Afi16-118. China Syndrome. “China is reaching deep within the world island in an attempt to thoroughly reshape the geopolitical fundamentals of global power…… Its two-step plan is designed to build a transcontinental infrastructure for the economic integration of the world island from within, while mobilizing military forces to surgically slice through Washington’s encircling containment…….If China succeeds in linking its rising industries to the vast natural resources of the Eurasian heartland, then quite possibly….
“the empire of the world would be in sight.”— Alfred McCoy, The Geopolitics of American Global Decline, The Unz Review“The future of politics will be decided in Asia, not Afghanistan or Iraq, and the United States will be right at the center of the action.”— Former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, “America’s Pacific Century”, Foreign Policy magazine. The “show of force” drills are designed to harass and intimidate China. They have no other purpose. There it is in a nutshell. Chinese Hackers Access Performance Reviews Of 3 Million Shitty Federal Workers. WASHINGTON – Chinese hackers were behind a massive cyber-attack that among other things accessed the performance reviews of nearly three million shitty federal workers, Duffel Blog has learned.
“Most damaging was not the utter failure of our 40 billion dollar cyber security program, or access to key government organizational structures,” said Eric Mickens, a spokesman for USCYBERCOM. “Most damaging is the fact that Chinese government now knows how terrible a number of U.S. government service (GS) civilians actually are.” With a series of major hacks, China builds a database on Americans. China is building massive databases of Americans’ personal information by hacking government agencies and U.S. health-care companies, using a high-tech tactic to achieve an age-old goal of espionage: recruiting spies or gaining more information on an adversary, U.S. officials and analysts say.
Groups of hackers working for the Chinese government have compromised the networks of the Office of Personnel Management, which holds data on millions of current and former federal employees, as well as the health insurance giant Anthem, among other targets, the officials and researchers said. “They’re definitely going after quite a bit of personnel information,” said Rich Barger, chief intelligence officer of ThreatConnect, a Northern Virginia cybersecurity firm. “We suspect they’re using it to understand more about who to target [for espionage], whether electronically or via human recruitment.” [How the Internet became so vulnerable] China's Island-Building Undermines Regional Security, U.S. Defense Secretary Says. By David Alexander and Rachel Armstrong SINGAPORE, May 30 (Reuters) - U.S.
The South China Sea Word War. As Cold War 2.0 between the U.S. and Russia remains far from being defused, the last thing the world needs is a reincarnation of Bushist hawk Donald “known unknowns” Rumsfeld.
Instead, the — predictable — “known known” we get is Pentagon supremo Ash Carter. Why is Obama Goading China? US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter is willing to risk a war with China in order to defend “freedom of navigation” in the South China Sea.
Speaking in Honolulu, Hawaii on Wednesday, Carter issued his “most forceful” warning yet, demanding “an immediate and lasting halt to land reclamation” by China in the disputed Spratly Islands. Carter said: “There should be no mistake: The United States will fly, sail, and operate wherever international law allows, as we do all around the world.” Target:? In the summer of 2013, the X-47B -- an experimental, bat-winged, unmanned aerial vehicle -- flew over the Virginia coast, dove toward a 1,000-foot-long steel landing pad, then rolled to a stop on the USS George H.W.
Bush without the aid of a single human. Given that touching down on the tiny, rolling deck of an aircraft carrier is a task given to only the world's most elite pilots, the UAV's landing marked a milestone in unmanned aviation for the United States. And it raised the bar in the military robotics revolution now under way around the world. But perhaps not high enough. Just four months later, China announced that its own bat-winged, next-generation UAV, dubbed Sharp Sword, had flown successfully. The United States is currently the world's leader in military robotics, deploying some 11,000 UAVs and over 12,000 ground robots. Call Sign 'Rogue': Pentagon Says One Chinese Commander Responsible for Spate of Air Confrontations.
U.S. military operations in Iraq may be limited for now, but the rhetoric in Washington is heating up.
On Thursday, it boiled over at the Pentagon, where Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel painted a new and more dangerous picture of the threat that the Islamic State poses to Americans and U.S. interests. The group "is as sophisticated and well-funded as any group that we have seen. They're beyond just a terrorist group," Hagel said in response to a question about whether the Islamic State posed a similar threat to the United States as al Qaeda did before Sept. 11, 2001.
"They marry ideology, a sophistication of strategic and tactical military prowess. They're tremendously well-funded. The Past’s Dead Hand. A major cause of current tensions in the East and South China seas are two documents that most Americans have either forgotten about or don’t know exist.
But both are fueling a potential confrontation among the world’s three most powerful economies that is far more unstable and dangerous than most people assume. Consider what has happened over the past six months: 1) In February, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry assured Japan that the Americans would defend Japan in case of a military confrontation between Tokyo and Beijing. That same month, U.S. China Thinks Hillary Is Bossy. Hillary Clinton's unstated but near-inevitable campaign for the 2016 presidency is ramping up with the June 10 release of Hard Choices, her memoir of her time as secretary of state, and the (soon-to-be) countless corresponding press interviews.
The book will hopefully help broaden the conversation from Benghazi -- the Libyan city where gunmen killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in Sept. 2012 -- to a broader reckoning of her four-year tenure at the State Department, and from her past record to her future policies. Clinton's complicated dance with China, for example, is a far more important guide to U.S. policy than what she did or did not know about embassy security in Libya. In her book, according to the Washington Post, Clinton describes three choices for managing Asia: "broadening the U.S. relationship with China, strengthening alliances with others in the region as a counterbalance to China, or elevating multilateral organizations in the region.
George W. China News, China Business News, Taiwan and Hong Kong News and Business. Counterattack on China in cyber-space By Peter Lee The high-profile intrusion into the e-mail server of China Electronics Import & Export Corporation by "Hardcore Charlie" may mark the coming out party for America's own band of patriotic hackers. China Cyberwar and Real War. My Asia Times piece discusses the recent hack of China Electronics Import and Export Corporation by "Hardcore Charlie. " The CEIEC incident is only the most visible of a blizzard of hacks against Chinese sites conducted under the aegis of "Anonymous China. " I speculate that these hacks are, if not organized, encouraged or incentivized by the US government as a shot across the bow against China for the PRC's sizable industrial espionage program targeting American corporations such as President Obama's high-tech BFF, Google. I would advise casual readers not to satisfy their curiosity by searching for the CEIEC files and downloading them.
Hacking China. Looks Like the US Government was Behind 2012 Anonymous Cyber-Attacks on Chinese Websites On April 23, Mark Mazzetti reported in the New York Times that the FBI had used Hector Xavier Monsegur, a hacker it had in its clutches, to coordinate hacks in 2012 against Iran, Syria, Brazil, and Pakistan, and other targets. The actual hacks were carried about by an associate of Monsegur, Jeremy Hammond, who was a dupe in that he did not know that Monsegur was turning over the information and access he gleaned to the US government. America’s “Pivot to Asia” Threatens China: US Stages Show of Naval Force in South China Sea War Games. On October 25, the US Nimitz class aircraft carrier USS George Washington entered Manila Bay.
At the head of Carrier Strike Group Five, the aircraft carrier had spent the past week sailing the disputed waters of the South China Sea, visiting various regional claimants. Washington is seeking, through this show of military force in the region, to shore up its slipping diplomatic position in the wake of Obama’s absence from the Asia Pacific Economic Conference (APEC) and Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) summits in early October. Obama canceled his travel to Southeast Asia to deal with the government shut down. Surrounded: How the U.S. Is Encircling China with Military Bases. The U.S. military is encircling China with a chain of air bases and military ports. The latest link: a small airstrip on the tiny Pacific island of Saipan. The U.S. Air Force is planning to lease 33 acres of land on the island for the next 50 years to build a "divert airfield" on an old World War II airbase there. How Guantanamo affects China: Our human rights hypocrisies.
In May 2012, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Treasury Timothy Geithner were poised to make a rare double visit to China for a high-level strategic and economic dialogue. China’s Glass Ceiling - By Geoff Dyer. "It's over for America," a Chinese academic told me in late 2008, two days after Goldman Sachs turned itself into a commercial bank in order to fend off possible collapse. "From here on, it's all downhill. " Sitting in Beijing as American capitalism seemed to be hanging by a thread, it was easy to believe that one era was ending and another beginning. Powering the Pacific “Pivot” With Leon and Chuck. It’s old, and likely thoroughly forgotten now, but last summer the Washington Post ran an excellent article on the U.S. military‘s “pivot” toward Asia, its origins, and its budget implications. It presented some meaningful background on where the pivot came from, and how it so quickly became dogma in Washington as the decade-long ground wars receded in the national rear-view mirror.
Beyond that, Greg Jaffe’s article last August offers a good explanation for Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s hysteria about defense budget cuts, and a useful criterion to assess Panetta’s nominated replacement, former Senator Chuck Hagel. The pivot to Asia and the urgent fight against waterborne IEDs. There's more evidence that the pivot to Asia is real. The Navy has recently begun work on three new contracts to build systems that will counter the threat posed by "water-IEDs" and other underwater perils in a sign that the Pentagon thinks the nature of warfare really is changing from land to water and it's time to shift focus, in an urgent way, to its accompanying threats.
US election: Kernels of truth in "China bashing" America’s Strategy To Destabilize the Asia-Pacific Region. By Zheng Yongnian. Radar sent to Japan can track anti-ship missiles. Everything You Think You Know About China Is Wrong - By Minxin Pei. 5 Things the Pentagon Isn't Telling Us About the Chinese Military - By Trefor Moss. Www.defense.gov/pubs/pdfs/2012_CMPR_Final.pdf.