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International press review Extrema Ratio May 10, 2023

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The National Security Agency (NSA) and several partner agencies have identified infrastructure for Snake malware—a sophisticated Russian cyberespionage tool—in over 50 countries worldwide.

Beijing is positioning itself to increase its global power at the end of the Ukraine war. But the question right now for China’s president Xi Jinping is which scenario is most likely to happen, what role China can play, and what each outcome will mean for China.

AFCL found Chinese official claims that the Cairo Declaration and Potsdam Declaration prove that the territory of Taiwan must eventually be governed by Communist China to be false. The documents made clear that Japan needed to relinquish Taiwan back to the Republic of China. They were never intended to settle the ongoing dispute over who has sovereignty over Taiwan.

China

  • China vows to retaliate against EU sanctions on its companies. China’s foreign minister Qin Gang is set to visit France, Germany and Norway this week. He has condemned EU proposals to impose sanctions on Chinese companies for supporting Russia’s war machine, vowing to react ‘strictly and firmly’ to defend its businesses. Guy Chazan.Financial Times

  • China’s Foreign Minister Qin Gang began a three-nation trip in Germany yesterday to persuade European leaders that they can do business with Beijing. Qin had to address China’s “unlimited partnership” with Russia, which is causing concern in Berlin. Qin will travel to France next, where President Emmanuel Macron has been eager to maintain business and diplomatic ties with Beijing. Steven Erlanger and Erika Solomon report for the New York Times.

  • China’s foreign ministry yesterday dismissed accusations that Chinese maritime militia vessels had deliberately approached an area of the South China Sea where the navies of Indian and ASEAN countries were holding drills. An independent expert in Vietnam said Beijing appeared to be using the militia to intimidate and disrupt the naval exercise. The two-day sea phase of the ASEAN-India Maritime Exercise began on Sunday, with naval ships and aircraft from India, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Brunei taking part. Laurie Chen and Krishn Kaushik report for Reuters.

  • China accuses Australia of trying to sabotage its relationships in Pacific region. Senior Chinese diplomats said Australia has undermined Beijing’s security and law enforcement cooperation with Fiji. Ben Doherty. The Guardian

  • China arrests man for ‘misuse’ of ChatGPT in the first case of its kind. Police in the northwest Gansu province arrested the man for using the AI technology to generate a fake news piece about a train crash and sharing it on social media. Maroosha Muzaffar. The Independent

  • LinkedIn to cut 716 jobs and shut down Chinese platform, citing strong competition. Since 2021, LinkedIn has operated a pared-back job application platform, InCareer, in the Chinese market. LinkedIn claims the decision was prompted by fierce competition, however reports suggest the company may have been scrutinised for allowing foreign companies to communicate with Chinese employees. Eleanor Olcott and Qianer Liu.Financial Times

  • Chinese chipmaker plans Shanghai listing after clearing US export controls. ChangXin Memory Technologies will raise funds for production expansion after receiving confirmation that American equipment supplies will not be subject to export controls. Qianer Liu, Eleanor Olcott and Demetri Sevastopulo. Financial Times

Reuters

People in China splashed out on dining, travel and luxury goods after emerging from three years of pandemic restrictions but are still not spending freely on routine consumer items, if first quarter corporate results are an …

The New York Times

Across China, many local governments are on the brink of insolvency. Some cities have reduced pay for civil servants. Cuts to municipal health insurance have triggered street protests.

Xinhua Silk Road

China will continue to levy anti-dumping duties on imports of chloroprene rubber from Japan, the United States and the European Union for another five years, the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) said on Tuesday.

Channel News Asia

China's Communist Party appointed Li Yunze, vice governor of Sichuan province, as the party chief of its new financial regulator, the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC) said on its official WeChat account on Wednesday.

The Telegraph

Xi Jinping has progressively abandoned the Deng Xiaoping model that delivered 40 years of super-charged growth. He strives for global technological ascendancy but has reverted to Maoist thought control and treats China’s tech entrepreneurs as a threat to …

Channel News Asia

BYD Co Ltd launched on Wednesday five lower-priced versions of its Seal sedan, as the Chinese electric vehicle (EV) giant seeks to extend its lead in the world's largest market for new-energy cars.

Channel News Asia

CICC Capital, a unit of Chinese investment bank CICC, has decided to stop using consultancy Capvision Partners' services, three sources said, as some financial firms review their ties with China's largest "expert network" group …

Associated Press

China on Wednesday called on Afghanistan to reform its radical policies excluding women from education and public life and “adopt a more resolute attitude in combating terrorism.”

The Globe and Mail

CNBC

Wynn Resorts (WYNN) delivered a much better-than-expected first quarter Wednesday, with the casino operator's properties in Las Vegas and Boston continuing to post impressive results. But what helped push the company to an unexpected profit was the …

CNBC

The first freight train on the Lancang-Mekong Express departs from Kunming in China on Jan. 10, 2022, headed for a 26-hour journey to Vientiane, capital of Laos. China News Service | China News Service | Getty Images BEIJING — In the last two years, China …

Latestly

In what may be the first detention related to the misuse of ChatGPT, the Chinese law authorities have arrested a man for allegedly using the OpenAI chatbot for generating fake news and sharing it online.

Xinhua News Agency

The Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT) recently received 500 mg of the lunar samples brought back by the Chang'e-5 mission. The research team with BIT will study the material characteristics of these samples and also …

China detains man for allegedly generating fake train crash news, first known time person held over use of AI bot South China Morning Post William Zheng Chinese police have detained a man who allegedly used ChatGPT to generate fake news and disseminate it online in what may be the country’s first detention related to use of the bot.

China expels Canadian diplomat, threatens further retaliation in election interference row The Globe and Mail James Griffiths and Marieke Walsh Hours after Canada expelled Chinese diplomat Zhao Wei for interfering in the country's politics, Beijing has responded in kind, while threatening potential further retaliation in a dispute that has plunged relations to a new low.

TikTok’s Chinese sibling Douyin asks creators on the platform to label content generated by AI as Beijing moves to regulate ChatGPT-like tools South China Morning Post Xinmei Shen ByteDance-owned short video app Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok, has rolled out a new set of rules that require all creators on the platform to label content that was generated by artificial intelligence, as Beijing initiates steps to regulate ChatGPT-like tools.

Timeline: China's steps to control its data and information Reuters Josh Ye A Chinese investigation of consulting firm Capvision Partners over national security concerns is the latest step in a years-long campaign by Beijing to tighten control of data generated within its borders.

Hong Kong’s crypto market will not have ‘light-touch regulation’, HKMA chief says as city prepares new rules South China Morning Post Xinmei Shen Hong Kong does not intend to have relaxed regulations on virtual assets as it seeks to become an international industry hub, a top official said in comments that come just weeks ahead of new licensing rules for crypto exchanges going into effect.

Battery factories are driving Chinese investment in Europe The New York Times Melissa Eddy Battery makers from China are rapidly expanding in Europe, responding to a growing market for electric vehicles while bucking an overall contraction in Chinese investment on the continent.

Belt and Road

Xinhua Silk Road

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Qin Gang visited the Confucius Institute in Berlin on Tuesday, encouraging closer people-to-people and cultural exchanges between China and Germany.

Qin said that as the first Confucius Institute in Germany, the Confucius Institute in Berlin has not only helped promote the Chinese language and culture, but also spread the seeds of friendship since its establishment 17 years ago.

Xinhua Silk Road

Visiting Chinese Vice President Han Zheng and Portugal's Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Ana Fontoura Gouveia have vowed on Monday to strengthen cooperation on energy and innovation between the two countries.

Accompanied by Gouveia, Han inspected on Monday the Research and Development Center of Redes Energeticas Nacionais SGPS SA (REN), Portugal's national grid operator in Lisbon.

Wang Yi, director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, met with a delegation led by Mohammad Bagher Zolghadr, secretary of the Expediency Discernment Council of Iran, in Beijing on Tuesday.

Fixed-asset investment in China's railways went up 6.3 percent year on year in the first four months of the year, data from China State Railway Group Co., Ltd. shows.

The country's railways saw a total investment of 167.4 billion yuan (about 24.2 billion U.S. dollars) in the first four months of the year, said the state-owned enterprise, pushing forward the construction of a modern railway infrastructure system in the country at an accelerated pace.

USA

  • Ron DeSantis signs bills banning Chinese citizens from buying land in Florida. The Republican governor says bills are meant to ‘counteract’ the ‘malign influence of the Chinese Communist party’ in the state. Gloria Oladipo.The Guardian

  • The United States and its allies have dismantled a major cyberespionage system that it said Russia’s intelligence service had used for years to spy on computers around the world, the Justice Department announced yesterday. The system, known as “Snake,” is “the most sophisticated cyberespionage tool” in the Russian intelligence service’s arsenal, according to a Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency report. Snake has been used to surveil sensitive targets, including government networks, research facilities, and journalists. Charlie Savage reports for the New York Times.

More than 1 million people have SSNs leaked after cyberattack on hospital technology giant The Record by Recorded Future Jonathan Greig Hospital technology giant NextGen Healthcare said hackers accessed the personal information of more than 1 million people during a cyberattack in March. The multibillion-dollar healthcare company produces electronic health record software and practice management systems for hundreds of the biggest hospitals and clinics in the US, UK, India and Canada.

Florida’s Ron DeSantis signs bills limiting Chinese land ownership, TikTok at schools South China Morning Post Robert Delaney Florida governor and presumptive US presidential candidate Ron DeSantis on Monday signed legislation that would ban the use of TikTok and other Chinese apps on school and government servers and limit land purchases by citizens from China, the latest moves by state authorities aimed at countering perceived threats from Beijing.

‘Rip and replace’: The tech cold war is upending wireless carriers The New York Times Cecilia Kang As the United States and China battle for geopolitical and technological primacy, the fallout has reached rural Alabama and small wireless carriers in dozens of states. They are on the receiving end of the Biden administration’s sweeping policies to suppress China’s rise, which include trade restrictions, a $52 billion package to bolster domestic semiconductor manufacturing against China and the divestiture of the video app TikTok from its Chinese owner.

Can the Pentagon use ChatGPT? OpenAI won’t answer. The Intercept Sam Biddle OpenAI, the nearly $30 billion R&D titan behind ChatGPT, provides a public list of ethical lines it will not cross, business it will not pursue no matter how lucrative, on the grounds that it could harm humanity. Among many forbidden use cases, OpenAI says it has preemptively ruled out military and other “high risk” government applications. Like its rivals, Google and Microsoft, OpenAI is eager to declare its lofty values but unwilling to earnestly discuss what these purported values mean in practice, or how — or even if — they’d be enforced.

Americas

Facebook is wrong to say news lacks economic value, says Canada PM Trudeau Reuters Ismail Shakil Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday said Meta opposition to proposed legislation that would compel payment by its Facebook unit and other internet companies for journalistic content was based on a flawed argument that news has no economic value. Speaking to a parliamentary committee about the Trudeau government's legislation on Monday, a Meta official said news has a social value, but not an economic value to the company.

Canada set to name foreign labs, universities that pose risk to national security Toronto Star Joanna Chiu Ottawa is in ‘advanced stages’ of drafting a list of entities that pose a risk to national security, and top universities are prepared to avoid working with these entities despite what could be a loss of $100 million or more in annual research funding from foreign partners.

  • Canada to identify foreign labs and universities that pose risk to national security. The list will include foreign-state-connected universities, research institutes and laboratories that are believed to be at “higher risk” of engaging in theft, unwanted knowledge transfers and interference in research. Entities included on the list will be ineligible for federal grants. Joanna Chiu. The Star

  • Why the China scandal may be Justin Trudeau’s most damaging yet. Prime Minister Trudeau has denied any knowledge of the foreign interference, claiming that he found out about the Chinese plot from the newspaper, and blaming Canadian intelligence services for not briefing him. Nick Allen and Rozina Sabur. The Telegraph

  • Why did Canada take so long to expel China’s diplomat? It’s our trade relationship. It’s been two years since Canada’s intelligence services learnt of Beijing’s efforts to target MP Michael Chong. Margaret McCuaig-Johnston. The Globe and Mail

North Asia

  • Japan is in talks to open a NATO liaison office, the first of its kind in Asia, Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said today. Hayashi specifically cited Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which forced Japan to rethink regional security. Jessie Yeung and Marc Stewart report for CNN.

NTT service to shield Japan's auto supply chain from cyberattacks Nikkei Asia Atsushi Teraoka Nippon Telegraph and Telephone will roll out a service in Japan to help protect smaller auto parts makers from cyberattacks that could bring supply chains to a halt.

Japan Times

Gabriel Dominguez

Although Japan is a large maritime nation and is set to have the world’s third-largest military budget by 2027, the limited presence of domestic firms at international defense exhibitions — except for the recently launched DSEI Japan — raises questions about the state of the country’s defense industry. Guy Boekenstein, an Indo-Pacific adviser to the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, said Japan could develop a mutually beneficial defense-industrial base with the US and Australia, and potentially the UK — the current member states of the AUKUS security pact.

South & Central Asia

Lankans victim of India based cyber espionage? The Island Sri Lanka is among the south Asian nations where people’s data had been harvested by an India-based threat actor dubbed Patchwork, says the Hacker News.

  • Pakistan remains on edge ahead of former prime minister Imran Khan’s hearing on corruption charges after his arrest yesterday. Local media have reported at least two deaths amid demonstrations. Protests are expected to continue today, with some demonstrators planning to march to Islamabad and Khan’s party calling for a nationwide strike. Kelly Ng and Caroline Davies report for BBC News.

Australia

Reuters

Australia exported roughly $40 million worth of copper ore and concentrate to China early this year, Australian customs data shows, a sign of industry hope that trade in the red metal will resume as diplomatic relations improve.

The Strategist

Bronte Munro

Australia is undergoing an exciting period of strategic technology policy review and development. The release of its first National Quantum Strategy this week committed the government to building the world’s first error-corrected quantum computer. This is a strategically important technology that has the potential to improve productivity and supply chain efficiency in diverse industries, lower costs across the economy, help reduce carbon emissions and improve public transportation.

Budget lays out $2bn government tech overhaul InnovationAus Justin Hendry The federal government will invest $2 billion in a five-year overhaul of digital platforms as it seeks to rebuild service delivery footings of the Australian Public Service. In Treasurer Jim Chalmer’s second Budget, unveiled on Tuesday night, the government acknowledged the need for modern ICT systems to drive efficiencies and improve service delivery, while also saving taxpayer dollars.

  • Government backs quantum and AI industries with $101m InnovationAus Joseph Brookes The Albanese government has unveiled industry support programs for artificial intelligence and quantum technologies, allocating $101 million over five years in a new critical technologies package that includes a national challenge program and an Australian Centre for Quantum Growth.

The Australian

Vinayak Sreedhar

Most public schools in Australia have imposed an outright ban on ChatGPT over concerns students will use the tool to plagiarise. While valid, this is also symptomatic of a nationwide attitude of swimming against the AI tide. The Productivity Commission’s recent five-year report found fewer than 2 per cent of Australian businesses are engaging with new innovations such as AI. This supports ManageEngine’s recent survey of global IT decision-makers, which found Australia and New Zealand are the lowest adopters of AI and ­machine learning in the world.

Ukraine - Russia

  • Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang said yesterday that China would maintain lines of communication with all parties to the war in Ukraine in seeking a ceasefire. Qin’s comments were made during a visit to Berlin alongside German counterpart Annalena Baerbock, who welcomed Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Alexander Ratz and Friederike Heine report for Reuters.

  • E.U. member states will hold a first discussion today on proposed new sanctions targeting Chinese and Iranian firms and allowing export curbs on third countries who ignore existing trade restrictions. According to one diplomat, the discussion is set to be heated, with some upset that the plan does not go far enough, while others are wary of damaging their international ties. Several diplomats said that widely differing perspectives mean a quick deal is unexpected. Gabriela Baczynska reports for Reuters.

  • France’s parliament unanimously passed a non-binding resolution aimed at encouraging the 27 members of the E.U. to put the paramilitary organization Wagner group on its official list of terrorist organizations. The U.K. is also poised to formally list Wagner as a terrorist organization to increase pressure on Russia. The Guardian reports.

  • Paramilitary organization Wagner groupchief, Yevgeny Prigozhin, warned Putin not to trust his top generals, as Prigozhin questioned their ability to protect the country from a Ukrainian counteroffensive. Prigozhin’s comments are the latest in an escalating rift between him and the Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov. Nicolas Camut reports for POLITICO.

Vladimir Putin did not invent the idea of a great parade in Moscow to mark victory against the Nazis. Although during Soviet times the important date was the November anniversary of the Bolshevik revolution, occasional military parades marked the big anniversaries of the end of the Second World War. Annual parades on 9 May started under Boris Yeltsin in 1995 but it was Vladimir Putin who gave these parades their importance, an opportunity to demonstrate his country’s growing military might, including its most advanced and deadliest hardware, and to promote his nationalist and militaristic cult of the Great Patriotic War. (For a history see this thread from Madi Kapparov).

Reuters

European Union states hold a first discussion on Wednesday on proposed new sanctions over Russia's war in Ukraine that would target Chinese and Iranian firms and allow export curbs on third countries for busting existing trade …

FBI disrupts sophisticated Russian cyberespionage operation CyberScoop AJ Vicens One of the Russian government’s most sophisticated long-running cyberespionage operations was hacked and disrupted by the FBI as part of a sprawling international effort, officials with the US government announced Tuesday.

  • US agencies and allies partner to identify Russian ‘Snake’ malware infrastructure worldwide National Security Agency The National Security Agency (NSA) and several partner agencies have identified infrastructure for Snake malware—a sophisticated Russian cyberespionage tool—in over 50 countries worldwide.

  • Kremlin-linked ‘Snake’ espionage malware eliminated, Justice Department says The Record by Recorded Future Martin Matishak US and international authorities on Tuesday announced they had successfully dismantled a malware implant utilized for two decades by a notorious Kremlin-backed hacking group.

  • The team of sleuths quietly hunting cyberattack-for-hire services WIRED Andy Greenberg When the FBI announced the takedown of 13 cyberattack-for-hire services yesterday, it may have seemed like just another day in law enforcement’s cat-and-mouse game with a criminal industry that has long plagued the internet’s infrastructure, bombarding victims with relentless waves of junk internet traffic to knock them offline. In fact, it was the latest win for a discreet group of detectives that has quietly worked behind the scenes for nearly a decade with the goal of ending that plague for good.

Europe

  • Olaf Scholz: ‘We should not aim for a de-coupling, but a smart de-risking.’ The German Chancellor echoed comments made by Ursula von der Leyen during a speech at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Reuters

  • Italy set to withdraw from the BRI. The government of Giorgia Meloni has reportedly signalled to Washington that it will pull out of the scheme by the end of the year. Nick Squires. The Telegraph

  • Chinese investment in Europe falls to lowest point in a decade amidst regulatory scrutiny.Research by Rhodium Group and Merics found that at least 10 out of 16 investment deals in the tech and infrastructure sectors pursued in 2022 by Chinese entities were blocked by regulatory authorities. James Kynge.Financial Times

  • Can Volkswagen win back China? The German carmaker depends on China for at least half of its annual profits, but it will have to fight to maintain its market share. Edward White and Patricia Nilsson. Financial Times

  • Turkey’s top rival candidate for president, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, said he would steer Turkey closer to NATO and the West if he wins Sunday’s election. Kilicdaroglu also said he would breathe new life into Turkey’s democratic checks and balances, which have been eroded under the leadership of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan since 2003. Jared Malsin and Elvan Kivilcim report for the Wall Street Journal.

EU urged to tighten spyware safeguards in wake of Pegasus revelations The Guardian Jennifer Rankin The EU needs tighter regulation of the spyware industry, a European parliament special committee has said, after concluding that Hungary and Poland had used surveillance software to illegally monitor journalists, politicians and activists.

  • Spyware: MEPs sound alarm on threat to democracy and demand reforms European Parliament On Monday evening, the European Parliament’s Committee of Inquiry to investigate the use of Pegasus and equivalent surveillance spyware (PEGA) adopted its final report and recommendations following a year-long inquiry into the abuse of spyware in the EU. MEPs condemn spyware abuses that aim to intimidate political opposition, silence critical media and manipulate elections. They note that EU governance structures cannot effectively deal with such attacks and say reforms are needed.

EU draft rules propose tougher cybersecurity labelling rules for Amazon, Google, Microsoft Reuters Foo Yun Chee Amazon, Alphabet's Google, Microsoft and other non-European Union cloud service providers looking to secure an EU cybersecurity label to handle sensitive data can only do so via a joint venture with an EU-based company, according to an EU draft document seen by Reuters.

In Norway, the electric vehicle future has already arrived The New York Times Jack Ewing Last year, 80 percent of new-car sales in Norway were electric, putting the country at the vanguard of the shift to battery-powered mobility. It has also turned Norway into an observatory for figuring out what the electric vehicle revolution might mean for the environment, workers and life in general. The country will end the sales of internal combustion engine cars in 2025.

UK

  • Former PM Liz Truss to visit Taiwan next week. Truss is expected to meet with senior members of the Taiwanese government and deliver a keynote speech at an event organised by the Prospect Foundation think-tank. The think-tank was sanctioned by the Chinese government last month for its involvement in promoting Taiwanese independence. There are concerns that Truss’ visit could upset the UK’s China strategy.Matt Honeycombe-Foster. Politico

Middle Eastern

  • Cash-strapped local governments look to Middle Eastern funds for investment. Local government officials in China have held meetings with the Qatar Investment Authority, subsidiaries of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund and the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority. Mercedes Ruehl and Qianer Liu. Financial Time

  • The Israeli military said it killed two Palestinian gunmen who fired on troops in the occupied West Bank earlier today. Tensions are high following a series of Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip that killed three senior Islamic Jihad militants and 10 others, mostly women and children, yesterday. Palestinian militants have pledged to retaliate, and Israel says it is prepared for a further escalation of hostilities. AP News reports.

The Washington Times

On May 14, 1948, in the Tel Aviv Museum, David Ben-Gurion read from the Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel. As historian Simon Sebag Montefiore recounts in his masterful book “Jerusalem: The Biography,” a small audience then sang “Hatikvah” (“The Hope”), the national anthem of the renewed nation — “The hope of two thousand years; to be a free people in our land.”

Africa

  • Heavy air strikes were reported yesterday in Khartoum, Sudan’s capital, amid a surge in looting, while Saudi Arabia said negotiators were working toward a short-term ceasefire. Khalid Abdelaziz reports for Reuters.

Sudan’s cyber war Inkstick Media Olatunji Olaigbe Sudan has a history of surveillance, censorship, and information manipulation. The government frequently blocks social media platforms and other websites to suppress dissent, and the opposition, RSF, has been reported to carry out strategic attacks that cut off the internet and telecommunication.

Military

China Military

The 11th strategic dialogue between the Chinese and New Zealand militaries was held in Xi'an, China, on May 10. The two sides candidly exchanged views on international and regional issues of common concern, and expressed their willingness to jointly promote military exchanges and cooperation. The meeting has enhanced mutual understanding and trust.

Italian Navy ship ITS Francesco Morosini is making a port visit in Nhà Rồng Wharf port in HCM City from May 9-12 to enhance exchanges and cooperation between the Italian Navy and the Việt Nam People’s Navy.

Defence One

Lawmakers are frustrated by the delays in arming the island against China.

gCaptain

In a world hastily retreating from globalization, the maritime domain has emerged as the critical arena for global peace, prosperity, and security. However, a concerning vacuum of leadership has formed in this domain, as it is fragmented across different industry segments, geographic locations, and naval interests. With individual maritime nations struggling to exert significant influence on their own, and diplomats and statesmen primarily focusing on land and technology-based solutions, there is a pressing need for a united front. Enter the M8, or Maritime 8, a G7-inspired organization dedicated to addressing maritime affairs.

Army Recognition

According to pictures released by the U.S. Department of Defense, US Army soldiers with C - Battery, 5th Battalion, 4th Air Defense Artillery, 10th Army Air & Missile Defense Command, conduct their first training with Stryker M-SHORAD (Maneuver-Short Range Air Defense) at Oberdachstetten Range Complex, Germany. The Stryker M-SHORAD is an Air Defense Artillery vehicle designed to neutralize or deter low-altitude aerial threats, including Group 3 UAS, rotary wing, and fixed-wing aircraft.

Janes

India's Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas Mk 2 programme is languishing without funding, months after the project was approved by New Delhi.

Dominican Today

The Ministry of Defense in the Dominican Republic has launched the VI Diploma in cybersecurity and cyberdefense. The program aims to train civilians and military personnel on how to ensure computer security against cyber threats in cyberspace.

Lusaka Times

Minister of Defence, Hon Ambrose Lufuma, has issued a statement regarding recent allegations made by Chilufya Tayali, a Zambian politician, on social media platforms. The allegations were made against the Zambia Army, claiming that the army had sent …

Janes

Elbit Systems UK has been awarded a contract under Project Vulcan to supply and operate the British Army's Ground Manoeuvre Synthetic Trainer (GMST) system intended for the UK's Boxer and Challenger 3 (CR3) armoured vehicles, the company announced on 9 May.

The Jerusalem Post

On May 9th, Russia celebrated "Victory Day," marking an anniversary for Russia over Nazi Germany in World War II. The Soviet Union, then including not only Russia but also Ukraine, Belarus and others, lost 27 million people in what Russians call …

Defense Daily

The Deparment of the Air Force is planning to give Alphabet‘s [GOOG] Google subsidiary a first hand view of the department’s operations under a new program, U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown said on May 9.

Janes

Acknowledging that they are still dealing with the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic-related effects, inflation, and supply issues, officials at HII's Newport News Shipbuilding division say they are taking measures to stabilise their US nuclear submarine and aircraft construction programmes.

Defense Daily

The Pentagon on Tuesday released a science and technology (S&T) strategy aimed at focusing the Defense Department around three key lines of effort including the joint mission, rapidly transitioning new technologies into the field, and bolstering the …

Ukrainska Pravda

Analysts at the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) have concluded that Yevgeny Prigozhin, the founder of the Wagner Private Military Company, does not have as much leverage in the Russian Ministry of Defence as he would like.

Interesting Engineering

Digital modeling is used in the AARGM-ER development, and new high-performance air vehicles with improved propulsion and optimized warheads are built with integrated enhanced AARGM sensors and electronics.

Ukrainska Pravda

On Tuesday 9 May, Brigadier General Patrick Ryder, spokesman of the Pentagon, confirmed the statement of the Ukrainian side that the Russian Kinzhal missile, flying at hypersonic speed, was shot down from the Patriot air defence missile system

The Punch

There was panic on Wednesday morning after fire gutted some buildings within the Nigerian Air Force Base along Airport Road in the Federal Capital Territory. The cause of the fire outbreak that gutted the military base beside the Nigerian Correctional ...

Air Force Magazine

ir Force Secretary Frank Kendall insists the service needs to modernize rapidly to face the threat of China. But modernization does not just mean fielding new aircraft, Kendall and other service leaders argue - the Air Force also needs to retire its aging …

The Press-Enterprise - California

A retired U.S. Air Force officer will discuss his more than 200 combat missions during the Vietnam War in a speech at the March Field Air Museum near Riverside. Lt. Col. Dan Petkunas, an F-4 Phantom weapons systems officer, will speak Saturday, May 20, at …

Stars and Stripes

F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the 35th Fighter Squadron wait for inspection at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea, Sept. 21, 2021. (Mya Crosby/U.S. Air Force) CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea - U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons resumed flights in South …

PRNewswire

The "Defense Electronics Market Size, Share & Industry Growth Analysis Report by Vertical (Navigation, Communication, and Display, C4ISR, Electronic Warfare, Radars, Optronics), Platform and Region - …

Big Tech

Google promised to delete sensitive data. It logged my abortion clinic visit The Washington Post Geoffrey A. Fowler When the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, privacy advocates, including me, raised an alarm that data from smartphones could be used to help prosecute abortions. Google offered a partial solution: It would proactively delete its trove of location data when people visited “particularly personal” places, including abortion clinics, hospitals and shelters. Nearly a year later, my investigation reveals Google isn’t doing that in any consistent way. And its response to me shows it isn’t taking accountability.

Artificial Intelligence

Spotify ejects thousands of AI-made songs in purge of fake streams Financial Times Anna Nicolaou Spotify has removed tens of thousands of songs from artificial intelligence music start-up Boomy, ramping up policing of its platform amid complaints of fraud and clutter across streaming services.

Misc

Property crisis in the Metaverse as virtual land-grab turns sour Australian Financial Review Jessica Sier Blockchain-based metaverses are suffering their own housing crisis, with virtual land values plummeting due to fading user interest, after a speculative boom left digital environments empty of things for players to do.

RIP Metaverse Business Insider Ed Zitron The Metaverse, the once-buzzy technology that promised to allow users to hang out awkwardly in a disorientating video-game-like world, has died after being abandoned by the business world. It was three years old.


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