China signals V for victory
The Chinese media have raved about a diplomatic victory in the dispute with Japan over the arrest and eventual release of a Chinese fishing-boat captain near disputed islands in the East China Sea. But the story is far from over. Beijing’s frightening of Tokyo into submission with economic threats has led other Asian nations to regard China as a hegemon reverting to old ways.
China’s ‘frown diplomacy’ in SE Asia
As little as two years ago China watchers were describing Beijing’s “smile diplomacy” in Southeast Asia. Now that smile has been reversed into a frown. And in the eyes of more than a few Asian policymakers, with its change of tack on maritime issues China has come close to deleting the first letter in the “charm offensive” characterized in a 2007 book by that name.
Stuxnet in China
A computer worm that has been dubbed by some analysts the world’s first cyber super weapon has reportedly made its way to China. Stuxnet, which was first discovered in June this year and is reportedly the first worm known to have been used to target critical infrastructure, is said to have already infected millions of personal computers in China.
A Code for Chaos
IN June, a Belarus-based computer security firm identified a new computer malware program, Stuxnet, which was repeatedly crashing the computers of one of its clients. Then, last month, a German security researcher suggested that the program’s real target might be the Iranian nuclear program — and that clues in the coding suggested that Israel was the creator. Since then, there has been growing alarm about the worm, as its target and sophistication have become more apparent.
Peace Does Not Keep Itself
A weaker, cheaper military will not solve our financial woes, but it will make the world a more dangerous place, and it will impoverish our future.
IMF Admits That The West Is Stuck In Near Depression
If you strip away the political correctness, Chapter Three of the IMF’s World Economic Outlook more or less condemns Southern Europe to death by slow suffocation and leaves little doubt that fiscal tightening will trap North Europe, Britain and America in slump for a long time. The IMF report – “Will It Hurt? Macroeconomic Effects of Fiscal Consolidation” – implicitly argues that austerity will do more damage than so far admitted.
Turkey under the AKP: Neither a European nor a Regional Power
The AKP seems more than satisfied with Turkey firmly outside the EU and is increasingly unlikely to change the country’s current trajectory, namely, away from the West and toward an Islamist political identity.
Chris van Avery is an Asia-Pacific FAO and Military Professor at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, and blogs on a variety of topics at The Yankee Sage.