China’s wrong approach to its strategic dilemma

Part 1: China: An imperial power in the image of the West?Part 2: Capitalism with Chinese characteristicsPart 3: China’s economy: Powerful, yes, but vulnerablePart 4: China’s rulers and its restive people Part 5: China’s global economic sheet: A balance sheet Part 6: China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Plan for domination or strategy for crisis? Much has been written about China’s military ambitions. However, there are 4 facts that stand out. First, China’s military buildup has been largely in response to Washington’s defining it as the US’ strategic rival. Second, Beijing’s…

Satellite images show a decade of changes

The end of each decade affords us a chance to look at our world from the proverbial 30,000-foot view and see how we’ve changed.   With the help of Maxar, a provider of advanced, space-based technology solutions, Google and NASA, we’ve taken many more steps back – more than 300 miles above Earth to be exact.  That perspective reveals some engineering marvels stoked by commerce and others driven by international power struggles. The views help us see how our technological advances could put us at risk in the decades to come. Eyeing Apple As Apple stormed toward…

South China port sees strong growth in cargo throughput

The port of Qinzhou, a major link between south China and Southeast Asia, saw its cargo throughput rise 17.9 percent year on year in the first 11 months of the year thanks to increased traffic on a new land-sea trade route. The port handled 108.6 million tonnes of cargo in the January-November period, according to the publicity department of the city of Qinzhou in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Meanwhile, the port handled 2.69 million standard containers, an annual increase of 33.2 percent. Since a new land-sea freight route was launched…

Successful Long March 5 launch paves way for new Chinese space missions – Spaceflight Now

China’s third Long March 5 rocket lifts off from the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center. Credit: CCTV The third launch of China’s heavy-lift Long March 5 rocket successfully delivered its satellite payload to orbit Friday, validating engine design changes after a failure on the Long March 5’s second flight, and clearing the way for the launch of a Chinese Mars rover and lunar sample return mission in 2020. The 187-foot-tall (57-meter) rocket, the most powerful in China’s fleet, lifted off from the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center on Hainan Island in southern…

USS Harry S. Truman starts operations in Middle East, as long deployment for USS Abraham Lincoln continues

NORFOLK, Va. – The Norfolk-based USS Harry S. Truman has started operations in the Middle East, relieving the USS Abraham Lincoln in the region. The Navy says the Truman began conducting maritime security and flight operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations on the Friday before Christmas. The arrival of the Truman was likely welcome relief for the crew of the USS Abraham Lincoln, which has been on deployment since leaving Norfolk on April 1st. The Lincoln is on an around-the-world deployment that is scheduled to end with…

Fuel deal between Trump and Australia backed

The US deal, which is yet to be signed off by Mr Trump, would allow Australia access to the Strategic Petroleum Reserve and its 640 million barrels of crude oil stored across a network of underground caverns. Loading Australia would be able to store its own fuel in the Texas and Louisiana facilities or use US-owned stocks in an emergency, effectively preventing the need to spend billions of dollars building storage facilities in Australia to meet the IEA rules. IEA executive director Fatih Birol endorsed the negotiations and said a…

Trudeau on climate and ultra-rare disease; In The News for Dec. 27

In The News is a roundup of stories from The Canadian Press designed to kickstart your day. Here is what’s on the radar of our editors for the morning of Dec. 27. What we are watching in Canada … Prime Minister Justin Trudeau heads into 2020 promising to chart a path to Canada’s most ambitious greenhouse-gas emissions target yet: getting to a point within 30 years where Canada is adding no emissions that will stay in the atmosphere. But one of the first things his government has to decide in…

This is What War Looks Like in 2029

The U.S. House of Representatives on Dec. 11 passed its version of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, clearing the way for the U.S. Senate to approve the measure. If President Donald Trump signs the bill, it will channel a staggering $740 billion into the Pentagon’s accounts.  That’s by far the biggest military budget of any country. The United States lavishes on its armed forces more than twice as much as No. 2 spender China does, and more than 10 times what No. 6 Russia does. But all that spending,…