January 12, 2023 at 5:09 am #239157
Japan-UK military pact
Japan and the United Kingdom have signed a “hugely significant” new defence dealJanuary 14, 2023 at 1:07 am #239170
The China-US Chip War
the world’s two biggest economies are battling over another precious resource: semiconductors…These tiny fragments of silicon are at the heart of a $500bn industry that is expected to double by 2030. And whoever controls the supply chains – a tangled network of companies and countries that make the chips – holds the key to being an unrivalled superpower.
China wants the technology to produce chips. That’s why the US, a source of much of the tech, is cutting Beijing off.
“What you find historically is that whenever powerful countries have advanced computing technology, they deploy them to intelligence and military systems,”January 18, 2023 at 9:41 am #239286robbo203Participant
Capitalism is back in business in China. Not that ever was not except in the mind of deluded Maoists
“Vice-premier Liu He, the economic plenipotentiary of Xi Jinping’s China, told a gathering of business leaders and ministers in Davos that China is back inside the tent and eager to restore the money-making bonhomie of the golden years.
“We must let the market play the fundamental role in the allocation of resources, and let the government play a better role. Some people say China will go for the planned economy. That’s by no means possible,” he said.”January 30, 2023 at 2:58 am #239800
Michael McCaul, the new chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the US House of Representatives says the odds of conflict with China over Taiwan “are very high” after a US general caused suggested a war would happen in two years’ time. General Mike Minihan, who heads the Air Mobility Command, wrote: “My gut tells me we will fight in 2025.”
McCaul told Fox News “I hope he is wrong… I think he is right though…The odds are very high that we could see a conflict with China and Taiwan and the Indo-Pacific,”January 31, 2023 at 6:30 am #239832
The US government has stopped approving licences for American firms to export technology to HuaweiFebruary 2, 2023 at 6:40 am #239943
USA has secured four additional military bases in the Philippines in its encirclement of China.February 9, 2023 at 3:33 pm #240124james19Participant
World War 3?
On board with the RAF as allies rehearse for war with China
High over the Nevada desert, fighter pilots are practising how to defend Taiwan.
Apologies as the Times has a paywallFebruary 14, 2023 at 1:02 pm #240343
Alex Younger, who led the UK’s MI6 Intelligence Service between 2014 and 2020, raises tensions.
The UK must recognise “we’re in a competition” with China, Sir Alex said.
He said: “We need to wake up to this.
“We need to double down on the strengths that we possess to face this systemic competition that’s going on.”February 15, 2023 at 10:31 am #240390
UK officials have been sketching out the implications of an invasion of Taiwan by China. Concerns about such a conflict have grown recently, and predictions about when it could take place range as far into the future as 2049.February 18, 2023 at 1:06 am #240540
76% of South Koreans believe the nation should develop and deploy its own nuclear weapons to serve as a deterrent, with China seen as the biggest threat to peace in the region but North Korea also a constant cause for concern.
“South Koreans do not trust the nuclear umbrella provided by the US. How can we trust someone for protection if they treat us as a competitor?” said Hyobin Lee, an adjunct professor of politics at Chungnam National University.March 1, 2023 at 4:12 am #241016
The US encirclement of China
“Clearly, senior Pentagon officials believe that a war with China is becoming increasingly likely, and that, when and if such a conflagration erupts, it will entail heavy fighting over key islands in that region.”March 2, 2023 at 6:35 pm #241132
“…there are signs that Beijing and Washington are preparing for something so much more serious: armed conflict over Taiwan. Reviewing recent developments in the Asia-Pacific region raises a tried-and-true historical lesson that bears repeating at this dangerous moment in history: when nations prepare for war, they are far more likely to go to war.”March 5, 2023 at 1:42 am #241203
“…U.S. military encirclement of China threatens to escalate into an Asia-Pacific war, with the Korean Peninsula at the focal point of this dangerous path. Garrisoned with nearly 30,000 combat-ready U.S. forces manning the astonishing 73 U.S. military bases dotting its tiny landmass, South Korea is the most critical frontline component of U.S. military escalation in northeast Asia.
Since the Obama administration’s 2012 “pivot to Asia,” Washington has intensified tensions with Beijing, doubling down on a “full-scale multi-pronged new Cold War” through the Indo-Pacific Strategy pursued by both the Trump and Biden administrations. Sixty percent of U.S. naval capacity has been transferred to the Asia-Pacific region, and 400 out of 800 U.S. worldwide military bases and 130,000 troops are now circling China…”March 6, 2023 at 6:33 am #241240
China will increase military spending by more than 7% this year, while warning of “escalating” threats.March 13, 2023 at 10:24 pm #241503
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