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February 06, 2017
MISSILE DEFENSE
Raytheon contracted for Patriot missile support



Washington (UPI) Feb 2, 2017
Raytheon received a $202 million foreign military sales contract to provide engineering services for its Patriot weapon system. The contract includes sales to various U.S. allies, including Germany, Israel, South Korea, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Spain, Taiwan and the Netherlands. Bids for the contract were solicited via the internet with one received. According to the U.S. Department of Defense, the work will be performed in multiple locations, and is expected to be complete by ... read more

UAV NEWS
NAVAIR completes spike missile test with UAV target
The U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division recently completed a demonstration of its developing Spike missile. ... more
AEROSPACE
China may receive 10 Russian Su-35 jets in 2017
China may receive its second batch of 10 Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets by the end of 2017, according to Russian state media reports. ... more
AEROSPACE
Myanmar in talks to license-build JF-17 fighter
The government of Myanmar is in talks with Pakistan to license-build its own variant of the JF-17 Thunder multi-role fighter jet. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
China warns US after Mattis says Senkakus covered by treaty
China warned the US Saturday it was risking instability in Asia after President Donald Trump's new defence secretary vowed to back Japan in any military clash with Beijing over a disputed island chain. ... more
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NUKEWARS
S. Korea 'suspends visas' for Chinese teachers
South Korea has stopped issuing new visas or renewals for Chinese teachers at Beijing's Confucius Institutes in the country, an official and a report said Wednesday, with tensions growing over a controversial US missile system. ... more
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Exile, jail, abduction: the hazardous lives of China's rich
The mysterious case of a billionaire who went missing from Hong Kong last week, reportedly abducted by mainland security agents, has underscored the precarious lives of China's ultra rich. ... more
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Missing Chinese billionaire targeted over stocks crash: report
/> A Chinese billionaire who went missing from Hong Kong and is said to have been abducted by mainland security agents is reportedly under investigation in connection with China's 2015 stocks crash ... more
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'Abduction' of China tycoon sparks fear in Hong Kong
The mystery over the reported abduction from Hong Kong of a Chinese billionaire deepened Wednesday after a newspaper advert appeared in his name pledging loyalty to China, in a case that has heightened fears over Beijing's meddling. ... more
FROTH AND BUBBLE
Increasing factory and auto emissions disrupt natural cycle in East China Sea
China's rapid ascent to global economic superpower is taking a toll on some of its ancient ways. For millennia, people have patterned their lives and diets around the vast fisheries of the East Chin ... more
TRADE WARS
China accuses US of violating WTO rules: media
Beijing accused Washington of "protectionism" and violating global trade rules on Saturday, Chinese media reported, after the United States imposed hefty tariffs on certain Chinese steel imports. ... more


Chinese FM to visit Australia in wake of Trump tiff

CAR TECH
Pedal power revival as bike-share apps race for glory
Unlock them with an app, drop them off anywhere, and nip past lanes of stationary car traffic: the humble bicycle is seeing a revival in China as a new generation of start-ups help tackle urban congestion and pollution with fleets of brightly coloured two wheelers. ... more
CAR TECH
Chinese, Mexican automakers team up to make SUVs
China's JAC Motors and a Mexican firm are teaming up to invest $212 million in a plant to produce sport-utility vehicles in central Mexico, officials said Wednesday amid trade tensions with the United States. ... more
TRADE WARS
China factory activity stabilises in January
Chinese factory activity expanded last month, data showed Wednesday, the latest indication that the world's second largest economy is stabilising but analysts warned of headwinds caused by emerging US protectionism. ... more
TRADE WARS
China trade cost 3.4 mn US jobs in 2001-2015: report
A yawning trade deficit with China cost 3.4 million US jobs between 2001 and 2015, according to a report published Tuesday which coincided with abrupt White House efforts to retool trade policy. ... more

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China looks to Mars, Jupiter exploration
China's plans for deep-space exploration included two Mars missions and one Jupiter probe. China plans its first Mars probe by 2020, said Wu Yanhua, vice director of the China National Space Administration. A second Mars probe will bring back samples and conduct research on the planet's structure, composition and environment, Wu said. Also on the agenda are an asteroid explorat ... more
China's first cargo spacecraft to leave factory

China launches commercial rocket mission Kuaizhou-1A

China Space Plan to Develop "Strength and Size"

One income for all: far-fetched, or future fact?
It is a utopian idea, literally, but is enjoying a renaissance as politicians and policy wonks grapple with technology-driven changes that could redefine our very understanding of work. If robots and machine intelligence threaten to render many white-collar jobs obsolete, then what will people do for money? Enter the concept of a "universal basic income", a flat sum paid to all regardle ... more
Chinese FM to visit Australia in wake of Trump tiff

India's techies fear US crackdown on high-skilled visas

China factory activity stabilises in January

Property and credit booms stablise China growth
Chinese growth stabilised in the third quarter, data showed Wednesday, as ample credit and hot property markets propped up the world's second-largest economy. But while the forecast-beating reading was in line with state targets, it came as experts warned that authorities have relied too much on easy credit, which has in turn increased financial risks. The economy grew 6.7 percent in Jul ... more
China data and US banks propel equities higher

No debt-for-equity cure for zombie firms, says China

China's ranks of super-rich rise despite economic slowdown

China warns US after Mattis says Senkakus covered by treaty
China warned the US Saturday it was risking instability in Asia after President Donald Trump's new defence secretary vowed to back Japan in any military clash with Beijing over a disputed island chain. The Senkaku Islands, known in China as the Diaoyus, are at the centre of a festering row between Tokyo and Beijing, which claims they have been part of Chinese territory for centuries. Wra ... more
Tensions flare between uneasy allies Greece and Turkey

NATO 'very closely' watching Russian influence in Balkans

Ukraine leader says will hold referendum on joining NATO

Toshiba to stop building new nuclear plants: report
Japan's Toshiba is set to dramatically reduce its nuclear operations and stop building new atomic power plants after suffering billion of dollars of losses on US projects, a report said. The engineering conglomerate, a once proud pillar of corporate Japan, is undergoing major restructuring after an accounting scandal and huge losses in its nuclear business. The company now intends to ann ... more
France's Areva picks up Japanese investors

Canada uranium supplier, Fukushima operator in contract fight

Russia 'ready' to entirely fund Hungary nuclear plant

UK minister accuses Russia of 'weaponising misinformation'
UK Defence minister Michael Fallon on Thursday accused Russia of "weaponising misinformation", in a stark warning on cyber warfare in which he also took aim at Kremlin-backed media. "Today we see a country that in weaponising misinformation has created what we might now see as the post-truth age," Fallon said during a speech at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. "Russia is cle ... more
Norway accuses Russia of cyberattack

Americans distrustful after hacking epidemic: survey

SEC probing Yahoo over cyberattacks: media

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Toshiba to stop building new nuclear plants: report
Japan's Toshiba is set to dramatically reduce its nuclear operations and stop building new atomic power plants after suffering billion of dollars of losses on US projects, a report said. The engineering conglomerate, a once proud pillar of corporate Japan, is undergoing major restructuring after an accounting scandal and huge losses in its nuclear business. The company now intends to ann ... more
France's Areva picks up Japanese investors

Canada uranium supplier, Fukushima operator in contract fight

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Prysmian UK to supply land cable connections for East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm
Prysmian Group, world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry, has secured a Pounds 27 million contract with East Anglia One Limited to supply and install the land cable connection for the East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm. Comprising of 102 turbines, the Pounds 2.5 billion wind farm will generate sufficient electricity to power 500,000 homes. The contract involves the ... more
Russia's nuclear giant pushes into wind energy

The power of wind energy and how to use it

Largest US offshore wind farm gets green light

Academics build ultimate solar-powered water purifier
You've seen Bear Grylls turn foul water into drinking water with little more than sunlight and plastic. Now, academics have added a third element - carbon-dipped paper - that may turn this survival tactic into a highly efficient and inexpensive way to turn saltwater and contaminated water into potable water for personal use. The idea, which could help address global drinking water shortage ... more
NRDC: States should lead low-carbon economy

Storing solar power increases energy consumption and emissions

Renewables can't deliver Paris climate goals: study

N. Korea nuclear attack would trigger 'overwhelming response': Mattis
/> Any nuclear attack by North Korea would trigger an "effective and overwhelming" response, US Defence Secretary James Mattis said Friday as he sought to reassure Asian allies rattled by President Donald Trump's isolationist rhetoric. Mattis spoke in the South Korean capital of Seoul on the first overseas tour by a senior Trump administration official as concerns rise about the direction o ... more
Defiant Iran in missile exercise day after US sanctions

Trump slaps sanctions on Iran as tension mounts

VP Pence warns Iran against testing Trump's resolve

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Army Reserve units getting CROWS gun turrets
Manned gun turrets on some U.S. Army Reserve Humvees are being replaced with common remotely operated weapon stations, the U.S. Army reports. The first units to receive the CROWS in fiscal year 2017 will be military police and chemical companies. The Army said that 27 company-sized Reserve units will eventually receive the weapons stations under a $39 million program. "Eve ... more
U.S. Army spotlights innovative ZH2 vehicle

U.S. Army tests Stryker with 30mm cannon

Rheinmetall, Steyr Mannlicher announce new assault rifle

US defense chief begins Trump's plans to grow Pentagon
US Defense Secretary James Mattis on Wednesday outlined initial plans to further grow America's vast military, after President Donald Trump vowed a "great rebuilding" of the US armed services. In a short memo, Mattis highlighted critical areas where the Pentagon could immediately use some extra cash. He proposed an amendment to this year's budget that would free up money to address shor ... more
Russia to sell off stake in gun-maker Kalashnikov

Rich man loses millions in scam by fake French defence staff

In a bid for defense exports, India is giving contracts to the private sector

MIT's wearable AI system can detect a conversation's tone
It's a fact of nature that a single conversation can be interpreted in very different ways. For people with anxiety or conditions such as Asperger's, this can make social situations extremely stressful. But what if there was a more objective way to measure and understand our interactions? Researchers from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and Institute o ... more
Transparent gel-based robots can catch and release live fish

New wave of robots set to deliver the goods

Over to you, automation

Philippine ministers say mine closure order will cost jobs
The Philippine environment minister's move to close some two dozen mines sparked concern Sunday among two of her colleagues, who said it could hit the economy and employment. The mining industry - accused of illegal tree felling and polluting rivers - has also questioned the order of Environment Secretary Gina Lopez. The Philippines is the world's top supplier of nickel ore and the mai ... more
Philippines closes 23 mines over damage to environment

Increasing factory and auto emissions disrupt natural cycle in East China Sea

Toxic mercury in aquatic life could spike with greater land runoff

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Taiwan economy rallies thanks to electronics demand
Taiwan's economy notched up its best performance in almost two years in the final quarter of 2016, with strong demand for electronics offsetting a plunge in mainland tourists, according to official data released Wednesday. Growth was 2.58 percent year-on-year in the October-December period, the fastest expansion since the first quarter of 2015 when the economy grew 4.01 percent. It was ... more
Taiwan envoy hails US ties after Trump inauguration

Taiwan tells Beijing to grow up over Trump ceremony row

Taiwan simulates China attacks as tension rises

Fatalities soar for Afghan forces as govt loses ground to Taliban
The death rate among Afghan troops and police soared last year as the Kabul government's overall control of the country declined significantly, an official US watchdog said in a report Wednesday. The grim new statistics paint a picture of a beleaguered nation still in the grip of a security crisis, despite many years and billions of dollars spent building up Afghanistan's army and police. ... more
Afghanistan seeks more women to join its army

Two years after NATO steps down, Afghan forces still struggle: US inspector

Syrian Kurds say not invited to Astana talks



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