The opening of China’s first military base in Africa gives an additional foothold in a region where it already has much sway, thanks to economic ties. Some commentators see Africa as Beijing’s chance to preserve its manufacturing dominance for future generations. In a joint ceremony with a local honor guard, Chinese troops last week opened their new naval base in Djibouti, a tiny nation in East Africa which already leases land to several facilities of foreign militaries. The Chinese troops are stationed right next to the Pentagon’s only permanent base in Africa, as well as Japanese, French and Italian forces……..Read More
Japan will pool efforts with the United States, Russia, China and South Korea to give a resolute response to North Korea’s missile launch, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Sunday. “We’ll pool the efforts with South Korea, the United States, Russia and China and the entire international community to give a resolute response,” Abe stressed. North Korea made another missile launch towards the Sea of Japan on Sunday. According to the South Korean military, the missile was not intercontinental and flew about 500 km……Read More
China has complained repeatedly to the US about unilateral sanctions against Chinese individuals and companies linked to either Iran or North Korea’s nuclear or missile programmes . US President Donald Trump extended wide sanctions relief for Iran called for under a 2015 international nuclear deal even as he imposed the new penalties. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said China followed local rules and regulations and closely adhered to its responsibilities to the international community. She told a daily news briefing: “China is opposed to the blind use of unilateral sanctions particularly when it damages the interests of third parties. …..Read More
The Shadow Brokers hacking group is pushing a monthly subscription service offering members top secret information including “compromised network data” from the nuclear and ballistic missile programs of Russia, China, North Korea and Iran. The group’s monthly data dump could also include hacking exploits for web browsers, routers, and operating systems including Windows 10. “TheShadowBrokers Data Dump of the Month” is a new monthly subscription model,…….Read More
In the aftermath of the global WannaCry ransomware attack, which has spread around the globe like wildfire, a significant number of corporations and public services have found their infrastructure grinding to a halt, unable to operate with unprotected if mission-critical computers taken offline indefinitely. Some of the more prominent examples so far include:
- NHS: The British public health service – the world’s fifth-largest employer, with 1.7 million staff – was badly hit, with interior minister Amber Rudd saying around 45 facilities were affected. Several were forced to cancel or delay treatment for patients.
- Germany’s Deutsche Bahn national railway operator was affected, with information screens and ticket machines hit. Travelers tweeted pictures of hijacked departure boards showing the ransom demand instead of train times. But the company insisted that trains were running as normal.