The zircon missiles are capable of travelling over 7,000mph and can hit targets over 600 miles away (Picture: Reuters)
Top Russian hypersonic missile scientist arrested on treason charge
Uliana Pavlova and Jonny Hallam, CNN
August 6, 2022
(CNN) A leading Russian scientist in hypersonic flight was arrested on suspicion of treason on Friday, according to Russian state media.
Dr Alexander Shiplyuk, director of the Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics of the Russian Academy of Sciences' Siberian Branch, is the third Russian scientist this summer to be arrested on suspicion of treason.
His detention comes after the arrest on June 27 of the chief researcher of the institute, Anatoly Maslov, who is suspected of transferring state secret data related to hypersonic missiles.
Kolker was detained on state treason charges for allegedly collaborating with China's security services, Reuters reported.
The author is sight-seeing along the beaches of Xiamen in 2007
Chinese Army launched the #PHL03 / 300 mm rockets (#MRLS) from #Xiamen Island to the #Taiwan Strait.
Video: 27 seconds
Posted August 04, 2022 8:37 am
The PHL-03, also referred as the Type 03, multiple launch rocket system is a Chinese version of a Soviet BM-30 Smerch.
From left to right: XU Zhiyong, SUN Dawu, ZHANG Xingshui (Legal Team) and LIU Ping (employee) in 2004. Click here.
Xu Zhiyong is awaiting sentencing in July 2022. Sun Dawu was sentenced in 2021 to eighteen years.
Chinese invasion of Taiwan ‘would be catastrophic miscalculation’
Trade should be directed at countries who can be trusted, says British foreign secretary Liz Truss
Peter Walker in Madrid
Wed 29 Jun 2022 09.59 BST
Last modified on Wed 29 Jun 2022 10.50 BST
China would be making “a catastrophic miscalculation” if it invaded Taiwan, Liz Truss has said, telling the Nato summit that the UK and other countries should reconsider trading relationships with countries that used economic power in “coercive” ways.
In a sign of how far UK government attitudes towards China have shifted since the self-declared “golden decade” under David Cameron, the British foreign secretary said trade should be directed at countries that could be trusted.
Speaking at the Madrid summit, Truss said that with China expanding its strategic ambitions, Nato’s new strategic concept should reference China specifically. The alliance’s core mission was last updated in 2010 and is due to be revised.
Truss’s comments came a day after she called for more rapid action to help Taiwan with defensive weapons in case China invaded, saying that was a key lesson from the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
“I do think that with China extending its influence through economic coercion and building a capable military, there is a real risk that they draw the wrong idea that results in a catastrophic miscalculation such as invading Taiwan,” Truss said, speaking alongside Anthony Albanese, the Australian prime minister, and Alexander De Croo, the Belgian prime minister.
Exclusive: US plants Trojan horse programs in hundreds of important Chinese information systems; new cyber weapon targets China, Russia
Jun 29, 2022
On Wednesday, China's National Computer Virus Emergency Response Center and a leading cybersecurity company disclosed a new vulnerability attack weapon platform deployed by the US National Security Agency (NSA), which experts believe is the main equipment of the NSA's computer network hacking operation team, and it targets the world with a focus on China and Russia.
The US' move raised wide suspicions that the country might be preparing for a bigger cyberwar, experts noted.
Recently, a number of Chinese research institutions have found traces of activity of the validator Trojan. A report the Global Times obtained from Internet Security Company 360 on Wednesday shows "validator" is a small embedded Trojan that can be deployed remotely or manually on any Windows operating system.
It has a 24/7 online operation capability, allowing NSA system operators and data thieves to upload and download files, remotely run programs, obtain system information, forge IDs and self-destruct in emergency situations. The weapon allows the NSA to collect information about the environment of a targeted system, while also enabling the installation of more sophisticated trojans, the report shows.
Earlier, the company discovered that the NSA had used a series of cyber weapons to launch continuous attacks against government agencies, important organizations and information infrastructure targets in countries around the world, including China. During the attack, the NSA would implant backdoor programs represented by "validator," which could be hidden in the internet terminals of target users for a long time, and then launch more complex network attacks through these backdoor programs.
Everywhere you are told that Russia is good and Ukraine is bad’: A Toronto man’s crusade against China’s propaganda around the war in Ukraine
Two men in Canada push back against Communist disinformation — about Ukraine and much more — online in Chinese.
May 24, 2022
He pointed to China’s state-run media outlets, like the tabloid Global Times, as entities trying to push the idea that western countries are at fault for the invasion, and painting Russia as an innocent victim or otherwise justifying Moscow’s actions.
In one editorial in March, Global Times accused the U.S. government of not wanting the war to end, in order to “extract geopolitical value” from the invasion.
“When they talk about the actual war they are trying to give you the idea the West is abandoning Ukraine,” he said, suggesting the approach is aimed at dispiriting supporters of Taiwan’s sovereignty. “Their news source always comes from Russian media and the Russian government.”
公子沈 Mr. Shen ：媒體人、時政評論家，解析政經時事。畢業於多倫多大學全球事務及公共政策學院、香港中文大學東亞研究中心碩士。Terence Shen's talk show covers current affairs, world economy and politics, focusing on China issues.
公子沈 Mr. Shen
Chinese man called 'Ma' was detained. The news wiped $26 billion off Alibaba's stock
Analysis by Nectar Gan, CNN
Updated 1039 GMT (1839 HKT) May 4, 2022
Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant Ma co-founded, saw its Hong Kong-listed shares plunge as much as 9.4% Tuesday after Chinese state media reported that an individual surnamed "Ma" in the city of Hangzhou — where Alibaba is based — had been detained on national security grounds.
According to China's state broadcaster CCTV, the suspect was placed under "compulsory measures" on April 25 on suspicion of "colluding with overseas anti-China hostile forces" to "incite secession" and "incite subversion of state power."
"I thought this was kind of an odd episode," said Victor Shih, a political science professor at the University of California San Diego. "Whether that was a warning of sorts to the technology sector as a whole, or perhaps Jack Ma personally. Who knows?
Both Russian and Chinese billionaires are walking on egg shells.
Moskva sinking: What really happened to the pride of Russia’s fleet?
Analysis by Brad Lendon, CNN
Updated 3:09 AM EDT, Fri April 15, 2022
Timothy Heath, senior international defense researcher at the RAND Corp. think tank, said the strike on the Moskva would underscore to both China and the US“the vulnerability of surface ships” in any potential military clash.
Thomas Shugart, a former US Navy submarine commander who is now an analyst at the Center for a New American Security, said there were too many differences between the situations.
The Moskva’s air defense systems are not in the same league as the more modern Aegis systems on US Navy destroyers, and Ukrainian anti-ship missiles are not as good as Chinese ones, Shugart said.
Anton Kuprin, the captain of the missile cruiser Moskva, has been killed, says Ukraine.
Now, Ukraine claims Moskva’s captain was also killed in that explosion.
In a statement on Telegram, Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s ministry of internal affairs, said:
1st rank captain, cruiser Moskva flagship commander of the Black sea Fleet, Anton Kuprin died during the explosion and fire on board.”
China Calls Out U.S. Dollar Dominance As It Buys Russian Coal With Yuan
May 01, 2022
According to data released by China’s General Administration of Customs in mid-April, the quantity of imported coal and lignite to China dropped 39.9 percent year-on-year in March and 24.2 percent year-on-year in the first quarter. However, Russian imports not only retained the top spot in China’s coking coal imports in March, the quantity more than doubled year on year.
China’s total imports from Russia are also growing significantly. The latest mid-April report from the General Administration of Customs showed that in the first quarter of 2022, its total imports from Russia increased to $21.73 billion, a jump of 31 percent year-on-year, ranking second only to Indonesia’s 31.4 percent.
Normally, the story of a Chinese billionaire known as "Big Shot" garners little interest except among an elite group of commodity traders. However, it caught the attention of the author early on. It did so because the billionaire had developed a new technique to process nickel. More recently, though, "Big Shot" has been shorting the nickel market on the London Metals Exchange (LME). If you don't know his name then its time to learn. It is XIANG Guangda of Tsingshan Holding Group.
"Big Shot" began shorting nickel on the LME last year. The technique of shorting can be risky or conservative depending on whether it is uncovered or covered. In this case, the distinction is not so clear; although, an explanation will not be forthcoming here as it is too technical.
You may notice though that the author does like to mention personal anecdotes for the purpose of tweaking the reader's attention. Decades ago, the author was in Beijing. He was trading in Class A and B shares. He would visit the exchange on a frequent basis. He was approached by two well-healed, knowledgeable and connected Chinese. They wished to hire him to manage "short sales" in their new commodity trading company. By the way, the author has also had training and personal trading experience in a wide range of financial instruments including commodities. They wanted him to manage uncovered, naked, short sales. He declined the offer for the reason that it was too risky. Let's say he didn't want to earn the nickname "Big Short".
Big Shot perhaps justifiably believed that demand for nickel would decline. What he didn't anticipate-- along with almost everyone else--was a Russian invasion of the Ukraine. As a result, nickel prices doubled in price. In layman's language, he was on the wrong end of the stick.
There were two factors though in Big Shot's favor. The LME had been bought out in 2012 by the Hong Kong Stock Exchanges and Clearing. Furthermore, he had friends in high places in Beijing. What is known is that trading was suspended on March 8 and five thousand nickel trades were cancelled. What is not known because it is a state secret is information about China's strategic nickel reserve and how it may relate to the present situation.
To the author this situation is reminiscent of a story involving an American gold mine, a Canadian company, a gold discovery and Canada's gold reserve. It was a shocking situation involving both the Canadian and US governments. The author wrote a fifteeen page explosive report on the issue but did not dare to publish it. However, it was disseminated through a private newsletter. The true story which generally involved the defence of the US dollar vis-a-vis gold has never been revealed or disclosed.
The last time the LME suspended trading was on October 24, 1985 with respect to tin trading. The tin market was glutted. At that time, The International Tin Council had trouble making its commitments. The LME Chief Executive Mike Brown said “We explained to him the gravity of the situation and that, if nothing happened, we were seriously talking about probably the end of the London Metal Exchange, total chaos, lack of confidence, the bankruptcy of the exchange spilling over into other markets." 2.
The situation today really is its opposite, but one can argue it dwarfs the tin crisis of 1985. Nickel prices are surging. Nickel trades were suspended. The trades on the LME were nullified. It is "shorts" who must honour their commitments. The situation is extremely serious. Anyone in mining knows that tin is mostly a by-product. On the other hand, nickel is a primary product while platinum and palladium are by-products at least in the case of Russia's mines and the Sudbury mines in Canada.
The reader is no doubt aware of US sanctions on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine. Generally, the author doesn't think much of sanctions because they can so easily be circumvented. They may also hurt those who do the sanctioning. Furthermore, sanctions are usually selective. It is this selectivity which stands out in the case of US sanctions.
You are aware of US sanctions on Russian oil and gas entering the United States. That is basically symbolic. You are aware that oil and gas shipments from Russia to Europe are flowing as usual--mainly on the insistence of Germany. This is basically hypocrisy. What you may not be aware of is Russia's continuing ability to use the LME in order to bring in foreign currency to support its economy and war effort.
Read this announcement as reported by Reuters on March 22, 2022. "The London Metal Exchange has no current plans to ban from its system metal from Russian producers, such as nickel and copper from Norilsk Nickel or aluminium from Rusal". 1. Now, Russia is the first producer of palladium in the world. Russia is the second producer of platinum in the world. Finally, Russia is the third producer of nickel in the world. In other words, it can be involved in the commodity of nickel and its by-products, for example, on the LME which is owned by the Hong Kong Stock Exchanges and Clearing. Russia can benefit by surging nickel prices on the LME. There is something rotten in London and it is not fish from the Thames.
D. Carlton Rossi
corrected March 27, 2022
China And Russia Make Critical Mineral Grabs in Africa While the U.S. Snoozes
January 13, 2022
Amidst the rising social and environmental costs of mining in the West, less scrupulous countries like Russia and China are capitalizing on soaring demand. Despite Russia holding the 4th largest global supply of REEs, with an estimated 12 million tonnes, they – along with China – have decided to use political leverage to secure mining deals throughout Africa, where labor is cheap, and regulations are virtually nonexistent. While China has entered the region through billions of dollars in Belt and Road financing, Russia is making inroads through the strategic deployment of mercenaries.
Canada had many chances to develop an integrated, domestic industry. It threw them away!