Month: October 2017

National and International, World

China resorting to ‘coercive practices’ to achieve goals: CIA

China uses more “coercive and assertive practices” to achieve its goals in the Asia-Pacific region, as it is in the famous South China Sea, a foreign US intelligence service said.

About The Michael Collins, Deputy Assistant Director of the East Asian Mission Center’s Central Intelligence Agency, arrived as the Pentagon said yesterday that a surveillance plane to the US Navy. Sunday was intercepted by two Chinese J-10 fighters in a “dangerous” sea of ​​disputed eastern China.

China and Japan, a long-time US ally, have competing needs for a chain of islands in the East China Sea. Tensions flashed repeatedly on the Senkaku Islands, which Beijing claims as the Diaoyu Islands.

China has also been blocked in territorial disputes with several of its other neighbors in the South China Sea, some of whom are claimed by Taiwan, Malaysia, Brunei, Vietnam and the Philippines.

Some islands were heavily militarized with significant land reclamation efforts, prompting protests from several countries, including the United States – which carry out “freedom of navigation” operations in China’s claimed waters.

The Aspen Institute’s 2017 Safety Forum, Collins said: “They (China) are increasingly using assertive and coercive practices to achieve their goals, which we disagree with and that other members fall region.

And so, for us to understand issues such as North Korea, South China Sea, trade, how the Chinese approach these problems, we must be aware of it.

However, he said the Chinese behavior “does not mean” that the United States and China were headed for war in the region.

“They do not want to rebound in East Asia, and they need a stable and strong relationship with the United States and the international community to the economic needs and technology they need to advance in their country,” said Collins.

“We have to be aware of what they are facing inside … and they must remain the safest, to do that they need stability and close and keep in touch with the United States,” said the CIA chief.

While Collins did not refer to the deadlock between India and China as in the Sikkim sector, the Japanese ambassador to the United States, Kenichiro Sasae led India to the image.

“We continue to develop a network of alliances and a network of friends, between ASEAN and India today,” he said.

“China’s ambition is not limited to emulating with the United States in the Asia-Pacific region.

It is not only for economic ambition is the most strategic ambition. They want to compete with the United States, “he said.

“Obviously, I think this dream is like the 12th and 13th Ming Dynasty. They came to the Indian Ocean and the Middle East.

I think it’s the area they could have are deep in their minds, “he said, responding to a question about China’s One Way Belt (OBOR) initiative.

The OBOR is an ambitious plan of China to connect the country of Africa and Europe through several trade corridors.

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China’s economic corridor is pushing Pakistan towards an economic nightmare

There is a fairy tale story that said Islamabad behind the yellow brick of the economic corridor between China and Pakistan (CPEC), which finds prosperity in the embrace of Beijing.

The plot indicates that Chinese funds flow to Pakistan and help modernize Pakistan’s infrastructure; This, in turn, is the beginning of a boom period for the national economy of Pakistan, part of which stems from the ability to export more.

Although Pakistan’s external debt and even the current account deficit can increase significantly for the first time since the capital and the Chinese mechanism, all this will be an investment in capacity-building and provide future returns that will outweigh The down payment.

Trade figures for the first half of 2016 show that imports from China to Pakistan increased by almost 30%. This reflects a huge generator of impulse power supplies, construction equipment and mining and machinery – more or less than would be expected from the previous scenario.

However, there was an 8% decline in Pakistan’s exports to China – a surprise given improved transport connections between the two countries. Islamabad publicly accused Pakistan’s export barriers that Beijing has launched and a free trade agreement with Pakistan, questioning Beijing’s motives in building the corridor.

Chinese imports have contributed to an increase in Pakistan’s trade deficit: the increase was up to 77.34% in March, the year of the year. Worse still, Pakistan’s current account deficit has increased by 121% between July and February.

Pakistan is moving towards a current account deficit as a percentage of GDP, or twice that of India. The deficit is also remarkable given the billions of Chinese investment assumed that it would enter the country with the broker.

In fact, FDI in Pakistan over the same eight-month period was less than $ 1.3 billion, noting the corridor is financed through debt or through intra-China transfers.

Some Pakistani economists are already worried about what this might mean. Estimates show that Pakistan will have to pay $ 90 billion in China over the next 30 years because of the corridor.

It is not impossible, as Pakistan attracts capital and exports more during this time. The current export figures and FDI, however, show no evidence.

So far, the benefits seem to accumulate only on the balance side of Beijing. If this trend continues as CPEC grows and develops, the tale Pakistan can slowly become a horror film.

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MPs are locked out of their email accounts after hackers tried to guess their passwords

MPs are locked out of their email accounts after hackers tried to guess their passwords

MPs are locked out of their email accounts after hackers tried to guess their passwords

The British Parliament blocked MPs and peers out of their own email accounts after the hackers tried to guess their passwords and gain access.

The House of Commons issued two statements confirming the attack and lockout of the accounts over the weekend, and we saw the attack reported by the BBC.

The attack took place on Saturday and some MPs could not access emails all weekend from anywhere outside of Westminster.

Pirated pirates have attempted a “brute force” attack, where they try to guess passwords by mistake and error. The lower your password, the easier it is to enter your account.

On Saturday, a parliamentary spokesman said the IT team had discovered “unauthorized access attempts to users of the parliamentary network” and blocked remote access as a precautionary measure. To be clear: it was not pirates who blocked MPs out of their accounts.

The problem could affect anyone with emails on the domain. Although this affects the electoral addresses of the riding for Prime Minister and cabinet ministers, they are conducting more sensitive ministerial affairs on the domain, sources told Sky News.

On Sunday, the House of Commons press office issued an updated statement indicating that the attack had affected less than 90 e-mail accounts. The IT team is still investigating whether the pirates have access to something useful, but both Houses of Parliament will meet as usual today.

The press office blamed the few compromised accounts on “weak passwords that do not comply with guidance” by the Parliament’s IT services.

The National Cyber ​​Security Center, set up to protect the UK’s critical infrastructure from attacks, is also involved. He said in a statement: “The NCSC is aware of an incident and works 24 hours a day with the British parliamentary digital security team to understand what happened and advise on the necessary mitigation measures.”

Some MPs still can not access their emails remotely. Politician Plaid Cymru, Hywel Williams, said he was not able to read messages, instead of accessing a “blank screen”. He added that he had been told “no information has been stolen”.

The British security services believe that another state could be behind the attack, such as Russia, according to The Sunday Times. But a security source also said it was difficult to attribute the attack to a single culprit.

Some MPs also told the paper that they were worried about the prospect of blackmail if the pirates managed to access the accounts of politicians.

But other MPs have shed light on Twitter. Labor MP Wes Streeting wrote: “I’m not sure what they expected to find: 38-degree messages, newspaper demands and MPs bragging about committee elections.”

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