Phuket’s recent rains allow PWA to restore mains pressure around the island

By Jintana Panyaarvudh Despite a history going back three centuries, the highly controversial and politically sensitive proposed Kra Canal mega-project in southern Thailand is once again up for debate. At a forum held yesterday by Rangsit University entitled the “Stakeholders in Kra Canal@Klong Thai”, national security and the canal’s impact on tourism were among the main issues of concern as experts made their cases for and against the project. The Kra Canal project would cut a canal through the Malay Peninsula to allow east-west passage of ships from the South…

Pentagon says China’s military using espionage to steal secrets

Mallory Hughes/CNN Mallory Hughes/CNN Related Content China is continuing to modernize its armed forces in order to transform its military into a major global power and using espionage to steal cutting edge technology for military purposes, according to a newly released Pentagon report on China’s military. “China uses a variety of methods to acquire foreign military and dual-use technologies, including targeted foreign direct investment, cyber theft, and exploitation of private Chinese nationals’ access to these technologies, as well as harnessing its intelligence services, computer intrusions, and other illicit approaches,” the…

Pentagon says China’s military using espionage and business deals to steal secrets

“China uses a variety of methods to acquire foreign military and dual-use technologies, including targeted foreign direct investment, cyber theft, and exploitation of private Chinese nationals’ access to these technologies, as well as harnessing its intelligence services, computer intrusions, and other illicit approaches,” the Congressionally mandated Department of Defense report said. “China obtains foreign technology through imports, foreign direct investment, the establishment of foreign research and development (R&D) centers, joint ventures, research and academic partnerships, talent recruitment, and industrial and cyberespionage,” the report added. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs…

Japan, Vietnam to seek peaceful solution of S. China Sea dispute

HANOI (Kyodo) — The Japanese and Vietnamese defense ministers agreed Thursday to seek a peaceful resolution for the Southeast Asian country’s territorial dispute with China in the South China Sea, according to Japanese ministry officials. “Japan hopes to further deepen ties with Vietnam in the era of Reiwa,” Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya said at the outset of talks with his Vietnamese counterpart Ngo Xuan Lich in Hanoi, referring to Japan’s new imperial era under Emperor Naruhito who ascended the throne Wednesday. Lich expressed his congratulations over the…

What would you pay not to go on a ladies’ night with Theresa May and her chums? | Life and style

Heady times for cabinet free spirit Liz Truss, who can once more stand in front of her magic mirror and get her preferred answer to the question: “Mirror, mirror on the wall, which secretary of state has the most imbecilic Instagram of all?” At time of writing, Gavin Williamson’s latest posting on the apocalypse-beckoning photo-sharing platform was still a picture of him with some puppies – very Mariah Carey – which the then defence secretary had captioned: “You can’t be happier than having 7 #cockerspaniel puppies in your arms.” To…

Preparing for conflict with the great powers

Since roughly 2014, when Russia seized Crimea and China solidified its push to militarize the South China Sea, Washington has been abuzz with worry about war against one or even both of these nuclear-armed behemoths. The Obama administration’s “Third Offset” strategy and former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis’s 2018 National Defense Strategy made deterrence of great-power threats the nation’s top military planning priority for the first time since the Cold War ended 30 years ago. But over what issues might war against Russia or China really erupt? While it is important to…

Biden’s comments downplaying China threat to U.S. fire up pols on both sides

Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE May 2, 2019, 5:34 PM UTC By Adam Edelman Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said Wednesday night that China was “not competition” for the U.S., prompting blowback from prominent members of both political parties. At an event in Iowa City, Biden was explaining why he believes concerns that China could eventually surpass the U.S. as a world superpower and economic force are overstated. “China is going to eat our lunch?…

China poised to deploy stealth fighters in South China Sea says US as tensions mount | World | News

And General Charles Brown, the head of Pacific Air Forces, admitted the region would see a military escalation in the years to come as the US seeks to keep pace with the emerging superpower. Mr Brown said the J-20 fighter could “possibly” be operational this year, indicating “greater threat, greater capability” for China in the Pacific. The US would seek to counter Beijing’s build-up with increased deployment of next-generation F-35 jets and continuing overflights of strategic areas such as the South China Sea, he acknowledged. He told Bloomberg: “My sense…

A “People’s War”: How China Plans to Dominate the South China Sea

By all means, let’s review China’s way of war, discerning what we can about Chinese warmaking habits and reflexes. But these are not automatons replaying the Maoist script from the 1930s and 1940s. How they might transpose Maoist doctrine to the offshore arena—and how an unruly coalition can surmount such a challenge—is the question before friends of maritime freedom. Last year China’s defense minister, General Chang Wanquan, implored the nation to ready itself for a “people’s war at sea.” The purpose of such a campaign? To “safeguard sovereignty” after an adverse ruling from…

Joe Biden’s China Stance is Wrong

Former vice president Joe Biden speaks at a rally with striking Stop & Shop workers in Boston, Mass., April 18, 2019. (Brian Snyder/Reuters) Making the click-through worthwhile: On the campaign trail, Joe Biden offers an assessment of China’s leaders that is simply stunning; the Democrats rage about Attorney General William Barr but are vague on what they’re willing do about him; a familiar congresswoman blames the United States for the violence in Venezuela; and the Democrats get yet another presidential candidate. Joe Biden’s Wildly and Dangerously Naïve Assessment of China…