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.

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
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.

8/13/2018
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.”

8/12/2018
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
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

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“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

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“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

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“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

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“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

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“”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

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“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

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“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

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“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

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“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

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“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

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“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

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“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

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“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

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“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

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“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

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“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

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“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

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“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

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“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

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“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

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“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?

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“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’

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“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.

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“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

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“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

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“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

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“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?

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‘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

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“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

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“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’

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“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

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“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.”

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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.”

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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”

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4/20/2018
What China is really up to with live fire drills in Taiwan Straight

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“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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