Britain managing Huawei 5G risks, says cyber security boss Ciaran Martin

And he also flagged the danger of having too few 5G suppliers, saying this risked making the dominant companies complacent about cyber security. Focus on cyber security standards Western countries are concerned that the emerging 5G infrastructure will soon be of such universal and critical importance to their economies and societies that the risk of allowing Chinese providers into these systems is unacceptable. Under an intelligence law passed in 2017 Beijing can require companies to cooperate in security activities, and the worry is that Huawei could easily be coerced into…

Remarks by Vice President Pence at the 2019 Munich Security Conference | Munich, Germany

Hotel Bayerischer HofMunich, Germany 11:41 A.M. CEST THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Ambassador Ischinger, distinguished guests, it is my honor to join you for the 55th Annual Munich Security Conference.  And I’m grateful for the warm welcome. I’m also honored to be joined by an extraordinary delegation of Americans, including Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, and a distinguished delegation of senators and representatives from the United States Congress, led by Senator Lindsey Graham.  Would you join me in welcoming the largest American delegation in the history of the Munich Security Conference? …

Weekly Maritime Security Report | Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide

East Africa and the Indian Ocean India: Robbers attempt to board berthed tanker at Kandla Port 3 February According to late reports, the chief officer onboard a berthed Singapore-flagged product tanker noticed a boat under the forecastle and notified the other deck crew at 2200 hrs local time at Kandla Port. The boat moved away after seeing the alerted crew. A subsequent search of the tanker found that a store room had been broken into, but nothing reported stolen. Port authorities were notified of the incident. PGI Analysis: Robberies are…

Rebuilding new roads to peace, security, and human development » Manila Bulletin News

Published February 10, 2019, 12:15 AM PEACE-MAKER By FORMER SPEAKER JOSE C. DE VENECIA JR. Former Speaker Jose C. De Venecia Jr. (Remarks delivered at UPF World Summit in Seoul, Republic of Korea; February 7-11, 2019.) Two contrary impulses pull at every new state in the developing world. The first is the elite impulse to centralize political power, the better to achieve economic development and social modernization. The other impulse stems from ethnic nationalism—as people forcibly put together by colonialist powers seek to rally round some icon symbol of unique…

Hanjin ‘very sensitive’ to security fears over possible ‘Chinese takeover’ — SBMA chief

Hanjin ‘very sensitive’ to security fears over possible ‘Chinese takeover’ — SBMA chief Ian Nicolas Cigaral (philstar.com) – February 6, 2019 – 11:59am MANILA, Philippines — Shipbuilder Hanjin Philippines — which recently declared bankruptcy after it defaulted on over $400 million in bank loans — is “very sensitive” to security concerns raised following reports saying Chinese firms have expressed interest in taking over the Philippines’ largest shipyard. That was according to Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority Chairperson Wilma Eisma, who said Hanjin is in talks with “several white knights” to…

Drill, China, drill: State majors step on the gas after Xi calls for energy security

BEIJING: China’s state energy giants are set to raise spending on domestic drilling this year to the highest levels since 2016, focusing on adding natural gas reserves in a concerted drive to boost local supplies. Responding to President Xi Jinping’s call last August to boost domestic energy security, China’s trio of oil majors – PetroChina, Sinopec Corp and CNOOC Ltd – are adding thousands of wells at oil basins in the remote deserts of the northwest region of Xinjiang, shale rocks in southwest Sichuan province and deepwater fields of the…

North of 26° south and the security of Australia

In terms of Australia’s first, and primary, strategic defence objective—‘to deter, deny and defeat any attempt by a hostile country or non-state actor to attack, threaten or coerce Australia’—it seems that Paul Dibb’s 1986 review of defence capabilities was prophetic. Dibb’s assessment is as accurate now as it was 32 years ago: ‘There are risks inherent in our strategic environment that could pose difficult problems for the nation’s defence.’ Today, however, the timeframe for change is much shorter. Over the past three decades, many of the factors that have shaped…

US says China’s growing military might is part of a ‘diverse’ threat to its national security

China’s military modernisation is part of a “diverse” new threat to the national security of the United States, Washington said this week, just days after a separate US report raised concerns about Beijing’s development of a new generation of stealth jets. According to the latest “National Intelligence Strategy” – produced by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence – China’s “continued pursuit of economic and territorial predominance in the Pacific region and beyond remain[s] a concern”. The modernisation of its military – along with Russia’s expansion and the nuclear…

Government accused of doing ‘bugger all’ to shore up Australia’s fuel security

Posted January 23, 2019 08:51:38 A former high-ranking Air Force officer has accused the Federal Government of doing “bugger all” to bolster Australia’s fuel security, saying it was “simplistic” to use the shortcomings as an argument to drill in the Great Australian Bight. Since 2010-11, Australia’s net petroleum stockholdings have fallen from its International Energy Agency (IEA) obligations of 90 days’ worth, in the event of market failure, to just 50 days. The Government’s Australian Petroleum Statistics published in November said this would amount to 21 days of petrol for…

A Coming Shift In US Security Policy In The South China Sea? – Analysis – Eurasia Review

The new movie “Vice” purports to tell the story of former US Vice President Dick Cheney’s rise to power and the damage he did to the U.S., other countries, and US standing in the world.  Cheney and his cohorts are depicted as ruthless, reckless, and rapacious in their lust for power and in their use of it to reshape US policy to match their vision. My immediate reaction was: “could ‘this’ really happen this way?  Wouldn’t those around him refuse, object to, or –like Jim Mattis—resign in protest of such…