Author: Holly Chik

The US Defence Intelligence Agency director highlighted China China’s intentions to threaten space capabilities, aiming to surpass the US as a global leader in space. Lieutenant General Jeffrey Kruse emphasized China’s strategy to exploit the US’s reliance on space and hold that capability at risk. Amidst the Sino-American space rivalry, the US Space Command head discussed the growing competition in satellite networks and technology expansion. China emphasizes peaceful space utilization while also focusing on becoming a dominant space power economically and militarily. General Stephen Whiting highlighted the need for the US to defend against China’s space-enabled military threats. He mentioned…

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President Joe Biden has once again renewed Hong Kong’s “emergency status,” marking the fourth time since the executive order removing the city’s preferential trade status was issued in 2020. This national emergency was initially declared by former President Donald Trump in response to the national security law imposed by Beijing on Hong Kong following protests in 2019. Biden emphasized that the national emergency executive order must remain in effect for the coming year due to the ongoing threat posed by the actions of the People’s Republic of China against Hong Kong’s autonomy. The revocation of special trade privileges and the…

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken expressed concerns about China’s support for Russia in Ukraine, calling it the biggest security threat to Europe since the Cold War. He highlighted the interconnectedness of challenges faced by Europe and Asia during his speech at the Brookings Institution in Washington. Blinken emphasized the need for global partnerships, including with NATO’s allies in the Indo-Pacific region like Australia, Japan, New Zealand, and South Korea. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg also addressed the growing alignment between Russia and authoritarian regimes in Asia, underscoring the importance of increased defense spending and partnerships in the Indo-Pacific. Blinken…

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The recent Hong Kong court ruling that found 14 opposition politicians guilty of subversion has sparked international condemnation. The defendants were accused of conspiring to subvert state power through an unofficial primary election in 2020. The US responded by imposing visa restrictions on Hong Kong officials, citing concerns about the broad and vaguely defined provisions of the national security law. The European Union and Australia also expressed deep concerns about the verdict, calling it a violation of basic democratic principles and fundamental freedoms. Britain’s minister for the Indo-Pacific criticized Hong Kong authorities for using the national security law to stifle…

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The prominent American disease ecologist collaborating with a Chinese lab linked to the coronavirus leak allegations has had his federal funding suspended. The Department of Health and Human Services announced the suspension and proposed debarment for Peter Daszak, president of New York-based EcoHealth Alliance, last Tuesday. The agency cited Daszak’s involvement in a research project on bat coronavirus emergence and his ties to EHA’s alleged misconduct as reasons for the action. Daszak faces the possibility of being cut off from working with the US government for an extended period. Despite the ban typically lasting less than three years, his situation…

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