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A remarkable week for China related developments:

  1. VP Pence address at Hudson Inst realigns US policy on China;
  2. DoD industrial base report finally states the obvious – the two decades running Wall Street driven US commercial game of exporting manufacturing to China is creating immense strategic risks;
  3. Reports PRC covertly inserted backdoor hardware into computer boards manufactured for a US OEM;
  4. Update on trade war;
  5. Update on the South China Sea – PLAN near collision with US destroyer, US claimed to be planning major naval exercise in the area, PRC responds with“Washington must exercise restraint, or China’s countermeasures will accelerate.”
  6. Multiple reports on PLA capabilities;
  7. SECDEF Mattis talks with PRC leadership canceled;
  8. Update on Uighur internment and Macao;
  9. Update on PRC cyber and influence campaigns;
  10. Update on DPRK / RoK;
  11. India signs for S-400 / SA-21 from Russian, likely as a result to drop out of US weapons procurement;
  12. Japan, Pakistan reports;
  13. Update on AUS / NZ, especially PRC influence;

TNI speculates that the VP Pence address might be “The Trump Administration’s ‘Evil Empire’ Moment” – rather it is the point in time, where the dysfunctional relationship between China and US, with its Pacrim Allies, is finally being acknowledged for what it has become.


DPRK / PRC / WESTPAC Reports

Events – Vice President Mike Pence’s Remarks on the Administration’s Policy Towards China – October – 2018 – Hudson Institute

Attend Vice President Mike Pence’s Remarks on the Administration’s Policy Towards China, on October, 2018 at Hudson Institute. A think tank and research center dedicated to nonpartisan analysis of US and international economic, security, and political issues. Vice President Pence Speaks at Hudson

Remarks by Vice President Pence on the Administration’s Policy Toward China – To Inform is to Influence

Vice President Mike Pence alleged that Russia’s meddling in U.S. elections “pales in comparison” to China’s ongoing actions.” </end editorial>https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/remarks-vice-president-pence-administrations-policy-toward-china/  FOREIGN POLICY  Issued on: October 4, 2018 The Hudson Institute Washington, D.C. 11:07 A.M. EDT THE VICE PRESIDENT: Thank you, Ken, for that kind introduction. To the Members of the Board of Trustees, to Dr. Michael…

‘World knows who truly violates sovereignties’: Beijing blasts Pence speech on ‘Chinese meddling’ — RT World News

China slammed the US vice president’s attack on its domestic and foreign policies as total “slander” and a “very ridiculous” attempt by Washington to shift the focus from its own meddling and infringement on others’ sovereignty.

US-China trade war: Beijing lashes out at VP Mike Pence after speech

Beijing lashed out on Friday at U.S. Vice President Mike Pence after Washington’s No.2 lobbed multiple allegations at China.

Mike Pence’s Tough Talk on China: The Trump Administration’s ‘Evil Empire’ Moment? | The National Interest

And a move towards containing Beijing?

The Trump administration just ‘reset’ the U.S.-China relationship – The Washington Post

The U.S. is finally taking on Chinese influence operations.

Pentagon report accuses China of trying to undermine US defense industry – CNNPolitics

The Pentagon is set to release a report Friday accusing China of seeking to undermine the US military’s industrial base, the latest in a series of US jabs at Beijing.

Pence says China is trying to undermine Trump because it ‘wants a different American president’ – The Washington Post

In a speech, the vice president assailed Beijing’s trade and military strategy and “wholesale theft of American military technology.”

VP: ‘China Wants a Different American President,’ Details Efforts to Divide U.S. in 2018, 2020

Vice President Mike Pence detailed Chinese attacks on the U.S. to exert influence in American public opinion ahead of 2018 and 2020 elections.

Vice President Mike Pence: ‘China wants a different American president’

Pence accused the Chinese government of orchestrating an “unprecedented effort to influence American public opinion,” the 2018 and 2020 elections.

Pence claims China trying to undermine Trump – Reuters TV

Vice President Mike Pence escalated Washington’s pressure campaign against Beijing on Thursday by accusing China of “malign” efforts to undermine President Donald Trump ahead of next month’s congressional elections.

Vice President Pence Accuses China Of Trying To Interfere In U.S. Elections : NPR

He says China is trying to undermine President Trump by using front groups and propaganda in an effort to beat back the president’s agenda in the midterm elections.

Pence accuses China of anti-Trump campaign | TheHill

Vice President Pence on Thursday accused China of meddling in U.S.

Pence says China interferes in U.S. politics to undermine Trump

Vice President Mike Pence’s speech will come a week after President Donald Trump accused China of interfering in U.S. elections to help his Democratic rivals.

Pence: Google should end development of Dragonfly | ZDNet

The US vice president calls out Google for the censored Chinese search engine it is reportedly developing.

Pence says Google should halt Dragonfly app development | Reuters

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence sharply criticized what he said was China’s theft of U.S. technology on Thursday, and he urged Google to immediately end development of its “Dragonfly” app that would make it easier to track someone’s internet searches.

White House calls on Google to abandon Chinese search engine project – The Verge

Google’s censored search engine and news app for China has seen a considerable amount of controversy since news of the project first broke, but it may have just gotten its biggest pushback yet in the form of direct opposition from the Trump administration.

Pence Calls on Google to Drop Mobile Search Project in China – WSJ

The Trump administration took aim at Google in China, with Vice President Mike Pence calling on the tech giant to halt work on a mobile search app that he said would aid censorship efforts there.

VP Pence paints China as foremost threat to US: ‘We will not be intimidated’ – ABC News

He criticized China for its militarization of the South China Sea.

Mike Pence warns of Chinese aggression ahead of midterms – Washington Times

Vice President Mike Pence sharply criticized Chinese interference in U.S. politics and increasing military aggression Thursday, leveling up a blistering rhetorical assault at a moment when Washington and Beijing are hardening the battle lines after months tension over tariffs and trade.

Pence accuses China of trying to undermine Trump – POLITICO

“China wants a different American president,” Pence said.

Pence to ramp up criticism of China: Russian efforts ‘pales in comparison’ | TheHill

Vice President Mike Pence is expected to deliver a speech Thursday calling out China over alleged efforts to influence American politics and policies.

Pence: China Interferes In US Politics By Using Its Power In ‘Coercive Ways’ – Talking Points Memo

White House warns of ‘domestic extinction’ of suppliers in industrial base report – and DoD is ready to help with cash

The Trump administration’s long-awaited defense industrial base report is finally out.

Trump Report Warns Military at Risk as Industry Relies on China – Bloomberg

The Trump administration warned that too much of the U.S. defense industry is dependent on China or vulnerable to hacking directed by Beijing, part of a mounting campaign to pressure the Chinese government.

Tiny Chinese Microchips Reportedly Found Hidden in Amazon, Apple Servers

The jaw-dropping report is disputed by some of the supposed victims.

A Trade War America Can’t Afford to Lose – WSJ

The stakes are so high, a Nafta-like rewrite would be a disaster.

U.S. ambassador accuses China of ‘bullying’ with ‘propaganda ads’ – To Inform is to Influence

SEPTEMBER 30, 2018 / 8:37 AM Tony Munroe BEIJING (Reuters) – A week after an official Chinese newspaper ran a four-page ad in a U.S. daily touting the mutual benefits of U.S.-China trade, the U.S. ambassador to China accused Beijing of using the American press to spread propaganda. U.S. President Donald Trump last Wednesday referred…

Trade secret protection remains a challenge in China: experts 

China has made strides in implementing legal protections for intellectual property rights, but experts say foreign companies seeking protection for their trade secrets often run up against Chinese national and corporate interests.

How the US-China trade war could help Chinese businesses – CNN

The US-China trade war is encouraging Chinese companies and government officials to speed up changes that could make the economy more competitive.

China Begins To Blink In The Trade War, And That’s Good For Its Citizens

America’s tariffs have begun to have an impact on China’s trade policies.

Breakingviews – China’s Big Brother drafted into trade war | Reuters

(Reuters Breakingviews) – China’s Big Brother is getting dragged into the trade war by Donald Trump. Export controls and sanctions are under consideration for companies whose technology helps Beijing monitor Muslim minorities. Despite the surprise of this U.S. administration weighing in on Chinese human rights issues at last, the policy could hit U.S. suppliers and further curb enthusiasm for related Chinese stocks.

JPMorgan is now forecasting tariffs on all trade between China and the US — and it could cause havoc for Chinese stocks

JPMorgan has initiated a new base case for the US-China trade war: tariffs on all trade flowing between the two countries. “A full-blown trade war becomes our new base case scenario for 2019,” a note from analysts including Pedro Martins Junior and Rajiv Batra said. This, alongside domestic

Is the Trade War About to Become a Currency War? – Foreign Policy

Some experts figure Beijing might risk further driving down the renminbi against the dollar.

China-US Relations: What’s Next? | The Diplomat

The status quo is breaking down, and proactive steps must be taken to ensure it’s not replaced by another cold war.

China warns U.S. military to ‘exercise restraint’ or face consequences – Washington Times

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.

Chinese moves in South China Sea ‘deliberate and calculated’ – Business Insider

A Chinese warship’s recent decision to take on a US Navy destroyer in a heated South China Sea standoff was a “deliberate and calculated” move, a response…

‘We will not stand down’: White House warns China after their latest clash with the US Navy in the South China Sea | Business Insider

The White House responded publicly Thursday to a heated confrontation between the Chinese navy and a US destroyer in the South China Sea this past weekend.

The US military is planning a serious showdown with China that would be a significant show of force on tense tides and involve American warships and aircraft

The US military is reportedly planning to send US warships, combat aircraft, and troops through the South China Sea, Taiwan Strait, and other contested waterways in November in a series of exercises designed to send a message to Beijing.

US mulls show of force amid tensions with China: report | TheHill

The U.S. is mulling a show of force near the South China Sea and Taiwan Strait in an effort to demonstrate that the U.S.

The US Navy Is Planning A Major Show Of Force In The South China Sea

The U..S military is reportedly planning to put on a serious show of force in contested waters from the South China Sea to the Taiwan Strait

US Navy proposing major show of force to warn China – CNNPolitics

The US Navy’s Pacific Fleet has drawn up a classified proposal to carry out a global show of force as a warning to China and to demonstrate the US is prepared to deter and counter their military actions, according to several US defense officials.

Pence set to inflame China tensions: ‘We will not be intimidated’ – CNNPolitics

US Vice President Mike Pence is set to ramp-up Washington’s criticism of Beijing in a speech Thursday, accusing China of aggressive moves against US military forces in the South China Sea, and trying to undermine President Donald Trump.

The US Navy is gearing up for a serious showdown with China: report – INSIDER

The US military is reportedly planning to send US warships, combat aircraft, and troops through the South China Sea, Taiwan Strait, and other contested waterways next month in a series of exercises designed to send a message to Beijing.

World War 3: US in show of force against China as it flies warplanes over East China Sea | World | News | Express.co.uk

US MILITARY chiefs have put on a defiant show of strength by deploying a mighty B52 Stratofortress heavy long-range bomber alongside Japanese Air Force fighter jets in manoeuvres above the disputed East China Sea.

US Secretary of Defense Mattis cancels trip to Beijing amid worsening ties – CNNPolitics

US Secretary of Defense James Mattis has pulled out of a planned visit to Beijing in October, a US official tells CNN, the latest sign of deteriorating ties between the United States and China.

Mattis Trip to China Canceled – WSJ

Security talks between U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and his Chinese counterpart have been canceled amid mounting friction between Beijing and Washington.

China cancels security talks with United States | Reuters

China has canceled a security meeting with U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis that had been planned for October, a senior U.S. official said on Sunday, days after a top Chinese official said there was no reason to panic over tensions between the countries.

Chinese warship came within 45 yards of USS Decatur in South China Sea: US – ABC News

Chinese warship came within 45 yards of USS Decatur in South China Sea

Chinese destroyer made ‘unsafe and unprofessional move’ toward USS Decatur in South China Sea, official says | Fox News

A Chinese destroyer made “an unsafe and unprofessional maneuver” toward a U.S. Navy ship conducting a freedom of navigation operation in the South China Sea on Sunday, officials said.

Chinese warship in ‘unsafe’ encounter with US destroyer, amid rising US-China tensions – CNNPolitics

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.

Photos show how close Chinese warship came to colliding with US destroyer – CNNPolitics

Aerial photos taken by the US Navy show just how close a US Navy destroyer came to colliding with a Chinese warship that had challenged the US vessel’s presence in the South China Sea.

Navy photos show tense US-China standoff in South China Sea – INSIDER

These US Navy photos show just how close a Chinese ship came to colliding with the US Navy vessel

Chinese destroyer comes dangerously close to US ship in South China Sea

BEIJING — A Chinese destroyer came aggressively close to a U.S. Navy ship in the South China Sea, forcing it to maneuver to prevent a collision, the U.S….

American Warship Sails Near Disputed Islands, Challenging China – WSJ

An American warship patrolled near at least two Chinese-held outposts in the disputed Spratly island chain in the South China Sea, challenging Beijing’s maritime claims amid growing tensions between the two countries.

US warship sails by contested island chain in South China Sea in message to Beijing, official says | Fox News

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.

U.S. Warship Sails Near South China Sea Reef Amid Tensions | Time

The U.S. Navy sailed a destroyer near disputed islands in the South China Sea in the latest sign of escalating U.S.-China tensions

US destroyer sails near islands claimed by China | TheHill

A U.S. destroyer sailed near islands in the South China Sea on Sunday amid heightened tensions with Beijing.

World War 3 warning: US warships have sailed past islands in China sea | World | News | Express.co.uk

THE UNITED States have taken tensions with China to a new high by ‘asserting their right’ to sail warships past disputed islands in the South China Sea.

A key lesson from the close encounter between a US and a Chinese warship

Although there is plenty to debate on an appropriate overall strategy towards China, one thing is clear: The U.S. must have a plan on how to respond to an accident born out of tensions.

Live fire drills in South China Sea showcase U.S. military muscle in contested region – Washington Times

U.S. Navy and Marine Corps units in the Pacific are carrying out a series of live-fire drills in the hotly contested South China Sea, in a public show of force in the face of ongoing Chinese expansion in the region.

How the Marines will Help the U.S. Navy and America’s Allies Win the Great Indo-Pacific War of 2025

Without a dynamic body of theory, an army will follow current doctrine until it experiences … an “extinction event” — a catastrophic failure. The purpose

Here’s America’s New Plan to Stop China’s Island-Building | The National Interest

The NDAA just authorized the U.S. military to undertake a coordinated name and shame.

Forget About China’s Aircraft Carriers or Stealth Fighters: Here Come the Commandos | The National Interest

Special forces have become America’s instrument for waging small wars on the cheap, using small numbers of elite soldiers rather than large numbers of expensive — and politically sensitive — regular troops. As China begins to stretch its muscles across the globe, it would be surprising if it did not do the same.

This Is Why America Should Fear China’s Air Force | The National Interest

Chinese air power is on the rise. If a crisis occured in the skies over Taiwan, could Washington really stop Beijing?

This Picture Is the Air Force’s Worst Nightmare (And Taiwan, Too) | The National Interest

Russia’s Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker-E has entered service with the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF).

China Has a ‘Space Force.’ What Are Its Lessons for the Pentagon? – Defense One

The U.S. military must find new ways to leverage commercial innovation in order to contend with China in space.

An internment camp for 10 million Uyghurs: Meduza visits China’s dystopian police state — Meduza

On September 9, Human Rights Watch published a report detailing the persecution of the Muslim population in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. The report describes widespread arrests of Uyghur people in the region by the Chinese authorities, who place those arrested in prisons and so-called reeducation camps. Millions of people in the region have fallen under the constant watch of a state-run video surveillance system, and their social status and even their overall path in life depend on points acquired in a “social credit” system. According to Human Rights Watch, repressions on this scale have been unheard of in China since the Cultural Revolution. According to The New York Times, U.S. President Donald Trump is considering introducing sanctions against China as a form of retaliation, but the situation in Xinjiang has generally gone almost entirely undiscussed, perhaps because tourists and journalists only rarely reach the area. Here, Meduza is publishing reporting by a Russian-speaking journalist and traveler who managed to enter Xinjiang during the summer and observe how the new technologies in use there facilitate total surveillance, segregation, and discrimination. The author of this piece has chosen to remain anonymous to protect his own safety and the safety of those he interviewed. Therefore, certain names and insignificant details in this story have been altered.

Where Is America’s Outrage over China’s Treatment of the Uighurs? – To Inform is to Influence

Unfortunately, the relevance of human rights is often overshadowed by other things. by Peter Harris The Trump administration is reportedly considering sanctions against China in response to Beijing’s mass detention of ethnic Uighurs in its western Xinjiang province. This comes after a bipartisan group of lawmakers called the situation an “ongoing human rights crisis” and urged the White House to…

Where Is America’s Outrage over China’s Treatment of the Uighurs? | The National Interest

Unfortunately, the relevance of human rights is often overshadowed by other things.

China Is Treating Muslims Like Drug Addicts – Foreign Policy

Extralegal camps in Xinjiang are modeled on the country’s internment of drug users.

In Macau, Portuguese elites feel squeezed out by Chinese influence | Reuters

Nearly 20 years have passed since Portugal handed Macau over to China, and although colonial culture still infuses parts of daily life, the influence of the territory’s Portuguese elite is declining rapidly as the special administrative region becomes increasingly closer to mainland China.

NDU: China’s Strategic Support Force: A Force for a New Era – To Inform is to Influence

By John Costello and Joe McReynoldsChina Strategic Perspectives 13 Executive Summary In late 2015, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) initiated reforms that have brought dramatic changes to its structure, model of warfighting, and organizational culture, including the creation of a Strategic Support Force (SSF) that centralizes most PLA space, cyber, electronic, and psychological warfare capabilities.…

cold war 2.0, Worst Case Scenario – To Inform is to Influence

Okay, we’re in a cold war. Somebody asked me yesterday if we’re in a cold war and they didn’t believe my answer. No, we aren’t doing drills where we drop down and hide beneath our desks, like during the Cuba Missile Crisis. We are not building air raid shelters in our backyard. We aren’t stocking…

China wants other countries to be indebted to them: Marc Lotter – YouTube

Fox Business Published on Oct 4, 2018 Trump 2020 advisory board member Marc Lotter on Vice President Mike Pence’s concerns about China and how President Trump is pushing back against the Chinese.

Chinese Leaders Leverage Media To Shape How The World Perceives China : NPR

Under President Xi Jinping, China has devoted massive resources to burnish its global image and focus overwhelming media attention on its leader. Now, “Xi Jinping is the message,” observes one expert.

Cyber-Attack? China-US Relations Deteriorating Amid Trade War – YouTube

RT America Published on Oct 4, 2018 As the trade war between the US and China continues to escalate, so do tensions between the two countries. This time China is accused of a major cyber-attack. Speaking at a conservative think tank, Vice-President Mike Pence lobbed a series of accusations at China. The world’s two largest economies have been in an open trade war that shows no signs of slowing down.

Trump is right that China uses its media to influence foreign opinion, but so does Washington – CNNPolitics

US President Donald Trump went off topic in characteristic style at the United Nations Security Council this week, accusing China of using state media to meddle in the upcoming midterm elections.

Nielsen warns of Chinese influence campaign, but not with midterms

US officials warn that China is undergoing a long-term influence campaign, and the country has one of the most invasive signals intelligence capabilities

DHS Secretary: No Sign China’s Trying to Undermine Midterm Vote – Nextgov

The statement comes after President Trump warned of a Chinese election influence effort.

Cybersecurity Experts Ponder Who Is Exposing China’s Hackers | Newsmax.com

Cybersecurity Experts Ponder Who Is Exposing China’s Hackers

Pompeo Ditches His Own Deadline for North Korea Denuclearization – The Daily Beast

Says of previous target: “My comment about 2021 was not mine.”

North Korea, South Korea begin removing thousands of landmines in fortified border amid resumed diplomacy | Fox News

Troops from North and South Korea began removing some of the 800,000 landmines buried along the border amid the two nations’ resumed relations, officials said Monday.

After 65 years of ‘armistice,’ it’s about time to end the Korean War (opinion) – CNN

President Trump’s best chance at lasting peace and North Korean denuclearization is a formal declaraction to the end of the Korean War, write Frank Aum and S. Nathan Park.

Something extraordinary is happening in North Korea, and it has happened with great speed | World | The Times

Of all the many remarkable changes to have come to Pyongyang, the most striking is the disappearance of the ugly Americans. They used to be a feature of the city — stereotypical Yankee imperialists, invariably depicted with hook noses and in attitudes of grotesque humiliation, on posters and billboa

Potential for huge profits may prompt North Korea nuclear deal | TheHill

Though obvious problems need to be addressed, investors are taking notice of North Korea’s desire to place economic development at the forefront of its domestic agenda.

North Korea leader Kim Jong Un could have 60 nuclear weapons: South Korea minister estimates atomic bomb count – CBS News

In Seoul's 1st comment on size of North's nuclear arsenal, gov't minister tells parliament Kim likely has between 20 and 60 atomic bombs

Mike Pompeo keeps North Korea negotiations going with prospect of declaration ending Korean War before Donald Trump-Kim Jong Un summit – CBS News

Mike Pompeo will go into his next meetings with Kim regime armed with a significant bargaining chip, the prospect of an end to the 68-year Korean War

‘We Fell in Love’: Donald Trump Describes Relationship With North Korea Dictator Kim Jong Un

“And we were going back and forth, and then we fell in love, OK. No, really. He wrote me beautiful letters, and they’re great letters. And then we fell in love,” Trump said during a rally in West Virginia on Saturday.

Trump Says He and Kim Jong Un ‘Fell in Love’ – WSJ

President Trump says he and Kim Jong Un “fell in love” after the North Korean leader wrote him “beautiful letters” and characterized the U.S. as having “a very good relationship” with North Korea.

Trump: Kim Jong Un and I ‘fell in love’ | TheHill

President Donald Trump said that he and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un “fell in love.”

Trump on North Korea’s Kim: ‘We fell in love’ over ‘beautiful letters’

A top Pyongyang official warned that denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula won’t happen unless the U.S. backs up its warm words with action.

Graham on Trump’s North Korea rhetoric: ‘This love crap has to stop’ | TheHill

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North Korean hackers tied to massive global theft – POLITICO

Researchers believe the group stole hundreds of millions of dollars from 11 countries.

North Korean hackers accused of stealing millions from global banks | Fox News

North Korean hackers tried to steal over $1 billion, report says – CNNPolitics

The North Korean government uses a shadowy network of cyberactors to conduct financial crimes on behalf of Kim Jong Un’s regime that have attempted to steal over $1.1 billion in “particularly aggressive” attacks on global banks, according to a new report from a cybersecurity watchdog.

How North Korean hackers stole millions of pounds in a string of methodical cyber-heists

A gang of digital bank robbers working for the North Korean government stole millions of pounds in a string of &quot;complex and destructive&quot; heists, researchers say.

North Korea gives two dogs to South Korea – CNN

US President Donald Trump claims he and Kim Jong Un are “in love” but he’s not the one getting gifts from the North Korean leader.​

Report: Christians in North Korea Executed, Tortured for Praying | Newsmax.com

Report: Christians in North Korea Executed, Tortured for Praying

Kim Jong Un’s ‘All-Purpose Sword’ – To Inform is to Influence

North Korean Cyber-Enabled Economic Warfare Mathew Ha, David Maxwell 3rd October 2018 – FDD Research Executive Summary North Korea pledged to “cease all hostile acts … in every domain” as part of the Panmunjom Declaration, which Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae In signed in April. When Kim met U.S. President Donald Trump…

South Korean warship runs afoul of China in the South China Sea – INSIDER

A South Korean warship recently sailed close to Chinese-occupied territories in the South China Sea, triggering complaints from Beijing. The incident comes amid a series of standoffs and displays of force as the US and its allies up the pressure on China in the contested waterway.

Russia Summons South Korea Envoy Over ‘Detained Shipping Vessel’

Russia’s Foreign Ministry says it has summoned South Korea’s ambassador in Moscow to demand that Seoul “immediately” allow a Russian shipping vessel to leave the port of Busan.

Moscow is ready to help Korean reunification through UNSC action – One America News Network

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India approves S-400 buy from Russia, amid expectations for more bilateral deals

Indian defense forces have been apprehensive about the fate of armament supplies from Russia following U.S. sanctions on Russian entities.

India Signs $5 Billion Deal To Purchase S-400 Air-Defense Systems From Russia

India has signed a $5 billion deal with Russia to buy S-400 air-defense systems.

Kremlin Says Putin Will Seal $5 Billion Missile Defense Deal On Trip To India

A key achievement of Russian President Vladimir Putin on a trip to India this week will be the signing of a $5 billion deal to supply India with S-400 air-defense systems, a top Kremlin aide has said.

Russia and India ‘set to sign $5bn S-400 missile deal’ | India News | Al Jazeera

President Putin to oversee the sale of air defence systems during his visit to India this week, Kremlin official says.

Russia Missile Deal Puts India in U.S. Sanctions Crosshairs – WSJ

India’s planned purchase of Russia’s S-400 air-defense missile systems is forcing Washington to choose between competing priorities: Sanctioning New Delhi and keep intact the administration’s campaign against Moscow, or grant the country a waiver to avoid antagonizing a key security partner.

Forgo S-400 system, U.S. tells India – The Hindu

The proposed deal from Russia could attract American sanctions, warns White House

India risks U.S. sanctions with $5-billion purchase of Russian missiles

India’s military wants the missile batteries, both as a deterrent against China and to gain an edge over traditional rival, Pakistan, as they are able to track and shoot down combat aircraft, even stealth planes, at unprecedented ranges. India and Russia will sign the missile deal, estimated at

Russia-India missile deal: Forgo transactions or face sanctions, warns US- The New Indian Express

Late last month, US imposed sanctions under CAATSA on China for purchasing fighter jets and missile defense system from Russia.

India risks U.S. sanctions with $5-bln purchase of Russian missiles – World News – Haaretz.com

India’s military wants the missile batteries, both as a deterrent against China and to gain an edge over traditional rival, Pakistan

India risks US sanctions with $5-billion purchase of Russian missiles

The US has warned India against a planned purchase of S-400 surface-to-air missiles from Russia when President Vladimir Putin visits New Delhi this week.

PM Modi-Putin meet on Friday likely to invite US sanctions | India News – Times of India

India News: NEW DELHI: The annual summit between India and Russia this year will have implications for India’s relations with the US, as India gets ready to sign .

US, China look on as Putin seeks India arms deals

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives in India on Thursday looking to tie up billions of dollars in arms deals with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, likely irking the US, China and Pakistan in one fell swoop. India will ask the United States for a special waiver for the purchase — as discussed by their

Asia Would Be a Very Different Place if Japan Had Gone Nuclear | The National Interest

As in nuclear weapons.

Blame a Spark Plug for U.S.-Japan Missile Failure, Pentagon Says – Bloomberg

A device that’s like a spark plug, not a design flaw, was behind the high-profile failure of a U.S.-Japanese missile interceptor built by Raytheon Co. in a test launch in January, a Pentagon review board has found.

Fearing debt trap, Pakistan rethinks Chinese ‘Silk Road’ projects | Reuters

After lengthy delays, an $8.2 billion revamp of a colonial-era rail line snaking from the Arabian Sea to the foothills of the Hindu Kush has become a test of Pakistan’s ability to rethink signature Chinese “Silk Road” projects due to debt concerns.

Australia And New Zealand Are Ground Zero For Chinese Influence : NPR

China has had a profound economic and political impact Down Under. Now Australia and New Zealand are taking steps to fight back.

Why we need a radically new defence policy | The Strategist

Australia’s international security outlook is starting to look very unpredictable and potentially threatening. Australian defence planners must now deal with a world which is very different from any they have known before. America is undermining the international order, it has started a seriously escalating trade war with China and it is threatening the unity of NATO. At the same time, China and Russia are becoming increasingly assertive militarily and aligned in their anti-Western attitudes. All this is taking place at the same time as a crisis of democracy in the West is distracting it from wielding its national power. America’s new National Defense Strategy, launched by Defense Secretary James Mattis in January this year, proclaims that interstate strategic competition, not terrorism, is now the primary concern for US national security. The central challenge to US prosperity and security is the re-emergence of long-term, strategic competition by the revisionist powers of China and Russia, which want to shape a world consistent with their authoritarian models. Long-term strategic competition with China and Russia is now the principal priority for the US and requires increased military investment because of the magnitude of the threat they pose to US security today, and the potential for those threats to increase in the future. Mattis identifies the Indo-Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East as the three key regions prioritised for US preparedness for war. We should note here that he ranks the Indo-Pacific first, before Europe. These key US judgements should be a wake-up call for Australia’s defence planners. We now live in a threatening world and it is no good pretending—as former foreign minister Julie Bishop did—that China and Russia are not becoming serious military threats to the West and its values.

China: Australia ‘sleepwalking’ into danger era, warns Catherine McGregor

AUSTRALIA is entering a dangerous period — and we don’t even know it yet.

We are sleepwalking into an era of unprecedented danger

Few Australians remember the last existential threat to our sovereignty. But its preconditions exist again today. And we are totally unprepared.

Naval Group: Talks with Australia still underway for sub buy

Naval Group sought to play down media reports of a potential collapse of talks for a major contract with Australia for 12 ocean-going submarines.

 

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