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LATEST LY May 20 2018 Beijing, May 20: The Chinese air force has landed long-range bombers on islands and reefs in the South China Sea. According to the country’s air force, the landing of bombers in South China Sea region is a part of a training exercise. It is for the first time that the Chinese air...

CNN 16 May 2018 (CNN)The Chinese government is leveraging billions of dollars in debts to gain political leverage with developing countries across Asia...

Asia.Nikkei.com 15 May 2018 China’s President Xi Jinping promises that his Belt and Road Initiative, a sweeping vision to put China at the center of the global economy through new infrastructure, trade deals and other connections, was a “plan in the sunshine.” But make no mistake, the BRI’s outlook is darkening. Critics — including some of...

American thinker 15 May 2018 Remember how China drew praise for extending all that influence throughout Africa, and not just Africa, but in Latin America...

Somaliland Press 13 May 2018 THE United States and China are squaring up over military strength in Africa, but Russia may be set to upstage them both on the continent’s busiest sea lane. News agencies in Somaliland report that Moscow has “been in talks at some depth” with this unrecognised country that broke away from Somalia in 1991, but has failed to win recognition. Stable,...

The Maritime Executive 10 May 2018 Landlocked Ethiopia has announced significant new steps to diversify its access to seagoing trade. Since the 1990s, it has depended almost exclusively upon the Port of Djibouti to handle its waterborne commerce, but it is making moves in Sudan, Somaliland, Djibouti and Kenya to create new options for Ethiopian shipping interests. On...

Eurasia review By Harsh V Pant*the Eurasia review 12 May 2018 As Sino-Indian competition for influence in the Indian Ocean region heats up, India suffered a setback in the Seychelles, due mostly to local politics rather than Chinese resistance. Still, India will seek other avenues in the region to bolster its position. In January, India signed a 20-year pact with the...

The diplomat  11 May 2018 11 May 2018  Wall Street Journal broke a story on May 3 quoting U.S. officials saying the Chinese military is targeting American aircraft over the new People’s Liberation Army base in Djibouti using a high-powered laser. China’s government is denying responsibility for the attacks, but its protestations are suspect and seem to reveal...

Jane’s 360 9 May 2018 The US Air Force (USAF) has issued a revised draft request for proposals (RFP) for aircrew protection against lasers, following the recent attacks on aircraft flying over the Horn of Africa. Issued in early May, the revised draft RFP builds on a previously issued solicitation for an aircrew laser eye protection (ALEP) Block 3 multi-year award...

Jane’s 360 9 May 2018 The US Air Force (USAF) has issued a revised draft request for proposals (RFP) for aircrew protection against lasers, following the recent attacks on aircraft flying over the Horn of Africa. Issued in early May, the revised draft RFP builds on a previously issued solicitation for an aircrew laser eye protection (ALEP) Block 3 multi-year award...