Category Archives: China

“BYD is launching its next-gen Blade EV battery soon with more range and even lower cost”

BYD is expected to launch its next-gen Blade EV battery later this year. The battery will promote more range at an even lower cost. Will the new battery be BYD’s X-factor in its “liberation battle” over gas-powered vehicles? FinDreams, BYD’s … Continue reading

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The Register on the leak of Chinese infosec vendor’s hacking activities

A cache of stolen document posted to GitHub appears to reveal how a Chinese infosec vendor named I-Soon offers rent-a-hacker services for Beijing. The trove appeared on GitHub last week and contains hundreds of documents documenting I-Soon’s activities. Analysis of … Continue reading

Posted in China, Cyber, TTG | 26 Comments

Taiwan’s China-skeptic ruling-party candidate wins presidential election

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Lai Ching-te of Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is Taiwan’s new president-elect, after a three-way election that will determine the self-ruled island’s future stance towards China. Since its founding in the 1980s as an alliance of underground … Continue reading

Posted in China, Politics, Taiwan, TTG | 19 Comments

Are they really considering this?

A US congressional decision to not renew funding for the Compacts of Free Association (COFA) would severely undermine American and Taiwanese national security in the Pacific. These COFAs govern the United States’ relationship with Palau, Micronesia, and the Marshall Islands while … Continue reading

Posted in China, South Pacific, TTG | 50 Comments

“In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity”

China has refused to invest in Power of Siberia 2 gas pipeline and demanded more gas discounts, The South China Morning Post writes. China is unwilling to invest in the new pipeline, offering Russia to pay the multibillion-dollar construction bill … Continue reading

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Why Xiangshan Forum could be ‘useful opportunity’ for US-China military ties

Beijing is expected to restart military communication with Washington when it hosts a security forum from Sunday, but analysts say issues like Taiwan and the South China Sea will make it challenging. The three-day Xiangshan Forum – seen as Beijing’s … Continue reading

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Biden makes new pledges to Pacific island leaders as China’s influence grows

WASHINGTON, Sept 25 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden met Pacific island leaders for a second White House summit in just over a year on Monday, part of a charm offensive aimed at curbing inroads by China into a region Washington … Continue reading

Posted in China, Policy, South Pacific, TTG | 32 Comments

A wall of BRICS

Johannesburg, South Africa – The BRICS bloc of top emerging economies have taken a major step in expanding its reach and influence with the announcement that six more nations have been invited join as new members. Argentina, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, … Continue reading

Posted in China, The economy, TTG | 79 Comments

China hoped Fiji would be a template for the Pacific. Its plan backfired.

By Michael E. Miller and Matthew Abbott, for the Washington Post SUVA, Fiji — When four Chinese detectives breezed into police headquarters here in the middle of 2017, it quickly became apparent they weren’t in Fiji’s capital merely to help with an inquiry. … Continue reading

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“Li Shangfu: War with US would be unbearable disaster”

China’s defence minister has said war with the US would be an “unbearable disaster” for the world in his first major speech since taking on the role. At a security summit, General Li Shangfu said “some countries” were intensifying an … Continue reading

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