Category Archives: intelligence

Apple´s capitulation to China gives Obama a problem – Ben Cavender

China´s proposal to IT vendors to give access to their devices to fight terror has raised the tensions in the industry. Apple seems to have agreed to share its source code with China, and that might cause Obama a headache, says business analyst Ben Cavender in Quartz.

Defining the Chinese dream – Shaun Rein

Author Shaun Rein of The End of Copycat China explores at Richard Heffner’s Open Mind a fast changing China. Twenty years ago Chinese had trouble to meet their basic needs, but now – as wealth has exploded – they start to redefine what is important in life, their Chinese dream, as president Xi Jinping calls it.

China: learning how to shoot down US stealth fighters – Wendell Minnick

The F-22 Raptor fighter based at Andersen Air Force Base on Guam is one of the largest threats for China´s security, its military find. So, the country it not only developing radar systems to see it, but want to learn to take it out of the air, writes defense analyst Wendell Minnick at Defense News.

Japan documents intrusion by Chinese military aircraft – Wendell Minnick

The Japanese ministry of defense (MoD) has launched a website documenting intrusions by Chinese military aircraft in the East China Sea, writes defense analyst Wendell Minnick in Defense News. China´s activities have increased rapidly, the website says.

Baidu tracks migration during CNY – Kaiser Kuo

China´s leading search engine Baidu launched just before Chinese New Year a heatmap, showing how the millions of Chinese make their way home and back. Director international communication Kaiser Kuo show some of the findings and patterns Baidu discovered to the Wall Street Journal.

Why China will try to ignore the RSA-scandal – Jeremy Goldkorn

President Xi Jinping did not try to score points on the US cyber scandal around the NSA at the California summit. And the central government might try to ignored whistle-blower Edward Snowden in Hong Kong as much as possible, China watcher Jeremy Goldkorn explains in the LA Times.

China internet hacks no surprise – Wendell Minnick

Much of the news this week is dominated by the discovery of China hacks into the US, linked directly to the People’s Liberation Army, with names, addresses and pictures of offices. Defense analyst Wendell Minnick tells the VOA he is not really surprised by the report.

Taiwan develops 1,200 km surface-to-surface missile – Wendell Minnick

Against international agreements Taiwan is developing 1,200 km surface-to-surface missiles, writes defense analyst Wendell Minnick in Defense News. Southern and Central China, including Shanghai, are within reach, and the development will add to the regional tensions.

New US law focuses on China’s underground nuclear facilities – Wendell Minnick

A Pentagon authorization, turned into law on January 2, suggest to use traditional and nuclear options against China’s underground facilities for storing nuclear weapons, defense expert Wendell Minnick writes in Defense News.

A festival of broken start-up dreams – Marc van der Chijs

Shanghai-based VC Marc van der Chijs has a brilliant idea. Why not use the many failed business ideas and technology of start-ups and create an online market of broken dreams? He has not the time to execute, he writes on his weblog, so he hopes somebody steals his idea.