China: Embracing Africa, But Not Africans

The next step for Beijing in its Africa relations is better people-to-people relations. By Paul R. Burgman Jr. January 29, 2015 From January 10-17, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi embarked on a five-nation African tour to promote friendly relations between Africa and China, and to continue a Chinese government tradition of making the African continent…

How Well Does China Control Its Military?

Questions about coordination at the operational level have some significant implications.By Johannes Feige November 14, 2014 Image Credit: REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic Developments in East Asia in recent years hint at the possibility that communication between the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is not all that it might be when it comes…

Russia and the SCO Military Exercises

Russia may be putting aside its reluctance to accept the Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s growing clout in Central Asia. By Joshua Kucera August 28, 2014 The Shanghai Cooperation Organization is holding its biggest joint military exercises ever, as Russia seeks to strengthen ties with China in the wake of its collapsing relations with Europe and the…

Islamic terror suspect caught in Valencia is jailed for eight years

‘AL-QAEDA’S librarian’ has been sentenced to eight years in jail after being caught in Valencia. Mudhar Hussein al-Malaki, originally from Jordan, was said to be one of the main text contributors to the yihad (‘Holy War’) propaganda network Ansar al-Mujahideen and dedicated to ‘practising yihad by spreading the word’. The texts he managed were aimed…

Chinese 3rd Generation Nuclear Technology Development

Publication: China Brief Volume: 14 Issue: 8 April 24, 2014 03:29 AM Age: 12 days By: Clark Edward Barrett   China began building its first 3rd generation nuclear power plants in 2009 (Source: Xinhua) Globally, 295 new nuclear power plants are under construction or planned by 2030. The total aggregate value of the total build…