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  • Insects invading Virginia and Pennsylvania could be 'most destructive species in 150 years'...

    10/20/2018 8:20:18 AM PDT · by caww · 84 replies
    .foxnews ^ | 10/20/2108 | Madeline Farber
    An invasive insect species native to China, India and Vietnam is posing a problem in at least two states.... 'The Spotted Lanternfly' is harming crops in Winchester, Virginia, WDVM reported. The Pennsylvania-based Churchville Nature Center said the creatures were also spotted for the first time on its property Thursday. "If it is new to you, this invasive plant hopper is threatening the forests of the northeast as well as the lumber and agricultural industries. Please keep an eye out for the insect." The species poses a threat to agriculture and “has the ability to greatly impact the grape, hops and...
  • Apple's Tim Cook demands Chinese spy chip story to be retracted by Bloomberg

    10/19/2018 8:30:42 PM PDT · by cba123 · 50 replies
    MSN News ^ | 8 hrs ago | Christopher Carbone
    Apple CEO Tim Cook has upped the ante in its denial of an investigative report claiming a Chinese spy chip was embedded into the tech giant's servers, telling BuzzFeed News that Bloomberg must retract the story--"This did not happen. There's no truth to this." "I was involved in our response to this story from the beginning," Cook said according to Buzzfeed. "I personally talked to the Bloomberg reporters along with Bruce Sewell who was then our general counsel. We were very clear with them that this did not happen, and answered all their questions. ... Each time they brought this...
  • Mike Pompeo Denounces China's 'awful abuses' of detained Muslim Uygurs

    10/09/2018 7:59:35 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 22 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | Sep 2018 | Agence France Presse
    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday denounced the “awful abuses” of Muslim Uygurs detained in Chinese reeducation camps. “Hundreds of thousands and possibly millions of Uygurs are held against their will in so-called re-education camps where they’re forced to endure severe political indoctrination and other awful abuses,” Pompeo said in a speech in Washington on the state of religious freedom around the world. He also expressed concern about the fate of Christians in China, who he said had been targeted in a government crackdown. The government, he said, has been “closing churches, burning Bibles and ordering followers to...
  • Trump Wants Chinese Parts Out of American Weapons

    10/07/2018 1:56:39 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 57 replies
    The Pentagon intends to invest in domestic manufacturing to reduce its over-reliance on Chinese and other foreign-made parts in American weapons, top defense officials said Thursday. The U.S. reliance on China is one of many areas discussed in a 146-page report about the health of the defense industrial base that President Trump is scheduled to release on Friday during an event at the White House. Other areas include “accelerating workforce development efforts to grow domestic science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and critical trade skills.” ***** The report says China is the only producer of various chemicals needed in missiles and bombs,...
  • Photos Show Confrontation Between USS Decatur and a Chinese Navy Warship in South China Sea

    10/03/2018 6:17:51 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 44 replies
    gCaptain ^ | October 2, 2018 | gCaptain
    gCaptain has just obtained photos showing a confrontation involving the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Decatur and a Chinese Navy warship in the disputed South China Sea over the weekend.
  • Chinese warship in 'unsafe' encounter with US destroyer, amid rising US-China tensions

    10/01/2018 12:12:57 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    CNN ^ | 1:21 PM ET, Mon October 1, 2018 | Barbara Starr and Ryan Browne,
    A US Navy ship had an "unsafe" interaction with a Chinese warship Sunday while the US vessel was conducting a freedom of navigation operation near the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, causing the US ship to maneuver "to prevent a collision," according to US defense officials. "A (People's Republic of China) Luyang destroyer approached USS Decatur in an unsafe and unprofessional maneuver in the vicinity of Gaven Reef in the South China Sea," Capt. Charles Brown, a spokesman for US Pacific Fleet, told CNN in a statement confirming the incident. Brown said the Chinese warship "conducted a...
  • China’s Leaders Confront an Unlikely Foe: Ardent Young Communists

    09/30/2018 10:57:58 AM PDT · by ETL · 38 replies
    New York Times ^ | Sept 28, 2018 | Javier C. Hernández
    HUIZHOU, China — They were exactly what China’s best universities were supposed to produce: young men and women steeped in the ideology of the Chinese Communist Party. They read Marx, Lenin and Mao and formed student groups to discuss the progress of socialism. They investigated the treatment of the campus proletariat, including janitors, cooks and construction workers. They volunteered to help struggling rural families and dutifully recited the slogans of President Xi Jinping. Then, after graduation, they attempted to put the party’s stated ideals into action, converging from across China last month on Huizhou, a city in the south, to...
  • US warship sails by contested island chain in South China Sea in message to Beijing, official says

    09/30/2018 7:10:25 AM PDT · by chief lee runamok · 22 replies
    fox ^ | 09/30/2018 | Louis Tomlinson
    A U.S. warship sailed Sunday near two contested Chinese man-made islands in the South China Sea, the location where Beijing has built up military fortifications despite a pledge not to do so, a U.S. defense official told Fox News.
  • [Red] China could be facing space station delay, Tiangong-2 to be deorbited

    09/27/2018 6:47:17 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    SpaceNews.com ^ | September 27, 2018 | Andrew Jones —
    People’s Liberation Army Daily, a military newspaper, reports ...that the Long March 5B will not make its planned test launch in the first half of 2019. “Due to the failure of the launch of the Long March 5 remote launch vehicle, the first flight of the Long March 5B carrier rocket will be postponed. The specific implementation time needs to be clarified after coordination with relevant departments,” Xiqiang said. The CMSEO manages China’s human spaceflight efforts and had planned a test launch of the Long March 5B before launching the 20-metric-ton Chinese Space Station core module, Tianhe, into low Earth...
  • The Long March of the Chinese Navy

    09/27/2018 7:34:25 AM PDT · by chief lee runamok · 10 replies
    nationalreview ^ | 09/26/2018 | Frank Lavin
    With the launch of its second aircraft carrier, China has enhanced its position in the front ranks of military powers and prompted questions as to the ultimate purpose of its navy. The Chinese navy, formally known as the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), is expanding and will be doing so for years — decades — to come. Some of this is the natural consequence of being the navy of a country in economic ascendancy. Some of this is bureaucratic politics; the PLA is represented on the Communist Party Central Committee, and the PLA answers to the Chinese Communist Party, not...
  • China blocks US Navy ship’s port visit to Hong Kong

    09/25/2018 7:41:39 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/25/18 | Michael Burke
    China on Monday denied a United States Navy permission request for a port visit next month to Hong Kong, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. The decision to deny the port visit comes as tensions between the U.S. and China escalate on both economic and military fronts. The ship, the Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group, is currently in the East China Sea, according to the Journal. The ship has been at sea since August and can hold as many as 1,600 Marines and sailors on board, the newspaper reported. China also canceled an upcoming meeting between top naval officers from...
  • US will be forced to back down in trade war against China [barf alert]

    09/24/2018 10:27:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Irish Examiner ^ | uesday, September 25, 2018 - 12:00 AM | Anatole Kaletsky
    The United States cannot win its tariff war with China, regardless of what President Donald Trump says or does in the coming months. Trump believes he has the upper hand in this conflict because the US economy is so strong, and also because politicians of both parties support the strategic objective of thwarting China’s rise and preserving US global dominance. But, ironically, this apparent strength is Trump’s fatal weakness. By applying the martial arts principle of turning an opponent’s strength against him, China should easily win the tariff contest, or at least fight Trump to a draw. […] In handicapping...
  • Major powers, except U.S., try to keep Iran nuclear deal alive

    09/23/2018 10:38:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Al-Reuters ^ | September 21, 2018 11:44 AM | Arshad Mohammed, John Irish
    Nations that struck the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, except for the United States, meet on Monday in what many diplomats fear may prove a quixotic effort to keep the agreement alive after U.S. sanctions targeting Iranian oil exports resume in November. Ministers from Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and Iran will gather in New York at 8 p.m. EDT on Monday (0000 GMT Tuesday) to grapple with U.S. President Donald Trump’s May 8 decision to withdraw from the deal and restore the full force of U.S. sanctions on Iran. Their delicate, and perhaps unrealistic, task is to build a case...
  • World leaders gather at UN under threat from unilateralism

    09/22/2018 5:38:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 22, 2018 5:43 PM EDT | Edith M. Lederer
    With rising unilateralism challenging its very existence, the United Nations convenes its annual meeting of world leaders Monday and will try once more to tackle problems together as a community of nations, addressing threats ranging from Mideast conflicts to the effects of global warming — and also encouraging the glimmer of hope over the nuclear standoff in North Korea. This year, 133 world leaders have signed up to attend the General Assembly session, a significant increase from last year’s 114. Secretary-General António Guterres called the expected large turnout “eloquent proof of the confidence of the international community in the United...
  • Report: Google suppressed an explosive memo about its Chinese search engine

    09/21/2018 5:22:21 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    cnet ^ | 09/21/2018 | Sean Hollister
    The Intercept is reporting that Google tried -- and apparently, failed -- to suppress a memo that may have revealed how that search engine could have allowed the Chinese government to track those citizens who used it. According to the report, the so-called Dragonfly search engine would require Chinese citizens to log in to perform searches, track their physical location, and then share all of its data with a Chinese partner company that could presumably share it with the Chinese government. The company would reportedly have "unilateral access" to the data. That might also presumably include Chinese citizens' phone numbers,...
  • China's Chilling 'Social Credit System' Is Straight Out of Dystopian Sci-Fi

    09/21/2018 3:37:46 AM PDT · by gattaca · 27 replies
    Science Alert ^ | September 20, 2018 | Peter Dockrill
    FULL TITLE: China's Chilling 'Social Credit System' Is Straight Out of Dystopian Sci-Fi, And It's Already Switched On Like Black Mirror. Totally like Black Mirror. It's been in the pipeline for years: a sprawling, technological mass surveillance network the likes of which the world has never seen. And it's already been switched on. China's "Social Credit System" – which is expected to be fully operational by 2020 – doesn't just monitor the nation's almost 1.4 billion citizens. It's also designed to control and coerce them, in a gigantic social engineering experiment that some have called the "gamification of trust". That's...
  • The Cost of Defending Taiwan

    09/16/2018 10:28:05 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 19 replies
    Real Clear Defense ^ | September 14, 2018 | Malcolm Davis
    Taiwan is a country under siege as it faces the prospect of eventual reunification with China, on China’s terms, and potentially as soon as 2021—the centenary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party.
  • Trump tariffs put Missouri Senate candidate Hawley in a bind

    09/15/2018 9:01:35 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 13 replies
    Missourian ^ | 9/13/2018 | Summer Ballentine
    Mid Continent Nail Corporation says it could shutter its Poplar Bluff plant, which employs about 335 workers, as early as this month without an exemption to tariffs, the site’s operations general manager, Chris Pratt, told reporters in early September. The company previously had said that it might not survive through Labor Day but stayed open. After Trump imposed a 25 percent tariff on imported steel, the company in June cut 60 of 500 positions at the plant in rural Butler County, where the unemployment rate is above the national average and the company is the area’s second-largest employer. Pratt said...
  • Israel Is Giving China the Keys to Its Largest Port – and the U.S. Navy May Abandon Israel

    09/14/2018 8:12:16 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 49 replies
    Pointing out that a Chinese company will soon start operating Haifa Port, he said that Israel needs to create a mechanism that will examine Chinese investments to ensure that they do not put Israel’s security interests at risk. “When China acquires ports,” Horev said, “it does so under the guise of maintaining a trade route from the Indian Ocean via the Suez Canal to Europe, such as the port of Piraeus in Greece. Does an economic horizon like this have a security impact? We are not weighing that possibility sufficiently. One of the senior American figures at the conference raised...
  • Venezuela's Maduro travels to China in search of fresh funds

    09/12/2018 11:22:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 12, 2018 2:28 PM | Corina Pons
    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is traveling to China to discuss economic agreements, as the crisis-struck OPEC nation seeks to convince its key Asian financier to disburse fresh loans. […] Venezuela’s Information Ministry did not respond to a request for comment. China’s Foreign Ministry, in a brief statement carried by the official Xinhua news agency, said Maduro would visit from Thursday until Saturday at the invitation of President Xi Jinping. It gave no other details. […] CNPC is a major investor in oil and gas exploration in Venezuela and also a top lifter of Venezuelan oil under the government-to-government loans for...