Updated News Coverage as the End Approaches
We are leading 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.
CORONA: part of the body resembling or likened to a CROWN
Due to the tremendous amount of news about COVID-19 (Novel CoronaVirus 2019), I’ll be unable to post every relevant news article. I will continue to post the news I believe most important to the mission of this website. As for ongoing nCoV19 updates, I’ll leave a very good and informative link:
Beware of Bad Samaritans
China and Russia are sending medical aid to Italy and other coronavirus-stricken countries, but their motives aren’t so altruistic.
…“Of those Russian supplies, 80 percent were completely useless or of little use to Italy. In other words, the delivery was more like a pretext,” an Italian government official told the leading newspaper La Stampa.
Taiwan military is prepared for any Chinese attack, says defence minister
A senior Taiwanese defence official said on Monday that the island’s military is well prepared in the event of any attack from Beijing during the Covid-19 outbreak.
“At the height of outbreak of the pandemic worldwide, if the Chinese Communists attempted to make any military adventure leading to regional conflict, they would be condemned by the world, and regardless of what would happen, we are all ready and have made the best preparation for this,” said Taiwan’s vice defence minister Chang Guan-chung.
North Korea rips Pompeo, says ‘if the US bothers us, it will be hurt’
North Korea vowed Monday to “repay the U.S. with actual horror and unrest” following remarks from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last week in which he called on world leaders to keep applying pressure on the Hermit Kingdom’s controversial nuclear program.
Pompeo’s comments came right after he held a video conference with foreign leaders from the Group of Seven to discuss topics such as the coronavirus outbreak.
Russia is using pandemic to discredit Poland – services spokesperson
Russia is using the coronavirus pandemic to wage a disinformation campaign aimed at discrediting Poland, Stanisław Żaryn, the spokesperson for Poland’s special services coordinator, wrote in Monday’s Wall Street Journal.
Beijing may step up drills in South China Sea amid rising tensions with US military, analysts say
China’s air force and navy are keeping a close watch on US freedom of navigation patrols in the South China Sea, and military experts expect sabre-rattling over the disputed waters to intensify.
As both nations fight the coronavirus pandemic – the United States has now overtaken China as the country with the most cases in the world – the People’s Liberation Army is expected to step up drills in the region to boost combat training.
Trump orders US troops back to active duty for coronavirus response
President Trump signed an executive order on Friday that allows the Pentagon to mobilize former U.S. troops and members of the National Guard to help supplement troops already being used to combat the coronavirus outbreak in the country.
Trump’s order allows the heads of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Homeland Security to recall up to 1 million reserve members to active duty for up to 24 months
Defense forces disagree with claims Russia is suspending military exercises
Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin said Russia has halted military exercises in the vicinity of its western borders, and its military aircraft are flying in the Baltic airspace with their onboard transponders switched on. But the Estonian defense forces do not agree with this assessment.
China suspends entry by foreign nationals
China has decided to temporarily suspend the entry into China by foreign nationals holding valid visas or residence permits because of the rapid global spread of COVID-19, according to an announcement by the Foreign Ministry and the National Immigration Administration on Thursday.
China Calls USS McCampbell Taiwan Strait Transit ‘Provocative
Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG-85) transited the Taiwan Strait earlier this week, eliciting a terse response from Chinese military officials.
McCampbell conducted what was described as “a routine Taiwan Strait transit” on Wednesday in accordance with international law, Lt. Anthony Junco, a spokesperson for U.S. 7th Fleet, told USNI News in an email.
NATO forces intercept Russian aircraft, track Russian ships
Belgian Air Force jets which are part of NATO air policing in the Baltic Sea region intercepted a Russian military aircraft flying close to Allied airspace on Thursday (26 March 2020) after it failed to respect international safety norms. The scramble, the third in consecutive days, happened over the Baltic Sea and comes as armed forces across the Alliance are helping nations to address the coronavirus crisis.
Plans for trimmer, faster US Marines in Pacific ‘a threat’ to China
The US Marine Corps’ plans to make its forces in the Pacific region faster and lighter are a threat to China’s People’s Liberation Army, military experts have warned.
Unmanned systems and mobile anti-ship missiles are at the heart of the new strategy, which has been developed specifically to address possible conflicts with the PLA in the region’s coastal waters.
The ultimate goal of the reform plan is to redesign the US Marines
to match the Pentagon’s Indo-Pacific strategy to contain a rising China, according to Taipei-based military observer Chi Le-yi.
…“The US military has strong crisis awareness; it will not let its key rival, the PLA, have any chance to get any advantages … That’s why it is so powerful.”
Tanks spotted in NE Taiwan as tensions with China rise
Taiwan battle tanks were spotted prowling the streets of Yilan, Taiwan, on Wednesday (March 25), as cross-strait tensions rise during the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
On Wednesday, the third day of military exercises being held across Taiwan, four army M60A3 tanks took part in a training exercise in Yilan County’s Yuanshan Township. The rare sight of tanks rolling through an urban area drew many curious onlookers.
Taiwan anger over China military drills during virus outbreak
Anger is rising in Taiwan over China continuing to buzz the island with fighter jets and warships even as they both fight the global coronavirus pandemic.
The self-ruled democratic island has had to scramble its own fighter jets in response to recent Chinese manoeuvres, designed to show that Beijing’s military might remains unbowed by the health crisis.
U.S. Increases Support for Taiwan, China Threatens to Strike Back
U.S. President Donald Trump has signed into law an act that requires increased U.S. support for Taiwan internationally, prompting a denunciation by China, which said it would strike back if the law was implemented.
China claims democratic and separately ruled Taiwan as its own territory, and regularly describes Taiwan as the most sensitive issue in its ties with the United States.
The Taiwan Allies International Protection and Enhancement Initiative (TAIPEI) Act, signed by Trump into law on Thursday with strong bipartisan support, requires the U.S. State Department to report to Congress on steps taken to strengthen Taiwan’s diplomatic relations.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the U.S. act contravened international law, was a “crude” interference in China’s internal affairs and obstructed other sovereign states from developing normal relations with China.
“We urge the United States to correct its mistakes, not implement the law, or obstruct the development of relations between other countries and China, otherwise it will inevitably encounter a resolute strike back by China,” Geng said, without giving details.
South Korea scrambles fighter jets to warn Chinese military plane
South Korea scrambled fighter jets on Wednesday after a Chinese military aircraft trespassed into the Korean Air Defense Identification Zone, or KADIZ, according to Seoul’s joint chiefs of staff. The Chinese Y-9 surveillance aircraft strayed into South Korea-claimed airspace for 35 minutes without submitting prior notification, South Korean news service News 1 reported
Russian aid to Italy leaves EU exposed
Russia’s military planeloads of aid to Italy to combat the spread of coronavirus have exposed the European Union’s failure to provide swift help to a member in crisis and handed President Vladimir Putin a publicity coup at home and abroad.
Royal Navy shadows Russian warships after ‘unusually high levels of activity’ in Channel and North Sea
Nine Royal Navy vessels have shadowed seven Russian warships after detecting “unusually high levels of activity” in the Channel and North Sea.
It comes as the Royal Navy has been preparing to help the NHS and other government departments deal with the coronavirus crisis.
U.S. playing dangerous game, China says, after warship sails through Taiwan Strait
China accused the United States on Thursday of playing a dangerous game with its support for Taiwan, after a U.S. warship passed through the sensitive Taiwan Strait following heightened military tension between China and Taiwan.
China has been angered by the Trump administration’s stepped-up support for the island it considers its own, such as more arms sales, U.S. patrols near Taiwan and last month’s visit to Washington by Taiwan Vice President-elect William Lai.
Letter from locked-down Italy: the Cuban, Russian and Chinese efforts to assist Lombardy
…And that is how Lombardy and the rest of the country have become a giant postwar stage for a new, paradoxical Cold War, divided up into different spheres of influence, just like Berlin in 1945. On one side the Chinese, on the other side the Russians, and then the Americans, and now even the Cubans.
Russian military testing new hypersonic missile
Russia will speed up test launches of the hypersonic missile Tsirkon from naval ships: launches from submarines will begin in 2020 to proceed in parallel with launches from the frigate The Admiral Gorshkov, two sources in the defense-industrial complex have said.
“The schedule of the hypersonic missile’s test launches from naval ships will be tightened. The Yasen submarines will begin firing drills this year, alongside the continuing series of launches from The Admiral Gorshkov,” a source said.
US Navy fires missile during South China Sea military drill
The U.S. Navy said Tuesday (March 24) that it had fired a missile during a live fire exercise in the South China Sea as tensions between the world’s two superpowers continue to escalate.
…Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislator Wang Ting-yu (王定宇) pointed out that the Taiwanese government should pay very close attention to developments in the South China Sea. He said the U.S. military would not make such a bold move unless it had received information suggesting that the Chinese government is planning certain military activities, reported ETtoday.
Russia ends war games as precaution against COVID-19
The Russian army ended war exercises on its western border, it announced on Monday, as a preventative measure against the COVID-19 virus.
The war games were to be a response to a massive exercise by NATO troops in March, Europe-Defender 20, that was to involve over 20,000 U.S. troops and personnel from 10 other countries but was severely reduced in scope after the outbreak. The NATO exercise was criticized by the Kremlin, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in February that Russia would respond with a reciprocal show of force.
‘From Russia with Love’: Putin sends aid to Italy to fight virus
The Russian army on Sunday began flying medical help to Italy to help it battle the new coronavirus after receiving an order from President Vladimir Putin, a goodwill gesture that Moscow labelled “From Russia with Love”.
…The Kremlin said Putin had expressed his support for Italy’s leaders and people in the extremely difficult situation they were facing and had heeded an Italian request for help.
Coronavirus: Xi Jinping calls leaders of France, Spain, Germany and Serbia with offers of support
Chinese President Xi Jinping made an unusually intense diplomatic gesture towards Europe on Saturday by calling the leaders of France, Germany, Spain and Serbia to offer support in their fight against Covid-19.
The calls came as many European nations are facing shortages of the essential medical supplies and equipment they need to combat the pandemic that has already killed more than 5,000 people across the continent.
U.S. Drawdown of China Diplomats Cripples Ties at Critical Moment
A sweeping evacuation of American diplomats has hobbled the U.S. government’s presence in China, further rupturing interactions between the two superpowers at a time of rising tensions and hampering efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
Market Experts Say the Coronavirus Selloff Is ‘Worse Than Anything We’ve Seen Since 1929.’ Here’s How Bad It Could Get.
…Now we know what happened: The coronavirus, which first surfaced in China late last year, is sweeping through the U.S., and wreaking havoc on the health-care system, the economy, and the financial markets.
Addison describes the selloff in the S&P 500 as “worse than anything we’ve seen since 1929, and maybe worse than that in the way it began.” Specifically, the index fell through every price level at which it previously found buying support, including its 200-week moving average, without bouncing up. The washout took the S&P back to its December 2018 closing low of 2351…
Chinese naval planes conduct anti-submarine drills in South China Sea
Chinese military aircraft recently conducted an anti-submarine drill over the South China Sea, the People’s Liberation Army
said on Friday, amid a growing number of patrols and exercises by US warships in the region.
The drill, which involved two aircraft, was conducted earlier this month, not long before the US naval and marine units took part in expeditionary strike force training in the disputed waters, the PLA Navy said in a report.
US-China Tensions Heat Up As Beijing Seeks Leadership Role
A sharp escalation in tit-for-tat retributions between China and the United States marks a deeply uncertain moment in relations between the two countries, already under strain from a longstanding trade dispute and a fierce debate over international use of Chinese technology.
Serbia turns to China due to ‘lack of EU solidarity’ on coronavirus
Chinese Ambassador to Serbia, Chen Bo, informed Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić on Tuesday (17 March) that Beijing had approved a donation and decided to send experts to help Serbia fight the coronavirus pandemic. EURACTIV Serbia reports.
Vučić said Serbia was not yet in the same crisis as EU countries when it comes to the coronavirus but that it would soon happen.
“Serbia now turns its eyes to China,” Vučić said.
“All my personal hopes are focused on and directed toward China and its president,” he said, emphasising that Serbia was not asking for money.
Russia to base hypersonic tracking radar in middle of NATO turf
Russia plans to deploy a next-generation radar to its military exclave of Kaliningrad and use it to counter emerging U.S. hypersonic weapons systems, state media reported.
The Konteiner radar can track launches of cruise and hypersonic missiles nearly 2,000 miles away, Russia’s Tass news agency reported Thursday. Deploying the radar in Kaliningrad, which is wedged between NATO members Poland and Lithuania, will put almost all of continental Europe and the United Kingdom within its range.
Chinese military to potentially use new weapons to stop US: expert
…This is the third time in just a week US warships are known to have trespassed into the South China Sea: US guided missile destroyer McCampbell on March 10 trespassed into China’s territorial waters in the Xisha Islands, and amphibious assault ship America and littoral combat ship Gabrielle Giffords sailed in operations in the South China Sea on Friday.
To counter US’ repeated trespasses into Chinese territorial waters, the Chinese military has the option of using new approaches, including the deployment of electromagnetic weapons, Song Zhongping, a Chinese military expert and commentator, told the Global Times on Tuesday.
Esper’s dark vision for US-China conflict makes war more likely
…American troops who have seen three, four, even five or more deployments to the Middle East may finally be able to come home — or not. If Esper’s grim vision becomes reality, they may soon be fighting China instead, embarking on a new and far larger conflict that would make Afghanistan look like child’s play, put U.S. security in unnecessary danger and plunge the world into lasting turmoil.
“I would like to [reduce troop levels in Afghanistan] because what I want to do is reallocate forces to” the Asia-Pacific region, Esper said while the U.S.-Taliban agreement was under negotiation. “All of these places where I can free up troops where I could either bring them home to allow them to rest and refit and retrain or/and then reallocate them [to the Asia-Pacific region] to compete with the Chinese, to reassure our allies, to conduct exercises and training.”
Virus pushes U.S.-Chinese relationship toward fracture
The coronavirus may do more to unravel U.S.-Chinese ties than trade wars, technology threats and presidential tweets ever did.
The two countries’ relationship — already under enormous pressure in recent years — is on the verge of imploding as both sides seek to assign blame for the virus’ origin and exchange tit-for-tat recriminations on other fronts, including expelling journalists.
Expelling U.S. Journalists, China Escalates Political Warfare Over Coronavirus
In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the People’s Republic of China has taken the opportunity to further close off the rest of the world’s view of its internal behavior.
Beijing’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a declaration Tuesday that expels journalists from The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. Chinese officials have ordered these reporters to hand in their journalist visas and permits within 10 days.
China Threatens EMP Attack in South China Sea
Chinese state media on Tuesday rather unsubtly decided this would be a good time to chat with a panel of “experts” about the possibility of using an electromagnetic pulse weapon (EMP) against American ships that enter portions of the South China Sea illegally claimed by Beijing.
To put it bluntly, an EMP strike on U.S. warships would involve detonating a small nuclear warhead above them, but China’s state-run Global Times threw in some speculation about “low-energy laser devices” to keep their saber from rattling too loudly…
Trump defends use of the term ‘China virus’
President Donald Trump defended his use of the term “China virus” to describe Covid-19 on Tuesday, saying he uses the term because China tried to blame its spread on the American military.
“I didn’t appreciate the fact that China was saying that our military gave it to them. Our military did not give it to anybody,” Trump said during a White House press briefing.
“China was putting out information, which was false, that our military gave this to them. That was false. And rather than having an argument, I said I had to call it where it came from. It did come from China. So, I think it’s a very accurate term,” he said.
Taiwan again scrambles jets to warn off Chinese air force
Taiwan’s air force has again scrambled to warn off approaching Chinese jets, in the latest rise in military tensions during the coronavirus crisis between Beijing and the island its claims as its sacred territory.
In the latest instance, Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said late on Monday that Chinese J-11 fighters and KJ-500 airborne early warning and control aircraft flew into the waters southwest of Taiwan for nighttime exercises.
US amphibious assault vessel, littoral combat ship intrude South China Sea
US warships, regardless of their large displacement and advanced technologies, are actually “paper tigers” in the South China Sea, as China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has the overwhelming advantage there, military experts said on Saturday after the US once again sent naval vessels to the South China Sea days after Chinese armed forces expelled a US warship that illegally entered the waters.
The US amphibious assault ship America and littoral combat ship Gabrielle Giffords sailed together during operations in the South China Sea on Friday, the US Pacific Fleet said on its Twitter account on Saturday.
US Fighters Catch Russian Spy Planes Near Alaska for 2nd Time in Days
For the second time in less than a week, the U.S. has intercepted Russian maritime surveillance aircraft in what’s known as the Alaska Air Defense Identification Zone, military officials announced Saturday.
Two pairs of Tu-142 maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft were tracked and intercepted Saturday by Air Force F-22 Raptors, supported by KC-132 Stratotanker refueling aircraft and E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System planes
US-China tensions intensify over comments American military might have brought coronavirus to Wuhan
The US State Department has summoned the Chinese ambassador to the United States to protest against Beijing’s suggestion the US military might have brought the coronavirus to Wuhan, as tensions between the two global powers over the outbreak intensify.
Russia, Indonesia agree upon first joint navy exercises timeline
Russian and Indonesian military have agreed upon terms and location of the first Orruda-2020 joint naval exercises, Russian Pacific Fleet press service announced Friday.
Russian forces conducted drills near Norwegian border, using artillery, missile launchers
A contingent of the Russian military went for exercises in the area of Pechenga, a few kilometers away from the Russian-Norwegian border. The Norwegian press, particularly The Barents Observer, views these drills as Russia’s reply to the Cold Response, the large-scale NATO exercise held in Norway.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman pushes coronavirus conspiracy theory that the US Army ‘brought the epidemic to Wuhan’
A Chinese government spokesman said on Thursday that the US Army may have “brought the epidemic to Wuhan,” appearing to push a popular coronavirus conspiracy theory in China.
Black Thursday (2020)
Black Thursday was a global stock market crash on March 12, 2020 as part of the greater 2020 stock market crash. Global stock markets suffered from the greatest single-day fall since the 1987 stock market crash.
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s bid to stay in office until 2036 quickly backed by lawmakers
Russian President Vladimir Putin, the nation’s longest serving leader since Joseph Stalin ruled the Soviet Union, has ended any question about his political future by backing a constitutional amendment – quickly approved by the State Duma – that will allow him to stay in power until 2036.
Intercepted Russian reconnaissance aircraft were watching US submarines during ICEX
The commander of U.S. Northern Command told lawmakers on Capitol Hill Wednesday that a pair of Russian reconnaissance aircraft intercepted by U.S. and Canadian jets March 9 were loitering around a U.S. submarine exercise known as ICEX.
Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy told lawmakers during a House Armed Services Committee hearing that the Russian aircraft were “operating in one of our ICEX exercises we had where submarines actually pop up out of the ice.”
O’Shaughnessy said the Russian aircraft loitered about 2,500 feet above a camp that was built for the submarine exercise. He said the Russian aircraft “loitered” with an F-22 and and F-18 on their wing.
RAF jets see off Russian military aircraft for the second time in a week
The Ministry of Defence said that RAF quick reaction alert Typhoon aircraft from RAF Lossiemouth were sent on Wednesday to monitor two Tu-142 Bear Maritime Patrol Aircraft bombers which had moved near UK airspace.
Air Chief Marshal Mike Wigston, Chief of the Air Staff, said: “These Russian bombers do not comply with international air traffic rules, are a hazard to airliners and are not welcome in our airspace.
Chinese military slams US provocative acts in South China Sea
A US guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell trespassed into Chinese territorial waters off the Xisha Islands without permission on Tuesday. In response, the Southern Theater Command (STC) of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) organized naval and air forces to track, verify, identify, and warn the ship away, Senior Colonel Li Huamin, spokesperson for the PLA STC, said in a statement on Wednesday.
Stock markets plunge as virus becomes a pandemic
The Dow Jones plunged nearly 1,500 points or more than 5.8%, while the S&P 500 fell 4.9% and Nasdaq fell 4.7%.
The declines pushed the Dow more than 20% below its recent high, a threshold that often accompanies a recession.
The falls come as the virus’s spread has the global economy reeling.
Concerns about the disease have disrupted manufacturing, prompted widespread closings and cancellations, and kept people at home.
…The 20% decline of the Dow has pushed it into bear market territory, ending a streak of gains that started in 2009.
“It is not the virus itself, but rather the fear and panic related to the virus and the associated altered economic behaviour that could be a damaging tipping point, forcing the global economy onto a darker path,” said Katrina Ell, a senior economist at Moody’s Analytics.
Markets have also been slammed this week by a plunge in oil prices, after oil exporters said they would increase output rather than make coordinated cuts. On Wednesday, oil prices were down more than 3%.
Oil Crash Sends New Shock Through World Crippled by Virus
Another shockwave is about to rip through a world economy already reeling from the coronavirus.
Oil prices plunged after the dramatic breakdown of talks between OPEC and Russia prompted Saudi Arabia to launch a price war. Brent crude tumbled by almost a third to $31 a barrel on Monday, as Goldman Sachs Group Inc. told clients it could quickly dip into the $20s.
“Something like this could have more global repercussions than a trade war between China and the U.S. because oil touches so many things in the world economy,” said Rohitesh Dhawan, director of energy, climate and resources at Eurasia Group in London.
The crisis was precipitated when Russia refused to yield to a Saudi-led gamble to force Moscow to join OPEC in production cuts. OPEC presented a take-it-or-leave-it plan to slash production and throw a floor under prices. But Russia had another idea: its strategy was to squeeze American shale producers, which have flooded the market in recent years as OPEC+ nations held back their own production.
Oil now a ‘bigger problem for markets than the coronavirus,’ analyst says
Oil prices plunged last week as OPEC and its allies failed to reach an agreement on production cuts, and as prices look set to continue cratering, some are warning about the impact on the broader economy.
The 14-member cartel and its allies, known as OPEC+, also failed to reach an agreement on extending the current production cuts. This means that on April 1, when the current agreement expires, each nation effectively has free rein over how much crude it pumps.
F-35 stealth fighter intercept Russian military aircraft for first time
Norway’s new F-35 stealth fighter jets intercepted two Russian Tu-142 maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft and one MiG-31 fighter jet flying in international airspace south of the so-called GIUK gap (Greenland-Iceland-UK), officials said.
RAF fighter jets scrambled as Russian military aircraft try to enter UK airspace
Six RAF fighter jets were scrambled to intercept Russian aircraft on Saturday after they tried to enter British airspace, the Ministry of Defence has said.
The unidentified aircraft were tracked heading towards the north west coast of Scotland, prompting the air force to deploy three pairs of Typhoons from its Quick Reaction Alert programme.
Tear gas sprayed across migrants at Turkey-Greece border
A group of migrants on Saturday tried to bring down a fence in a desperate attempt to bust through the border into Greece while others hurled rocks at Greek police. Greek authorities responded, firing volleys of tear gas at the youths.
Groups of mostly young men tied ropes onto the fence in an attempt to tear it down. Some shouted “Allah is Great” while others shouted “open the border.”
Russia, Turkey announce cease-fire in northwestern Syria
The presidents of Russia and Turkey said they reached agreements on a cease-fire to take effect at midnight Thursday in northwestern Syria, where escalating fighting had threatened to put forces from the two countries into a direct military conflict.
Putin signs 15-year plan to invest in Arctic with jobs, military upgrades
The plan calls for private investment in Arctic energy projects, a population shift into the area via tens of thousands of new jobs and road developments. It also plans upgrades to Russian surveillance systems and construction of new military infrastructure.
2,000+ Chinese military in PH for immersion? Checking, says AFP chief
The Philippine military is investigating a report that thousands of Chinese soldiers are in the Philippines on an undercover mission, as senators probe the ramifications of the fast-growing number of Chinese online casino workers in the country.
Senator Panfilo Lacson, head of the Senate committee on national defense and security, earlier said that 2,000 to 3,000 members of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) are on an “immersion mission” in the Philippines.
An immersion mission, in the World War II sense, is a country’s forward-deployment of its military to another country it intends to invade later on.
Military exercise to go ahead despite Covid-19
The annual military exercise between China and Cambodia will go ahead this month despite concerns over the Covid-19 virus epidemic.
The Chinese ambassador to Cambodia, Wang Wentian, confirmed that the annual Golden Dragon military exercise between the two nations will continue and that China expressed its thanks to Cambodia for not discriminating against the country in the face of the epidemic.
Top Canadian general calls out Russia and China for ‘antagonistic actions’
…Rather, he accused Russia and China of advancing their aims through actions that fall just short of war.
“Currently, those actors use their antagonistic actions below the threshold of open, conventional conflict to avoid a full-scale response,” he said. “At least for now.”
Those actions include Russia’s military incursions into Ukraine, its annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula and incursions on other country’s airspace as well as China’s actions in the South China Sea, “malign” activities in cyberspace and “coercive” economic and diplomatic actions.
“These below-the-threshold (of war) activities are a death by a thousand cuts,” Vance said. “In isolation, they would not merit large-scale responses. … But viewed, cumulatively, it is clear that they demand a new approach.”
Terrorist fortifications in Idlib have ‘merged’ with Turkish outposts – Russian Defense Ministry
Turkey has allowed its observation posts, established under a 2018 deal with Moscow, to virtually merge with terrorist bases in Idlib, Russia’s Defense Ministry said, amid a Turkish assault against advancing Syrian forces.
Russia to back up Malaysia’s military might
Russian embassy’s military, naval and air attache Col Dmitry Gurov said his government would strive to enhance its long-standing bilateral relations with Malaysia, by continuing to support the latter’s Armed Forces.
Russia says no longer guarantees safety of Turkish aircraft in Syria
The head of the Russian military’s Reconciliation Center in Syria said Sunday that Russia can no longer guarantee the safety of Turkish aircraft flying in Syrian airspace.
In a statement released late Sunday Rear Adm. Oleg Zhuravlev said that “in view of the sharp exacerbation of tensions in the air space over Idlib” the Syrian regime was “forced to declare it closed.”
China urges authorities to prepare for possible locust invasion
China could face a desert locust invasion, a government body warned on Monday, urging local authorities to prepare for the possible arrival of the voracious insects from neighboring Pakistan and India.
Turkey launches Operation Spring Shield against regime aggression in Syria
After weeks of unheeded warnings to the Bashar Assad regime to stop its expansionist policies in Idlib by the end of February, Turkey declared the launch of its latest operation in the region yesterday.
…”Some 2,200 Syrian regime troops, a drone, eight helicopters, 103 tanks, tens of howitzers and three air defense systems have been neutralized,” Akar said.
US Troops Cross Into Poland for Drills as Russian Military Warns of Exercises’ Offensive Intent
Moscow has warned that it would “react” to the US-led exercises, known as ‘Defender Europe 2020’, although the response is expected to be limited to monitoring the provocative drills from within Russia’s own borders.
Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak has announced the start of the Defender Europe 2020 drills in Poland, calling the exercises “the largest” of their kind in years, and confirming that echelons of US forces have begun making their way into Poland.
“About 37,000 troops will take part, including 20,000 from the USA. The first US Army troops have already crossed the Polish border,” Blaszczak wrote in a tweet, accompanying the text with photos showing US equipment moving into Poland under the cover of night.
Nato expresses ‘full solidarity’ with Turkey over Syria airstrikes
Jens Stoltenberg, the organisation’s secretary general, said that members of Nato expressed their “full solidarity” with Turkey in the aftermath of the attack, which took place in Idlib, the last part of Syria outside Bashar al-Assad’s de facto control.
Turkey and Russia edge towards major military conflict amid escalation in Syria
Conflict over rebel-held Idlib province of northwestern Syria could be the flashpoint of a major military conflict between Turkey and Russia, as a recent Syrian government-backed offensive has reportedly killed 29 Turkish soldiers. In Syria, President Bashar al-Assad is backed by Iran and Russia, while Turkey supports the rebel forces against the government. The US, after initially supporting the rebels, had shifted to backing the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in their offensive against the Islamic State.
Russian State TV: Turkish Army Is Firing on Russian Planes in Syria’s Idlib
Russian state television said on Thursday Turkish military specialists in Syria’s Idlib region were using shoulder-fired missiles to try to shoot down Russian and Syrian military aircraft.
The assertion, aired during a report from Idlib on the Rossiya 24 channel, came as Turkish and rebel officials said Syrian rebels, backed by the Turkish military, had seized the town of Nairab in Idlib.
People’s Liberation Army Navy lased a U.S. Navy P-8A in unsafe, unprofessional manner (MAJOR SITUATION!)
A U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft was lased by People’s Republic of China (PRC) navy destroyer 161 on Feb. 17 while flying in airspace above international waters approximately 380 miles west of Guam.
Russia’s Military Rolls Out New ‘Cruise Missile Killer’ Weapons System
Moscow’s military has received its latest anti-air system and tested its ability to take on incoming aircraft at a time when Russia and the United States were competing for cutting-edge warfighting capabilities.
Russia conducts first ship-based hypersonic missile test: TASS
Russia successfully test-launched its Tsirkon (Zircon) hypersonic cruise missile from a military vessel for the first time early last month, the TASS news agency said on Thursday, citing two military sources.
President Vladimir Putin talked up hypersonic missiles in a March 2018 speech, saying they were part of a new generation of Russian weapons that could hit almost any point in the world and evade a U.S.-built missile shield.
Belarus leader says nation being forced to merge with Russia
The president of Belarus said Thursday that his country is “being forced into integration” with Russia and insisted that real integration of the two countries’ economies implied “sovereignty and independence” for Belarus.
Russian military chief voices concern about NATO activities
Russia’s chief military officer met with his French counterpart Thursday and raised concern about NATO’s activities near the Russian border.
Russian Chief of General Staff Valery Gerasimov said Moscow has become increasingly worried about the western military alliance’s moves, including exercises “held on the basis of anti-Russian scenarios and envisage training for offensive operations.”
Putin: Russia has paid the debts of all former Soviet republics (THIS IS A VERY SERIOUS STATEMENT!)
“The preamble to the current Constitution clearly states that the history spans millennia and that Russia is the legal successor of the former USSR.”
Putin said during a meeting with the task force in charge of making amendments to the Russian Constitution and commented on the proposal to enshrine in the Constitution that Russia is the legal successor of the former USSR and the Russian Empire.
Putin claims readiness for new Cuban missile crisis “if someone wanted that”
Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that his country was ready for a new bipolar military escalation like the 1962 Cuban crisis.
“Putin’s comments, made to Russian media late on Wednesday, follow his warning that Moscow will match any U.S. move to deploy new missiles closer to Russia by stationing its own missiles closer to the United States or by deploying faster missiles or both. Putin detailed his warning for the first time, saying Russia could deploy hypersonic missiles on ships and submarines which could lurk outside U.S. territorial waters if Washington now moved to deploy intermediate-range nuclear weapons in Europe”, reads the story by Reuters.
Don’t give China excuse to attack Taiwan during virus outbreak, ministry advisers say
Taiwan should continue to show goodwill to China during the outbreak of the new coronavirus and not give Beijing an excuse to attack the island as a way of relieving “internal pressure”, advisers to Taiwan’s China-policy making body said.
China’s missile force is growing at an unprecedented rate
China’s long-range missiles play a central role in the country’s military plans. And, in the event of armed conflict between that nation and the US, they’re the weapon the American military worries the most about.
…But by tracking more subtle public announcements and news stories, it appears the number of missile brigades in the PLA has jumped from 29 to 40, an increase of more than 35 percent, in just three years.
Serbia Receives Delivery Of Russian Antiaircraft Systems Despite U.S. Sanction Threats
Serbia has over the weekend received a delivery of Russian-made Pantsir S1 air-defense systems, despite warnings of possible U.S. sanctions against the Balkan state, which is seeking membership in the European Union.
Russia-Turkey Tensions in Syria, Explained
Deadly fighting has led Russia and Turkey to the brink of conflict in Syria as the battle over the war-torn country’s final rebel bastions intensified this week.
Turkish forces and Syrian rebels fought government troops Thursday and Russian warplanes struck back in a sharp escalation in northwest Syria’s Idlib, Russian and Turkish officials said.
US must be ready for military clash with China, Pentagon official Chad Sbragia says
The United States must prepare for a possible military conflict with China by developing new weapons, strengthening ties with allies and improving the Pentagon’s efficiency, a senior Trump administration official said on Thursday.
U.S. and Britain say Russia launched ‘paralyzing’ cyberattack on Georgia
Britain and the United States joined Georgia on Thursday in blaming Russia for a large-scale cyber attack last year that knocked thousands of Georgian websites offline and disrupted national television broadcasts.
Turkey Edges Toward Direct Conflict With Russian-Backed Syria
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday a military operation by his forces to push back a Syrian government offensive against rebels in northwest Syria was now “a matter of time” after talks with Russia failed to halt the assault.
‘Worst case scenario’: Kremlin slams Turkey’s threat of military operation against Syrian government in Idlib
Turkey sending troops to Syria to fight against the government would be the ‘worst case scenario’, Kremlin spokesman said after Ankara threatened that such an operation was imminent.
Turkey’s President Erdogan said on Wednesday Ankara was prepared to launch a military incursion into Idlib to force the Syrian army out. Russia’s reaction to such a development would depend on what goals the Turkish troops decide to pursue, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
US Imposes New Rules on State-Owned Chinese Media Over Propaganda Concerns
The Trump administration said on Tuesday said it will begin treating five major Chinese state-run media entities with U.S. operations the same as foreign embassies, requiring them to register their employees and U.S. properties with the State Department.
Two senior state department officials said the decision was made because China has been tightening state control over its media, and Chinese President Xi Jinping has made more aggressive use of them to spread pro-Beijing propaganda.
Philippine Move to Scrap US Military Deal Boosts China’s Clout in Asia
The Philippine president’s proposed cancellation of a 32-year-old military pact with the United States gives regional power China chances to strengthen its influence in Asia as U.S. military units would visit less often.
Russian intelligence agents reportedly went to Ireland to inspect undersea cables, and it’s reigniting fears they could cut them and take entire countries offline
Russian agents have been sent to Ireland to inspect its undersea cables, and it’s sparking fears they could be tapped or cut in the future, according to The Sunday Times citing Irish police.
Irish security services suspect that Russia’s intelligence agency, the GRU, is using their country as a base to gather intelligence on targets in the EU and UK, The Sunday Times reported.
Esper tells Europe to ‘wake up’ to a China that seeks to dominate
Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Saturday issued a stark warning that allies in Europe must “wake up” to the threat posed by China’s rapid military advances, which will eventually make Beijing “the preeminent global military power.”
“It is essential that we, as an international community, wake up to the challenges presented by China’s manipulation of the long-standing international rules-based order,” Esper told an audience of global leaders at the annual Munich Security Conference.
US-China strategic rivalry and new technology propel global surge in military spending, IISS report says
Global defence spending saw its biggest jump in a decade in 2019, driven by the US and China, a study said on Friday, as rivalries and conflicts stoke military investment.
Experts warn of China’s growing offensive capability
A newly released map tracking naval activity proves Beijing’s moving to dominate the Western Pacific – and Australia falls within their reach.
If ever there was any doubt about China’s growing military reach, this map dispels it all.
Russia is stepping up the pressure on US forces in Syria, the New York Times reports
According to US military and diplomatic officials, Russia is stepping up a campaign of pressure on US forces in northeastern Syria after the withdrawal of US troops from most of the area last fall on the eve of the Turkish offensive on Syrian territory.
Russian troops are increasingly clashing with US forces on highways in the region, violating the agreement between the two countries, according to which their troops should keep their distance from each other.
Norad commander says Canada, U.S. have lost Arctic military advantage over Russia
The head of the North American Aerospace Defence Command underscored the need to modernize the aging early-warning system Thursday, while cautioning that the United States and Canada have lost their long-standing military advantage in the Arctic to Russia.
In written remarks to the U.S. Senate committee on armed services, U.S. Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy said Russia has been steadily expanding its military presence in the North by upgrading its long-range bombers and developing new warships capable of carrying cruise missiles.
US warns China after military aircraft encroach on Taiwanese airspace
The U.S. Department of State on Tuesday (Feb. 11) issued a warning against China’s recent military intimidation of Taiwan and its decision to send military aircraft to encroach on the island’s airspace for two consecutive days.
Space Force says Russian satellites are following American satellite
Russian satellites have been exhibiting the “unusual and disturbing behavior” of following a US satellite in orbit, according to the commander of the Space Force, the newest military service.
Chinese military aircraft cross into Taiwan airspace: Taipei
Taiwan said it scrambled fighter jets Monday after Chinese military aircraft briefly crossed into its airspace, the first major incursion since the island’s Beijing-wary president was re-elected in January.
Taiwan’s defence ministry said Chinese H-6 bombers and accompanying aircraft briefly crossed over a “median line” in the Taiwan Strait.
Attorney General William P. Barr Announces Indictment of Four Members of China’s Military for Hacking into Equifax
“Good morning. I am here to announce the indictment of Chinese military hackers – specifically, four members of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army – for breaking into the computer systems of the credit-reporting agency Equifax, and for stealing the sensitive personal information of nearly half of all American citizens, and also Equifax’s hard-earned intellectual property.” [William P. Barr]
Norwegian Foreign Intelligence Services: China and Russia the Biggest Threats Against Norway
“The Russian and Chinese regimes are different, yet both move in a more authoritarian direction. They consider themselves to be in a lasting conflict with the USA as well as with parts of the West.”
Iraq says it’s discussing deeper military ties with Russia
Iraq and Russia discussed prospects for deepening military coordination, Iraq’s Defense Ministry said Thursday, amid a strain in Baghdad-Washington relations after a U.S. airstrike killed a top Iranian general inside Iraq.
Pompeo warns governors of Chinese infiltration into US: ‘It’s happening in your state’
“We can’t ignore China’s actions and strategic intentions,” he said while addressing the National Governors Association winter meeting. “The Chinese government has been methodical in the way it’s analyzed our system… it’s assessed our vulnerabilities and it’s decided to exploit our freedoms, to gain an advantage over us at the federal level, the state level and the local level.”
“Competition with China is happening. It’s happening in your state,” Pompeo added. “In fact, I’d be surprised if most of you in the audience had not been lobbied by the Chinese Communist Party directly.”
Rebuking Russia, Turkey Pledges to Fund Ukraine’s Military
“We fully support and will support the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, including Crimea,” Erdogan told reporters Monday in Kyiv, referring to a Ukrainian peninsular territory that Russia invaded and illegally annexed in 2014.
Amid threats from Washington, Russia promises economic, military aid to Venezuela
Russia Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Friday promised to keep providing economic and military aid to Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro despite Washington’s threats to lash out at nations that prop up the South American regime.
Barr delivers ominous warning, says China wants to own the world
Attorney General Bill Barr delivered an ominous warning about China’s geopolitical intentions during a speech in Washington on Thursday, relaying a story from his college days to make his point about the country’s ambitions.
Kremlin starts temperature checks at Putin events over virus fears
The Kremlin said Thursday it has begun checking the body temperature of officials and reporters attending events involving President Vladimir Putin due to coronavirus fears.
Russian Submarine Activity Has Picked Up in Atlantic, Navy 3-Star Says
U.S. ships leaving the East Coast must now consider the Atlantic Ocean a contested battlespace, a Navy three-star said this week, as Russian activity continues to pick up just off the American coast.
…”Our new reality is, when our sailors cross lines over and set sail, they can expect to be operating in a contested space once they leave [Virginia],” Lewis said [Vice Adm. Andrew “Woody” Lewis, commander of U.S. Second Fleet]. “Our ships can no longer expect to operate in a safe haven on the East Coast, or merely cross the Atlantic unhindered to operate in another location.”
US diplomat: Russian-controlled forces risking conflict with American troops in Syria
Russian-controlled forces in Syria have been roaming deeper into U.S.-held territory, raising the risk of conflict in an apparent effort “to challenge our presence in the northeast,” according to a senior State Department official.
“These are not daily occurrences, but they have been increasing in number,” James Jeffrey, the State Department’s lead negotiator for the Syria crisis, told reporters on Wednesday. “It’s troubling.”
Russian priests should stop blessing nukes: church proposal
Russian priests should refrain from the practice of blessing nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction that can inflict indiscriminate loss of life, according to new guidelines being discussed by the Russian Orthodox Church.
During two decades in power, President Vladimir Putin has aligned himself with the Orthodox Church, which has also developed closer ties with the ministry of defense.
Turkey, Syria Trade Deadly Strikes As Russia Watches Uneasily
Turkey and Syria traded attacks near their shared border in a spasm of direct, deadly violence that threatens to escalate the friction between two increasingly bitter neighbors — and more deeply entangle Syria’s ally Russia.
Russia not target in U.S. military’s massive Europe exercise deployment, NATO chief says
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg insisted Monday that a massive transfer of U.S. and allied troops to Eastern Europe as part of a military exercise was not aimed at Russia.
About 37,000 soldiers from 18 countries are to participate in the U.S.-run maneuver dubbed Defender Europe 2020.
This is “the largest deployment of U.S. troops to Europe in more than 25 years,” Stoltenberg said.
Russia’s fighter jets have intercepted an American spy aircraft over Syria
Russian fighter aircraft intercepted an American aircraft three times, trying to break through to Russian air defense, learned BulgarianMilitary.com according information from news agency AviaPro.
Chinese stocks plunge 7% amid virus fears on first trading day after Lunar New Year holiday
Stocks in mainland China plummeted more than 7% on Monday as they returned to trade following an extended holiday amid an ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
Pompeo, in Kazakhstan, Warns of China’s Growing Reach
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday pressed Kazakhstan to be wary of Chinese investment and influence, urging the Central Asian nation and others to join calls demanding an end to China’s repression of minorities.
Coronavirus declared global health emergency by WHO
The new coronavirus has been declared a global emergency by the World Health Organization, as the outbreak continues to spread outside China.
“The main reason for this declaration is not what is happening in China but what is happening in other countries,” said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
A Russian “Inspector” Spacecraft Now Appears To Be Shadowing An American Spy Satellite
Publicly available data suggests that a Russian inspector satellite has shifted its position in orbit to bring it relatively close to a U.S. KH-11 spy satellite. Russia has a number of what it calls “space apparatus inspectors” in orbit, which the U.S. government and others warn the Kremlin could use to gather intelligence on other satellites or function as “killer satellites,” using various means to damage, disable, or destroy those targets.
Russia to build military base in Somalia – media
Russian officials are eyeing a port of Berbera as a location for their base on the coast of Somaliland, a self-declared state within Somalia on the Gulf of Aden, according to U.S. Defense Department officials. Both China and the United States, with military bases in Djibouti, share the same coastline as the potential Russian port.
China Frantically Shuts Down Stock Market to Prevent Coronavirus Selloff
China’s financial markets will remain shuttered until Feb. 3 due to coronavirus fears, according to separate announcements from the Shanghai and Shenzhen exchanges.
The move comes as the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak grows in size and severity with many fearing it may lead to a global recession.
The Chinese government may be trying to delay panic selling until it can get the massive outbreak under control. But this strategy is unlikely to work because of the sheer impact the virus is already having on the nation’s economy. Investors can expect to see a large correction in the Chinese indices when (and if) trading resumes next Monday.
Russian Media Spew U.S. Coronavirus Conspiracies for Domestic Audience
…The day before, stories propagated in a large number of Russian domestic news outlets began suggesting the United States might be behind the outbreak.
“The Chinese believe the coronavirus is created by the Americans,” the popular Komsomolskaya Pravda reported, citing as proof that the virus was “genetically shaped in the American laboratories,” the claim that “all the infected are Asians!” and there are “no Europeans.”
White House tells airlines it may suspend all China-US flights amid coronavirus outbreak
White House officials have told U.S. airlines the Trump administration is considering suspending flights from China to the U.S. amid an escalating outbreak of a new coronavirus that has infected thousands of people across the world, people familiar with the matter said.
The Trump administration is looking at a variety of measures to contain the fast-spreading virus, U.S. health officials told reporters on a conference call Tuesday.
China slams U.S. provocative acts in South China Sea
Chinese military monitored a U.S. warship that entered Chinese territorial waters without permission and warned it to leave on Saturday, senior colonel Li Huamin, spokesperson for the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Southern Theater Command, said in a statement on Tuesday.
In response, the PLA organized naval and air forces to track, verify, identify, and warn the ships away, noted Li.
Stock market news live: Stocks slump as coronavirus death toll rises
Global equity markets slumped Monday as fears over the deadly coronavirus flared further. The sell-off kicked off a busy week for potentially market-moving earnings and economic data releases – including U.S. fourth-quarter GDP and a Federal Reserve rate decision – on a volatile note.
BREAKING: Coronavirus Hits 15% Fatality Rate, 83% Infection Rate for Those Exposed; Lancet Publishes Early Study That Points to Alarming Consequences for Humanity
Earlier today, the Taiwan media began reporting on a new mainland Chinese study that specifically looked at the individuals involved in this Wuhan coronavirus outbreak. We have a partial translation and link below. According to this news, which is widely circulating in the Taiwan press and is based on a study published in The Lancet, the Wuhan coronavirus fatality rate has leaped to 15%, and the infection rate among those exposed is 83%.
These numbers are virtually unheard of in the world of microbiology and infectious disease transmission. It means that 15 out of every 100 infected people will die. It also means that 83 out of 100 exposed people will become infected and able to transmit the disease to others.
No VFA? Manila can seek military aid from Russia, China: Palace official
The Philippines can seek military assistance from Russia or China should it end its Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the US, a Palace official said Monday.
Coronavirus may have originated in lab linked to China’s biowarfare program
The deadly animal-borne coronavirus spreading globally may have originated in a laboratory in the city of Wuhan linked to China’s covert biological weapons program, said an Israeli biological warfare analyst.
US forces block Russian convoy for fourth time in 8 days amid tension over Syrian oil fields
Tensions between U.S. and Russia military forces over gaining control over key oil fields in northeastern Syria are intensifying, as American troops on Sunday blocked a Russian convoy trying to gain access to the oil fields for the fourth time in the last eight days.
Press Release—IT IS NOW 100 SECONDS TO MIDNIGHT
The iconic Doomsday Clock symbolizing the gravest perils facing humankind is now closer to midnight than at any point since its creation in 1947. To underscore the need for action, the time on the Doomsday Clock is now being expressed in seconds, rather than minutes: Today, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ Science and Security Board in consultation with the Bulletin’s Board of Sponsors, which includes 13 Nobel Laureates, moved the Doomsday Clock from two minutes to midnight to 100 seconds to midnight.
‘Missile hunters’: Russian military to have TWICE AS MANY radars able to spot stealthy hypersonic projectiles in Arctic
Moscow apparently plans to boost the number of state-of-the-art radars – designed to locate even the stealthiest flying targets – it has in the Arctic. The deployment will “significantly” increase Russia’s defense capabilities.
Citing military industry sources, TASS reports that the country’s General Staff is poised to deploy five more Resonance-N radars “capable of detecting hypersonic targets – in addition to the five already ordered.”
Once all online, the radars will shield the entire Russian Arctic from incoming “hypersonic devices,” the source said.
Pentagon could start global troop rebalance this year, Esper says
U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper suggested on Thursday he could be ready to start a highly anticipated global force repositioning this year as part of an effort to refocus the Pentagon on challenges from China and Russia.
Russia-Poland feud over World War II history clouds Auschwitz anniversary
…Russian President Vladimir Putin has sought to shift wartime blame to Poland over anger that historical memory in the West has begun to focus more on the Soviet role in triggering the war and less on its role in defeating Germany.
The Russian historical moves have outraged the Polish government, which believes Putin’s main motive is to weaken Polish influence in the European Union.
Russia gets new government in what Putin calls ‘major renewal’
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin approved a new government on Tuesday that he described as a break with the past, bringing in some fresh faces but retaining many senior ministers.
The new government included a new economy minister and a new first deputy prime minister, but the finance, foreign, defence, energy and agriculture ministers all kept their jobs.
…Putin’s wider shake-up, which envisages changing the constitution, is widely seen as preparing the ground for 2024, when Putin, now 67, is obliged to leave the presidency after occupying the Kremlin or the prime minister’s job continuously since 1999.
North Korea says may seek ‘new path’ of weapons build-up
…”The DPRK will steadily develop strategic weapons essential and prerequisite for national security until the US abandons its hostile policy and lasting and durable peace… is in place on the Korean peninsula,” he said.
He said the scope of the build up would depend on the “future attitude” of the US.
Reports: Tensions Grow Between US, Russian Forces in Northeast Syria
A U.S. military patrol has blocked a Russian military convoy from using a main highway in northeast Syria amid growing tensions between the two sides, local reports said.
…“This is the third incident that occurred within a week,” said Nishan Mohammad, a local reporter who said he witnessed another recent standoff between U.S. and Russian troops in northeast Syria.
Leaked map shows China plans to invade S. Taiwan after taking Kinmen, Penghu
A photo surfaced Sunday (Jan. 19) on Weibo showing People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers sitting next to a map of Taiwan that appears to indicate a southerly route for China’s invasion of Taiwan, first going through Kinmen and Penghu, before landing troops in southern Taiwan.
How AFRICOM plans to counter Russian, Chinese influence in Africa
U.S. Africa Command officials have long cautioned that Russia and China are trying to expand their control in Africa. But the command believes the U.S. can foil that influence by developing strong relationships with African states and becoming their “partner of choice.”
Over 120 missiles for Russian S-400 systems delivered to Turkey, says source
More than 120 surface-to-air guided missile have been supplied by Russia to Turkey along with a regiment set of S-400 air defense missile systems, a military diplomatic source told TASS on Monday.
Tenuous US-China trade deal comes as Beijing and Washington remain on a permanent collision course
…Glad-handing and vacuous rhetoric aside, the truth is that both countries have now stepped into a new phase of strategic competition.
China has no illusions about that. Beijing, therefore, seems determined to rapidly shrink its trade imbalance with the U.S. in an anxious quest for alternatives to dollar-denominated trades and a dollar-dominated world financial system.
A tall order? Yes, but Beijing sees no other way of protecting its vital economic interests while remaining on a permanent collision course with the U.S. on so many war-and-peace issues: Taiwan, the Korean Peninsula and China’s contested maritime borders.
No normalization in relations yet, UK PM Johnson tells Russia’s Putin
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday there would be no normalization of the two countries’ relations until Moscow ends its “destabilizing activity” that threatens security.
Chinese Rocket Force exercise ensures nuclear counterattack capability
The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Rocket Force has conducted a nuclear attack survival exercise where troops in an underground missile facility had to endure extreme conditions and make sure they could still launch nuclear counterattacks.
China’s Xi makes a ‘historic’ visit to Myanmar
This is Xi’s first visit to the Southeast Asian country as the leader of China – and the first visit of any Chinese president in 19 years. Analysts say Xi will bid to revive stalled multibillion-dollar infrastructure projects central to his flagship Belt and Road Initiative, which is described as a “21st-century Silk Road”
Putin reshuffles entire Russian government, can now stay in power past term limits
Russian lawmakers on Thursday quickly approved the appointment of a new prime minister, a day after President Vladimir Putin kicked off an unexpected reshuffle of his inner circle that could keep him in power well past the end of his term in 2024.
…Putin has been in power longer than any other Russian or Soviet leader since Josef Stalin, who led from 1924 until his death in 1953. Under the current law, Putin must step down when his current term ends.
…Observers speculated that Putin might try to stay in charge by shifting into the prime minister’s seat again after increasing the powers of parliament and the Cabinet and trimming presidential authority.
Russian government resigns after President Putin’s state-of-the-nation address proposes changes to the constitution
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has announced that the entire government is resigning in a surprise statement released shortly after President Vladimir Putin delivered his annual state-of-the-nation address.
…During his speech, Putin said he intended to create the position of deputy secretary of Russia’s Security Council, which would be offered to Medvedev.
…Putin also proposed multiple amendments to Russia’s constitution. His proposals would entail “substantial changes” to the constitution as well as to the “entire balance of power, the power of the executive, the power of the legislature, the power of the judiciary,” Medvedev explained.
“In this context, it is obvious that, as the government, we must provide the president with a capability to make all decisions,” which are required to implement the proposed plan, Medvedev said announcing the en-masse resignation.
Israeli military lists Turkey as threat for first time
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s leadership has resulted in Turkey being considered a threat by Israel for the first time, the Times of Israel reported on Tuesday.
The Israeli military added Turkey to its list of threats in an assessment for the year 2020 without listing a specific reason, the report said.
Russia urges Persian Gulf nations to consider a joint security mechanism
Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday (15 January) Moscow has been urging Gulf countries to consider a common security mechanism for the region and it was time the world got rid of unilateral measures such as sanctions.
“We have been suggesting to the Gulf countries to think about collective security mechanisms … starting with confidence building measures and inviting each other to military exercises,” Lavrov told a security conference in Delhi.
China could flex military muscles to pressure Taiwan post-election
His policies rejected by Taiwan voters in a landslide re-election for President Tsai Ing-wen, Chinese President Xi Jinping will most likely continue to tighten the screws on the island, with state media already floating shows of force.
…Widely read Chinese state-backed tabloid the Global Times said in a Monday editorial that military flexing may be the next step.
“We need to plan to crack down on Tsai’s new provocative actions, including imposing military pressure,” it wrote.
…Zheng Zhenqing，a Taiwan expert at Beijing’s elite Tsinghua University, said China using even more military coercion against Taiwan was “a realistic thing to do”.
Russia to make Poland “main adversary” in history war
Russia could be intent of making Poland the bogeyman of a policy of historical revisionism it has started to roll out in recent weeks.
Writing an opinion piece for Bloomberg, Leonid Bershidsky, a founding editor of the Russian business daily Vedomosti, said that Russia will cast “Poland as its main adversary” as it seeks to regain the initiative in war over the memory of the Second World War it appears to be losing.
‘We Need to Get These Missiles’: Iraq Considers Purchasing Russian S-400 Systems, MP Says
Baghdad is considering the purchase of S-400 advanced Russian missile systems amid fears that the US may stop supporting Iraq, the Wall Street Journal quoted Karim Elaiwi, a member of the Iraqi parliament’s Security and Defence Committee as saying.
“We are talking to Russia about the S-400 missiles but no contracts have been signed yet. We need to get these missiles, especially after Americans have disappointed us many times by not helping us in getting proper weapons,” Elaiwi underscored.
China’s foreign minister heads to Zimbabwe on Africa tour
China’s foreign minister is to arrive in Zimbabwe Saturday as part of a five-nation tour of Africa that seeks to promote the Asian giant’s economic and political interests on the continent.
Zimbabwe’s foreign minister Sibusiso Moyo described the visit by Wang Yi, one of China’s most powerful political figures, as evidence of “the strategic comprehensive partnership” between Zimbabwe and the Asian giant. He told Zimbabwe’s state-run media that Wang would pursue China’s economic interests during the visit.
Taiwan election: Tsai Ing-wen wins second presidential term
Ms Tsai secured just over 57% of the ballot – a record 8.2m votes – well ahead of her rival Han Kuo-yu.
Ms Tsai opposes closer ties with China, with Mr Han suggesting they would bring economic benefits.
In her victory speech, Ms Tsai told China to abandon its threat to take back the island by force.
“Peace means that China must abandon threats of force against Taiwan,” she said in the capital Taipei.
“I also hope that the Beijing authorities understand that democratic Taiwan, and our democratically elected government, will not concede to threats and intimidation.”
The record-breaking win has delivered a landslide mandate to Ms Tsai, and a major snub to Beijing.
Russian Ship ‘Aggressively’ Approached Navy Destroyer in Arabian Sea, Officials Say
A Navy guided-missile destroyer was forced to sound warning blasts after a Russian ship approached aggressively in international waters, service officials said Friday.
Officials with U.S. 5th Fleet decried the Russian ship’s delay in taking action to comply with international rules, saying that decision increased the risks of collision between the ships.
Trump says Iran ‘appears to be standing down,’ vows new sanctions
President Donald Trump seemed to seek a de-escalation Wednesday in the rising military conflict with Iran, saying Tehran “appears to be standing down” after its missile attack on U.S. targets in Iraq.
In a 10-minute White House speech, Trump vowed to keep up the pressure on Iran with “punishing” new sanctions on top of the heavy economic restraints already in place, but didn’t suggest the U.S. would be taking any additional military action in response.
Iran launches 15 ballistic missiles into Iraq targeting US, coalition forces, officials say
Iran fired as many as 15 ballistic missiles into Iraq, targeting U.S. military and coalition forces early Wednesday, officials said, in a major retaliation by the rogue regime after the U.S. airstrike that killed Iranian Quds Force Gen. Qassem Soleimani last week.
Indonesia makes largest-ever deployment of troops, equipment to South China Sea island
This deployment is the largest-ever conducted by the TNI both in terms of personnel numbers and equipment tonnage within the Natuna Islands cluster, the service’s information office confirmed with Jane’s on 6 January. The move is in response to what Jakarta sees as the increasing encroachment of Chinese vessels into its exclusive economic zone (EEZ) around the cluster.
Turkey begins deploying military units to Libya: Erdoğan
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Sunday that Turkish military units are on their way to Libya to support Fayez al-Serraj’s Government of National Accord in Tripoli.
The Turkish president told CNN Turk that the country was also sending senior military personnel to the country to back up the internationally-recognized government, Reuters reported.
The U.S. embassy in Libya released a statement criticizing Turkey for sending Syrian fighters to Libya, calling it “toxic foreign interference.”
China Just Escalated Their Brutal Persecution Of Christians To An Entirely New Level
Be very thankful that you don’t live in China. Approximately one out of every seven people on the entire planet lives in China, and it has become one of the most dystopian societies that the world has ever seen. Surveillance cameras, government spies and facial recognition scanners are everywhere, and the totalitarian “social credit score” system that is currently being rolled out is an absolute nightmare. And the Chinese government is not content to simply control how people behave. They also want to literally control what people believe, and the ongoing crackdown on the Christian faith has been absolutely brutal.
China on Soleimani killing: US should not abuse military power, we are watching
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi stressed that his nation opposes the use of military force after hearing from his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif, who condemned the US’ targeted assassination of Major General Qassem Soleimani on Friday. Wang stressed that the US operation was a breach of international norms and threatened to significantly increase turbulence in the region.
What’s Next for Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump? U.S., China and Russia React to North Korea’s New Warning
Among the highlights of the report was Kim’s declaration that “the world will witness a new strategic weapon to be possessed by the DPRK in the near future.” He also announced that North Korea may no longer abide by the self-imposed moratorium on nuclear and longer-range missile tests he established in April 2018 as a good faith measure.
Russia Condemns US Killing of Iranian Commander
Russia condemned U.S. airstrikes that killed a powerful Iranian commander in neighboring Iraq on Friday local time as a “reckless step” that risked “regional peace and stability” in the Middle East.
“Such actions do not create … find solutions to complex problems in the Middle East. On the contrary, it will lead to a new round of escalation of tensions in the region,” said Russia’s Foreign Ministry in a statement posted to its website.
In a separate statement, the ministry noted that Soleimani had “faithfully served and defended the national interests of Iran” and expressed condolences to the Iranian people over the commander’s death.
Qassem Soleimani, top Iranian military commander, killed in U.S. airstrike in Baghdad
Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds military force and one of the most powerful figures in the Islamic Republic, was killed Thursday night in an airstrike in Baghdad, the U.S. Defense Department confirmed. The strike drew a vow of “crushing revenge” from Iran.
In a statement, the Pentagon said President Trump ordered the “decisive defensive action to protect U.S. personnel,” accusing Soleimani of “actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region.”
Taiwan’s top military officer killed in chopper crash; death toll at eight
Taiwan’s top military official was killed in an air force helicopter crash Thursday morning that killed seven other people, the defense ministry said. Five people survived the crash, which took place in mountains outside the capital.
As chief of the general staff, Gen. Shen Yi-ming was responsible for overseeing the island’s defense against China, which threatens to use military force to annex what it considers to be its own territory.
‘New triangle of power’: Russia, Iran and China begin military drills
Iran, China and Russia started four days of joint naval drills in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Oman on Friday, the commander of Iran’s flotilla announced.
The exercise comes at a time of heightened tensions since the United States withdrew from a landmark 2015 nuclear deal with Iran in May last year.
Russia claims its new hypersonic weapon is ready for war
Russia’s defense minister on Friday declared a new hypersonic weapon, which is said to be capable of striking the United States, ready for war.
…Avangard, which Moscow has been developing for three decades, is designed to sit atop an intercontinental ballistic missile. Once launched, it uses aerodynamic forces to sail on top of the atmosphere.
…As it stands, the U.S. does not have a defense against hypersonic weapons such as Avangard. Combined with blistering speed, maneuverability and long-range flight, these weapons are difficult to track, target and defeat.
China’s Test of Sub-Launched Missile a Threat to Peace
China’s military this week conducted a flight test of a new submarine-launched missile capable of hitting the entire United States with a nuclear warhead, according to Pentagon officials.
The Chinese test comes amid heightened concerns North Korea is preparing its own long-range missile launch, possibly as early as Wednesday.
China plans to rewrite Quran and the Bible, Islamic organisation in Malaysia threatens China to ‘not cross the redline’
The Chinese regime maintains that “Jesus Christ’s parables” will have to fall “in line with the Communist Party, failing which they run the risk of being purged from the bibles available to the faithful.” The regime wants a “sinicization” of the Quran and other religious texts. If some texts do not conform to the desired ideals, they will have to be “modified and translated again.”
‘Today THEY are trying to catch up’: Putin says Russia surpasses all competitors in advanced weapons for the first time
Russia is spending far less on defense and more efficiently, developing a series of advanced weapons that its rivals are struggling to copy, President Vladimir Putin said, teasing a ground-launched hypersonic missile.
The Soviet Union was always trying to catch up to the US, whether it was the atomic bomb, strategic aviation, or the first intercontinental missiles, Putin said on Tuesday, during a meeting of the Russian Defense Ministry Board.
“Today, we have a unique situation in our new and recent history – they are trying to catch up with us.”
The president noted that “not a single country possesses hypersonic weapons, let alone continental-range hypersonic weapons,” but the Russian military is already equipped with Kinzhal air-launched missiles, while Avangard hypersonic gliders are currently being introduced in service.
China attacks US Space Force as threat to outer space peace
Rising space power China on Monday (Dec 23) attacked the newly created US Space Force as a “direct threat to outer space peace and security”.
“The relevant US actions are a serious violation of the international consensus on the peaceful use of outer space, undermine global strategic balance and stability, and pose a direct threat to outer space peace and security,” Mr Geng said at a regular briefing.
North Korea looks poised to test long-range missiles and boost its military
North Korea is about to get more militaristic, if developments this weekend are any indication.
Space Force: Trump officially launches new US military service
It is not intended to put troops into orbit, but will protect US assets – such as the hundreds of satellites used for communication and surveillance.
It comes as US military chiefs see China and Russia making advancements in the military final frontier.
Vice-President Mike Pence previously said the two nations had airborne lasers and anti-satellite missiles that the US needed to counter.
China is becoming an Atlantic sea power, says US military analyst
China is becoming an Atlantic naval power, venturing into the ocean’s southern waters as it steps up investment in the region and counters perceived threats from the United States, according to a report in a security journal.
…“It has also shown early efforts to develop mastery of the ocean battlespace environment in key areas of the South Atlantic.”
Russia prepares to carry out ‘domestic internet’ test designed to ensure the country remains online should America cut it off from the web
Russia will carry out tests on Monday on the reliability of its domestic internet infrastructure in the event that the country is disconnected from the worldwide web by an American cyber-attack.
Russia’s top General indirectly confirms Arctic deployment of the unstoppable Kinzhal missile
“The Kinzhal aviation missile system with a hypersonic missile is on experimental combat duty. These missiles were launched at training grounds in various climate conditions, including in the Arctic,” the General said.
…This is the core of the so-called Bastion defense concept, aimed at protecting the Russian Northern Fleet’s nuke-submarines in the Barents Sea by expanding control and conducting sea- and air denial operations in the maritime space all the way south to the Greenland-Iceland-UK (GIUK) gap in case of an escalating military conflict.
Russia and Syria Hold First Navy Drills Together as They Launch New Assault
The Russian and Syrian militaries wrapped up their first-ever joint naval drills as their armed forces launched a new land assault against the northwest Syrian province of Idlib.
In exercises involving some 2,000 personnel, 10 vessels and a number of aircraft as well, the Russia and Syrian armed forces signaled a new level of defense cooperation off the coast of the city of Tartus in the eastern Mediterranean. Maneuvers included counterterror operations, anti-drone warfare and deception, among other tactics.
China has stepped up military exercises in the South China Sea to prepare for ‘unexpected confrontations’
China’s military has stepped up its exercises in the South China Sea to prepare for “unexpected confrontations,” according to a report in Sunday’s PLA Daily.
Second China Aircraft Carrier Enters Service
China’s second aircraft carrier entered service on Tuesday, adding major firepower to its military ambitions as it faces tensions with self-ruled Taiwan as well as the U.S. and regional neighbors around the disputed South China Sea.
Russian spy ship ‘unsafely’ close to US nuclear sub base off east coast
The U.S. Coast Guard issued a warning over a Russian spy ship operating with apparent disregard for safety along the East Coast near Georgia and South Carolina on Sunday.
The Russian ship, Viktor Leonov, was spotted operating in an unsafe manner near a U.S. nuclear sub base, Washington Times reported. The Coast Guard issued a maritime safety information bulletin about Leonov’s activities, including erratic movements, not powering running lights in low visibility conditions and not responding to ships attempting to coordinate safe passage.
The Leonov has been suspected of monitoring a large naval base in Norfolk, Virginia as well as the submarine base at Kings Bay, Georgia.
US covertly expelled Chinese officials who drove on to military base – report
The US government covertly moved to expel two officials from the Chinese embassy earlier this year after they drove on to a military base, the New York Times reported, citing anonymous sources familiar with the matter.
…Though the exact reason why the officials drove on to the base in Norfolk, Virginia was unknown, US officials believe it may have been to test security, one source told the newspaper.
Russia Announces Massive Nuclear War Games In Arctic This Week
In preparation for a fierce fight in the Arctic, possibly in the late 2020s/early 2030s, Russia has launched massive nuclear war games across its Arctic Seas this week, reported The Moscow Times.
The Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation said 12,000 Russian soldiers, 100 attack and bomber aircraft, and 200 missile launchers would be practicing offensive and defensive exercises in the Arctic to show the readiness of Russia’s strategic nuclear forces.
Turkey’s Erdogan threatens to close strategic bases to US military
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday threatened to close two strategic military bases used by the United States in Turkey if Washington imposes sanctions on Ankara for buying a Russian missile system.
“If necessary, we’ll close Incirlik and also Kurecik,” Erdogan told broadcaster A Haber, referring to two military bases used by the United States. “If the threat of sanctions is implemented against us, we’ll respond to them in the framework of reciprocity.”
Pentagon head says China has become top US military priority, moving past Russia
Even as US and Chinese officials were reducing global economic tensions on Friday by confirming they had reached a “phase one” trade deal, the top US military official said that the Pentagon has put China on the top of its priorities – ahead of Russia – owing to Beijing’s “brazen efforts” to undermine the territorial claims of its neighbours.
Russia’s military dominance over Arctic grows while US treads water, security experts tell Senate panel
Russia and China stepped up their game in the Arctic this year while the United States is just waking to the strategic power competition in the region.
That’s what Heather Conley, a Russia expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and other witnesses told a U.S. Senate panel Thursday. Conley said perhaps the year’s most troubling news was about Russian missiles.
“Four days ago, the announcement by the Russian military (was) that they are placing S400s at each of their military units across the Russian Arctic, calling it a de facto anti-missile dome,” Conley said. “So today we are already potentially losing access to the Arctic because of Russia’s growing military footprint.”
US Army Prepares Biggest Deployment to Europe in 25 Years
In 2020, the US Army will be carrying out its biggest deployment in 25 years into Europe. The deployment will send 20,000 US troops, and 13,000 pieces of equipment across Europe for wargames beginning in May and running through June.
US Gen. Christopher Cavoli would not define the operation as aimed at Russia, but did tie it to Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea, saying it “changed everything.” The large deployment will be difficult.
‘It’s now or never’: Russia and Ukraine hold peace talks in Paris
There is cautious optimism that talks between the leaders of Russia and Ukraine on Monday could end the stalemate over a long-running conflict in the Donbass region.
Russian fighter jets hindered Israel from striking military base in Syria: report
According to the report, Israeli planes seeking to attack the Syrian Air Force T-4 base located in the Homs district were confronted over the weekend with the Russian Air Force’s advanced Sukhoi Su-35 aircraft deployed to intercept them from the Khmeimim Air Base, operated by Russia, in the south-east of the city of Latakia.
Pentagon chief plans to shift US focus to China and Russia
Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Saturday he still plans to shift the American military’s focus to competing with China and Russia, even as security threats pile up in the Middle East.
Esper outlined his strategic goals and priorities in a speech at the Reagan National Defense Forum, an annual gathering of government, defense industry and military officials.
US military drone ‘shot down by Russian forces in Libya’
The US military has accused Russian air defences of shooting down a drone that was lost close to the capital of Libya last month.
Russian military to receive 27 Pantsir-S air defense systems
Twenty-seven Pantsyr-S surface-to-air missile/gun systems will arrive for Russian troops in 2019, Aerospace Force Deputy Commander-in-Chief Lieutenant-General Andrei Yudin said on Wednesday.
Kim Jong Un again rides horse up sacred peak as North Korea raps Trump (SYMBOLIC ACT)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un rode a white horse up a sacred mountain in his second symbolic visit in less than two months, state media reported Wednesday, as his military chief lashed out at U.S. President Donald Trump for talking about a possible military option against the North.
North Korea lashes out at Trump’s threat of military force
North Korea lashed out Wednesday at President Donald Trump’s threat to use military force if necessary to achieve denuclearization, warning that “the use of armed forces is not the privilege of the U.S. only.”
South China Sea news: Japan enrages China by buying £113million island for military base
Japan has waded into a bitter ongoing dispute involving its superpower neighbour China by purchasing an uninhabited island in the East China Sea, in an apparent attempt to shore up its defences.
The island is located more than 500 miles from China’s east coast – but nevertheless, President Xi Jinping and his colleagues are likely to take a dim view of the purchase, which will be seen as a strategic move to contain Chinese ambitions.
‘One step closer to disaster’: Photo reveals China’s bold land grab
China’s creeping militarisation of the South China Sea has advanced another step, with surveillance balloons creating an early warning system for its illegal island fortresses.
…It’s a diplomatic tightrope. But Beijing recognises that the high-profile presence of combat aircraft would put the lie to its assertion that it is not militarising the South China Sea.
China’s military might has now become a top issue for NATO
NATO, the 29-member military alliance, was set up 70 years ago to counter the threat posed by the-then Soviet Union.
But now, another rising military power is in its sights: China.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told delegates at the “NATO Engages” event in London, a precursor to the “Leaders Meeting” that starts Tuesday evening, that for the first time China was on NATO’s agenda.
China stealing U.S. arms and military technology from Hong Kong: defector
China’s military is engaged in an elaborate covert smuggling operation in Hong Kong to steal U.S. and other western arms and military technology, according to a Chinese intelligence official who has defected to Australia.
China bans US military visits to Hong Kong in response to Washington’s support for protesters
China will ban US warships and military aircraft from making stops in Hong Kong in the wake of Washington passing legislation supporting the territory’s pro-democracy protesters, the country’s Foreign Ministry said Monday.
Nuclear-capable air-launched ballistic missile tested over the Barents Sea
The missile changes the military power-balance in the north due to its range, speed and ability to overcome any known missile defence systems.
Kh-47M2 Kinzhal (NATO name SA-N-9 Gauntlet) is one of the six new strategic nuclear weapons presented by Vladimir Putin in his presidential address to the Federal Assembly on March 1, 2018.
Now, the missile is tested and like several of the other new strategic weapons under development by Russia, the test took place in the northwestern part of the country.
North Korea blasts Japanese PM as ‘idiot,’ warns of ballistic missile launch toward Japan
North Korea called Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe an “idiot” and “political dwarf” Saturday in a row over Pyongyang’s latest rocket tests, warning that he “may see what a real ballistic missile is in the not distant future.”
The statement from the North Korean foreign ministry followed Pyongyang’s launch of two short-range projectiles into the ocean on Thursday.
US Sending Ships to South China Sea to Teach Beijing, Not Fight It
An unusually strong surge of U.S. Navy activity this month in the South China Sea shows that Washington is trying to teach China a set of rules for operating in contested waters, official statements and scholars say.
The Navy sent two ships into the Asian sea, which is increasingly controlled by China but disputed by five other countries, last week after China sent its first domestically produced aircraft carrier into the same waterway for research and testing.
Why U.S.-China military tensions over future of Taiwan could rise
While the world’s eyes have focused on democracy protests in Hong Kong, far less attention has been paid to Hong Kong’s spillover effect on Taiwan, a nearby island republic off the coast of China.
Here’s why Americans need to be more aware of Taiwan’s vibrant democracy of 23 million people, with its tight educational, high-tech, and military ties to the USA: Its fate is the issue most likely to spark a military confrontation between Washington and Beijing.
China mixing military and science in Arctic push: Denmark
China’s military is increasingly using scientific research in the Arctic as a way into the region, a Danish intelligence service said on Friday, as it warned of intensifying geopolitical rivalry in the Earth’s freezing North.
South Africa’s military drills with Russia and China raise eyebrows
This week’s unprecedented joint trilateral sea exercise of the South African, Russian and Chinese navies has raised some eyebrows in Western embassies in Pretoria and defence think tanks back in their capitals.
They are asking if Exercise Mosi is a signal that Pretoria is switching its military allegiance from the West to the two nations the United States (US) regards as its greatest security threats. And could this be regarded as a ‘BRICS-lite’ military drill involving three of the five BRICS members (the other two being India and Brazil). In other spheres, BRICS often regards itself as being a counter to the West.
World War 3: Conflict on the brink as North Korea’s Kim issues chilling missile threat
…Kim Hyung-ki, a former vice unification minister of South Korea, told a forum that:”“The North Koreans are telling the United States: ‘We will have to do something very bad unless you do something for us by the end of the year, so please help us stop ourselves.’”
However, Robert L. Carlin, a former nuclear negotiator at the State Department and longtime North Korea observer, fears that the situation is extremely precarious and time is running out to solve the situation.
China says its troops in Hong Kong are ready to take action after Trump signed two bills in support of the city’s anti-government protests
China has warned that its troops in Hong Kong are ready to take orders from Beijing after U.S. President Donald Trump signed two bills in support of the city’s anti-government protests.
President Trump yesterday signed into law two bills, backing pro-democracy activists who have staged demonstrations for nearly six months.
Russia launches secret military surveillance satellite to ‘monitor’ other satellites
The Russian military has launched a secret military satellite designed to “monitor” other satellites, according to a statement from the Russian Defense Ministry.
“The spacecraft, created on the basis of a unified multifunctional space platform, is launched into the target orbit from which the state of domestic satellites can be monitored,” the defense ministry wrote in the statement. “The optical equipment of the spacecraft also allows you to take pictures of the Earth’s surface.”
Report: Russian Military, Command Control Exceeds NATO Capacities
Russia’s ongoing development of an advanced command-and-control military system using sophisticated artificial intelligence (AI) has surpassed the existing capacities of NATO, an analysis by the Washington-based global research group Jamestown Foundation says.
The breakthrough, announced by the Russian Defense Ministry, means that Russian field commanders can make real-time military decisions faster than their potential adversary.
Called automated command and control, the system uses “AI and Big Data technologies to analyze the battlefield situation and through the automated system to rapidly provide commanders in the field with several possible solutions,” the analysis, published on November 20, says.
Russia Encroaches on U.S. Stronghold in Syria, Threatening Conflict
Russia has chosen to establish a new military base in a part of Syria perilously close to an area that American troops have been charged with defending, heightening the risk of a confrontation from either an unintentional skirmish or a deliberate provocation.
China’s Military Has Arrived
A look at China’s stealth fighters, drones, rail guns, aircraft carriers, submarines, anti-satellite weaponry, cyberattack technology and huge and diverse array of ballistic missiles makes it plain to see that China’s military power today is no laughing matter. These are all now abundant in China’s arsenals. And they present intensifying concerns for military specialists worldwide, including those in the Pentagon.
DOD Focuses on China’s Growing Military Capability
…”The unfolding of long-term strategic competition with China really is the defining challenge of our generation,” he said, referring to economic, military and political competition.
China’s leaders announced in October 2017 that they want to assume a global leadership role, based on their authoritative socialist model, Sbragia note. And its 2019 Defense White Paper, published in July, discusses growing capacity to acquire a “strategic dagger,” he said, meaning the capacity to project power in a sophisticated way on a global scale.
World War 3: Russia submarines launch underwater warfare in Scottish waters – Moscow says
RUSSIAN nuclear fast attack submarines have twice staged underwater ‘duels’ while also testing NATO defences between Scotland, Iceland and Greenland in the Atlantic, say reports in Moscow.
Morocco Sends Military Delegation to Observe Russia-Egypt ‘Arrow of Friendship’ Exercise
“The participation of Morocco in these exercises is part of the military cooperation between the kingdom and the Republic of Egypt,” added the source.
Xi Jinping reiterates rallying call to Chinese military, stresses need for Communist Party’s ‘grip’
Chinese President Xi Jinping has repeated his call for the country’s military
to be combat-ready and adapt to new challenges, according to state media.
…He said that, because these lower-ranked units formed the basis of the military, they needed to be under the Communist Party’s tight “grips” to ensure their strength and discipline.
US cautions Serbia against acquiring ‘significant Russian military systems’
A U.S. State Department official has expressed concern about Serbia’s interest in Russian air defense systems, warning Belgrade to be “careful and cautious” about buying them, in comments to North Macedonia television.
“We do of course have concerns not just about deployment of Russian military equipment on the territory of Serbia, but the possibility of Serbia acquiring significant Russian military systems,” Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Matthew Palmer told the Elsat television channel, in an interview that aired late on Friday, November 8.
Taiwan says there may be ‘military conflict’ if China economic slowdown gets ‘serious’
Beijing could resort to military conflict with self-ruled Taiwan to divert domestic pressure if a slowdown in the world’s second largest economy amid trade war threatens the legitimacy of the Chinese Communist Party, the island’s foreign minister has said.
As Taiwan’s presidential elections approach in January, China has stepped up a campaign to “reunify” with what it considers a wayward province, wooing away the island’s few diplomatic allies and flying regular bomber patrols around it.
Putin’s new Iron Curtain? How Russia is rebuilding Soviet legacy in Eastern Europe
VLADIMIR PUTIN is using his growing influence throughout the world to garner more power for the Russian state – and his weapons deals, political allegiances and areas of influence in Europe are expanding, sparking fears of an Iron Curtain revival.
China changes Bible characters to ancient Chinese in official church magazine: ‘It’s so bizarre’
The Chinese government is demanding the country’s state-sanctioned Protestant church to use artwork depicting biblical characters as ancient Chinese men and women.
According to Bitter Winter, Heavenly Wind magazine is published monthly by the National Committee of the Three-Self Patriotic Movement and the China Christian Council. Since the beginning of the year, the magazine’s cover art has featured “sinicized” biblical illustrations with Jesus talking to ancient Chinese characters in Chinese landscapes, a move Bitter Winter warns “goes well beyond the iconographic ‘inculturation’ traditionally practiced by Catholic and some other missionaries.”
Russia’s ability to hold and capture territory in Europe threatens US and NATO forces
Russian investments since 2000 into ground, missile, artillery and electronic warfare capabilities has modernized the Russian military into highly mobile force capable of capturing and holding territory in Europe, according to a RAND report.
Russia Prepares to Deploy Advanced Weapons ‘No Other Country Has,’ U.S. Says It ‘Must Address’ This
Russian President Vladimir Putin praised his country’s recent military achievements, including the development of state-of-the-art weapons that the U.S. military told Newsweek it now must match.
…”Your key priority is the development of the Russian Armed Forces,” Putin said. “Our army and navy have proved their high readiness, yet we intend to build up our defense capability and to deploy hypersonic, laser and other cutting-edge weapons which no other country has.”
On Norway’s icy border with Russia, unease over military buildup
A few hundred kilometers from Setermoen, Russia is modernizing its forces on the Kola Peninsula, home to its Northern Fleet. Russia has also carried out maneuvers in recent weeks, staging a major submarine exercise in the North Atlantic, according to intelligence sources cited by Norwegian media.
North Korea slams US over planned military drills with South Korea
North Korea blasted Washington on Wednesday for its plans to conduct joint military exercises with Seoul next month — as negotiations remain deadlocked over the rogue regime’s nuclear arsenal.
“Our patience is nearing the limits and we won’t be sitting still and watching the United States’ reckless military move,” the state-run KCNA news agency quoted Foreign Ministry official Kwon Jong Gun as saying.
China Escalates Religious Suppression
While a religiously tolerant Europe slowly slips away from religious belief and observance, the government of China treats religion not as recognition of mankind’s spiritual nature, but as a threat to society, to law and order and to state control. Ironically, China could soon become home to the world’s largest population of Christians, and the Chinese Communist Party is determined to put its own stamp on Christianity and other religions, and has put belief under the thumb of the State Administration for Religious Affairs.
Arrival of Russian mercenaries adds deadlier firepower, modern tactics to Libya’s civil war
Hundreds of Russian mercenaries, many highly trained and well-armed, are fighting alongside renegade Libyan commander Khalifa Hifter as he seeks to oust the country’s United Nations-backed government, according to Libyan military commanders and fighters, as well as U.S. military and other Western officials.
Xi Jinping demands end to violent protests in surprise meeting with Hong Kong leader
State-run news agency Xinhua said Xi had demanded “unswerving efforts” to end the violence in the Asian financial hub and punish those responsible “to safeguard the well-being of the general public in Hong Kong.”
The Asian financial hub is in its fifth month of demonstrations that began in June over a controversial China extradition bill. The unrest has plunged the former British colony into a recession and damaged the tourism industry.
Turkey Begins Joint Patrols with Russia in Northern Syria
Turkey started joint patrols with Russia in northern Syria Friday to verify whether Kurdish forces have withdrawn from a key border zone in compliance with a deal reached between Ankara and Moscow.
Egypt’s army goes on military exercises with Russia, Jordan, Pakistan
In light of enhancing and upgrading the Egyptian military forces’ qualifications, ground, naval, air forces have participated in series of military exercises with military counterparts from Jordan, Russia and Pakistan.
Egyptian and Jordanian armed forces concluded the joint military exercises “Aqaba 5” in the Egyptian southern military zone, said the Egyptian Ministry of Defense in a statement on Friday.
Russia launches air defense drills in Egypt in sign of growing influence in region
The Russian military for the first time Wednesday launched large-scale air defense drills in Egypt, serving as the latest sign of Moscow’s deepening ties with African militaries, which has captured the attention of U.S. commanders.
Turkey, Russia in negotiations for potential Su-35 jet deal
If penned, an Su-35 deal will be Turkey’s second major purchase of weapons systems from Russia. Unnerving its NATO allies, Turkey acquired the Russian-made S-400 long-range air defense system. The S-400s were delivered to the Turkish military in August.
South and East Asia now the hotbed of Christian persecution, report finds
“The situation for Christians has deteriorated most in South and East Asia: this is now the regional hot spot for persecution, taking over that dubious honour from the Middle East,” stated a report on global Christian persecution by the group Aid to the Church in Need, a pontifical foundation that provides relief to Christians in 140 countries.
Chinese Universities’ First Course Is Nationalism 101
The aggressive counterprotests led by mainland Chinese students against Hong Kongers have stirred worries on campuses from Australia to the United States. As ever with China, it’s hard to distinguish authentic feeling from political performance. But at home, there’s no doubt that university study and military indoctrination coincide. Every university student in China is required to complete a military training program (junxun) ranging from two weeks to a month as part of their matriculation.
Central African Republic considers hosting Russian military base
The president of Central African Republic has said his country would consider hosting a Russian military base, as Vladimir Putin woos dozens of African leaders in an effort to spread Moscow’s influence at an investment summit in southern Russia.
Russia Sends S-400 Missile Defense Systems to Serbia for Military Drill
Russia said on Thursday a division of its S-400 missile defense system would take part in a military drill in Serbia, underlining Moscow’s wish to keep a traditional ally on side even as Belgrade pursues links with NATO and the European Union.
‘Russian Rebels Ban Christian Worship In East Ukraine’
Authorities in a critical part of war-torn eastern Ukraine have banned worship meetings of all Protestants and several other churches and faith communities, activists told BosNewsLife.
Religious rights group Forum 18 said the unrecognized Luhansk People’s Republic also prevented church leaders from outside the territory to visit their fellow believers. “Officials have barred access by the Greek Catholic bishop and a Greek Catholic priest, the bishop of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, and many Protestant leaders.”
Russian nuclear subs launch ICBMs in military drill
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Oct. 17 oversaw sweeping war games intended to test the readiness of the nation’s strategic forces for a nuclear conflict.
The drills featured practice launches of several intercontinental ballistic missiles as well as warships and strategic bombers firing cruise missiles at test targets — a massive checkup of the land, sea and air components of the nation’s nuclear triad.
North Korea urges US to act wisely through year-end deadline
North Korea on Thursday accused U.S. officials of maintaining hostility against Pyongyang despite a “special” relationship between leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump and urged Washington to act “wisely” through the end of the year.
The statement issued by Foreign Ministry adviser Kim Kye Gwan was clearly referring to an end-of-year deadline set by Kim Jong Un for the Trump administration to offer mutually acceptable terms for a deal to salvage their diplomacy.
Russia and China Take Military Partnership to New Level
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s speech at the recent Valdai forum contained two fundamental points regarding China. His official confirmation that Russia is helping China to create a missile launch detection system got more attention, but of no little importance was Putin’s assessment of the state of Russian-Chinese relations: “This is an allied relationship in the full sense of a multifaceted strategic partnership.”
Russia Africa summit: What’s behind Moscow’s push into the continent?
Russia is hosting a major summit for dozens of African leaders this week, an indication of its growing role as a key player in the region.
The Soviet Union used to have a major presence on the continent but its economic and political clout waned in the post-Cold-War period.
President Vladimir Putin says the strengthening of ties with African countries is one of Russia’s foreign policy priorities.
South Korea scrambles fighter jets in latest encounter with Russian military planes
South Korea scrambled fighter jets after six Russian military planes entered its air defense zone, officials said.
The encounter occurred some three months after South Korea fired flares and warning shots at Russian bombers it said violated its airspace. Moscow said it had performed its first long-range joint regional air patrol with China.
‘War Against the Faithful’: Chinese Gov’t Tears Down Church Building as Christians Worship
In the latest blatant attack against the church-at-large in communist China, Chinese government authorities tore down a megachurch’s building in the Funan, Anhui region, starting the demolition while the congregation was worshipping. The church’s pastors were also arrested and detained.
Singapore and China to boost military cooperation
Singapore’s and China’s military forces will have more frequent ministerial-level dialogues and larger-scale military exercises involving the army, navy and air force of both countries.
Defence chiefs from both sides signed an upgraded pact that will also see their troops visit each other under a new Visiting Forces Agreement, and give each other logistical support.
Chinese military official slams US’s foreign policy, says ‘no one and no force’ will get in Beijing’s way
China’s defense minister took a fresh swipe at U.S.’s foreign policy Monday by vowing “no one and no force” will get in the way of his country’s annexation of Taiwan — and any nation that tries to do so is “doomed to failure.”
Russian Bombers to Land in South Africa During Unprecedented Deployment
Two Russian Tu-160 Blackjack bombers and support aircraft are expected to touch down in South Africa this week for an unprecedented deployment to the continent.
In U.S., Decline of Christianity Continues at Rapid Pace
The religious landscape of the United States continues to change at a rapid clip. In Pew Research Center telephone surveys conducted in 2018 and 2019, 65% of American adults describe themselves as Christians when asked about their religion, down 12 percentage points over the past decade. Meanwhile, the religiously unaffiliated share of the population, consisting of people who describe their religious identity as atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular,” now stands at 26%, up from 17% in 2009.
Russia Announces Massive Nuclear War Games In Arctic This Week
The Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation said 12,000 Russian soldiers, 100 attack and bomber aircraft, and 200 missile launchers would be practicing offensive and defensive exercises in the Arctic to show the readiness of Russia’s strategic nuclear forces.
Russia is helping China to build a missile defense system, Putin says
Military ties between China and Russia appear to have taken a leap forward after Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country is helping Beijing build a system to warn against ballistic missile launches.
Speaking at the Valdai Club international affairs conference in Sochi on Thursday, Putin confirmed the move, adding that it would promote China to a level of defense only currently enjoyed by Russia and the U.S.
North Korea fires possible submarine-launched ballistic missile
North Korea fired at least one missile off its east coast on Wednesday, possibly from a submarine, the South Korean military said, a day after announcing it would resume stalled talks over its nuclear programme with the United States.
In pictures: China shows off military might at 70th anniversary parade
Deep-sea drones and an intercontinental ballistic missile were among the advanced weapons on public display for the first time at a parade marking 70 years of communist rule in China.
According to the Ministry of National Defence, about 15,000 military personnel, 580 pieces of military equipment and 160 aircraft featured.
China forces churches to sing national anthem, raise Chinese flag to honor Communist history
Catholic churches run by the Chinese state have been ordered to hold events in which parishioners sing China’s national anthem, pray for the nation, and raise the Chinese flag, sparking outrage among local Christians.
Persecution watchdog China Aid reports that ahead of China’s National Day on Oct. 1, the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, an organization associated with the Chinese government, and the Bishops’ Conference of the Catholic Church in China issued a statement declaring that Chinese Christians should take pride in the Communist Party’s leadership over the past 70 years and should hold events to celebrate it.
China replaces North Korea as Japan’s top security threat in annual military assessment
China’s growing military might means it now poses a greater threat to Japan than North Korea, the government in Tokyo has suggested.
The Japanese government’s annual defence review, which was published on Thursday, said the People’s Republic is rapidly closing its military capability gap with the United States and projecting its influence into the western Pacific with increasing assertiveness.
Christian churches in China ‘are ordered to remove displays of the Ten Commandments and replace them quotes from President Xi’
Christian churches in China have been ordered to take down displays of the Ten Commandments and replace them with quotes by President Xi Jinping.
Leaders of state-sponsored Three-Self churches have been threatened with closure if they fail to comply, according to local reports.
Instead of core Christian values, the displays now preach Communist party ideology, such as: ‘Guard against the infiltration of Western ideology, and consciously resist the influence of extremist thought.’
Russia widens Jehovah’s Witnesses crackdown with new jailings
Russia has widened a crackdown against Jehovah’s Witnesses, jailing six adherents of the Christian denomination for extremism in a move rights activists said was unjust and flouted religious freedom.
Russia Warns US After Military Claims It Can ‘Take Down’ Air Defenses: ‘All Plans Look Good Until a Battle Begins’
Russia has hit back after the United States military claimed it could take down advanced air defenses in the Kaliningrad region and reportedly practiced doing so earlier this year.
‘Fort Trump’? US boosting military ties with Poland in bid to deter Russia
The small European country that played a central role in two seminal events of the 20th century – the beginning of World War II and the fall of Soviet communism – is today key to deterring Russia’s aggressive military ambitions, officials say as they anticipate a strong U.S. military buildup.
China’s Military Expansion Is a ‘Holy S***’ Moment for America, Says the Navy SEAL Commander Who Oversaw the Bin Laden Raid
A former Navy SEAL commander has warned that China’s break-neck military development is quickly making the huge nation America’s most significant global rival.
Retired Admiral William McRaven—who headed the Joint Special Operations Command from 2011 to 2014 and oversaw the operation that killed Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden—described Chinese military evolution as a “holy s***” moment for the U.S. during a Council on Foreign Relations event on Wednesday to mark the release of a new report, Business Insider reported.
US Military Still Buying Chinese-Made Drones Despite Spying Concerns
The Air Force and the Navy bought Chinese-manufactured drones for elite forces months after the Pentagon prohibited their use due to cybersecurity concerns, according to government documents.
In each case, the services used special exemptions granted by the Pentagon’s acquisition and sustainment office “on a case by case basis, to support urgent needs,” Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Mike Andrews told VOA.
Russia conducts massive military drills with China, sending a message to the West
Russia is carrying out a series of large-scale military exercises with China, India and Pakistan in what experts believe is Moscow trying to send a powerful message to the West.
The military drills take place annually but Russia has upped the ante this year by inviting forces from China, India and Pakistan (as well as Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan) to take part in the drills.
The exercises will involve 128,000 military personnel, more than 20,000 weapons and military equipment, about 600 aircraft and up to 15 ships and support vessels, according to the Russian defense ministry. The drills are designed to test the combat-readiness of the military command and troops within the central military district in Russia (hence being called “Tsentr-2019”) and will also see the country test its military capabilities in the Arctic.
Pentagon Steps Up Efforts to Counter China’s Rising Power
Maritime operations, missile tests, landing exercises: the Pentagon has been sharply stepping up its efforts to counter China’s growing military power, seen increasingly as a threat.
China to boost Serb military with drones, other equipment
Serbia praised China on Tuesday for boosting the Balkan nation’s military with drones and other equipment amid Western concerns that the arms buildup could threaten fragile peace in the region.
A Serbian Defense Ministry statement after a visit by a high-ranking Chinese military delegation thanked Beijing for economic and military support.
China threatens military response if UK warships go near disputed islands
China has warned Britain against sailing ships through disputed waters in the South China Sea, saying that such a move would be “hostile” and hinting that Beijing would be forced to responded militarily.
Reacting to a suggestion that the UK might send its aircraft carrier close to the contested Spratly Islands, with US jets onboard, China’s Ambassador to the UK said Britain “should not do this dirty job for somebody else”.
With Russia’s ban on missionary work, it’s up to members to keep Mormonism alive
This is the second part in a three-day series examining how Western faiths, including the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, are having to adapt to survive and grow in a nation where the government, with encouragement from the dominant Russian Orthodox Church, continues to put up barriers.
Chinese military conducts land assault drills near Taiwan
The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) recently conducted a joint land assault exercise featuring multiple military branches near the island of Taiwan, which military experts said on Sunday shows the Chinese military is ready to unleash its full potential against Taiwan secessionist forces and intends to send a stern warning to countries that intervene in China’s internal affairs.
Estonian experts: Russian heliport on Gogland a demonstration of power
Several Estonian experts agree that the purpose of Russia’s recent decision to establish a permanent heliport on the Gulf of Finland island of Gogland, located 55 kilometers from Estonia’s northern coast, is a demonstration of power, daily Postimees writes.
Russia, India agree to more military cooperation
Russia and India agreed Wednesday to work on military projects, in what marks the second time in a week that Moscow has offered collaboration in the area of defense to a major regional power.
China: Children Cannot Become Christians until They Are 18
China’s recent crackdown on Christianity has led to intensified enforcement of a law already on the books: children and youth cannot convert to the faith until they’re 18.
Churches across China are canceling Sunday School classes for children in light of the new clampdown, according to Mission Network News.
Georgia observes ‘military buildup’ along border with Russia-backed South Ossetia
The US has expressed concern over Georgian reports of a “military buildup” near the administrative boundary (ABL) line of the Russia-backed region of South Ossetia.
Tbilisi said it had observed a “mobilisation of military equipment and personnel” in the separatist region after an ultimatum issued by the breakaway territory expired.
Chinese military urges US to stop provocative actions in South China Sea
The Chinese military resolutely opposes recent sailing by a US naval warship into territorial waters around China’s Nansha Islands, and urges the US side to immediately stop such provocative actions, a spokesman for the People’s Liberation Army Southern Theater Command said on Thursday.
China could overwhelm US military in Asia in hours, Australian report says
The US military is no longer the primary force in Asia, and missiles from China’s rapidly improving military could overwhelm its bases in hours, according to a new report.
The study by the United States Study Center, at the University of Sydney, in Australia, warned that America’s defense strategy in the Indo-Pacific region “is in the throes of an unprecedented crisis” and could struggle to defend its allies against China.
North Korea says it won’t give up arms modernization
North Korea accused the United Kingdom, France and Germany on Thursday of meddling in its “self-defensive measures for arms modernization,” saying the West will make “no greater mistake” than thinking Pyongyang will give up its right to have weapons that it says are needed to ensure peace.
China to hold fresh military drills near Taiwan
China has said it would stage military exercises in the East China Sea near Taiwan this week, with relations tense between Beijing and the self-ruled island.
This will be the third set of drills in a month and comes after the recent US approvals of arms sales worth billions to Taiwan, including F-16 fighter jets.
Ties between Beijing and Taipei have plummeted since President Tsai Ing-wen came to power in 2016 because her party refuses to recognize the idea that Taiwan is part of “One China.”
China’s military power may surpass the US’s faster than you think, thanks to 6 shrewd strategies
China’s military power is quickly becoming the greatest threat to US military primacy. From posturing in the South China Sea to damaging hacking campaigns, the Chinese government is investing more time and resources into its military strategy, and it shows.
A June report from the Center for a New American Security, co-authored by former Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert O. Work, outlines the ways China’s strategy and technology threaten to best the US in a great power struggle — and what the US can do to maintain its military primacy…
Russian-Chinese air patrol was an attempt to divide allies, says top US Air Force official in Pacific
The head of the U.S. Air Force in the Pacific has suggested that a recent Russian-Chinese air patrol may be an attempt to divide regional partners. The event resulted in warning shots fired by intercepting South Korean jets.
…The patrol saw a pair of Russian Tupolev Tu-95 long-range bombers and a similar number of Chinese Xi’an H-6K bombers fly over international airspace between the Korean Peninsula and Japan, triggering interceptions by South Korean and Japanese fighter jets as they entered the air defense identification zone of both U.S. allies.
Putin To Russian Military: ‘Prepare A Symmetrical Response’ To U.S. Missile Test
Days after the United States tested a new cruise missile, Russian President Vladimir Putin is calling for a symmetrical response.
His order comes weeks after the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, a landmark arms control agreement between Washington and Moscow, collapsed on Aug. 2 amid concerns of a renewed arms race.
130K Troops to Hold Mass Military Drills at War Games, Russia Announces
Russia and seven of its allies, including China and India, will send 128,000 soldiers to train in mass anti-terrorism drills next month, the country’s Defense Ministry has announced.
The upcoming maneuvers will take place a year after Russia and China staged 300,000-strong anti-missile exercises near the Chinese border. Those exercises, which were Russia’s largest war games since the Cold War, took place amid heightened tension between the West and Moscow over NATO’s expansion in eastern Europe.
Top North Korean official commits to bolstering military ties with China
A top North Korean military official at Beijing meetings with Chinese counterparts over the weekend pledged to improve ties between the two countries’ armed forces, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Monday.
China now strong enough for a surprise move in the Indo-Pacific
China is gaining an increasingly favorable military position in the Indo-Pacific, leaving the United States no longer able to enjoy military primacy in the region, a new report by an Australian think tank has warned.
The Sydney-based United States Studies Centre says the region is now vulnerable to China making a quick move to secure a military or strategic advantage, with the cost of an American counter-move potentially too high to bear.
Japan accuses China for targeting its military assets
Japan has alleged that its destroyers were targets of Chinese military aircraft during a recent military drill in East China Sea, according to a local media report on Monday.
Tokyo viewed the Chinese military drill held in May as “an extremely dangerous military activity” that could have developed into a contingency, the Kyodo news agency reported citing government sources.
During the drill, several Chinese JH-7 fighter bombers “approached Japan’s two Maritime Self-Defense Force [MSDF] destroyers that were within striking distance of anti-ship missiles,” it added.
China counting its Christians, ministries adapt
Rumors that China’s Central Government ordered its towns to monitor and count Christians appear to be true.
More specifically, Asian Access’ Joe Handley says, “What we’re hearing is they’re following up and wanting to get actual names of those who believe in God. It’s not just Christianity; it includes Buddhism, Taoism. It’s spanning the scope of everything, including Catholics, Protestants, and probably intense focus on underground church leaders.”
China Threatens Trump Over F-16 Sale to Taiwan
China on Friday threatened the U.S. with unspecified “countermeasures” if it follows through with a planned sale of F-16s fighter jets to Taiwan – the first of what will likely be many repercussions for the Trump administration’s military support for a country Beijing considers a renegade province.
Russia Signs Deal to Send Navy to Venezuela After ‘Unacceptable’ U.S. Moves
The Russian military has signed a deal that would allow it to send military ships to Venezuela, expressing support for the Latin American country. The U.S. has been critical of current Venezuelan president, Nicolás Maduro, and has backed attempts to replace him.
U.S. Generals Worry About Rising Russian and Chinese Influence in Africa, Documents Show
The Trump administration and the Pentagon have repeatedly warned that China and Russia are expanding their influence across Africa, where the two longtime American adversaries “interfere with U.S. military operations and pose a significant threat to U.S. national security interests,” national security adviser John Bolton said last December.
Xi’s Crackdown on Religion Is China’s Worst in 40 Years
China’s ongoing battle against religion moved online last year with the removal of Bibles from the country’s biggest e-commerce platforms, such as Taobao. Critics believe the government is using the ban to rewrite the text and align it with Chinese Communist Party values. It’s the latest in a series of recent crackdowns on Christianity in the country.
Russia has tripled military presence in Crimea for ‘possible offensive operations’ against Ukraine, says intel report
Russia has nearly tripled its military manpower in Crimea since illegally annexing the peninsula in 2014, an intelligence report says, in preparation for possible further incursions into Ukraine.
…”The purpose of strengthening the forces is to position Russian units and equipment for possible offensive operations deep into Ukraine in the event of a broader confrontation, and effectively prevent the arrival of international assistance into the country,” states the 2019 International Security and Estonia report.
Russia’s Military Drone Makes Successful Maiden Flight
The Russian military says a heavy drone it’s developing has made a successful maiden flight.
The Defense Ministry on Wednesday released a video showing the Okhotnik (Hunter) taking off, performing maneuvers and landing. The ministry has said that the drone, which has advanced reconnaissance and stealth capabilities, first flew for 20 minutes Saturday.
China removes ‘Bible,’ ‘God,’ ‘Christ’ from children’s classics like ‘Robinson Crusoe’
In efforts to bring Christianity further under government control, authorities in China have erased the words “Bible,” “God” and “Christ” from classic children’s stories, including Robinson Crusoe.
China’s Ministry of Education recently introduced a new school textbook to help fifth-grade students “understand other cultures,” according to Asia News. Included in the textbook are four popular stories by foreign writers, including Robinson Crusoe, The Little Match Girl, and Vanka. However, each story is censored to remove any religious reference.
US carrier sails into disputed South China Sea waters amid new flare-ups
A U.S. aircraft carrier sailed through the disputed South China Sea on Tuesday in the latest show of America’s military might amid new territorial flare-ups involving China and three rival claimant states.
Russia Launches 4th and Final ‘Blagovest’ Military Communications Satellite
Russia just launched the fourth and final piece of its new military communications constellation, according to media reports.
The Blagovest No. 14L spacecraft took to the skies today (Aug. 5) atop a Russian Proton-M rocket with a Briz-M upper stage, which lifted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 5:56 p.m. EDT (2156 GMT), Russia’s Tass news agency reported.
Iran seals military deal with Russia: commander
Iran’s Navy Commander Hossein Khanzadi said that Iranian and Russian armed forces have signed a “classified” deal to expand cooperation through a series of projects including military drills in Iran’s southern waters, Press TV reported on Monday.
China Warns of Countermeasures if U.S. Puts Missiles on Its ‘Doorstep’
China threatened countermeasures on Tuesday if the United States deploys intermediate-range, ground-based missiles in Asia and warned U.S. allies of repercussions if they allow such weapons on their territory.
U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Saturday he was in favour of placing ground-launched, intermediate-range missiles in the region soon, possibly within months.
Washington formally pulled out last week from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, a 1987 pact with the former Soviet Union that banned ground-launched nuclear and conventional ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges of 500-5,000 km (310 to 3,400 miles).
Russian Spy Planes Enter Alaskan Air Defense Zone
Two Russian anti-submarine surveillance aircraft flew off the coast of Alaska this week, according to the command overseeing aerospace and maritime warning for North America.
“North American Aerospace Defense Command identified a group of two Tu-142 Russian maritime reconnaissance anti-submarine warfare aircraft entering the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone on Thursday, Aug. 1,” the command said in a Twitter post Friday.
US-Russia Arms Control Treaty Dies; US to Test New Weapon
The United States plans to test a new missile in coming weeks that would have been prohibited under a landmark, 32-year-old arms control treaty that the U.S. and Russia ripped up on Friday.
Washington and Moscow walked out of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty that President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev signed in 1987, raising fears of a new arms race. The U.S. blamed Moscow for the death of the treaty. It said that for years Moscow has been developing and fielding weapons that violate the treaty and threaten the United States and its allies, particularly in Europe.
Taiwan fires over 100 missiles during China war drills
In the midst of the war games being held by China, Taiwan fired 117 missiles during two days of live-fire exercises of its own.
Crackdown Coming? China Gathers Forces On Hong Kong Border Amid Unrest
Massive anti-Beijing protests which have gripped Hong Kong over the past month, and have become increasingly violent as both an overwhelmed local police force and counter-protesters have hit back with force, are threatening to escalate on a larger geopolitical scale after the White House weighed in this week.
With China fast losing patience, there are new reports of a significant build-up of Chinese security forces on Hong Kong’s border, as Bloomberg reports.
Russia Sends Mass Quantities of Supplies to Arctic Military Bases
The supplies will be delivered to 60 bases and units across the region, located in 48 remote and hard-to-reach-places, the Northern Fleet said.
Over the last few years, the Russian Armed Forces have significantly strengthened their presence in the Arctic and there are now more servicemen based in the region than at any time before. Of the region’s new and upgraded bases, some of the biggest are located in Franz Josef Land, Novaya Zemlya, the New Siberian Islands, Tiksi, Cape Shmidt and Wrangle Island.
Pak-Russia Joint Military Drills, Defense Cooperation & CPEC
The armed forces of Russia and Pakistan have agreed to hold joint military drills, under the banner of “Friendship-2019”, to be held on Russian territory in October. The announcement came from the Russian Defense Ministry on Thursday, informing that representatives from the two countries met to discuss the final planning of the exercise.
China releases paper on military strategy, blames US for world’s instability
It is Beijing’s first defense paper since 2012. Its foundation expounds on China’s defensive national defense policy “to build a fortified national defense and a strong military, with a view to helping the international community better understand China’s national defense,” the paper says.
The paper also focuses on its version of Great Power Competition — pointing to the U.S. as the culprit in undermining global strategic stability and encouraging Taiwanese independence through “unilateral policies.”
“The world is not yet a tranquil place,” the document said. “ The international security system and order are undermined by growing hegemonism, power politics, unilateralism, and constant regional conflicts and wars.”
The Significance of the First Ever China-Russia Strategic Bomber Patrol
Yesterday for the first time, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) and the Russian Air Force jointly conducted a long-range aerial patrol involving two Chinese Xian H-6K and two Tupolev Tu-95MS long-range, nuclear-capable bombers in the Indo-Pacific region. According to the Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD), the aim of the mission was to “strengthen global stability” and points to one of three reasons why the joint strategic bomber patrol flights are geopolitically important.
China Promises Further Military Cooperation With Russia
China vowed to step up military cooperation with Russia, a day after the two countries’ first joint air patrol triggered a rare confrontation over the Sea of Japan and stoked U.S. concern about the intensifying partnership between Beijing and Moscow.
Russia kicks off delivery of 2nd S-400 regiment set to China by sea, says source
Russia has launched an operation to deliver the 2nd regiment set of S-400 surface-to-air missile systems to China by sea, a source in military and diplomatic circles told TASS on Wednesday.
China Promises Further Military Cooperation With Russia
China vowed to step up military cooperation with Russia, a day after the two countries’ first joint air patrol triggered a rare confrontation over the Sea of Japan and stoked U.S. concern about the intensifying partnership between Beijing and Moscow.
Russia Promises More Support for Cuba, Including ‘Military Technical’ in Face of U.S. Pressure
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met Thursday with his Cuban counterpart Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla during a trip to Havana, where Moscow sought to further develop Cold War-era relations in the face of a hard-line administration in Washington. The top Russian diplomat criticized President Donald Trump’s decision in April to impose new trade restrictions on Cuba, actions he dismissed as “unacceptable” and “unlawful economic coercion.”
Get Ready, NATO: Russia’s S-500 Is Coming Soon to a Battlefield Near You
…it is now clear that the S-500 is not to the S-400 what S-400 was to the S-300: that is, the Russian military has no intention of replacing every S-400 with a S-500 anytime soon. Instead, the S-500 will serve alongside the S-400 as a longer-range, more powerful anti-air system that is designed to reliably intercept the most dangerous hypersonic ICBM’s and even targets in near space.
Russia Starts Large-Scale Military Exercise Ahead Of NATO Drills In Georgia
Two armies of Russia’s Southern Military District on July 24 began a large-scale military exercise in the region ahead of a scheduled NATO exercise in Georgia, TASS reported, citing the district’s press service.
Russia, Japan, South Korea, China fighter jets in complex East Asia stand-off
Tensions in East Asia escalated on Tuesday after Russia, Japan, South Korea and China deployed fighter jets to the Sea of Japan – also known as the East Sea – prompting Seoul to fire hundreds of warning shots amid protests and denials among three of the nations involved.
South Korea and Japan accused Russia of violating their airspace after Russian A-50 airborne early warning and control aircraft entered airspace claimed by both Seoul and Tokyo. But Russia denied the allegations, saying it was merely conducting its first-ever patrol with China, over the East China Sea and the Sea of Japan.
China tells U.S. to remove ‘black hands’ from Hong Kong
China said on Tuesday that U.S. officials were behind violent chaos in Hong Kong and warned against interference, following a series of protests in the city, including bloody clashes on the weekend.
“We can see that U.S. officials are even behind such incidents,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying at a regular press briefing on Tuesday.
Russia Establishes New Arctic Air Squadron to Protect Its Northern Sea Route
Russia is boosting its military presence in the Arctic region in a bid to better protect its Northern Sea Route. Additional military infrastructure has been made operational along the country’s vast Arctic coast with the installation of radars, radio-electronic equipment, missile systems and other advanced weaponry.
It’s China’s World
As the Chinese Century nears its third decade, Fortune’s Global 500 shows how profoundly the world’s balance of power is shifting. American companies account for 121 of the world’s largest corporations by revenue. Chinese companies account for 129 (including 10 Taiwanese companies). For the first time since the debut of the Global 500 in 1990, and arguably for the first time since World War II, a nation other than the U.S. is at the top of the ranks of global big business.
Deal for Naval Outpost in Cambodia Furthers China’s Quest for Military Network
China has signed a secret agreement allowing its armed forces to use a Cambodian navy base near here, as Beijing works to boost its ability to project military power around the globe, according to U.S. and allied officials familiar with the matter.
China’s answer to the Nasdaq just had a crazy first day. Stocks gained 140%
Trading on China’s new Nasdaq-style stock market got off to a spectacular start Monday as investors sent share prices soaring, creating several new tech billionaires in the process.
The new board of the Shanghai stock exchange, known as the Star Market, is part of China’s bid for tech superpower status. The initiative was unveiled less than a year ago by President Xi Jinping.
Putin: Russians, Ukrainians are ‘one people’
“I believe that Russians and Ukrainians are one people … one nation, in fact,” Putin said. “When these lands that are now the core of Ukraine joined Russia … nobody thought of themselves as anything but Russians.”
In light of this bond, Putin said “we can use this as our competitive advantage during some form of integration.”
Turkey Gets Shipment of Russian Missile System, Defying U.S.
Defying strenuous American objections and the threat of sanctions, Turkey began receiving the first shipment of a sophisticated Russian surface-to-air missile system on Friday, a step certain to test the country’s uneasy place in the NATO alliance.
The system, called the S-400, includes advanced radar to detect aircraft and other targets, and the United States has been unyielding in its opposition to Turkey’s acquisition of the equipment, which is deeply troubling to Washington on several levels.
Russia Says U.S. Military Lied about Its Missiles and Plans to Put New Ones Near Border
Major General Andrei Sterlin, head of the Main Operational Directorate of the Russian military’s general staff, told Moscow’s lower house of parliament Thursday that the U.S. may have accelerated preparations to place medium or intermediate-range missiles in Romania after both countries suspended their commitments to the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. The deal banned land-based weapons ranging between 310 and 3,420 miles.
Russia will facilitate development of Venezuela’s armed forces, says diplomat
Russia will continue to facilitate the development of Venezuela’s military potential, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told reporters on Friday.
“We will continue our multifaceted efforts on developing partner relations with brotherly Venezuela. We will continue to implement projects in various areas, to hold events within the existing agreements that would strengthen the military potential of this country’s armed forces,” he said.
In trilateral Jerusalem summit, Russia sides with Iran, against Israel and US
In press conferences on Tuesday, Patrushev rejected the view held by the US and Israel that Iran represents “the main threat to regional security” and said Israeli airstrikes in Syria against Iranian forces and its proxies were “undesirable.”
He said Moscow was aware of Israel’s concerns regarding Iran’s military presence in Syria and was working to address the issue with Tehran. Iran, he stressed, “was and remains our ally and partner.”
Russia Launches Military Drills Due to U.S.-Iran Tensions and Trump Sending Troops Near Border, Expert Says
Chairman of the Officers of Russia Presidium Major-General Sergei Lipovoi told state-run Tass Russian News Agency Monday that the “main aim of these surprise drills is to check the combat readiness of the country’s armed forces and its mobilization abilities.”
He added, however, that “this is linked, of course, with NATO’s increased activity near the Russian borders, especially in the Baltic region and in Poland” in addition to “the aggravation of the relations between the United States and Iran, and also with the events in Georgia, behind which the Americans stand, in my opinion.”
Blessed Be Thy Nuclear Weapons: The Rise of Russian Nuclear Orthodoxy
Adamsky’s groundbreaking book lays out the largely unstudied history of how a nuclear priesthood emerged in Russia, permeated the units and commands in charge of Russia’s nuclear forces, and became an integral part of the nuclear weapons industry. Starting with the Soviet Union’s dissolution in 1991, through a process Adamsky frames as “genesis, conversion, and operationalization,” the Russian Orthodox Church positioned itself “as one of the main guardians of the state’s nuclear potential and, as such, claims the role of one of the main guarantors of Russian nuclear security.”
‘Significant buildup’ of Russian military forces in Crimea
Over the past 18 months, the Russian military has reportedly been expanding and building up its forces and infrastructure in Crimea.
A U.S. intelligence official told Defense One that Russia was conducting “a deliberate and systematic buildup of their forces on the peninsula.”
“The combat radius covers all Ukraine and beyond the Black Sea. It significantly increases their strike options, potentially extending to the Middle East,” the official said.
‘Unprecedented level’ of China-Russia cooperation threatens US dominance
While China and Russia maintain strong ties when it comes to trade, both sides have recently indicated they may be open to working together toward achieving another shared strategic goal — pushing back against US influence.
Russia Tests New Missile Defense System, Military Says
The Russian Defense Ministry test-launched its anti-ballistic missile at the Sary-Shagan missile testing site in Kazakhstan at least twice in 2018. Those tested missiles had been deployed to protect Moscow — whose missile defense capability consists of the A-135 system armed with nuclear-tipped short-range interceptors — from potential air attacks.
U.S., Japan, South Korea, Australia hold first naval drills in Western Pacific
U.S. Navy ships conducted joint drills with warships from allies Japan, Australia and South Korea in their first combined exercise in the Western Pacific, the U.S. Navy said on Thursday.
The Pacific Vanguard exercise near the U.S. island of Guam takes place ahead of President Donald Trump’s visit to Japan this weekend, as Washington looks to allies in Asia to help counter China’s military might in the region.
Putin orders 76 new Su-57 stealth fighters in a desperate attempt to rival the US
Russian President Vladimir Putin has decided to order nearly five times as many fifth-generation Su-57 stealth fighters as originally planned to replace older fighters, strengthen Russian airpower, and give Russia a fighting chance in competition with its rivals.
Russian ‘Bear’ Bombers Intercepted near Alaska for Second Time in Two Days
Russian “Bear” bombers flew near Alaska under fighter escort for the second time in two days.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) said that it had to scramble two pair of U.S. F-22 fighter jets to intercept the Russian formation on Tuesday.
Russia says its radio-electronic shield now covers the Arctic
The powerful Murmansk-BN system has been deployed in Severomorsk, Kola Peninsula, and in Kamchatka, and is capable of covering the whole area of the Northern Sea Route. The range of the Murmansk-BN is 5,000 km and up to 8,000 km in good weather condition. In addition comes the Krasukha-2 and Krasukha-4 systems that have been deployed in new military bases in Novaya Zemlya, Severnaya Zemlya, New Siberian Islands and in Chukotka, Izvestia reports.
The Krasukha-4 is reportedly able to jam satellite communications, GPS signals and drone communication. When subjected to the jamming, the enemy finds himself blind, deaf and without speech, military representatives say to the newspaper.
Russian and Syrian forces hold joint drills near Golan Heights
Russian Defense Ministry’s military police and Syrian government forces have held joint drills on the territory of the liberated province of Quneitra. Head of the Main Directorate of the Russian Defense Ministry’s military policy Vladimir Ivanovsky attended the drills, a TASS correspondent reported from the scene.
Russian documents reveal desire to sow racial discord — and violence — in the U.S.
The documents — communications between associates of Yevgeny Prigozhin, a Kremlin-linked oligarch indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller for previous influence operations against the U.S. — laid out a new plot to manipulate and radicalize African Americans. The plans show that Prigozhin’s circle has sought to exploit racial tensions well beyond Russia’s social media and misinformation efforts tied to the 2016 election.
China Now Has More Warships Than the U.S.
China now has more warships than the United States Navy. The People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), informally known as the Chinese Navy, recently hit a landmark number of 300 ships-thirteen more than the U.S. Navy.
Putin Hails New Russian Laser Weapons
President Vladimir Putin says that new types of laser weapons developed in Russia will significantly enhance the nation’s military capability.
Putin told officials that some other new laser weapons under development “until just recently only figured in science fiction.” He added that such weapons “will determine the combat potential of the Russian army and navy for decades ahead.”
Trump administration most ‘directly hostile’ to Russia’s interests since fall of communism: Ian Bremmer
No U.S. administration since the collapse of the communism in Eastern Europe has ever been so directly hostile to Russian interests than the Trump administration, says Ian Bremmer, president and founder of Eurasia Group.
Russia, China ready to provide security guarantees to North Korea, says Lavrov
Russia and China are prepared to provide security guarantees to North Korea after the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said after talks with China’s State Council member, Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Moscow on Monday.
Russia takes aim at Trump over Japan missiles bases – ‘A THREAT to our country’
Addressing journalists Mr Lavrov said: “We again drew attention to a number of Washington’s actions, including deploying elements of a global missile defence system on Japanese territory, increasing its military presence in the region and its steps in the field of disarmament and arms control.
“We view these steps as a threat to our country”.
U.S. Intelligence: China Is Building Up Its Capability to Invade Taiwan
“The PLA continues to prepare for contingencies in the Taiwan Strait to deter, and if necessary, compel Taiwan to abandon moves toward independence,” DIA warned. “The PLA also is likely preparing for a contingency to unify Taiwan with the mainland by force, while simultaneously deterring, delaying, or denying any third-party intervention on Taiwan’s behalf.”
Iran seeks broader defense cooperation with Russia amid US pressure
Amid rising US pressure, Iran and Russia appear to be gearing toward forging closer military and defense ties. Last week, the commander of the regular Iranian navy announced plans for an Iranian-Russian joint military exercise in the Persian Gulf. Particularly given the recent speculations about differences arising between Tehran and Moscow in Syria, the announcement by Rear Adm. Hossein Khanzadi seemed to serve as a signal that bilateral ties are vital and unbreakable.
Two Russian aircraft entered South Korea’s air defense zone: military
Two Russian military aircraft violated South Korea’s air defense identification zone (KADIZ) last week, prompting the Air Force to scramble fighter jets in response, a military source here said Wednesday.
The Tupolev Tu-142s, Russia’s maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft, entered the KADIZ without prior notice from the south of South Korea’s southern island of Jeju on Friday, according to the source.
Beijing will seek to add bases to provide security to One Belt, One Road infrastructure projects, Pentagon report says.
The Trump administration warned China and Russia on Monday that the U.S. won’t stand for aggressive moves in the Arctic region, which is rapidly opening up to development and commerce as temperatures warm and sea ice melts.
Russia’s increasing influence in Cuba stirs ghost of Cold War
Russia is stirring the ghosts of Cuba’s Cold War past as it looks to re-establish its influence in the Communist-run island nation, although this time analysts say Moscow has no intention of bankrolling Havana.
Whereas once the Soviet Union and Cuba were linked by an ideological bond, now pragmatism and a shared rejection of US foreign policy is drawing them together again.
China to increase overseas military bases: Pentagon report
Beijing will seek to add bases to provide security to One Belt, One Road infrastructure projects, Pentagon report says.
New 2nd Fleet To Confront Russia From Day One
Just days after the Navy’s new 2nd Fleet stands up later this month, its commander will push the USS Mount Whitney command ship, along with dozens of other NATO vessels, into the Baltic Sea to direct a major exercise.
In many ways, BALTOPS is the perfect way for 2nd Fleet to enter the world. It was reconstituted — the previous iteration was retired in 2011 — primarily to track and meet Russian maneuvers in the North Atlantic and the Arctic.
More US troops bound for Poland, defense minister says
The U.S. and Poland are in talks on boosting the number of American troops in the country, with a final agreement expected before year’s end, Poland’s top defense official said Thursday.
“Everything seems to indicate that we will conclude negotiations with the United States this year,” Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak told Polish media. “There will be an increase in the presence of U.S. troops in Poland.”
For months, military and diplomatic officials have worked on a deal in connection with Warsaw’s offer to spend up to $2 billion to fund a permanent U.S. base.
China military expanding reach into Arctic region, Pentagon says
China is accelerating activities in the Arctic as part of its “Polar Silk Road” and trying to promote itself as a “near-Arctic state,” the U.S. Defense Department said.
A growing fleet of icebreakers and civilian research stations in Iceland and Norway could support a strengthened People’s Liberation Army presence in the polar region, the Pentagon said Thursday in its annual report on China’s military. The department cited the potential deployment of nuclear-armed China submarines to the region as one area of U.S. concern.
Special Report: China’s furtive underwater nukes test the Pentagon
Satellite imagery reveals the regular presence of nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines at the strategic base near the resort city of Sanya. Specialized surface warships and aircraft designed to protect the subs are prowling key waterways off the coast. Facilities at the base appear to have been built to store and load ballistic missiles. Antenna arrays that support the hunt for foreign submarines have appeared on Chinese-held islands in the hotly contested South China Sea. And a veteran submariner has been appointed to command Chinese forces in the south of the country.
Taken together, this means China has a force of missile submarines that can launch nuclear attacks from beneath the waves and now appear to be heading out on patrols, according to serving and retired naval officers, diplomats and security analysts. That gives Beijing something it has until recently lacked: a more reliable “second strike” capability if its land-based nuclear arsenal comes under attack.
Vlad the conqueror
Vladimir Putin wants to make Russia great again. He defines great as powerful, nothing more, nothing less. If you keep that in mind, everything he does makes perfect sense.
Venezuela crisis: Duelling protests grip Caracas as Russia warns US military action ‘fraught with gravest consequences’
Rival groups of protesters have swept on to the streets of Caracas, as Russia warned the US that any aggressive steps by Washington would be “fraught with the gravest consequences”.
Russia Accuses Venezuelan Opposition of Resorting to Violence
Russia’s Foreign Ministry on Tuesday accused the opposition in Venezuela of resorting to violence in what it said was a brazen attempt to draw the country’s armed forces into clashes.
The ministry made the allegation after Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido called for a military uprising to oust President Nicolas Maduro and armed factions exchanged gunfire outside a Caracas air base as the country hit a new crisis point after years of political and economic chaos.
Trump’s Arms Control Plan: Genius or Disingenuous?
The Trump Administration’s plans for new nuclear arms reduction talks with Russia and China have elicited puzzlement, praise and condemnation from former administration nuclear officials and experts. If nothing else, the reactions reflect the (seemingly chronic) problem of mixed messages emanating from the White House on critical national security policy issues.
U.S. Warships Challenge Beijing in Taiwan Strait as Chinese, Russian Fleets Meet to Practice Joint Defense
The U.S. issued its latest challenge to Beijing over Taiwan on Sunday as Chinese and Russian fleets met for major exercises off China’s east coast, an area that has become a tense flashpoint between Beijing and Washington.
Two American warships sailed through the Taiwan Strait—the 112-mile-wide body of water separating Taiwan from mainland China—on Sunday, drawing condemnation from Beijing, Reuters reported.
Meanwhile, Russia and China were building on increasingly warm relations, with warships from both preparing to take part in major naval drills.
…While China was condemning the U.S. operation, it was gathering warships in the northern port of Qingdao for joint exercises with Russia, which in recent years has drawn closer to its neighbor amid expanded naval operations in the Pacific.
Russian Missiles in Venezuela Heighten US Tensions
Russian military personnel flying into Venezuela in recent weeks were likely sent to ensure the nation’s sophisticated S-300 surface-to-air missiles remain a credible deterrent to any U.S. military action against the government of socialist President Nicolas Maduro, according to defense analysts in Latin America, the U.S. and Russia.
Iran, Russia to hold joint maritime drills in Persian Gulf
Iran and Russia will conduct a joint maritime drill in the Persian Gulf, Iran’s Mehr News agency reported on Monday.
…Fars News reported that during the meeting the new general “renewed the two countries’ determination to bolster military and defense cooperation” and discussed bilateral relations in both regional and international areas.
Russian Submarines Can Now Nuke a City Without Leaving Port
Russian submarines can now launch cruise missiles while docked in port. Thus, Russian subs can fire their weapons more quickly, without the need to sail into open water. But more ominously, because subs abruptly leaving port is considered a warning sign that hostilities are imminent, the ability to launch missiles while dockside makes a surprise attack easier.
Putin Says Russia May Make Passport Offer to All Ukrainians
Russian President Vladimir Putin said he may extend an offer of citizenship to cover all Ukrainians after he sparked controversy by ordering passports be made available to people in areas of the country controlled by pro-Moscow separatists.
Russia’s offer of citizenship is “not only to the people who live” in the rebel-held areas of Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions, Putin told reporters in Beijing on Saturday. “We are generally thinking to provide a simplified citizenship procedure to Ukrainian citizens.”
Putin seems to pop up wherever there is a political vacuum in the world
Russian President Vladimir Putin capped a week of high-profile diplomacy on Friday, when he appeared at the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing — and received an especially warm welcome from Chinese President Xi Jinping.
“President Putin is a good friend and an old friend to Chinese people,” Xi said. “And he is my closest friend.”
Friendship was also on the agenda in Putin’s summit meeting Thursday in the Russian city of Vladivostok with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. In Vladivostok, Putin positioned himself as an essential broker for resolving the nuclear crisis on the Korean peninsula, and as a prominent player on the world stage.
China begins joint naval drills with six Southeast Asian nations
China said on Thursday it had begun a new round of joint naval exercises with its military partners from six Southeast Asian nations in waters off its east coast.
There’s a bigger Russian threat than meddling. Vladimir Putin is acting like he wants war
To understand that threat, we have to examine Putin’s motivations. His policies are dictated by deeply held convictions and ambitions rooted less in Russian patriotism than in Soviet patriotism. In his mind, the end of the Soviet Union was a profound historical injustice, visited upon his country by plotters from without and traitors from within.
His self-imposed mission is to avenge this “tragic,” man-made disaster by recovering for Russia some of the economic, political and geopolitical assets it lost when the Soviet Union collapsed. For Putin, as his policies have made clear again and again, the most important of these is to reoccupy the Soviet Union’s place as an existential alternative — military and moral— to the United States. In the most popular trope of state propaganda, he is “raising Russia off its knees” to make America pay dearly for the humiliation it dealt the Soviet Union.
China leads US on potent super-fast missiles
China is leading the US in a race to deploy hypersonic missiles that would defeat existing air defence systems, according to senior US officials.
The combination of speed, manoeuvrability and altitude of these missiles makes them difficult to track and intercept.
France to deploy tanks and military to Russian borders
It is noted that the French armed forces will be sent to Estonia as part of the NATO mission to strengthen the military presence in the Baltic countries and Poland. It is assumed that the French soldiers will be present in Estonia until August of this year.
Russia floats out first nuclear sub that will carry Poseidon strategic underwater drones
The Project 09852 special-purpose nuclear-powered submarine Belgorod that will be the first carrier of Poseidon strategic underwater drones was floated out at the Sevmash Shipyard in north Russia on Tuesday, TASS reports from the scene.
Russian President Vladimir Putin watched the submarine’s launch ceremony via a TV link-up.
Along Russia’s border to Norway, a big show of military force
There was no silent Easter in the border areas between Russia and Norway. As locals on the Norwegian side relaxed in their cabins on Easter Monday, the nearby military units based in the Russian Pechenga Valley were anything but dormant.
According to the Northern Fleet, about 1,000 troops and more than 340 pieces of equipment engaged in a fight against a simulated enemy. Involved were T-72B3 tanks, mobile artillery units, amphibious armored vehicles, aircraft and helicopters.
Over 2,000 servicemen take part in snap checks in Russia’s south
Two regiments of the 42nd motorized rifle division stationed in Chechnya took part in snap checks, the press service of the Southern Military District said on Tuesday.
“Over 2,000 servicemen marched to the assigned area surrounded by ‘enemy’ reconnaissance groups. They had to pass through areas contamindated with radiation,” the press service said.
The US is doing two carriers at the same time in the Mediterranean to send a message to Russia
With two U.S. aircraft carriers operating in the Mediterranean Sea for the first time since 2016, it would be hard for Russia to miss the intended message.
But to hammer the point home, U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Huntsman visited the carrier USS Abraham Lincoln on Tuesday, according to a 6th Fleet news release.
“Each of the carriers operating in the Mediterranean at this time represent 100,000 tons of international diplomacy,” Huntsman said in the news release. “Diplomatic communication and dialogue coupled with the strong defense these ships provide demonstrate to Russia that if it truly seeks better relations with the United States, it must cease its destabilizing activities around the world.”
Israel’s Support for the Chinese Military Could Harm the United States
A desire for trade and cash in Israel’s government simply reinforces the delusion that China will take the Jewish state’s diplomatic and military interests into account.
‘Operation Blackout is underway’: Russia blames US for Venezuela power crisis
Russia has accused the United States of deliberately causing a succession of crippling power cuts in Venezuela as part of a plot to topple its president, Nicolás Maduro, dubbed “Operation Blackout”.
Expert says Russians ready to launch large-scale military actions this year
Former deputy chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Lt Gen (Reserve) Ihor Romanenko has said Russians are ready to launch large-scale military actions this year.
Chinese money is behind some of the Arab world’s biggest projects
For decades the Middle Kingdom saw the Middle East as a petrol station. About half of China’s oil came from Arab states and Iran. Little went in the other direction. In 2008 the region got less than 1% of China’s net outbound foreign direct investment (FDI). Skip ahead a decade and Chinese money is everywhere: ports in Oman, factories in Algeria, skyscrapers in Egypt’s new capital. Last year it pledged $23bn in loans and aid to Arab states and signed another $28bn in investment and construction deals (see chart).
After having second thoughts, several countries return to China’s belt and road plan
Some of China’s most important allies in its “Belt and Road Initiative” are back on board after a period of doubt and uncertainty, with some of these countries’ officials saying they “don’t have many options better” than Beijing’s ambitious drive despite the global concerns it has drawn.
Russia Warns U.S. ‘Getting Ready’ for War on Venezuela, China Says Leave Cuba Alone Too
Russia and China have condemned recent U.S. moves in Latin America, where they accuse President Donald Trump’s administration of warmongering and interfering in the affairs of sovereign countries.
As the U.S. stepped up efforts to oust Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro in favor of political challenger and parliament speaker Juan Guaidó, U.S. Southern Command chief Navy Admiral Craig Faller told Foreign Policy last week that defense officials “are on the balls of our feet” in anticipation of taking action. Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova responded Thursday to these remarks, saying this “reaffirms our fears that U.S. military action in Venezuela is not an abstraction, but a possible reality that is admitted in Washington.”
A new Russian law will further separate the country from the global internet
A new law that could further cordon Russia from the global internet passed the country’s parliament this week and awaits President Vladimir Putin’s signature.
Moscow has positioned the law as a security and privacy measure, meant to counter what it has said is an increasingly aggressive cybersecurity stance by the U.S. and increasingly risky threat landscape generally. But activists and other international observers outside Russia say the law would give Putin’s government far greater control over internet traffic within the country, despite measures already in place to tamp down on dissent.
North Korea’s Kim to Meet Putin as Tensions Rise with US
North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un will visit Russia for talks with Vladimir Putin this month, the Kremlin said Thursday, as tensions between Washington and Pyongyang reached fever pitch.
The Kremlin announced the talks just hours after North Korea launched an extraordinary attack on U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, demanding he be removed from negotiations over its banned nuclear programme.
Beijing says China’s military drill near Taiwan ‘necessary’ | #AsiaNewsNetwork
On Monday, various warships, bombers and reconnaissance aircraft of the People’s Liberation Army Eastern Theater Command conducted “necessary training” around Taiwan as a means to test the joint assault capability between different branches of the military, Senior Colonel Zhang Chunhui, the theater command’s spokesman, said in a statement on Monday.
The exercise took place in waters east of Taiwan and was part of a scheduled PLA exercise, he said.
…Taiwan’s administration, led by the Democratic Progressive Party, used the drill as an opportunity to “deceive and mislead the residents of Taiwan and to provoke and escalate a cross-Straits confrontation,” Ma said.
Kim Jong Un Oversees Fighter Drills, Test Of New Weapon As Diplomatic Focus Turns To Russia
Within the last two days, Kim Jong Un has been present at two publicized military engagements, something we haven’t seen since the darkest days of U.S-North Korean tensions that led up to a spate of detente that lasted just over a year. This warming of relations culminated in the collapsed denuclearization talks between the U.S. and North Korea in Hanoi late last February. Meanwhile, Kim is looking toward Moscow for closer relations and what may become a lifeline from the hardline international sanctions that are stifling North Korea’s economic growth.
Russia’s Fast-Growing ‘Youth Army’ Aims to Breed Loyalty to the Fatherland
…Since Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered its establishment at the army’s behest in October 2015, upward of 416,000 children between the ages of 8 and 18 have joined the Youth Army’s ranks. On the organization’s website, a live ticker tracking membership increases by the dozens every day. By World War II Victory Day on May 9, the group hopes to have 500,000 members; by 2020 it aims to reach one million.
…“It’s a crime,” said Valentina Grebenik, executive secretary of the Union of Committees of Soldiers’ Mothers of Russia. “The militarization of childhood is banned by the [United Nations] Convention on the Rights of the Child. What is going on is an outrage against our kids and our society.”
‘Mr Pompeo, you can stop’: China hits back at criticism over Latin America
China’s foreign ministry has hit back at criticism from US Secretary of State
Mike Pompeo over the country’s activities in Latin America, urging the top US diplomat to watch his words.
…“For some time, some US politicians have been carrying the same version, the same script of slandering China all over the world, and fanning the flames and sowing discord everywhere,” Lu said.
“The words and deeds are despicable. But lies are lies, even if you say it a thousand times, they are still lies. Mr Pompeo, you can stop,” the spokesman said.
Putin, Xi, Assad, and Maduro vs. the American Hegemon
The American foreign policy Blob’s latest worry is that Venezuela’s radical leftist government is reaching out to the Middle East for support against growing pressure from Washington.
U.S., Russia Chilly Relations Worrying Many
It has the makings of a new Cold War, or worse.
The deep chill in U.S.-Russian relations is stirring concern in some quarters that Washington and Moscow are in danger of stumbling into an armed confrontation that, by mistake or miscalculation, could lead to nuclear war.
Russia Won’t Like This: THAAD Missile Defense System Headed to Europe
The U.S. Army in April 2019 announced it would deploy to Romania one of its seven Terminal High-Altitude Area-Defense missile-interceptor batteries. The planned summer 2019 deployment coincides with a shut-down of the U.S. Aegis Ashore missile-defense site, also in Romania, for a scheduled upgrade.
Beware, NATO: Russia Just Showed Off Supersonic Bombers, S-400s and Su-27 Fighters
Russia’s Southern Military District (SMD) is conducting a series of high-profile combat exercises in defiance of NATO’s Operation Sea Shield 2019, the latest in an ongoing cycle of military escalation in the Black Sea region.
Russia Hacks Global Satellite Navigation Systems To Confuse Planes And Ships
Russia continues to mount an increasing number of attacks on global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) — especially the U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS) — to calculate the damage it can inflict on these unprotected systems in case of conflict.
China Threatens to Turn Taiwan Into Another Lebanon
Beijing has a warning for Taiwan: toe the line or we’ll do to you what Israel has done to Lebanon—bomb you to pieces.
That warning came after U.S. national security adviser John Bolton complained that Chinese J-11 fighters crossed the middle line of the Taiwan Strait, which somewhat unofficially demarcates control of the waters between China and Taiwan. It marked the first time in almost twenty years that Chinese aircraft have done this, with Taiwanese fighters scrambling to intercept them.
Russia: World No Longer Trusts U.S. to Lead, It’s Time Others Step in to Stop ‘Blackmail and Pressure’
Russia’s top diplomat has argued that the world is losing faith in the United States as a global leader and that the international community has sought a more diverse approach to global decisionmaking.
It’s Business as Usual for Russians in Sudan, Despite Bashir’s Fall
Sudan’s Omar al-Bashir may have been ousted by a popular revolution on Thursday, but his Russian allies are continuing their operations in the country, three Russian contractors in Sudan told TIME after the uprising.
…Putin accepted the arrangement, which involved supplies of Russian weapons and private military contractors to Sudan, as well as a variety of mining ventures. As TIME reported on April 4, Putin’s alliance with al-Bashir fit into a widening campaign of Russian influence across the developing world, where the Kremlin has moved to build a ragtag network of dictatorships over the past few years.
Turchynov: Russia preparing for large-scale continental war
“Russia is not just investing billions in the development of military infrastructure, it is preparing for large-scale military operations, large-scale continental war in Europe. And, of course, our country is the first bridgehead they will try to conquer,” Oleksandr Turchynov, the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine said at the 12th Kyiv Security Forum, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.
Turchynov noted that Russian Federation has been “the epicenter of the destruction of parity safety” over the past five years. In his opinion, the greatest danger lies in the fact that “the Russian Federation does not stop after occupying some territories.”
Sen. Rick Scott: Russian and Chinese military could ‘hit Florida’ from Venezuela
Scott, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Homeland Security committees, argued not just that “the United States must consider the use of military assets” to deliver humanitarian aid to Venezuela over Maduro’s objections. He raised the prospect of a full military intervention to overthrow the regime, saying that Venezuela has turned into an important theater of “great power confrontation” among the United States, Russia, and China.
“The Cubans, Russians, and Chinese see Venezuela as an economic opportunity, but more importantly, they see a chance to intimidate the United States, to be a thorn in our side,” Scott said in his speech. “Here’s the truth: We simply cannot allow our adversaries in Russia, China, or Cuba to gain a foothold in Venezuela.”
Rebel Leader Says East Ukraine Wants to Join Russia
The head of one of eastern Ukraine’s breakaway regions has said his separatist-held republic wants to join Russia as a full-fledged member.
…“The Donbass must return to its homeland as a full member,” Denis Pushilin, the head of Donetsk, said in an interview with local media on Sunday. “The Donbass looks toward Russia today.”
Russia Makes Move on Libya Peace as Clashes Rage Near Tripoli
Russia vowed to use “all available means” to try to broker peace in Libya as warlord Khalifa Haftar brushed aside U.S. warnings to press his military advance on the capital Tripoli.
…While the Kremlin has joined other global powers in urging a halt to fighting, it’s refrained from blaming Haftar for the outbreak of hostilities. Russia also blocked a more forceful statement singling out the strongman’s forces by the United Nations Security Council.
US labels Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard Corps a ‘terror group’
President Donald Trump announced on Monday that the United States is designating Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) a foreign “terrorist organisation”, marking the first time Washington has formally labelled another country’s military a “terrorist group”.
Erdogan and Putin seek to deepen their military ties
Turkish President Recep Tayyip on Monday arrived in Russia for his third visit this year, highlighting the increasingly close cooperation between the two countries and Turkey’s willingness to defy the United States.
Russia’s ships, missile systems put on duty due to NATO exercise in Black Sea
he Russian Black Sea Fleet’s reconnaissance and attack ships and coastal missile systems have been put on duty in connection with NATO’s exercise in the Black Sea, the National Defense Control Center (under the Defense Ministry) told TASS on Monday.
Putin Flexes Russian Muscle Abroad
Vladimir Putin has put to rest any questions about whether his primary objective is to return Russia to the great power status it once enjoyed. Putin, who allegedly proclaimed that ‘the breakup of the Soviet Union was the greatest geopolitical tragedy of the 20th century,’ has moved to consolidate power in Russia’s near abroad and traditional sphere of influence. Through military campaigns in Georgia (2008), Crimea (2014) and Ukraine (2014-present), Putin’s Russia has reasserted itself as regional hegemon throughout vast swaths of Central Asia, the Caucasus, and the states that comprise the former Soviet Union (FSU). In countries like Hungary in Eastern Europe and Serbia in the Balkans, Russia’s presence is felt through aggressive influence, often with the assistance of disinformation campaigns.
The Hottest App in China Teaches Citizens About Their Leader — and, Yes, There’s a Test
…The owner, Jiang Shuiqiu, a 35-year-old army veteran, has a different obsession: earning points on Study the Great Nation, a new app devoted to promoting President Xi Jinping and the ruling Communist Party — a kind of high-tech equivalent of Mao’s Little Red Book. Mr. Jiang spends several hours daily on the app, checking news about Mr. Xi and brushing up on socialist theories.
Tens of millions of Chinese workers, students and civil servants are now using Study the Great Nation, often under pressure from the government. It is part of a sweeping effort by Mr. Xi to strengthen ideological control in the digital age and reassert the party’s primacy, as Mao once did, as the center of Chinese life.
Showdown of world powers in Venezuela enters dangerous, new phase
What concerns US officials is that Vladimir Putin may be laying the ground for making Venezuela the defining foreign policy debacle for President Trump in the same way Syria became that for the Obama administration. Indeed, this week the Maduro and Assad regimes showcased their solidarity in Damascus, where Maduro Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza met with the Syrian leader. “The two Syrian and Venezuelan peoples’ fight against U.S. conspiracies and imperialism and the two will emerge victorious,” Arreaza said.
Philippines President Duterte warns China of ‘suicide attacks’ if it invades island
It’s a tactic not seen since the dying days of World War II: desperate soldiers, sailors and pilots flinging themselves at their enemies in suicide attacks.
But Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has warned of the return of the ‘kamikaze’ — or ‘divine wind’ — tactics of the Japanese.
Describing his dilemma in dealing with an immensely more powerful China in territorial disputes in the South China Sea, the president said he has few options other than to order troops to “prepare for suicide missions”.
NATO Approves Measures to Counter Russia amid Internal Rifts
NATO foreign ministers approved a series of measures Thursday aimed at countering Russia in the Black Sea region, an agreement that comes amid public rifts between the United States and several of the other 28 members on security and trade issues.
In a meeting in Washington to mark the 70th anniversary of NATO, the ministers agreed to provide Georgia and Ukraine with increased maritime cooperation, patrols and port visits. Both countries have faced Russian aggression and have aspirations to join the alliance.
NATO plans for Russian ‘aggression’ on 70th anniversary
NATO said Thursday, April 4, it was taking new action to counter Russia’s “aggression,” finding a united message amid other differences within the Western alliance on its 70th anniversary.
Closing two days of talks in Washington, foreign ministers from the 29-nation alliance said in a joint statement that they face “an unpredictable and challenging security situation” that includes “a more aggressive Russia.”
Move toward ‘military absorption’: Diplomat blasts NATO, US activity around South Caucasus
Moscow sees moves by the US and NATO towards the ‘military absorption’ of Transcaucasia as a major military and political challenge, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in an interview with the Azerbaijani ONA news agency timed to mark the 27th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Russia and Azerbaijan.
This region is “a sphere of Russia’s major interests,” the diplomat stressed. “First of all because of its geographic proximity. The importance of the South Caucasus in a broader geopolitical context is obvious,” Zakharova said.
US leaders say China is an emerging threat for NATO
The U.S.-led NATO pact must adapt to face an increased threat posed by China even as European allies work to counter Russia’s activities, America’s top diplomat said Thursday at a meeting of alliance foreign ministers.
Chinese army arrives in Venezuela just days after the Russian miltary
A group of Chinese soldiers arrived in Venezuela on Sunday as part of a cooperation program between Beijing and Caracas.
According to reports, more than 120 soldiers from the Chinese People’s Liberation Army arrived at Venezuela’s Margarita Island to deliver humanitarian aid and military supplies to the government forces.
Taiwan will forcefully expel PLA warplanes next time: Tsai Ing-wen
Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen has ordered a “forceful expulsion” of PLA warplanes next time they cross the “median line” separating the self-ruled island from the Chinese mainland.
Tsai’s response to China’s decision on Sunday, to send two fighter jets across the tacitly understood line dividing the Taiwan Strait, confirmed concerns that the action had opened a new flashpoint in the increasingly complex relations between the US, Taiwan and China.
Russia Practices Winning War in Disputed Region NATO Just Told It to Leave Immediately
Russia has hosted a series of drills in Abkhazia, a Black Sea breakaway republic considered by much of the international community to be a part of neighboring Georgia, where NATO was pursuing rival maneuvers.
Defense One: China a Leader in AI Image Fakery
In an era of precision satellite imagery to gain a tactical military advantage, the tricking of computers to display altered images is gaining traction worldwide, particularly by the likes of China, Defense One reported.
“This is not classified info. The Chinese have already designed; they’re already doing it right now, using GANs — which are generative adversarial networks — to manipulate scenes and pixels to create things for nefarious reasons.”
Russia claims U.S. B-52 bombers simulated strike against Moscow
Russian military sources claim that five U.S. Air Force’s B-52H Stratofortress bombers conducted a mock nuclear strike against targets in Russia, include Moskov and St. Saint Petersburg during training flights on 28 March.
US nuclear-capable bombers fly training mission near Russia
Five B-52 bombers flew over the Norwegian Sea Thursday, according to a statement from U.S. Air Force Europe, in a training flight reminiscent of those from the Cold War.
“The flights also allowed aircrews to conduct theater familiarization and to demonstrate U.S. commitment to allies and partners through the global employment of our military forces. U.S. Strategic Command regularly tests and evaluates the readiness of strategic assets to ensure we are able to honor our security commitments,” the statement said.
Nicaragua, Bolivia: Strategic Partners for Russia
Amid its obsession with reconfiguring world order, Russia seeks to increase its bonds with other Asian and Latin American countries through weapons, economic, and political connections. In addition to Venezuela—Russia’s main partner—Nicaragua and Bolivia help the Kremlin increase its influence in the region. There is also renewed interest in reviving relations with Cuba.
“Russia doesn’t bet on a regime, but on a position,” Armado Rodríguez Luna, research fellow at the Collective for Security Analysis with Democracy, based in Mexico, told Diálogo. “Due to its proximity to the United States, Latin America represents a geostrategic scenario for Russia.”
Saudi Arabia, China pledge to strengthen economic, military cooperation
Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud pledged to strengthen economic and military cooperation with China, to promote peace and stability in the region.
He made the remarks during a meeting with visiting Chinese State Councilor and Minister of National Defense Wei Fenghe on Tuesday in Riyadh.
The US just ‘invaded’ an island in the East China Sea & no one noticed
Just recently, the US military launched a full-on invasion of an island in the East China Sea to send a strong message to China, and yet barely any mainstream media outlet has covered the story or its massive implications.
The Russians Just Did A Fly-By Of Area 51
The Russians are operating their Tu-154M aircraft configured for surveillance flights sanctioned under the Open Skies Treaty that allows member countries to conduct surveillance flights over each other’s territory relatively unimpeded.
…This latest series of Russian Open Skies flights are being conducted out of Great Falls, Montana and are covering a slew of strategic points in the western part of the United States, including the highly secure Nellis Test and Training Range (NTTR) in southern Nevada, home of Area 51.
‘Russians Will Pay a Price’: US Mulls Response to Moscow Over Venezuela
US Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams announced on 29 March that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would soon come up with a response to last week’s arrival of Russian military planes in Venezuela. “We have a very nice options paper of the various things that can be done in US-Russia relations. There are a lot of things we can do in economic terms, in terms of sanctions. There is a lot of things that are on the list. So, The Russians will pay a price for this”, he said.
China Building Long-Range Cruise Missile Launched From Ship Container
China is building a long-range cruise missile fired from a shipping container that could turn Beijing’s large fleet of freighters into potential warships and commercial ports into future missile bases.
The missile will be deployed in launchers that appear from the outside to be standard international shipping containers used throughout the world for moving millions of tons of goods, often on the deck of large freighters.
Trump Warns Russia to ‘Get Out’ of Venezuela After Military Aid
President Donald Trump said Russia “needs to get out” of Venezuela after Vladimir Putin sent military planes and troops to an airport near Caracas over the weekend.
Russia, China to Conduct Joint Naval Drills in Late April-Early May – Statement
The Russian Navy and the Chinese Navy will hold joint Naval Interaction-2019 exercises in late April-early May, the Russian Defense Ministry said Wednesday in a statement.
During the drills, the Russian and Chinese sailors will practice joint maneuvering, organization of communication, missile and artillery firing at sea and air targets, as well as search and rescue support.
CHINA TAKES ON U.S. OVER VENEZUELA AFTER RUSSIA SENDS TROOPS: IT’S NOT YOUR ‘BACKYARD’
China has defended Russia’s recent deployment of troops to Venezuela amid U.S. statements suggesting Moscow and Beijing had no right to support a Latin American government disavowed by Washington.
Russia and NATO just took one step closer to war
The headlines in Georgia read that the country will one day join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization – whether Russia likes it or not. The man who made the declaration is NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. The Secretary was visiting Georgia at the end of a set of joint NATO-Georgian military exercises.
Georgia has been in what Russia considers its sphere of influence since the days of the Tsar, which can put the country in a precarious situation so close to its powerful neighbor. Ukraine has also been trying to escape Russian influence since the fall of the Soviet Union and has tried to do so by moving closer to joining the NATO alliance. Russia considered Ukraine’s membership in NATO to be a direct national security threat, which led to the unofficial invasion of Ukraine and the annexation of the Crimean Peninsula.
Repression of Religion in China Is Getting Worse. Here’s What Can Be Done.
It’s been a little more than a year now since new regulations on religious affairs went into effect in China in February 2018. Although Chinese people of faith have long faced persecution, last year still marked a notable turning point, as repression increased dramatically.
Under the concept of “Sinicization,” the Chinese Communist Party is attempting to shape religious practice to conform to its own values and priorities.
Russian plane in Venezuela amid reports of Russian military arrival
A cargo plane bearing the Russian flag was spotted by AFP at the main airport in Venezuela Sunday amid reports that Moscow has dispatched troops and a senior military official to the country.
The aircraft was seen at Maiquetia airport outside Caracas guarded by a contingent of Venezuelan National Guardsmen.
China Is Spying On Israel to Steal U.S. Secrets
Benjamin Netanyahu ignored the intelligence operations of Beijing and Moscow for too long. Now, the Israeli government is finally paying attention, but it could be too late.
US, Russian Bombers Square Off Over Europe
A task force of U.S. Air Force B-52 strategic bombers conducted air combat exercises Monday across Europe. That same day, Russia announced it had deployed supersonic, long-range Tu-22M3 bombers to Crimea, the Ukrainian territory that Russia invaded and seized in March 2014.
The parallel timing of the moves highlights how the ongoing war in Ukraine has rattled the relationship between U.S. and Russian military forces in Europe, spurring both camps to conduct exercises more frequently and deploy their forces closer to each other.
Mutual distrust is increasing—so is the danger of an accidental conflict, experts say.
China’s Xi looks to strengthen Italian ties, evokes ancient trade routes
Italy and China want to revive the spirit of the ancient Silk Road by deepening their trade and investment ties, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Friday during a trip to Rome that has raised eyebrows in Washington.
Xi is set to sign a deal on Saturday that will see Italy become the first member of the Group of Seven industrialized nations to join China’s “Belt and Road” infrastructure
project (BRI), which is inspired by the historic trade routes.
Trump to Recognize Israeli Sovereignty Over the Golan Heights
In a bold move that may well foreshadow his long-awaited Middle East Peace Plan, President Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. will “fully recognize” Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.
New Russian Military Doctrine: Prepare for Large-scale War
Russia’s new military doctrine was presented this month by Chief of General Staff Valery Gerasimov, with stress placed on the need for Russia’s military to prepare for large- scale war that will use both conventional and hybrid warfare.
Russia Is Planning A “Ground Force” of Armed Military Robots
The Russian military’s research division is working to develop ground-based, combat-ready robots to assist its infantry.
The heavily-armed robots, first displayed in a state-produced video last month, resemble miniature tanks that can be deployed alongside infantry or swarms of quadrotor drones — either of which, according to C4ISRNET, can send targeting information back to the killer robot.
B-52 bombers are flying near Russian and Chinese waters this month
U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress bombers are flying “simultaneous training flights” over Europe and the Pacific Ocean this month.
The sorties are a coordinated effort by European Command, Indo-Pacific Command and Strategic Command, U.S. officials said in a press release issued to “promote transparency and communicate our intentions.”
China’s Xi urges teachers of political courses to tackle ‘false ideas’
Beijing has campaigned against the spread of “Western values” in education, especially at universities, and the ruling Communist Party’s anti-corruption watchdog has sent inspectors to monitor teachers for “improper” remarks in class.
Addressing a symposium for teachers of ideological and political theory in Beijing, Xi said the party must nurture generations of talent to support its leadership and China’s socialist system, state media said late on Monday.
Putin says ‘Tempo has been lost’ on Japan-Russia peace treaty
Russian President Vladimir Putin said the “tempo has been lost” toward a peace treaty with Japan as the specter of American troops interfered with efforts to resolve a territorial dispute, Russia’s Kommersant reported Friday.
He said talks were impeded by the prospect that American forces could be stationed on the four southernmost Kuril Islands — which Russia has administered since the end of the war, but Japan claims as its own — should some of them be handed back to Japan as has been discussed.
US bomber flies over Baltic Sea 150 km from Russia’s border – Defense Ministry
“On March 15, 2019, a US Air Force B-52 aircraft with the transponder switched on performed a flight over international waters of the Baltic Sea parallel to Russia’s territorial waters. The plane did not approach Russia’s border closer than 150 kilometers and turned around immediately after Russian air defense systems on combat duty tracked it,” the ministry said.
U.S. Military Steps Up Cyberwarfare Effort
The U.S. military has the capability, the willingness and, perhaps for the first time, the official permission to preemptively engage in active cyberwarfare against foreign targets. The first known action happened as the 2018 midterm elections approached: U.S. Cyber Command, the part of the military that oversees cyber operations, waged a covert campaign to deter Russian interference in the democratic process.
The US and China are gearing up for a missile fight — and the US is at a huge disadvantage
…Now, unbound by the treaty, the US can in theory counter China’s intermediate-range missiles with missiles of its own. But the reality is that China holds several seemingly insurmountable advantages in this specific missile fight.
Top US General Warns Google Refuses To Work With US, But Works And Benefits China’s Military
During his testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford said while Google continues to not work with the U.S. military, they will work with China. He said their work with China in turn benefits the Chinese military.
China just overtook the US in global leadership approval
Global approval of China’s leadership is gaining ground, while that of the US is waning.
That’s according to a report this month from Gallup, which said that the median approval of China’s leadership across 134 countries was 34%, rising from 31% in the past two years.
Meanwhile, the US’s standing is at 31%.
…Russia posted a 30% approval rating, which Gallup says is “the first time this country has been on equal footing with the US.”
Russia Claims Total Military Superiority in the Arctic
The steady and costly buildup of military might in the Arctic has apparently reached a level sufficient for Russia to claim sovereign rights over international waters along the entire length of the Northern Sea Route (known in Russian as Sevmorput), from the Barents Sea in the west to Alaska and the Bering Strait in the east. Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov told journalists, “This territory [the Arctic] is within the sphere of Russian interests. We will not give it away or let it slip away,” despite Washington’s claims that these are international waters (Militarynews.ru, March 3). According to the pro-Kremlin daily Izvestia, the Russian government has approved a draft document requiring “foreign navies [to] post a request with Russian authorities to pass through the Sevmorput 45 days in advance, providing detailed technical information about the ship, its crew and destination.” Moscow may allow or ban any such request, as it sees fit; and Russian maritime pilots must be present aboard foreign naval ships while they are within Sevmorput waters. Russia reserves the right to use military force to defend its sovereign rights, to arrest intruder ships, or to sink and destroy them. Long-range missile-carrying naval ships potentially threaten vital Russian strategic targets while in the Sevmorput and may also cause ecological damage. The fact that Sevmorput waters partially lie outside Russia’s 12-nautical-mile territorial waters limit is seen by Moscow as insignificant. The Sevmorput is a Russian national treasure that must be protected (Izvestia, March 6).
Post-Soviet bloc’s integrated air defense system to get cutting-edge upgrade
The chiefs of staff of the armed forces from the member states of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) have agreed on further developing the CIS integrated air defense system, proceeding from modern tasks, Chief of Russia’s General Staff, Army General Valery Gerasimov said on Thursday.
Chinese Official Vows to Eliminate Christianity in China
A Chinese official says the country is vowing to eliminate Christianity in China, according to The Christian Post.
Xu Xiaohong, head of the National Committee of the Three-Self Patriotic Movement of the Protestant Churches in China, says there are “problems” with Christianity in the country, calling the religion an “infiltration.”
House passes series of measures hitting Russia, Putin
The House passed a series of bills on Tuesday meant to hold Russian President Vladimir Putin accountable for his country’s actions, including a measure condemning the Russian leader and his government for their alleged roles in covering up the 2015 assassination of Putin political opponent Boris Nemtsov.
Russian Defense Minister Says Army Now Capable of Remote Combat Missions
The Russian army can now fight in the remotest parts of the world, although just six years ago it did not have such an opportunity, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Monday, speaking at an extended meeting of the Russian lower house Defense Committee.
…All military units of the Russian Armed Forces are now combat-ready, Shoigu said. He recalled that this was not always the case. “In 2012, the composition of the stand-by forces included only 16 formations. Brigades were formed instead of divisions and were staffed 50-75 percent. The timing for bringing them to combat readiness in one hour was not reached”, the head of the military department said.
“Opinion polls conducted over the past 2-3 years show that about 90 percent of the country’s population trusts the Russian army”, he said.
Turkish-Russian Military Cooperation Deepens Amid US-Turkish Tensions
Russian and Turkish military cooperation is deepening as Ankara’s relationship with Washington deteriorates. Recent joint naval exercises between Russia and Turkey, and increasing military cooperation in Syria, come as NATO allies question Turkey’s allegiance to the Western defense alliance.
A joint naval drill last Friday was part of a broader Turkish national military exercise. While the drills involved only a few ships, analysts have described its political implications as far more significant.
“The realization of the Russian-Turkish common military exercises is a message both for the West and for the region of the Middle East that two sides cooperate,” said Zaur Gasimov, an Istanbul-based analyst for the Max Weber Foundation.
U.S. Preparing to Take a Tougher Stance on German-Russian Gas Pipeline
The Trump administration is readying a tough stance against a Russian gas pipeline with sanctions, according to the Wall Street Journal. The move is driving tensions between the U.S., Germany, and other parts of the EU. The reason is a combination of geopolitics and competition in selling natural gas.
…Finally, there is money. The three largest natural gas producers in the world are the U.S., Russian, and Iran, according to the CIA World Factbook. Iran is hampered because of U.S. sanctions. By cutting off Iran on one hand and reducing Russian sales on the other, the U.S. could see more market activity and become a larger exporter.
Russia to conduct large-scale military drills in Crimea
The Russian Federation intends to conduct large-scale military drills in Crimea involving 10,000 artillerists and 3,000 weapons units.
VIDEO captures test of Russian military device, dreaded in UK media for its ‘hallucinating’ effects
Filin – which translates as ‘eagle-owl’ – is a powerful light gun that makes it impossible to take aim at, or even to look in the direction of, any hardware that it is protecting, be it a Navy vessel or a land-based vehicle.
The optical interference system is capable of neutralizing scopes, laser position finders and the aiming systems of guided missiles, and of blinding enemy personnel at a distance of up to five kilometers. It works at night and in twilight, but the Russian manufacturer Roselectronica is currently working on a device that will be as effective during daytime as well.
Pentagon escalating buildup on Russia’s borders
The Pentagon’s top military commander in Europe told the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday that more US troops and more warships must be deployed to the continent to counter what he described as Moscow’s “malign influence” and Russian threats to “the United States’ vital national interests.”
The US has been getting ‘its ass handed to it’ in simulated war games against Russia and China, analysts say
In war games simulating a high-end fight against Russia or China, the U.S. often loses, two experienced military war-gamers have revealed.
“In our games, when we fight Russia and China, ‘blue’ gets its ass handed to it,” David Ochmanek, a RAND warfare analyst, explained at the Center for a New American Security on Thursday, Breaking Defense first reported. U.S. forces are typically color-coded blue in these simulations.
“We lose a lot of people. We lose a lot of equipment. We usually fail to achieve our objective of preventing aggression by the adversary,” he said.
Russia passes laws banning ‘fake news,’ ‘disrespect’ of government
Russian lawmakers passed two new bills Thursday that imposes restrictions on the spreading of what the Kremlin perceives to be “fake news” and criminalizes anyone for “blatant disrespect” of the state.
The Kremlin-controlled lower house, the State Duma, approved the bills, which are expected to quickly pass in the upper house before President Vladimir Putin signs them into law.
The “fake news” bill bans the spread of “unreliable socially-important information” that could “endanger lives and public health, raise the threat of massive violation of public security and order or impede the functioning of transport and social infrastructure, energy and communication facilities and banks.”
Russian special-purpose sub to be first carrier of Poseidon strategic underwater drone
The Project 09852 special-purpose submarine Belgorod that will be floated out in the second quarter of this year will be the first carrier of Poseidon nuclear-capable underwater drones, a source in the domestic defense industry told TASS on Wednesday.
The special-purpose submarine Belgorod will be capable of carrying six Poseidon strategic underwater drones.
Russian S-400 missile purchase a done deal, Turkey’s Erdogan says
Turkey will never turn back from a deal to buy S-400 missile defence systems from Russia, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, adding that Ankara may subsequently look into buying S-500 systems.
…The US has warned that procuring the S-400 systems from Russia could jeopardise defence industry deals between the NATO allies, and this week decided to end preferential trade with Turkey.
Russian special forces train Palestinian militia in Syria
In a video released yesterday by the Russian propaganda news channel RT, Russian special forces were shown training members of Liwa al Quds, a pro-regime Palestinian militia group in Syria.
The video’s description said that the militants are being taught “storming fortified positions.”
Russia To Defend Its Venezuela Oil Assets In ‘Toughest Way Possible’
At the same time, Russia, which vowed to defend its oil assets in Venezuela as early as the political crisis began in January, sees risks to its investments in the Latin American country and pledges to react “in the toughest way” possible within international law if those investments are threatened, Russia’s Ambassador to Venezuela, Vladimir Zaemsky, told Russian government-run newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta in an interview published this week.
Is a remote naval center near Arlington in Russia’s nuclear crosshairs?
A Russian state television broadcaster asserts that one of his country’s top targets for attack in the event of nuclear war would be a 4,700-acre site east of Arlington that encompasses a key transmission center for the Pacific submarine fleet and a forested recreational area for military personnel.
…When the Navy opened Jim Creek back in 1953, it was hailed as the most powerful radio station in the world. Currently, it has a network of radio antennas that span 980 acres, and is “still among only a handful of radio stations capable of providing more than one million watts of power allowing the U.S. Navy to communicate with ships, submarines and aircraft anywhere around the world,” according to a 2017 Navy public affairs posting about the site.
Russia Pledges to Help Venezuela Avoid Military Intervention
Russia will “do everything possible” to avoid outside military intervention in Venezuela, Parliament Speaker Valentina Matvienko told the Latin American nation’s vice president.
“We are very concerned that the U.S. are ready for any kind of provocation to start bloodshed and justify military intervention in Venezuela,” Matvienko told Vice President Delcy Rodriguez. “We’ll do everything possible to avoid this. We are confident that the Venezuelan crisis, artificially created by the U.S., can be resolved only peacefully, via dialog of all local political forces,” she said in comments reported by state news agency Tass.
Russia’s latest S-500, S-350 systems to enter service soon
The advanced S-500 surface-to-air missile/anti-ballistic missile systems and S-350 medium-range surface-to-air missile systems will enter service with the Russian armed forces soon, the commandant of the Zhukov Air-Space Academy, Lieutenant General Vladimir Lyaporov, said in an interview published by the Krasnaya Zvezda daily on Friday.
…Depending on the type of missiles it is equipped with, the system will be able to shoot down both air-breathing targets, such as planes and drones, and ballistic missiles. According to earlier Western media reports, Russia’s advanced system hit a target a distance of 481.2 km, exceeding the previous record by 80 km.
Majority now sees Russian military power as ‘critical threat’: poll
A majority of respondents consider Russia’s military power as a threat to the United States, according to a new poll.
The Gallup poll published Wednesday found that 52 percent of respondents see Russia’s military as a “critical threat,” up from 39 percent who answered that way when the poll was last taken in 2016. When the poll was first taken in 2004, only 18 percent held that view.
Russian Statements on New Cruise Missile Indicate First Strike Intentions (Jeremiah 51:12 Lift up a banner against the walls of Babylon! Reinforce the guard, station the watchmen, prepare an ambush!)
News reports from Russian media over the weekend indicate that the hypersonic cruise missile highlighted in President Vladimir Putin’s Feb. 20 state of the nation address is being contemplated for use in a first strike against targets in the continental United States.
This was the second year in a row that the Russian leader used the occasion of his annual presentation to a joint session of the Russian state parliament to threaten the use of nuclear-capable, “doomsday” weapons against the United States.
Official: China Will Step Up Military, Diplomatic Pressure Against Taiwan
China will increase military, diplomatic and other kinds of pressure against proudly self-ruled Taiwan to deliver on President Xi Jinping’s demand in January that the two sides unify, a China policy maker in Taipei told VOA Monday.
“We believe it will step up measures to contact and merge with Taiwan,” said Chiu Chui-cheng, deputy minister with Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council. “So, I think that perhaps military threats, diplomatic pressure and economic absorption, as well as the pressure to penetrate into and divide all of Taiwanese society, will get stronger bit by bit.”
Russian embassy threatens US F-35s in cryptic tweet with video of fighter jets being shot down
The Russian Embassy in the US took aim at America’s F-35 stealth fighters on Friday in a threatening message apparently tweeted in response to an earlier speech by the chief of staff of the US Air Force.
“‘If a Russia… ever was to see an F-35 inside its airspace’, we would love to send Chief of Staff of the [US Air Force] Gen. David L. Goldfein ‘message with two words’ — ‘remember Vietnam,'” the tweet read, adding, “‘An F-35 will never be alone.'”
The cryptic message was accompanied by Vietnam War propaganda footage of Soviet missiles shooting down fighter jets to an operatic score, the lyrics for which reportedly were “you can’t take away the sky from Vietnam” and “you can’t take the sun away from Vietnam,” according to Foxtrot Alpha, which first reported this story.
Russia names potential targets of Zircon missiles in U.S. territory
US Does Not Have The Military Technology To Compete with Russia in the Arctic? Experts
The expert stated, the US does not have the technology to work at extremely low temperatures and they do not have Arctic surface ships. “They have only two icebreakers, only one of which can work in the Arctic, and that is not enough to ensure the passage of strike groups.
This was the reason for the abandonment of the US Arctic exercises at the end of last year – in case of a breakdown in high latitudes, the crew of the only American icebreaker would be forced to turn to Russia for help, ”stated the experts.
According to the experts, “the US and allies must understand that it is Russia that determines the rules of the game in the Arctic.” “In addition to massive economic interests, there is also the issue of national security, because the Arctic is the shortest direction for a strike on Russia from the United States.
Special ops to turn focus from war on terror to China, Russia
America’s elite special operations forces are getting new marching orders as the Pentagon moves away from its post-9/11 focus on radical terrorist groups and trains its eye on big-power rivals such as China and Russia.
In a major shift of mission, officials at U.S. Special Operations Command are drafting new guidance to reorient its cadre of top-tier military units to fight the expanding armies and navies of what U.S. strategists call “near-peer” powers.
Christians Are Losing Jobs Due to Beliefs (Revelation 13:17 – “And that no man might buy or sell, except he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.”)
Employers in China are requiring that workers sign “no-faith” commitments or else be at risk of losing their jobs and livelihood.
The Chinese government’s comprehensive religious suppression is placing believers in a difficult predicament, with them losing their jobs for not abandoning their faith. And the firings of Christians from their places of employment are coming hard and fast because many refuse to abandon their beliefs, as the Chinese government demands.
Russia’s hypersonic missiles may reach US command centers in 5 minutes, says expert
Putin says Russia would be ‘OK’ with another Cuban Missile Crisis-level confrontation with the US
Vladimir Putin has warned that he’s ready for another Cuban Missile Crisis if America should invite it, as tensions between the U.S. and Russia continue to escalate.
“They (the tensions) are not a reason to ratchet up confrontation to the levels of the Cuban Missile Crisis in the 1960s. In any case that’s not what we want,” Putin reportedly told Russian media late on Wednesday. “If someone wants that, well OK they are welcome. I have set out today what that would mean. Let them count (the missile flight times).”
The statement serves to support the claims Putin made during his state of the union address earlier on Wednesday that Russia would aim hypersonic missiles at the United States if we were to deploy intermediate-range missiles in Europe.
Pakistan Begins War Preparations, Approves Military Response If India Attacks
Tensions between India and Pakistan escalated further with the Pakistan government headed by Imran Khan authorizing its military to “respond decisively and comprehensively to any aggression or misadventure” by neighboring India. Both are nuclear-armed rivals.
This was revealed in a government statement released after the meeting of Pakistan’s National Security Committee on Thursday, chaired by Prime Minister Khan.
Russia’s State-Sponsored Hackers Are The World’s Fastest
That’s the word from the cybersecurity experts at CrowdStrike, who just finished analyzing data on more than 30,000 hacking incidents. According to the company’s Adversary Ranking Russia’s hackers go from the initial breach to exploring other computers and devices connected to the compromised network (referred to as “breaking out”) in just 18 minutes.
At second place on CrowdStrike’s list is North Korea, but it’s not even a close contest. Its hackers clock an average breakout time of 2 hours and 20 minutes. That’s nearly 8 times slower than their Russian counterparts.
Russia preparing to attack Ukraine, further escalation to full-scale war looming – Poroshenko at UNGA
Further escalation of Russian aggression against Ukraine to full-scale war is already a reality because of the concentration of a large assault group of Russian military forces on Ukraine’s border, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said.
“Military experts would tell it straight that an armed grouping at the Russian border with Ukraine is offensive strike group personnel. It has nothing to do with defense. They are meant for military strike. This is what the Kremlin is being prepared for. Thus, further escalation to a full-scale war is not an unrealistic prospect,” Poroshenko said during debates at the United Nations General Assembly meeting, titled “The Situation in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine,” held in New York City on Wednesday.
Russia Has Almost Completed its Improved Land-based Missile Attack Warning System
On Saturday (16th February), in a program broadcast by the Russian radio Echo of Moscow, the Deputy Chief of Russia’s Aerospace Forces Igor Morozov stated that the reconfiguration of the Russian land-based missile alert system was completed, with patching up all the gaps that remained after the Soviet Union collapse, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
UK Announces Arctic Military Buildup to Counter Russia’s Activities – Reports
UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson announced on Sunday the increase in the country’s military presence in the Arctic to counter Russia’s activities in the region.
Iran and India slam Pakistan for ‘sheltering terrorists’
Iran and India are both outraged over recent terror attacks that appear to involve networks linked to extremists in Pakistan.
…India says it is working to isolate Pakistan diplomatically after the attack. Like Iran, India has said those responsible in Pakistan will pay a “heavy price” and this indicates there may be reprisals.
Tests of Burevestnik nuclear powered cruise missile successfully completed, says source
The tests of the compact nuclear power unit for cruise missile Burevestnik have been successfully competed in Russia, a source in the missile producing industry told TASS.
“A major stage of trials of the cruise missile of the Burevestnik complex, the tests of the nuclear power unit, were successfully completed at one of facilities in January,” he said.
In March 2018, President Vladimir Putin said Russia had developed a compact high-power nuclear engine intended for air-launched cruise missiles and sea-launched cruise missiles. Such a low-flying stealth CM armed with a special warhead features almost unlimited range, non-predictable trajectory and high air defense penetration capacity and cannot be intercepted by all existing missile defense and air defense assets.
Lukashenko allows possibility of Belarus-Russia merger
The president says he and Putin could “unite” the countries as early as tomorrow, but the question is whether the Russians and Belarusians are ready for this.
Japan Scrambles Fighters to Intercept 4 Russian Strategic Bombers and 4 Fighter Jets
Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) fighters intercepted four nuclear-capable Russian Tupolev Tu-95MS strategic bombers and four Sukhoi Su-35S (Flanker-E+) multirole fighter jets flying in two separate formations over the east and west coasts of Japan on February 15, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said in a statement. The intercepts took place in international waters and Japanese airspace was reportedly not violated.
The February 15 flights constitute one of the largest single presence of Russian military aircraft near Japan since Russia resumed regular long-range patrols in East Asia in 2014 following the deterioration of Russia-Japan diplomatic relations as a result of the Russian intervention in Eastern Ukraine.
Russia Suspects Venezuela Coup by Military Means Becoming US Priority
The Russian Foreign Ministry has warned of an increasing number of signs that a military coup in Venezuela is becoming the “West’s priority”.
“Venezuelan servicemen are openly being incited to a rebellion. High-ranking officials in Washington are calling on the armed forces of a sovereign state to side with new political leadership. What right does the United States have to talk about democracy and legal framework both within a separate state and on the global stage after that?” Zakharova added.
Lavrov Warned Pompeo Against Any Military Meddling in Venezuela
In a phone conversation with his American counterpart Mike Pompeo, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has warned Washington against any military interference in Venezuela, Zakharova said.
U.S. ally Turkey looks to Russia and Iran to protect its interests
As Trump administration officials presided over the second day of an international conference in Warsaw dominated by calls to ratchet up pressure on Iran, one longtime U.S. ally and NATO member was noticeably absent — Turkey.
Snubbing the gathering in Poland, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday attended a rival conference in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, where he planned to meet his Russian and Iranian counterparts to work out a final settlement of the war in Syria.
NORAD Commander: ‘We Are At Risk In Ways We Haven’t Been In Decades’
The commander in charge of advance-warning systems for the United States and Canada said both countries are “at risk in ways we haven’t been in decades” and called for a broad upgrade of NORAD’s defenses in response to Russian military advances.
Russia has ‘grand designs’ on European domination, Mike Pompeo says
Russia has “grand designs” to dominate Europe once more, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says
The comments from America’s top diplomat come amid heightened tensions between the West and Russia, as both Washington and Moscow have pulled out of a Cold-War-era treaty designed to limit nuclear cruise missiles.
Russian Military to Develop Arms Based on New Physical Principles
Russian Military Innovation Technopolis Era will start work on the creation of arms based on new physical principles and of systems for detecting underwater objects, the office of Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov, who is in charge of the defense industry, told Sputnik on Wednesday.
According to Borisov’s office, the Military Innovation Technopolis Era will focus on several new “promising areas”: creation of small spacecraft, weapons based on new physical principles, military geo-information platforms, hydroacoustic systems for objects detection and development of artificial intelligence technologies for the defense industry.
Russia stages mock attack on Norwegian radar station, jams GPS
At first, it seemed like any other Russian training exercise. A flight of 11 Su-24 ‘Fencer’ strike aircraft took off from their air base on the frosty Kola Peninsula, flying out over the Arctic Barents Sea. But, suddenly, the supersonic aircraft swung about, sped up, and formed into an attack profile — aimed directly at a nearby Norwegian outpost.
Only at the last possible moment did they veer away.
It was February 14, 2018.
But details of the simulated first strike have only now been revealed.
The target of the Russian attack aircraft was Vardo, Norway’s northernmost town.
It sits under the direct flight-path intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) would take if launched against the United States. Which is why Vardo is home to a powerful radar system designed to track rocket launches and objects in space.
Xi Jinping issues China’s first-ever decree on training of PLA; combat readiness on agenda
President Xi Jinping has signed China’s first-ever decree on training of the country’s two million-strong military, the world’s largest, to improve the combat readiness of armed forces, official media reported on Tuesday.
…The regulation is expected to consolidate the strategic role of military training under the new circumstances, strengthen the management of military training, and deepen military training under combat conditions, the report said.
Lavrov points to NATO’s unprecedented military build-up near Russian border
NATO continues its unprecedented military build-up near Russia’s borders, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a joint press conference following talks with his Finnish counterpart Timo Soini on Tuesday.
“The facts are clear: NATO continues its unprecedented military build-up near Russia’s borders, boosting military infrastructure and increasing the number of troops. The number of exercises in the Baltic and Black Seas, as well as of air force drills, has multiplied,” the Russian top diplomat noted.
Russia is about to be isolated from the internet. It’s all part of preparations for war
President Putin has ordered Russia to unplug itself from the internet. The nation accused of planning to use submarines to cut vital international cables wants to make sure its own economy can survive ‘offline’.
Russian media reports the civil-defence exercise is expected to take place at an unspecified time before April 1. It’s all about testing measures put in place in the event of war — when an ‘aggressor’ could cut its digital umbilical cords.
Moscow Concerned Over ‘Warmongering Tone’ of Williamson’s Global Britain Remark
The Russian Embassy in the United Kingdom addressed the stance UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson voiced earlier in the day. Specifically, he said that Britain will be “be ready to flex its military muscles after it leaves the EU”.
…”In NATO, we must stand firm against Russia’s non-compliance with the INF [Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces] Treaty, if necessary being ready to deal with the threat that new Russian missile systems may pose. The alliance must develop its ability to handle the kind of provocations that Russia is throwing at us,” Williamson said.
Russia: US policy could lead to Israel-Lebanon war
…”As for a conflict between Israel and Lebanon, nothing can be predicted with certainty because the region is at a crossroads. Peoples are demanding the settlement of existing crises, the return to a peaceful life, the development of cooperation. A negative alternative to this is the incitement of new conflicts by the Americans, which could involve many countries as well as ethnic and religious forces,” the diplomat said.
US shift on South China Sea ‘grey zone’ aggression signals stronger response ahead
…“One of the faults of the US grey zone strategy thus far has been the fact that the US and its allies have ceded initiative to Russia and China,” Morris said.
“Grey zone actions often blur the line between military and non-military platforms, actions and attribution for events, and are often, but not always, undertaken to assert territorial claims.”
Russia Lobbies for Syria to Rejoin Arab League
Russia is lobbying the Arab League to re-admit Bashar al-Assad’s Syria as a member, say diplomats based in the region. The Kremlin is eager to re-legitimize Assad’s regime quickly, hoping that will help in the pursuit of funds to rebuild the war-shattered country and consolidate Assad’s grip on power.
Russia is expanding its strategic influence in Africa
Putin places a high premium on geopolitical relations and the pursuit of Russian assertiveness in the global arena. This includes reestablishing Russia’s sphere of influence, which extends to the African continent. Like Beijing, Moscow’s method of trade and investment in Africa is without the prescriptions or conditionalities of actors like the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. Russia is gradually increasing its influence in Africa through strategic investment in energy and minerals. It’s also using military muscle and soft power.
Russia Demands U.S. Destroy Missile-Defense System In Romania, Military Drones
Russia says the United States should destroy its MK-41 missile-defense launch system deployed in NATO-member Romania in order to return to compliance with a landmark Cold War-era nuclear treaty.
The Russian Defense Ministry also said on February 7 that Washington should destroy its unmanned aerial vehicles for the same reason.
The U.S. Embassy’s military attache was handed a note containing Moscow’s demand after being summoned to the ministry.
Russia Pledges Response to Norwegian Military Activity
Russia on Thursday accused Norway of pushing ahead with a military build-up which it said increased the risks of military action and required some kind of Russian response.
Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said Moscow had watched as NATO member Norway had become more and more active in helping the Western military alliance build up its presence in the Arctic region.
U.S. Navy Chief Says Military Should ‘Push First’ Against Russia, Let Them ‘Respond to Our First Move’
The commander of the United States Navy has called for a more aggressive approach toward tackling an increasingly powerful Russia at sea.
Discussing a new age of “great powers” competition between the U.S., Russia and China at the Atlantic Council in Washington on Wednesday, Navy Admiral John Michael Richardson called for proactive measures toward Russia’s growing maritime presence in areas such as the Mediterranean and Black Seas. Asked about how the Navy should formulate its strategy toward perceived aggressions from Moscow, Richardson said that it was not only about “responses and pushing back, but how about we push first in a couple of areas.”
Is China about to abandon its ‘no first use’ nuclear weapons policy?
China might come under pressure to reconsider its long-standing “no first use” nuclear policy as it engages in a maritime arms race with the United States, analysts have warned.
Nuclear competition is brewing between the two countries as China makes gains in weapons development and Washington tries to limit Beijing’s military build-up in the South China Sea.
Sweden thinks Russia is preparing for large-scale war
According to a study by the Swedish Institute of Defense Studies (FOI), conducted at the request of the Swedish Ministry of Defense, the Russian military is increasingly preparing to wage a full-scale war.
According to the report, earlier Russia paid more attention to resolving local conflicts, but now strategic exercises are more ambitious, the army is being taught “to wage war on the greater part of the continent”.
Russia approves 38 million euro loan to Cuba’s military
Russia has approved a 38 million euro ($43.27 million) loan for Cuba’s defense sector, a senior Russian defense official was quoted as saying on Wednesday.
Russia’s Vladimir Putin Is Building an Anti-America Global Order With Venezuela, Experts Claim (Revelation 17:16 – “The beast and the ten horns you saw will hate the prostitute. They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire.”)
Russian President Vladimir Putin is defending Venezuelan strongman Nicolas Maduro in order to further his aim of building a new global order that excludes the United States, according to a new policy paper released on Wednesday that unravels the complex relationship between Russia and Venezuela.
“Russian engagement with the Bolivarian Republic demonstrates Vladimir Putin’s global ambitions to recruit geographically distant nations as partners in constructing a new multipolar, anti-U.S. world order,” reads the paper by Vladimir Rouvinski, a scholar at the Wilson Center. “The Russian government has learned to bolster domestic support for Putin at home by taking advantage of situations unfolding in the Russian ‘far abroad’ as elements of a political spectacle portraying Russia’s return as a global power.”
Russia just test-fired an ICBM built to beat US defenses as a nuclear arms race heats up
Russia test-fired its advanced RS-24 Yars intercontinental ballistic missile Wednesday, the Russian defense ministry said, amid rising tensions between Washington and Moscow.
The road-mobile, solid-fuel ICBM, which was “armed with multiple warheads,” was launched from the Plesetsk state testing spaceport, according to Russian state-run media outlet TASS. “The launch aimed to confirm the advanced missile system’s capabilities and flight characteristics,” the ministry said.
…The Yars has the ability to alter its trajectory during flight, and this maneuverability makes it more difficult to intercept. It can also deploy active and passive decoys — countermeasures that make it more formidable.
With North Macedonia’s Inclusion, NATO Gets a Boost That Sends a Message
The small European country now known as the Republic of North Macedonia may not seem like a significant addition to NATO. But it plugs another gap in what was once the former Soviet Union’s backyard, and comes at a time when East-West tensions are rising.
North Macedonia’s inclusion also means NATO will soon have 30 members, all committed to their collective defense. That is double what NATO’s membership was in 1991, when many experts thought the alliance would disband with the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact.
Earth’s magnetic north pole is shifting toward Russia, scientists say
Earth’s magnetic north pole is moving away from the Canadian Arctic toward Siberia, according to scientists.
Since 1831, when it was first measured in the Canadian Arctic, the magnetic north pole has moved about 1,400 miles toward Siberia. Its speed has jumped from about 9 miles per year to 34 miles per year since 2000. The pole crossed the international date line in 2017.
Russia suspends INF Treaty in ‘mirror response’ to US halting the agreement
“Ours will be a mirror response. Our US partners say that they are ceasing their participation in the treaty, and we are doing the same,” the Russian president said in Moscow on Saturday in reference to the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF).
Calls for ‘vigilance’ on Russian military buildup in Arctic
Moscow has been building its military presence in the Arctic and one Russia scholar says she’s grown increasingly concerned. While Russia’s Arctic ambitions worry regional experts, so do the lack of ambitions on the part of the United States.
…“What we’ve seen over the last several years is runway extensions that can take MiGs that could carry both conventional and potentially nuclear capable missiles. We’re seeing special forces,” Conley said. “That is not search and rescue. That is not for what I would say for their economic ambitions in the Arctic.”
The Arctic is sometimes called a zone of peace and cooperation, but Conley said Russia has shown in recent years that it’s willing to use military force to achieve political objectives.
Trump administration to suspend nuclear treaty with Russia
The Trump administration announced Friday that it would suspend its obligations under a decades old Cold War arms control pact with Russia on Saturday, citing Moscow’s violations of the treaty.
The White House announced the decision to stop complying with the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty in a statement from President Trump early Friday, just before Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addressed the move in remarks from the State Department.
US senator warns: China’s preparing for World War III
Republican Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma has said what many fear: China’s military build-up in the South China Sea looks as though it is “preparing for World War III”.
His blunt statement came during a Senate hearing yesterday discussing the new challenges being presented by Russia and China.
…“It’s like you’re preparing for World War III,” Inhofe said. “You’re talking to our allies over there and you wonder whose side they’re going to be on.”
He says the fragility of the situation may not be fully appreciated by most US citizens, or the peoples of the world.
“I’m concerned our message is not getting across,” said Inhofe, who took over the committee this month.
Production of W76-2 warhead in US increases risk of nuclear conflict, warns Lavrov
Production of the W76-2 warhead in the United States lowers the threshold of using nuclear weapons and increases the risk of a nuclear conflict, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told a news conference in Moscow on Wednesday.
“This issue was already included in last year’s review of Washington’s policies in the nuclear sphere. Already then we expressed serious concern the development of such low-yield warheads lowers the threshold of using nuclear weapons and increases the risk of a nuclear conflict,” he said.
…The first batch of the warheads will be delivered to the Navy by the end of the Fiscal Year 2019, Defense News said. According to US experts, the new warhead has a yield of 5-6 kilotonnes, in contrast to the 100-kilotonne warhead W76-1, created back in the 1970s.
Russia and China condemn new US sanctions on Venezuela
Russia and China strongly criticized U.S. sanctions placed on Venezuela, with the former pledging to support the beleaguered President Nicolas Maduro.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday the sanctions completely undermined confidence in a international financial system that is dominated by the U.S., Russian news agency Interfax reported.
Why China, Russia and Turkey are standing with Maduro—in the US’s backyard
Israel’s Ex-air Force Chief: Military Capability Won’t Get Iran Out of Syria, Only Russia Can Do It
Former Israel Air Force Chief Amir Eshel said on Monday that despite Israel’s great military strength, “it’s not military capability that is going to get the Iranians out of Syria.”
“There is no military capability of getting them out of Syria. The only one who can get Iran out of Syria is Russia,” Eshel said.
However, he warned that “there’s a very great chance that the Russians will do an about-face on us.”
Military conflict between Japan and South Korea could escalate into crisis
Japan and South Korea are engaged in a heated military dispute that analysts say could damage the already tenuous geopolitical situation in northeast Asia if the two sides do not reach a resolution.
US, Canadian fighter jets scramble to escort Russian bombers
Military authorities say U.S. Air Force and Canadian fighter jets were scrambled to escort two Russian bombers that were traveling in the Arctic region near the North American coastline.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command says two F-22 and two CF-18 fighter jets identified two Russian Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bombers that were entering an area patrolled by the Royal Canadian Air Force on Saturday morning.
China offers olive branch to Australian defence minister Christopher Pyne
Beijing tries to improve military relations with key US ally amid its growing rivalry with Washington
Although Australia, one of the closest US allies, has been vocal in its criticism of Beijing’s activities in the disputed waters, both sides tried to use Australian defence minister Christopher Pyne’s visit to China last week to improve relations.
What Xi Jinping attending North Korean pop concert signals to Donald Trump
Chinese President Xi Jinping has attended a rare performance in Beijing by North Korean singers and dancers and reiterated Beijing’s commitment to its consensus with Pyongyang, ahead of next month’s expected second summit between the North and the United States.
…It began with a North Korean song titled Forever the DPRK-China Friendship and ended with a Chinese folk song, Never Forget Tonight.
“This visit, as an important cultural exchange activity for implementing the consensus reached by the two sides … will be a great success to cement friendship between the two peoples,” Xi said to Ri, according to state news agency Xinhua.
US allegedly reconsidering ‘undisputed air power’ due to Russia’s S-400
Russia’s full-fledged ring of air defenses has prompted Washington “to rethink its position as the world’s undisputed air power”, according to Wall Street Journal reporter Thomas Grove.
In his article titled “The New Iron Curtain: Russian Missile Defence Challenges US Air Power”, the author noted that Moscow has already deployed its missile shield north from Syria, along the borders of Eastern Europe and in the Arctic Circle, in a move Grove claimed threatens “the reach of the US military”.
Putin’s plan to slowly reclaim Russia’s lost empire (Revelation 6:2 – And I looked, and behold, a white horse! And its rider had a bow, and a crown was given to him, and he came out conquering, and to conquer.)
Moscow media cover “Russkiy Mir” and conferences of “Russian compatriots” on a daily basis. Though the USSR has dissolved, step by step, Putin’s Kremlin is bringing the vast lands of its former empire back into the fold.
“Russia has been a great power for centuries, and remains so,” Putin declared in front of Duma, or parliament, deputies on August 16, 1999, as he sought their approval for his prime ministership. “It has always had and still has legitimate zones of interest abroad in both the former Soviet lands and elsewhere.”
That turned out to be a policy declaration for years to come. The would-be leader promised to completely reshape a humiliated country that, after years of Boris Yeltsin’s chaos, was teetering on virtual collapse.
US Ready to Pull Out of Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia Next Week
The U.S. is prepared to drop out of the Cold War-era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) next week unless Russia ceases violations of developing new missiles, a chief State Department arms negotiator said Thursday.
“If Russia isn’t in compliance, we’ll suspend our obligations” under INF, said Andrea Thompson, the State Department’s undersecretary for arms control and international security.
Russia warns U.S. against military intervention in Venezuela
Russia warned the U.S. on Thursday not to intervene militarily in Venezuela, saying such a move would trigger a catastrophe.
“Venezuela is friendly to us and is our strategic partner,” he said. “We have supported them and will support them.”
China, Russia Building Super-EMP Bombs for ‘Blackout Warfare’
Several nations, including China and Russia, are building powerful nuclear bombs designed to produce super-electromagnetic pulse (EMP) waves capable of devastating all electronics—from computers to electric grids—for hundreds of miles, according to a newly-released congressional study.
Russia Tells Israel to Stop Bombing Syria
Moscow on Wednesday cautioned Israel to halt its “arbitrary” airstrikes against targets in Syria, lest the Jewish state spark wider conflict in the region.
Sweden: Russian military planes briefly violated airspace
A Russian reconnaissance plane escorted by two Russian fighter jets briefly violated Sweden’s air space on the country’s Baltic Sea coast, the Swedish military said Thursday.
The IL-20 plane and two Sukhoi Su-27 jets entered Swedish airspace without permission and flew Saturday south of the town of Karlshamn, some 135 kilometers (84 miles) northeast of the coastal city of Malmo, the military said in a statement.
Chinese Rocket Forces Simulate ICBM Launch From ‘Underground Great Wall’
China’s strategic and tactical missile forces have practiced firing intercontinental ballistic missiles from a post deep underground, Chinese media reported.
China’s People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force simulated an ICBM strike against an “imaginary enemy,” the Global Times reported Wednesday, underscoring that details such as the location of the exercise or when it was carried out remain undisclosed.
China reduces army by half and increases size of navy, air force
China’s military, the world’s largest force, has cut the size of its land-based army by about 50 per cent and significantly boosted its navy and air force as part of an “unprecedented” strategic shift designed to transform the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) into a comprehensive modern force.
..Shanghai-based military analyst Ni Lexiong said the overhaul marked a significant strategic shift from having a homeland-based defensive force to one with the capacity to allow Beijing to flex its muscles beyond its national borders and to protect its interests overseas.
Ni told the Post that it also means that branches such as the navy, air force and missile units can now play a bigger role in the event of conflict by fighting enemy forces beyond China’s borders.
Syrian Air Defences Destroyed 30 Israeli Missiles, Guided Bombs – Russian MoD
For two days in a row, Israel Defence Forces have been carrying out strikes on what the IDF claims are Iranian targets in Syria.
The Russian military has announced that Syrian air defences had destroyed over 30 cruise missiles and guided bombs, when repelling an Israeli strike.
Russia Mulling Sovereign’s Eye Satellite Network to Watch ‘Any Process on Earth’
“Today, we have presented a new project, which I consider extremely promising…On December 27, with the successful launch from the Vostochny Cosmodrome, we strengthened the constellation of Earth remote sensing satellites. We are now proposing a project called ‘Sovereign’s Eye’, which would allow us to see the dynamics of any changes on Earth,” Rogozin said, speaking to reporters on Friday.
Russia ready to host Palestine reconciliation conference
Russia has reiterated its readiness to host a reconciliation conference between rival Palestinian factions.
In a phone call with the Head of Hamas’ Political Bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, Russia’s special envoy to the Middle East and Africa Mikhail Bogdanov discussed the possibility of holding a comprehensive Palestinian reconciliation meeting in Russian capital Moscow.
The US Strikes Back Against Russia’s European Gas Empire
With the Kremlin tightening its grip on the European energy market, the U.S. has hardened its opposition to a controversial Russian gas pipeline, which is currently under construction through the Baltic Sea to Germany.
…The U.S., for its part, escalated its resistance to the project this month, when U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell sent letters to construction contractors working on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, warning of “a significant risk of sanctions” unless they abandoned the project.
…“The best possible end-goal for Russia with Nord Stream 2 is to create strategic dependency of Germany as a state, and of the German political establishment, on Russian energies, bypass Ukraine, and increase the importance of Russian interests in Berlin,” Jakub Janda, executive director of the Prague-based European Values think tank, told The Daily Signal.
“If European gas supplies through Ukraine become redundant due to the launch of Nord Stream 2 and TurkStream, Kyiv will lose its importance in the field of security policy, which will increase the risk of intervention by Russia,” Grenell wrote in the letters to Nord Stream 2 contractors, Germany’s Bild am Sonntag newspaper reported.
…Some in Germany accused the U.S. ambassador of overstepping his authority with the sanctions warning.
“Questions of European energy policy should be decided in Europe, not in the United States,” German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Monday.
Russia said to tell Israel to stop airstrikes near Damascus Airport
The Russian government has reportedly asked Israel to halt its airstrikes against Iranian targets near the Damascus airport, the pan-Arab al-Quds al-Araby reported on Friday.
According to the report, Russian military officials said Moscow was preparing to renovate the airport that has been damaged in the eight years of fighting in the Syrian civil war. The unnamed officials said the Israeli strikes on Iranian and Hezbollah targets in the vicinity of the airport were causing foreign airlines to reconsider resuming flights to the Syrian capital.
Russia becomes world’s fifth biggest gold holder
Russia has overtaken China to become the world’s fifth largest official sector holder of gold as Western sanctions drove buying by its central bank to record highs in 2018, its data showed on Friday.
With support from President Vladimir Putin, the central bank has been betting heavily on bullion, often seen as a safe haven or a natural hedge against the dollar, with active purchases in the last 10 years.
Russia warns US missile defense plans will fuel arms race
Russia said Friday the Pentagon’s new missile defense strategy will trigger an arms race in space and further undermine global stability.
…It warned that the expansion of the U.S. missile defense system “will inevitably start an arms race in space with the most negative consequences for international security and stability.”
“Contrary to what the Review’s authors say, the implementation of its plans and approaches will not strengthen security of the U.S. and its allies,” the ministry said in a statement. “Attempts to take that path will have the opposite effect and deal another heavy blow to international stability.”
Trump, in a speech at the Pentagon, declared that space is the new war-fighting domain and vowed that the U.S. will develop an unrivaled missile defense system to protect against advanced hypersonic and other threats.
Old Enemies Object to Britain’s Global Military Expansion
In the midst of rising tensions between Russia and the West, Britain has decided to construct new military bases in Southeast Asia and the Caribbean.
…Of course, as expected, the planned U.K. facilities have stoked the ire of old foes.
On 11 January, the Russian government condemned the British plans to open new military bases. The official statement from Russia’s foreign ministry even threatened retaliation if its own interests or those of its allies were threatened.
Vladimir Putin accuses the West of destabilising the Balkans as Russia seeks greater influence
Vladimir Putin on Wednesday accused the US and the West of destabilising the Balkans with Nato expansionist policies as Serbia prepared a hero’s welcome for the Russian president. Mr Putin arrives in Serbia on Thursday for his fourth visit to the Balkan country since 2001.
In China, they’re closing churches, jailing pastors – and even rewriting scripture
Over the past year, local governments have shut hundreds of unofficial congregations or “house churches” that operate outside the government-approved church network, including Early Rain. A statement signed by 500 house church leaders in November says authorities have removed crosses from buildings, forced churches to hang the Chinese flag and sing patriotic songs, and barred minors from attending.
…“Ten years ago, we used to be able to say the party was not really interested in what people believed internally,” said Pils. “Xi Jinping’s response is much more invasive and it is in some ways returning to Mao-era attempts to control hearts and minds.”
Russia’s New Plan to Sink U.S. Navy Submarines
Russia is working on a new trick to track American submarines: sonar-equipped robots.
Russian Navy to put over 30 Poseidon strategic underwater drones on combat duty – source (Jeremiah 51:42 – The sea is come up upon Babylon: she is covered with the multitude of its waves.)
The Russian Navy plans to place more than 30 Poseidon strategic nuclear-capable underwater drones on combat duty, a source in the domestic defense industry told TASS on Saturday.
Poseidon drones together with their carriers – nuclear-powered submarines – make part of the so-called oceanic multipurpose system. The drone got its name following the results of open voting on the website of Russia’s Defense Ministry.
A source in the defense industry earlier told TASS that the Poseidon drone being developed in Russia would be capable of carrying a nuclear warhead with a yield of up to 2 megatonnes to destroy enemy naval bases.
Russia warns British plans for military bases in South China Sea and Caribbean could lead to retaliation
Moscow on Friday condemned British plans for military bases in South East Asia and the Caribbean, and warned of retaliation if Russian interests or those of its allies were threatened.
China Pledges ₦2.685 Billion to boost China-Nigeria Military Relations
The Chinese Government is set to provide almost three billion naira, about fifty million Chinese Yuan to the Nigerian Government in an effort to boost military relations between both countries.
Warships Spotlight China-Cambodia Defense Ties Amid Military Base Hype
On January 9, Chinese warships arrived in Cambodia for a scheduled visit. While details still remain unclear, the defense engagement, the first publicized one of its kind between the two sides in 2019, has once again put the spotlight on the military ties between them amid growing hype about Beijing’s inroads in Cambodia.
Duterte vows to avoid US arms purchases
President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said his administration will no longer purchase arms and military equipment from the United States after the latter threatened to impose sanctions on countries buying military equipment from Russia.
In a speech in front of soldiers in Bulacan, Duterte said he will not look to buy arms from the US, a treaty ally of the Philippines, after Washington blocked an arms deal with Manila upon the opposition of an American senator who raised concerns about human rights violations here.
Merkel and Macron Pool Defence, Foreign Policy in Prototype ‘Sovereign Europe’
Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron are set to deepen Franco-German ties by signing a “twinning” treaty which has been criticised as an “erosion” of national sovereignty.
The pro-open borders German chancellor and globalist French president are set to formalise their already close co-operation with shared defence, foreign and economic policy, and business regulations in what is seen as a prototype for a “more sovereign, united” Europe, The Times reports.
Richard S. Ehrlich: China’s Seaports in Israel
China is constructing seaports at two sites where the U.S. 6th Fleet deploys, in Haifa next to Israel’s main naval base and Ashdod near Tel Aviv, prompting concerns about China’s military potential in the Mediterranean Sea and Middle East.
“The civilian [Chinese] port in Haifa abuts the exit route from the adjacent [Israeli] navy base, where the Israeli submarine fleet is stationed and which, according to foreign media reports, maintains a second-strike capability to launch nuclear missiles,” Israel’s Haaretz media reported.
“No one in Israel thought about the strategic ramifications,” Haaretz said in September.
Chinese general warns Taiwan Independence supporters to be treated as ‘war criminals’
A lieutenant general of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) on Wednesday, Jan. 9 issued an outrageous warning to supporters of Taiwan independence, declaring they would be considered “war criminals” in the event that China invades Taiwan.
He Lei (何雷), who is also the former Vice President of China’s Academy of Military Sciences, said Taiwanese Independence supporters have the “the hearts of thieves” and will become the “scum of the Chinese nation” if the PLA is forced to invade and annex Taiwan.
China’s reaction to US Navy operation: We have missiles
China claims to have deployed missiles “capable of targeting medium and large ships” days after the latest US Navy “freedom of navigation” operation near contested islands in the South China Sea, state media announced.
North Korea demands South Korea, US stop joint military exercises
The authorities of North Korea demand that South Korea and the United States refuse holding joint military drills on the Korean Peninsula, according to a commentary published on Monday by North Korean daily Rodong Sinmun.
Russia held testing of “Bal” missile compel in annexed Crimea
The Russian soldiers held the missile drills in occupied Crimea to test the anti-ship coastal missile complex “Bal” as the Defense Ministry of Russia reported.
While America slept, China gained a stranglehold on the Panama Canal
Decades have passed since tiny Panama ranked among Washington’s big national security concerns. The 1989 U.S. invasion notwithstanding, the two nations have enjoyed largely cordial relations since the Panama Canal handover in December 1999. A boom in canal transits that include two-thirds of cargo ships traveling to or from the United States helped keep Panama and its globally strategic canal well within the U.S. sphere of influence.
…Too little, too late. Panama is currently wallowing in the attention and investment largesse showering down from China. Beijing funded construction of a new $1.4 billion bridge spanning the canal. Upon announcing the bridge deal in December, President Juan Carlos Varela declared, “Panama is moving ahead in its relations with China and without a doubt this project that begins its construction today is part of that message and trust between the two countries.” It was the day after Xi had paid his first visit to the country.
In message for 2019, China tells its soldiers to be ready for war
In a bid to ensure that its troops remain fighting fit and combat ready, China has told its soldiers to prepare for war and be ready for any emergency situation that may arise in the new year.
Russia Projects Heavy Airpower In The Arctic From Constellation of New And Improved Bases
Russia says its combat aircraft flew dozens of patrols over the Arctic during 2018 and that it expects to continue those activities from various bases in the region this year. The ability to conduct persistent, localized air operations would be critical for the Kremlin during any potential conflict in the increasingly strategic part of the globe. It will also help the Russians realize their economic ambitions there during peacetime.
‘Sink two aircraft carriers’: Chinese Admiral’s chilling recipe to dominate the South China Sea
His speech, delivered on December 20 to the 2018 Military Industry List summit, declared that China’s new and highly capable anti-ship ballistic and cruise missiles were more than capable of hitting US carriers, despite them being at the centre of a ‘bubble’ of defensive escorts.
“What the United States fears the most is taking casualties,” Admiral Lou declared.
He said the loss of one super carrier would cost the US the lives of 5000 service men and women. Sinking two would double that toll.
“We’ll see how frightened America is.”
Xi: Nobody can change fact Taiwan is part of China
Chinese President Xi Jinping has said that no one can change the fact that Taiwan is “part of China”, adding that Beijing will not give up the use of military force as an option to ensure “reunification”.
Xi made the comments on Wednesday in a speech marking the 40th anniversary of a policy statement that eventually led to a thaw in relations with the self-ruled island.
“We are firmly against those who conspire behind the ideo of ‘Two China’, or ‘One China-One Taiwan’, or Taiwan Independence,” Xi said in a part of his first major speech addressing the people of what Beijing considers a breakaway province.
Trump Enacts Bill Countering China’s Global ‘Strategic Influence’
The legislation, passed by Congress earlier this month, authorizes $1.5 billion including funding to counter China’s strategic influence worldwide and alleged attempts to undermine the international system, according to the text of the bill.
Major schism in Christianity looms in the East
The prospect of a new and entirely autonomous church in Ukraine has sent Russia’s political and religious leaders into fits of indignation, even raising fears that Moscow will try to sabotage the project by force.
China’s NYC-Sized ‘Earthquake Warning System’ Array Sounds More Like A Way To Talk To Submarines
China has reportedly constructed a massive extremely low frequency, or ELF, antenna array the size of New York City, as well as a smaller system and associated data processing and signal transmission facilities at various locations throughout the country. Officially, the entire system, known as Project Wireless Electromagnetic Method or Project WEM, will support the Chinese resource extraction industry and provide early warning about potential earthquakes. However, there is significant evidence that its primary function may actually be to provide long-range communication with Chinese submarines, a critical capability to support its growing number of nuclear-armed ballistic missile boats.
Xi addresses New Year gathering
…The year 2019, which marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, is a key year for securing a decisive victory in building a moderately prosperous society in all respects, Xi said.
Iran and Russia To Expand Military Cooperation
Iran’s deputy defense minister says the Islamic Republic is prepared for “deepening and expanding defensive and military” cooperation with Russia in all domains. Brigadier General Ghassem Taghizadeh also lauded the “strategic cooperation” between Tehran and Moscow in what he described as “the war on terrorism” and a successful model of settling regional conflicts.
As China tests military muscle, PLA warns Taiwan efforts to resist reunification with force are dead end
The People’s Liberation Army said that Taiwan would run into a “dead end” if it resisted the mainland’s reunification efforts with force, and that Beijing would continue its “encirclement patrols” in waters and airspace around the island.
U.S. Navy to flex muscles in Arctic: ‘Opportunity for conflict is only rising’
The U.S. Navy is preparing to take a page from its South China Sea strategy with plans to eventually carry out “freedom of navigation” missions through the Arctic as the geopolitical scramble for dominance heats up while long iced-in sea passages thaw.
Russia says its new weapon is 27 times faster than the speed of sound
Russia’s new strategic weapon has rendered any missile defenses useless at a small fraction of their cost, officials said Thursday.
The Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle flies 27 times faster than the speed of sound, making it impossible to intercept, Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov told Russian state television.
Now Russia warns Turkey to stay OUT of Syria and let Assad take back areas vacated by Trump’s withdrawal of US troops as Erdogan’s forces prepare attack
Russia has told Turkey to let the Syrian government take back areas vacated by US troops with Ankara preparing to clear Kurdish fighters from a town in the war-torn country.
The Kremlin’s Foreign Ministry said it expects the territory to be handed to Assad’s forces after US president Donald Trump announced a pullout from the country last week – a move that surprised allies and sparked the resignation of two of his top aides.
Steps of Russian military cathedral steps will be made from Nazi tanks
A new army cathedral in Russia will have steps leading to it made from melted-down tanks seized from the Nazis.
Construction has begun on the 300ft (90m) high Main Cathedral of the Armed Forces. The green building, with six gold domes and two and a half acres of glass, will be in Patriot Park, a military theme park 40 miles from Moscow run by the defence ministry. “We would like for every square metre of the cathedral to be symbolic,” Sergei Shoigu, the defence minister, said. “To that end, we will pour the steps of the cathedral from German trophy hardware.”
Russia condemns ‘Israeli’ air strikes on Syria
The foreign ministry of Russia, a key Syrian ally, said it was “very concerned” by the alleged Israeli air strikes.
“The provocative actions of the Israeli air force… directly threatened two airliners,” it said.
Russian Preparations for Military Operations in Ukraine Continue
Russia continues to build up and prepare its military forces for possible offensive operations against Ukraine from the Crimean Peninsula and the east. ISW has been warning that Russia could conduct such operations at short notice since December 11, 2018. It remains impossible to assess whether Russian President Vladimir Putin has decided to launch an offensive or will do so, or whether the visible military preparations are intended to pressure Ukraine and its partners without escalating to additional open conflict. The data suggests that Putin is preparing to attack, although alternative interpretations are possible.
US boosts number of its high-precision weapons near Russian borders — Navy commander
According to Korolev, the Russian Navy would keep its presence in international waters in 2019 against the background of “sharp increase in the intensity of operative and combat preparations by US and NATO near the borders of the Russian Federation, the deployment of sea-based missile shield elements, non-nuclear systems of high-precision weaponry and military infrastructure in sea waters adjacent to the Russian territory.”
The Russian Navy commander said the Russian military presence next year would “allow to rule out all threats from coming from seas and oceans.”
China’s advances in Arctic may pose security threat to Canada
Calgary academic believes Beijing will conduct naval operations in the Arctic soon and that China’s next-generation nuclear subs will have ‘under-ice’ capabilities
Trump Administration Restricts Chinese Students
This is certainly welcome news. The actions of the Trump administration to restrict Chinese students studying in the United States has been long overdue given the outrageous conduct of the Chinese government in its massive spying program against the United States; which has been so pervasive that it has come to be sarcastically referred to by the American intelligence community as “Chinese Take-Out!”
Russia phasing out US dollar in military contracts in favor of local currencies
The minister added that the euro is currently the alternative to the dollar, with US currency used only when there’s no other way, Russia Today reported.
“We are using various schemes, including settlements in rubles,” Manturov said in an interview with Russian daily RBC. “National currencies of our partners are used along with rubles purchased on the stock exchange.”
Report: Israel Gears up for Large-Scale War in Syria
Russia’s Nezavisimaya Gazeta said that Israel is preparing for a comprehensive war on Syria following the US’ withdrawal from the country.
The newspaper said that the decision of US President Donald Trump to withdraw American troops from Syria has left Israel forced to face the Iranian presence in Syria with its troops alone.
In Venezuela, Russia pockets key energy assets in exchange for cash bailouts
Venezuela also has signed over 49.9 percent of Citgo, its wholly owned company in the United States — including three Gulf Coast refineries and a countrywide web of pipelines — as collateral to Russia’s state-owned Rosneft oil behemoth for a reported $1.5 billion in desperately needed cash.
Turkish president says he will ‘confront’ Israel, teach Jews a lesson
President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan warned a group of Turkish youth on Saturday that “Jews in Israel” beat Palestinian women and children, and that Turkey will confront them.
Russia Has Tested Its Tsirkon Hypersonic Missile “Over Ten Test Launches”
Development of the 3M22 Tsirkon was revealed in 2011, with a period of active testing beginning from 2015. It has an effective range of around 500 km, and is compatible with submarines, certain bomber aircraft, and a wide range of surface vessels.
Israeli-Russian relations strained following U.S. withdrawal from Syria
Following United States President Donald Trump’s announcement that Washington will immediately begin withdrawing troops from Syria, analysts believe it is more important than ever for Israel to mend strained ties with Russia.
China Conducts First Test of Russian S-400 Air Defence Systems – Reports
The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China has conducted a successful test of one of the Russian S-400 Triumf (NATO reporting name SA-21 Growler) air defence systems, which were supplied in May 2018, Russian media reported. During the test the S-400 reportedly shot down a ballistic target almost 250 kilometres away and moving at a speed of around 3 kilometres per second.
According to the report, the opposing force on the drills actively used jamming equipment to test the S-400’s ability to withstand methods of electronic warfare and still strike down targets.
Over 3,000 servicemen practice liquidating aftermath of nuclear attack in Russia’s south
Putin’s chilling warning on nuclear threat
Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued a chilling warning about the rising threat of nuclear war, saying it could lead to “the destruction of civilisation as a whole and maybe even our planet”.
Speaking at his annual news conference, Putin also scoffed at Western claims he wants to dominate the world, and says Western countries are antagonising Russia for their own domestic reasons, and at their own peril.
Russia announced large-scale Arctic war-games in 2019
Jeremiah 50:9 “For I will stir up and bring against Babylon an alliance of great nations from the land of the north. They will take up their positions against her, and from the north she will be captured. Their arrows will be like skilled warriors who do not return empty-handed.“
The Arctic is heating up. And it’s not just due to climate change. The appearance of new shipping lanes and access to once isolated resources as the ice retreats has Moscow racing to stake its claims.
According to the Russian Ministry of Defence, it will demonstrate its ability to exercise its military might in the northern frontier in August-September.
The Tsentr-2019 exercise will bring together Russia’s Northern Fleet, Pacific Fleet and Central Military District in what it calls a “serious test of the battle capacities of the Arctic troops”.
‘We’ll crush them!’ Greece threatens NATO ally Turkey over Aegean islets
Reacting to violations of Greek airspace by Turkish jets over the Aegean, Defense Minister Panos Kammenos warned that Ankara would pay a price. “If they make the slightest move, we will crush them,” Kammenos threatened. Athens wants peace and harmony, he said, but it won’t “concede a single centimeter” of its land.
China, Russia ready to strengthen military cooperation
“China is willing to work jointly with Russia, taking the opportunity of the 70th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries next year to resolutely implement the consensus reached by the two heads of states and promote the two sides’ military cooperation to continuously score new achievements,” Wei said at the meeting with Russian Deputy Defense Minister Andrey Kartapolov, as quoted by the Xinhua news agency.
China may take Mombasa port over Sh227bn SGR debt: Ouko
Kenya could lose the port of Mombasa to the Chinese government if Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) defaults in the payment of Sh227 billion owed to Exim Bank of China.
The government borrowed the billions to construct the Mombasa-Nairobi standard gauge railway (SGR), against opposition that the project by China Roads and Bridges Corporation (CRBC), a Chinese State-owned company, could become a white elephant. The country’s sovereignty is now at stake.
Trump’s decision to withdraw from Syria marks a win for Putin
With the departure of U.S. troops, Moscow would become the undisputed international power broker in the war-torn country and win an opportunity to consolidate a countrywide victory for its ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Chinese bombers, fighter jets and warships drill in first military exercise near Taiwan in months
Taiwan’s Defense Ministry has said that Chinese bombers, fighter jets and warships were spotted near the self-ruled island nation, the first such reported activity in several months.
According to the Defense Ministry, People’s Liberation Army (PLA) aircraft, including H-6 heavy bombers, Y-8 transport aircraft and Sukhoi-30 fighter jets, departed from the PLA’s Huiyang air base in Guangdong Province on Tuesday for a flight over the Bashi Channel, the waterway south of Taiwan, on their way to the Western Pacific Ocean for what Beijing has called “routine” distant-sea exercises. The aircraft later returned to their home base, the ministry said.
China’s ‘Belt and Road’ Plan in Pakistan Takes a Military Turn
Chinese officials have repeatedly said the Belt and Road is purely an economic project with peaceful intent. But with its plan for Pakistan, China is for the first time explicitly tying a Belt and Road proposal to its military ambitions — and confirming the concerns of a host of nations who suspect the infrastructure initiative is really about helping China project armed might.
Trump signs order to create U.S. Space Command as China, Russia, threats to satellites grows
President Donald Trump launched the Pentagon’s new Space Command on Tuesday, an effort to better organize and advance the military’s vast operations in space that could cost as much as $800 million over the next five years.
Russia to hold strategic nuclear forces’ drills in 2019
The Russian strategic nuclear forces will hold the military exercise dubbed Grom (Thunder) next year, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu told the annual board meeting of the Russian Defense Ministry with the participation of President Vladimir Putin.
Focusing on the ministry’s plans for the next year, Shoigu said it plans to prepare and hold 18,500 different war games and drill trainings, including the command-and-staff exercise Center2019 and the Thunder exercise of the strategic nuclear forces.
US unable to defend against Russian and Chinese hypersonic weapons, report warns
The U.S. lacks the defenses needed to protect against a new breed of highly sophisticated hypersonic weapons from China and Russia, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report.
“China and Russia are pursuing hypersonic weapons because their speed, altitude and maneuverability may defeat most missile defense systems, and they may be used to improve long-range conventional and nuclear strike capabilities,” the report said. “There are no existing countermeasures.”
China Flight Tests New Submarine-Launched Missile
China carried out a flight test of a new submarine-launched ballistic missile last month that will carry multiple nuclear warheads capable of targeting most of the United States, according to American defense officials.
Israel joins UN critics of Russia’s ‘occupation’ of Crimea
Israel voted in favor of a U.N. resolution condemning Russia’s occupation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula.
The General Assembly vote Monday demonstrated how Israel has gradually abandoned its neutrality on the Crimea issue amid a deterioration in relations with Russia.
Over 30 Yars, Avangard ICBMs to assume combat duty in Russia next year
The Russian Strategic Missile Force will make operational 31 Yars and Avangard intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) next year, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said at the ministry’s year-end enlarged board meeting attended by President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday.
China and Russia band together on controversial heating experiments to modify the atmosphere
China and Russia have modified an important layer of the atmosphere above Europe to test a controversial technology for possible military application, according to Chinese scientists involved in the project.
A total of five experiments were carried out in June. One, on June 7, caused physical disturbance over an area as large as 126,000 sq km (49,000 square miles), or about half the size of Britain.
Russian Central Military District To Receive Anti-Satellite Weapons In 2019 -Press Service
The Russian Central Military District will be equipped with the newest Tirada-2 and Palantin electronic warfare systems next year, the district’s press service said on Monday.
“The re-equipment …will significantly increase the operational capability of electronic warfare units of the military district and allow them to perform more ambitious and complex tasks,” the press service said.
US fleet to fail in battle against Russian, Chinese Navies: US Think Tank
According to recent research published by the Center of Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA), a think tank based in Washington, DC, the US fleet risks losing its superiority, as it faces difficulties in countering “the challenges posed by great powers like China and Russia”.
Moscow To Set Up Military Base In Caribbean
Russia has decided to develop a long-term military presence in the Caribbean in conjunction with the socialist nation of Venezuela, on one of its islands in the Caribbean Sea. The move seems to be a response to the Trump administration’s decision to pull out of the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. The recent flights of Russian Tu-160 long-range nuclear bombers are part of this effort.
Russia’s Next Weapon: A Church
The Russian military plans to build a military church to bolster the spiritual values of its armed forces.
…The “new church will be one more example of the people’s unity around the idea of patriotism, love, and devotion to our Motherland,” Colonel General Andrei] Kartapolov told Russian journalists.
…“Kartapolov is convinced that the modern Russian serviceman cannot be shaped without shaping lofty spirituality in him,” Russian media said. “Speaking about ideology, the deputy head of the military department pointed out that this will be based on knowledge of the history of our Motherland and people and on historical and cultural traditions.”
“Even though the Russian constitution states that ‘no ideology may be established as state or obligatory,’ the Kremlin continues to search for a unifying set of beliefs,” notes the U.S. Army’s Foreign Military Studies Office.
Persecuted Christians. ACN: almost 300 million in the world, amidst ultra-nationalism and fundamentalism. The indifference of the Western world.
Almost 300 million Christians in the world – one in seven – are persecuted in the Country where they live and continue being the religious group suffering the most serious cases of human rights violations, abuse and violence. This is what emerges from the 14th Report on Religious Freedom by Aid to the Church in Need – https://acs-italia.org/> presented November 22 in Rome, at the Italian Embassy to the Holy See. The Report, released in six languages, will simultaneously be presented in 23 ACN seats worldwide.
In the period under review – June 2016/June 2018 – religious freedom violations in many Countries have significantly increased. 38 Countries were identified as theatres of “serious cases of extreme violations.” Of these, 21 were placed in the top ‘Persecution’ category: Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Burma, China, North Korea, Eritrea, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Libya, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Yemen, the remaining 17 in the ‘Discrimination’ category. These are: Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bhutan, Brunei, Egypt, Russian Federation, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Maldives, Mauritania, Qatar, Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine and Vietnam. In 17 of these 38 Countries the situation has grown worse. The situation remains unvaried –i.e. extremely serious – in North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Afghanistan and Eritrea where persecution “manifests its cruellest face”,
Alfredo Mantovano and Alessandro Monteduro, respectively President and Director of ACN-Italy, wrote in the introduction.
The most worrying trends highlighted in the Report include the emergence of a form of ultra-nationalism that considers faith minorities a threat to the State, an exasperation of nationalism that shows hostility against religious groups.
Will Russia Save Venezuela? Militaries Fly Together South of U.S. After Presidents Have Their ‘Most Useful Meeting’ Ever
Russian and Venezuelan warplanes have conducted joint air exercises in waters just south of the United States as they sought to bolster their relationship in the face of their shared rival.
The Russian Defense Ministry announced late Wednesday that Russian nuclear-capable Tupolev Tu-160 strategic bombers were accompanied by Venezuelan Su-30 and F-16 fighter jets as they flew over the Caribbean Sea for around 10 hours the same day. The ministry reported that “the pilots from the two countries practiced air cooperation while conducting flight missions,” which were performed “in strict accordance with the regulations of the use of international airspace.”
US unveils new Africa policy to counter ‘predatory’ Russia and China
The Trump administration has unveiled a new Africa policy focused on combating the “predatory” practices of China and Russia, and ending what it calls “indiscriminate assistance” and “unproductive, unsuccessful and unaccountable” UN peacekeeping missions.
US in ‘hysterics’ after Russian nuclear-capable bombers land in Venezuela
The Kremlin has slammed Washington’s “undiplomatic” response to its deployment of two bomber planes to Venezuela for exercises.
Two Russian long-range strategic bombers landed in Venezuela on Monday for what the Venezuelan government said were air force exercises aimed at strengthening the defence of the leftist-ruled South American country.
UK MUST prepare for ALL OUT WAR against Russia, China and Iran military chief warns
THE UK must prepare for all out war and shift away from our peacetime mentality amid rising fears from superstates Russia, China and Iran, the head of the military has said.
General Sir Nick Carter warned Russia, China, Iran and sadistic terrorist organisations like ISIS are a colossal threat towards the UK. He said Britain’s security, stability and prosperity are being challenged by the “ambitious” superstates. He admitted, “the multilateral system that has assured our stability since 1945 is threatened” and mass migration was “arguably an existential threat to Europe”.
Mr Carter said, in his first lecture as Chief of the Defence Staff at the Royal United Services Institute, that Russia and China had “studied our strengths and invested carefully in new methods and capabilities that are designed to exploit weaknesses”.
The UK must now shift away from our peacetime mentality and embrace the innovation to stop these threats to our national security.
The EU’s response to Russia must be bold and unanimous
It was always just a matter of time before the smouldering conflict between Russia and Ukraine in the Sea of Azov, a body of water to the north-east of Crimea, escalated militarily.
…What has to be done now? We can no longer rule out further Russian aggression, for example on the coastline of the Sea of Azov, designed to open a land route to the Crimean peninsula. Above all, the EU’s response must be coherent and unanimous: our greatest strength lies in our unity. Military means are out of the question, but all measures short of war should be taken into account.
China Girds for Undersea Battle in the South China Sea
The undersea domain is a key determinant of the emergent U.S.-China rivalry in the western Pacific. Over the years, Dragon Eye columns have examined Chinese sea mines , small frigates ( type 056 ), anti-submarine warfare (ASW) helicopters, “ missile torpedoes ,” large amphibious aircraft , and unmanned undersea vehicles (UUVs) and submarines. So, American strategists should take note when China reports on the set up of a new operational unit of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy that is flying the Chinese naval service’s first genuine long-range maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) optimized for anti-submarine warfare. According to a recent issue of Ordnance Science and Technology [兵工科技], a unit comprised of several GX-6 [高新六号] ASW aircraft was activated in the South Sea Fleet during the spring of 2018.
Moscow Deploys Latest Electronic Warfare Systems in Kaliningrad
On October 28, the Russian Ministry of Defense confirmed that the latest version of the Samarkand EW system had been deployed to Kaliningrad and other strategic areas. At least 16 of these new systems were deployed in 13 units, as part of a wider program costing 61 million rubles ($920,000) and scheduled for completion by November 2019. Moscow-based Russian military specialists believe that the Samarkand EW system is designed to jam an adversary’s communication systems; it would target enemy command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) assets and operate against GPS (including by “spoofing”), confusing enemy coordinates.
Spot on: Russia to track future US missiles with upgraded over-the-horizon radar
Russia is seeking to install Container-type over-the-horizon (OTH) radar stations along its borders. The move will substantially boost Moscow’s capabilities to monitor airspace and detect missile launches, particularly in case of hypersonic projectiles.
Massive Ukrainian offensive to begin on December 14 – Basurin
Large Ukrainian force of 12,000 troops is to launch a massive offensive on Mariupol direction on December 14, said DPR People’s Militia deputy chief-of-staff Eduard Basurin.
“Our intelligence has irrefutable proof of a prepared offensive of Ukrainian forces on Mariupol direction. The information received from reliable sources reveals all their plans. Their aim is to gain control over Novoazovskiy and Telmanovskiy districts and the DPR-Russian border section outside Konkovo and Kholodnoye.”
…The plan is that in the morning December 14, the artillery preparation will be followed by an offensive of 128th and 79th brigades moving from Granitnoye-Shirokino line towards Klinkino to reach DPR border by December 15 night. The Azov regiments and 36th marine brigade will be tasked with cleansings of the territory to remove “all unwanted elements contesting Ukrainian occupation”.
Satellite photos reveal buildup of Russian forces on Ukraine border
A build-up of Russian, troops, tanks and equipment on its border with Ukraine is increasing fears of invasion as fighting flares in the east of the country.
Ukrainian media is reporting fresh commercially-available satellite photos reveal several heavy IL-76 cargo aircraft flying into the Dzhankoi air base in occupied Crimea.
Russia Now World’s No. 2 Arms Producer – Think Tank
The arms sales of the Russian companies listed among the world’s 100 largest arms manufacturers accounted for 9.5 percent of the hundred’s total in 2017, making Russia world’s second biggest arms producer after the United States, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said in a press release on Monday.
Senior Chinese military official urges PLAN to attack US naval vessels in S. China Sea
At a conference held in Beijing on Saturday, Chinese government and military officials discussed issues in the South China Sea and the current state of relations between the U.S. and China.
Chinese media reports that the situation in the South China Sea is expected grow more intense over the coming year, with one senior military official also declaring that China should be prepared to attack United States naval vessels, should the U.S. violate Chinese “territorial waters.”
Dai Xu (戴旭), who is President of the Institute of Marine Safety and Cooperation, as well as a PLA Air Force Colonel Commandant, was quoted by the tabloid Global Times saying the following.
“If the U.S. warships break into Chinese waters again, I suggest that two warships should be sent: one to stop it, and another one to ram it… In our territorial waters, we won’t allow US warships to create disturbance.”
Referring to the increasingly regular Freedom of Navigation Operations (FONOPs) being carried out by the United States in the South China Sea, Dai said he couldn’t understand why people in China were afraid of using military force to counter U.S. FONOP activity.
Israel ‘advises’ Trump to boost Djibouti US military presence
The United States should boost its military presence in Djibouti and the region surrounding the Bab al-Mandab Strait to counter an increasingly assertive — and belligerent — China , say Israeli intelligence officials and independent experts
…Rabi told Breaking Defense that the U.S faces a major strategic problem: ‘The Chinese chose Djibouti because of its strategic location in Africa and mainly because it gives foreign military forces that built bases in this country control of one of the most important water ways – the Bab Al Mandeb Strait. The U.S understood the move very late and now there is very little Washington can do.’
Russia’s New Stealth Fighter Will Have Missiles That Can Travel At Hypersonic Speeds, Up to 10 Times Faster Than Sound
Russia’s new stealth jet is reportedly set to be equipped with hypersonic missiles said to be invincible to all current defense systems.
A source within the Russian defense industry informed the state-run Tass Russian News Agency on Thursday that the Sukhoi Su-57 fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighter would be equipped with missiles with specs resembling those of the Kh-47M2 Kinzhal hypersonic missile. The weapon was revealed earlier this year by Russian President Vladimir Putin and was said to be capable of traveling at Mach 10, or 10 times the speed of sound.
Russia and Vietnam to strengthen military cooperation
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has pledged to strengthen military cooperation between the Russian and Vietnamese defense ministries at a meeting with Vietnamese Deputy Minister of National Defense Nguyen Chi Vinh held in Moscow, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
Will Iran warships in Venezuela cause alarm? This is going to bother neighboring countries
An announcement that Iran may deploy new-generation warships to Venezuelan waters is being regarded by analysts as the mother of all provocations because it could alter the region’s geopolitical balance and almost certainly disturb the U.S. government.
“The arrival of these Iranian ships would upset the regional order,” said Rocio San Miguel, president of Control Ciudadano, a non-governmental organization that monitors Venezuela’s armed forces. This is going to bother neighboring countries and “generate an undesirable situation,” she added in a telephone interview from Spain.
Cunning plan: Poland wants to set up a US military base right next to Russia’s Kaliningrad
Polish diplomatic sources told Russian paper Izvestiya that a US military base could soon appear very close to Kaliningrad. Even though the final decision is yet to be made, the most likely site for the base has reportedly been picked.
It’s the town of Orzysz, mere 140km (87 miles) away from Kaliningrad. Among its advantages as a location for a permanent military base is Orzysz’s proximity to the Russian border. Besides that, it has all the necessary infrastructure, including a training facility.
Russian warplanes, navy ships to visit Venezuela
Russia’s defense minister says the country’s aircraft and navy ships will make visits to Venezuela.
Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu made the statement during Thursday’s talks in Moscow with his Venezuelan counterpart Vladimir Padrino Lopez. Shoigu said Russia’s military aircraft would continue to make stopovers in Venezuela and its ships would calls at its ports as part of bilateral military cooperation, but didn’t mention any specific dates.
US military carries out ‘extraordinary’ flight over Ukraine in response to Russia’s ‘unprovoked attack’
The U.S. military flew an “extraordinary” Open Skies Treaty flight over Ukraine on Thursday in response to Russia’s “unprovoked attack” on allied Ukrainian forces late last month in the Black Sea near the Kerch Strait.
The maneuver is the first flight of its kind over Ukraine since 2014, when Russian forces annexed Crimea, according to Eric Pahon, a Pentagon spokesman.
“The timing of this flight is intended to reaffirm U.S. commitment to Ukraine and other partner nations,” a Pentagon statement said. “Russia’s unprovoked attack on Ukrainian naval vessels in the Black Sea near the Kerch Strait is a dangerous escalation in a pattern of increasingly provocative and threatening activity.”
Russian Military Tracks US Destroyer in Sea of Japan – MoD
The USS McCampbell guided missile destroyer did not come closer than 100 kilometres (62 miles) from Russian territorial waters, Russian Defence Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov stated.
The US destroyer was moving under the control of the big anti-submarine ship Admiral Tributs, the aircraft of Russian Pacific fleet aviation, according to the Russian Defence Ministry.
Seoul voices concerns as more Chinese military aircraft spread their wings in South Korean air defence zone
South Korea has voiced its frustration about repeated intrusions into its air defence identification zone by Chinese military aircraft, moves that analysts say reflect Beijing’s opposition to strengthening ties between Seoul, Tokyo and Washington.
U.S. Military Tests Russia at Sea Days After Warning From China
The U.S. military has sent a message to Russia by sailing through a disputed waterway near Japan. The move came only a week after China mobilized its own vessels in response to a perceived transgression by the Navy.
Russia will respond to any ‘US military build-up in Cyprus’
“It [Cyprus] is being drawn into US and Nato plans in the eastern Mediterranean,” she added. “In Moscow we can’t ignore the anti-Russian element in these [US] plans and in the event that they are implemented we will be forced to take countermeasures.”
Russia Puts Laser Weapons Into Service As U.S. Threatens to Scrap Nuclear Missiles Treaty
The Russian armed forces have entered a new, futuristic weapon into service as talk of new conflicts between Moscow, its neighbors and the West plagued the European continent.
The Peresvet laser complex was put on experimental combat duty on Saturday, according to Krasnaya Zvezda, the official newspaper of the Russian Defense Ministry. The report said that the equipment was originally delivered to units last year as part of a state armament program and that personnel underwent special training on the weapons at the A.F. Mozhaysky Military-Space Academy in St. Petersburg.
Russia Threatens to Target U.S. Allies If Trump Exits Treaty
Russia will target countries hosting U.S. missiles if Washington goes ahead with plans to pull out of a landmark Cold War arms treaty, General Staff chief Valery Gerasimov said Wednesday.
“If the INF treaty is destroyed, we won’t leave it without a response,” he said in a presentation to foreign military attaches in Moscow, according to an official transcript. “You as military professionals must understand that the target for Russian retaliation won’t be U.S. territory but the countries where the intermediate-range missiles are deployed.”
His comments came hours after the U.S. said it would pull out of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty in 60 days if Russia doesn’t stop alleged violations. Moscow says it’s complying with the deal. Gerasimov accused the U.S. of seeking to shift the blame for its demise to Russia.
Russia Is Ramping up Forces Near Border, Ukrainian Military Chief Says
General Viktor Muzhenko gestured to a series of satellite images which he said showed the presence of Russian T-62 M tanks stationed 18 kilometers from the Ukrainian border.
They had more than doubled to 250 from 93 machines within the space of two weeks from mid-September to Oct 1.
For Muzhenko this is evidence of a concerted build-up of Russian forces in the run-up to Nov. 25, when Russia fired on and captured three Ukrainian vessels at the Kerch Strait, an action Kiev’s leadership fears may be a precursor to a full-scale invasion.
Escalation of military-political confrontation, trade wars likely in 2019: Eurasia Report
NEW DELHI: Increased geo-political competition between Russia, the US and China, escalation of military-political confrontation and trade wars between these three nations and the possibility of a “Great War” in the Middle East are concerns for 2019, an international study has pointed out.
“The world faces major crises in 2019 with escalation of military-political confrontation and trade wars, humanitarian tragedies and environmental disasters,” according to the study ‘Global Risks for Eurasia in 2019’, conducted by 30 top global experts.
While confronting Iran in Syria, Israel may have to defy Russia
…Indeed, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu repeatedly has vowed to continue targeting Iranian installations in Syria, with other officials intimating that Jerusalem might, if absolutely necessary, destroy anti-missile batteries perhaps manned by Russian soldiers.
Russia Pledges to Hold over 4,000 Military Drills in 2019
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu pledged on Tuesday to hold over 4,000 military drills throughout 2019, as well as around 8,500 practical combat training events as the Putin regime seeks to shore up its military preparation.
Beijing ‘steps up naval patrols’ in Taiwan Strait in pushback at US warships
Taiwan’s defence ministry confirmed on Monday that naval vessels from the mainland have stepped up patrols in the western part of the Taiwan Strait this year in what analysts say is a reaction to the increased number of US warships sent into the waters to test Beijing.
Russia Test-launches Missiles for Its Moscow Defense System
Russian military released footage on Saturday of a test-launch of a modern air-defense system used to protect the air space over Moscow.
Russia Military Tests Missile Defense as Ukraine Prepares for War Against Its Only ‘Enemy’
The Russian military sent yet another defensive missile system Friday to the contested Crimean Peninsula, while Kiev’s leadership warned that Ukraine is training for what may be an imminent war.
Amid rising tensions stemming from an unresolved and violent maritime dispute Sunday, Russia deployed the Pantsir-S anti-missile and anti-aircraft system to Crimea, which Moscow has exerted control over since a 2014 referendum disputed by Ukraine, the West and their allies. In a statement, Southern Military District—which includes Crimea and other areas bordering Ukraine—said the move came after the systems were test-fired at the Kapustin Yar training ground in Russia’s Astrakhan region.
Commander of 2nd Fleet latest to sound alarm over Russian subs
The head of the Navy’s newly resurrected 2nd Fleet warned Wednesday of Russian submarine activity in the Atlantic Ocean, the latest senior military leader to sound the alarm in recent months.
“Let’s be frank, the Russian undersea threat is real,” Vice Adm. Andrew “Woody” Lewis said at a maritime security event hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. “They are very competent.”
Defense Officials Warn of China and Russia Tampering in Caribbean
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and the outgoing commander of U.S. Southern Command on Monday praised the recent decision to send a U.S. Navy hospital ship to aid Venezuelan refugees, warning that moves by China and Russia in the hemisphere should not be trusted.
Russian military fires on Ukrainian vessels in Black Sea, Ukraine says
Russia’s military opened fire and seized three Ukrainian naval vessels in the Black Sea off the coast of the Crimean Peninsula Sunday, Ukraine’s military said, escalating tensions in the disputed region.
Ukraine’s navy said Russian coast guard crews boarded two naval artillery boats and a tugboat and seized the vessels. The navy also said that two crew members were wounded, though their conditions were not immediately known.
China, Cuba pledge to deepen military ties
Chinese State Councilor and Minister of National Defense Wei Fenghe on Friday held talks with visiting Cuban Minister of the Revolutionary Armed Forces Leopoldo Cintra Frias.
Highlighting the special friendship between China and Cuba, Wei recalled the high-level bilateral ties in recent years and the substantial development of military relations between the two countries.
Russia is about to give Vladimir Putin the power to launch nuclear strikes first
Vladimir Putin could be given the power to launch nuclear strikes first under plans to change the law in Russia.
Currently Russia’s military doctrine bans the initial use of nuclear weapons unless Russia is threatened by weapons of mass destruction.
But senators in the Federation Council have reportedly recommended that Russia should be allowed to retaliate with nuclear weapons if the country is attacked by conventional, “non-nuclear strategic weapons”.
Sailors from Russia, Brunei train jointly in South China Sea
A task force of Russia’s Pacific Fleet conducted joint drills with Brunei Navy warships in the South China Sea, fleet spokesman Nikolai Voskresensky told reporters on Friday.
“The Russian Pacific Fleet’s task force, comprising the Varyag missile cruiser, the Admiral Panteleyev destroyer and the Boris Butoma large sea tanker completed its business call at the port of Muara (Brunei),” the source said. “After leaving Muara, the warships of the Russian Pacific Fleet and the Brunei Navy conducted a joint exercise in the South China Sea to train naval search and rescue, joint tactical maneuvers and communications training,” Voskresensky said.
Russia, Uruguay plan to set up working group on military-technical cooperation
Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin and Uruguayan Minister of National Defense Jorge Menendez inked a letter of intent for the establishment of a working group on military and technical cooperation and signing several agreements on training of the Uruguayan troops, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
Xi in Panama: Chinese president’s visit to US backyard tells Washington two can play influence game
In a trip that observers said would underline Beijing’s efforts to cement ties with Latin America, Xi will make a state visit to the Central American nation of Panama at the start of next month, the Chinese foreign ministry said on Friday.
The visit, which was confirmed by Panama, would be the first by a senior figure from Beijing since Panama officially cut ties with Taipei and established a formal alliance with Beijing in June last year.
China, Egypt to boost military exchanges, cooperation
Speaking highly of the sound development momentum of the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries, Wei said China attaches great importance to its military ties with Egypt.
China has built new structure on Bombay Reef in South China Sea, US think tank says
China has installed a new platform on a remote part of the Paracel Islands in the disputed South China Sea which could be used for military purposes, according to recent satellite images reviewed by a US think tank.
Russian, NATO exercises demonstrate West’s death wish
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‘Obvious threat’: Russian officials warn Poland not to proceed with permanent US military base
Moscow will have to respond if Warsaw pushes through a plan to build a permanent US base on its soil, top Russian officials have warned, as the Polish defense chief said construction of the so-called Fort Trump was a done deal.
Is Russia Reopening a Soviet Military Base in Cuba?
Fears that Russian President Vladimir Putin may be preparing to reopen a Soviet-era military base in Cuba have flooded the news following a three-day visit to Moscow by Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel in early November. Reports also suggest that Russia may be preparing to build additional military bases.
Lourdes military base is located near Havana, roughly 170 miles from the Florida peninsula. The Soviet Union used it as a monitoring outpost against the United States during the Cold War, but the base closed in 2001. Although the facility is now outdated and would add little to Russia’s military capabilities in the region, reopening it would be a powerful symbolic threat toward the U.S.
U.S. Military Targets Growing Russian and Chinese Influence in Latin America
U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein, returning from a trip to Colombia, said over the weekend that the Trump administration is making a push to strengthen alliances across Latin America as part of an effort to counter rising Chinese and Russian influence in the United States’ backyard.
In an interview with Foreign Policy, Goldfein said Colombia and other Latin American countries risked being locked out of U.S. and allied operations if they stopped buying military hardware from the United States and turned to other markets instead.
Putin’s Interests in Syria and Lebanon Are Limiting Israel’s Military Options
Playing chess with Hezbollah is one thing. Trying to figure out what Putin wants, in Syria and perhaps also in Lebanon, even as Hezbollah is trying to manufacture weapons there, is a completely different challenge
China matches Nato in information arms race with deal for ‘Ferrari of war room software’
China has obtained the big screen software used by Nato and the United States for war room mapping, putting its forces on an equal organisational footing with some of the West’s elite military operations.
…Planners use data from sources such as drone feeds, satellite imagery, radar, sensor plots, weather forecasts and platoon status.
Luciad’s software can analyse data and generate seamless visuals at a speed of 100 calculations a second, 75 times faster than its closest competitor, with accuracy to within 3cm (one inch) and on a global scale, according to American graphics technology company Nvidia.
…The same software is used by the United States Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, where covert missions for the US government – including the raid that assassinated al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan in 2011, originated.
In first, US endorses Israeli occupation of Golan, votes against 9 anti-Israel resolutions
The US has, for the first time, endorsed the Israeli occupation of the Golan Heights by voting against an annual UN resolution that condemned the occupation and was unanimously approved along with several other resolutions against Tel Aviv.
Russia Military Warns U.S. Must ‘Immediately’ Withdraw from Syria’s South, Claiming Conditions There Are Like Concentration Camps
Russia has called on the United States to withdraw from a base established by the Pentagon in southern Syria, alleging the presence runs contrary to international law.
Colonel General Mikhail Mizintsev, head of Moscow’s National Defense Control Center, addressed a joint session Friday of Russian and Syrian committees tasked with returning Syrian refugees and blamed the U.S. for deteriorating humanitarian conditions in the Rukban refugee camp.
…”We call on the United States of America to immediately stop the illegal occupation of the 55-kilometer zone around Al-Tanf, which is the sovereign territory of the Syrian Arab Republic. This will automatically lead to the resolution of the Rukban problem and return of its residents back to their homes,” he added.
‘Russia Has Made Clear’ That Status Quo of Syria Strikes ‘Gone’ – Israeli Media
This week, multiple media reports alleged that the Israeli military was training to destroy Russian-made air defence systems, including the S-300s recently delivered to Syria. The reports followed an expression of hope by the US that Russia would allow Tel Aviv to resume its airstrikes against so-called “Iranian targets” in the Arab Republic.
Moscow’s warnings against renewed Israeli attacks in Syria, as well as an increased Russian interest in events in Lebanon, are worrying developments and there’ a “real danger” of closing the Israel Defence Forces’ “operational window of opportunity” in these countries, Haaretz defence contributor Amos Harel wrote.
Japan’s Abe tells Putin he won’t let US troops on long-disputed islands if Russia returns them to Japan
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told Vladimir Putin on Wednesday he won’t let the US build any military bases on a group of long-disputed islands after Russia returns them to Japan.
At a summit in Singapore, Putin and Abe agreed to accelerate talks over Russia’s return of the Southern Kuril islands — four small Russian islands half way between Japan and Russia — and Abe assured Putin no US military troops would get anywhere near there, The Asahi Shimbun reported.
Duterte says China ‘already in possession’ of South China Sea, tells US to end military drills
SINGAPORE – President Rodrigo Duterte said on Thursday (Nov 15) China was “already in possession” of the South China Sea, and that military drills by the United States and its allies were creating “frictions” that were derailing efforts to settle rows over these waters between Beijing and its neighbours.
“China is already in possession (of the South China Sea). It’s now in their hands. So why do you have to create frictions… that will prompt a response from China?” Mr Duterte told reporters on the sidelines of the Asean Summit in Singapore.
Senior China military official to visit Japan, attempt to improve ties: report
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – China’s Commander of the Eastern Theater Command Air Force, Sun Herong (孫和榮) will visit Japan from Nov. 19-21 in a bid to improve ties, in the first trip of its type by a Chinese regional commander, reports suggest.
The visit is part of an effort by China to improve ties with regional countries, in the context of the U.S.-China trade war and fraying of relationships due to island building in the South China Sea, reported Kyodo News of Japan.
China hopes that it can improve relations with Japan to dissolve a potential partnership of Japan-U.S. opposition against it. On the other hand, Japan hopes the visit will help reduce conflict surrounding the disputed Diaoyu Islands, called the Senkaku Islands by Japan.
Chinese Military Says It Should ‘Strike Enemies By Surprise,’ No Longer Just Self Defense
The Chinese military has expressed a desire to update its warfighting tactics to include offensive maneuvers, not just self-defense.
In an official social media commentary, the People’s Liberation Army stressed the need to integrate ground movements with aerial capabilities, while pre-empting enemy moves with strikes of its own. The remarks came as Chinese President Xi Jinping sought to overhaul the physical and strategic structure of the world’s largest standing armed forces.
Is Putin getting serious on Libya?
Over the last few weeks, apart from the usual Syrian track, Libya has dominated Russia’s Middle Eastern agenda. On Nov. 12, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev led the Russian delegation to Italy for a two-day conference in Palermo in an Italian bid to bridge the parties in conflict, reunite Libya’s institutions and craft a path to elections.
Abe Shares Putin’s Intention to Negotiate Peace Treaty Between Japan, Russia
“I agreed with President Putin to accelerate negotiations on a peace treaty based on the 1956 joint declaration between Japan and the Soviet Union… President Putin and I share a strong resolve that it will be us who put an end to the issue that has been left unresolved for more than 70 years after the war,” Abe said after his meeting with Putin in Singapore, as quoted by the Kyodo news agency.
Israel Allegedly Trained to Take Out S-300 During Drills With Greece
The war games between the Israeli and Hellenic Air Force lasted twelve days and specifically saw the participation of Israel’s s fourth-generation F-16I “Sufa” fighter jet squadrons, which “drilled various scenarios.”
During recent air exercises with Greece, the Israeli Air Force (IAF) could specifically drill tackling the S-300 surface-to-air missile (SAM) defence systems, a twitter user nicknamed Rambo alleged.
U.S. military in ‘crisis,’ could lose a war to Russia and China, report warns
The United States faces a “crisis of national security” because its historic military supremacy has eroded drastically, leaving it likely unable to fight more than a single war at a time, according to a congressionally chartered report released Wednesday.
“U.S. military superiority is no longer assured and the implications for American interests and American security are severe,” said the report, which was issued by the National Defense Strategy Commission, an independent agency whose board is appointed by the House and Senate Armed Services committees.
The report concludes that the Defense Department isn’t financially or strategically set up to wage two wars at once and could even lose a war against China or Russia individually.
Russian military jammed GPS signals during NATO war games, Norway says
Russian military units in the Arctic jammed GPS signals being used during largescale NATO exercises in Norway that ended last week, the Norwegian Defense Ministry said Tuesday.
Norway’s Foreign Ministry “was aware that jamming has been recorded between Oct. 16 and Nov. 7 from the Russian forces” on the Arctic Kola peninsula, it said in an email to the Associated Press. Norwegian officials had earlier raised the issue with Russian authorities.
Russian Envoy Warns Against Deploying US Missiles to Europe
The United States is risking triggering “dramatic events” in Europe if the country decides to deploy new missiles to Europe after withdrawing from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty), Russian Ambassador to the European Union Vladimir Chizhov said in an interview with Financial Times, released on Tuesday.
Indo-Russian military exercises from November 18
India and Russia will hold joint military exercises in Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh from November 18, it was announced on Tuesday.
“Exercise Indra 2018” will begin at the Babina Field Firing Ranges, a Defence Ministry spokesperson said. This forms part of a drill to combat insurgency under the UN aegis.
Taiwan’s “Nightmare” Looming: China’s Ability to Invade Is Getting Stronger
…“Even with the best planned, equipped and integrated air-land-sea defense, it’s likely that the PRC [China] will achieve a foothold of some sort somewhere on the main island,” Gregson said.
…Richard Fisher, a senior fellow of Asian military affairs at the International Assessment and Strategy Center, gave details of China’s military modernization effort. An effort that some Chinese leaders, including President Xi Jinping, have declared would result in the invasion of Taiwan in the 2020 timeframe.
Top US officials reject Chinese demand to stop military moves that ‘undermine’ Beijing’s sovereignty in South China Sea
Top US officials rejected a warning by China on Friday to stop sending American vessels into the South China Sea, the latest focus of military tensions after warships from the two navies nearly collided in the disputed waters.
PH, Russia finalize military cooperation activities for 2019
The Philippines and Russia have finalized their military cooperation activities for 2019 which include security consultations and training exchanges, the Philippines’ Department of National Defense (DND) said on Saturday, November 10.
The DND said in a press statement that the Plan of Military Cooperation Activities between the two countries was finalized during the two countries’ second Joint Working Group (JWG) meeting in Moscow, Russia, on November 7.
China Has A New Hypersonic Anti-Ship Missile That It Claims Could Destroy A US Warship In One Hit
China is showcasing its powerful new hypersonic anti-ship cruise missile, which could raise the stakes as tensions flare between China’s military and the U.S. Navy.
Minister: Israel might destroy Syrian S-300s, even if manned by Russians
An Israeli cabinet minister has warned that if the Syrians use their recently supplied advanced Russian air defense missiles to bring down Israeli planes over Israeli territory, the launchers would be targeted — even if that means endangering Russian military specialists at the launch sites.
Environmental Protection Minister Ze’ev Elkin, who is also co-chair of the Russia-Israel Intergovernmental Commission, told Russian media Monday that it was a “big mistake” for Moscow to supply its ally Syria with the S-300 missile system, because the advanced missiles, which are considered a significant threat to Israeli air power in the area, “might lead to destabilization of the situation.”
Russia creates army groupings with 4,000km-range precision weapons
Units for planning the use of long-range precision weapons and preparing flight assignments for cruise missiles have been set up in the Russian Army, the Defense Ministry’s newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda reported on Tuesday.
As a result, Russia has created the groupings of precision weapon carriers capable of using missiles against targets at a range of up to 4,000 km, the paper reported
Over the past six years, Russia has made a breakthrough in providing its Armed Forces with long-range precision weapons, the paper said.
“As a result, the number of land-, sea-and air-based carriers has risen by more than 12 times and precision cruise missiles by over 30 times,” Krasnaya Zvezda writes.
Date of supplying S-400 to Saudi Arabia is being discussed, says ambassador in Russia
A final decision on the likely dates of supplying air defense systems S-400 to Saudi Arabia has not been made yet, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador in Moscow, Raed Khaled Qrimli, said on Tuesday.
“The discussion is still in progress, no final decision has been made yet,” Qrimli said in reply to a question from TASS during a visit a group of foreign ambassadors paid to the All-Russia Museum of Decorative, Applied and Folk Art.
Russia’s presidential aide for military-technical cooperation Vladimir Kozhin said in February 2018 all documents concerning the supply of S-400 to Saudi Arabia had been signed and all parameters agreed.
US and Japan plan military response to China amid massive war games
Japan and the US are staging their biggest ever war games amid reports the two allies are preparing a combined military response to Chinese threats over disputed islands.
Fifty-seven thousand marines, sailors and airmen have been deployed from Japan and the US for the biennial Keen Sword exercise – 11,000 more troops than in 2016, reports the Japan Times.
The military drills include amphibious landings, air combat exercises and missiles defence drills.
Emmanuel Macron Calls for ‘True, European Army’ to Protect Against U.S., China and Russia
French President Emmanuel Macron has urged the creation of a “true, European army” to protect the continent from Russia, China and the United States.
“We have to protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia and even the United States of America,” Macron told Europe 1 radio on Tuesday, Agence France-Presse reported.
Russia and Cuba vow to expand ‘strategic’ ties that lapsed after Cold War
The leaders of Russia and Cuba vowed Friday to expand what they called their “strategic” ties and urged the United States to lift its blockade of Cuba.
In a joint statement issued after their talks, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Cuban counterpart Miguel Diaz-Canel denounced U.S. “interference into domestic affairs of sovereign nations” and spoke in support of closer integration between Russia and Latin American nations.
China Reveals Plans for ‘Phantom’ Underwater Drone War Against U.S.
China’s military is preparing to wage autonomous underwater warfare against the United States, including the use of drone submarine attacks on American aircraft carriers, according to the official Chinese military newspaper.
“Underwater offensive and defense operations constitute a major battle domain for the seizure of sea supremacy, and represent a major means of winning superiority in maritime operations,” the newspaper of the People’s Liberation Army stated in an Oct. 25 report.
Russia warns of ‘provocation’ in Syria, hints at Israeli ‘hot heads’
Russian sources confirmed Thursday that a Defense Ministry briefing warning against “provocations” in Syria was directed towards Israel.
Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov warned Wednesday against “hot heads” provoking Syria and intimated that the S-300 had been deployed to defend against such action. Although Israel wasn’t mentioned, the reference to the S-300 is pointed at Jerusalem.
China hosts El Salvador as nations cut ties with Taiwan
Salvadoran President Salvador Sanchez Ceren was due to meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Beijing on Thursday, just months after the small Central American nation broke its diplomatic ties with Taiwan.
The state visit comes one day before that of the president of the Dominican Republic, whose country also switched allegiances from Taiwan to China this year.
Russia Makes Military Demands On Israel
The Russian military is making increased demand of Israel, following the downing last month of a Russian spy plane. It was the Syrians who actually shot down the plane, but Russia blamed Israel for not giving enough warning.
China’s Xi tells military to prepare for war as US Navy warns of high seas encounters
Xi made the blunt remarks last week as he was meeting the Southern Theatre Command, the military officials responsible for one of China’s five strategic war zones. The calls were made on Thursday as part of his four-day visit to Guangdong province, but the Chinese state media reported them only on Friday.
“It’s necessary to strengthen the mission… and concentrate preparations for fighting a war,” President Xi said. “We need to take all complex situations into consideration and make emergency plans accordingly.
Russian military, UN mission conduct first joint patrol of Israeli-Syrian border
The Russian military police and a UN mission have conducted their first joint patrol of the Golan Heights region at the Israeli-Syrian border, Deputy Commander of the Russian Forces in Syria Lt. Gen. Sergei Kuralenko has told, TASS reports.
“The Russian military police has long been patrolling the entire demilitarized zone, but the joint patrol [of the territory] to the south of the Quneitra crossing took place for the first time today,” he told reporters on Thursday evening. “Today, the Russian military police ensures the safety of the UN team on the mission.”
“In the future, we plan to carry out a joint patrolling mission directly to the southernmost end of the demilitarized zone,” Kuralenko said.
Russia claims US aircraft took control of drones in attempted attack on its Syrian base
Russia’s deputy defense minister claimed Thursday that a U.S. military aircraft took control of 13 drones over Syria and attempted to have them attack a Russian military base there, but the drones were downed before they could reach their target.
China says military will act ‘at any cost’ to prevent Taiwan split
China’s military will take action “at any cost” to foil any attempt to separate the self-ruled island of Taiwan, which Beijing claims as its own, the country’s defense minister said on Thursday.
China has been infuriated by recent U.S. sanctions on its military, one of a growing number of flashpoints in Sino-U.S. ties that include a bitter trade war, the issue of Taiwan, and China’s increasingly muscular military posture in the South China Sea.
Russia vows to ‘restore military balance’ if US quits nuclear pact
Russia has said it would be forced to respond in kind to restore military balance with the US if President Donald Trump followed through on his plan to quit a landmark nuclear arms treaty and began developing new missiles.
Mr Trump drew a warning of “military-technical” retaliation from Moscow after saying on Saturday that Washington would withdraw from the Cold War-era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which rid Europe of land-based nuclear missiles.
After nuclear holocaust, we’ll go to heaven as martyrs; attackers will die as sinners – Putin
“Any aggressor should know that retribution will be inevitable and he will be destroyed. And since we will be the victims of his aggression, we will be going to heaven as martyrs. They will simply drop dead, won’t even have time to repent,” Putin said during a session of the Valdai Club in Sochi.
Putin, Egyptian Leader Sign ‘Strategic’ Partnership Treaty
Meeting in Russia’s Black Sea resort of Sochi, the Russian and Egyptian presidents have signed what officials describes as a strategic cooperation treaty designed to increase trade, military, and other ties between the two nations.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who was completing a three-day visit to Russia, hailed his talks with Russia’s Vladimir Putin on October 17 and the cooperation agreement as opening a “new chapter in the history” of the countries’ bilateral relations.
China has issued a direct warning to Australia in a blistering new editorial
CHINA has issued a stern new direct warning to Australia, saying we’re walking a “tightrope” between the US and China.
In a blistering editorial, state media outlet The China Daily warned the nation not to be “led by the nose by America, cautioning the Morrison government against adopting a “Cold War” mentality.
It said there was a “fragile peace” in the region which could be “shattered by the slightest misstep”.
Netherlands in ‘Cyberwar’ With Russia – Defense Minister
The Netherlands is in a state of “cyberwar” with Russia, Dutch Defence Minister Ank Bijleveld told Dutch broadcaster NPO on Sunday.
“What happened is really dangerous,” Bijleveld said in a nod to an April incident near the headquarters of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which, she said, involved purported GRU officers.
WATCH: Russia tests its NUKES in large-scale drills
All three components of the Russian nuclear triad were involved in the exercise on Thursday.
Israel’s ties with China are raising security concerns
The concern falls into two broad categories. The first is over Chinese control of strategic infrastructure and the possibility of espionage. Officials are reluctant to go on the record, but many point to the new commercial-shipping facility in Haifa as an example of what is at stake. It is run by the Shanghai International Port Group, which won the tender in 2015 and began working on the site in June. Haifa is Israel’s busiest port and the base of its main naval fleets. Israeli submarines, widely reported to be capable of launching nuclear missiles, are docked there. Yet the deal with the Chinese firm was never discussed by the cabinet or the national security council, a situation one minister described as astonishing.
Gov’t study: ‘Nearly all’ U.S. weapons systems vulnerable to attack
Testers at the U.S. Department of Defense have found vulnerabilities in many of the military’s weapons systems, a new report by the Government Accountability Office warned Thursday.
The testers discovered critical cybersecurity flaws in “nearly all” weapons systems that were under development between 2012 and 2017, the GAO report said.
Russia, Bolivia can boost military technical collaboration, Putin says
Russia and Bolivia can boost military and technical collaboration, President Vladimir Putin said during the ceremony to receive credentials from new ambassadors on Thursday.
WW3 WARNING: Russia threatens ATTACK on UK over cyber WARFARE – ‘Britain is our enemy!’
A RUSSIAN minister has launched a scathing attack against Britain for preparing cyber strikes against Moscow, warning the country will launch a “severe” response if the UK attacks.
Russia’s deputy foreign minister Oleg Syromolotov said Britain is “Russia’s enemy”, insisting Moscow will respond with a fierce attack if Britain’s military strikes.
He told Russian’s national news agency RIA Novosti: “Great Britain has been Russia’s enemy since Ivan the Terrible.
“If they are making such declarations, then they will probably try it out, but we’ll defend ourselves and the response will be quite severe.”
Russia conducts huge exercise with its nuclear forces
The Russian military says it has conducted a massive test of the nation’s strategic nuclear forces involving multiple missile launches.
The Russian Defense Ministry said Thursday’s maneuvers featured launches of ballistic missiles by the navy’s nuclear submarines from the Barents Sea and the Sea of Okhotsk.
As part of the drills, long-range bombers also fired cruise missiles, the ministry said, adding that all missiles hit their designated practice targets.
Gov’t study: ‘Nearly all’ U.S. weapons systems vulnerable to attack
Testers at the U.S. Department of Defense have found vulnerabilities in many of the military’s weapons systems, a new report by the Government Accountability Office warned Thursday.
The testers discovered critical cybersecurity flaws in “nearly all” weapons systems that were under development between 2012 and 2017, the GAO report said.
Israel’s ties with China are raising security concerns
…Israeli security officials are growing increasingly uneasy with China’s expanding role in the economy, particularly its involvement in several big infrastructure projects and its purchase of cutting-edge technology.
The concern falls into two broad categories. The first is over Chinese control of strategic infrastructure and the possibility of espionage. Officials are reluctant to go on the record, but many point to the new commercial-shipping facility in Haifa as an example of what is at stake. It is run by the Shanghai International Port Group, which won the tender in 2015 and began working on the site in June. Haifa is Israel’s busiest port and the base of its main naval fleets. Israeli submarines, widely reported to be capable of launching nuclear missiles, are docked there. Yet the deal with the Chinese firm was never discussed by the cabinet or the national security council, a situation one minister described as astonishing.
US and China face growing risk of military clashes as conflict intensifies
Pompeo’s visit occurred at an inauspicious moment. Four days before he landed in Beijing, American Vice President Mike Pence delivered a speech on China that is so harsh that it was seen as a turning point. Commenters, both in China and the West, even labeled it America’s official declaration of a cold war with China.
Change in Golan Heights status constitutes violation of UN resolutions: Russia’s FM
Russia rebukes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for asking the international community to recognize the regime’s claim to “sovereignty” over the occupied side of Syria’s Golan Heights, warning that any such move would constitute a flagrant violation of UN Security Council resolutions.
Russia, Bolivia can boost military technical collaboration, Putin says
Russian Minister Says Britain Has Been Our ‘Enemy’ Since ‘Ivan the Terrible,’ Insists They’ll Respond to Cyber-Attack Threats
The comments were made in response to a report in Britain’s Sunday Times that claimed the United Kingdom was preparing to launch an offensive cyber-attack against Russia that would turn off the lights in Moscow.
“Great Britain has been Russia’s enemy since Ivan the Terrible,” he told the state-run RIA Novosti news agency. “If they are making such declarations, then they will probably try it out, but we’ll defend ourselves and the response will be quite severe.”
Military Leaders Are Starting To Freak Out Over Russia’s Information Warfare Dominance
Russia has become so good at information warfare that American and allied military leaders are (rightfully) starting to freak out about it.
“The Russians are really good at this. Better than us,” UK Army Maj. Gen. Felix Gedney said at the AUSA Conference, according to Defense One. “We saw a very clever, assiduous information campaign aimed at discrediting the campaign of the coalition [in Iraq and Syria]. And I would argue [that] in many of our nation’s capitals, we didn’t realize we were being played.”
Russian influence rising in Balkans, Baltics, Central Europe
A week before a crucial election, Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik traveled to Russia for a Formula One race — not because he’s a big fan but for yet another meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Footage from the race in Sochi showed Putin wishing Dodik “great success” in the Bosnian election and the Serb presenting Putin with a Republika Srpska pin, the Serb-controlled autonomous region in Bosnia.
‘America First’ rhetoric brings India, Russia closer
Defying the US, India signed the US$5.43 billion deal for five S-400 missile systems on the sidelines of the summit meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin. While the Americans were shocked by this development, they tried to veil their sorrow with a diplomatic statement released just after the official announcement of the deal.
…Regardless of Russia’s emerging partnership with India’s arch-rivals China and Pakistan, both New Delhi and Moscow still see each other as special and privileged strategic partners.
Army Futures Command Chief: Russia And China Are Eating Our Long-Range Lunch
“The Russians, and in many ways the Chinese as well, are able to outrange most of our systems,” he explained.” They are establishing stand-off capabilities.
Chinese Firms Now Hold Stakes In Over A Dozen European Ports
In the past decade, Chinese companies have acquired stakes in 13 ports in Europe, including in Greece, Spain and, most recently, Belgium, according to a study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Those ports handle about 10 percent of Europe’s shipping container capacity.
It is part of China’s 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, which aims to better connect the country to commercial hubs in Africa, Asia, Europe and Oceania. China is the European Union’s biggest source of imports and its second-largest export market, adding up to more than $1 billion in trade per day. And sea shipping outweighs rail or air freight.
Philippines joining Beijing’s South China Sea drill ‘shows nations are hedging bets’ in Sino-US tussle
Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are hedging their strategic risks in the South China Sea by stepping up military cooperation on multiple fronts as tension between China and the United States grows in the region, political analysts have said.
The assessment follows Monday’s decision by the Philippines to join a regional military exercise involving China and other Asean countries later this month, and comes days after a Chinese destroyer and an American warship came within metres of colliding in the South China Sea.
China-US tensions flare during testy Pompeo visit to Beijing
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cited “fundamental disagreement” with China’s foreign minister during a testy exchange in Beijing that highlighted rising tensions between the world’s two largest economies.
Pompeo’s retort came after Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi accused the US on Monday of escalating trade disputes, interfering on Taiwan and meddling in the country’s domestic affairs.
Russia sends troops and missiles into Libya in bid to enforce stranglehold on the West
Two Russian military bases are already now up and running in the coastal towns of Tobruk and Benghazi, using the cover of the controversial Russian private military company the Wagner Group which already has outposts there.
Russia’s devastating Kalibr anti-ship missiles and state of the art S300 air defence missile systems are also now believed to be on the ground in Libya.
Denmark Reportedly Calls for Attacking Russia in Cyberspace
In an interview with Danmarks Radio, Nasser Khader, the new head of the Danish parliamentary committee for defense, specifically called for attacking Russia in cyberspace.
Russia Sets Up Weapons Maintenance Database in Venezuela
Russia has set up a database in Venezuela that allows the government to track in real time how its military hardware is maintained, the head of Service Solutions Center at Proekt-Technika Corporation told Sputnik.
UK war-games cyber attack on Moscow
Defence chiefs have war-gamed a massive cyber-strike to black out Moscow if Vladimir Putin launches a military attack on the West, after concluding that the only other way of hitting back would be to use nuclear weapons.
Senior security sources have told The Sunday Times they are concerned that Britain has a capability gap that has left commanders with too few weapons to meet Kremlin aggression short of firing a Trident nuclear missile.
U.S. military planning serious showdown with China
The US Pacific Fleet has proposed a series of exercises for November that would see American warships and aircraft demonstrating US military might in disputed waterways in a message to Beijing, CNN reported Wednesday afternoon, citing several defense officials.
The US military is reportedly planning to put on a serious show of force in contested waters from the South China Sea to the Taiwan Strait as a warning to China and a reminder of the United States’ ability to rapidly confront and counter any potential adversaries.
PENCE SIGNALS COLD WAR WITH CHINA
I come before you today because the American people deserve to know… as we speak, Beijing is employing a whole-of-government approach, using political, economic, and military tools, as well as propaganda, to advance its influence and benefit its interests in the United States…
…China now spends as much on its military as the rest of Asia combined, and Beijing has prioritized capabilities to erode America’s military advantages – on land, at sea, in the air, and in space. China wants nothing less than to push the United States of America from the Western Pacific and attempt to prevent us from coming to the aid of our allies.
Russia does not rule out ‘military measures’ against Georgia in new threats over Tbilisi biolab
The move was ostensibly triggered by a former KGB general who served as Georgia’s security chief in the 1990s but fled the country after being accused of assassination attempt against then president Eduard Shevardnadze.
“We cannot just turn a blind eye, realizing that some things are happening there that directly affect the state of security on [our] southern frontiers. We will resort to diplomatic and military measures,” Vladimir Shamanov, Chairman of the Defense Committee of the Russian State Duma, was quoted by TASS as saying on Thursday.
Russia seeking communications channel between Israel, Iran in Syria — report
Russia is working quietly to open avenues of communication between Jerusalem and Tehran “in order to reduce tensions and prevent friction” in Syria, London-based Arabic daily Asharq Al-Awsat reported Saturday, citing a senior Russian source.
Experts warn the US can’t fight two big wars simultaneously as military competition rises with China and Russia
The U.S. military lacks the troops, ships and planes to counter a growing range of security threats and the great power challenges posed by Russia and China, according to the annual defense strength index from the Heritage Foundation.
“As currently postured, the U.S. military is only marginally able to meet the demands of defending America’s vital national interests” despite the buildup and increased defense budgets under the Trump administration, said the Heritage 2019 Index of U.S. Military Strength.
Russia, Madagascar sign agreement on military cooperation
Russian, Egyptian leaders to discuss military-technical cooperation Oct 17
The presidents of Russia and Egypt Vladimir Putin and Abdel Fattah el-Sisi will discuss military-technical cooperation during the Egyptian leader’s visit to Russia on October 17, Russian presidential envoy for the Middle Eastern and African countries, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov told TASS in an interview.
“This visit is being prepared with great energy. Everything will be discussed, because it will be the most important summit level meeting,” Bogdanov said, when asked if the presidents would discuss military-technical cooperation.
The U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal a weapon against Chinese imperialism
As China’s Communist government sees it, the “neo-NAFTA” U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement is far more than a revised North American trade arrangement. It is an act of strategic warfare aimed at China.
China’s Strategic Force Gears Up for Space and Cyber War
China’s new Strategic Support Force highlights Beijing’s growing military might and plans to expand both power and influence using space, cyber, and information warfare in both peacetime and a future high-tech war, according to a Pentagon-sponsored study.
…The force has combined several People’s Liberation Army (PLA) advanced warfare and intelligence capabilities into a single unit for the first time, although much of the unit remains shrouded under Chinese military secrecy.
The NDU report is one of the first public studies by the Pentagon on China’s use of combined space, cyber, information warfare capabilities and intelligence and espionage forces.
China’s Military Reportedly Snuck Spy Chips Onto Hardware Used by U.S. Warships, Drones and Apple
The Chinese military managed to install and disguise tiny chips on computing hardware destined for U.S. military and intelligence agencies, as well as companies such as Apple (aapl, -1.82%), according to a Bloomberg Businessweek report about a quiet but long-running investigation in the U.S.
Pence, DoD Roll Out Harder Line on China, Russia
The Vice President joined Mattis, the Centcom chief, and Trump’s NATO Ambassador in slamming Russian and Chinese moves. The push comes just before a major White House report takes even more specific aim at China’s industrial policies.
China warns U.S. military to ‘exercise restraint’ or face consequences
China is reacting harshly to a report that the U.S. Navy is considering a classified proposal to carry out a global show of force against the Chinese military by ramping up American defense activity in the South China Sea and Taiwan Strait.
“Washington must exercise restraint, or China’s countermeasures will accelerate,” a lead editorial on the website of a key newspaper of China’s ruling Communist Party warned Thursday in response to the report by CNN that claimed U.S. combat aircraft and troops are planning a concentrated set of exercises in the region for November.
Mattis says Russia must comply with missile treaty, will pay a price for cyberstrikes
Russia will face countermeasures from the United States if it continues to violate a 31-year old nuclear treaty, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned Thursday, adding that Moscow will also have to “pay the piper” in connection with new allegations of cyberstrikes on U.S. allies.
“Make no mistake, this situation is untenable,” Mattis said at the conclusion of a NATO defense ministers meeting in Brussels.
Mattis blasted Russia for its development of a new missile system that allies say violates the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty between Washington and Moscow.
US starts vast military-biological program in states near Russia, Russian official says
The United States has launched a vast military-biological program in the territories of several countries neighboring Russia, the chief of Russia’s radiation, chemical and biological protection force, Major General Igor Kirillov, told a news briefing on Thursday.
He said the Defense Ministry’s specialists had scrutinized materials made public by Georgia’s former state security minister, Igor Giorgadze, about US activities underway at the Richard Lugar Public Health Research Center in Alekseyevka, near Georgia’s capital Tbilisi.
U.S. indicts seven Russian military officers for cyber attacks
Seven Russian military officers have been indicted for a series of alleged cyber attacks, including targeting agencies that exposed Russia’s alleged widespread doping program, the U.S. Justice Department announced Thursday.
China Reportedly Mulls Second Dollar-Bond Sale in 2018 as Trade Tensions Simmer
According to the publication, citing sources familiar with the matter, Beijing is expected to market the securities to investors as soon as next week, and sell bonds that mature in five, ten and 30 years, thus becoming a regular sovereign debt issuer.
If true, this would mark the second dollar-bond sale for China in a year and the third since 2004.
Russia promises North Atlantic military buildup
Russia plans to increase its military presence in the North Atlantic to counter NATO in the region, a top diplomat said Tuesday.
“All these NATO preparations cannot be ignored, and the Russian Federation will take the necessary tit-for-tat measures to ensure its own security,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said, per state-run media. “Reckless saber-rattling in this previously calm region can have far-reaching consequences, and not through any fault of ours.”
North Korea denounces U.S. for sanctions against China, Russia entities
North Korea may be taking a strategic interest in the U.S. sanctions imposed on the Chinese military for purchasing Russian jets and missile systems.
Korean Workers’ Party newspaper Rodong Sinmun reported Tuesday the United States has placed sanctions against Chinese and Russian military officials responsible for trading weapons and equipment.
NATO is gearing up for its largest war games since the Cold War in a huge show of force
NATO is gearing up for its “biggest exercises in many years,” the alliance’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg revealed Tuesday, according to multiple reports.
Around 45,000 troops will take part in the Trident Juncture exercises in Norway in late October and early November, the secretary said, according to AFP. The “fictitious but realistic” drills, reportedly the largest since the end of the Cold War, come on the heels of the massive Vostok 2018 joint military exercises involving tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of Russian and Chinese troops that were held in September.
US NATO Envoy Warns Russia to Halt New Missile Development
The U.S. envoy to NATO on Tuesday said that Russia must halt development of new missiles that could carry nuclear warheads and warned that the United States could “take out” the system if it becomes operational.
…”It is time now for Russia to come to the table and stop the violations,” U.S. Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison told reporters in Brussels, on the eve of a meeting between U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and his NATO counterparts.
She said that if the system “became capable of delivering,” the U.S. “would then be looking at the capability to take out a missile that could hit any of our countries in Europe and hit America.”
U.S. destroyer nearly hit by Chinese warship in South China Sea
China accused the United States of flouting its sovereignty Tuesday after an American warship sailed near islands claimed by Beijing in the disputed South China Sea, further rattling relations between the countries after weeks of escalating military tensions.
A Chinese destroyer came within yards of the U.S. Navy ship Sunday, compelling it to switch direction in what American officials called an “unsafe and unprofessional” clash.
Will China’s new laser satellite become the ‘Death Star’ for submarines?
China is developing a satellite with a powerful laser for anti-submarine warfare that researchers hope will be able to pinpoint a target as far as 500 metres below the surface.
It is the latest addition to the country’s expanding deep-sea surveillance programme, and aside from targeting submarines – most operate at a depth of less than 500 metres – it could also be used to collect data on the world’s oceans.
NATO Ops Center Goes 24/7 To Counter Russians: Gen. Scaparrotti
…So when I asked Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander, whether Russia is the Western alliance’s number one national security threat, he was unequivocal.
“Yes, absolutely,” he said on the sidelines of this weekend’s NATO Conference in Warsaw. Russia is operating in domains below the level of outright war, he said, in a very aggressive way. “If you look at their cyber and social media activity, their disinformation operations, and their money and support to European organizations and political groups on both ends of the political spectrum, they are doing those things in many European countries. In my view they are executing a destabilization campaign, based on a strategy that assumes if they can destabilize Western governments it will be to Russia’s benefit. If you look at their military doctrine, that is part of what they call ‘indirect activity.’ They believe undermining Western governments without ever firing a shot achieves their ends.”
America’s armchair generals are risking military confrontation with China
In a matter of days last week, the Trump administration further trampled on the one-China principle and thumbed its nose at the rules of international relations. The US State Department approved the sale to Taiwan of up to US$330 million in spare parts for F-16 fighter jets and other aircraft, four days after sanctions were imposed on the People’s Liberation Army’s equipment development department and its director for buying military aircraft and surface-to-air missiles from Russia. Washington’s disputes with Moscow are of no concern to Beijing, yet the Chinese military has been punished for carrying out trade deals. Similarly, the American president and his hawkish officials have repeatedly been ignoring their country’s nearly four-decade-old agreement when normalising relations with China to respect each other’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Britain sending 800 troops to Arctic in warning shot to Russia – media
Britain is to step up its military presence in the Arctic significantly amid concerns about growing Russian aggression “in our back yard,” the Defense Secretary has said. Gavin Williamson told The Sunday Telegraph that the Government was drawing up a “defense Arctic strategy” with 800 commandos being deployed to Norway next year and the installment of a base in the north of the country.
Is Israel’s military honeymoon with Russia in Syria over?
For the first time in decades, the operational freedom of the Israel Air Force may truly be at risk – not because of terrorist groups or countries bent on Israel’s destruction, but because of Russia – and intense efforts have been put into motion on all sides to prevent that from occurring.
Putin’s Peace Treaty: The Last Chance to Stop the Russia-China Alliance
At the Eastern Economic Forum held in Vladivostok earlier this month, Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that they sign a peace treaty within a year, no strings attached.
Russia plans to arm its most advanced fighter with missiles meant to cripple the F-35 stealth fighter
Russia reportedly plans to arm its most advanced fighter jet with a powerful hypersonic air-to-air missile that can take aim at aircraft nearly two hundred miles away, making them a potential threat to critical US air assets.
Israel’s actions in Syria on September 17th were ‘unprofessional and cowardly’ – Zakharova
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 A.M.) – The Spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, discussed the downing of the IL-20 aircraft with Italy’s Panorama magazine on Thursday.
Zakharova slammed Israel’s actions during the short episode, calling their air force both ‘unprofessional’ and ‘cowardly’.
“The tragedy occurred on September 17 following erroneous, unprofessional and cowardly actions of one of our partners, despite Russia’s efforts to develop the relationship with Israel, including when it comes to the issues that are important for them,” Zakharova stated.
With new missile defense for Syria, Russia shifts its relationship with Israel
Despite working closely with Israel’s traditional enemies, Syria and Iran, during Syria’s civil war, Russia has managed to maintain a good relationship with Israel. But it could be about to sour.
Russia has just taken a huge gamble in Syria.
It will greatly strengthen Moscow’s hand in determining the endgame in the seven-year-old civil war if it works. But it might lead to wider conflict if other powers accustomed to intruding into Syrian airspace with relative ease, particularly Israel, decide to challenge the move.
The Russians have indicated that they will effectively impose what is known as A2/AD (anti-access/area denial) over the entire Syrian theater by supplying Syrian forces with advanced S-300 anti-aircraft systems. The missiles will be integrated into a single, computerized air defense network and supported by Russian-provided electronic jamming measures. It’s not quite a “no fly zone,” since the Russians would be required to announce and enforce something like that directly.
Russian military tests newly deployed costal defence system in Arctic
Russia’s new Bastion coastal defence systems have been deployed at Kotelny Island in the Laptev Sea in the Arctic Ocean, with video showing multiple test launches of Oniks supersonic anti-ship missiles.
Russia Launches Air Defense Exercises With Six CIS Allies, Over 100 Warplanes
Russia and six of its regional allies have launched joint air defense drills involving over 100 warplanes, the Russian Defense Ministry announced Thursday.
…At 8 a.m. Moscow time on Thursday, the Russian military said more than 130 CIS command posts had commenced exercises to locate and shoot down enemy aircraft.
The maneuvers include Su-27, MiG-29 and MiG-31 fighter jets; Su-24 and Su-34 bombers; as well as combat trainers, long-range bombers and helicopters, Interfax reported.
China steps up spying on U.S. military
China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is stepping up open-source spying on the U.S. military and other foreign militaries that will utilize artificial intelligence means.
According to a procurement notice from China’s Central Military Commission, the new database is a six-month project to set up an “Open Source Intelligence Database on Foreign Militaries.”
The revealing notice was published by the commission’s PLA Equipment Development Department, whose director, Lt. Gen. Li Shangfu, was slapped with U.S. sanctions this week for buying arms from Russia.
U.S. Approves Military Sale to Taiwan, Angering China
The U.S. approved the sale of military equipment to Taiwan on Monday, drawing Beijing’s ire as tensions escalate between the world’s two largest economies.
U.S.-China Military Tensions Start to Rise as Trade War Deepens
As a trade war heats up between the U.S. and China, military tensions are also rising.
China on Tuesday refused a U.S. warship entry to Hong Kong next month, according to the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong, and Beijing’s top naval officer canceled a high-level meeting with his U.S. counterpart after being recalled to China, according to Lieutenant Colonel Dave Eastburn, a Pentagon spokesman.
Military Benefits of the Caspian Sea Convention for Russia’s Power Projection Capabilities
In late August 2018, Russia’s Caspian Flotilla, in conjunction with aviation and coastal air-defense groups, carried out special exercises in the Caspian Sea to test a new tactical formation for detecting and neutralizing low-flying missiles or aircraft (Tvzvezda.ru, August 29).
…Despite Moscow’s habitually peaceful statements and its insistence on keeping the Caspian a conflict-free basin, over the past few years Russia has been conspicuously increasing its military presence there. The Caspian Sea is a valuable asset for the Russian military due to its location close to the Middle East and directly adjacent to the Caucasus and Central Asia.
Russia arming fighter jets with hypersonic missile that can hit targets 250 MILES away
The Su-57 fighter jets – Russia’s most advanced to date – will come with an arsenal of the most high-tech weapons on the market.
The most deadly of these is the R-37M missile, which will turn the country’s air force into one of the world’s most fearsome and has a greater range than any belonging to the US military.
The Russian military has said its range is officially at least 300km (186 miles), but sources say it can actually travel as fares 400km (248 miles) depending on its flight path.
US said to pull Patriot air-defense systems from Mideast as threats shift
The United States is reportedly in the process of redeploying four air-defense missile systems from the Middle East, refocusing its attention from Iran to global threats such as China and Russia.
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has ordered the military to pull out four Patriot anti-aircraft missile systems, which are also capable of intercepting incoming missiles, from allies in the region, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday, citing several senior military officials.
Russia To Conduct Large-Scale Military Exercises In Crimea
Russia plans to perform large military exercises in the annezed Crimea, stated the head of the Southern Military District’s press service of the Russian Federation, Vadim Astafyev.
“More than 1,000 servicemen (4th Air Force and Air Defense Forces Army) will take part in the joint exercises. It will involve more than 50 long-range, operational-tactical, attack aircraft, including the A-50 long-range radar detection and control aircraft, supersonic the Tu-22M3 bomber, as well as about 10 Black Sea Fleet ships, said Astafyev.
Putin tests blowing up ‘enemy’ warships with his new missile in latest video showing off Russia’s military might
Russia has demonstrated its naval might by sinking a group of ‘enemy’ ships off its Pacific coastline.
President Vladimir Putin showcased a test of his lethal new Kh-35U anti-ship missile fired from an Su-34 long-range strike aircraft.
…The missile can be fired from the surface, as part of coastal defence systems or – as here – from the air.
The Kh-35U missile has a range of 155 miles. They have been supplied to the military units since 2014.
…Russian officials claim that the KH-35U counters all enemy countermeasures.
Russia Deploys Coastal Missiles in Arctic Drills
The Russian military has deployed coastal defense missile systems in the Arctic amid increased military activity in the region.
Moscow renewed interest in the Arctic with the discovery of untapped oil and natural gas reserves and a desire to secure access to the Northern Sea Route — a strategic trade artery that has the potential to reroute East-West global trade flows. A military doctrine signed by President Vladimir Putin in 2014 entrusts Russia’s armed forces with maintaining the country’s strategic interests in the Arctic.
…The Bastion system is a unified coastal defense complex which employs the supersonic homing Onyx anti-ship missile designed to defend more than 600 kilometers of coastline against surface ships. One fully-loaded unit carries 36 Onyx anti-ship missiles, which can engage targets beyond the visual horizon.
Israel and US warn Russia against new air defence system for Syria
Israel and the United States have warned Russia against the transfer of an advanced air defence system to Syria in response to last week’s downing of a Russian military plane by Syrian forces during an Israeli attack.
Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu told Russian president Vladimir Putin that Moscow’s plan to supply its advanced S-300 surface-to-air system to Syria within two weeks will endanger the region.
…he White House said it hoped Moscow would reconsider the move, which US national security adviser John Bolton called a “significant escalation”.
Russia upgrades Syria’s defense system in blow to Israel
Russia will upgrade Syria’s air defense system after a series of statements over the past week chastising Israel for the downing of a Russian aircraft.
Moscow: Israel ‘Misled’ Russian Military In Syria Plane Downing
Russia’s Defense Ministry has doubled down on its allegation that Israel is to blame for the downing of a Russian military plane over the eastern Mediterranean Sea nearly a week ago, saying it was caused by “misleading information” provided by the Israeli military.
Syrian government forces mistook the Il-20 reconnaissance plane for an Israeli jet on a bombing mission and shot it down off Syria’s northwestern province of Latakia on September 17, killing all 15 servicemen onboard.
Russian Military Drill off the Coast of Syria
The Russian army is performing a major military exercise off the coast of Syria. This is why air and maritime routes have been temporarily closed in this part of the Mediterranean.
This Russian drill follows the destruction of a Russian plane during a joint British-French-Israeli attack on 17 September 2018. The target of this latter tri-state attack was located in the Syrian region of Latakia.
Following this war game, Russia could propose to Syria, the adoption of new rules creating no fly zones and prohibitions on maritime passage.
China cancels military talks with U.S. in protest at sanctions over Russia military equipment
China summoned the U.S. ambassador in Beijing and postponed joint military talks in protest against a U.S. decision to sanction a Chinese military agency and its director for buying Russian fighter jets and a surface-to-air missile system.
U.S. sanctions China for buying Russian fighter jets, missiles
The Trump administration imposed sanctions on the Chinese military on Thursday for buying fighter jets and missile systems from Russia, in breach of a sweeping U.S. sanctions law punishing Moscow for meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.
In Beijing, the Chinese government expressed anger and demanded the sanctions be withdrawn.
The U.S. State Department said it would immediately impose sanctions on China’s Equipment Development Department (EDD), the military branch responsible for weapons and equipment, and its director, Li Shangfu, for engaging in “significant transactions” with Rosoboronexport, Russia’s main arms exporter.
Vladimir Putin in warning to Israel after Russian military plane downed by Syria
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has warned Israel against conducting air raids on Syria like the one that led to the downing of a Russian warplane by Syrian air defence missile, killing all 15 aboard.
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Mr Putin to express sorrow over the plane’s loss, but insisted Syria bears responsibility for the downing of the Il-20 electronic intelligence plane.
The Kremlin said Mr Putin emphasised that the Israeli attack violated Syria’s sovereignty and also breached the Russian-Israeli agreements on avoiding clashes in Syria.
France partly to blame for Russian plane’s crash, says military expert
France is partly to blame for the crash of Russia’s Ilyushin Il-20 aircraft in Syria and the death of Russian military servicemen, military expert Mikhail Khodaryonok told reporters.
China and North Korea Warn Japan as It Conducts Historic Military Drills
China and North Korea have warned their mutual rival Japan against disrupting regional stability as it conducted two historic military exercises seen as provocative by the two countries.
The Japanese Defense Ministry confirmed Monday that its Oyashio-class attack submarine Kuroshio participated alongside Izumo-class helicopter carrier Kaga, Murasame-class destroyer Inazuma and Akizuki-class destroyer Suzutsuki, as well as five aircraft, Thursday in the country’s debut drills in the South China Sea, much of which China claims as its own territory.
The Air Force Is Planning A Massive Expansion To Take On Russia And China
The U.S. Air Force set out to return to Cold War numbers by growing nearly 25% and taking on hundreds more planes to form an additional 74 squadrons, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson announced on Monday.
The Air Force, which typically acquires aircraft only after long vetting and bidding processes, will attempt the radical change in short order to fulfill President Donald Trump’s vision of a bigger military to take on Russia and China.
Vostok-2018 drills demonstrate Russia’s peacefulness – Russian defense minister
Russia’s biggest war games include submarine hunt in Pacific
Russian naval forces have conducted a submarine search using an anti-submarine ship and a helicopter in the Sea of Okhotsk as part of Russia’s largest-ever military exercises.
About 3,200 troops from China have joined about 300,000 Russian troops for a week of war games in Siberia and the Far East, and over the Arctic and Pacific oceans. The maneuvers continue through Monday.
The naval exercise in the arm of the Pacific between Russia and Japan’s Hokkaido island featured the Russian destroyer Vice-Admiral Kulakov and a Ka-27 helicopter equipped to search for submarines.
Russian warships hold drills in Bering Sea in huge military exercise
Russian warships held drills in the Bering Sea which separates Russia from Alaska, part of Moscow’s biggest military maneuvers since the fall of the Soviet Union, footage aired by the Ministry of Defence showed on Friday.
Russia Tests Stealth Missiles at Vostok-2018 War Games
The Russian military has reportedly tested advanced missiles that may be able to evade detection by radar technology at its biggest war games in four decades, currently underway near the Chinese border.
…The maneuvers at the games this week included efforts to detect and destroy 30 missiles simulating an attack across a range of altitudes and speeds using radar crews and anti-aircraft units.
Russia-China military cooperation ‘could worry Europe’
Chinese officials said the focus of the drill expanded from the anti-terrorism manoeuvres of previous exercises to counter-attack manoeuvres, development of defence skills as well as the building of mutual trust with Russia.
“The drill has raised the capabilities of the military in both nations to handle security threats,” Shao Yuanming, deputy chief of the joint staff department of the People’s Liberation Army said on Wednesday. “This drill is also an important test of the combat abilities of our military.”
Taiwan Shares Intel on China’s Military with India to Thwart Beijing’s Isolation Bid
Hong Kong/Taipei: As Beijing intensifies its effort to further isolate Taiwan diplomatically, Taipei is actively but discreetly broadening security ties with regional powers beyond its long-standing relationship with the United States.
From efforts to share intelligence on China’s military with India and the prospect of engaging Japanese experts in its submarine programme, Taipei’s push is gradually bearing fruit despite sensitivities surrounding relations with Taiwan, according to government officials, military attaches and diplomats.
Russian, Chinese militaries put their power on display in dramatic drills
The main stage of the Vostok-2018 strategic drills was held at the Tsugol firing range in the Trans-Baikal Region. The Vostok-2018 maneuvers are the biggest in the history of the Russian army, unparalleled since 1981, when the Soviet Union held drills involving about 100,000 people.
Russia and China Will Now Hold Military Exercises “On a Regular Basis”
Russia and China are drawing closer together as the two great powers solidify their entente to challenge the United States and its liberal hegemony.
China Joins Russian Drills in Sign of Growing Military Ties
Chinese and Russian troops began joint maneuvers Tuesday, marking the first time Moscow has invited a country outside a tight circle of former Soviet allies to its largest annual exercises and offering Chinese generals rare and valuable experience training outside their country’s borders.
China Wants to Build Greenland Airport That Might Threaten U.S. Military Base, Experts Say
A government-owned Chinese firm has put forward a bid to build a new airport in Greenland, which some analysts fear could threaten a vital U.S. Air Force base located in the country.
Home to only about 56,000 inhabitants, Greenland is a constituent country within the Kingdom of Denmark and relies heavily on air travel. As a result, the country’s autonomous government is seeking to build a new airport, which will cost an estimated $560 million.
Russian Spy Satellite Tried to Steal Military Information From France, Defense Minister Says
Russian spies attempted to steal satellite communications from the French military, France’s Minister of Defense Florence Parly revealed Friday.
In a speech in which she outlined France’s plans for space security, Parly said that a Russian satellite had flown close to another satellite operated by France and Italy in order to spy on the two European Union countries.
U.S. to Expand Military Presence in Greece as Tensions Rise With Russia and Turkey
The U.S. military is planning to expand its presence in Greece as Washington’s relationship with Turkey deteriorates. The U.S. hopes to use collaboration with Athens to increase its military access to key parts of the Middle East, officials said.
Japan Scrambles Fighter Jets to Intercept Russian Military Aircraft
The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) scrambled fighter jets to intercept two long-range Tupolev Tu-142MZ maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft circumnavigating the major islands — Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu — of the Japanese archipelago, as well as one supersonic Sukhoi Su-24 nuclear-capable bomber in the Sea of Japan on September 1, the Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) said in a statement.
Russia is the latest world power eyeing the Horn of Africa
Russia is joining the list of nations intent on establishing their foothold in the Red Sea. In a meeting with Eritrean leaders on Friday (Aug. 31), foreign minister Sergey Lavrov announced plans to establish a “logistics center” at a port in the East African nation. Moscow didn’t specify the location or the timetable of the project but said it was aimed at boosting bilateral trade and infrastructural investment between the two nations.
Russia and China are preparing for a nuclear war with their biggest ever war games
Russia and China, the two key threats to the US named in official Pentagon documents, will carry out their biggest-ever military drill to reportedly include simulations for nuclear warfare.
US defense officials told the Washington Free Beacon’s Bill Gertz that the drills, the largest in Russia since 1981 and the largest joint Russian-Chinese drill ever, will include training for nuclear war.
Russian Military Successfully Test-Fires New Interceptor Missile
According to the Russian Defense Ministry’s statement, the new missile interceptor has reliably confirmed its performance specifications and successfully accomplished the set task by destroying a simulated target with a required accuracy.
US to resume military drills on Korean Peninsula
The United States declared on Tuesday that it would end its suspension of military drills on the Korean Peninsula.
Washington had offered to suspend “selected” military exercises following US President Donald Trump’s historic Singapore summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un in June. However, subsequent denuclearization talks have failed to produce any concrete peace measures.
Chinese troops in Russian military drills prove expanded ties: Kremlin
China’s announcement that it will take part in Russia’s Vostok-2018 (East-2018) military exercise proves the expansion of the two countries’ cooperation in all spheres, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday.
Vladimir Putin Fires Military Generals as Russia Launches Biggest Military Exercises in Four Decades
Russian President Vladimir Putin fired 15 Russian generals on Tuesday as the country prepares to launch its biggest war games in over four decades. Among those fired were Vladlen Aksenov, the deputy minister of the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations, and Sergei Koryuchin, head of federal penitentiary services in Russia’s Omsk region.
Iran and Syria Seal Military Cooperation Agreement
Iran and Syria signed a deal for military cooperation in a meeting between the defence ministers of the two countries in Damascus, the Tasnim news agency reported on Monday.
Russia warns Moscow will respond to US sanctions ‘reciprocally’
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned that Moscow will take reciprocal measures in response to Washington’s latest sanctions, in an interview to a Slovak newspaper published on Tuesday.
His comments are the latest by a number of Russian officials indicating Moscow will retaliate against the measures.
“We will continue to act calmly and pragmatically, reacting to all attacks in accordance with the principle of reciprocity,” Lavrov told the Slovak paper Pravda.
300,000 Troops and 900 Tanks: Russia’s Biggest Military Drills Since Cold War
Russia is mobilizing for its biggest military exercise since the height of the Cold War, the Kremlin says, citing a tense international climate that is “frequently aggressive and unfriendly toward us.”
The exercises, which are set to involve nearly 300,000 Russian troops, 1,000 aircraft and 900 tanks, will also include units from China for the first time. They will start on Sept. 11.
Russia deploys military ships to Syria armed with Kalibr cruise missiles
The Russian military is deploying a flotilla of at least 10 ships to the Syrian coast, the Izvestia newspaper reported Tuesday, citing unidentified Defense Ministry sources. The grouping was reported as Russia’s most powerful to deploy to Syria since Moscow began its intervention in the conflict there nearly two years ago.
The Izvestia report comes one day after Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov told reporters that Moscow was concerned over apparent preparations for an American cruise missile strike on Syrian government forces as they ready to launch a final offensive on Idlib — the last remaining rebel stronghold in the Syrian civil war.
Russian military takes over strategic hills near occupied Golan Heights
The Russian military has taken over two imperative hilltops that overlook the occupied Golan Heights, a Syrian Arab Army (SAA) communique said on Monday.
Report: Russian hackers targeted Orthodox clergy
The Russian hackers indicted in July by special counsel Robert Mueller for infiltrating Democratic National Committee (DNC) email servers also spent years trying to steal information from Orthodox Christian leaders, The Associated Press reported Monday.
In familiar dance, Turkey warms to Russia as US ties unravel
Relations between Turkey and Russia are cozy, prompting worries in the West of a potentially critical rift in the NATO alliance. But Turkey’s president may be engaged in a balancing act, tactically turning to Russia as ties with the United States further deteriorate over the detention of an American pastor.
President Donald Trump tweeted this month that U.S.-Turkey relations “are not good at this time!” and announced tariff hikes on the NATO ally, precipitating a nosedive in the Turkish currency. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was on the phone with Russia’s Vladimir Putin that same afternoon, when they promised more cooperation in the areas of defense, energy and trade.
Amid Russian military buildup, Poland reacts
As Russia continues to bolster its military capacities along its western borders, neighboring NATO member states such as Poland are responding to the rising security concerns by adapting and expanding their capabilities. Warsaw is intensifying efforts to strengthen the Polish military’s air defense capacities, secure a permanent presence of U.S. troops on the country’s soil and establish a new division of the operational forces in Poland’s east.
U.S. Revives Navy Fleet To Counter Russian Presence In North Atlantic
The U.S. Navy has formally reestablished its Second Fleet as a result of a renewed focus on the North Atlantic Ocean, where the Russian military has been operating with increasing frequency in a way not seen since the Cold War.
Putin Makes a Move for Peace Through Force
…The message President Vladimir Putin’s pushing: Russia is back.
Denis Volkov, a sociologist with the Levada Center, an independent Russian polling agency, told me that most Russians see foreign policy “as a successful part of Putin’s policy because it … has made Russia great again … for the first time since the time of the Soviet Union.” They see Russia’s interventions as helping other countries. “For example, in Ukraine we [helped] the Russian-speaking population. In Syria … it’s viewed as a help Russians are giving the legitimate regime against terrorists.”
What makes Russia’s resurgence particularly striking is that the West largely ignored Moscow following the collapse of the Soviet Union. The country’s economy was in tatters, living standards plummeted, and nostalgia for the days of Communist Party rule lingered. Putin slowly set about reversing that trend, essentially turning a very bad hand into a very good one for himself.
Chinese Military Joining Russians for Nuclear War Games
Russia and China will hold a large-scale military exercise next month that will include simulated nuclear weapons attacks, according to American defense officials.
“Thank God This Is Happening”: Russia Says Time Has Come To Ditch The Dollar
With the US unveiling a new set of sanctions against Russia on Friday, Moscow said it would definitely respond to Washington’s latest sanctions and, in particular, it is accelerating efforts to abandon the American currency in trade transactions, said Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.
“The time has come when we need to go from words to actions, and get rid of the dollar as a means of mutual settlements, and look for other alternatives,” he said in an interview with International Affairs magazine, quoted by RT.
Russia and Angola strengthen military ties
Russia is ready to increase the development of military and military-technical cooperation with Angola. This is according to Russian Deputy Minister of Defence Alexander Fomin during talks with his Angolan counterpart.
The Russian defence ministry on 21 August said Fomin noted the commonality of the approaches of the two countries to threats and challenges in the sphere of security during talks with Angola’s State Secretary for Defence Policy and International Cooperation Admiral Gaspar dos Santos Rufino.
China’s new alliance stirs US worries over possible ‘military base’ in El Salvador
El Salvador might be a small nation, but the United States is worried it has something more to offer mainland China than diplomatic recognition: a port that could be used for military purposes.
The Central American country officially cut ties with Taipei and established a formal alliance with Beijing on Tuesday, leaving Taiwan with just 17 nations that officially recognise its status.
The Real Russia. Today. Russia has essentially banned Protestant preachers from its prisons, the USSR crushed the Prague Spring 50 years ago today, and Microsoft says Fancy Bear is back
In the 1990s, preachers and pastors started meeting with prisoners in Russia, but three years ago the authorities shut down most of these visits. Protestant religious figures and experts attribute the policy shift to pressure from the Russian Orthodox Church and recent “anti-terrorism” legislation, as well as the fact that the Russian authorities associate evangelical churches with the West.
Facing New Russian Hacking, Senators Signal They Are Ready to Act
Faced with new evidence that Russian hackers are targeting conservative American research groups and the Senate’s own web pages, key lawmakers from both parties signaled on Tuesday that they were ready to move forward with punishing new sanctions legislation capable of crippling the Russian economy.
Russia Shows Off Military Might Near Alaska
Russian strategic bombers flew into international airspace on August 17 and were spotted by American F-22 jets near Alaska.
According to the Associated Press, Russian supersonic Tu-160 bombers flew thousands of miles from Saratov, Russia, to the Bering Strait along with Tu-95 strategic bombers and tanker planes for in-flight refueling. The Moscow Times reported that a total of around 10 aircraft were involved.
Russia, Lebanon interested in developing military-technical cooperation — Lavrov
Chinese military steps up strike strength against U.S. targets and Taiwan, says Pentagon
In its annual report to the Congress on China’s military developments, the Pentagon said the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) had undergone a sweeping overhaul, expanding the capacity of its bombers to “strike U.S. and allied forces and military bases in the western Pacific Ocean, including [the U.S. island territory of] Guam.”
China has a new message for the U.S.: Don’t be alarmed, we’re not that great.
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.
Pentagon says China military ‘likely training for strikes’ on U.S. targets
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.
Drivers stunned as Russian military planes practice landing on busy road (VIDEO)
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.
Russian strategic bombers deploy near Alaska
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.
Russia’s upgraded strategic bomber to get hypersonic missiles
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.
RUSSIA WARNING: Kremlin fury over UK attack on Putin at Arctic ‘military build-up’
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.
The U.S. Military Is Worried About China’s Moves in Africa
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.
‘Clearly Unfriendly’: Norway to Double US Marine Presence Near Russian Border
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.
Poland wants permanent US forces stationed there
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.”
Is Russia’s Mysterious New Satellite a Space Weapon?
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.
Russia in Arctic WAR GAMES as MPs warn ‘UK can’t keep up’
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”.
Chinese military protests against U.S. defense bill
The Chinese military resolutely opposes and protests Washington adopting the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act into law, Ministry of Defense said on Tuesday.
The act authorizes $717 billion defense spending, the largest in U.S. history, and sets “long-term strategic competition with China” as the United States’ “principal priority”.
It also includes plans for strengthening Taiwan’s self-defense capabilities, prohibiting China from future Rim of the Pacific Naval exercises, and creating public report on China’s activities in the South China Sea.
Trump approves largest-ever aid package to Israel
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.
Senate’s ‘Kremlin Crusher’ Means Get Out Of Russia Now
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.
Trump’s ‘Space Force’ no punchline to military insiders amid rising Russia, China threats
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.
Mattis: US needs Space Force to counter Russia, China
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.
Russia to help UN with patrols along Syria-Israel frontier
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.”
New US military budget halts Open Skies pact, almost axes nuclear arms reduction deal with Russia
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.
Russia prepares for war in pictures: Extraordinary scenes of Russian troops in action
Russia’s war games continue as Russian troops were ordered for snap military drills to exercise tactical and strategic warfare.
…Extraordinary scenes showcased Russia’s finest military in action with the 4th army of the Russian Air Force and Air Defence, and the Russian Navy Black Sea Fleet all displaying their power off the Black Sea coast.
Over two thousand servicemen and 400 pieces of military hardware from both the Russian and South Ossetian divisions took part in the drills.
Sudan, Russia discuss military cooperation
Sudan’s Defence Minister Awad Ibn Ouf said relations with Russia are developing steadily, particularly military cooperation, describing ties between the two countries as historic.
Ibn Ouf, who received the Russian Ambassador to Sudan Vladimir Zheltov on Monday at his office, pointed to Moscow’s supportive stances towards Khartoum.
China ‘prepares for battles’ against US, Japanese missiles in tense East China Sea
Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy ships drilled in the East China Sea over the weekend, practicing honing its skills and countering missile threats from rivals like Japan, the US, and other potential combatants.
Russian Military Spy Software is on Hundreds of Thousands of Home Routers
The Russian military is inside hundreds of thousands of routers owned by Americans and others around the world, a top U.S. cybersecurity official said on Friday. The presence of Russian malware on the routers, first revealed in May, could enable the Kremlin to steal individuals’ data or enlist their devices in a massive attack intended to disrupt global economic activity or target institutions.
US destroyer warship enters Black Sea as Russian colonel warns of MISSILE THREAT to bases
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.
Newest US sanctions against Russia hit an economic nerve
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.
Syria’s Last Major Military Operation Against Rebels Begins as Russia Looks to Talk With West
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.”
Mexican Radio to Beam Chinese Propaganda
A large Spanish-language radio station in Mexico will soon begin broadcasting in Chinese in a deal critics say will bring Beijing propaganda to Chinese Americans throughout Southern California.
A Federal Communications Commission filing on the sale of radio station XEWW AM 690 radio near Tijuana reveals the buyer has ties to Phoenix Satellite Television US, a subsidiary of Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing Phoenix TV.
Top 5G suppliers linked to China’s Communist Party
…While the Turnbull Government has been strongly lobbied by federal MPs and security officials to ban Chinese-owned Huawei from involvement in the 5G network, there has been little focus on the Chinese-connections of two other likely 5G participants, Nokia and Ericsson.
Though both companies are headquartered in Scandinavia and already have Australian Government contracts, much of their equipment is manufactured in Chinese factories with state-owned joint venture partners led by Communist Party officials.
Russia and 4 Other Nations Settle Decades-long Dispute Over Caspian Sea
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.
China Seeks Influence in Europe, One Business Deal at a Time
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.
Chinese Hypersonic Aircraft Can Launch Missiles At 6X the Speed of Sound
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.
‘Peace behind me, war in front of me’: China’s new Army propaganda video is chilling and viral
China’s People’s Liberation Army released a chilling video last week called “I am a Chinese Soldier,” which was first spotted in the West by the National Interest.
The 2:20 minute video, released on August 1 for China’s Army Day, emotionally underscores the sacrifices made by service members of the PLA while showing off some of the country’s latest weaponry.
At one point in the propaganda video, the narrator says “peace behind me, war in front of me”, which The National Interest said could be interpreted to mean war is “inevitable”.
China kicks off ‘major’ military exercises as Taiwan leader prepares for trip abroad to salvage few remaining allies
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.
US suspends military training with Pakistan, days after Islamabad claimed to have received training from Russia
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.
Russian military creates 8 outposts along Golan Heights border
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.
Russia Hands Over Plan to ‘Fight Against Terrorism’ in Latin America
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.
US plans ‘Space Force’ by 2020 to gain military edge over Russia, China
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.
U.S. Navy Says Russia Submarine Threat Highest Since Cold War and China Making Things Worse
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.
China, Russia prepare for strategic security talks in Moscow as pressure from United States grows
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.
NATO scrambled to INTERCEPT five Russian supersonic fighter jets flying near Europe
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.
‘Battle for Africa’: Russia Pushes Into ‘Free Country for the Taking’ In Attempt to Rival the West
…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.”
China’s Taiwan Strait Provocations Need a U.S. Response
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.
The US’s nuclear commander says the only way to defend the US from new Russian and Chinese missiles lies in space
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.
As China’s Military Masters Artificial Intelligence, Why Are We Still Building Aircraft Carriers?
…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.
Taiwan reveals deterrent to China as satellite images show missile capable of targeting mainland
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.
Russia develops ‘perpetual nuclear reactor’ to power Vladimir Putin’s new submarines
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.
Russia threatens ‘horrible’ conflict if Georgia joins Nato
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”.
Pakistan, Russia Sign Rare Military Cooperation Pact
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.
Russia’s Upgraded Tu-22M3M Long-Range Bomber to Be Rolled Out on August 16
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.
The US Navy’s top officer says defending against Russian jamming ‘is an emerging part of our business’
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.
UK’s warning in Russia: Sub-hunters chase Putin’s ships in North Sea as threat escalates
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.
Georgia accuses Russia of military buildup as Moscow warns of ‘terrible conflict’
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.
US Navy’s Top Admiral Cites Increased Threat in Ocean Nearest Washington
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.
Russia to respond with military-strategic blow to new USA’s sanctions
Press review: Russia’s ‘crushing response’ to US sanctions and Moscow’s offer on Syria
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.
China may seek to end US military presence in Korean peninsula after South opens door to greater role for Beijing in peace talks
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.
Defense Budget Shifts Military’s Focus From Terrorism To China And Russia
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.
China’s new J-16 advanced fighter jet ‘targeting Taiwan’ may soon be combat ready
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.
Air Force silent after huge meteor hits earth near US military base
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.
Monthlong RIMPAC drills focused on US military rivals China, Russia
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.
Following deals with Russia, Turkey now expands military cooperation with China
“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.
China’s Military To Help Assad Retake Rest Of Syrian Territory, Ambassador Suggests
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.
Israel Threatens Military Response Against Houthi Forces
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.
Russia Calls Out U.S. Military ‘Threat’ After NATO Minister Accidentally Says There Are ‘Ballistic Missiles’ at Base
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.
Russia puts military police on Israel-Syria frontier, reinforcing role as mediator
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.
US planning ‘military INVASION’ of Taiwan and China warn it could ‘RETALIATE’
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.
‘Leave immediately or you will pay’: China is threatening foreign ships and planes, but the US military isn’t changing a thing
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.
Israel is under massive Chinese, Russian cyber espionage attack
“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.”
U.S. Military Bases In Europe Depend On Russian Energy
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.
Putin Recreates Soviet-Era Patriotic Directorate in Russia’s Army
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.
China’s holding intl. military contest near Taiwan’s outlying island spawns concern
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.
China woos an Argentina neglected by American indifference
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.
Uganda, China To Strength Military Ties
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.
Russia aims to increase collaboration with Africa
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.
Russia navy parade: Putin flexes military muscle and showcases ‘carrier killer’ sub
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.
Military exercises on South Kurils unacceptable — Japanese foreign minister
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.
Russia has information on possible military plans by US, other countries, says Lavrov
“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.
Russia Rapidly Expanding Navy With 26 New Ships By End of 2018, Putin Says
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.”
Russia’s probably not leaving Syria anytime soon. Here’s why.
“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.”
China could test fire new Russian missile defence system in coming days, Tass news agency says
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.
Cooperation between Armed Forces of Belarus and China lauded as robust
Pentagon report will reveal military’s dependence on Chinese components
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.
South Korea scrambles jets to intercept Chinese warplane in its air defence territory
South Korea said on Friday it had scrambled military jets to intercept a Chinese military aircraft that entered the South’s air defence territory.
China, Russia, Iran: The cyberespionage forces hacking into America
…”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.
Assad says Russian military needed in Syria long-term
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.
Man Explodes Small Device Outside US Embassy in Beijing
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.
Top Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani warns US and Donald Trump: ‘If you begin the war, we will end it’
…“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.
Moscow and Beijing Have Tehran’s Back
Trump’s Iran policies have left the country with no choice but to turn to Russia and China.
China Warns US Against Tightening Military Cooperation With Taiwan
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.
Russia threatens counter-measures if Finland and Sweden join Nato
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.
Lawmakers say NDAA provisions combat Russian, Chinese threats
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.
Russia Has Sent Thousands of Troops and Weapons to Its Western Border, Near U.S. Military and NATO Allies
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.”
Israel shoots down Syrian jet as fighting escalates on edge of Golan Heights
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.
China, Sri Lanka vow to strengthen defense ties
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.
Russia and China Will Retaliate Against U.S. Missile Systems in Asia, Ambassador Warns
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.
Rwandan leader says China relates to Africa ‘as an equal’
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.
China assures Liberia military support
Palace justifies cozying up to China
…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.
China reassures support to safeguard Pakistan’s sovereignty
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.
Chinese military arrives in Russia for annual drills, bringing state-of-the-art hardware
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.
Russian marines arrive in China to take part in Amphibious Assault Landing contest
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.
Russia downs drones that attacked its Syria air base -news agencies
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.
China military develops robotic submarines to launch a new era of sea power
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.
China’s Xi offers fresh $295 million grant to Sri Lanka
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.
Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Africa seeking deeper military and economic ties
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.
Second Nepal-China joint military drill in September: report
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.
China’s President Xi Jinping wraps up UAE visit with series of deals to boost presence in Middle East
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.
CIA: China is Waging a ‘Quiet Kind of Cold War’ Against US
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.
Syria Regains Control Over Frontier With Israel In Russia-Brokered Deal
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.
Here’s How the Russian Military Is Organizing to Develop AI
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.
Pentagon Announces $200M in Military Support for Ukraine as It Fights Russia
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.
Russian Army gets seven ICBMs from year-start
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.
FBI Investigating Chinese Espionage in All 50 States
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.”
Unlikely partners? China and Israel deepening trade ties
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.
China, Cameroon sign military assistance agreement
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.
China, Switzerland to strengthen military cooperation
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.
Russia’s Aerospace Force gets Peresvet laser complexes
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.”
Russia tests new nuclear weapons after summit with Trump
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.
Russian Forces Spark War Fears With Surprise Combat Drill in Armenian Village
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.
Russian defense firm delivers S-400 regiment set ahead of schedule
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.
Russia: Greece Taking Part in ‘Dirty Provocations’ for NATO
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.
US Not Prepared to Fight China, Other Competitors, Marine 2-Star Warns
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.
China Trains for Taiwan Invasion in Military Drills That Could Cover Entire Island
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.
Taiwan’s military monitoring PLA movements closely: MND
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.
Taiwan’s Apache Fleet Goes Into Service Amid China Tensions
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
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.
US targets Chinese and Russian missiles with THAAD upgrade in South Korea: military analysts
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.
New fears raised over President Putin, President Xi’s North Pole ambitions
…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.”
‘Predatory habits’: US to ask Australia to help counter China
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.
Russia announces new military aircraft they claim can ‘disable satellites’
…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.
Why it matters: China is at the center of Kenya’s debt crisis
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.
New Army command in Austin aims to help counter China and Russia threats
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.
Russia’s Putin praises developing relations with Sudan, points to military cooperation
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.
Israel launches widest Gaza daytime assault since 2014 war
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.
Syrian government advance towards border with occupied Golan risks provoking major Israeli military response
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.
China to send strategic bombers, fighter jets for war games in Russia
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.
Estonia alleges 2nd air violation by Russian plane this week
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.
Now NATO Says Russian “Hybrid Warfare” Could Start a Real War
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.
China Sounds Alarm as US-Taiwan Relations Test New Highs
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.
China to increase influence in Middle East: Experts
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.
Uncertainty, tension in world affairs push Moscow & Beijing together – Russian defense minister
“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.
Russia-NATO Chess Match: Russia Building Up Military Sites Near Polish Border
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.”
Russian Special Forces Just Practiced Invading an Island Near Finland
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.
Russia to Refit 8 Strategic Bombers in 2018
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.
Nato leaders to create ‘borderless’ European zone so tanks and troops can quickly respond to a Russian invasion
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.
Russia stays in the driver’s seat in Syria
…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.
US military’s new Indo-Pacific Command reflects China concerns
…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.”
China Paper Denounces US Navy Ships’ Taiwan Strait Passage
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.
Get Ready, Russia: The Army Is Sending More Weapons to Europe
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.
Russia’s strategy in Syria shows how to win a Middle East war
…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.
Could NATO Stop a Russian Invasion of the Baltics?
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.
Russia, China Could Soon Outmatch U.S. in Combat Aviation
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.
Japan Seeks to Neutralize the Threat of a China-Russia United Front—And It’s Not Working
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.
U.S. warships pass near Taiwan in a show of defiance to China
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.
The US-China trade war has begun – a shooting war could be next
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.
China-Africa military ties have deepened. Here are 4 things to know.
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.
REVEALED: China plans to expand military to ‘WIN A WAR’ and overtake the US
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.
Russia-Backed Syrian Forces Take Key Border Site After Deal With Rebels
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.
Chinese invasion of Taiwan in 2020 feared again after ‘peace disease’ editorial
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.
Russian Army to get 6 unrivaled weapons in coming years – Moscow
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.
Russian-backed attack pummels southwest Syria: War monitor
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.
How China built strategic alliances with Iran and Turkey
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.
US makes risky military moves with Taiwan
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.
China Military Tells Russia They Will ‘Jointly Deal With Threats and Challenges’ as Tensions With U.S. Rise
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.
US Plans to Deploy Its Upgraded Nuclear Bombs in Europe
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.
Russia worried over US plans to deploy new generation nuclear bombs to Turkey
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.
Russia completes testing extended-range interceptor missile for S-400 system
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.
China’s Military Has ‘Peace Disease’ After Decades Without War, Military Newspaper Says
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.”
Putin: Russian Army’s Modern Weapons Rate Nears 60 Percent
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.
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.
US a ‘Rogue Nation’ as State-Run Chinese Media Widens Global Charm Offensive
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.
China’s Power Is Growing in the Indian Ocean
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.
Putin: New Russian Weapons Decades Ahead of Foreign Rivals
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.
Russia: ‘We are in the post-West world order’
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.”
SPACE WAR could be sparked with China and Russia close to launching weapons for battle
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.”
Russia’s International Army Games: Six New Countries Are Joining The Competition
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.
John Howard warns China seeks power and influence through its expats
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.
Xi Jinping Warns U.S. That China Won’t Surrender ‘One Inch’ of Territory
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.”
Pentagon Intelligence Chief: Russia And China Will Have Weapons in Space ‘In the Near Future’
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.”
Chinese military circles Taiwan after Tsai Ing-wen’s call to arms
Beijing has lashed out at Taiwan’s leader and announced that its military has been conducting new “encircling maneuvers” around the self-governing island.
NATO’s New Joint Air Power Strategy Threatens Moscow – Russian Lawmaker
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.
China says it will increase its military presence in Africa
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.
NATO Chief Warns Russia Has Developed Weapons That ‘Lower Threshold’ for Nuclear War
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.
Is it good policy to allow China a foothold on the U.S. mainland?
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.”
China’s navy holds military drills just off Taiwan’s coast every day for a week
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.
Russia Breaks Syria Cease-fire With U.S. and Jordan
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.
WW3 THREAT: Vladimir Putin’s Russia now a ‘SERIOUS PROBLEM’ for the West, warns UK MP
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.”
Russia, Belarus, Serbia switch to active phase of Slavic Brotherhood international 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.
Beyond the South China Sea: Beijing may target these waterways next
- 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.
China Just Sent A Major Warning To The US In The South China Sea
China’s Navy recently conducted anti-air exercises in the South China Sea.
Potential New Crisis Between Israel And Syria Looms As Assad Pushes Toward Israeli Border
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.
Russia to base in Syria – permanently
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.
Poking the bear: US Air Force builds in Russia’s backyard
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.
Combined military expenditures of China and Russia now exceed the United States
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.
Russian jets strike rebel held town in Syria
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.
Assad defies United States, presses assault in southwest Syria
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.
Tensions between China and US ESCALATE after Beijing military target pilots with LASERS
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
China’s future railgun Navy 2025 predicted by US Intelligence
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.
DoD Officials: Chinese Actions Threaten U.S. Technological, Industrial Base
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
Chinese warships sail southward off Taiwan’s east coast
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.
Russia Keeps Testing Nuclear Missiles That Could Kill Millions
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.
The Latest: UN ‘deeply concerned’ about Syrians in the south
The United States is warning Russia and Syria’s President Bashar Assad of “serious repercussions” for violations of an unraveling ceasefire in southwest Syria.
Century’s longest lunar eclipse July 27
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.
Russia says to respond equally to NATO’s bolstering combat forces
“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.
Russia Warns of ‘Tough Response’ to New U.S. Military Space Force
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.
Russia is preparing for war, British military experts warn
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.
Hackers Try to Infect Computers That Control Satellites
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.”
Russia Will Take China’s Side Against U.S. in World Trade War
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.
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.
The past 24 hours in startling North Korea news, explained
…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.
The United States Is Pushing Toward War With China
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.
U.S. Space Force Will Challenge Russia and China Military Power Beyond This World
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.”
Laser Attacks Against U.S. Forces Spread to the Pacific
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.
Kim Jong Un and China’s Xi discuss ‘a new future,’ North Korean media says
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.
Kaliningrad photos appear to show Russia upgrading nuclear weapons bunker
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.
China verges on luring all of Africa away from Taiwan
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.
Xi asked Kim to demand halt to US-South Korea military drills: report
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.
NATO, Germany build up for war against Russia
“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.”
China adds to nuclear arsenal amid military modernization drive
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.
China holds missile drills in South China Sea amid heightened tension
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.
Russia dumps half of its US Treasury bonds
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.”
Trump ignites trade war with China, triggering swift retaliation
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.
U.S. defense secretary Mattis cites threats from Russia, China in Newport speech
“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.
This is why A-10s have been training to land on highways near Russia
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.
Russia warns Norway of ‘consequences’ after it invites in more US Marines
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.”
Putin Invites Kim Jong UN to Russia
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.”
Russia breaks from pack, holds national day reception in Jerusalem
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.
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)
Washington opens de facto embassy in Taiwan, angering China
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.
China’s Giant Ionosphere-Zapping Radar Is a Defense System Masquerading as Science
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.
Clear Skies: Russia Upgrading State-of-the-Art Nebo-M Anti-Missile Radar
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).
Russia and China Show Off Ties With Putin Visit
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.
Chinese Hackers Stole Large Amounts of Secret U.S. Submarine-Warfare Data, Military Says
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.
US should ‘destroy’ China’s military assets in South China Sea, Sen. Rubio says
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.
Tariffs could push Europe toward Russia, critics say
French President Emmanuel Macron said he wants to strengthen his country’s economic relationship with Russia.
Israel must stop occupying Palestinian territories: Russian Ambassador to UN
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.
US said wary of Israel-Russia deal to remove Iranians from southern Syria
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.
Territorial integrity China’ s core interest: Chinese military official
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.
Could this new Chinese radar system really be used to play God with the weather?
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”.
South China Sea dispute: Mattis says China ‘intimidating neighbours’
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.
China is putting troops, weapons on South China Sea islands, and has every right to do so, PLA official says
Head of Chinese delegation at Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore accuses US of being the real ‘source of militarisation’ in disputed waterway
China develops deadly ‘Silent Hunter’ lasers that can destroy drones from 1,000ft away as tensions soar with the US
“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.”
Kim Jong-un complains to Russia over ‘US hegemonism’
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.
U.S. Military ‘Prepared’ To Face China and North Korea Ahead of Major Asia Conference
“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.”
China In Race To Overtake U.S. Military in AI Warfare
“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.”
Dramatic understandings between Israel and Russia
“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.”
China steps up pace in new nuclear arms race with US and Russia as experts warn of rising risk of conflict
“Chinese scientists are running simulated tests at a faster rate than America as world’s leading powers develop arsenal of ‘usable’ next-generation weapons”
China Has Dispatched Warships to Challenge U.S. Vessels Sailing Near Disputed Islands
“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.”
Russian Strategic Missile Troops Gain New Capabilities for Nuclear Deterrence
“‘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.”
Bad News: Russia And China Could Soon Shoot Down Stealth F-22s and F-35s
“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”
Taiwan fighter jets monitor Chinese bombers
“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.”
Russia quietly conducted the world’s longest surface-to-air missile test
“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.”
Russian Sub Unleashes Four Nuclear Missiles in Less Than 20 Seconds [Great video]
“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.”
Defiant Russia showcases new weapons in Victory Day parade
“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.”
Inauguration of Vladimir Putin as President of Russia Held in Kremlin
“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.”
China slams US jab on its Taiwan push
“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.”
The U.S. Navy Just Revived Its Cold War-Era Atlantic Fleet to Counter Russian Aggression
“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.”
Duterte warned against complacency over Chinese missiles on PH reefs
“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.”
US lawmakers set US$717 billion defence bill, with eye on China, Russia and Turkey
“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
“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.”
China’s sneaky missile move angers US
“”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.”
Revealed: UK’s push to strengthen anti-Russia alliance
“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.”
Israel Export Institute and Taiwan’s Trade Dev. Council sign MoU to increase cooperation
“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.”
China is firing on all cylinders as it ramps up its trade war with the US
“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.””
White House warns China on growing militarization in South China Sea
“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.”
Laser from Chinese Base Aimed at U.S. Military Pilots In Africa’s Skies, Pentagon Charges
“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.””
Beijing reportedly challenges US, lays strong implicit threat with anti-ship missiles in the South China Sea
“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”
China’s foreign minister in North Korea on rare visit
“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.”
Russia to Roll Out Hypersonic Missile for the First Time During V-Day Parade
“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.”
China ‘deploys missiles’ in South China Sea, US, Australia warn of consequences
“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.”
Laser from Chinese Base Aimed at U.S. Military Pilots In Africa’s Skies, Pentagon Charges
“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.””
Beijing reportedly challenges US, lays strong implicit threat with anti-ship missiles in the South China Sea
“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”
China Moves to Steady Ties With North Korea Before Trump-Kim Meeting
“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.”
Russia’s monster robot army capable of AMBUSHING Nato forces unveiled in show of force
“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.
WW3: Russia in war threat as Trump sends missiles to Ukraine in show of Putin defiance
“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.”
The drums of a US-China trade war
“US President Donald Trump’s administration has fired the opening salvo in what is quickly shaping up to become a full-blown trade war.”
Diplomatic tit for tat over Taiwan in Israel, as Tel Aviv grows closer to Taipei
“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.”
Could China Flash Invade Taiwan?
“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?”
India and Japan increase military spending, ‘driven by China tension’
“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.””
China-U.S.-Taiwan relations are in choppy waters. Here’s what’s going on.
“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.”
The Great Game in Asia: How China Sees Taiwan
“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.”
Russia, China, and the US are in a hypersonic weapons arm race — and officials warn the US could be falling behind
“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.””
U.S. Fighters for Taiwan
“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”
The South China Sea Disputes: Will Taiwan’s Role Be Enhanced?
‘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.”’
China’s release of images reinforces vow to keep Taiwan as a territory
“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.”
China’s Guam Killer (and Aircraft Carrier Killer) Missile Is Ready for War
“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.”
Taiwan set to simulate surprise Chinese ‘invasion’
“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.”
U.S. B-52 bombers fly close to China’s Guangdong Province
“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.”
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.”
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.”
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”
What China is really up to with live fire drills in Taiwan Straight
“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”.”