China Prepares To Dominate South Pacific With Week Of Electronic Warfare Drills

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While the Trump administration unveiling another round of tariffs on Chinese goods worth $200 billion – for which China’s Commerce Ministry is planning “countermeasures,” Beijing quietly began conducting military drills at five bases for electronic warfare, cybersecurity, reconnaissance and tactical strikes at five training bases, reports the South China Morning Post.

Over 50 combat units consisting of around 2,100 officers are taking part in the war games, which includes airborne troops, special forces and electronic warfare experts from the Northern, Southern, Eastern, Western and Central command theatres, according to official accounts over social media. Continue reading

China flags off new cargo train to Europe

NEW DELHI: A new freight train linking Harbin city in northeastern China to Germany’s Hamburg was launched on Saturday. The train, which will open a new trade route between China and Europe will run a distance of 9,820 Kms.

The journey will take 15 days as the train passes through Russia and Poland before reaching its destination, according to Tu Xiaoyue, general manager of HAO Logistics Co., Ltd, a joint venture which runs the service. It will run once a week. Continue reading

The new ‘silk road’, a rail link from China’s factories to heart of Europe

FRANKFURT: One of the world’s longest railways — a “modern-day silk road” — covers some 11,000 kilometres (24,000 miles) en route from the Chinese megacity of Chongqing to Duisburg, a key commercial hub in western Germany.

On Saturday, as part of his landmark visit to Germany, Chinese President Xi Jinping visited the last stop on the “Yuxinou” rail line, an industrial feat that promises to revolutionise transport between Europe and Asia.

Duisburg is a steel-making town of around half a million on the confluence of the Rhine and Ruhr rivers that boasts the world’s biggest inland port and is one of Germany’s most important transport and commercial hubs.

Despite the vast distances between them, it takes just 16 days for trains to travel to Duisburg from Chongqing, a sprawling metropolitan symbol of rising China with a population of more than 30 million. Continue reading

China in 2030

This week, the World Bank issued “China in 2030,” a major report that calls for dramatic economic reforms to maintain China’s current rate of growth. In his opening remarks at the launch conference in Beijing on February 27, World Bank chief Robert Zoellick noted that China faces a number of challenges in the coming years, including a rapidly aging population, resource pressures, environmental issues, and rising inequality.

The report warns that China is at a “turning point in its development path,” and needs a new development strategy. It calls for six changes:

1.      Structural economic reforms

2.      Focus on innovation;

3.      Emphasis on “green” development

4.      Improve social security system;

5.      Strengthen the fiscal system; and

6.      Become a more active global stakeholder.

Full article: China in 2030 (The Diplomat)