach

Updated News Coverage as the End Approaches


This page is a work in progress. We are leading up to the fulfillment of what God has revealed He is going to do in destroying America: sabre-rattling, spy vs spy, geopolitical alliances, military muscle-flexing, war talk, war moves, war threats – God is moving the nations into place. I also post important Israeli geopolitical news here since it’s leading up to the eventual return of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Russia is about to give Vladimir Putin the power to launch nuclear strikes first

https://finance.yahoo.com

Vladimir Putin could be given the power to launch nuclear strikes first under plans to change the law in Russia.

Currently Russia’s military doctrine bans the initial use of nuclear weapons unless Russia is threatened by weapons of mass destruction.

But senators in the Federation Council have reportedly recommended that Russia should be allowed to retaliate with nuclear weapons if the country is attacked by conventional, “non-nuclear strategic weapons”.

Russia’s Next Weapon: A Church

https://nationalinterest.org

The Russian military plans to build a military church to bolster the spiritual values of its armed forces.

…The “new church will be one more example of the people’s unity around the idea of patriotism, love, and devotion to our Motherland,” Colonel General Andrei] Kartapolov told Russian journalists.

…“Kartapolov is convinced that the modern Russian serviceman cannot be shaped without shaping lofty spirituality in him,” Russian media said. “Speaking about ideology, the deputy head of the military department pointed out that this will be based on knowledge of the history of our Motherland and people and on historical and cultural traditions.”

“Even though the Russian constitution states that ‘no ideology may be established as state or obligatory,’ the Kremlin continues to search for a unifying set of beliefs,” notes the U.S. Army’s Foreign Military Studies Office.

Persecuted Christians. ACN: almost 300 million in the world, amidst ultra-nationalism and fundamentalism. The indifference of the Western world.

https://agensir.it

Almost 300 million Christians in the world – one in seven – are persecuted in the Country where they live and continue being the religious group suffering the most serious cases of human rights violations, abuse and violence. This is what emerges from the 14th Report on Religious Freedom by Aid to the Church in Need – https://acs-italia.org/> presented November 22 in Rome, at the Italian Embassy to the Holy See. The Report, released in six languages, will simultaneously be presented in 23 ACN seats worldwide.

In the period under review – June 2016/June 2018 – religious freedom violations in many Countries have significantly increased. 38 Countries were identified as theatres of “serious cases of extreme violations.” Of these, 21 were placed in the top ‘Persecution’ category: Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Burma, China, North Korea, Eritrea, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Libya, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Yemen, the remaining 17  in the ‘Discrimination’ category. These are: Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bhutan, Brunei, Egypt, Russian Federation, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Maldives, Mauritania, Qatar, Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine and Vietnam. In 17 of these 38 Countries the situation has grown worse. The situation remains unvaried –i.e. extremely serious –  in North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Afghanistan and Eritrea where persecution “manifests its cruellest face”,
Alfredo Mantovano and Alessandro Monteduro, respectively President and Director of ACN-Italy, wrote in the introduction.
The most worrying trends highlighted in the Report include the emergence of a form of ultra-nationalism that considers faith minorities a threat to the State, an exasperation of nationalism that shows hostility against religious groups.

12/12/2018
US in ‘hysterics’ after Russian nuclear-capable bombers land in Venezuela

https://www.scmp.com

The Kremlin has slammed Washington’s “undiplomatic” response to its deployment of two bomber planes to Venezuela for exercises.

Two Russian long-range strategic bombers landed in Venezuela on Monday for what the Venezuelan government said were air force exercises aimed at strengthening the defence of the leftist-ruled South American country.

12/12/2018
UK MUST prepare for ALL OUT WAR against Russia, China and Iran military chief warns

https://www.express.co.uk

THE UK must prepare for all out war and shift away from our peacetime mentality amid rising fears from superstates Russia, China and Iran, the head of the military has said.

General Sir Nick Carter warned Russia, China, Iran and sadistic terrorist organisations like ISIS are a colossal threat towards the UK. He said Britain’s security, stability and prosperity are being challenged by the “ambitious” superstates. He admitted, “the multilateral system that has assured our stability since 1945 is threatened” and mass migration was “arguably an existential threat to Europe”.

Mr Carter said, in his first lecture as Chief of the Defence Staff at the Royal United Services Institute, that Russia and China had “studied our strengths and invested carefully in new methods and capabilities that are designed to exploit weaknesses”.

The UK must now shift away from our peacetime mentality and embrace the innovation to stop these threats to our national security.

12/12/2018
The EU’s response to Russia must be bold and unanimous

https://www.theguardian.com

It was always just a matter of time before the smouldering conflict between Russia and Ukraine in the Sea of Azov, a body of water to the north-east of Crimea, escalated militarily.

…What has to be done now? We can no longer rule out further Russian aggression, for example on the coastline of the Sea of Azov, designed to open a land route to the Crimean peninsula. Above all, the EU’s response must be coherent and unanimous: our greatest strength lies in our unity. Military means are out of the question, but all measures short of war should be taken into account.

12/11/2018
China Girds for Undersea Battle in the South China Sea

https://nationalinterest.org

The undersea domain is a key determinant of the emergent U.S.-China rivalry in the western Pacific. Over the years, Dragon Eye columns have examined Chinese sea mines , small frigates ( type 056 ), anti-submarine warfare (ASW) helicopters, “ missile torpedoes ,” large amphibious aircraft , and unmanned undersea vehicles (UUVs) and submarines. So, American strategists should take note when China reports on the set up of a new operational unit of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy that is flying the Chinese naval service’s first genuine long-range maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) optimized for anti-submarine warfare. According to a recent issue of Ordnance Science and Technology [兵工科技], a unit comprised of several GX-6 [高新六号] ASW aircraft was activated in the South Sea Fleet during the spring of 2018.

12/11/2018
Moscow Deploys Latest Electronic Warfare Systems in Kaliningrad

https://jamestown.org

On October 28, the Russian Ministry of Defense confirmed that the latest version of the Samarkand EW system had been deployed to Kaliningrad and other strategic areas. At least 16 of these new systems were deployed in 13 units, as part of a wider program costing 61 million rubles ($920,000) and scheduled for completion by November 2019. Moscow-based Russian military specialists believe that the Samarkand EW system is designed to jam an adversary’s communication systems; it would target enemy command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) assets and operate against GPS (including by “spoofing”), confusing enemy coordinates.

12/11/2018
Spot on: Russia to track future US missiles with upgraded over-the-horizon radar

https://www.rt.com

In response to US plans to pull out of the INF Treaty and the active development of its hypersonic technology, Russia is building a network of radar stations best suited to detect missile launches from afar.

Russia is seeking to install Container-type over-the-horizon (OTH) radar stations along its borders. The move will substantially boost Moscow’s capabilities to monitor airspace and detect missile launches, particularly in case of hypersonic projectiles.

12/10/2018
Massive Ukrainian offensive to begin on December 14 – Basurin

https://dan-news.info

 

Large Ukrainian force of 12,000 troops is to launch a massive offensive on Mariupol direction on December 14, said DPR People’s Militia deputy chief-of-staff Eduard Basurin.

“Our intelligence has irrefutable proof of a prepared offensive of Ukrainian forces on Mariupol direction. The information received from reliable sources reveals all their plans. Their aim is to gain control over Novoazovskiy and Telmanovskiy districts and the DPR-Russian border section outside Konkovo and Kholodnoye.”

…The plan is that in the morning December 14, the artillery preparation will be followed by an offensive of 128th and 79th brigades moving from Granitnoye-Shirokino line towards Klinkino to reach DPR border by December 15 night. The Azov regiments and 36th marine brigade will be tasked with cleansings of the territory to remove “all unwanted elements contesting Ukrainian occupation”.

12/10/2018
Satellite photos reveal buildup of Russian forces on Ukraine border

https://www.news.com.au

A build-up of Russian, troops, tanks and equipment on its border with Ukraine is increasing fears of invasion as fighting flares in the east of the country.

Ukrainian media is reporting fresh commercially-available satellite photos reveal several heavy IL-76 cargo aircraft flying into the Dzhankoi air base in occupied Crimea.

12/10/2018
Russia Now World’s No. 2 Arms Producer – Think Tank

https://sputniknews.com

The arms sales of the Russian companies listed among the world’s 100 largest arms manufacturers accounted for 9.5 percent of the hundred’s total in 2017, making Russia world’s second biggest arms producer after the United States, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said in a press release on Monday.

12/9/2018
Senior Chinese military official urges PLAN to attack US naval vessels in S. China Sea

https://www.taiwannews.com.tw5

At a conference held in Beijing on Saturday, Chinese government and military officials discussed issues in the South China Sea and the current state of relations between the U.S. and China.

Chinese media reports that the situation in the South China Sea is expected grow more intense over the coming year, with one senior military official also declaring that China should be prepared to attack United States naval vessels, should the U.S. violate Chinese “territorial waters.”

Dai Xu (戴旭), who is President of the Institute of Marine Safety and Cooperation, as well as a PLA Air Force Colonel Commandant, was quoted by the tabloid Global Times saying the following.

“If the U.S. warships break into Chinese waters again, I suggest that two warships should be sent: one to stop it, and another one to ram it… In our territorial waters, we won’t allow US warships to create disturbance.”

Referring to the increasingly regular Freedom of Navigation Operations (FONOPs) being carried out by the United States in the South China Sea, Dai said he couldn’t understand why people in China were afraid of using military force to counter U.S. FONOP activity.

12/9/2018
Israel ‘advises’ Trump to boost Djibouti US military presence

https://menafn.com

The United States should boost its military presence in Djibouti and the region surrounding the Bab al-Mandab Strait to counter an increasingly assertive — and belligerent — China , say Israeli intelligence officials and independent experts

…Rabi told Breaking Defense that the U.S faces a major strategic problem: ‘The Chinese chose Djibouti because of its strategic location in Africa and mainly because it gives foreign military forces that built bases in this country control of one of the most important water ways – the Bab Al Mandeb Strait. The U.S understood the move very late and now there is very little Washington can do.’ 

12/8/2018
Russia’s New Stealth Fighter Will Have Missiles That Can Travel At Hypersonic Speeds, Up to 10 Times Faster Than Sound

https://www.newsweek.com

Russia’s new stealth jet is reportedly set to be equipped with hypersonic missiles said to be invincible to all current defense systems.

A source within the Russian defense industry informed the state-run Tass Russian News Agency on Thursday that the Sukhoi Su-57 fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighter would be equipped with missiles with specs resembling those of the Kh-47M2 Kinzhal hypersonic missile. The weapon was revealed earlier this year by Russian President Vladimir Putin and was said to be capable of traveling at Mach 10, or 10 times the speed of sound.

12/8/2018
Russia and Vietnam to strengthen military cooperation

https://www.armyrecognition.com

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has pledged to strengthen military cooperation between the Russian and Vietnamese defense ministries at a meeting with Vietnamese Deputy Minister of National Defense Nguyen Chi Vinh held in Moscow, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

12/8/2018
Will Iran warships in Venezuela cause alarm? This is going to bother neighboring countries

https://www.miamiherald.com

An announcement that Iran may deploy new-generation warships to Venezuelan waters is being regarded by analysts as the mother of all provocations because it could alter the region’s geopolitical balance and almost certainly disturb the U.S. government.

“The arrival of these Iranian ships would upset the regional order,” said Rocio San Miguel, president of Control Ciudadano, a non-governmental organization that monitors Venezuela’s armed forces. This is going to bother neighboring countries and “generate an undesirable situation,” she added in a telephone interview from Spain.

12/7/2018
Cunning plan: Poland wants to set up a US military base right next to Russia’s Kaliningrad

https://www.rt.com

Poland and the US are reportedly in talks over setting up an American military base on the border with Kaliningrad, the Russian exclave on the Baltic Sea. How serious, and most importantly, how realistic are Warsaw’s plans?

Polish diplomatic sources told Russian paper Izvestiya that a US military base could soon appear very close to Kaliningrad. Even though the final decision is yet to be made, the most likely site for the base has reportedly been picked.

It’s the town of Orzysz, mere 140km (87 miles) away from Kaliningrad. Among its advantages as a location for a permanent military base is Orzysz’s proximity to the Russian border. Besides that, it has all the necessary infrastructure, including a training facility.

12/6/2018
Russian warplanes, navy ships to visit Venezuela

https://www.dailyitem.com

Russia’s defense minister says the country’s aircraft and navy ships will make visits to Venezuela.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu made the statement during Thursday’s talks in Moscow with his Venezuelan counterpart Vladimir Padrino Lopez. Shoigu said Russia’s military aircraft would continue to make stopovers in Venezuela and its ships would calls at its ports as part of bilateral military cooperation, but didn’t mention any specific dates.

12/6/2018
US military carries out ‘extraordinary’ flight over Ukraine in response to Russia’s ‘unprovoked attack’

https://www.foxnews.com

The U.S. military flew an “extraordinary” Open Skies Treaty flight over Ukraine on Thursday in response to Russia’s “unprovoked attack” on allied Ukrainian forces late last month in the Black Sea near the Kerch Strait.

The maneuver is the first flight of its kind over Ukraine since 2014, when Russian forces annexed Crimea, according to Eric Pahon, a Pentagon spokesman.

“The timing of this flight is intended to reaffirm U.S. commitment to Ukraine and other partner nations,” a Pentagon statement said. “Russia’s unprovoked attack on Ukrainian naval vessels in the Black Sea near the Kerch Strait is a dangerous escalation in a pattern of increasingly provocative and threatening activity.”

12/6/2018
Russian Military Tracks US Destroyer in Sea of Japan – MoD

https://sputniknews.com

The USS McCampbell guided missile destroyer did not come closer than 100 kilometres (62 miles) from Russian territorial waters, Russian Defence Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov stated.

The US destroyer was moving under the control of the big anti-submarine ship Admiral Tributs, the aircraft of Russian Pacific fleet aviation, according to the Russian Defence Ministry.

12/5/2018
Seoul voices concerns as more Chinese military aircraft spread their wings in South Korean air defence zone

https://sg.news.yahoo.com

South Korea has voiced its frustration about repeated intrusions into its air defence identification zone by Chinese military aircraft, moves that analysts say reflect Beijing’s opposition to strengthening ties between Seoul, Tokyo and Washington.

12/5/2018
U.S. Military Tests Russia at Sea Days After Warning From China

https://www.newsweek.com

The U.S. military has sent a message to Russia by sailing through a disputed waterway near Japan. The move came only a week after China mobilized its own vessels in response to a perceived transgression by the Navy.

12/5/2018
Russia will respond to any ‘US military build-up in Cyprus’

https://cyprus-mail.com

“It [Cyprus] is being drawn into US and Nato plans in the eastern Mediterranean,” she added. “In Moscow we can’t ignore the anti-Russian element in these [US] plans and in the event that they are implemented we will be forced to take countermeasures.”

12/5/2018
Russia Puts Laser Weapons Into Service As U.S. Threatens to Scrap Nuclear Missiles Treaty

https://www.newsweek.com

The Russian armed forces have entered a new, futuristic weapon into service as talk of new conflicts between Moscow, its neighbors and the West plagued the European continent.

The Peresvet laser complex was put on experimental combat duty on Saturday, according to Krasnaya Zvezda, the official newspaper of the Russian Defense Ministry. The report said that the equipment was originally delivered to units last year as part of a state armament program and that personnel underwent special training on the weapons at the A.F. Mozhaysky Military-Space Academy in St. Petersburg.

12/5/2018
Russia Threatens to Target U.S. Allies If Trump Exits Treaty

https://themoscowtimes.com

Russia will target countries hosting U.S. missiles if Washington goes ahead with plans to pull out of a landmark Cold War arms treaty, General Staff chief Valery Gerasimov said Wednesday.

“If the INF treaty is destroyed, we won’t leave it without a response,” he said in a presentation to foreign military attaches in Moscow, according to an official transcript. “You as military professionals must understand that the target for Russian retaliation won’t be U.S. territory but the countries where the intermediate-range missiles are deployed.”

His comments came hours after the U.S. said it would pull out of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty in 60 days if Russia doesn’t stop alleged violations. Moscow says it’s complying with the deal. Gerasimov accused the U.S. of seeking to shift the blame for its demise to Russia.

12/5/2018
Russia Is Ramping up Forces Near Border, Ukrainian Military Chief Says

https://themoscowtimes.com

General Viktor Muzhenko gestured to a series of satellite images which he said showed the presence of Russian T-62 M tanks stationed 18 kilometers from the Ukrainian border.

They had more than doubled to 250 from 93 machines within the space of two weeks from mid-September to Oct 1.

For Muzhenko this is evidence of a concerted build-up of Russian forces in the run-up to Nov. 25, when Russia fired on and captured three Ukrainian vessels at the Kerch Strait, an action Kiev’s leadership fears may be a precursor to a full-scale invasion.

12/4/2018
Escalation of military-political confrontation, trade wars likely in 2019: Eurasia Report

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com

NEW DELHI: Increased geo-political competition between Russia, the US and China, escalation of military-political confrontation and trade wars between these three nations and the possibility of a “Great War” in the Middle East are concerns for 2019, an international study has pointed out.

“The world faces major crises in 2019 with escalation of military-political confrontation and trade wars, humanitarian tragedies and environmental disasters,” according to the study ‘Global Risks for Eurasia in 2019’, conducted by 30 top global experts.

12/4/2018
While confronting Iran in Syria, Israel may have to defy Russia

https://www.jpost.com

…Indeed, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu repeatedly has vowed to continue targeting Iranian installations in Syria, with other officials intimating that Jerusalem might, if absolutely necessary, destroy anti-missile batteries perhaps manned by Russian soldiers.

12/4/2018
Russia Pledges to Hold over 4,000 Military Drills in 2019

https://www.breitbart.com

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu pledged on Tuesday to hold over 4,000 military drills throughout 2019, as well as around 8,500 practical combat training events as the Putin regime seeks to shore up its military preparation.

12/3/2018
Beijing ‘steps up naval patrols’ in Taiwan Strait in pushback at US warships

https://www.scmp.com

Taiwan’s defence ministry confirmed on Monday that naval vessels from the mainland have stepped up patrols in the western part of the Taiwan Strait this year in what analysts say is a reaction to the increased number of US warships sent into the waters to test Beijing.

12/3/2018
Russia Test-launches Missiles for Its Moscow Defense System

https://www.haaretz.com

Russian military released footage on Saturday of a test-launch of a modern air-defense system used to protect the air space over Moscow.

11/30/2018
Russia Military Tests Missile Defense as Ukraine Prepares for War Against Its Only ‘Enemy’

https://www.newsweek.com

The Russian military sent yet another defensive missile system Friday to the contested Crimean Peninsula, while Kiev’s leadership warned that Ukraine is training for what may be an imminent war.

Amid rising tensions stemming from an unresolved and violent maritime dispute Sunday, Russia deployed the Pantsir-S anti-missile and anti-aircraft system to Crimea, which Moscow has exerted control over since a 2014 referendum disputed by Ukraine, the West and their allies. In a statement, Southern Military District—which includes Crimea and other areas bordering Ukraine—said the move came after the systems were test-fired at the Kapustin Yar training ground in Russia’s Astrakhan region.

11/28/2018
Commander of 2nd Fleet latest to sound alarm over Russian subs

https://www.navytimes.com

The head of the Navy’s newly resurrected 2nd Fleet warned Wednesday of Russian submarine activity in the Atlantic Ocean, the latest senior military leader to sound the alarm in recent months.

“Let’s be frank, the Russian undersea threat is real,” Vice Adm. Andrew “Woody” Lewis said at a maritime security event hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. “They are very competent.”

 

11/26/2018
Defense Officials Warn of China and Russia Tampering in Caribbean

https://www.military.com

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and the outgoing commander of U.S. Southern Command on Monday praised the recent decision to send a U.S. Navy hospital ship to aid Venezuelan refugees, warning that moves by China and Russia in the hemisphere should not be trusted.

11/25/2018
Russian military fires on Ukrainian vessels in Black Sea, Ukraine says

https://www.foxnews.com

Russia’s military opened fire and seized three Ukrainian naval vessels in the Black Sea off the coast of the Crimean Peninsula Sunday, Ukraine’s military said, escalating tensions in the disputed region.

Ukraine’s navy said Russian coast guard crews boarded two naval artillery boats and a tugboat and seized the vessels. The navy also said that two crew members were wounded, though their conditions were not immediately known.

11/24/2018
China, Cuba pledge to deepen military ties

http://www.xinhuanet.com

Chinese State Councilor and Minister of National Defense Wei Fenghe on Friday held talks with visiting Cuban Minister of the Revolutionary Armed Forces Leopoldo Cintra Frias.

Highlighting the special friendship between China and Cuba, Wei recalled the high-level bilateral ties in recent years and the substantial development of military relations between the two countries.

11/23/2018
Sailors from Russia, Brunei train jointly in South China Sea

A task force of Russia’s Pacific Fleet conducted joint drills with Brunei Navy warships in the South China Sea, fleet spokesman Nikolai Voskresensky told reporters on Friday.

“The Russian Pacific Fleet’s task force, comprising the Varyag missile cruiser, the Admiral Panteleyev destroyer and the Boris Butoma large sea tanker completed its business call at the port of Muara (Brunei),” the source said. “After leaving Muara, the warships of the Russian Pacific Fleet and the Brunei Navy conducted a joint exercise in the South China Sea to train naval search and rescue, joint tactical maneuvers and communications training,” Voskresensky said.

11/23/2018
Russia, Uruguay plan to set up working group on military-technical cooperation

https://www.armyrecognition.com

Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin and Uruguayan Minister of National Defense Jorge Menendez inked a letter of intent for the establishment of a working group on military and technical cooperation and signing several agreements on training of the Uruguayan troops, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

11/23/2018
Xi in Panama: Chinese president’s visit to US backyard tells Washington two can play influence game

https://www.scmp.com

In a trip that observers said would underline Beijing’s efforts to cement ties with Latin America, Xi will make a state visit to the Central American nation of Panama at the start of next month, the Chinese foreign ministry said on Friday.

The visit, which was confirmed by Panama, would be the first by a senior figure from Beijing since Panama officially cut ties with Taipei and established a formal alliance with Beijing in June last year.

11/23/2018
China, Egypt to boost military exchanges, cooperation

http://www.globaltimes.cn

Speaking highly of the sound development momentum of the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries, Wei said China attaches great importance to its military ties with Egypt.

11/21/2018
China has built new structure on Bombay Reef in South China Sea, US think tank says

https://www.scmp.com

China has installed a new platform on a remote part of the Paracel Islands in the disputed South China Sea which could be used for military purposes, according to recent satellite images reviewed by a US think tank.

11/20/2018
Russian, NATO exercises demonstrate West’s death wish

https://thehill.com

THIS WHOLE ARTICLE IS A MUST READ.

11/20/2018
‘Obvious threat’: Russian officials warn Poland not to proceed with permanent US military base

https://www.rt.com

Moscow will have to respond if Warsaw pushes through a plan to build a permanent US base on its soil, top Russian officials have warned, as the Polish defense chief said construction of the so-called Fort Trump was a done deal.

11/19/2018
Is Russia Reopening a Soviet Military Base in Cuba?

https://www.thetrumpet.com

Fears that Russian President Vladimir Putin may be preparing to reopen a Soviet-era military base in Cuba have flooded the news following a three-day visit to Moscow by Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel in early November. Reports also suggest that Russia may be preparing to build additional military bases.

Lourdes military base is located near Havana, roughly 170 miles from the Florida peninsula. The Soviet Union used it as a monitoring outpost against the United States during the Cold War, but the base closed in 2001. Although the facility is now outdated and would add little to Russia’s military capabilities in the region, reopening it would be a powerful symbolic threat toward the U.S.

11/19/2018
U.S. Military Targets Growing Russian and Chinese Influence in Latin America

https://foreignpolicy.com

U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein, returning from a trip to Colombia, said over the weekend that the Trump administration is making a push to strengthen alliances across Latin America as part of an effort to counter rising Chinese and Russian influence in the United States’ backyard.

In an interview with Foreign Policy, Goldfein said Colombia and other Latin American countries risked being locked out of U.S. and allied operations if they stopped buying military hardware from the United States and turned to other markets instead.

11/18/2018
Putin’s Interests in Syria and Lebanon Are Limiting Israel’s Military Options

https://www.haaretz.com

Playing chess with Hezbollah is one thing. Trying to figure out what Putin wants, in Syria and perhaps also in Lebanon, even as Hezbollah is trying to manufacture weapons there, is a completely different challenge

11/17/2018
China matches Nato in information arms race with deal for ‘Ferrari of war room software’

https://www.scmp.com

China has obtained the big screen software used by Nato and the United States for war room mapping, putting its forces on an equal organisational footing with some of the West’s elite military operations.

…Planners use data from sources such as drone feeds, satellite imagery, radar, sensor plots, weather forecasts and platoon status.

Luciad’s software can analyse data and generate seamless visuals at a speed of 100 calculations a second, 75 times faster than its closest competitor, with accuracy to within 3cm (one inch) and on a global scale, according to American graphics technology company Nvidia.

…The same software is used by the United States Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, where covert missions for the US government – including the raid that assassinated al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan in 2011, originated.

11/16/2018
In first, US endorses Israeli occupation of Golan, votes against 9 anti-Israel resolutions

https://www.presstv.com

The US has, for the first time, endorsed the Israeli occupation of the Golan Heights by voting against an annual UN resolution that condemned the occupation and was unanimously approved along with several other resolutions against Tel Aviv.

11/16/2018
Russia Military Warns U.S. Must ‘Immediately’ Withdraw from Syria’s South, Claiming Conditions There Are Like Concentration Camps

https://www.newsweek.com

Russia has called on the United States to withdraw from a base established by the Pentagon in southern Syria, alleging the presence runs contrary to international law.

Colonel General Mikhail Mizintsev, head of Moscow’s National Defense Control Center, addressed a joint session Friday of Russian and Syrian committees tasked with returning Syrian refugees and blamed the U.S. for deteriorating humanitarian conditions in the Rukban refugee camp.

…”We call on the United States of America to immediately stop the illegal occupation of the 55-kilometer zone around Al-Tanf, which is the sovereign territory of the Syrian Arab Republic. This will automatically lead to the resolution of the Rukban problem and return of its residents back to their homes,” he added.

11/16/2018
‘Russia Has Made Clear’ That Status Quo of Syria Strikes ‘Gone’ – Israeli Media

https://sputniknews.com

This week, multiple media reports alleged that the Israeli military was training to destroy Russian-made air defence systems, including the S-300s recently delivered to Syria. The reports followed an expression of hope by the US that Russia would allow Tel Aviv to resume its airstrikes against so-called “Iranian targets” in the Arab Republic.

Moscow’s warnings against renewed Israeli attacks in Syria, as well as an increased Russian interest in events in Lebanon, are worrying developments and there’ a “real danger” of closing the Israel Defence Forces’ “operational window of opportunity” in these countries, Haaretz defence contributor Amos Harel wrote.

11/16/2018
Japan’s Abe tells Putin he won’t let US troops on long-disputed islands if Russia returns them to Japan

https://www.businessinsider.com

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told Vladimir Putin on Wednesday he won’t let the US build any military bases on a group of long-disputed islands after Russia returns them to Japan.

At a summit in Singapore, Putin and Abe agreed to accelerate talks over Russia’s return of the Southern Kuril islands — four small Russian islands half way between Japan and Russia — and Abe assured Putin no US military troops would get anywhere near there, The Asahi Shimbun reported.

11/15/2018
Duterte says China ‘already in possession’ of South China Sea, tells US to end military drills

https://www.straitstimes.com

SINGAPORE – President Rodrigo Duterte said on Thursday (Nov 15) China was “already in possession” of the South China Sea, and that military drills by the United States and its allies were creating “frictions” that were derailing efforts to settle rows over these waters between Beijing and its neighbours.

“China is already in possession (of the South China Sea). It’s now in their hands. So why do you have to create frictions… that will prompt a response from China?” Mr Duterte told reporters on the sidelines of the Asean Summit in Singapore.

11/15/2018
Senior China military official to visit Japan, attempt to improve ties: report

https://www.taiwannews.com.tw

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – China’s Commander of the Eastern Theater Command Air Force, Sun Herong (孫和榮) will visit Japan from Nov. 19-21 in a bid to improve ties, in the first trip of its type by a Chinese regional commander, reports suggest.

The visit is part of an effort by China to improve ties with regional countries, in the context of the U.S.-China trade war and fraying of relationships due to island building in the South China Sea, reported Kyodo News of Japan.

China hopes that it can improve relations with Japan to dissolve a potential partnership of Japan-U.S. opposition against it. On the other hand, Japan hopes the visit will help reduce conflict surrounding the disputed Diaoyu Islands, called the Senkaku Islands by Japan.

11/15/2018
Chinese Military Says It Should ‘Strike Enemies By Surprise,’ No Longer Just Self Defense

https://www.newsweek.com

The Chinese military has expressed a desire to update its warfighting tactics to include offensive maneuvers, not just self-defense.

In an official social media commentary, the People’s Liberation Army stressed the need to integrate ground movements with aerial capabilities, while pre-empting enemy moves with strikes of its own. The remarks came as Chinese President Xi Jinping sought to overhaul the physical and strategic structure of the world’s largest standing armed forces.

11/15/2018
Is Putin getting serious on Libya?

https://www.al-monitor.com

Over the last few weeks, apart from the usual Syrian track, Libya has dominated Russia’s Middle Eastern agenda. On Nov. 12, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev led the Russian delegation to Italy for a two-day conference in Palermo in an Italian bid to bridge the parties in conflict, reunite Libya’s institutions and craft a path to elections.

11/15/2018
Abe Shares Putin’s Intention to Negotiate Peace Treaty Between Japan, Russia

https://sputniknews.com

“I agreed with President Putin to accelerate negotiations on a peace treaty based on the 1956 joint declaration between Japan and the Soviet Union… President Putin and I share a strong resolve that it will be us who put an end to the issue that has been left unresolved for more than 70 years after the war,” Abe said after his meeting with Putin in Singapore, as quoted by the Kyodo news agency.

11/14/2018
Israel Allegedly Trained to Take Out S-300 During Drills With Greece

https://sputniknews.com

The war games between the Israeli and Hellenic Air Force lasted twelve days and specifically saw the participation of Israel’s s fourth-generation F-16I “Sufa” fighter jet squadrons, which “drilled various scenarios.”

During recent air exercises with Greece, the Israeli Air Force (IAF) could specifically drill tackling the S-300 surface-to-air missile (SAM) defence systems, a twitter user nicknamed Rambo alleged.

11/14/2018
U.S. military in ‘crisis,’ could lose a war to Russia and China, report warns

https://www.nbcnews.com

The United States faces a “crisis of national security” because its historic military supremacy has eroded drastically, leaving it likely unable to fight more than a single war at a time, according to a congressionally chartered report released Wednesday.

“U.S. military superiority is no longer assured and the implications for American interests and American security are severe,” said the report, which was issued by the National Defense Strategy Commission, an independent agency whose board is appointed by the House and Senate Armed Services committees.

The report concludes that the Defense Department isn’t financially or strategically set up to wage two wars at once and could even lose a war against China or Russia individually.

11/14/2018
Russian military jammed GPS signals during NATO war games, Norway says

https://www.foxnews.com

Russian military units in the Arctic jammed GPS signals being used during largescale NATO exercises in Norway that ended last week, the Norwegian Defense Ministry said Tuesday.

Norway’s Foreign Ministry “was aware that jamming has been recorded between Oct. 16 and Nov. 7 from the Russian forces” on the Arctic Kola peninsula, it said in an email to the Associated Press. Norwegian officials had earlier raised the issue with Russian authorities.

11/13/2018
Russian Envoy Warns Against Deploying US Missiles to Europe

https://sputniknews.com

The United States is risking triggering “dramatic events” in Europe if the country decides to deploy new missiles to Europe after withdrawing from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty), Russian Ambassador to the European Union Vladimir Chizhov said in an interview with Financial Times, released on Tuesday.

11/13/2018
Indo-Russian military exercises from November 18

India and Russia will hold joint military exercises in Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh from November 18, it was announced on Tuesday.

“Exercise Indra 2018” will begin at the Babina Field Firing Ranges, a Defence Ministry spokesperson said. This forms part of a drill to combat insurgency under the UN aegis.

11/12/2018
Taiwan’s “Nightmare” Looming: China’s Ability to Invade Is Getting Stronger

https://nationalinterest.org

…“Even with the best planned, equipped and integrated air-land-sea defense, it’s likely that the PRC [China] will achieve a foothold of some sort somewhere on the main island,” Gregson said. 

…Richard Fisher, a senior fellow of Asian military affairs at the International Assessment and Strategy Center, gave details of China’s military modernization effort. An effort that some Chinese leaders, including President Xi Jinping, have declared would result in the invasion of Taiwan in the 2020 timeframe.

11/10/2018
Top US officials reject Chinese demand to stop military moves that ‘undermine’ Beijing’s sovereignty in South China Sea

https://www.scmp.com

Top US officials rejected a warning by China on Friday to stop sending American vessels into the South China Sea, the latest focus of military tensions after warships from the two navies nearly collided in the disputed waters.

11/10/2018
PH, Russia finalize military cooperation activities for 2019

https://www.rappler.com

The Philippines and Russia have finalized their military cooperation activities for 2019 which include security consultations and training exchanges, the Philippines’ Department of National Defense (DND) said on Saturday, November 10.

The DND said in a press statement that the Plan of Military Cooperation Activities between the two countries was finalized during the two countries’ second Joint Working Group (JWG) meeting in Moscow, Russia, on November 7.

11/8/2018
China Has A New Hypersonic Anti-Ship Missile That It Claims Could Destroy A US Warship In One Hit

https://taskandpurpose.com

China is showcasing its powerful new hypersonic anti-ship cruise missile, which could raise the stakes as tensions flare between China’s military and the U.S. Navy.

11/6/2018
Minister: Israel might destroy Syrian S-300s, even if manned by Russians

https://www.timesofisrael.com

An Israeli cabinet minister has warned that if the Syrians use their recently supplied advanced Russian air defense missiles to bring down Israeli planes over Israeli territory, the launchers would be targeted — even if that means endangering Russian military specialists at the launch sites.

Environmental Protection Minister Ze’ev Elkin, who is also co-chair of the Russia-Israel Intergovernmental Commission, told Russian media Monday that it was a “big mistake” for Moscow to supply its ally Syria with the S-300 missile system, because the advanced missiles, which are considered a significant threat to Israeli air power in the area, “might lead to destabilization of the situation.”

11/6/2018
Russia creates army groupings with 4,000km-range precision weapons

Units for planning the use of long-range precision weapons and preparing flight assignments for cruise missiles have been set up in the Russian Army, the Defense Ministry’s newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda reported on Tuesday.

As a result, Russia has created the groupings of precision weapon carriers capable of using missiles against targets at a range of up to 4,000 km, the paper reported

Over the past six years, Russia has made a breakthrough in providing its Armed Forces with long-range precision weapons, the paper said.

“As a result, the number of land-, sea-and air-based carriers has risen by more than 12 times and precision cruise missiles by over 30 times,” Krasnaya Zvezda writes.

11/6/2018
Date of supplying S-400 to Saudi Arabia is being discussed, says ambassador in Russia

A final decision on the likely dates of supplying air defense systems S-400 to Saudi Arabia has not been made yet, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador in Moscow, Raed Khaled Qrimli, said on Tuesday.

“The discussion is still in progress, no final decision has been made yet,” Qrimli said in reply to a question from TASS during a visit a group of foreign ambassadors paid to the All-Russia Museum of Decorative, Applied and Folk Art.

Russia’s presidential aide for military-technical cooperation Vladimir Kozhin said in February 2018 all documents concerning the supply of S-400 to Saudi Arabia had been signed and all parameters agreed.

11/6/2018
US and Japan plan military response to China amid massive war games

https://www.9news.com.au

Japan and the US are staging their biggest ever war games amid reports the two allies are preparing a combined military response to Chinese threats over disputed islands.

Fifty-seven thousand marines, sailors and airmen have been deployed from Japan and the US for the biennial Keen Sword exercise – 11,000 more troops than in 2016, reports the Japan Times.

The military drills include amphibious landings, air combat exercises and missiles defence drills.

11/6/2018
Emmanuel Macron Calls for ‘True, European Army’ to Protect Against U.S., China and Russia

https://www.newsweek.com

French President Emmanuel Macron has urged the creation of a “true, European army” to protect the continent from Russia, China and the United States.

“We have to protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia and even the United States of America,” Macron told Europe 1 radio on Tuesday, Agence France-Presse reported.

11/3/2018
Russia and Cuba vow to expand ‘strategic’ ties that lapsed after Cold War

https://www.militarytimes.com

The leaders of Russia and Cuba vowed Friday to expand what they called their “strategic” ties and urged the United States to lift its blockade of Cuba.

In a joint statement issued after their talks, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Cuban counterpart Miguel Diaz-Canel denounced U.S. “interference into domestic affairs of sovereign nations” and spoke in support of closer integration between Russia and Latin American nations.

11/2/2018
China Reveals Plans for ‘Phantom’ Underwater Drone War Against U.S.

https://freebeacon.com

China’s military is preparing to wage autonomous underwater warfare against the United States, including the use of drone submarine attacks on American aircraft carriers, according to the official Chinese military newspaper.

“Underwater offensive and defense operations constitute a major battle domain for the seizure of sea supremacy, and represent a major means of winning superiority in maritime operations,” the newspaper of the People’s Liberation Army stated in an Oct. 25 report.

11/1/2018
Russia warns of ‘provocation’ in Syria, hints at Israeli ‘hot heads’

https://www.jpost.com

Russian sources confirmed Thursday that a Defense Ministry briefing warning against “provocations” in Syria was directed towards Israel.

Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov warned Wednesday against “hot heads” provoking Syria and intimated that the S-300 had been deployed to defend against such action. Although Israel wasn’t mentioned, the reference to the S-300 is pointed at Jerusalem.

11/1/2018
China hosts El Salvador as nations cut ties with Taiwan

https://www.foxnews.com

Salvadoran President Salvador Sanchez Ceren was due to meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Beijing on Thursday, just months after the small Central American nation broke its diplomatic ties with Taiwan.

The state visit comes one day before that of the president of the Dominican Republic, whose country also switched allegiances from Taiwan to China this year.

10/30/2018
Russia Makes Military Demands On Israel

https://www.breakingisraelnews.com

The Russian military is making increased demand of Israel, following the downing last month of a Russian spy plane. It was the Syrians who actually shot down the plane, but Russia blamed Israel for not giving enough warning.

10/30/2018
China’s Xi tells military to prepare for war as US Navy warns of high seas encounters

https://www.rt.com

Chinese President Xi Jinping told military officials responsible for the disputed South China Sea to be better “prepared for war” as tensions with the US are rising. Beijing may be bracing for a worst-case scenario with the US.

Xi made the blunt remarks last week as he was meeting the Southern Theatre Command, the military officials responsible for one of China’s five strategic war zones. The calls were made on Thursday as part of his four-day visit to Guangdong province, but the Chinese state media reported them only on Friday.

“It’s necessary to strengthen the mission… and concentrate preparations for fighting a war,” President Xi said. “We need to take all complex situations into consideration and make emergency plans accordingly.

10/26/2018
Russian military, UN mission conduct first joint patrol of Israeli-Syrian border

https://en.trend.az

The Russian military police and a UN mission have conducted their first joint patrol of the Golan Heights region at the Israeli-Syrian border, Deputy Commander of the Russian Forces in Syria Lt. Gen. Sergei Kuralenko has told, TASS reports.

“The Russian military police has long been patrolling the entire demilitarized zone, but the joint patrol [of the territory] to the south of the Quneitra crossing took place for the first time today,” he told reporters on Thursday evening. “Today, the Russian military police ensures the safety of the UN team on the mission.”

“In the future, we plan to carry out a joint patrolling mission directly to the southernmost end of the demilitarized zone,” Kuralenko said.

10/25/2018
Russia claims US aircraft took control of drones in attempted attack on its Syrian base

https://www.militarytimes.com

Russia’s deputy defense minister claimed Thursday that a U.S. military aircraft took control of 13 drones over Syria and attempted to have them attack a Russian military base there, but the drones were downed before they could reach their target.

10/24/2018
China says military will act ‘at any cost’ to prevent Taiwan split

https://www.reuters.com

China’s military will take action “at any cost” to foil any attempt to separate the self-ruled island of Taiwan, which Beijing claims as its own, the country’s defense minister said on Thursday.

China has been infuriated by recent U.S. sanctions on its military, one of a growing number of flashpoints in Sino-U.S. ties that include a bitter trade war, the issue of Taiwan, and China’s increasingly muscular military posture in the South China Sea.

10/22/2018
Russia vows to ‘restore military balance’ if US quits nuclear pact

https://www.rte.ie

Russia has said it would be forced to respond in kind to restore military balance with the US if President Donald Trump followed through on his plan to quit a landmark nuclear arms treaty and began developing new missiles.

Mr Trump drew a warning of “military-technical” retaliation from Moscow after saying on Saturday that Washington would withdraw from the Cold War-era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which rid Europe of land-based nuclear missiles.

10/19/2018
After nuclear holocaust, we’ll go to heaven as martyrs; attackers will die as sinners – Putin

https://www.rt.com

If any nation decides to attack Russia with nuclear weapons, it may end life on Earth; but unlike the aggressors, the Russians are sure to go to heaven, President Vladimir Putin has said.

“Any aggressor should know that retribution will be inevitable and he will be destroyed. And since we will be the victims of his aggression, we will be going to heaven as martyrs. They will simply drop dead, won’t even have time to repent,” Putin said during a session of the Valdai Club in Sochi.

10/17/2018
Putin, Egyptian Leader Sign ‘Strategic’ Partnership Treaty

https://www.rferl.org

Meeting in Russia’s Black Sea resort of Sochi, the Russian and Egyptian presidents have signed what officials describes as a strategic cooperation treaty designed to increase trade, military, and other ties between the two nations.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who was completing a three-day visit to Russia, hailed his talks with Russia’s Vladimir Putin on October 17 and the cooperation agreement as opening a “new chapter in the history” of the countries’ bilateral relations.

10/16/2018
China has issued a direct warning to Australia in a blistering new editorial

https://www.news.com.au

CHINA has issued a stern new direct warning to Australia, saying we’re walking a “tightrope” between the US and China.

In a blistering editorial, state media outlet The China Daily warned the nation not to be “led by the nose by America, cautioning the Morrison government against adopting a “Cold War” mentality.

It said there was a “fragile peace” in the region which could be “shattered by the slightest misstep”.

10/14/2018
Netherlands in ‘Cyberwar’ With Russia – Defense Minister

https://sputniknews.com

The Netherlands is in a state of “cyberwar” with Russia, Dutch Defence Minister Ank Bijleveld told Dutch broadcaster NPO on Sunday.

“What happened is really dangerous,” Bijleveld said in a nod to an April incident near the headquarters of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which, she said, involved purported GRU officers.

10/12/2018
WATCH: Russia tests its NUKES in large-scale drills

https://www.rt.com

The Russian military has tested components of its nuclear deterrence, including land-launched nuclear missiles, nuclear-armed submarines and strategic aircraft with nuclear bombs, intended for retaliation against enemy attack.

All three components of the Russian nuclear triad were involved in the exercise on Thursday. 

10/11/2018
Israel’s ties with China are raising security concerns

https://www.economist.com

The concern falls into two broad categories. The first is over Chinese control of strategic infrastructure and the possibility of espionage. Officials are reluctant to go on the record, but many point to the new commercial-shipping facility in Haifa as an example of what is at stake. It is run by the Shanghai International Port Group, which won the tender in 2015 and began working on the site in June. Haifa is Israel’s busiest port and the base of its main naval fleets. Israeli submarines, widely reported to be capable of launching nuclear missiles, are docked there. Yet the deal with the Chinese firm was never discussed by the cabinet or the national security council, a situation one minister described as astonishing.

10/11/2018
Gov’t study: ‘Nearly all’ U.S. weapons systems vulnerable to attack

https://www.upi.com

Testers at the U.S. Department of Defense have found vulnerabilities in many of the military’s weapons systems, a new report by the Government Accountability Office warned Thursday.

The testers discovered critical cybersecurity flaws in “nearly all” weapons systems that were under development between 2012 and 2017, the GAO report said.

10/11/2018
Russia, Bolivia can boost military technical collaboration, Putin says

http://tass.com

Russia and Bolivia can boost military and technical collaboration, President Vladimir Putin said during the ceremony to receive credentials from new ambassadors on Thursday.

10/11/2018
WW3 WARNING: Russia threatens ATTACK on UK over cyber WARFARE – ‘Britain is our enemy!’

https://www.express.co.uk

A RUSSIAN minister has launched a scathing attack against Britain for preparing cyber strikes against Moscow, warning the country will launch a “severe” response if the UK attacks.

Russia’s deputy foreign minister Oleg Syromolotov said Britain is “Russia’s enemy”, insisting Moscow will respond with a fierce attack if Britain’s military strikes.

He told Russian’s national news agency RIA Novosti: “Great Britain has been Russia’s enemy since Ivan the Terrible.

“If they are making such declarations, then they will probably try it out, but we’ll defend ourselves and the response will be quite severe.”

10/11/2018
Russia conducts huge exercise with its nuclear forces

https://www.militarytimes.com

The Russian military says it has conducted a massive test of the nation’s strategic nuclear forces involving multiple missile launches.

The Russian Defense Ministry said Thursday’s maneuvers featured launches of ballistic missiles by the navy’s nuclear submarines from the Barents Sea and the Sea of Okhotsk.

As part of the drills, long-range bombers also fired cruise missiles, the ministry said, adding that all missiles hit their designated practice targets.

10/11/2018
Gov’t study: ‘Nearly all’ U.S. weapons systems vulnerable to attack

https://www.upi.com

Testers at the U.S. Department of Defense have found vulnerabilities in many of the military’s weapons systems, a new report by the Government Accountability Office warned Thursday.

The testers discovered critical cybersecurity flaws in “nearly all” weapons systems that were under development between 2012 and 2017, the GAO report said.

10/11/2018
Israel’s ties with China are raising security concerns

https://www.economist.com

…Israeli security officials are growing increasingly uneasy with China’s expanding role in the economy, particularly its involvement in several big infrastructure projects and its purchase of cutting-edge technology.

The concern falls into two broad categories. The first is over Chinese control of strategic infrastructure and the possibility of espionage. Officials are reluctant to go on the record, but many point to the new commercial-shipping facility in Haifa as an example of what is at stake. It is run by the Shanghai International Port Group, which won the tender in 2015 and began working on the site in June. Haifa is Israel’s busiest port and the base of its main naval fleets. Israeli submarines, widely reported to be capable of launching nuclear missiles, are docked there. Yet the deal with the Chinese firm was never discussed by the cabinet or the national security council, a situation one minister described as astonishing.

10/11/2018
US and China face growing risk of military clashes as conflict intensifies
Any hope that the U.S. and China will hit “pause” in their rapidly deteriorating ties was dashed by the rare open display of mutual antipathy during Mike Pompeo’s brief visit to Beijing, the shortest on record by an American secretary of state, on Oct. 8. Instead of patching up a relationship in free fall, the occasion turned into an acrimonious exchange of accusations.

Pompeo’s visit occurred at an inauspicious moment. Four days before he landed in Beijing, American Vice President Mike Pence delivered a speech on China that is so harsh that it was seen as a turning point. Commenters, both in China and the West, even labeled it America’s official declaration of a cold war with China.

10/11/2018
Change in Golan Heights status constitutes violation of UN resolutions: Russia’s FM

https://www.presstv.com

Russia rebukes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for asking the international community to recognize the regime’s claim to “sovereignty” over the occupied side of Syria’s Golan Heights, warning that any such move would constitute a flagrant violation of UN Security Council resolutions.

10/11/2018
Russia, Bolivia can boost military technical collaboration, Putin says

http://tass.com

Russia and Bolivia can boost military and technical collaboration, President Vladimir Putin said during the ceremony to receive credentials from new ambassadors on Thursday.
10/10/2018
Russian Minister Says Britain Has Been Our ‘Enemy’ Since ‘Ivan the Terrible,’ Insists They’ll Respond to Cyber-Attack Threats

https://www.newsweek.com

The comments were made in response to a report in Britain’s Sunday Times that claimed the United Kingdom was preparing to launch an offensive cyber-attack against Russia that would turn off the lights in Moscow.

“Great Britain has been Russia’s enemy since Ivan the Terrible,” he told the state-run RIA Novosti news agency. “If they are making such declarations, then they will probably try it out, but we’ll defend ourselves and the response will be quite severe.”

10/9/2018
Military Leaders Are Starting To Freak Out Over Russia’s Information Warfare Dominance

https://taskandpurpose.com

Russia has become so good at information warfare that American and allied military leaders are (rightfully) starting to freak out about it.

“The Russians are really good at this. Better than us,” UK Army Maj. Gen. Felix Gedney said at the AUSA Conference, according to Defense One. “We saw a very clever, assiduous information campaign aimed at discrediting the campaign of the coalition [in Iraq and Syria]. And I would argue [that] in many of our nation’s capitals, we didn’t realize we were being played.”

10/9/2018
Russian influence rising in Balkans, Baltics, Central Europe

https://www.tampabay.com

A week before a crucial election, Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik traveled to Russia for a Formula One race — not because he’s a big fan but for yet another meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Footage from the race in Sochi showed Putin wishing Dodik “great success” in the Bosnian election and the Serb presenting Putin with a Republika Srpska pin, the Serb-controlled autonomous region in Bosnia.

10/9/2018
‘America First’ rhetoric brings India, Russia closer

http://www.atimes.com

Defying the US, India signed the US$5.43 billion deal for five S-400 missile systems on the sidelines of the summit meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin. While the Americans were shocked by this development, they tried to veil their sorrow with a diplomatic statement released just after the official announcement of the deal.

…Regardless of Russia’s emerging partnership with India’s arch-rivals China and Pakistan, both New Delhi and Moscow still see each other as special and privileged strategic partners.

10/9/2018
Army Futures Command Chief: Russia And China Are Eating Our Long-Range Lunch

https://taskandpurpose.com

“The Russians, and in many ways the Chinese as well, are able to outrange most of our systems,” he explained.” They are establishing stand-off capabilities.

10/9/2018
Chinese Firms Now Hold Stakes In Over A Dozen European Ports

https://www.opb.org

In the past decade, Chinese companies have acquired stakes in 13 ports in Europe, including in Greece, Spain and, most recently, Belgium, according to a study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Those ports handle about 10 percent of Europe’s shipping container capacity.

It is part of China’s 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, which aims to better connect the country to commercial hubs in Africa, Asia, Europe and Oceania. China is the European Union’s biggest source of imports and its second-largest export market, adding up to more than $1 billion in trade per day. And sea shipping outweighs rail or air freight.

10/9/2018
Philippines joining Beijing’s South China Sea drill ‘shows nations are hedging bets’ in Sino-US tussle

https://www.scmp.com

Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are hedging their strategic risks in the South China Sea by stepping up military cooperation on multiple fronts as tension between China and the United States grows in the region, political analysts have said.

The assessment follows Monday’s decision by the Philippines to join a regional military exercise involving China and other Asean countries later this month, and comes days after a Chinese destroyer and an American warship came within metres of colliding in the South China Sea.

10/8/2018
China-US tensions flare during testy Pompeo visit to Beijing

https://www.smh.com.au

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cited “fundamental disagreement” with China’s foreign minister during a testy exchange in Beijing that highlighted rising tensions between the world’s two largest economies.

Pompeo’s retort came after Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi accused the US on Monday of escalating trade disputes, interfering on Taiwan and meddling in the country’s domestic affairs.

10/8/2018
Russia sends troops and missiles into Libya in bid to enforce stranglehold on the West

https://www.thesun.co.uk

Two Russian military bases are already now up and running in the coastal towns of Tobruk and Benghazi, using the cover of the controversial Russian private military company the Wagner Group which already has outposts there.

Russia’s devastating Kalibr anti-ship missiles and state of the art S300 air defence missile systems are also now believed to be on the ground in Libya.

10/7/2018
Denmark Reportedly Calls for Attacking Russia in Cyberspace

https://sputniknews.com

In an interview with Danmarks Radio, Nasser Khader, the new head of the Danish parliamentary committee for defense, specifically called for attacking Russia in cyberspace.

10/7/2018
Russia Sets Up Weapons Maintenance Database in Venezuela

https://sputniknews.com

Russia has set up a database in Venezuela that allows the government to track in real time how its military hardware is maintained, the head of Service Solutions Center at Proekt-Technika Corporation told Sputnik.

10/7/2018
UK war-games cyber attack on Moscow
https://www.thetimes.co.uk

Defence chiefs have war-gamed a massive cyber-strike to black out Moscow if Vladimir Putin launches a military attack on the West, after concluding that the only other way of hitting back would be to use nuclear weapons.

Senior security sources have told The Sunday Times they are concerned that Britain has a capability gap that has left commanders with too few weapons to meet Kremlin aggression short of firing a Trident nuclear missile.

10/7/2018
U.S. military planning serious showdown with China

The US Pacific Fleet has proposed a series of exercises for November that would see American warships and aircraft demonstrating US military might in disputed waterways in a message to Beijing, CNN reported Wednesday afternoon, citing several defense officials.

The US military is reportedly planning to put on a serious show of force in contested waters from the South China Sea to the Taiwan Strait as a warning to China and a reminder of the United States’ ability to rapidly confront and counter any potential adversaries.

10/7/2018
PENCE SIGNALS COLD WAR WITH CHINA

https://www.heraldsun.com.au

I come before you today because the American people deserve to know… as we speak, Beijing is employing a whole-of-government approach, using political, economic, and military tools, as well as propaganda, to advance its influence and benefit its interests in the United States…

…China now spends as much on its military as the rest of Asia combined, and Beijing has prioritized capabilities to erode America’s military advantages – on land, at sea, in the air, and in space. China wants nothing less than to push the United States of America from the Western Pacific and attempt to prevent us from coming to the aid of our allies.

10/6/2018
Russia does not rule out ‘military measures’ against Georgia in new threats over Tbilisi biolab

https://dfwatch.net

The move was ostensibly triggered by a former KGB general who served as Georgia’s security chief in the 1990s but fled the country after being accused of assassination attempt against then president Eduard Shevardnadze.

“We cannot just turn a blind eye, realizing that some things are happening there that directly affect the state of security on [our] southern frontiers. We will resort to diplomatic and military measures,” Vladimir Shamanov, Chairman of the Defense Committee of the Russian State Duma, was quoted by TASS as saying on Thursday.

10/6/2018
Russia seeking communications channel between Israel, Iran in Syria — report

https://www.timesofisrael.com

Russia is working quietly to open avenues of communication between Jerusalem and Tehran “in order to reduce tensions and prevent friction” in Syria, London-based Arabic daily Asharq Al-Awsat reported Saturday, citing a senior Russian source.

10/5/2018
Experts warn the US can’t fight two big wars simultaneously as military competition rises with China and Russia

https://www.businessinsider.com

The U.S. military lacks the troops, ships and planes to counter a growing range of security threats and the great power challenges posed by Russia and China, according to the annual defense strength index from the Heritage Foundation.

“As currently postured, the U.S. military is only marginally able to meet the demands of defending America’s vital national interests” despite the buildup and increased defense budgets under the Trump administration, said the Heritage 2019 Index of U.S. Military Strength.

10/5/2018
Russia, Madagascar sign agreement on military cooperation

http://tass.com

Russia and Madagascar have signed an intergovernmental agreement on military cooperation, the press service of the Russian defense ministry said on Friday.
10/5/2018
Russian, Egyptian leaders to discuss military-technical cooperation Oct 17

http://tass.com

The presidents of Russia and Egypt Vladimir Putin and Abdel Fattah el-Sisi will discuss military-technical cooperation during the Egyptian leader’s visit to Russia on October 17, Russian presidential envoy for the Middle Eastern and African countries, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov told TASS in an interview.

“This visit is being prepared with great energy. Everything will be discussed, because it will be the most important summit level meeting,” Bogdanov said, when asked if the presidents would discuss military-technical cooperation.

10/5/2018
The U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal a weapon against Chinese imperialism

http://www.sunjournal.com

As China’s Communist government sees it, the “neo-NAFTA” U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement is far more than a revised North American trade arrangement. It is an act of strategic warfare aimed at China.

10/4/2018
China’s Strategic Force Gears Up for Space and Cyber War

https://freebeacon.com

China’s new Strategic Support Force highlights Beijing’s growing military might and plans to expand both power and influence using space, cyber, and information warfare in both peacetime and a future high-tech war, according to a Pentagon-sponsored study.

…The force has combined several People’s Liberation Army (PLA) advanced warfare and intelligence capabilities into a single unit for the first time, although much of the unit remains shrouded under Chinese military secrecy.

The NDU report is one of the first public studies by the Pentagon on China’s use of combined space, cyber, information warfare capabilities and intelligence and espionage forces.

10/4/2018
China’s Military Reportedly Snuck Spy Chips Onto Hardware Used by U.S. Warships, Drones and Apple

http://fortune.com

The Chinese military managed to install and disguise tiny chips on computing hardware destined for U.S. military and intelligence agencies, as well as companies such as Apple (aapl, -1.82%), according to a Bloomberg Businessweek report about a quiet but long-running investigation in the U.S.

10/4/2018
Pence, DoD Roll Out Harder Line on China, Russia

https://breakingdefense.com

The Vice President joined Mattis, the Centcom chief, and Trump’s NATO Ambassador in slamming Russian and Chinese moves. The push comes just before a major White House report takes even more specific aim at China’s industrial policies.

10/4/2018
China warns U.S. military to ‘exercise restraint’ or face consequences

https://www.washingtontimes.com

China is reacting harshly to a report that the U.S. Navy is considering a classified proposal to carry out a global show of force against the Chinese military by ramping up American defense activity in the South China Sea and Taiwan Strait.

“Washington must exercise restraint, or China’s countermeasures will accelerate,” a lead editorial on the website of a key newspaper of China’s ruling Communist Party warned Thursday in response to the report by CNN that claimed U.S. combat aircraft and troops are planning a concentrated set of exercises in the region for November.

10/4/2018
Mattis says Russia must comply with missile treaty, will pay a price for cyberstrikes

https://www.stripes.com

Russia will face countermeasures from the United States if it continues to violate a 31-year old nuclear treaty, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned Thursday, adding that Moscow will also have to “pay the piper” in connection with new allegations of cyberstrikes on U.S. allies.

“Make no mistake, this situation is untenable,” Mattis said at the conclusion of a NATO defense ministers meeting in Brussels.

Mattis blasted Russia for its development of a new missile system that allies say violates the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty between Washington and Moscow.

10/4/2018
US starts vast military-biological program in states near Russia, Russian official says

The United States has launched a vast military-biological program in the territories of several countries neighboring Russia, the chief of Russia’s radiation, chemical and biological protection force, Major General Igor Kirillov, told a news briefing on Thursday.

He said the Defense Ministry’s specialists had scrutinized materials made public by Georgia’s former state security minister, Igor Giorgadze, about US activities underway at the Richard Lugar Public Health Research Center in Alekseyevka, near Georgia’s capital Tbilisi.

10/4/2018
U.S. indicts seven Russian military officers for cyber attacks

https://www.marketwatch.com

Seven Russian military officers have been indicted for a series of alleged cyber attacks, including targeting agencies that exposed Russia’s alleged widespread doping program, the U.S. Justice Department announced Thursday.

10/4/2018
China Reportedly Mulls Second Dollar-Bond Sale in 2018 as Trade Tensions Simmer

https://sputniknews.com

According to the publication, citing sources familiar with the matter, Beijing is expected to market the securities to investors as soon as next week, and sell bonds that mature in five, ten and 30 years, thus becoming a regular sovereign debt issuer.

If true, this would mark the second dollar-bond sale for China in a year and the third since 2004.

10/2/2018
Russia promises North Atlantic military buildup

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com

Russia plans to increase its military presence in the North Atlantic to counter NATO in the region, a top diplomat said Tuesday.

“All these NATO preparations cannot be ignored, and the Russian Federation will take the necessary tit-for-tat measures to ensure its own security,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said, per state-run media. “Reckless saber-rattling in this previously calm region can have far-reaching consequences, and not through any fault of ours.”

10/2/2018
North Korea denounces U.S. for sanctions against China, Russia entities

https://www.upi.com

North Korea may be taking a strategic interest in the U.S. sanctions imposed on the Chinese military for purchasing Russian jets and missile systems.

Korean Workers’ Party newspaper Rodong Sinmun reported Tuesday the United States has placed sanctions against Chinese and Russian military officials responsible for trading weapons and equipment.

10/2/2018
NATO is gearing up for its largest war games since the Cold War in a huge show of force

https://www.businessinsider.com

NATO is gearing up for its “biggest exercises in many years,” the alliance’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg revealed Tuesday, according to multiple reports.

Around 45,000 troops will take part in the Trident Juncture exercises in Norway in late October and early November, the secretary said, according to AFP. The “fictitious but realistic” drills, reportedly the largest since the end of the Cold War, come on the heels of the massive Vostok 2018 joint military exercises involving tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of Russian and Chinese troops that were held in September.

10/2/2018
US NATO Envoy Warns Russia to Halt New Missile Development

https://www.military.com

The U.S. envoy to NATO on Tuesday said that Russia must halt development of new missiles that could carry nuclear warheads and warned that the United States could “take out” the system if it becomes operational.

…”It is time now for Russia to come to the table and stop the violations,” U.S. Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison told reporters in Brussels, on the eve of a meeting between U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and his NATO counterparts.

She said that if the system “became capable of delivering,” the U.S. “would then be looking at the capability to take out a missile that could hit any of our countries in Europe and hit America.”

10/2/2018
U.S. destroyer nearly hit by Chinese warship in South China Sea
https://pilotonline.com

China accused the United States of flouting its sovereignty Tuesday after an American warship sailed near islands claimed by Beijing in the disputed South China Sea, further rattling relations between the countries after weeks of escalating military tensions.

A Chinese destroyer came within yards of the U.S. Navy ship Sunday, compelling it to switch direction in what American officials called an “unsafe and unprofessional” clash.

10/1/2018
Will China’s new laser satellite become the ‘Death Star’ for submarines?

https://www.scmp.com

China is developing a satellite with a powerful laser for anti-submarine warfare that researchers hope will be able to pinpoint a target as far as 500 metres below the surface.

It is the latest addition to the country’s expanding deep-sea surveillance programme, and aside from targeting submarines – most operate at a depth of less than 500 metres – it could also be used to collect data on the world’s oceans.

10/1/2018
NATO Ops Center Goes 24/7 To Counter Russians: Gen. Scaparrotti

https://breakingdefense.com

…So when I asked Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander, whether Russia is the Western alliance’s number one national security threat, he was unequivocal.

“Yes, absolutely,” he said on the sidelines of this weekend’s NATO Conference in Warsaw. Russia is operating in domains below the level of outright war, he said, in a very aggressive way. “If you look at their cyber and social media activity, their disinformation operations, and their money and support to European organizations and political groups on both ends of the political spectrum, they are doing those things in many European countries. In my view they are executing a destabilization campaign, based on a strategy that assumes if they can destabilize Western governments it will be to Russia’s benefit. If you look at their military doctrine, that is part of what they call ‘indirect activity.’ They believe undermining Western governments without ever firing a shot achieves their ends.”

9/30/2018
America’s armchair generals are risking military confrontation with China

https://www.scmp.com

In a matter of days last week, the Trump administration further trampled on the one-China principle and thumbed its nose at the rules of international relations. The US State Department approved the sale to Taiwan of up to US$330 million in spare parts for F-16 fighter jets and other aircraft, four days after sanctions were imposed on the People’s Liberation Army’s equipment development department and its director for buying military aircraft and surface-to-air missiles from Russia. Washington’s disputes with Moscow are of no concern to Beijing, yet the Chinese military has been punished for carrying out trade deals. Similarly, the American president and his hawkish officials have repeatedly been ignoring their country’s nearly four-decade-old agreement when normalising relations with China to respect each other’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

9/30/2018
Britain sending 800 troops to Arctic in warning shot to Russia – media

https://www.unian.info

Britain is to step up its military presence in the Arctic significantly amid concerns about growing Russian aggression “in our back yard,” the Defense Secretary has said. Gavin Williamson told The Sunday Telegraph that the Government was drawing up a “defense Arctic strategy” with 800 commandos being deployed to Norway next year and the installment of a base in the north of the country.

9/29/2018
Is Israel’s military honeymoon with Russia in Syria over?

https://www.jpost.com

For the first time in decades, the operational freedom of the Israel Air Force may truly be at risk – not because of terrorist groups or countries bent on Israel’s destruction, but because of Russia – and intense efforts have been put into motion on all sides to prevent that from occurring.

9/29/2018
Putin’s Peace Treaty: The Last Chance to Stop the Russia-China Alliance

http://eng.the-liberty.com

At the Eastern Economic Forum held in Vladivostok earlier this month, Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that they sign a peace treaty within a year, no strings attached.

9/28/2018
Russia plans to arm its most advanced fighter with missiles meant to cripple the F-35 stealth fighter

https://www.businessinsider.com.au

Russia reportedly plans to arm its most advanced fighter jet with a powerful hypersonic air-to-air missile that can take aim at aircraft nearly two hundred miles away, making them a potential threat to critical US air assets.

9/28/2018
Israel’s actions in Syria on September 17th were ‘unprofessional and cowardly’ – Zakharova

https://www.almasdarnews.com

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 A.M.) – The Spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, discussed the downing of the IL-20 aircraft with Italy’s Panorama magazine on Thursday.

Zakharova slammed Israel’s actions during the short episode, calling their air force both ‘unprofessional’ and ‘cowardly’.

“The tragedy occurred on September 17 following erroneous, unprofessional and cowardly actions of one of our partners, despite Russia’s efforts to develop the relationship with Israel, including when it comes to the issues that are important for them,” Zakharova stated.

9/27/2018
With new missile defense for Syria, Russia shifts its relationship with Israel

https://www.csmonitor.com

Despite working closely with Israel’s traditional enemies, Syria and Iran, during Syria’s civil war, Russia has managed to maintain a good relationship with Israel. But it could be about to sour.

Russia has just taken a huge gamble in Syria.

It will greatly strengthen Moscow’s hand in determining the endgame in the seven-year-old civil war if it works. But it might lead to wider conflict if other powers accustomed to intruding into Syrian airspace with relative ease, particularly Israel, decide to challenge the move.

The Russians have indicated that they will effectively impose what is known as A2/AD (anti-access/area denial) over the entire Syrian theater by supplying Syrian forces with advanced S-300 anti-aircraft systems. The missiles will be integrated into a single, computerized air defense network and supported by Russian-provided electronic jamming measures. It’s not quite a “no fly zone,” since the Russians would be required to announce and enforce something like that directly.

9/27/2018
Russian military tests newly deployed costal defence system in Arctic

https://timesofoman.com

Russia’s new Bastion coastal defence systems have been deployed at Kotelny Island in the Laptev Sea in the Arctic Ocean, with video showing multiple test launches of Oniks supersonic anti-ship missiles.

9/27/2018
Russia Launches Air Defense Exercises With Six CIS Allies, Over 100 Warplanes

https://themoscowtimes.com

Russia and six of its regional allies have launched joint air defense drills involving over 100 warplanes, the Russian Defense Ministry announced Thursday.

…At 8 a.m. Moscow time on Thursday, the Russian military said more than 130 CIS command posts had commenced exercises to locate and shoot down enemy aircraft.

The maneuvers include Su-27, MiG-29 and MiG-31 fighter jets; Su-24 and Su-34 bombers; as well as combat trainers, long-range bombers and helicopters, Interfax reported.

9/26/2018
China steps up spying on U.S. military

https://www.washingtontimes.com

China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is stepping up open-source spying on the U.S. military and other foreign militaries that will utilize artificial intelligence means.

According to a procurement notice from China’s Central Military Commission, the new database is a six-month project to set up an “Open Source Intelligence Database on Foreign Militaries.”

The revealing notice was published by the commission’s PLA Equipment Development Department, whose director, Lt. Gen. Li Shangfu, was slapped with U.S. sanctions this week for buying arms from Russia.

9/26/2018
U.S. Approves Military Sale to Taiwan, Angering China

https://www.caixinglobal.com

The U.S. approved the sale of military equipment to Taiwan on Monday, drawing Beijing’s ire as tensions escalate between the world’s two largest economies.

9/26/2018
U.S.-China Military Tensions Start to Rise as Trade War Deepens

https://www.bloomberg.com

As a trade war heats up between the U.S. and China, military tensions are also rising.

China on Tuesday refused a U.S. warship entry to Hong Kong next month, according to the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong, and Beijing’s top naval officer canceled a high-level meeting with his U.S. counterpart after being recalled to China, according to Lieutenant Colonel Dave Eastburn, a Pentagon spokesman.

9/26/2018
Military Benefits of the Caspian Sea Convention for Russia’s Power Projection Capabilities

https://jamestown.org

In late August 2018, Russia’s Caspian Flotilla, in conjunction with aviation and coastal air-defense groups, carried out special exercises in the Caspian Sea to test a new tactical formation for detecting and neutralizing low-flying missiles or aircraft (Tvzvezda.ru, August 29).

…Despite Moscow’s habitually peaceful statements and its insistence on keeping the Caspian a conflict-free basin, over the past few years Russia has been conspicuously increasing its military presence there. The Caspian Sea is a valuable asset for the Russian military due to its location close to the Middle East and directly adjacent to the Caucasus and Central Asia.

9/26/2018
Russia arming fighter jets with hypersonic missile that can hit targets 250 MILES away

https://www.dailystar.co.uk

The Su-57 fighter jets – Russia’s most advanced to date – will come with an arsenal of the most high-tech weapons on the market.

The most deadly of these is the R-37M missile, which will turn the country’s air force into one of the world’s most fearsome and has a greater range than any belonging to the US military.

The Russian military has said its range is officially at least 300km (186 miles), but sources say it can actually travel as fares 400km (248 miles) depending on its flight path.

9/26/2018
US said to pull Patriot air-defense systems from Mideast as threats shift

https://www.timesofisrael.com

The United States is reportedly in the process of redeploying four air-defense missile systems from the Middle East, refocusing its attention from Iran to global threats such as China and Russia.

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has ordered the military to pull out four Patriot anti-aircraft missile systems, which are also capable of intercepting incoming missiles, from allies in the region, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday, citing several senior military officials.

9/26/2018
Russia To Conduct Large-Scale Military Exercises In Crimea

https://independent.ng

Russia plans to perform large military exercises in the annezed Crimea, stated the head of the Southern Military District’s press service of the Russian Federation, Vadim Astafyev.

“More than 1,000 servicemen (4th Air Force and Air Defense Forces Army) will take part in the joint exercises. It will involve more than 50 long-range, operational-tactical, attack aircraft, including the A-50 long-range radar detection and control aircraft, supersonic the Tu-22M3 bomber, as well as about 10 Black Sea Fleet ships, said Astafyev.

9/26/2018
Putin tests blowing up ‘enemy’ warships with his new missile in latest video showing off Russia’s military might

https://www.dailymail.co.uk

Russia has demonstrated its naval might by sinking a group of ‘enemy’ ships off its Pacific coastline.

President Vladimir Putin showcased a test of his lethal new Kh-35U anti-ship missile fired from an Su-34 long-range strike aircraft.

…The missile can be fired from the surface, as part of coastal defence systems or – as here – from the air.

The Kh-35U missile has a range of 155 miles. They have been supplied to the military units since 2014.

…Russian officials claim that the KH-35U counters all enemy countermeasures.

9/25/2018
Russia Deploys Coastal Missiles in Arctic Drills

https://themoscowtimes.com

The Russian military has deployed coastal defense missile systems in the Arctic amid increased military activity in the region.

Moscow renewed interest in the Arctic with the discovery of untapped oil and natural gas reserves and a desire to secure access to the Northern Sea Route — a strategic trade artery that has the potential to reroute East-West global trade flows. A military doctrine signed by President Vladimir Putin in 2014 entrusts Russia’s armed forces with maintaining the country’s strategic interests in the Arctic.

…The Bastion system is a unified coastal defense complex which employs the supersonic homing Onyx anti-ship missile designed to defend more than 600 kilometers of coastline against surface ships. One fully-loaded unit carries 36 Onyx anti-ship missiles, which can engage targets beyond the visual horizon.

9/25/2018
Israel and US warn Russia against new air defence system for Syria

https://www.irishtimes.com

Israel and the United States have warned Russia against the transfer of an advanced air defence system to Syria in response to last week’s downing of a Russian military plane by Syrian forces during an Israeli attack.

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu told Russian president Vladimir Putin that Moscow’s plan to supply its advanced S-300 surface-to-air system to Syria within two weeks will endanger the region.

…he White House said it hoped Moscow would reconsider the move, which US national security adviser John Bolton called a “significant escalation”.

9/25/2018
Russia upgrades Syria’s defense system in blow to Israel

https://www.cnn.com

Russia will upgrade Syria’s air defense system after a series of statements over the past week chastising Israel for the downing of a Russian aircraft.

The move, announced by the Russian Defense Ministry on Monday, has drawn criticism from Israel, which regularly conducts airstrikes in Syria against what it says are Iranian targets. In a tweet Monday, United States National Security Adviser John Bolton called the Syrian government’s purchase of Russia’s S-300 air defense missiles “a significant escalation.”
Russia’s Defense Ministry has said the system would be transferred to Syria in the next two weeks.
The ministry said that Israel was “solely” to blame for bringing down the IL-20 aircraft last week. The plane was inadvertently shot down by Syrian forces during an Israeli airstrike in the Syrian coastal province of Latakia. Russia’s military accused Israel of maneuvering its aircraft to use a Russian plane “as cover,” putting it in the line of fire of Syria’s antiaircraft system.
9/23/2108
Moscow: Israel ‘Misled’ Russian Military In Syria Plane Downing

https://www.rferl.org

Russia’s Defense Ministry has doubled down on its allegation that Israel is to blame for the downing of a Russian military plane over the eastern Mediterranean Sea nearly a week ago, saying it was caused by “misleading information” provided by the Israeli military.

Syrian government forces mistook the Il-20 reconnaissance plane for an Israeli jet on a bombing mission and shot it down off Syria’s northwestern province of Latakia on September 17, killing all 15 servicemen onboard.

9/23/2018
Russian Military Drill off the Coast of Syria

http://www.voltairenet.org

The Russian army is performing a major military exercise off the coast of Syria. This is why air and maritime routes have been temporarily closed in this part of the Mediterranean.

This Russian drill follows the destruction of a Russian plane during a joint British-French-Israeli attack on 17 September 2018. The target of this latter tri-state attack was located in the Syrian region of Latakia.

Following this war game, Russia could propose to Syria, the adoption of new rules creating no fly zones and prohibitions on maritime passage.

9/22/2018
China cancels military talks with U.S. in protest at sanctions over Russia military equipment

https://www.reuters.com

China summoned the U.S. ambassador in Beijing and postponed joint military talks in protest against a U.S. decision to sanction a Chinese military agency and its director for buying Russian fighter jets and a surface-to-air missile system.

9/21/2018
U.S. sanctions China for buying Russian fighter jets, missiles
https://www.thestar.com

The Trump administration imposed sanctions on the Chinese military on Thursday for buying fighter jets and missile systems from Russia, in breach of a sweeping U.S. sanctions law punishing Moscow for meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.

In Beijing, the Chinese government expressed anger and demanded the sanctions be withdrawn.

The U.S. State Department said it would immediately impose sanctions on China’s Equipment Development Department (EDD), the military branch responsible for weapons and equipment, and its director, Li Shangfu, for engaging in “significant transactions” with Rosoboronexport, Russia’s main arms exporter.

9/18/2018
Vladimir Putin in warning to Israel after Russian military plane downed by Syria

https://www.gazetteherald.co.uk

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has warned Israel against conducting air raids on Syria like the one that led to the downing of a Russian warplane by Syrian air defence missile, killing all 15 aboard.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Mr Putin to express sorrow over the plane’s loss, but insisted Syria bears responsibility for the downing of the Il-20 electronic intelligence plane.

The Kremlin said Mr Putin emphasised that the Israeli attack violated Syria’s sovereignty and also breached the Russian-Israeli agreements on avoiding clashes in Syria.

9/18/2018
France partly to blame for Russian plane’s crash, says military expert

http://tass.com

France is partly to blame for the crash of Russia’s Ilyushin Il-20 aircraft in Syria and the death of Russian military servicemen, military expert Mikhail Khodaryonok told reporters.

9/17/2018
China and North Korea Warn Japan as It Conducts Historic Military Drills

https://www.newsweek.com

China and North Korea have warned their mutual rival Japan against disrupting regional stability as it conducted two historic military exercises seen as provocative by the two countries.

The Japanese Defense Ministry confirmed Monday that its Oyashio-class attack submarine Kuroshio participated alongside Izumo-class helicopter carrier Kaga, Murasame-class destroyer Inazuma and Akizuki-class destroyer Suzutsuki, as well as five aircraft, Thursday in the country’s debut drills in the South China Sea, much of which China claims as its own territory.

9/17/2018
The Air Force Is Planning A Massive Expansion To Take On Russia And China

https://taskandpurpose.com

The U.S. Air Force set out to return to Cold War numbers by growing nearly 25% and taking on hundreds more planes to form an additional 74 squadrons, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson announced on Monday.

The Air Force, which typically acquires aircraft only after long vetting and bidding processes, will attempt the radical change in short order to fulfill President Donald Trump’s vision of a bigger military to take on Russia and China.

9/16/2018
Vostok-2018 drills demonstrate Russia’s peacefulness – Russian defense minister

http://tass.com

Russia demonstrates openness and invites observers and journalists to its military exercises to show its peacefulness and “tame the ardor” of its partners, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said in an interview with the Rossiya-1 television channel.
9/15/2018
Russia’s biggest war games include submarine hunt in Pacific

https://www.wsbtv.com

Russian naval forces have conducted a submarine search using an anti-submarine ship and a helicopter in the Sea of Okhotsk as part of Russia’s largest-ever military exercises.

About 3,200 troops from China have joined about 300,000 Russian troops for a week of war games in Siberia and the Far East, and over the Arctic and Pacific oceans. The maneuvers continue through Monday.

The naval exercise in the arm of the Pacific between Russia and Japan’s Hokkaido island featured the Russian destroyer Vice-Admiral Kulakov and a Ka-27 helicopter equipped to search for submarines.

9/14/2018
Russian warships hold drills in Bering Sea in huge military exercise

https://www.reuters.com

Russian warships held drills in the Bering Sea which separates Russia from Alaska, part of Moscow’s biggest military maneuvers since the fall of the Soviet Union, footage aired by the Ministry of Defence showed on Friday.

9/14/2018
Russia Tests Stealth Missiles at Vostok-2018 War Games

https://themoscowtimes.com

The Russian military has reportedly tested advanced missiles that may be able to evade detection by radar technology at its biggest war games in four decades, currently underway near the Chinese border.

…The maneuvers at the games this week included efforts to detect and destroy 30 missiles simulating an attack across a range of altitudes and speeds using radar crews and anti-aircraft units. 

9/14/2018
Russia-China military cooperation ‘could worry Europe’

https://www.scmp.com

Chinese officials said the focus of the drill expanded from the anti-terrorism manoeuvres of previous exercises to counter-attack manoeuvres, development of defence skills as well as the building of mutual trust with Russia.

“The drill has raised the capabilities of the military in both nations to handle security threats,” Shao Yuanming, deputy chief of the joint staff department of the People’s Liberation Army said on Wednesday. “This drill is also an important test of the combat abilities of our military.”

9/14/2018
Taiwan Shares Intel on China’s Military with India to Thwart Beijing’s Isolation Bid

https://www.news18.coml

Hong Kong/Taipei: As Beijing intensifies its effort to further isolate Taiwan diplomatically, Taipei is actively but discreetly broadening security ties with regional powers beyond its long-standing relationship with the United States.

From efforts to share intelligence on China’s military with India and the prospect of engaging Japanese experts in its submarine programme, Taipei’s push is gradually bearing fruit despite sensitivities surrounding relations with Taiwan, according to government officials, military attaches and diplomats.

9/13/2018
Russian, Chinese militaries put their power on display in dramatic drills

The main stage of the Vostok-2018 strategic drills was held at the Tsugol firing range in the Trans-Baikal Region. The Vostok-2018 maneuvers are the biggest in the history of the Russian army, unparalleled since 1981, when the Soviet Union held drills involving about 100,000 people.

9/12/2018
Russia and China Will Now Hold Military Exercises “On a Regular Basis”

https://nationalinterest.org

Russia and China are drawing closer together as the two great powers solidify their entente to challenge the United States and its liberal hegemony.

9/11/2018
China Joins Russian Drills in Sign of Growing Military Ties

https://www.wsj.com

Chinese and Russian troops began joint maneuvers Tuesday, marking the first time Moscow has invited a country outside a tight circle of former Soviet allies to its largest annual exercises and offering Chinese generals rare and valuable experience training outside their country’s borders.

9/10/2018
China Wants to Build Greenland Airport That Might Threaten U.S. Military Base, Experts Say

https://www.newsweek.com

A government-owned Chinese firm has put forward a bid to build a new airport in Greenland, which some analysts fear could threaten a vital U.S. Air Force base located in the country.

Home to only about 56,000 inhabitants, Greenland is a constituent country within the Kingdom of Denmark and relies heavily on air travel. As a result, the country’s autonomous government is seeking to build a new airport, which will cost an estimated $560 million.

9/7/2018
Russian Spy Satellite Tried to Steal Military Information From France, Defense Minister Says

https://www.newsweek.com

Russian spies attempted to steal satellite communications from the French military, France’s Minister of Defense Florence Parly revealed Friday.

In a speech in which she outlined France’s plans for space security, Parly said that a Russian satellite had flown close to another satellite operated by France and Italy in order to spy on the two European Union countries.

9/4/2018
U.S. to Expand Military Presence in Greece as Tensions Rise With Russia and Turkey

https://www.newsweek.com

The U.S. military is planning to expand its presence in Greece as Washington’s relationship with Turkey deteriorates. The U.S. hopes to use collaboration with Athens to increase its military access to key parts of the Middle East, officials said.

9/4/2018
Japan Scrambles Fighter Jets to Intercept Russian Military Aircraft

https://thediplomat.com

The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) scrambled fighter jets to intercept two long-range Tupolev Tu-142MZ maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft circumnavigating the major islands — Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu — of the Japanese archipelago, as well as one supersonic Sukhoi Su-24 nuclear-capable bomber in the Sea of Japan on September 1, the Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) said in a statement.

9/3/2018
Russia is the latest world power eyeing the Horn of Africa

https://qz.com

Russia is joining the list of nations intent on establishing their foothold in the Red Sea. In a meeting with Eritrean leaders on Friday (Aug. 31), foreign minister Sergey Lavrov announced plans to establish a “logistics center” at a port in the East African nation. Moscow didn’t specify the location or the timetable of the project but said it was aimed at boosting bilateral trade and infrastructural investment between the two nations.

8/30/2018
Russia and China are preparing for a nuclear war with their biggest ever war games

https://www.businessinsider.com

Russia and China, the two key threats to the US named in official Pentagon documents, will carry out their biggest-ever military drill to reportedly include simulations for nuclear warfare.

US defense officials told the Washington Free Beacon’s Bill Gertz that the drills, the largest in Russia since 1981 and the largest joint Russian-Chinese drill ever, will include training for nuclear war.

8/30/2018
Russian Military Successfully Test-Fires New Interceptor Missile

https://sputniknews.com

According to the Russian Defense Ministry’s statement, the new missile interceptor has reliably confirmed its performance specifications and successfully accomplished the set task by destroying a simulated target with a required accuracy.

8/29/2018
US to resume military drills on Korean Peninsula

https://www.taiwannews.com.tw

The United States declared on Tuesday that it would end its suspension of military drills on the Korean Peninsula.

Washington had offered to suspend “selected” military exercises following US President Donald Trump’s historic Singapore summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un in June. However, subsequent denuclearization talks have failed to produce any concrete peace measures.

8/29/2018
Chinese troops in Russian military drills prove expanded ties: Kremlin

http://www.xinhuanet.com

China’s announcement that it will take part in Russia’s Vostok-2018 (East-2018) military exercise proves the expansion of the two countries’ cooperation in all spheres, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday.

8/28/2018
Vladimir Putin Fires Military Generals as Russia Launches Biggest Military Exercises in Four Decades

https://www.newsweek.com

Russian President Vladimir Putin fired 15 Russian generals on Tuesday as the country prepares to launch its biggest war games in over four decades. Among those fired were Vladlen Aksenov, the deputy minister of the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations, and Sergei Koryuchin, head of federal penitentiary services in Russia’s Omsk region.

8/28/2018
Iran and Syria Seal Military Cooperation Agreement

https://www.haaretz.com

Iran and Syria signed a deal for military cooperation in a meeting between the defence ministers of the two countries in Damascus, the Tasnim news agency reported on Monday. 

8/28/2018
Russia warns Moscow will respond to US sanctions ‘reciprocally’

https://www.dhakatribune.com

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned that Moscow will take reciprocal measures in response to Washington’s latest sanctions, in an interview to a Slovak newspaper published on Tuesday.

His comments are the latest by a number of Russian officials indicating Moscow will retaliate against the measures.

“We will continue to act calmly and pragmatically, reacting to all attacks in accordance with the principle of reciprocity,” Lavrov told the Slovak paper Pravda.

8/28/2018
300,000 Troops and 900 Tanks: Russia’s Biggest Military Drills Since Cold War

https://www.nytimes.com

Russia is mobilizing for its biggest military exercise since the height of the Cold War, the Kremlin says, citing a tense international climate that is “frequently aggressive and unfriendly toward us.”

The exercises, which are set to involve nearly 300,000 Russian troops, 1,000 aircraft and 900 tanks, will also include units from China for the first time. They will start on Sept. 11.

8/28/2018
Russia deploys military ships to Syria armed with Kalibr cruise missiles

https://www.defensenews.com

The Russian military is deploying a flotilla of at least 10 ships to the Syrian coast, the Izvestia newspaper reported Tuesday, citing unidentified Defense Ministry sources. The grouping was reported as Russia’s most powerful to deploy to Syria since Moscow began its intervention in the conflict there nearly two years ago.

The Izvestia report comes one day after Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov told reporters that Moscow was concerned over apparent preparations for an American cruise missile strike on Syrian government forces as they ready to launch a final offensive on Idlib — the last remaining rebel stronghold in the Syrian civil war.

8/27/2018
Russian military takes over strategic hills near occupied Golan Heights

https://www.almasdarnews.com

The Russian military has taken over two imperative hilltops that overlook the occupied Golan Heights, a Syrian Arab Army (SAA) communique said on Monday.

8/27/2018
Report: Russian hackers targeted Orthodox clergy

http://thehill.com

The Russian hackers indicted in July by special counsel Robert Mueller for infiltrating Democratic National Committee (DNC) email servers also spent years trying to steal information from Orthodox Christian leaders, The Associated Press reported Monday.

8/27/2018
In familiar dance, Turkey warms to Russia as US ties unravel

https://www.militarytimes.com

Relations between Turkey and Russia are cozy, prompting worries in the West of a potentially critical rift in the NATO alliance. But Turkey’s president may be engaged in a balancing act, tactically turning to Russia as ties with the United States further deteriorate over the detention of an American pastor.

President Donald Trump tweeted this month that U.S.-Turkey relations “are not good at this time!” and announced tariff hikes on the NATO ally, precipitating a nosedive in the Turkish currency. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was on the phone with Russia’s Vladimir Putin that same afternoon, when they promised more cooperation in the areas of defense, energy and trade.

8/27/2018
Amid Russian military buildup, Poland reacts

https://www.defensenews.com

As Russia continues to bolster its military capacities along its western borders, neighboring NATO member states such as Poland are responding to the rising security concerns by adapting and expanding their capabilities. Warsaw is intensifying efforts to strengthen the Polish military’s air defense capacities, secure a permanent presence of U.S. troops on the country’s soil and establish a new division of the operational forces in Poland’s east.

8/25/2018
U.S. Revives Navy Fleet To Counter Russian Presence In North Atlantic

https://www.rferl.org

The U.S. Navy has formally reestablished its Second Fleet as a result of a renewed focus on the North Atlantic Ocean, where the Russian military has been operating with increasing frequency in a way not seen since the Cold War.

8/24/2018
Putin Makes a Move for Peace Through Force

https://www.defenseone.com

…The message President Vladimir Putin’s pushing: Russia is back.

Denis Volkov, a sociologist with the Levada Center, an independent Russian polling agency, told me that most Russians see foreign policy “as a successful part of Putin’s policy because it … has made Russia great again … for the first time since the time of the Soviet Union.” They see Russia’s interventions as helping other countries. “For example, in Ukraine we [helped] the Russian-speaking population. In Syria … it’s viewed as a help Russians are giving the legitimate regime against terrorists.”

What makes Russia’s resurgence particularly striking is that the West largely ignored Moscow following the collapse of the Soviet Union. The country’s economy was in tatters, living standards plummeted, and nostalgia for the days of Communist Party rule lingered. Putin slowly set about reversing that trend, essentially turning a very bad hand into a very good one for himself.

8/24/2018
Chinese Military Joining Russians for Nuclear War Games

https://freebeacon.com

Russia and China will hold a large-scale military exercise next month that will include simulated nuclear weapons attacks, according to American defense officials.

8/24/2018
“Thank God This Is Happening”: Russia Says Time Has Come To Ditch The Dollar

https://www.zerohedge.com

With the US unveiling a new set of sanctions against Russia on Friday, Moscow said it would definitely respond to Washington’s latest sanctions and, in particular, it is accelerating efforts to abandon the American currency in trade transactions, said Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.

“The time has come when we need to go from words to actions, and get rid of the dollar as a means of mutual settlements, and look for other alternatives,” he said in an interview with International Affairs magazine, quoted by RT.

8/23/2018
Russia and Angola strengthen military ties

http://www.defenceweb.co.za

Russia is ready to increase the development of military and military-technical cooperation with Angola. This is according to Russian Deputy Minister of Defence Alexander Fomin during talks with his Angolan counterpart.

The Russian defence ministry on 21 August said Fomin noted the commonality of the approaches of the two countries to threats and challenges in the sphere of security during talks with Angola’s State Secretary for Defence Policy and International Cooperation Admiral Gaspar dos Santos Rufino.

8/22/2018
China’s new alliance stirs US worries over possible ‘military base’ in El Salvador

https://www.scmp.com

El Salvador might be a small nation, but the United States is worried it has something more to offer mainland China than diplomatic recognition: a port that could be used for military purposes.

The Central American country officially cut ties with Taipei and established a formal alliance with Beijing on Tuesday, leaving Taiwan with just 17 nations that officially recognise its status.

8/21/2018
The Real Russia. Today. Russia has essentially banned Protestant preachers from its prisons, the USSR crushed the Prague Spring 50 years ago today, and Microsoft says Fancy Bear is back

https://meduza.io

In the 1990s, preachers and pastors started meeting with prisoners in Russia, but three years ago the authorities shut down most of these visits. Protestant religious figures and experts attribute the policy shift to pressure from the Russian Orthodox Church and recent “anti-terrorism” legislation, as well as the fact that the Russian authorities associate evangelical churches with the West.

8/21/2018
Facing New Russian Hacking, Senators Signal They Are Ready to Act

https://www.nytimes.com

Faced with new evidence that Russian hackers are targeting conservative American research groups and the Senate’s own web pages, key lawmakers from both parties signaled on Tuesday that they were ready to move forward with punishing new sanctions legislation capable of crippling the Russian economy.

8/20/2018
Russia Shows Off Military Might Near Alaska

https://www.thetrumpet.com

Russian strategic bombers flew into international airspace on August 17 and were spotted by American F-22 jets near Alaska.

According to the Associated Press, Russian supersonic Tu-160 bombers flew thousands of miles from Saratov, Russia, to the Bering Strait along with Tu-95 strategic bombers and tanker planes for in-flight refueling. The Moscow Times reported that a total of around 10 aircraft were involved.

8/20/2018
Russia, Lebanon interested in developing military-technical cooperation — Lavrov

http://tass.com

Russia and Lebanon are interested in developing bilateral cooperation in various areas, including military and military-technical cooperation, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said following talks with his Lebanese counterpart Gebran Bassil on Monday.
8/17/2018
Chinese military steps up strike strength against U.S. targets and Taiwan, says Pentagon

https://www.politico.com

In its annual report to the Congress on China’s military developments, the Pentagon said the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) had undergone a sweeping overhaul, expanding the capacity of its bombers to “strike U.S. and allied forces and military bases in the western Pacific Ocean, including [the U.S. island territory of] Guam.”

8/16/2018
China has a new message for the U.S.: Don’t be alarmed, we’re not that great.

https://www.washingtonpost.com

By President Trump’s account, China is an economic behemoth, out to destroy the United States.

In the last few years, he has compared China’s leaders to “grand-chess masters” and accused Beijing of “raping” the U.S. economy and committing the “greatest theft in the history of the world.” Last April, as the trade war with China was seemingly just ramping up, Trump tweeted that it was “lost many years ago.”

China has a different message: We’re not that great. Really.

In the past several months, Beijing has urged its officials and party outlets to tamp down the swagger about China’s economic strength. Rather than behemoth, Beijing has begun to pitch itself as a humble helper, an aide to countries in need.

8/16/2018
Pentagon says China military ‘likely training for strikes’ on U.S. targets

https://www.reuters.com

China’s military has expanded its bomber operations in recent years while “likely training for strikes” against the United States and its allies, a Pentagon report released on Thursday said.

8/16/2018
Drivers stunned as Russian military planes practice landing on busy road (VIDEO)

https://www.rt.com

Videos showing warplanes landing on a road in Russia’s Far East have surfaced on social media. Drivers had to wait for hours as the army blocked the road for a military drill – but at least they got to see a highly unusual show.

Footage, apparently shot by motorists in the Khabarovsk region, captured low-altitude passes and landings of warplanes and military transport aircraft. As the planes buzz right above the vehicles, they land smoothly on the road ahead.

8/16/2018
Russian strategic bombers deploy near Alaska

http://www.therepublic.com

The Russian military says that two nuclear-capable strategic bombers have flown to the easternmost Chukotka Peninsula, near Alaska, as part of an air force exercise.

The Russian Defense Ministry said that the Tu-160 bombers flew about 7,000 kilometers (4,350 Miles) from their home base near Saratov in southwestern Russia to Anadyr, on Chukotka, before returning to their home base. The ministry said the mission was the first time the bombers had flown to Chukotka, which faces Alaska across the Bering Strait.

8/16/2018
Russia’s upgraded strategic bomber to get hypersonic missiles

http://tass.com

Russia’s modernized Tu-22M3M strategic bombers will be capable of carrying Kh-32 cruise missiles, and also hypersonic weapons, Head of the Federation Council Defense Committee, former Aerospace Force Commander Viktor Bondarev said on Thursday.

“The range of weapons that can be carried onboard will be expanded: the planes are being adapted for being furnished with modern Kh-32 [air-to-surface] precision cruise missiles and also with hypersonic missiles,” the senator said.

8/16/2018
RUSSIA WARNING: Kremlin fury over UK attack on Putin at Arctic ‘military build-up’

https://www.express.co.uk

RUSSIA has fired back at British fears that Vladimir Putin poses a national security threat over his ‘military build-up’ in the Arctic. But the Kremlin attack came as Moscow is staging a significant naval show of strength in polar waters after despatching warships on a summer patrol ostensibly to counter terrorism and other threats.

8/15/2018
The U.S. Military Is Worried About China’s Moves in Africa

https://nationalinterest.org

The Pentagon and US State Department are reinforcing their commitment to African security and influence amid numerous reports of stepped up Chinese military and economic incursions into the region.

Having established a military base in Djibouti on the coast as recently as last year, China is expanding political and military influence in the region, inspiring substantial concern among US officials and prompting discussion of a stronger commitment.

8/15/2018
‘Clearly Unfriendly’: Norway to Double US Marine Presence Near Russian Border

https://sputniknews.com

Norway’s Defense Ministry announced Wednesday that plans to more than double the number of US Marines stationed in the country were moving forward, despite protest from Russia that the decision was a military escalation.

8/15/2018
Poland wants permanent US forces stationed there

https://www.militarytimes.com

Poland’s president voiced hope for a permanent U.S. military presence in his country, in a speech as the nation put on a large military parade on its Armed Forces Day holiday Wednesday replete with tanks and people marching in historic uniforms.

Poland is fearful of Russia’s renewed aggression, and President Andrzej Duda said that a permanent presence by the U.S. Army would “scare away every potential attacker.”

8/15/2018
Is Russia’s Mysterious New Satellite a Space Weapon?

https://www.popularmechanics.com

The U.S. State Department says that a new Russian satellite’s behavior is “inconsistent” with its stated mission. The satellite, which Russia claims is designed to maneuver close to and inspect other satellites, caught the attention of the U.S. intelligence community with its strange activity. The U.S. military and intelligence community rely on satellites for everything from communications and navigation to spying and there are concerns a rival power could attack the United States’ satellite fleet in wartime to gain a strategic advantage.

8/15/2018
Russia in Arctic WAR GAMES as MPs warn ‘UK can’t keep up’

https://www.dailystar.co.uk

The Commons Defence Committee says President Vladimir Putin is boosting Russia’s military presence along its Arctic coast.

In recent years, global warming has caused much of the Arctic’s sheet ice to melt, opening up its waters to new shipping routes.

…In the report, called On Thin Ice, it warns of “an increase in military activity in the Arctic and High North… led by Russia.”

It said this includes: “Manned bases along Russia’s Arctic coastline,” as well as “heavily armed, Arctic-trained land forces”.

8/14/2018
Chinese military protests against U.S. defense bill

http://www.ecns.cn

The Chinese military resolutely opposes and protests Washington adopting the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act into law, Ministry of Defense said on Tuesday.

The act authorizes $717 billion defense spending, the largest in U.S. history, and sets “long-term strategic competition with China” as the United States’ “principal priority”.

It also includes plans for strengthening Taiwan’s self-defense capabilities, prohibiting China from future Rim of the Pacific Naval exercises, and creating public report on China’s activities in the South China Sea.

8/14/2018
Trump approves largest-ever aid package to Israel

http://www.sun-sentinel.com

U.S. President Donald Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes $550 million in assistance to Israel and temporarily halts the sale of F-35 fighter jets to Turkey. This comes amid tensions between the United States and Ankara, which is currently holding an American pastor hostage, among other political moves.

The $717 billion measure includes a bipartisan measure honoring a decade-long memorandum of understanding between America and Israel, with the United States giving $3.8 billion annually to the Jewish state.

8/14/2018
Senate’s ‘Kremlin Crusher’ Means Get Out Of Russia Now

https://www.forbes.com

Republican war hawk Lindsey Graham is revamping Russian sanctions in the Senate, this time threatening to do what many in the market have feared—banning investments in Russian bonds and lending to its biggest banks, namely Sberbank and VTB Bank.

Many of the Senators who worked on the passing of the Magnitsky Act with expat American investor Bill Browder are behind this latest bill. Instead of calling it the very rhetorical Defending American Security from Kremlin Aggression Act of 2018, I’ll call this the DeBRA Act, as in the Don’t Buy Russia Anything Act.

8/14/2018
Trump’s ‘Space Force’ no punchline to military insiders amid rising Russia, China threats

https://www.washingtontimes.com

China is close to shooting into space a weapon it claims can blind the optical sensors atop any satellite missile defense system.

Russia will soon stand up its own “S-500 missile program” that it boasts can hit targets nearly 400 miles above Earth’s surface.

And Iran has ambitions to attack U.S. communications satellites.

President Trump’s call for a U.S. “Space Force” may have turned into a punchline on Twitter and late-night TV, but U.S. intelligence agencies, military insiders and security analysts say the nation must take real, concrete action to prepare for conflicts in space or risk falling behind its global foes, chiefly Russia and China.

8/14/2018
Mattis: US needs Space Force to counter Russia, China

https://www.militarytimes.com

A U.S. Space Force is necessary to protect American satellites from being targeted by attack weapons in the hands of China and Russia, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday.

Mattis’ comments came days after Vice President Mike Pence announced ambitious plans to create a sixth, separate U.S. military warfighting service by 2020 to ensure American dominance in space.

…She said that despite Russian claims it wants to prevent an arms race in outer space, Moscow is developing new anti-satellite missiles and has given its forces a mobile laser system. She also voiced suspicion about Russia’s deployment last October of a satellite whose behavior she said was inconsistent with its supposed purpose of conducting in-orbit space inspections.

8/14/2018
Russia to help UN with patrols along Syria-Israel frontier

http://www.foxnews.com

The Russian military said Tuesday that its forces in Syria will help U.N. peacekeepers fully restore patrols along the volatile frontier between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

The Russian deployment in the area has highlighted Moscow’s growing clout in the region, marking a successful attempt to balance the sharply conflicting interests of Israel and Iran.

“The Russian flag is the guarantor of peace and security on that land,” said Lt. Gen. Sergei Kuralenko. He noted that Russian and Israeli officials have maintained regular communications, adding that “operations by Russian military police help ensure the security of Israel.”

8/14/2018
New US military budget halts Open Skies pact, almost axes nuclear arms reduction deal with Russia

https://www.rt.com

The US has suspended its Open Skies Treaty with Russia after President Donald Trump signed a giant 2019 defense budget bill. Lawmakers also tried to derail a milestone nuclear arms deal that has been in place since 2011.

Trump signed the $716 billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on Monday, and it will come into effect ahead of the new fiscal year in October. But some key deals with Russia were targeted by lawmakers.

The 1992 Open Skies Treaty, which allowed for mutual observation flights, was suspended. Congress wants President Trump to penalize Russia for what it says are violations of the treaty. However, Moscow says the charges are unfounded and maintains that it has always acted strictly in accordance with the agreement.

8/14/2018
Russia prepares for war in pictures: Extraordinary scenes of Russian troops in action

https://www.express.co.uk

Russia’s war games continue as Russian troops were ordered for snap military drills to exercise tactical and strategic warfare.

…Extraordinary scenes showcased Russia’s finest military in action with the 4th army of the Russian Air Force and Air Defence, and the Russian Navy Black Sea Fleet all displaying their power off the Black Sea coast.

Over two thousand servicemen and 400 pieces of military hardware from both the Russian and South Ossetian divisions took part in the drills.

8/13/2018
Sudan, Russia discuss military cooperation

http://www.sudantribune.com

Sudan’s Defence Minister Awad Ibn Ouf said relations with Russia are developing steadily, particularly military cooperation, describing ties between the two countries as historic.

Ibn Ouf, who received the Russian Ambassador to Sudan Vladimir Zheltov on Monday at his office, pointed to Moscow’s supportive stances towards Khartoum.

8/13/2018
China ‘prepares for battles’ against US, Japanese missiles in tense East China Sea

https://www.ctpost.com

Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy ships drilled in the East China Sea over the weekend, practicing honing its skills and countering missile threats from rivals like Japan, the US, and other potential combatants.

8/13/2018
Russian Military Spy Software is on Hundreds of Thousands of Home Routers

https://www.defenseone.com

The Russian military is inside hundreds of thousands of routers owned by Americans and others around the world, a top U.S. cybersecurity official said on Friday. The presence of Russian malware on the routers, first revealed in May, could enable the Kremlin to steal individuals’ data or enlist their devices in a massive attack intended to disrupt global economic activity or target institutions.

8/13/2018
US destroyer warship enters Black Sea as Russian colonel warns of MISSILE THREAT to bases

https://www.dailystar.co.uk

USS Carney, an Arleigh Burke-class missile-guided destroyer, arrived at the sea on Sunday for what the US Navy’s Sixth Fleet has called “maritime security operations”.

Fitted with the Aegis anti-ballistic missile defense system, USS Carney is tasked with supporting NATO allies and carrying out combat readiness drills, the Sixth Fleet said.

…Retired Russian colonel and military analyst Viktor Litovkin said USS Carney is able to fire long-range missiles at army facilities in Europe from its position in the Black Sea.

He said the Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet will keep a close eye on the destroyer throughout its deployment in the region.

“The entry of any American ship with Tomahawk cruise missiles on board is certainly creating tension,” Litovkin, a military observer for TASS news agency, said.

8/13/2018
Newest US sanctions against Russia hit an economic nerve

https://www.washingtonpost.com

Russia typically brushes off new U.S. sanctions. Not this time.

The Trump administration announcement of export restrictions in response to accusations Moscow used a nerve agent to poison a former Russian spy in Britain sent the ruble tumbling to a two-year low and drew a stern warning from its prime minister. While the initial sanctions may have a limited impact, a second batch expected within months could hit the Russian economy much harder and send already tense relations into a tailspin.

If sanctions are expanded even further to target Russia’s top state-controlled banks, freezing their dollar transactions — as proposed under legislation introduced in the Senate this month — it would amount to a “declaration of economic war,” Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Friday.

8/13/2018
Syria’s Last Major Military Operation Against Rebels Begins as Russia Looks to Talk With West

https://www.newsweek.com

Russia has said it was planning to invite France, Germany and Turkey to an upcoming summit on the war in Syria as the war-torn country’s military launched an operation to retake the final rebel-held province.

Russia Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov visited his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu Monday to discuss what the Russian Foreign Ministry described as “preparations for a four-lateral summit of the Russian, Turkish, German and French leaders on the Syrian settlement that is planned to be held soon,” according to the state-run Tass Russian News Agency. The two men would discuss solving the crisis in Syria “through maintaining an inclusive national dialogue on the basis of generally recognized principles of international law.”

8/13/2018
Mexican Radio to Beam Chinese Propaganda

https://freebeacon.com

A large Spanish-language radio station in Mexico will soon begin broadcasting in Chinese in a deal critics say will bring Beijing propaganda to Chinese Americans throughout Southern California.

A Federal Communications Commission filing on the sale of radio station XEWW AM 690 radio near Tijuana reveals the buyer has ties to Phoenix Satellite Television US, a subsidiary of Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing Phoenix TV.

8/13/2018
Top 5G suppliers linked to China’s Communist Party

https://www.smh.com.au

…While the Turnbull Government has been strongly lobbied by federal MPs and security officials to ban Chinese-owned Huawei from involvement in the 5G network, there has been little focus on the Chinese-connections of two other likely 5G participants, Nokia and Ericsson.

Though both companies are headquartered in Scandinavia and already have Australian Government contracts, much of their equipment is manufactured in Chinese factories with state-owned joint venture partners led by Communist Party officials.

8/12/2018
Russia and 4 Other Nations Settle Decades-long Dispute Over Caspian Sea

https://www.nytimes.com

The five countries with shorelines on the Caspian Sea agreed on Sunday to a formula for dividing up the world’s largest inland body of water and its potentially vast oil and gas resources.

The leaders of Russia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan signed the Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea, which the Kremlin said in a statement “reflected a balance of interests” of the seashore nations.

…Russia, the sea’s main naval power, had opposed splitting the Caspian into national territories that would have confined its own navy to a northwestern corner. The country has launched missiles from its Caspian Sea fleet to strike targets in Syria, flies over the sea to reach Syria, and, analysts say, never had the intention of surrendering its military dominance.

8/12/2018
China Seeks Influence in Europe, One Business Deal at a Time

https://www.nytimes.com

When Xi Jinping became the first top Chinese leader to visit the Czech Republic, he was accompanied by a mysterious Chinese tycoon with big political ambitions, money to burn and strong ties to the Czech president.

8/12/2018
Chinese Hypersonic Aircraft Can Launch Missiles At 6X the Speed of Sound

https://www.popularmechanics.com

China just tested a hypersonic aircraft that could fire nuclear missiles at up to six times the speed of sound. The aircraft, called Starry Sky-2, can zoom across the sky at speeds of up to 4,563 miles per hour, and can switch directions abruptly mid flight (which means it could potentially bypass current missile defense systems).

The Starry Sky-2 launched in a multistage rocket, then continued to soar at about Mach-5.5 for 400 seconds. The aircraft performed numerous maneuvers at an altitude of about 18 miles before landing. The aircraft is a type of “waverider” vehicle, which allows the aircraft to surf on its on the shockwaves of its own supersonic lift.

8/11/2018
‘Peace behind me, war in front of me’: China’s new Army propaganda video is chilling and viral

https://www.businessinsider.co.za

China’s People’s Liberation Army released a chilling video last week called “I am a Chinese Soldier,” which was first spotted in the West by the National Interest.

The 2:20 minute video, released on August 1 for China’s Army Day, emotionally underscores the sacrifices made by service members of the PLA while showing off some of the country’s latest weaponry.

At one point in the propaganda video, the narrator says “peace behind me, war in front of me”, which The National Interest said could be interpreted to mean war is “inevitable”.

8/11/2018
China kicks off ‘major’ military exercises as Taiwan leader prepares for trip abroad to salvage few remaining allies

https://www.japantimes.co.jp

The Chinese military has kicked off “major” exercises in the Yellow Sea ahead of Taiwanese leader Tsai Ing-wen’s planned departure Sunday for Paraguay, the only Taiwanese ally in South America, and the tiny Central American country of Belize.

8/11/2018
US suspends military training with Pakistan, days after Islamabad claimed to have received training from Russia

https://www.firstpost.com

The Trump administration has suspended more than a decade-long military training programme of Pakistani personnel at the US institutions, a media report said on Saturday, days after Islamabad and Moscow signed an agreement to allow Pakistani troops to receive training at the Russian defence centres.

…The US Congress also passed a bill to slash Pakistan’s defence aid to $150 million, significantly below the historic level of more than $1 billion per year.

***8/10/2018***
Russian military creates 8 outposts along Golan Heights border

https://www.almasdarnews.com

The Russian military police will create eight outposts near the demilitarized zone at the Golan Heights on the Syrian-Israeli border, a deputy commander of the Russian forces in Syria in charge of of military police, Viktor Zaytsev, said.

According to the official, the first permanent observation post of the Russian military police has already been set up.

8/10/2018
Russia Hands Over Plan to ‘Fight Against Terrorism’ in Latin America

https://www.newsweek.com

Russia’s recently appointed envoy to Argentina has submitted a plan designed to combat what he calls “terrorism” in Latin America, warning of foreign plots against the region.

The new ambassador to Buenos Aires, Dmitry Feoktistov, held a news conference Thursday shortly after presenting his credentials to the Argentine government. He discussed his country’s strategy in the Argentina and Latin America. During his remarks, he said that Russian officials “have information indicating that terrorists probably consider using Latin America for their criminal goals. Among other things, this includes the creation of bases for re-creation and treatment of foreign terrorists, collection of funds, recruitment and propaganda,” according to the state-run Tass news agency.

8/10/2018
US plans ‘Space Force’ by 2020 to gain military edge over Russia, China

http://www.newindianexpress.com

US President Donald Trump has pitched for a ‘space force’ of the US military by 2020. The Trump administration says it will work to build bipartisan support in Congress for the plan.

Pointing to growing threats and competition from Russia and China, the White House on Thursday announced ambitious plans to create the U.S. Space Force as a sixth, separate military warfighting service by 2020.

8/9/2018
U.S. Navy Says Russia Submarine Threat Highest Since Cold War and China Making Things Worse

https://www.newsweek.com

The head of the U.S. Navy has warned that Russia’s resurgent maritime power presented a greater threat to his forces than any point since the Cold War.

U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson told the Voice of America news outlet Tuesday that Russia’s submarine activity had reached a higher level than “we’ve seen in 25 years,” around the time of the collapse of the Soviet Union. Led by President Vladimir Putin, Russia’s navy has sought to reclaim its former glory and expand its global military capabilities from the Mediterranean to the Pacific and beyond.

8/9/2018
China, Russia prepare for strategic security talks in Moscow as pressure from United States grows

https://www.scmp.com

A senior Chinese diplomat will visit Moscow next week amid rising tensions on the global stage, after the United States announced fresh sanctions against Russia, and Beijing and Washington remain locked in a trade war.

8/9/2018
NATO scrambled to INTERCEPT five Russian supersonic fighter jets flying near Europe

https://www.dailystar.co.uk

The onslaught of Russian aircraft were shadowed by the NATO Air Policing Mission (APM) team tasked with guarding airspace over the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

NATO aircraft were scrambled to escort Russian planes on eight separate occasions between July 30 and August 5, according to the Lithuanian Ministry of Defence.

8/9/2018
‘Battle for Africa’: Russia Pushes Into ‘Free Country for the Taking’ In Attempt to Rival the West

https://www.newsweek.com

…But the French government that helped install Bokassa in 1966 ousted him in 1979, deploying paratroopers to prevent any countercoup. Now, four decades later, it is Russian soldiers who mill around this crumbling estate in Berengo—and the shifting power dynamic is raising concerns in the West. President Vladimir Putin is pushing into Africa, forging new partnerships and rekindling Cold War–era alliances. “There will be a battle for Africa,” says Evgeny Korendyasov, head of Russian-African studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences, “and it will grow.”

8/8/2018
China’s Taiwan Strait Provocations Need a U.S. Response

https://foreignpolicy.com

Tension has been mounting of late in the Taiwan Strait. China has launched a “multi-domain campaign” against the Taiwan government in an attempt to pressure pro-independence President Tsai Ing-wen to accept the 1992 “One China” consensus. China’s measures range from dispatching bombers, fighter jets, and warships to circle around the island, conducting live-fire military exercises in waters close to Taiwan, squeezing Taiwan’s diplomatic space by cutting off its diplomatic ties, limiting its access to international organizations, and various economic measures.

The United States, due to its commitment to the defense of Taiwan, has called on China to curb its aggression and avoid military action. The increased measures by China could potentially upset the status quo that has been in place for almost 70 years and maintained by U.S. support. As the U.S. call has ostensibly gone unheeded, its Defense Department was reportedly considering sending warships to calm the troubled waters in the Taiwan Strait.

8/8/2018
The US’s nuclear commander says the only way to defend the US from new Russian and Chinese missiles lies in space

https://www.businessinsider.com

The key to defending the US homeland against Russian and Chinese missile threats, as well as emerging and potential threats from countries like North Korea and Iran, lies in space, according to the head of US Strategic Command.

8/8/2018
As China’s Military Masters Artificial Intelligence, Why Are We Still Building Aircraft Carriers?

https://www.realclearpolitics.com

…Speakers at the conference described a new generation of combat systems, powered by artificial intelligence, cyberweapons and robots that can operate on land, sea and air. But America is still largely wedded to legacy weapons of the past — superbly engineered (but super-expensive) aircraft carriers, bombers, fighter jets and submarines.

8/8/2018
Taiwan reveals deterrent to China as satellite images show missile capable of targeting mainland

https://www.scmp.com

Satellite images suggest Taiwan has positioned an advanced land-attack cruise missile capable of targeting Hong Kong and other targets along the southeast coast of China’s mainland, as a deterrent amid rising tensions, experts have claimed.

…“Based on its range, all nuclear power plant reactors, state strategic oil reserve facilities near Zhoushan [in eastern China’s Zhejiang province], and the Beijing-Kowloon Railway and other high-speed railways and tunnels would be targeted,” Chang said.

8/8/2018
Russia develops ‘perpetual nuclear reactor’ to power Vladimir Putin’s new submarines

https://www.dailystar.co.uk

Putin’s nuclear firm claimed they had upgraded and tested the latest design of the so-called active zone – the heart of the reactor – allowing it to generate more power than its predecessors.

Afrikantov’s annual report claims the reactor would be able to run for the entire life of Russia’s new submarines without ever needing refuelling. 

8/8/2018
Russia threatens ‘horrible’ conflict if Georgia joins Nato

https://www.independent.co.uk

Russia has threatened a “horrible” conflict if Nato were to incorporate Georgia into the alliance. 

In a warning to the West marking 10 years since the Russia-Georgia war, Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian prime minister, said Nato’s plan to ultimately offer membership to the former Soviet republic was a “threat to peace”. 

8/8/2018
Pakistan, Russia Sign Rare Military Cooperation Pact

https://www.voanews.com

Pakistan has wrapped up a groundbreaking contract with Russia that would, for the first time, open doors for Russian military training of Pakistani army officers.

The rare deal comes amid deteriorating relations between Islamabad and the United States, which has resulted in the halt of all military exchange programs with Pakistan and left a void that Moscow has stepped in to fill.

8/7/2018
Russia’s Upgraded Tu-22M3M Long-Range Bomber to Be Rolled Out on August 16

https://thediplomat.com

The first prototype of Russia’s upgraded Tupolev Tu-22M3M long-range strategic and maritime strike bomber will be rolled out on August 16 with ground testing to begin shortly thereafter, according to Russian aerospace and defense company Tupolev.

8/7/2018
The US Navy’s top officer says defending against Russian jamming ‘is an emerging part of our business’

https://www.businessinsider.com

Officials from the US and other NATO navies have warned repeatedly about increasing Russian naval activity around Europe and in the Arctic and North Atlantic oceans.

Those Western forces have scrambled to beef up their submarine and anti-submarine-warfare capabilities, and the US Navy recently reactivated its 2nd Fleet to oversee ships, aircraft, and personnel in the northern Atlantic where much of this confrontation is expected.

8/7/2018
UK’s warning in Russia: Sub-hunters chase Putin’s ships in North Sea as threat escalates

https://www.express.co.uk

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson recently accused Putin of “aggression” in the Atlantic.

The MP said increased Russian activity in the ocean “shows the increasing aggression and increasing assertiveness of Russia”.

The Royal Navy had to respond to Russian warships approaching British territorial waters a total of 33 times in 2017.

In 2010, they only had to respond once to Russians vessels approaching UK waters.

8/7/2018
Georgia accuses Russia of military buildup as Moscow warns of ‘terrible conflict’

https://www.telegraph.co.uk

Georgia has accused Moscow of building up its forces and holding “unprecedented” war games in disputed territories as Russia warned of a “terrible conflict” if Nato allows the former Soviet republic to join. 

The sabre-rattling came on the 10th anniversary of the Russian invasion, which deprived Georgia of one-fifth of its territory.

8/6/2018
US Navy’s Top Admiral Cites Increased Threat in Ocean Nearest Washington

https://www.voanews.com

Chinese military vessels are now operating in the Northern Atlantic, and Russian submarines are prowling those same waters at a pace not seen since the end of the Cold War, the Navy’s top admiral told VOA in an exclusive interview.

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson said China’s military movements from the North Atlantic into the Mediterranean Sea create a “new dynamic.”

“Even five years ago, we wouldn’t have seen anything like this,” Richardson said.

According to Richardson, the Chinese navy is a global one that is both “ready and capable” of operating wherever Beijing wants.

8/6/2018
Russia to respond with military-strategic blow to new USA’s sanctions
The Kremlin noted that US senators are going too far. As long as Russia’s unsubstantiated and far-fetched interference in US elections gives US officials the right to cause economic damage to the Russian economy and to the well-being of the Russian population, Russia has every reason to develop its own measures, including military and strategic ones, that would lead to irreparable losses for the US economy and population.
8/6/2018
Press review: Russia’s ‘crushing response’ to US sanctions and Moscow’s offer on Syria

http://tass.com

Moscow is ready for the bill introduced by US senators on measures against the Kremlin elite and on banning transactions related to Russia’s new sovereign debt, Chairman of the Russian State Duma’s (lower house) Financial Markets Committee Anatoly Aksakov told Nezavisimaya Gazeta. The lawmaker noted the US sanctions’ impact on Russia’s financial system would be insignificant. “It is more symbolic and moral rather than important in material terms,” he said.

A source close to the Kremlin has not ruled out that Russia could retaliate with its “crushing” military and strategic measures and review some its international commitments.

8/5/2018
China may seek to end US military presence in Korean peninsula after South opens door to greater role for Beijing in peace talks

https://www.scmp.com

China is looking to increase its involvement in talks to bring about a formal end to the Korean war and may seek greater concessions from the United States after a shift in the South’s policy opened the door for a greater role for Beijing.

But the process will be complicated as Beijing may push for an end to Washington’s military deployment in the Korean peninsula, weakening its alliances in the region, according to diplomatic observers.

8/5/2018
Defense Budget Shifts Military’s Focus From Terrorism To China And Russia

https://www.npr.org

But this new NDAA reflects Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ pivot away from those prolonged and inconclusive battles with insurgencies, to what he says should be the Pentagon’s main concern: the United States’ growing competition with the world’s two other great powers, Russia and China.

8/4/2018
China’s new J-16 advanced fighter jet ‘targeting Taiwan’ may soon be combat ready

https://www.scmp.com

China’s air force has said its new advanced fighter jet, which analysts say was developed to target Taiwan, will soon be combat ready.

…The PLA says that the J-16 has “greatly improved capability for electronic warfare” with its phased array antenna, fire-control radar and jamming system. The fighter jet carries a 30mm cannon, 12 air-to-air missiles, rockets and satellite-guided bombs, and anti-ship and anti-radiation missiles.

Song said the J-16 complemented China’s fifth-generation stealth fighter, the J-20, and would be a key aircraft for the air force in the future.

8/4/2018
Air Force silent after huge meteor hits earth near US military base

https://www.news.com.au

A METEOR hit the earth and exploded with 2.1 kilotonnes of force last month, but the US Air Force has made no mention of the event.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory confirmed an object of unspecified size travelling at 24.4 kilometres per second struck earth in Greenland, just 43 kilometres north of an early missile warning Thule Air Base on the 25th of July, 2018.

8/3/2018
Monthlong RIMPAC drills focused on US military rivals China, Russia

https://www.stripes.com

The monthlong Rim of the Pacific naval exercise, which concluded Thursday, reflected an emphasis on traditional warfighting drills as America refocuses its strategy on military competition with China and Russia.

“The U.S. has been working to incorporate into RIMPAC more substantial anti-submarine warfare, surface warfare and amphibious warfare operations, and this year they were able to do that,” said Bryan Clark, a senior fellow at the Washington, D.C.-based think tank Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.

8/3/2018
Following deals with Russia, Turkey now expands military cooperation with China

https://www.al-monitor.com

“Relations of the two countries are developing favorably. Turkey’s central corridor strategy that aims at linking Europe to Central Asia and to Afghanistan, Pakistan and China matches with China’s Belt and Road initiative,” he said.

8/3/2018
China’s Military To Help Assad Retake Rest Of Syrian Territory, Ambassador Suggests

https://www.zerohedge.com

The Chinese Ambassador to Syria, Qi Qianjin, has shocked Middle East pundits and observers with statements this week indicating the Chinese military may directly assist the Syrian Army in an upcoming major offensive on jihadist-held Idlib province.

8/2/2018
Israel Threatens Military Response Against Houthi Forces

https://oilprice.com

Will the war in Yemen become the next battleground in the ongoing Iran-Israel proxy war for the Middle East?

The past year has witnessed a more out in the open proxy war between the two grow in Syria, but the role of both in Yemen has been more obscured: Israel has echoed U.S. charges that Iran supplies Yemen’s Shia Houthi rebels with ballistic missiles capable of hitting Riyadh, while the Shia rebels have accused the “Zionist” Saudis of massacring the civilian population as the kingdom’s covert intelligence sharing alliance with Israel has become public knowledge of late. 

While the two have waged what is largely up to this point a war of words in Yemen, trading accusations of operating in the shadows, Israel has now openly threatened to intervene off the coast of Yemen if Houthi forces block the vital waterway through which cargo ships bound for Israel pass from Asia.

8/2/2018
Russia Calls Out U.S. Military ‘Threat’ After NATO Minister Accidentally Says There Are ‘Ballistic Missiles’ at Base

https://www.newsweek.com

Russia amped up tensions with NATO on Thursday after a NATO Western defense coalition minister told a media outlet that a military base possessed ballistic missiles. 

Pavel Alekseenko, the secretary of Russia’s embassy to Romania, lashed out on social media after Romanian Defense Minister Mihai Fifor told local broadcaster Antena 3 that the U.S. Naval Support Facility Deveselu had “ballistic missiles” that made Russian President Vladimir Putin upset.

The base is home to NATO’s Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Facility, which Russia has long accused of threatening Russia’s military capabilities, and Alekseenko saw Fifor’s words as an admission of even more extensive U.S. military infrastructure near Russia.

8/2/2018
Russia puts military police on Israel-Syria frontier, reinforcing role as mediator

https://www.dw.com

Russia is putting its military along the Golan Heights frontier as it seeks to temper tensions between Israel and Syria. A wild card remains how Russia can manage a potentially explosive Israel-Iran conflict in Syria.

8/1/2018
US planning ‘military INVASION’ of Taiwan and China warn it could ‘RETALIATE’

https://www.express.co.uk

THE US could be planning a “military invasion” of China in an act of “severe subversion” if it sends marines to guard the de facto US embassy in Taiwan – and Beijing could be forced to retaliate according to Chinese state media.

7/31/2018
‘Leave immediately or you will pay’: China is threatening foreign ships and planes, but the US military isn’t changing a thing

https://www.businessinsider.com

The US Navy and regional allies have reportedly noticed an increase in Chinese radio queries to foreign ships and planes operating in the South China Sea — some said to be less than friendly, and others actually threatening.

7/31/2018
Israel is under massive Chinese, Russian cyber espionage attack

https://www.ynetnews.com

“The Shin Bet’s counter-espionage unit has never been busier,” Ophir was told.
“We believe Israel is under a multi-frontal attack, a significant threat to our national security. Some of the spying is classic, like it used to be: living agents recruited for personal gain or ideology. We know how to deal with those. But some attacks are being carried out by other means, less visible and clear.”

7/31/2018
U.S. Military Bases In Europe Depend On Russian Energy

https://oilprice.com

As Russia aims to tighten its grip over European energy supply, especially in natural gas with the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, Europe’s energy dependence on Moscow is a concern for U.S. lawmakers who worry that American military bases in Europe also depend on energy from Russia.

U.S. lawmakers are calling upon the Department of Defense to cut reliance on Russian energy at military bases in Europe, and to introduce sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 project.

7/31/2018
Putin Recreates Soviet-Era Patriotic Directorate in Russia’s Army

https://themoscowtimes.com

President Vladimir Putin has created a new directorate inside the Russian army to promote patriotism, evoking memories of a Soviet practice that once saw soldiers taught the precepts of Marxism and Leninism by political commissars.

The move, approved by Putin in a presidential decree published on Monday, will affect around 1 million active military service people and appears designed to ensure soldiers’ loyalty at a time when Moscow is locked in a geopolitical standoff with the West.

7/30/2018
China’s holding intl. military contest near Taiwan’s outlying island spawns concern

https://www.taiwannews.com.tw

The People’s Liberation Army Navy’s holding an international sea landing competition at Shishi Beach in Quanzhou, Fujian Province, which is close to Taiwan’s outlying island of Kinmen, has spawned speculation that China is using the military competition to threaten Taiwan, according to a Central News Agency report.

7/30/2018
China woos an Argentina neglected by American indifference

https://asia.nikkei.com

China’s offer of financial support to Argentina is the latest example of the Asian nation filling a vacuum in what has traditionally been the backyard of the U.S.

While President Donald Trump has not paid a visit to Latin America since his inauguration in January 2017, China has stepped up its financial assistance to Argentina and worked to strengthen their trade ties. China even appears intent on including the South American country in its Belt and Road infrastructure initiative.

7/30/2018
Uganda, China To Strength Military Ties

https://chimpreports.com

UPDF is working to strengthen military ties with the People’s Republic of China as part of its strategy to maintain the path to professionalization.

Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) General David Muhoozi, meeting with H.E Ambassador Zheug Zhuiqiang during a courtesy call at UPDF Headquarters today Monday, said China was one of the most dependable strategic partners of Africa dating back from the struggle for independence.

7/30/2018
Russia aims to increase collaboration with Africa

https://www.janes.com

The Russian government and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will facilitate the development of military technologies between the two parties.

The MOU was signed during the BRICS Africa summit held in Johannesburg from 25-27 July, which focused on co-operation between developing nations to achieve growth, and encouraged the building of further multilateral relationships.

7/30/2018
Russia navy parade: Putin flexes military muscle and showcases ‘carrier killer’ sub

https://www.9news.com.au

With Russian-US relations at their lowest point in years, 40 of Vladimir Putin’s finest fighting vessels have paraded through waters near St Petersburg.

Putin inspected Russia’s annual Navy Day parade on Sunday from his presidential boat, and afterwards touted the strength of his military.

Among the Russian fleet was a submarine nicknamed “the carrier killer”, designed to attack and sink aircraft carriers.

A new stealth frigate and a spy vessel, aimed at countering US defence missile technology were also among the 40-strong armada.

7/30/2018
Military exercises on South Kurils unacceptable — Japanese foreign minister

http://tass.com

Military exercises on the South Kuril islands are unacceptable in Japan’s point of view, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono told TASS in an interview before leaving for Russia on Monday for two-plus-two talks between the two countries’ foreign and defense ministers.

“Japan and Russia adhere to different viewpoints regarding the sovereignty over the four islands. There exist many problems that will have to be overcome.”
7/30/2018
Russia has information on possible military plans by US, other countries, says Lavrov

http://tass.com

“Rest assured, we are aware of the schemes harbored by the militaries of both the US and other Western countries against the Russian Federation,” Lavrov stated in response to the question about how Russia meets modern challenges in the sphere of security.

The Russian Federation possesses the information about military plans of the US and other countries against it, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday in his speech before the participants of the Russian educational youth forum Terra Scientia.

7/29/2018
Russia Rapidly Expanding Navy With 26 New Ships By End of 2018, Putin Says

https://www.newsweek.com

Russia is rapidly expanding its navy and plans to add 26 new ships by the end of the year, President Vladimir Putin announced on Sunday.

…Last month, Admiral James Foggo, who commands the U.S. Navy in Europe and Africa, warned in an interview with Stars and Stripes that Moscow is expanding its submarine force around Europe to challenge American naval dominance more aggressively than at any time since the Cold War. Some of Moscow’s submarines possess missiles that can hit any European capital, the admiral explained, making it “important for us to have the situational awareness of where those platforms are operating at all times.”

7/28/2018
Russia’s probably not leaving Syria anytime soon. Here’s why.

https://www.militarytimes.com

“The Russian Armed Forces are important for balance in our region, at least in the Middle East, until the political equilibrium in the world changes,” Assad said. “Russia is a big country, it’s a great power, therefore it has a duty to the whole world … and she is responsible for the whole world.”

7/28/2018
China could test fire new Russian missile defence system in coming days, Tass news agency says

https://www.scmp.com

People’s Liberation Army unit has already been trained in use of S-400 Triumph surface-to-air missile system, report says

China could put its new Russian missile defence system – which is capable of downing US F-35 stealth fighters – through its paces before the end of the month, Moscow said on Friday, citing an unnamed military source.

7/27/2018
Cooperation between Armed Forces of Belarus and China lauded as robust
Cooperation between the Armed Forces of Belarus and China has been robust, Belarus’ Defense Minister Andrei Ravkov said at an event to celebrate the 91st anniversary of the People’s Liberation Army of China, BelTA has learned.
7/27/2018
Pentagon report will reveal military’s dependence on Chinese components

https://www.reuters.com

An upcoming report on the U.S. military supply chain will show the Pentagon depends on Chinese components for some military equipment, a top Defense Department official said on Friday.

7/27/2018
South Korea scrambles jets to intercept Chinese warplane in its air defence territory

https://www.scmp.com

South Korea said on Friday it had scrambled military jets to intercept a Chinese military aircraft that entered the South’s air defence territory.

7/27/2018
China, Russia, Iran: The cyberespionage forces hacking into America

https://www.9news.com.au

…”Foreign economic and industrial espionage against the United States continues to represent a significant threat to America’s prosperity, security and competitive advantage,” the National Counterintelligence and Security Centre said.

7/26/2018
Assad says Russian military needed in Syria long-term

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Thursday Russian forces were needed in the country long-term and for more than just fighting terrorism, Russian news agencies reported, citing an interview with the leader.

7/26/2018
Man Explodes Small Device Outside US Embassy in Beijing

https://www.military.com

A man exploded a small homemade bomb outside the U.S. Embassy in Beijing on Thursday, injuring only himself, according to police and an embassy spokesperson.

Photos on social media showed a large amount of smoke and police vehicles surrounding the embassy shortly after the incident. Apart from a heightened security presence, the scene outside appeared to be normal by early afternoon.

7/26/2018
Top Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani warns US and Donald Trump: ‘If you begin the war, we will end it’

https://www.scmp.com

…“We are near you, where you can’t even imagine … Come. We are ready. If you begin the war, we will end the war,” Tasnim news agency quoted Soleimani as saying.

7/25/2018
Moscow and Beijing Have Tehran’s Back
https://foreignpolicy.com

Trump’s Iran policies have left the country with no choice but to turn to Russia and China.

7/25/2018
China Warns US Against Tightening Military Cooperation With Taiwan

https://sputniknews.com

Beijing is “extremely discontent” with the United States’ plan to develop military cooperation with Taiwan and warns Washington against jeopardizing stability in the region, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said on Wednesday.

“China is extremely discontent and lodges a strong protest against the aforementioned provisions regarding the PRC [People’s Republic of China, formal name of the country] in the US plan for the defense spending for the 2019 fiscal year,” Geng said at a media briefing.

According to the spokesman, if the bill is passed, it will undermine trust and cooperation between China and the United States while also threatening the stability in the Taiwan Strait.

7/25/2018
Russia threatens counter-measures if Finland and Sweden join Nato

https://yle.fi/uutiset

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday that Russia would react if Finland and Sweden joined Nato. In his speech at the Defence Ministry, he said more Nato planes in eastern Europe and hybrid threat centres in Finland, Estonia, Poland, Germany and France were evidence of deeper defence co-operation.

7/24/2018
Lawmakers say NDAA provisions combat Russian, Chinese threats

https://www.stripes.com

Senate and House lawmakers behind a compromise of the defense policy plan unveiled Monday said the proposal takes new steps to strengthen the U.S. military’s ability to challenge increased threats from Russia and China throughout the world.

…The proposed policies in the NDAA continue “the absolutely critical work of pushing back against President Putin’s ongoing campaign to undermine U.S. alliances, partnerships, and democratic values around the world,” Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, said late Monday.

7/24/2018
Russia Has Sent Thousands of Troops and Weapons to Its Western Border, Near U.S. Military and NATO Allies

https://www.newsweek.com

The Russian military has sent thousands of new troops and weapons to its western border, where the U.S. and fellow NATO Western military alliance partners have attempted to beef up their defenses.

During a board session Tuesday, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the “developing situation” in the region designated the Western Military District has led to the establishment of “more than 70 large units and military formations, including two divisions and three brigades” since 2016. He also revealed that “about 5,000 new and modernized weapons and equipment” were delivered to Russian troops there, who were subject to over 350 sudden inspections that “showed a qualitative increase in the level of training of the troops of the district and confirmed their readiness to solve tasks for the intended purpose.”

7/24/2018
Israel shoots down Syrian jet as fighting escalates on edge of Golan Heights

http://www.latimes.com

The Israeli military said it shot down a Syrian fighter jet that crossed into Israeli airspace Tuesday amid fierce fighting on the Syrian side of the volatile border.

It was the latest in a series of confrontations that have heightened fears of a dangerous escalation in the region. Tensions between Israel and Syria, technically at war since 1948, have been building over the last month as Syrian government forces, backed by Russian air power, have made sweeping gains against rebel factions in the southwest of the country.

7/24/2018
China, Sri Lanka vow to strengthen defense ties

http://www.xinhuanet.com

Sri Lanka and China have vowed to strengthen defense ties at a reception held here at the Chinese embassy to celebrate the 91st founding anniversary of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army.

7/23/2018
Russia and China Will Retaliate Against U.S. Missile Systems in Asia, Ambassador Warns

https://www.newsweek.com

Russia and China plan to take retaliatory measures against the deployment of U.S. missile defense systems in Japan and South Korea, Moscow’s ambassador to Beijing warned on Monday.

Speaking to reporters, Ambassador Andrei Denisov said such actions by the neighboring Asian countries pose a security threat to Russia and its regional ally China. He suggested that the decisions from Japan and South Korea would require a response from Moscow and Beijing.

7/23/2018
Rwandan leader says China relates to Africa ‘as an equal’

https://www.actionnewsjax.com

Rwandan President Paul Kagame is praising China’s treatment of Africa “as an equal,” calling it “a revolutionary posture in world affairs” and “more precious than money.”

Kagame made the remarks Monday after signing bilateral agreements with the visiting Chinese president, Xi Jinping. Xi is the first Chinese president to visit Rwanda.

7/23/2018
China assures Liberia military support
http://www.thenewdawnliberia.com“We will continue to cooperate on military personnel training, in the future, we wish to inject impetus to the long – term development of this good relationship,” a top Chinese military official in Liberia said Friday, 20 July at the 91st anniversary of the People Liberation Army (PLA) of China.According to the Chinese military official, in the past China – Liberia military relations have been growing steadily, saying the Ministry of National Defense of China will provide AFL with medical equipment and medicine.
7/23/2018
Palace justifies cozying up to China

https://www.philstar.com

…China claims virtually the entire South China Sea while the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan have overlapping claims. To assert its claims, China built structures, including military facilities on Kagitingan (Fiery Cross), Panganiban (Mischief), Zamora (Subi), Burgos (Gaven), Kennan (Hughes), Mabini (Johnson South) and Calderon (Cuarteron) Reefs, areas off the province of Palawan that are also being claimed by the Philippines.

Last week, SWS released the results of a June poll which found 81 percent of Filipinos believing that the government should not “leave China alone with its infrastructures and military presence” in Philippine-claimed areas in the West Philippine Sea.

7/22/2018
China reassures support to safeguard Pakistan’s sovereignty

https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk

China’s Military, Naval & Air Attache Major-General Chen Wenrong has said that Pakistan and China military relationship has always served as the pillar to the bilateral relationship.

7/22/2018
Chinese military arrives in Russia for annual drills, bringing state-of-the-art hardware

http://www.globaltimes.cn

Chinese military officers arrived in Russia on Friday to participate in the upcoming International Army Games 2018. The army will exhibit advanced H-6K bombers, J-10A fighters, JH-7A fighter-bombers, and IL-76 and Y-9 transport aircraft at the competitions.

This is the first time that the H-6K bombers and Y-9 transport aircraft have been brought abroad to participate in an international military competition, said a spokesperson for the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force, according to Xinhua.

7/22/2018
Russian marines arrive in China to take part in Amphibious Assault Landing contest

http://tass.com

A Russian Navy team has arrived to the Chinese city of Quanzhou on Saturday to take part in the international stage of the Amphibious Assault Landing contest of the Army Games, the Russian Defense Ministry told journalists.

“The Russian Navy’s national team has come to the city of Quanzhou in the People’s Republic of China to take part in the international contest ‘Amphibious Assault Landing-2018’ on field training among marine units,” the ministry reported.

7/22/2018
Russia downs drones that attacked its Syria air base -news agencies

http://news.trust.org

Russia’s military said it had shot down two unidentified drones that attacked its Syrian air base at Hmeimim on Saturday and Sunday, Russian agencies reported.

7/22/2018
China military develops robotic submarines to launch a new era of sea power

https://www.scmp.com

Unmanned AI subs, expected in the 2020s, could challenge the advantage Western naval powers have in strategic waters like the South China Sea

China is developing large, smart and relatively low-cost unmanned submarines that can roam the world’s oceans to perform a wide range of missions, from reconnaissance to mine placement to even suicide attacks against enemy vessels, according to scientists involved in these artificial intelligence (AI) projects.

7/22/2018
China’s Xi offers fresh $295 million grant to Sri Lanka

https://www.reuters.com

Chinese President Xi Jinping has offered Sri Lanka a fresh grant of 2 billion yuan ($295 million), as Beijing looks to expand its influence in the tiny island country off India’s southern tip.

President Maithripala Sirisena of Sri Lanka, a partner in Beijing’s multi-country Belt and Road infrastructure push, made the announcement on Saturday at a ceremony marking the start of construction of a Chinese-funded kidney hospital in his home constituency of Polonnaruwa, 230 km (142.92 miles) from Colombo.

7/21/2018
Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Africa seeking deeper military and economic ties

http://www.abc.net.au

Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in Africa on a four-nation visit seeking deeper military and economic ties while his rival in a bitter trade war, the Trump administration, shows little interest in the world’s second most populous continent.

7/21/2018
Second Nepal-China joint military drill in September: report

https://www.thehindu.com

The second edition of the 10-day Nepal-China joint military exercise would begin from September 17 and aimed at sharing expertise in disaster management and fighting terrorism, among others, according to a media report.

The Nepal Army, which has long been holding joint military exercises with India and the United States, has collaborated with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), extending military diplomacy, Kathmandu Post reported.

The drill, ‘Sagarmatha Friendship-2’, will be held at Chengdu, the capital of China’s southwestern Sichuan Province.

7/21/2018
China’s President Xi Jinping wraps up UAE visit with series of deals to boost presence in Middle East

https://www.scmp.com

China and the United Arab Emirates have agreed to strengthen their cooperation on a wide range of areas from trade to military and energy as President Xi Jinping wrapped up his visit to the Middle Eastern nation on Saturday.

7/21/2018
CIA: China is Waging a ‘Quiet Kind of Cold War’ Against US

https://www.military.com

China is waging a “quiet kind of cold war” against the United States, using all its resources to try to replace America as the leading power in the world, a top CIA expert on Asia said Friday.

7/20/2018
Syria Regains Control Over Frontier With Israel In Russia-Brokered Deal

https://www.rferl.org

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is set to regain control of his country’s frontier with Israel in a major victory over rebels who have agreed to surrender in negotiations with Russia, sources on both sides say.

The resumption of Syrian control over areas bordering the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, one of the last remaining rebel strongholds in the country, appears to be part of a larger Russian plan to reinstitute Syrian control in the border region while clearing the area of pro-Iranian militias, as sought repeatedly by Israel and the United States in talks with Moscow this year.

7/20/2018
Here’s How the Russian Military Is Organizing to Develop AI

https://www.defenseone.com

The Russian Ministry of Defense is pursuing artificial intelligence with an urgency that has only grown since Vladimir Putin’s “rule the world” speech in September. But after several years of watching American and Chinese researchers accumulate breakthroughs and funding, while Russia continues to lack a relevant high-tech culture, Ministry leaders have decided that if they can’t outspend their global competitors, perhaps they can out-organize them.

7/20/2018
Pentagon Announces $200M in Military Support for Ukraine as It Fights Russia

https://www.breitbart.com

The Pentagon announced Friday it is providing $200 million in training, equipment, and advising to Ukraine to strengthen its military, which is locked in low-grade war with Russia.

The move will likely rankle Russia, which invaded Ukraine in 2014 and annexed the peninsula in Crimea. Ukrainian and Russian-supported forces have been battling in eastern Ukraine since.

7/20/2018
Russian Army gets seven ICBMs from year-start

http://tass.com

MOSCOW, July 20. /TASS/. Russia’s Strategic Missile Force received seven intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) in the first half of this year, Deputy Defense Minister Alexei Krivoruchko said on the single military output acceptance day on Friday.

“In the interests of the Strategic Missile Force, seven intercontinental ballistic missiles, four autonomous launchers, 17 combat duty support vehicles and eight integral parts of a stationary system were accepted,” he said.
7/19/2018
FBI Investigating Chinese Espionage in All 50 States

https://www.theepochtimes.com

FBI Director Christopher Wray revealed on July 18 that the FBI is investigating Chinese economic espionage cases in all 50 U.S. states, and that China is regarded as the “most significant” long-term threat to the United States.

Wray, speaking to NBC at the Aspen Ideas Forum on July 18, said Chinese espionage “covers everything from corn seeds in Iowa to wind turbines in Massachusetts and everything in between.”

7/19/2018
Unlikely partners? China and Israel deepening trade ties

https://www.bbc.com

On paper Israel and China are unlikely close trading partners.

Yet what many people don’t know is that Chinese investment in Israel is continuing to boom, at the same time as a growing number of Israeli firms are entering the Chinese marketplace.

7/19/2018
China, Cameroon sign military assistance agreement

http://www.defenceweb.co.za

China and Cameroon have signed a military assistance agreement that includes China providing $8 million for the acquisition of military equipment.

Cameroon’s Ministry of Defence on 18 July said the Chinese Ambassador to Cameroon, Wang Yingwu on behalf of the Chinese government and Cameroon’s Minister of Defence Beti Assomo Joseph signed an agreement on military assistance in the Hall of Acts of the ministry of defence.

7/19/2018
China, Switzerland to strengthen military cooperation

http://www.xinhuanet.com

State Councilor and Minister of National Defense Wei Fenghe met with Swiss Chief of Armed Forces Philippe Rebord in Beijing on Thursday.

Wei said Switzerland is China’s key cooperation partner in Europe and China stands ready to work with the Swiss side to advance military cooperation in all areas and make contributions to the China-Switzerland innovative strategic partnership.

7/19/2018
Russia’s Aerospace Force gets Peresvet laser complexes

http://tass.com

Russian Aerospace Force has accepted for service the laser complexes Peresvet and the military are now taking drills that involve the novel combat technologies, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Thursday.

“The Peresvet laser complexes have been placed at sites of permanent deployment,” the report said. “Active efforts to make them fully operational are underway.”

7/19/2018
Russia tests new nuclear weapons after summit with Trump

https://www.washingtonpost.com

Russia’s military is testing an array of new nuclear and other weapons, from a high-powered laser weapon system to a nuclear-powered cruise missile with “unlimited” range.

7/19/2018
Russian Forces Spark War Fears With Surprise Combat Drill in Armenian Village

https://www.newsweek.com

Russian troops caused a diplomatic scandal when they rolled into a nearby country with a bang, launching a surprise combat drill that had locals fearing war had broken out.

The government of Armenia has demanded an explanation from Moscow about why Russian soldiers opened fire in western parts of the former Soviet country this week. Residents of a nearby village, ironically named Panik, rushed out of their homes to witness Russian military vehicles rolling down the streets accompanied by the sound of gunfire. They recorded some of the ruckus on their smartphones.

7/18/2018
Russian defense firm delivers S-400 regiment set ahead of schedule

http://tass.com

Russia’s Almaz-Antey defense manufacturer has delivered this year’s first regiment set of S-400 Triumf long-range air defense missile systems to the Defense Ministry ahead of schedule, the company’s press office said on Wednesday.

“Almaz-Antey Group has delivered the first regiment set of S-400 Triumf surface-to-air missile systems this year to the Defense Ministry of Russia. The official ceremony was held on the territory of the Kapustin Yar training range in the Astrakhan Region,” the press office said.

7/18/2018
Russia: Greece Taking Part in ‘Dirty Provocations’ for NATO

https://www.military.com

Russia stepped up its criticism of Greece over the expulsion of two of its diplomats, accusing the Greek government Wednesday of participating in “dirty provocations” around Macedonia’s plan to become a NATO member.

Greece expelled the diplomats based at the Russian Embassy in Athens last week amid allegations they helped fund protests against an agreement to end Greece’s long-standing name dispute with Macedonia. If ratified, the deal would allow Macedonia to join NATO.

7/18/2018
US Not Prepared to Fight China, Other Competitors, Marine 2-Star Warns

https://www.military.com

A Marine general has a blunt warning for the U.S. as it faces new threats from near-peer enemies: The military is not currently set up to take them on and win.

“If you acknowledge that we are, in fact, in a great power competition and you take a look at our competitors, our competitors are well-organized and we are not,” Maj. Gen. John Jansen, commandant of the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, said Tuesday.

7/18/2018
China Trains for Taiwan Invasion in Military Drills That Could Cover Entire Island

https://www.newsweek.com

China was set to launch a new five-day set of drills designed to demonstrate the country’s ability to make good on its promise to retake the island of Taiwan.

China announced the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) maneuvers through a notice published Monday by the Zhejiang Maritime Safety Administration, warning vessels to avoid a stretch of sea spanning from Zhoushan to Wenzhou off the coast of the eastern province and north of Taiwan. The exercise, which reportedly comprises an area around the size of Taiwan, was scheduled to last from Wednesday through Monday and, according to one local expert, would send a message to the self-ruling island.

“The drill’s main objective is to send a serious warning to Taiwan separatists,” Chinese military commentator Song Zhongping told Chinese Communist Party newspaper The Global Times.

7/17/2018
Taiwan’s military monitoring PLA movements closely: MND

http://focustaiwan.tw

Taipei, July 17 (CNA) The Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Tuesday that the military has a firm grasp of any activity carried out by China’s People’s Liberation Army near Taiwan, and is monitoring the Chinese movements closely.

According to China’s Global Times, the PLA’s six-day live-fire exercises will take place off the coast of Zhejiang Province in the East China Sea beginning Wednesday.

7/17/2018
Taiwan’s Apache Fleet Goes Into Service Amid China Tensions

https://www.voanews.com

Taiwan on Tuesday put into service its fleet of US-made Apache attack helicopters, upgrading its defenses against a growing military threat from China.

The U.S. sold 30 Apache AH-64E — also known as the “tank killer” — to Taiwan as part of a $6.5 billion arms deal announced in 2008 that angered Beijing.

China sees the self-ruled island as part of its own territory to be reunified, by force if necessary, and opposes any weapons sales to Taiwan.

7/17/2018 (Important because of THAAD missiles located in SK)
2 Russian Nuclear-Capable Bombers Enter South Korea’s Air Defense Identification Zone

https://thediplomat.com

South Korea and Japan scrambled fighter jets to intercept Russian bombers approaching the air spaces of both countries

South Korea and Japan had to scramble fighter jets to intercept two nuclear-capable Tupolev Tu-95MS strategic bombers and Sukhoi Su-35S (Flanker-E+) multirole fighter jets of the Russian Air Force approaching their respective air spaces on July 13.

7/17/2018
US targets Chinese and Russian missiles with THAAD upgrade in South Korea: military analysts

https://www.scmp.com

The United States has Chinese and Russian missile systems in its sights with planned upgrades to a US missile defence system in the Asia-Pacific, according to military observers in the region.

The assessment follows the Pentagon’s announcement late last month that it would go ahead with improvements in South Korea to the US’ Terminal High Altitude Area Defence System (THAAD), an array of sophisticated radar and interceptor missiles designed to spot and knock out incoming ballistic missiles.

THAAD was deployed in South Korea to counter a strike from the North but has been a source of great tension with China, which deems the system a national security threat for its capacity to track Chinese missiles.

7/16/2018
New fears raised over President Putin, President Xi’s North Pole ambitions

https://www.adelaidenow.com.au

…And, like President Xi in the South China Sea, Putin has begun to militarise his contested Arctic outposts. The greatest threat now is Russia could assert expansive territorial claims and claim swathes of the Arctic Sea as its own.

Moscow has already annexed Crimea and occupies parts of Georgia: both are moves that have prompted a variety of international sanctions and retaliation.

…In March, Russia’s defence minister confirmed its polar bases were back in use.

“For the first time since Soviet times anti-submarine aircraft flights have been carried out via the North Pole towards the North American continent,” Sergei Shoigu said.

…And, like the South China Sea, the Arctic base runways are capable of handling bombers as efforts to build up ground and missile defences are well under way.

“Russia is already putting special forces, surface-to-air missiles in parts in the Arctic,” Conley says. “We need to assess that and see what US military posture should be to reflect that change.”

7/16/2018
‘Predatory habits’: US to ask Australia to help counter China

https://www.smh.com.au

Washington: The Trump administration will next week talk to Australia on stepping up efforts to counter China’s grab for international sea lanes and its “pernicious meddling” in the small countries of the South Pacific.

7/16/2018
Russia announces new military aircraft they claim can ‘disable satellites’

https://sofrep.com

…It’s worth noting that merely dazzling some satellites in America’s orbital constellation could dramatically reduce the nation’s chances at identifying and intercepting inbound nuclear missiles. In other words, this new electronic warfare aircraft may pose a significant threat to America’s nuclear defense infrastructure as well as to conventional forces in the fight.

7/14/2018
Why it matters: China is at the center of Kenya’s debt crisis

https://www.axios.com

China now owns more than 72% of Kenya’s foreign debt, Quartz’s Abdi Latif Dahir reports.

Why it matters: Kenya is one example of China’s larger strategy to win influence across the world. Beijing accrues massive amounts of a smaller, poorer country’s external debt by offering funding for infrastructure projects, then leverages that debt for influence in trade, domestic politics and beyond.

7/14/2018
New Army command in Austin aims to help counter China and Russia threats

http://abc13.com

The creation of a new Texas-based Army command focused on the future will help the soldier service adapt to the emerging threats from powers such as China and Russia after years of counterinsurgency warfare, Army leaders said Friday.

7/14/2018
Russia’s Putin praises developing relations with Sudan, points to military cooperation

http://www.sudantribune.com

During a meeting with the visiting Sudan’s Omer al-Bashir, Russian President Vladimir Putin praised the development in bilateral relations between the two countries, adding they are looking forward to developing military-technical cooperation between the two countries.

During a meeting with Putin in Sochi on 23 November 2017, al-Bashir expressed hope that Russia would contribute to modernizing the Sudanese army and called to enhance military cooperation offering to build a Russian military base on the Red Sea.

7/14/2018
Israel launches widest Gaza daytime assault since 2014 war

https://www.cbsnews.com

The Israeli military carried out its largest daytime airstrike campaign in Gaza since the 2014 war Saturday as Hamas militants fired dozens of rockets into Israel throughout the day, threatening to trigger an all-out war after weeks of growing tensions along the volatile border.

7/13/2018
Syrian government advance towards border with occupied Golan risks provoking major Israeli military response

http://www.janes.com

Opposition factions resisting reconciliation, and up to 234,000 displaced civilians, are likely to be pushed into the demilitarised zone along Syria’s border with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

7/13/2018
China to send strategic bombers, fighter jets for war games in Russia

https://www.scmp.com

China’s air force will send strategic bombers, fighter jets and transport aircraft to take part in war games in Russia this month, as Beijing tries to boost defence ties with Moscow.

Among the Chinese military aircraft at the International Army Games on July 28 will be H-6K bombers, which have carried out patrols around the South China Sea and Taiwan Strait.

Belarus, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Iran will also join the exercises.

It is the first time the strategic bombers and Y-9 transport aircraft, which has a range of around 7,800km, will participate in overseas war games, a spokesman for the PLA Air Force said on Thursday.

7/13/2018
Estonia alleges 2nd air violation by Russian plane this week

https://www.nzherald.co.nz

NATO member Estonia says a Russian military aircraft violated its airspace near the Baltic Sea island of Vaindloo, the second such alleged incident this week and the third in a month.

7/13/2018
Now NATO Says Russian “Hybrid Warfare” Could Start a Real War

https://www.popularmechanics.com

When Vladimir Putin schemed to annex the Crimean peninsula, he didn’t launch an “invasion.” Instead, Russia relied on techniques including phony media reports, special forces and and proxy fighters (dubbed “little green men”), and cyberattacks.

This kind of hybrid warfare gave Putin just enough plausible deniability about what was clearly happening — Russia seizing territory that belonged to another nation. Following that success elements of Russian hybrid warfare have begun appearing in Syria and the Eastern Ukraine, as well as U.S. and European elections.

7/11/2018
China Sounds Alarm as US-Taiwan Relations Test New Highs

https://www.voanews.com

China’s protests this month over a surge in relations between its rival Taiwan and the United States may prompt eventual retaliation by nervous officials in Beijing, analysts say.

The head of the Chinese government’s Taiwan Affairs Office said July 8 China “cannot accept” growth in Taiwan-U.S. relations.

7/11/2018
China to increase influence in Middle East: Experts

https://www.aa.com.tr

Political analysts interpreted China’s pledge to send more than $23 billion in loans and humanitarian aid to Arab countries as a step to increase Chinese influence in the region.

Dr. Altay Atli, a lecturer at Koc University, delivered remarks on Chinese President Xi Jinping’s promise to send humanitarian aid and billions worth of loans to Arab countries during a conference, which was participated by 22 Arab countries, in Beijing.

7/11/2018
Uncertainty, tension in world affairs push Moscow & Beijing together – Russian defense minister

https://www.rt.com

“There’s no doubt, tensions in world affairs gave boost to strengthening Russia-China ties built upon mutual respect and trust,” Shoigu told the Italian magazine. Both powers enjoy lasting strategic relations, and their militaries jointly hone their combat skills in naval and air defense drills.

7/11/2018
Russia-NATO Chess Match: Russia Building Up Military Sites Near Polish Border

https://www.thenewamerican.com

Recent satellite images indicate that Russia has built up military sites in Kaliningrad, Russian territory sandwiched between Lithuania and Poland.

The satellite images revealed changes around a bunker facility in Baltiysk, on the Baltic Sea near the Polish border.

A June 18 Federation of American Scientists report also took note of the Russian military improvements in the area: “During the past two years, the Russian military has carried out a major renovation of what appears to be an active nuclear weapons storage site in the Kaliningrad region, about 50 kilometers [31 miles] from the Polish border.”

7/11/2018
Russian Special Forces Just Practiced Invading an Island Near Finland

https://www.defenseone.com

It’s the latest in a series of military exercises that regional observers call provocative and intimidating.

A group of Russian special operations forces parachuted onto the island of Gogland in a Russian-controlled portion of the Gulf of Finland. They hid their parachutes, journeyed deep into the interior, and destroyed a series of mock communications stations, radars and ASM batteries. They then prepped a landing site for a helicopter escape — despite the fact that the island already has a helipad.

7/10/2018
Russia to Refit 8 Strategic Bombers in 2018

https://thediplomat.com

In yet another push toward upgrading the air-based leg of its nuclear triad, Russia will overhaul eight Tupolev Tu-160 and Tupolev Tu-95MS strategic bombers by the end of 2018, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said in June.

“By the end of this year eight such planes are to be overhauled. This will prolong their life cycle and enhance combat capabilities,” Shoigu was quoted as saying by TASS news agency during a June 29 conference call.

7/10/2018
Nato leaders to create ‘borderless’ European zone so tanks and troops can quickly respond to a Russian invasion

http://www.dailymail.co.uk

Nato leaders are preparing to sign a pledge to slash the amount of time it takes to move troops between allied countries to help counter the threat from Russia.

The so-called mobility pledge aims to reduce the amount of time a commander must wait for permits to cross an allied country with tanks, troop and ammo from up to 40 days to just five.

Leaders of the 27-member alliance are expected to sign up to the pledge when they meet in Brussels from tomorrow to discuss security.

7/10/2018
Russia stays in the driver’s seat in Syria

https://www.washingtonpost.com

…The rest of the world’s zeal to oust Assad has faded, with a grudging acceptance of the Russian-authored status quo taking hold in Western capitals.

7/9/2018
US military’s new Indo-Pacific Command reflects China concerns

https://asia.nikkei.com

…The Indo-Pacific strategy envisions greater cooperation among democratic countries with market economy and legal-based society in the Pacific and Indian Ocean. “The main motivation for the name change is to emphasize the importance the U.S. military places on moving between the Pacific and Indian oceans, and using forces in both oceans to support each other,” said Denny Roy, a senior fellow at the East-West Center, a Honolulu-based think tank. “The change has caused other governments to speculate about the thinking behind [it],” Roy added.

The name change has already drawn China’s attention. At a news conference on May 31, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said, “Whatever it is called, the U.S. should act with a responsible attitude when it comes to its presence in the Asia-Pacific, and play a constructive role in promoting regional peace and stability.”

7/9/2018
China Paper Denounces US Navy Ships’ Taiwan Strait Passage

https://www.military.com

A ruling Chinese Communist Party newspaper on Monday denounced the passage of a pair of U.S. Navy ships through the Taiwan Strait as a “psychological game,” as the two sides square off over trade and relations with self-governing Taiwan.

The Global Times said in an editorial that the U.S. was adding to tensions by sailing the Japan-based guided missile destroyers USS Mustin and USS Benfold through the 160-kilometer-wide (100-mile-wide) strait that divides Taiwan from mainland China.

7/9/2018
Get Ready, Russia: The Army Is Sending More Weapons to Europe

http://nationalinterest.org

The Army is fast-tracking newly configured Stryker vehicles armed with drone and aircraft killing Stinger and Hellfire missiles to counter Russia in Europe and provide more support to maneuvering Brigade Combat Teams in combat.

7/9/2018
Russia’s strategy in Syria shows how to win a Middle East war

http://www.middleeasteye.net

…In Syria, however, the Russians are now demonstrating Machiavellian skills that are defining what success looks like on the battlefield. For the first time in modern history, a foreign military intervention has triumphed in the Middle East.

7/9/2018
Could NATO Stop a Russian Invasion of the Baltics?

http://nationalinterest.org

The current NATO force structure in Eastern Europe would be unable to withstand a Russian invasion into neighboring Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, a new think tank study has concluded.

7/9/2018
Russia, China Could Soon Outmatch U.S. in Combat Aviation

http://freebeacon.com

Russia’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) announced that a new weapon is very near completion of its test validation trials and will soon be placed into service.

If reports of its operational performance are accurate, it will threaten the survivability of every U.S. combat aircraft currently in service—particularly the newest U.S. fighter, the Lockheed Martin F-35.

7/8/2018
Japan Seeks to Neutralize the Threat of a China-Russia United Front—And It’s Not Working

http://nationalinterest.org

Between June 19 and 21, 2018, Russia conducted missile-firing drills on Iturup, one of the four disputed Southern Kuril islands that are claimed by Japan as its Northern Territories. Although the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs did issue a statement saying that the exercises were inconsistent with Japan’s position and regrettable, Tokyo’s response was muted. This fits a pattern of surprising Japanese indifference in the face of heightened Russian military activity.

In the last fiscal year, Japan scrambled jets 390 times to intercept approaching Russian aircraft. This figure was up by eighty-nine from fiscal 2016 and was only exceeded by the 500 scrambles provoked by China.

7/8/2018
U.S. warships pass near Taiwan in a show of defiance to China

http://www.latimes.com

Two U.S. warships passed through the strait separating Taiwan from China, shining new attention on improving Taipei-Washington relations despite Chinese irritation.

The upbeat announcement of the ships’ passage Saturday came from Taipei, rather than Washington, which analysts said was an obvious sign of cooperation between the two governments over the maneuvers.

“It could be to send a signal to outsiders or to Beijing indicating that Taiwan has maintained very close ties with the U.S. military,” said Andrew Yang, a Taiwanese former defense minister who is secretary-general of the Chinese Council of Advanced Policy Studies think tank.

7/7/2018
The US-China trade war has begun – a shooting war could be next

http://www.foxnews.com

A trade war broke out Friday between the U.S. and China, when the U.S. imposed tariffs on $34 billion in Chinese products and China slapped tariffs on and equal amount of U.S. products. President Trump has said that would prompt the U.S. to impose up to $500 billion in Chinese products.

But things could get worse. The deterioration in U.S.-China relations could escalate and turn into a shooting war between two nuclear armed superpowers. In the worst-case scenario, this could result in massive casualties on both sides that could even lead to nuclear war.

Some will call such a statement pure hype – and I wish it was. But the facts lead us to a dark place when it comes to our relationship with China, which is becoming less of a partnership and more like a fight between mortal enemies looking to gain any advantage they can over the other.

7/6/2018
China-Africa military ties have deepened. Here are 4 things to know.

https://www.washingtonpost.com

For the past two weeks, high-ranking military officials from 50 African states have been in Beijing attending the first China-Africa Defense and Security Forum.

7/6/2018
REVEALED: China plans to expand military to ‘WIN A WAR’ and overtake the US

http://www.dailymail.co.uk

China’s plans to overhaul its military have been laid bare in leaked documents, revealing that it is Beijing’s intention to expand its armed forces to ‘manage a crisis, contain a conflict, win a war,’ and make the country stronger than the US.

7/6/2018
Russia-Backed Syrian Forces Take Key Border Site After Deal With Rebels

https://www.rferl.org

Syrian government forces supported by Russian military police have taken over a key border crossing with Jordan after a deal was reached between rebels and Russian mediators, Syrian state media and a war monitor say.

…”Cars carrying Russian military police and representatives of the Syrian government’s border administration entered the Naseeb crossing without a fight,” observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said.

“The rebels, by leaving Daraa, would be losing one of their last strongholds in Syria,” he added.

7/5/2018
Chinese invasion of Taiwan in 2020 feared again after ‘peace disease’ editorial

https://www.taiwannews.com.tw

After a Chinese military newspaper published an editorial attacking a culture of “peace disease” at the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), speculation has been mounting again that China might try to attack Taiwan in 2020.

The PLA Daily said Monday that the decades without a war since clashes with Vietnam in the late 1970s was threatening to undermine the Chinese military’s fighting capabilities.

The editorial said a pervasive “peace disease” would make China pay a heavy cost in the event of a war.

The most likely scene for a war would be Taiwan, which China has been threatening to annex with force for decades. The piece in the official military newspaper also rekindled earlier reports that China might seek to attack Taiwan in 2020, cable station Sanlih E-Television reported Thursday.

7/5/2018
Russian Army to get 6 unrivaled weapons in coming years – Moscow

https://www.rt.com/news

The Russian Armed Forces are expected to get new state-of-the-art weapons systems, which have no equals anywhere in the world, a Russian government’s top official said. The new equipment is set to enter service within a decade.

…Some of the new weapons, which are set to enter service in Russia between 2018 and 2027, surpass the existing and even future weapons systems used by other nations, including the NATO member states, Borisov said as he listed what he called six Russian cutting-edge weapons.

7/5/2018
Russian-backed attack pummels southwest Syria: War monitor

https://news.mb.com.ph

BEIRUT – The Syrian military and its Russian allies pummeled rebel-held towns in southwest Syria overnight with more than 600 air strikes in 15 hours, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor said.

After four days of reduced bombardment, the intense air strikes had resumed on Wednesday following the collapse of talks between insurgent groups and Russian officers.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his allies are fighting to recapture the southwest, one of the last remaining rebel strongholds in Syria along with a region of the northwest bordering Turkey.

7/5/2018
How China built strategic alliances with Iran and Turkey

http://english.alarabiya.net

Thanks to war in Syria, which turned Turkey from the state of rivalry to Iran to be a friend not only to Tehran and Beijing but also to Moscow, playing a pivotal Middle Eastern role.

To diagnose how Turkish-Iranian ties affect Turkish-Chinese and Iranian-Chinese relations, due attention should be given to the strategic cooperation amongst the three.

7/3/2018
US makes risky military moves with Taiwan

http://www.globaltimes.cn

Bonnie Glaser, director of the China Power Project at Center for Strategic and International Studies, recently tweeted that “Taiwan will join US navy drill in Solomon Islands as part of Pacific Partnership. Not the first time, but now being announced publicly.” The Taipei Times also reported that “The US Navy has invited Taiwan to participate in the Pacific Partnership humanitarian relief training mission in the Solomon Islands in August.”

The US honors the one-China policy. Therefore, when US administrative departments engaged in defense cooperation with Taiwan, they usually maintained a low profile, so as to avoid direct impact on Sino-US ties. But things are changing. Security collaboration between the US and Taiwan is increasing, and some of it has been made public.

7/3/2018
China Military Tells Russia They Will ‘Jointly Deal With Threats and Challenges’ as Tensions With U.S. Rise

http://www.newsweek.com

China’s defense minister has pledged his country’s support to the Russian army in the latest in a series of high-level contacts between the top U.S. military rivals.

7/3/2018
US Plans to Deploy Its Upgraded Nuclear Bombs in Europe

https://sputniknews.com

The US Congressional Budget Office has reported that the Pentagon plans to allocate about 25 billion dollars for the modernization of tactical nuclear forces in the next thirty years.

The White House is considering the deployment of its modernized nuclear bombs at European military bases, Sputnik cited a diplomatic source as saying on Tuesday.

7/3/2018
Russia worried over US plans to deploy new generation nuclear bombs to Turkey

https://www.dailysabah.com

Russian experts and state-run media criticized the United States after the successful end-to-end test of the B61-12 guided nuclear bomb from the B-2 aircraft was announced last week.

Explaining that the U.S. was focused on adopting its modernized nuclear bombs for new carriers, military analyst and former army colonel Alexandr Zhilin compared American actions to playing nard, a tables-style board game in which the playing pieces are moved according to rolls of dice.

7/3/2018
Russia completes testing extended-range interceptor missile for S-400 system

https://en.muraselon.com

The Russian military has reportedly accepted that a new extended-range interceptor missile, for the acclaimed S-400 air defense system, is ready for service and could be in operational service by the end of August.

The update on the trials of the missile comes from a source in the defense industry cited by TASS news agency. Almaz-Antey, the producer of the S-400 system, declined to comment on the news. The 40N6E is an extended range surface-to-air missile that the S-400 can fire. The projectile can take down targets up to 400 km far, according to open source data.

7/3/2018
China’s Military Has ‘Peace Disease’ After Decades Without War, Military Newspaper Says

http://www.newsweek.com

China’s military is sick with “peace disease” after decades without war, the country’s military newspaper has claimed.

In an effort to combat the “disease,” the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has stepped up its efforts to improve battle readiness. President Xi Jinping has also ordered the military to take steps to ensure soldiers are combat ready and have the required skills they need to fight, South China Morning Post reported. Instead of focusing on numbers, Xi has instituted reforms emphasizing better training for troops.

“Peace disease has been a common symptom in our military for decades,” the People’s Liberation Army Daily wrote in an editorial, SCMP reported. “If we do not make up our mind to eliminate those evils, we must pay a heavy cost in the event of a war.”

7/2/2018
Putin: Russian Army’s Modern Weapons Rate Nears 60 Percent

https://www.thetrumpet.com

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on June 28 that the share of modern weapons in the Russian Armed Forces has grown in the last six years from 16 percent to nearly 60 percent.

7/2/2018
China places coast guard under military command

In a move seen as a warning to other countries, China has placed its coast guard under the country’s army.

Starting July 1, the leadership of the Chinese coast guard will be transferred from the State Oceanic Administration to China’s Central Military Commission.

7/1/2018
US a ‘Rogue Nation’ as State-Run Chinese Media Widens Global Charm Offensive

https://sputniknews.com

Picking up on suggestions increasingly made by pundits in the Western media, Beijing’s state-run English-language newspaper China Daily has begun referring to the United States as a “rogue nation” due to the actions and policies of its current administration.

Pointing out that Washington has long used the term ‘rogue nation’ to describe the actions and policies of countries and organizations in opposition to US foreign policy, China Daily notes that the pejorative is now regularly used to reference the policies, edicts and tweets of the administration of US President Donald Trump.

6/29/2018
China’s Power Is Growing in the Indian Ocean

http://nationalinterest.org

Two helicopters sit between Asia’s two great powers. India is fast approaching a  deadline to withdraw HAL Dhruv utility helicopters from the Maldives, which appears to be the result of mounting pressure from China.

While the helicopters may seem insignificant, a withdrawal would be another sign of India’s declining influence in the island chain, and coming soon after India weighed a military intervention there, and as China muscled its way around the Indian Ocean with a display of warships.

6/29/2018
Putin: New Russian Weapons Decades Ahead of Foreign Rivals

https://www.military.com

Russian President Vladimir Putin boasted about his country’s prospective nuclear weapons Thursday, saying they are years and even decades ahead of foreign designs.

Speaking before the graduates of Russian military academies, Putin said the new weapons represent a quantum leap in the nation’s military capability.

6/29/2018
Russia: ‘We are in the post-West world order’

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com

Western powers are going through the “painful” process of learning of their loss of influence, Russia’s top diplomat said Friday.

“I think that we are in the post-West world order,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told Channel 4 News, a British outlet.

…”It is very painful to lose half millennium of domination in the world affairs. In a nutshell this is the answer,” Lavrov replied when asked to explain his assertion. “This is not the criticism, this is a statement of fact. I understand when people used to call the shots in India, Africa, Asia, elsewhere and now they understand that this time has passed.” 

6/29/2018
SPACE WAR could be sparked with China and Russia close to launching weapons for battle

https://www.express.co.uk

A report published by the Office of the Director of Intelligence earlier this year described the arsenal being launched by Russia and China as “experimental”.

It said: “Russia and China continue to launch ‘experimental’ satellites that conduct sophisticated on-orbit activities, at least some of which are intended to advance counter-space capabilities.

“Some technologies with peaceful applications—such as satellite inspection, refuelling, and repair—can also be used against adversary spacecraft.”

6/29/2018
Russia’s International Army Games: Six New Countries Are Joining The Competition

http://www.newsweek.com

Six new countries will join Russia’s annual International Army Games for the first time this year.

When the games launch on July 28, Algeria, Vietnam, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sudan and the Philippines will join 26 other nations, bringing the total to 32, or “nearly a third more than last year,” Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced on Friday, state news agency Tass reported.

6/28/2018
John Howard warns China seeks power and influence through its expats

https://www.smh.com.au

John Howard has warned that China is “very interested” in using its big diaspora of citizens, including the one million in Australia, to further its power and influence.

6/28/2018
Xi Jinping Warns U.S. That China Won’t Surrender ‘One Inch’ of Territory

http://time.com

President Xi Jinping told U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis he wouldn’t give up any territory that China considered its own, an unusually blunt warning as security disputes simmer below a fight over trade.

…“Our stance is steadfast and clear-cut when it comes to China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Xi said, according to the official Xinhua News Agency. “We cannot lose one inch of territory passed down by our ancestors. Meanwhile, we want nothing from others.”

6/27/2018
Pentagon Intelligence Chief: Russia And China Will Have Weapons in Space ‘In the Near Future’

https://www.defenseone.com

The Defense Intelligence Agency’s director says the U.S. lead in space is diminishing and tomorrow’s skies will be filled with enemy robot satellites

…The countries, which Ashley called “competitors,” are developing “the ability to interdict satellites both from a ground standpoint and from a space standpoint,” he said. “The technology is being developed right now. It is coming in the near future.”

6/27/2018
Chinese military circles Taiwan after Tsai Ing-wen’s call to arms

https://www.thetimes.co.uk

Beijing has lashed out at Taiwan’s leader and announced that its military has been conducting new “encircling maneuvers” around the self-governing island.

6/27/2018
NATO’s New Joint Air Power Strategy Threatens Moscow – Russian Lawmaker

https://sputniknews.com

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The new NATO Joint Air Power (JAP) strategy poses a threat to Russia, as it provides the formation and deployment of operable space forces, Aleksey Kondratyev, the deputy chairman of the Russian upper house’s Committee on Defense and Security, said Wednesday.

6/27/2018
China says it will increase its military presence in Africa

https://www.cnbc.com

For decades, China’s presence in Africa has largely focused on economic, commercial and peacekeeping activities. Now, Beijing is building on that by establishing greater military links to protect its national assets on the continent and gain greater geopolitical influence.

6/27/2018
NATO Chief Warns Russia Has Developed Weapons That ‘Lower Threshold’ for Nuclear War

http://www.newsweek.com

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has warned that Russia has developed new “military capabilities” which “lowers the threshold” for the country to use nuclear weapons.

…“I won’t go into specifics describing what kind of intelligence about Russian weapons we have. But Moscow is developing new military capabilities, both conventional and nuclear, which lowers the threshold for Russia’s use of nuclear weapons in a potential conflict,” he remarked.

6/27/2018
Is it good policy to allow China a foothold on the U.S. mainland?

http://dailytorch.com

The U.S. is on the cusp of allowing the Communist Chinese government a strategic foothold on the homeland. China must not be permitted to purchase the operating rights to the Port of Long Beach.

…COSCO is a Chinese government-owned conglomerate. The company has dozens of subsidiaries and divisions focusing on logistics, shipping, equipment manufacturing, financial services and information technology. In July last year, the company submitted a bid to purchase OOCL for $6.3 billion.

If China COSCO’s direct connection to the Chinese Communist government doesn’t concern enough, the company has also had some nefarious dealings. In 2015 one of COSCO’s ships was detained in Colombia as it was making its way to Cuba. Upon inspection, Colombian authorities found 100 tons of gunpowder, 2.6 million detonators, 99 projectiles, and thousands of cannon shells, according to Luis Gonzalez, national director of the Colombian attorney general’s office. Yet the manifest had the arms and equipment labeled as “grain products.”

6/26/2018
China’s navy holds military drills just off Taiwan’s coast every day for a week

http://www.businessinsider.com

A formation of Chinese warships has been holding daily combat drills for more than a week in waters near Taiwan, China’s state media said on Tuesday, amid heightened tension between Beijing and the self-ruled island.

6/26/2018
Russia Breaks Syria Cease-fire With U.S. and Jordan

https://www.haaretz.com

New offensive violates an agreement among the U.S., Russia and neighboring Jordan as Donald Trump appears to back down from earlier threats to enforce that agreement with force

The Trump administration appears to be walking away from a pledge to enforce an arrangement to stabilize southwestern Syria as the Syrian military presses ahead with an offensive in the rebel-held area despite repeated U.S. warnings.

The offensive violates an agreement among the U.S., Russia and neighboring Jordan, whose monarch met with U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday. The nearly year-old agreement is intended to preserve the status quo in Syria’s southwest, but recent public and private statements suggest the U.S. commitment is slipping.

6/26/2018
WW3 THREAT: Vladimir Putin’s Russia now a ‘SERIOUS PROBLEM’ for the West, warns UK MP

https://www.express.co.uk

WORLD WAR 3: Britain and NATO missed their chance to contain the threat posed by Vladimir Putin and Russia, MP Crispin Blunt has warned, arguing they are now a “very serious problem.”

6/26/2018
Russia, Belarus, Serbia switch to active phase of Slavic Brotherhood international drills

http://tass.com/defense

For the first time ever, Russia will involve its latest military hardware in the drills

The Russian-Belarussian-Serbian tactical drills dubbed Slavic Brotherhood-2018 underway in Russia’s southern Krasnodar Region were officially opened by the defense ministries of the three countries, after which the military exercises entered their active phase on Tuesday.

6/25/2018
Beyond the South China Sea: Beijing may target these waterways next

https://www.cnbc.com

  • China may be looking concentrate its naval energies beyond the South China Sea and Indian Ocean.
  • The Pacific Ocean and Mekong River are two waterways that may be Beijing’s next areas of focus, according to experts.
  • Chinese naval ships are already active in the Pacific, while several Chinese-built dams on the Mekong have been causing controversy.
6/25/2018
China Just Sent A Major Warning To The US In The South China Sea

https://taskandpurpose.com

China’s Navy recently conducted anti-air exercises in the South China Sea.

6/25/2018
Potential New Crisis Between Israel And Syria Looms As Assad Pushes Toward Israeli Border

http://www.thedrive.com

Israel and Russia reportedly struck a deal to get Iran off the Israeli border, but there may already be cracks appearing in any such arrangement.

6/25/2018
Russia to base in Syria – permanently

http://www.arabianaerospace.aero

With its aerial intervention having played a major role in pushing back Daesh terrorists in Syria, Russia is now seeking to maintain a presence in the country with permanent bases.

6/25/2018
Poking the bear: US Air Force builds in Russia’s backyard

https://www.defensenews.com

WASHINGTON — As the U.S. Defense Department expands its presence in Europe, the Air Force has quietly ramped up investments that would enable it to deploy to allied bases in Eastern Europe and operate close to Russia’s western flank.

The Trump administration wants to spend $828 million in 2019 to build up military infrastructure in Europe as part of an ongoing initiative to deter Russian aggression and reinforce allies. Almost half of that construction funding would go toward U.S. Air Force projects.

6/24/2018
Combined military expenditures of China and Russia now exceed the United States

https://www.americanthinker.com

As of the latest instalment from the SIPRI database, and once again using IMF economic data, in 2017, the United States spent 610.6 billion international dollars on defense, compared to $442.1 billion for China and $170.9 billion for Russia.

Thus, the combined military expenditures of these two adversaries totaled $613 billion.  In addition, Iran’s military spending has increased 50% over just the past two years, from $34 billion to $51 billion.

6/24/2018
Russian jets strike rebel held town in Syria

https://www.jpost.com

AMMAN – Russian jets struck an opposition held town in southwest Syria on Sunday, opposition sources said, in the first air cover provided by Moscow to an expanding Syrian army offensive to recapture the strategic area bordering Jordan and the Golan Heights.

…”We have tracked a sortie of 5 Russian jets that performed 25 raids,” said one source saying the war jets had set off from Russia’s Hmeimim air base in the western coastal province of Latakia in Syria.

…Opposition hopes had been raised after Washington warned Assad and his Russian allies that violations of the zone would have “serious repercussions” and pledged “firm and appropriate measures”.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said earlier on Friday that the Syrian military escalation “unambiguously violates” the de-escalation arrangement.

6/23/2018
Assad defies United States, presses assault in southwest Syria

https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au

The United States on Thursday reiterated its demand that the zone be respected, warning Assad and his Russian allies of “serious repercussions” of violations. It accused Damascus of initiating air strikes, artillery and rocket attacks.

…Russia will ultimately bear responsibility for any further escalations in ‎Syria,” Haley said in a statement.

A major offensive would risk a wider escalation that could draw the United States deeper into the war. The southwest is of strategic concern to US-allied Israel, which has this year stepped up attacks on Iran-backed militia allied to Assad.

6/23/2018
Tensions between China and US ESCALATE after Beijing military target pilots with LASERS

https://www.express.co.uk

It is thought on nearly two dozen occasions in the past few months Bejing’s military have harassed pilots flying over the Pacific ocean.

The targeting of the military personnel comes as tensions between the two countries continue to escalate.

Beijing is furious at the US for their military activity close to China

6/22/2018
China’s future railgun Navy 2025 predicted by US Intelligence

https://www.nextbigfuture.com

The second batch of Chinese Type 055 destroyers will likely feature railguns, starting in the 2020-2025 timeframe. A 32 megajoule railgun on the Type 055 destroyer will be able launch a ten-kilogram projectile about 124 nautical miles, with the impact energy of medium artillery. China will have power systems to direct 96 MW for two high power railguns that could fire shells at mach 7 at a cost of about $25,000 per shot. They will be able to have deep magazines of thousands of hypersonic shells. If the US has to match with missiles then a ship will have a hundred or so cruise missiles and they will cost almost $1.5 million per missile

China’s railgun navy by 2030

China could have 200+ ships with railguns and 200,000 hypersonic mach 7 shells.

The US Navy and Air Force would have to operate at ranges of 100+ to 200+ miles away from any major concentration of Chinese naval and land-based railguns. Until the US had matching railgun deployments.

The US does not have the luxury to waste budget by paying 5 to 20 times too much for military equipment and development.

US will lose military technology edge to China in two years

These are the reasons that former Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work said the US will lose its military technology edge to China in two years.

Work said Chinese President Xi Jinping has the goal of being able to successfully invade Taiwan by 2020 and 10 years after to that be the world’s leader in artificial intelligence.

6/22/2018
DoD Officials: Chinese Actions Threaten U.S. Technological, Industrial Base

http://www.militaryspot.com

Washington D.C. – Defense Department officials warned lawmakers today about the unprecedented threats DoD is facing to its technological and industrial base, as China and other nations actively seek out advanced technology and intellectual property.

…Chinese actions include theft of technology and intellectual property through the exfiltration of the work of others, Griffin said in a hearing on military technology transfer

6/22/2018
Chinese warships sail southward off Taiwan’s east coast

http://focustaiwan.tw

It noted that the two Chinese military vessels, coded DDG-152 and FFG-577, were moving in open sea close to Taiwan’s territorial waters before passing through the Bashi Channel, south of Taiwan, and continuing in a southwesterly direction into the South China Sea.

6/22/2018
Russia Keeps Testing Nuclear Missiles That Could Kill Millions

http://nationalinterest.org

Russia is on a nuclear-capable missile testing spree, having tested short-range and both land and submarine-based intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) in recent months.

On June 16, Russia’s Ministry of Defense released a video showing troops testing a 9K720 Iskander short-range mobile missile system. The fifty-second clip is reportedly from exercises in Russia’s Far East region. The Iskander came into service in 2006 and was first used in the war with Georgia in 2008. Moscow designed it in order to replace its Scud missiles.

6/22/2018
The Latest: UN ‘deeply concerned’ about Syrians in the south

https://apnews.com

The United States is warning Russia and Syria’s President Bashar Assad of “serious repercussions” for violations of an unraveling ceasefire in southwest Syria.

6/21/2018
Century’s longest lunar eclipse July 27

http://earthsky.org

The full moon on the night of July 27-28, 2018, presents the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century (2001 to 2100). The total phase of the eclipse – called the totality – spans 1 hour 42 minutes and 57 seconds. That’s in contrast to the shortest total lunar eclipse of this century, which occurred on April 4, 2015 and lasted 4 minutes and 48 seconds. And it’s in contrast to 2018’s other total lunar eclipse – on January 31, 2018 – whose totality lasted 1 hour and 16 minutes.

A partial eclipse precedes and follows the total phase of the eclipse, each time lasting 1 hour and 6 minutes. So, from start to finish – on July 27-28, 2018 – the moon spends nearly 4 hours (3 hours and 55 minutes) crossing within Earth’s dark umbral shadow. Wow! That’s a long eclipse.

Adding to the excitement on eclipse night … this eclipse will happen on the same night that Earth is passing between the sun and Mars, placing Mars at opposition in our sky. In one of the sky’s wonderful coincidences, the Mars opposition happens on July 27, too. It’s not just any Mars opposition, but the best Mars opposition since 2003. Mars is very bright and red throughout July and August, 2018. But eclipse night will be a very special night. On July 27, the sun, Earth and moon are aligned – placing the moon opposite the sun in our sky – producing an eclipse as Earth’s shadow falls on the moon’s face. On the same night, the sun, Earth and Mars are also aligned, bringing Mars also opposite the sun in our sky, just like the full moon. That’s fun to think about, but there’s more for those who plan to observe the eclipse.

6/21/2018
Russia says to respond equally to NATO’s bolstering combat forces

http://www.xinhuanet.com

“Since the beginning of the year, NATO countries have conducted thirteen large-scale exercises in the South-West Strategic Area with over 40,000 troops and 2,000 units of military equipment,” Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at a meeting of the Defense Ministry’s senior officials in the city of Sevastopol in the Crimean peninsula.

“This forces us to take symmetrical measures to neutralize the emerging threats and combine strategic deterrence with increasing combat readiness,” he said.

6/20/2018
Russia Warns of ‘Tough Response’ to New U.S. Military Space Force

https://themoscowtimes.com

Russia has pledged severe repercussions if President Donald Trump’s order to set up a new, space-oriented military branch violates a treaty banning nuclear weapons in the cosmos. 

6/20/2018
Russia is preparing for war, British military experts warn

https://www.mirror.co.uk

Russia is preparing for war, a top Defence Minister warned senior military officers on Wednesday.

Tory Mark Lancaster insisted the Kremlin was getting ready for conflict after learning lessons from recent battles it has fought.

And the new head of the Army warned of an “existential” threat to Britain as he outlined the strength of Vladimir Putin ’s military.

6/20/2018
Hackers Try to Infect Computers That Control Satellites

https://www.pcmag.com

Orbital satellites have become a new target for hackers using China-based computers.

The mysterious group has been trying to breach satellite communications operators as part of a global cyberespionage campaign, according to security firm Symantec. The apparent aim: to take over computers installed with software that can monitor and control the satellites.

 

“The hackers had access to satellite systems, meaning they could have done actual damage if they wanted to,” Symantec analyst Jon DiMaggio told PCMag. “They only collected info this time, but we can’t sit here and say they wouldn’t sabotage the systems in the future.”

6/20/2018
Russia Will Take China’s Side Against U.S. in World Trade War

http://www.newsweek.com

Russia’s economic development minister revealed Tuesday that his government was prepared to side with China in a burgeoning global trade war with the U.S.

President Donald Trump’s protectionist trade policies have led China and the European Union to hit back at new U.S. tariffs intended to discourage foreign purchases of steel and aluminum. As a result, the Russian minister, Maxim Oreshkin, said Moscow would assert its rights as guaranteed by the World Trade Organization (WTO) to retaliate with duties against U.S. imports.

6/19/2018
Lavrov: NATO’s military build-up near Russia’s borders requires special attention

…”The United States and its allies are not reluctant to interfere in the domestic affairs of sovereign states and even use military force,” he said. “The deployment of the US global missile defenses causes particular concern as the US doctrines reduce the threshold for the use of nuclear arms. NATO’s military build-up and growing military activities near the Russian and Belarusian borders require special attention,” the Russian top diplomat added.

6/19/2018
The past 24 hours in startling North Korea news, explained

https://www.vox.com

…And just the night before, the Pentagon announced that it would cancel a key military exercise with South Korea in August. That’s a big deal since that’s a significant concession the North Koreans have wanted for a long time. After all, they see these exercises as prep for an invasion and have protested against them every time they occur.

So in just the past 24 hours, it seems that the relationship between Washington and Seoul took a slight hit while Beijing-Pyongyang ties got a little stronger.

6/19/2018
The United States Is Pushing Toward War With China

https://www.thenation.com

On May 30, Secretary of Defense James Mattis announced a momentous shift in American global strategic policy. From now on, he decreed, the US Pacific Command (PACOM), which oversees all US military forces in Asia, will be called the Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM). The name change, Mattis explained, reflects “the increasing connectivity between the Indian and Pacific Oceans,” as well as Washington’s determination to remain the dominant power in both.

What? You didn’t hear about this anywhere? And even now, you’re not exactly blown away, right? Well, such a name change may not sound like much, but someday you may look back and realize that it couldn’t have been more consequential or ominous. Think of it as a signal that the US military is already setting the stage for an eventual confrontation with China.

6/19/2018
U.S. Space Force Will Challenge Russia and China Military Power Beyond This World

http://www.newsweek.com

Trump announced Monday that he would instruct the Defense Department to begin working on the so-called “Space Force” that would be “separate but equal” to the U.S. Air Force. The Republican leader argued that the planned sixth branch to the military was necessary to avoid “China and Russia and other countries leading us.”

“When it comes to defending America, it is not enough to merely have an American presence in space. We must have American dominance in space. So important.”

6/19/2018
Laser Attacks Against U.S. Forces Spread to the Pacific

https://www.popularmechanics.com

Laser attacks against U.S. forces have spread out of Africa into the Pacific. U.S. personnel operating in the East China Sea area have been the victim of blinding laser attacks similar to those that took place earlier this year in Djibouti. The attacks, conducted with nonlethal lasers were reportedly carried out by Chinese nationals.

6/19/2018
Kim Jong Un and China’s Xi discuss ‘a new future,’ North Korean media says

https://www.cnbc.com

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and Chinese President Xi Jinping came to an understanding on issues that were discussed at a summit between the two leaders, including denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, the North’s state media said on Wednesday.

…KCNA also reported that Xi said relations between China and North Korea had entered a new level of development since Kim’s first visit in March and that the agreements made between the two leaders were being carried out “one-by-one”.

Kim also told Xi he was willing to bolster the bilateral friendship and cooperation, it said.

6/18/2018
Kaliningrad photos appear to show Russia upgrading nuclear weapons bunker

https://www.theguardian.com

Russia appears to have upgraded a nuclear weapons storage bunker in its Kaliningrad enclave, in the latest sign of Moscow’s increased emphasis on nuclear arms in its standoff with Nato, according to a new report.

6/18/2018
China verges on luring all of Africa away from Taiwan

https://asia.nikkei.com

China’s diplomatic offensive to flip the final African countries holding formal ties with Taiwan over to the mainland’s side is nearly complete, as the Asian power wields economic might to expand its influence on the continent amid trade and security pressure from the U.S.

The Chinese government sees special significance in a Beijing summit with African leaders set for September alongside the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation. If China can bring the last holdout, Swaziland — recently renamed eSwatini — into its corner, it will go into the meeting having diplomatically conquered the continent, so to speak.

6/18/2018
Xi asked Kim to demand halt to US-South Korea military drills: report

https://asianews.network

Citing a Chinese diplomatic source, Japanese daily Asahi Shimbun reported that Xi proposed the idea to Kim during their summit in Dalian, China, from May 7-8. It was the second time that the two countries’ leaders had met since Kim took power in 2011.

According to the newspaper, Xi urged North Korea to demand the suspension of the joint exercises in exchange for freeing three US citizens detained in North Korea. The three were released on May 10, days after the Xi-Kim summit.

6/18/2018
NATO, Germany build up for war against Russia

https://www.wsws.org

“The return of the major powers and a resurgent Russia demand that NATO focus on the Atlantic to ensure a capable and credible deterrent,” Pentagon spokesman Johnny Michael declared in early May. The new NATO command will be “the linchpin of transatlantic security.”

6/18/2018
China adds to nuclear arsenal amid military modernization drive

http://www.scmp.com

China is pushing ahead with modernising its nuclear weapon delivery systems and has added to its arsenal as it boosts military expenditure, according to a report released by an independent think tank on Monday.

As of January, the country had 280 warheads, up from 270 a year earlier, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said in an annual report.

6/16/2018
China holds missile drills in South China Sea amid heightened tension

https://e.vnexpress.net

The drills were part of efforts by a training base, also unspecified, to prepare for real-life combat with aerial targets. 

China’s navy carried out drills in the South China Sea to simulate fending off an aerial attack, state media said on Friday, as the country trades barbs with the United States over responsibility for heightened tension in the disputed waterway.

6/16/2018
Russia dumps half of its US Treasury bonds

https://www.rt.com

Russia has held a major selloff of US Treasury bonds, dumping some $47bn-worth of papers and momentarily dropping six places on a list of major foreign holders of US securities, recently released statistics for April have shown.

In just one month, Russia proceeded to sell $47.4 billion out of the $96.1 billion the country had in US treasury bonds in March. The latest statistics released by the US Treasury Department on Friday showed that, in April, Russia had only $48.7bn in American assets, occupying 22nd place on the list of “major foreign holders of Treasury securities.” 

6/15/2018
Trump ignites trade war with China, triggering swift retaliation

http://www.jamaicaobserver.com

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — US President Donald Trump on Friday ignited his trade war with China, slapping tariffs on tens of billions in Chinese imports and sparking immediate retaliation from Beijing.

The moves brought the world’s two largest economies to the verge of an all-out confrontation long feared by markets and industry.

6/15/2018
U.S. defense secretary Mattis cites threats from Russia, China in Newport speech

http://www.providencejournal.com

“For the first time since World War II, Russia has been the nation that has redrawn international borders by force of arms in Georgia and Ukraine,” Mattis said. He also criticized the Russian Federation for “pursuing veto authority over their neighbors’ diplomatic, economic and security decisions.”

 

“Putin seeks to shatter NATO,” Mattis said, pointing out that security threats also come by way of ideologies. “He aims to diminish the appeal of the western democratic model and attempts to undermine America’s moral authority.”

Finally, Mattis referred to China as an example of political will. The nation has been “harboring long-term designs to rewrite the existing global order, demanding other nations become tribute state kowtowing to Beijing” and has engaged in “predatory economics, piling massive debt on others,” he said.

“It’s unrealistic to believe that China won’t seek to replicate its internal authoritarian model elsewhere as it expands globally,” Mattis said.

6/15/2018
This is why A-10s have been training to land on highways near Russia

https://www.airforcetimes.com

The U.S. Air Force’s A-10 Thunderbolts and special tactics airmen have been practicing rough landings on improvised runways in the Baltic countries this month

…The airmen were training as part of Saber Strike 18, an annual NATO exercise designed to strengthen the alliance’s capabilities across Europe.

…“The assumption is that the enemy is going to immediately destroy known airfields, so the A-10 has been tasked with being able to forward deploy into areas that are a little bit more austere — whether they’re known airfields, riverbeds [or] old highways,” Dennis said in a squadron video release.

6/15/2018
Russia warns Norway of ‘consequences’ after it invites in more US Marines

https://www.independent.co.uk

Russia has vowed to retaliate if Norway invites the United States to more than double the number of Marines stationed in the country.

In a statement on its Facebook page, the Russian Embassy said it made the Scandinavian country “less predictable”, while warning it “could cause growing tensions, triggering an arms race and destabilising the situation in northern Europe,” 

It added: “We see it as clearly unfriendly, and it will not remain free of consequence.”

6/14/2018
Putin Invites Kim Jong UN to Russia

http://www.oann.com

He went on to voice his support of the dialogue between North and South Korea, and ultimately peace between the countries.

“We proceed from the fact that this is, of course, only the first step on the way to the full-format settlement, but thanks to the good will of both leaders that step has been made,” stated Putin. “Of course, it creates the conditions for further movement forward and decreases the general level of tension around the Korean peninsula.”

6/14/2018
Russia breaks from pack, holds national day reception in Jerusalem

https://www.jpost.com

The annual Russia Day celebration put on by the Russian embassy took on added significance on Thursday because it was held in Jerusalem, the first national day to be held in the capital by any country in recent memory.

“I am delighted to be here,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – who in the past has sent other ministers to the Russian Day celebrations – said in the picturesque Sergei Courtyard in Jerusalem.

6/13/2018
China says US-North Korea summit offers no lesson for Taiwan ties

BEIJING: A warming of ties between the United States and North Korea does not mean China will reach out to Taiwan for a similar summit, the Chinese government said on Wednesday (Jun 13)

6/12/2018
Washington opens de facto embassy in Taiwan, angering China

https://www.cnn.com

Beijing (CNN)China has lodged a protest with the US following the official opening of Washington’s new de facto embassy in Taiwan, a self-ruled island off China’s southeastern coast that Beijing considers a renegade province.

“The United States sending officials to Taiwan under any excuses is in serious violation of the ‘one China’ principle,” Geng Shuang, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman, said Tuesday. “It interferes with China’s internal affairs and negatively impacts China-US relations.”
6/12/2018
China’s Giant Ionosphere-Zapping Radar Is a Defense System Masquerading as Science

https://www.popularmechanics.com

The new facility may target U.S. submarines in the South China Sea.

During HAARP’s military tenure, experiments investigated possibilities of turning the ionosphere into a giant antenna for Extremely Long Frequency (ELF) radio waves. Unlike shorter radio wavelengths, ELFs travel through water and can be picked up by submarines at operating depth as deep as several hundred feet and several experiments tested this methods sub-aquatic communication abilities. The U.S. also hypothesized that ELF could detect mines or interfere with enemy satellites.

…As long as U.S. submarines operate in this part of the world, China has no chance of dominating it. But a system which could blank out ELF communications and selectively interfere with other satellite communications would severely affect any submarine operations in the South China Sea.

China could even use the new array as a transmitter for ELF radar to detect submarines at long range. The U.S. Navy discounted this approach in the ‘80s but the technology may be ripe for reappraisal. At least a dozen of recent scientific papers have looked at ELF radar for investigating underground features, finding natural resources, and locating pipelines. Interestingly, almost all these research papers have been from China. One paper suggests the same technique might be applied to ‘underwater target detection,’ another looks at ELFs for detection of underwater objects. Finding submarines is definitely on the agenda.

6/10/2018
Clear Skies: Russia Upgrading State-of-the-Art Nebo-M Anti-Missile Radar

https://sputniknews.com

The radar is designed to automatically detect and track airborne targets such as ballistic missiles, stealth aircraft or drones, as well as hypersonic targets. The complex is able to track up to 200 aerodynamic targets at a distance and at altitudes of up to 600 kilometers (372 miles).

In sector scan mode, Nebo-M can track up to 20 ballistic targets at ranges of up to 1,800 kilometers (about 1,120 miles) and at an altitude of up to 1,200 km (745 miles).

6/8/2018
Russia and China Show Off Ties With Putin Visit

https://www.wsj.com

On Friday, Russian and Chinese officials signed nuclear, space and transport deals, among others, as well as a statement condemning the Trump administration’s withdrawal from a nuclear deal with Iran and pledging further military and diplomatic cooperation.

The relationship has been buttressed by a close personal connection between the presidents. State broadcaster China Central Television aired an interview with the Russian leader on Wednesday in which he recalled celebrating a birthday with Mr. Xi over shots of vodka and sliced sausage.

“I haven’t established this kind of relationship or made similar arrangements with my foreign colleagues, but I have with Chairman Xi,” Mr. Putin said in the interview.

…The Chinese leader, who recently engineered a scrapping of presidential term limits in China’s constitution, has said he and Mr. Putin are “similar in character.” He was quick to call with congratulations after the Mr. Putin rode a landslide election victory to his fourth term in March.

6/8/2018
Chinese Hackers Stole Large Amounts of Secret U.S. Submarine-Warfare Data, Military Says

https://www.wsj.com

WASHINGTON—The Defense Department’s inspector general is investigating a major security breach after Chinese hackers allegedly stole large amounts of sensitive data from a Navy contractor, according to military officials.

The Chinese hackers allegedly stole data pertaining to submarine warfare that included secret plans to build a supersonic antiship missile the U.S. military planned to install on American subs, according to officials. The hackers targeted an unidentified company under contract with the Navy’s Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, R.I.

6/5/2008
US should ‘destroy’ China’s military assets in South China Sea, Sen. Rubio says

https://americanmilitarynews.com

Sen. Marco Rubio suggested in an interview last week that the U.S. should seek to “destroy” China’s new military outposts on various disputed island territories throughout the South China Sea.

The senator said that neutralizing China’s dominance in the region is critically important to securing the world’s most widely utilized shipping lanes.

6/2/2018
Tariffs could push Europe toward Russia, critics say

http://zlotonews.com

French President Emmanuel Macron said he wants to strengthen his country’s economic relationship with Russia.

6/2/2018
Israel must stop occupying Palestinian territories: Russian Ambassador to UN

https://www.almasdarnews.com

Israel must stop the occupation of the Palestinian territories, Russia’s permanent representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzya stated on Friday.

“I fully agree that the time has come to end the occupation; we have been talking about this constantly,” Nebenzya began.

“The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is in fact the key to solving all other conflicts in the Middle East. What is happening around the resolution of the conflict is not encouraging,” he continued.

6/2/2018
US said wary of Israel-Russia deal to remove Iranians from southern Syria

https://www.timesofisrael.com

The United States is wary of a reported agreement between Israel and Russia that would see the withdrawal of Iranian-backed troops from Syria’s border with Israel and the return of the Syrian army to the south of the country, an Arabic daily reported Saturday.

6/2/2018
Territorial integrity China’ s core interest: Chinese military official

http://www.xinhuanet.com

Territorial integrity is China’s core interest and Taiwan is an inalienable part of China, a senior Chinese military official said here Saturday.
The Chinese government and the Chinese people firmly oppose all the actions that undermine the one-China policy and the principles of the three China-U.S. joint communiques as well as the Taiwan Relations Act and the Taiwan Travel Act, He noted.

6/2/2018
Could this new Chinese radar system really be used to play God with the weather?

http://www.scmp.com

This facility would be the most powerful radar in the South China Sea and – regardless of whether it can be used to generate extreme climate events – would have multiple military uses, including improving China’s submarine warfare capabilities and disrupting other countries’ communications networks by creating an atmospheric “black hole”.

6/2/2018
South China Sea dispute: Mattis says China ‘intimidating neighbours’

https://www.bbc.com

Mr Mattis told the security summit that Beijing had deployed military hardware including anti-ship missiles, surface-to-air missiles and electronic jammers to locations across the South China Sea.

“Despite China’s claims to the contrary, the placement of these weapon systems is tied directly to military use for the purposes of intimidation and coercion,” Gen Mattis said.

6/2/2018
China is putting troops, weapons on South China Sea islands, and has every right to do so, PLA official says

http://www.scmp.com

Head of Chinese delegation at Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore accuses US of being the real ‘source of militarisation’ in disputed waterway

6/1/2018
China develops deadly ‘Silent Hunter’ lasers that can destroy drones from 1,000ft away as tensions soar with the US

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/

“China’s drone-killing lasers have successfully destroyed an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from 1,000 feet (300 metres) away.

The feat was demonstrated at a recent arms conference in Kazakhstan and comes amid growing tensions with the US.  

Sources say the portable laser weapon can intercept low-altitude drones and could also gun down moving targets and naval vessels.”

5/31/2018
Kim Jong-un complains to Russia over ‘US hegemonism’

[https://www.theguardian.com]

Kim Jong-un has complained of “US hegemonism” to Russia’s visiting foreign minister as one of his top lieutenants visited New York trying to ensure that a summit with President Donald Trump goes ahead.

The North Korean ruler told Sergey Lavrov that he hoped to boost cooperation with Russia, which has remained largely on the sidelines in recent months as Kim has reached out diplomatically to the United States, South Korea and China.

5/31/2018
U.S. Military ‘Prepared’ To Face China and North Korea Ahead of Major Asia Conference

[link to www.newsweek.com]

“The Pentagon said it was prepared to take on both China and North Korea as Defense Secretary James Mattis headed to Singapore for a major international security conference.”

5/30/2018
China In Race To Overtake U.S. Military in AI Warfare

http://nationalinterest.org

“China’s breakthroughs in AI can be expected to enable future unmanned combat aircraft (UCAV) that are more responsive than human-controlled aircraft, better able to counter large formations of enemy UCAVs, as well as enable new energy weapon-equipped space combat platforms that will have to prevail over US and other space combat systems,” said Rick Fisher, a China military affairs expert.

“China can also be expected to use AI to enable very deep sea unmanned underwater combat vehicles (UUCVs) able to contest control over the ocean floor, where China will want to defend very large sensor grids of its Underwater Great Wall.”

For China’s large and varied missile arsenal, AI has a future as well. Wang Changqing, a Chinese weapons designer, said future cruise missiles “will have a very high level of AI and automation. They will allow commanders to control them in a real-time manner, or to use a fire-and-forget mode, or even to add more tasks to in-flight missiles.”

5/28/2018
Dramatic understandings between Israel and Russia

[link to www.israelnationalnews.com]

“Channel 2 News reports that dramatic understandings were reached between Israel and Russia in which the Assad army would return to southern Syria on its border with Israel, Russia will undertake that there will be no Iranian or Hizbullah presence in this area, and Israel will maintain freedom of action against Iranian consolidation in Syria.”

5/28/2018
China steps up pace in new nuclear arms race with US and Russia as experts warn of rising risk of conflict

[link to www.scmp.com]

“Chinese scientists are running simulated tests at a faster rate than America as world’s leading powers develop arsenal of ‘usable’ next-generation weapons”


5/28/2018
China Has Dispatched Warships to Challenge U.S. Vessels Sailing Near Disputed Islands

[link to time.com]

“The Chinese military says it has dispatched warships after U.S. Navy vessels sailed near Beijing-claimed islands in the South China Sea.

The nautical confrontation comes amid tensions between the world’s two largest economies over trade as well as an on-again-off-again North Korean summit.

China’s Ministry of Defense said in a statement that the entry of the U.S. warships was not permitted, and they have been warned to leave.”

5/28/2018
Russian Strategic Missile Troops Gain New Capabilities for Nuclear Deterrence

[link to sputniknews.com (secure)]

“‘The share of modern weapons in the Russian Strategic Missile Troops increased up to 66 percent, which provides them with new capabilities for nuclear deterrence,’ Commander of the Russian Strategic Missile Troops Col. Gen. Sergei Karakayev said.”

5/27/2018
Bad News: Russia And China Could Soon Shoot Down Stealth F-22s and F-35s

[link to nationalinterest.org]

“Both Moscow and Beijing have most of the elements needed to develop and field counter-stealth technologies similar to that demonstrated by the U.S. Navy and Boeing during Fleet Exercise 2017 onboard a pair of modified F/A-18E/F Super Hornets using a combination of the powerful DTP-N processor, TTNT high-speed IP-based data-network and the long-wave Block II Infrared Search and Track (IRST) pod”

5/25/2018
Taiwan fighter jets monitor Chinese bombers

[link to www.daijiworld.com]

“Taiwan on Friday scrambled its fighter jets to monitor two Chinese bombers that flew very close to its territory, according to the Defence Ministry.

Two H-6 bombers passed through the Bashi Channel separating Taiwan and the Philippines earlier Friday and later flew around Taiwan through the Miyako Strait, near Okinawa, Efe news reported quoting a ministry statement as saying.”

5/25/2018
Russia quietly conducted the world’s longest surface-to-air missile test

[link to www.msn.com (secure)]

“The S-500 surface-to-air missile system successfully struck a target 299 miles away, which the U.S. assessed is 50 miles further than any known test, said the sources, who spoke to CNBC on the condition of anonymity.

Russia claims that the ground-based missile system is capable of intercepting hypersonic missiles, drones, aircraft as well as stealth warplanes like the F-22 and the F-35. The S-500 system would expand the Kremlin’s capabilities to engage multiple targets with precision strikes.

Russia also claims the system has a range capable of destroying objects flying at near-space ranges or 62 miles above the Earth’s surface.”

5/23/2018
Russian Sub Unleashes Four Nuclear Missiles in Less Than 20 Seconds [Great video]

[link to www.popularmechanics.com (secure)]


“One of Russia’s most powerful submarines ripple-fired four long-range nuclear-tipped missiles in a matter of seconds. The exercise this week was an important reminder of how Russia, the United States, and other nuclear powers test and maintain large numbers of nuclear weapons at sea.”

5/9/2018
Defiant Russia showcases new weapons in Victory Day parade

https://www.independent.co.uk

“Columns of tanks, nuclear missile launchers, new drones and robotic fighting vehicles trundled through Moscow’s Red Square on Wednesday in Russia’s annual Victory Day celebration. 

The parade marked the 73rd anniversary of the end of the Second World War – a war that saw the Soviet Union lose more than 20 million people. 

President Vladimir Putin stood with his back to Lenin’s preserved remains, flanked by Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister. In a short speech heavy on geopolitics, Mr Putin claimed the historical victory and issued a warning to contemporary foes.”

5/7/2018
Inauguration of Vladimir Putin as President of Russia Held in Kremlin

[link to sputniknews.com (secure)]

“The ceremony of inauguration of Russian President Vladimir Putin will take place in the St. Andrew Hall in the Grand Kremlin Palace and will be held in a traditional manner, according to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.”

5/7/2018
China slams US jab on its Taiwan push

[link to www.news.com.au]

“Beijing has dismissed the White House’s jab, saying companies operating in China must respect the nation’s sovereignty.

‘Whatever the US says will never change the objective fact that there is only one China in the world and the Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan regions are an inalienable part of China’s territory,’ Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said in a statement posted online on Sunday.”

5/5/2018
The U.S. Navy Just Revived Its Cold War-Era Atlantic Fleet to Counter Russian Aggression

[link to fortune.com]

“The U.S. Navy announced Friday that it will revive the Second Fleet, a command structure that was disbanded in 2011 as a cost-cutting measure. The revived fleet will be headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, and will be responsible for Naval operations in the northern Atlantic and the eastern coast of the U.S. Details of its size and leadership structure have not been announced, but its primary purpose is clear – to counter a growing threat from Russia.”

5/6/2018
Duterte warned against complacency over Chinese missiles on PH reefs

[link to www.thejakartapost.com]

“Lawmakers urged the Duterte administration on Saturday not to become complacent about China’s installation of missiles in Philippine reefs in the West Philippine Sea.”

5/5/2018
US lawmakers set US$717 billion defence bill, with eye on China, Russia and Turkey

[link to www.scmp.com]

“On China, the proposed NDAA includes provisions including improving Taiwan’s defence capabilities and barring any US government agency from using “risky” technology produced by Huawei and ZTE, which a committee statement describes as “linked to the Chinese Communist Party’s intelligence apparatus””

5/4/2018 [This is an extremely important end-times story!]
China Could Get a Lot More Than We Think from a Deal with the Vatican

[link to thediplomat.com (secure)]

“The ongoing negotiations between the Holy See and Beijing on the selection of Catholic bishops in China is problematic for reasons beyond the fact that it is occurring as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is signaling it is tightening control over the management of religious affairs in general.”

5/5/2018
China’s sneaky missile move angers US

[link to www.themorningbulletin.com.au (secure)]

“”We’re well aware of China’s militarisation of the South China Sea,” White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders told yesterday. “We’ve raised concerns directly with the Chinese about this and there will be near-term and long-term consequences.”

The deployment represents “a major escalation” in the dispute over ownership of the congested waterway former US military consultant Eric Sayers told Reuters. “When China sees that it can get away with these types of actions with little cost … it only makes it more likely they will keep pressing,” he said.”

5/3/2018
Revealed: UK’s push to strengthen anti-Russia alliance

[link to www.theguardian.com (secure)]

“British diplomats plan to use four major summits this year – the G7, the G20, Nato and the European Union – to try to deepen the alliance against Russia hastily built by the Foreign Office after the poisoning of the former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal in Salisbury in March.”

5/3/2018
Israel Export Institute and Taiwan’s Trade Dev. Council sign MoU to increase cooperation

[link to www.taiwannews.com.tw (secure)]

“TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A spokesman for Israel’s largest venture capital group Viola Ventures recently stated that Taiwan’s presence and projects in Israel have been too small. Now it seems that Israel and Taiwan are aiming to change that.”

5/3/2018
China is firing on all cylinders as it ramps up its trade war with the US

[link to www.businessinsider.com]

“China is signaling that it won’t back down from a trade battle with President Donald Trump and the US.In an interview with Bloomberg, the CEO of one of the largest soybean processors in the world said China has effectively ended purchases of US soybeans — a critical export crop.

Soren Schroder, CEO of oilseed processor Bunge, told Bloomberg that Chinese purchases of US soybeans have all but vanished.

“Whatever they’re buying is non-US,” Schroder said. “They’re buying beans in Canada, in Brazil, mostly Brazil, but very deliberately not buying anything from the US.””

5/3/2018
White House warns China on growing militarization in South China Sea

[link to www.cnn.com (secure)]

“The White House warned Beijing on Thursday that there will be consequences for its growing militarization in the South China Sea, following reports of missiles being deployed to three of the country’s outposts in the disputed region.”

5/3/2018
Laser from Chinese Base Aimed at U.S. Military Pilots In Africa’s Skies, Pentagon Charges

[link to www.wsj.com (secure)]

“WASHINGTON—Chinese military personnel are targeting American flight crews in the skies over the east African nation of Djibouti using a high-powered laser in what amounts to a new show of Chinese harassment of the U.S. military at a time of heightened tensions between the nations, according to Pentagon officials.

…“These incidents are not surprising as they represent an act just short of war, but indicate gross, intentional negligence, as well as complete disregard for aviation safety and international norms,” said Trey Meeks, a principal at the Asia Group research firm and a former Air Force colonel assigned to U.S. Pacific Command. “I would certainly view it as harassment.””

5/3/2018
Beijing reportedly challenges US, lays strong implicit threat with anti-ship missiles in the South China Sea

[link to www.businessinsider.com]

“Anti-ship cruise missiles and surface-to-air missile systems were stationed on Chinese outposts in the contested South China Sea, in yet another signal that China intends to cement its presence on the disputed islands”

5/3/2018
China’s foreign minister in North Korea on rare visit

[link to www.channelnewsasia.com (secure)]

“SEOUL: Beijing hopes that talks between the United States and North Korea will be “smooth and achieve substantial progress”, China’s foreign minister said on Wednesday (May 2) during a rare visit to Pyongyang as the Asian superpower tries to mend ties with its nuclear-armed neighbour.

The two-day visit by Wang Yi – the highest-ranking Chinese official to travel to North Korea in years – follows a landmark inter-Korean summit and precedes a meeting between the North’s leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump in coming weeks.

…He also said that China was “willing to strengthen communication … (with North Korea) and continue to play a positive role in seeking a political solution to the Korean peninsula issue”, Xinhua reported.”

5/3/2018
Russia to Roll Out Hypersonic Missile for the First Time During V-Day Parade

[link to sputniknews.com (secure)]

“Russia will showcase its latest Kinzhal hypersonic missile complex and other state-of-the-art weapons during the upcoming May 9 Victory day parade in Moscow, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said.
The Kinzhal missile, presented by President Putin during his annual address to parliament in March, can travel at 10 times the speed of sound and overcome all existing missile defense systems to take conventional charges up to 2,000 kilometers (1,242 miles) away.”

5/3/2018
China ‘deploys missiles’ in South China Sea, US, Australia warn of consequences

[link to www.abc.net.au]

“Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has warned Beijing against militarising the South China Sea following reports that China has installed missile systems in the Spratley Islands for the first time.”

5/3/2018
Laser from Chinese Base Aimed at U.S. Military Pilots In Africa’s Skies, Pentagon Charges

[link to www.wsj.com (secure)]

“WASHINGTON—Chinese military personnel are targeting American flight crews in the skies over the east African nation of Djibouti using a high-powered laser in what amounts to a new show of Chinese harassment of the U.S. military at a time of heightened tensions between the nations, according to Pentagon officials.

…“These incidents are not surprising as they represent an act just short of war, but indicate gross, intentional negligence, as well as complete disregard for aviation safety and international norms,” said Trey Meeks, a principal at the Asia Group research firm and a former Air Force colonel assigned to U.S. Pacific Command. “I would certainly view it as harassment.””

5/3/2018
Beijing reportedly challenges US, lays strong implicit threat with anti-ship missiles in the South China Sea

[link to www.businessinsider.com]

“Anti-ship cruise missiles and surface-to-air missile systems were stationed on Chinese outposts in the contested South China Sea, in yet another signal that China intends to cement its presence on the disputed islands”

5/3/2018
China Moves to Steady Ties With North Korea Before Trump-Kim Meeting

[link to www.nytimes.com (secure)]

“Mr. Wang could have delivered a careful message, reminding the North that China was its true friend despite the rough patch in the past six years since Mr. Kim came to power, said Xia Yafeng, a Chinese historian at Long Island University.”

5/3/2018
Russia’s monster robot army capable of AMBUSHING Nato forces unveiled in show of force

[link to www.express.co.uk (secure)]

“We have begun creating combat robots. Their state and army tests are nearing completion. And I hope we will begin [their] serial production as early as this year,” Shoigu said.

5/2/2018
WW3: Russia in war threat as Trump sends missiles to Ukraine in show of Putin defiance

[link to www.express.co.uk (secure)]

“The US President’s administration supplied the weapons after shrugging off Putin’s warning whisking them off to Kiev could escalate a four-year smouldering war in the region.

…The ammo is part of a whopping $47million IS Congregational military aid package that should consist of 210 Javelins and 37 launchers.

Russia is yet to respond on the gift but last year said Mr Trump has “crossed the line” in breaking free from Obama’s administration policy by arming Ukraine and helping them repel attacks from Moscow.”

5/2/2018
The drums of a US-China trade war

[link to www.livemint.com (secure)]

“US President Donald Trump’s administration has fired the opening salvo in what is quickly shaping up to become a full-blown trade war.”

5/2/2018
Diplomatic tit for tat over Taiwan in Israel, as Tel Aviv grows closer to Taipei

[link to www.taiwannews.com.tw (secure)]

“As Taiwan and Israel continue to strengthen ties with one another, a small confrontation between China and Taiwan has appeared in the OP-ED pages of Israel’s Jerusalem Post following China’s provocative military exercises and the recent encirclement drills conducted by the Chinese air force.”

5/2/2018
Could China Flash Invade Taiwan?

[link to thediplomat.com (secure)]

“It’s the ultimate nightmare scenario. China orchestrates a masterful strategic deception, and catches the Republic of China government (Taiwan) with its guard down. The ROC government and military are astonished and overwhelmed. They collapse under the strain. Within days, the island’s surviving officials are in PLA custody, and a red flag with five gold stars is flying over the Presidential Office in Taipei.

What would a flash invasion look like? How realistic is such a scenario, and what could the United States do to help Taiwan defend against it?”

5/2/2018
India and Japan increase military spending, ‘driven by China tension’

[link to www.scmp.com]

“The United States, China, Saudi Arabia and Russia were the leading four last year in military spending.

…Siemon Wezeman, a senior researcher for the SIPRI, said: “Tensions between China and many of its neighbours continue to drive the growth in military spending in Asia.””

4/30/2018
China-U.S.-Taiwan relations are in choppy waters. Here’s what’s going on.

[link to www.washingtonpost.com (secure)]

“The complicated relationship between the United States, the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan has been heating up. In recent months, China flexed some muscle by sending strategic bombers to circumnavigate Taiwan.

…Beijing’s bottom line in 2018 remains unchanged: Taiwan is a part of China, and must be unified with the rest of the country.”

4/30/2018
The Great Game in Asia: How China Sees Taiwan

[link to nationalinterest.org]

“For the CCP, Taiwan represents the final obstacle to truly concluding the Chinese Civil War. The island is not just a haven for the Kuomintang who lost the civil war on the Mainland, but also represents a threat to Beijing’s system of governance as an alternative model for the Chinese people. To maintain its grip on the Chinese state, the CCP believes it must finish what Mao could not and defeat the “followers” of Chiang Kai-shek—thereby eliminating a threat to China’s internal stability.

It also does not help that the CCP have also backed themselves into this corner. Since the 16th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in 2002, the CCP has been consistent in its policy toward Taiwan, with elements of the policy going back to 1995. It is very difficult to back down from a policy that has been espoused for over twenty years, not to mention China’s Patriotic Education Campaign has solidified Taiwan’s status as part of China in the minds of the Chinese people. Moreover, a key policy heavily promoted by Chinese President Xi Jinping is the “China Dream” of the “great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.” This most likely includes Chinese reunification with Taiwan.”

4/29/2018
Russia, China, and the US are in a hypersonic weapons arm race — and officials warn the US could be falling behind

[link to www.businessinsider.com]

“Mike Griffin, the US undersecretary of defense for research and engineering recently said at a Senate Armed Services hearing that “China has fielded or can field … hypersonic delivery systems for conventional prompt strike than can reach out thousands of kilometers from the Chinese shore, and hold our carrier battle groups or our forward deployed forces … at risk.”

He added that the US does “not have systems which can hold them at risk in a corresponding manner,” that the US doesn’t “have defenses against those systems,” and that “we will, with today’s defensive systems, not see these things coming.””

4/29/2018
U.S. Fighters for Taiwan

[link to www.wsj.com (secure)]

“China’s bullying is raising alarms in the U.S., which is obligated to help Taiwan defend itself under the Taiwan Relations Act. The mainland People’s Liberation Army is deploying new jets, ships and other weapons in such numbers that the island’s defenses are in danger of being overwhelmed. Past U.S. Administrations failed to sell Taiwan the weapons it needs, and much of its arsenal is outdated”

4/28/2018
The South China Sea Disputes: Will Taiwan’s Role Be Enhanced?

[link to www.taiwannews.com.tw (secure)]

‘China thinks that the U.S. may try to use support for Taiwan and its role in the South China Sea disputes as leverage to contain China’s aggressive activities there. Indeed, Bolton has supposedly advocated using the “Taiwan card” to counter China’s growing “aggressiveness.”’

4/28/2018
China’s release of images reinforces vow to keep Taiwan as a territory

[link to www.cnn.com (secure)]

“China’s military put out a strong message on Taiwan on Saturday, vowing to “safeguard the territory of our motherland.”
The People’s Liberation Army air force released a video and series of commemorative envelopes showing recent Chinese air force missions around the island, which Beijing views as a breakaway province.
“It is the sacred duty of any PLA pilot to safeguard the territory of our motherland,” reads the text on the envelopes, which feature pictures of PLA warplanes and pilots on flights near Taiwan.”

4/27/2018
China’s Guam Killer (and Aircraft Carrier Killer) Missile Is Ready for War

[link to www.yahoo.com (secure)]

“Chinese military observers have also been hailing the DF-26’s anti-ship capabilities against US aircraft carriers and amphibious assault vessels.
China’s defense ministry confirmed on Thursday that high-tech DF-26 intermediate-range ballistic missiles have been deployed with the People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force.
The DF-26 is tailor-made for precision offensives as well as swift nuclear counter-attacks – with its nuclear-tipped variant – against land- and sea-based targets.
The new missiles, with a hit range of 3,000-4,000km, are also known as the “Guam Express” among Chinese military buffs. They are the PLA’s first conventionally-armed missiles capable of reaching the US outpost of Guam if fired from China’s southeastern coastline.”

4/26/2018
Taiwan set to simulate surprise Chinese ‘invasion’

[link to www.thejournal.ie]

“Taiwan will practice thwarting a Chinese “invasion” in annual live fire drills in June, simulating surprise coastal assaults to reflect increased military threats from Beijing.”

4/25/2018
U.S. B-52 bombers fly close to China’s Guangdong Province

[link to www.taiwannews.com.tw (secure)]

“Two B-52 bombers of the United States Air Force flew from their base in Guam to an area east of the disputed Dongsha or Pratas Islands in the South China Sea, sending a warning message to China, reports said Wednesday.

The aircraft passed over the Bashi Channel between Taiwan and the Philippines and came as close to China’s province of Guangdong as 250 kilometers, a distance from which they could launch cruise missiles that could reach the communist country, the Chinese-language United Daily News wrote.”

4/22/2018
Why a U.S-China War over Taiwan Won’t Be Anything Like the Syria Strikes

“Great powers have a habit of intervening to shield weak allies from rival great powers and advance their own purposes. Last week it was Russia vowing to shoot down American missiles bound for Syrian chemical-weapon sites. Judging from recent Chinese words and deeds, next week could see the U.S. Navy attempting to repulse a Chinese assault on nearby Taiwan.”

[link to www.yahoo.com (secure)]

4/22/2018
For US and China, the real friction over Taiwan is yet to come

“First, if Trump approves National Security Adviser John Bolton’s planned visit to Taiwan, it will be seen as the greatest challenge to the “one China” principle yet – and thus may cross a red line for Beijing. Indeed, Bolton has already advocated use of the “Taiwan card” against China by ultimately restoring full diplomatic recognition.”

[link to www.scmp.com]

4/21/2018
Are the US and China headed for war over Taiwan?

“As Beijing and Washington position themselves for a trade war, Trump should beware playing the Taiwan card – or he may find his actions lead to a real war”

[link to www.scmp.com]

4/20/2018
What China is really up to with live fire drills in Taiwan Straight

link to www.news.com.au

“Australia is on edge, so too the United States. Earlier this week, China was accused of landing military aircraft on artificial islands it promised not to land on and “jamming” communications and radar systems from passing US aircraft carriers.
Today, we heard how the People’s Liberation Army challenged Australian warships passing through the region.
Chinese President Xi Jinping’s men reportedly had “robust” communications with HMAS Anzac and HMAS Success during the Australian vessels’ goodwill visit to Ho Chi Minh City.
Experts now say the show of force is part of a bigger battle plan from Beijing to “take back Taiwan”.
The South China Morning Post reported on Friday that recent patrols by China’s air force in and around Taiwan are part of a “co-ordinated strike plan” and “comprehensive battle plan for Taiwan”.”

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