Global Hawk targeted over disputed South China Sea islands
China tried to electronically jam U.S. drone flights over the South China Sea in a bid to thwart spying on disputed island military construction, U.S. officials said.
Global Hawk long-range surveillance drones were targeted by the jamming in at least one incident near the disputed Spratly Islands, where China is building military facilities on Fiery Cross Reef.
Disclosure of the jamming came as a U.S. Navy P-8 surveillance flight on Wednesday was challenged eight times by the Chinese military to leave the same area. Continue reading
FINLAND has called upon nearly ONE MILLION troops to alert them to their roles “in the event of war” amid growing aggression from neighbouring Russia.
Letters from the Finnish Defence Forces have been dispatched to 900,000 former conscripts in the armed forces in the last few weeks, telling them where to report to in the event of hostilities.
While the letters did not detail any specific upcoming events or forces to be prepared against, their arrival has led to recipients assuming they are the result of rising tensions with Moscow.
Finland shares a 830-mile border with Russia, leading to fears the Scandinavian country could be vulnerable to military aggression from Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin. Continue reading
Sweden scrambled fighter jets to intercept two Russian bombers that flew “provocatively close” to the southern Swedish island of Öland on Thursday, according to local media outlets. Continue reading
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Moscow has so far not received an official response from Paris on the delivery of the Mistral-class helicopter carrier, but a mutually acceptable decision will be made next week, a high-ranking official involved in military technical cooperation told RIA Novosti on Friday. Continue reading
We were warning in several previous articles (here & here) the Greeks didn’t have much time left to enter into a new funding agreement with its lenders as the country was facing several billions of euros in mandatory repayments over the next few weeks.
Meanwhile, the International Monetary Fund has estimated Greece has until June 5th before it runs out of any money, so the leaders of Greece, the EU and the Eurozone have two more weeks to make the final tranche of 7.2B EUR of emergency funding available, or the consequences might be disastrous. Continue reading
Although the numbers are still quite low, the key issue is not the amount. It likely wouldn’t take more than running 5% of American businesses nation-wide in the most critical industries and businesses to wreak economic havoc if the CCP so wished to pull the trigger — and as the last few years have increasingly shown us, the Chinese leadership’s behavioral patterns and actions indicate wreaking havoc on America is their intention.
The number of Americans on Chinese company payrolls has surged more than fivefold over the past five years along with growing foreign direct investment by China in the United States, a study by two US-based organisations has found.
The report – released this month by non-profit group, the National Committee on US-China Relations, and economic think tank Rhodium Group – highlighted the expansion of Chinese firms in various American congressional districts.
The report, titled “New Neighbours: Chinese Investment in the United States by Congressional District”, showed Chinese firms had invested US$46 billion in new establishments and acquisitions in the US since 2000.
Another example of the U.S. now working against Israel. Here, forcing the Jewish state to disarm will only embolden its neighboring enemies and increase the likelihood of an attack when its guard is down. There is no way experts cannot know this, and therefore, it’s safe to assume this is by design. In the last seven years, the Obama administration has turned an almost-70 year friendship into a hostile rivalry.
Assistant US Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation, Thomas Countryman, recently visited Israel and held talks with senior Foreign Ministry officials, about the possibility of making the Middle East nuclear-free. Continue reading
Intelligence agencies of the United States and Israel are responsible for causing political unrest in the Middle East, said top Iranian Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).
If the Zionist regime continues to follow its aggressive policies in the Israeli-occupied territories, Safavi said that Hezbollah has 80,000 missiles that it can use against Israel. Continue reading
GERMAN chancellor Angela Merkel has avoided a potentially awkward meeting with Greece’s prime minister – after the pair were MOVED from sitting next to each other at an EU dinner tonight, it has emerged.
Mrs Merkel and Alexis Tsipras had been due to sit side-by-side at the dinner in Lativia tonight, ahead of a summit of EU leaders.
However, amid growing tensions over Greece’s plunge into bankruptcy, party party planners have hastily rearranged the seating plan, an EU official confirmed to the Financial Times. Continue reading
An “EU military operation” illustrates a de facto EU Army has been formed.
BRITAIN is using less cash than ever before as the march of electronic and card payments continues.
Notes and coins lost the crown as the most popular form of payments in Britain for the first time last year, according to data from the Payments Council.
Cash accounted for 48 per cent of all payments, including those made by businesses, falling from 52 per cent in 2013. Continue reading
Nuclear missiles with multiple warheads, anti-ship missiles, and man-made islands are all evidence China is increasing its military ambitions, and the United States isn’t happy about it.
The latest confrontation between the United States and China happened this week after an American spy plane was warned away from Chinese man-made islands eight times, according to CNN.
China is constructing the islands, which have been called a Great Wall of Sand, 600 miles from its coastlands to extend its dominion into the South China Sea, an area long disputed by rival countries, according to the Inquisitr.
Drill comes after PLA tells US aircraft to leave Fiery Cross Reef airspace
China’s air force sent a group of strategic bombers through the Miyako Strait south of Okinawa in a long-range drill for the first time yesterday as part of military exercises in the western Pacific.
The manoeuvre came as US-based CNN reported that the Chinese navy repeatedly warned a US surveillance plane to leave airspace over artificial islands that Beijing is building in the disputed South China Sea.
CNN broadcast an exclusive report, as one of its reporters hitched a ride on a U.S. Navy P-8 patrol aircraft overflying the artificial islands the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is building in the South China Sea. The Chinese repeatedly tried to warn off the aircraft, in English language broadcasts that CNN included in its report.
The report confirms that the Chinese are trying to establish sovereignty claims over these areas of the South China Sea by building major artificial islands atop reefs (which, by themselves, establish no territorial claims).
Proposal put forward at a meeting of the lender’s founders to discuss the running of the international development bank, according to sources
China will probably take a 25-30 per cent stake in the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and India is likely to be the second-largest shareholder, delegates attending a meeting of the lender’s founding members said on Friday.
China’s share in the US$100 billion lender will be less than 30 per cent, an Asian delegate attending the meeting in Singapore said.