US President Donald Trump’s intention to abandon the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, which prevents the United States and Russia from producing and installing ground-based missiles with a range between 500 and 5,500 kilometers, has raised fears of an arms race in East Asia, with some speculating that Washington wants to deploy this kind of projectile in Japan or at Guam to face China’s strategic threat. But the quality and quantity of sea-based US missiles already in the region, coupled with the probable reluctance of concerned countries and communities to host nuclear land-attack projectiles, make experts believe Trump’s annoucement about the INF pact actually has little to do with military strategy. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox “INF weapons are already at sea in such quantities that the agreement really only has symbolic value at this point,” Lyle Goldstein, a research professor at the US Naval … [Read more...] about Is US threat to exit INF Treaty a political stunt aimed at China?
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WASHINGTON (BLOOMBERG) - The White House national security adviser said Chinese cyber attacks on the United States validate the Trump administration's emphasis on offensive cyber operations of its own, after Bloomberg News reported that Beijing had hacked American computer networks using a microchip built by its spies. Separately, two Democratic lawmakers said the report shows the risk of Chinese cyber-espionage to US companies and the government. John Bolton, who leads the National Security Council, didn't confirm whether the White House was aware of the Chinese hack before Bloomberg's report. "I don't want to address anything that might touch on specific intelligence questions," he told reporters. "But I will say the Chinese efforts to threaten us in cyberspace and across the information technology spectrum are a very high priority for us - countering them, establishing structures of deterrence to prevent China from even thinking about doing it, touches on the offensive cyber … [Read more...] about US officials say chip hack a sign of Chinese cyber threats to United States
By John White Opinion Fri., Aug. 31, 2018 Today, the biggest threat facing the Canadian economy is the ongoing NAFTA talks. If Canada can’t successfully get on board with the U.S. and Mexico in a new trade deal, we face the very real threat of a catastrophic tariff of 25 per cent on automotive exports and retaliatory moves that target the Canadian consumer. With this week’s news on progress between Mexico and the U.S., we in Canada face roughly even odds between two sharply divergent paths: concluding talks with success to update the 25-year-old trilateral deal, or being frozen out of the process and facing catastrophic tariffs on our auto exports. It would be challenging enough dealing with an America that has merely forsaken its traditional leadership position in the global trading regime that has helped to make us rich. But we are now forced to deal with a U.S. government openly hostile to the trading system established at great pains in the decades … [Read more...] about Huge auto tariffs a major threat to Canadian economy
Avengers: Infinity War had witnessed Thanos snap his Infinity Stones-studded fingers and disappear half the universe. However, Thanos left behind a few Avengers (core Avengers to be precise) among those who could be his biggest threat in the upcoming Avengers movie. By the end of Infinity War, fans had found out that Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow and Iron Man survived. With the Ant-Man and the Wasp post-credits scene, it is evident that Ant-Man also survives. While we are yet to find out how it all comes together, it looks like the Avengers 4 directors and screenwriters may have teased us about the superhero who will play the crucial role in the much-awaited movie. The directors' and writers' comments from the Infinity War home entertainment packages have given us some interesting insights from the summer blockbuster. However, there was one insight that they shared which hints that Iron Man will put up a great fight against Thanos in Avengers 4. The Russo Brothers explained … [Read more...] about Did ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ sequel reveal Thanos’ biggest threat?
By Vinay Menon Entertainment Columnist Fri., April 13, 2018 In his new book, James Comey compares Donald Trump to a mafia boss, excoriates his character, belittles his appearance, questions his honesty, suggests he is a threat to democracy and condemns this presidency as a “forest fire.” We already knew Comey’s memoir, A Higher Loyalty, was unlikely to include warm and fuzzy anecdotes about how he and the U.S. president used to nibble on beef jerky while golfing under the Florida sun. But the extent to which Comey despises Trump was not clear until now. What’s less clear is if Comey has just given Trump an unintended gift. A Higher Loyalty arrives in bookstores on Tuesday. But a number of media outlets — including the Washington Post, New York Times, New York Post and CNN — obtained advance copies and began publishing stories on Thursday. The takeaway from this first wave of coverage is that Trump is a three-headed snake. … [Read more...] about James Comey’s book is no threat to Donald Trump