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…

Google’s secret NSA alliance: The terrifying deals between Silicon Valley and the security state

Sunday, Nov 16, 2014 12:58 PM +0100 Inside the high-level, complicated deals — and the rise of a virtually unchecked surveillance power Cover detail of “@War” by Shane Harris   Excerpted from “@WAR: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex” In mid-December 2009, engineers at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, began to suspect that hackers…

China denies reports of pilots killed in J-15 tests

Ridzwan Rahmat, Singapore – IHS Jane’s Navy International 10 September 2014 A J-15 approaches the Liaoning aircraft carrier for the type’s first arrested landing in 2012. Source: Xinhua News Agency A Chinese state-owned newspaper has denied international media reports claiming that two People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) pilots were killed during the test phase…

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…