China plans monstrous new nuclear weapons facility to dwarf US rival | World | News

The Chinese military is building a colossal power facility designed to test the conditions of a nuclear weapon strike, similar to the existing Z Pulsed Power Facility in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The US’ facility, according to Sandia National Laboratory, is the world’s most powerful and efficient laboratory radiation source. A report reads: “It uses high magnetic fields associated with high electrical currents to produce high temperatures, high pressures, and powerful X-rays for research in high energy density science. “The Z machine creates conditions found nowhere else on Earth.” But this…

Opinion | Stop Investing in China’s Brutality

Last month, the United States government issued sanctions against eight Chinese companies for complicity in the crackdown on Chinese Muslims in Xinjiang. As many as a million Uighurs, Kazakhs and other ethnic minorities have been “interned” — wrenched away from families and dumped into harsh detention camps that the government insists are merely re-education centers. In light of those sanctions, why haven’t the California State Teachers’ Retirement System and other American funds announced that they would stop investing in companies under sanctions? And why is the federal employee retirement fund…

South China Sea crisis: How France exposed US weaknesses to China in huge blunder | World | News

In 2015, the French Ministry of Defence published a report had and then quickly pulled it back, hoping that the momentary publication hadn’t reached any Western rivals. Within the report was an outline of how the French Navy had successfully completed an operation in which a nuclear submarine sunk half of the US’ Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier battle group. The report highlighted just how vulnerable US Navy could be to submarine attacks, and while the revelation was left on the internet for a short period of time, Chinese intelligence were…

Vietnam confronts China in the South China Sea

Author: Do Thanh Hai, Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam Over the last four months, Vietnam has faced a serious challenge to its sovereignty in the South China Sea. Strategic circles in Hanoi are stirred by China’s repeated intrusions into Vietnam’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) off its central and southern coastlines. Between 4 July and 24 October 2019, China sent survey ship Haiyang Dizhi 8 (HD8) to conduct four seismic surveys in the waters within 200 nautical miles of Vietnam. Data collected by the South China Sea Chronicle Initiative shows that the…

South China Sea: Beijing’s ‘atrocious actions’ ignored by international court | World | News

The court said it has no jurisdiction over the complaint filed against President Xi Jinping and other Chinese officials as Beijing is not a party to the Rome Statute — the treaty which forms the international tribunal. It said the alleged crimes against humanity also happened within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone and continental shelf, which it said is not considered as part of its territory. The ICC prosecutor said: “Criminal conduct which takes place in the EEZ and continental shelf is thus in principle outside of the territory of…

U.S.-Australian Consortium Submits Bid for Philippines’ Largest Shipyard

A U.S.-Australian consortium between equity firm Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. and shipbuilder Austal has submitted a formal bid to acquire the Philippines’ largest shipyard at Subic Bay, the Nikkei Asian Review reported Dec. 5…. TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE   Preview Some FREE Worldview Articles Below: Connected Content Copyright © Stratfor Enterprises, LLC. All rights reserved. Source link

The New Kind of Warfare Reshaping Global Politics

The Presidential Press and Information Office/WikiMedia Commons Russian internet trolls interfering in the 2016 US election; Russian hitmen murdering Putin’s opponents abroad; Chinese spies manipulating Australian politics while the country’s coast guard ships harass Japanese fishing fleets. These are not random acts of autocratic aggression. They are examples of a new form of warfare that is becoming a bigger challenge for the United States and its western allies: gray-zone conflict. Once an obscure Russian military concept, the gray zone is now one of the hottest topics in Western strategic debate.…