March 21, 2019

China has deployed its troops 90 Km away from Indian Border

According to a report of Indian intelligence agencies, China has deployed its troops in Sindh region of Pakistan to protect the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

The report noted that China has deployed the troops of People Liberation Army (PLA) for the security of coal mines in Sindh's Thar region. Located in Tharparkar district of Pakistan, Thar region is only 90 kilometers away from Indo-Pak border. Several Chinese projects are going on in Sindh and most of these projects are facing stiff resistance from local people. It seems that China has decided to deploy its troops for securing the CPEC fearing such protests.

''The Border Security Forces (BSF) deployed at the Indo-Pak border have also noticed the movements of Chinese troops close to the border. It seems that due to the opposition of Chinese projects by locals  in Sindh and Balochistan regions China has deployed its troops," said an intelligence officer.

Source: ZeeNews

Comment: It Defies logic. Pakiatan army men and pilots are posted in Saudi and UAE. Why would they need, say, a few hundred Chinese to protect of all the things coal mines? Moreover, China has in any case already transferred the cost of security to Pakistani consumer/taxpayer. Either Pakistan's internal security is much worse than we know or its army has become much weaker than we believe. Otherwise China is doing something else close to our borders.

March 19, 2019

Meet Aurora


The TITAN supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Photo: DOE


A new supercomputer to be built at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois will be the most powerful in the country when it begins operating in 2021 — more than five times faster the current leader, the Summit supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.

Axios Science Editor Andrew Freedman reports: The Energy Department, Intel and subcontractor Cray Inc. announced Monday an agreement worth "more than $500 million" to provide Argonne with the country's first "exascale" computer system.

Why it matters: The transition to exascale computing involves a thousandfold increase in computing power from the petascale systems installed during the past decade, and it promises to open up a broader array of applications, such as precision medicine and AI

Details: The Aurora computer will have the performance of one "exaFLOP," which is equal to a quintillion floating point computations per second, according to a press release and briefing from Intel. The potential uses for this computer include:

Complex cosmological simulations to better understand the universe.Precision medicine, such as testing new approaches for drug response prediction to treat cancer and other diseases.Climate and extreme weather prediction.Mapping the human brain down to the neural level.

Context: There's a race heating up between the U.S. and China for who has the most powerful supercomputer.

While it will be the most powerful system in the U.S. when it goes online in 2021, an Argonne National Lab spokesperson said it's not clear whether it will be the fastest computer in the world at that time.Raj Hazra, vice president of Intel's enterprise and government group, told Axios that leading in computing power isn't nearly as important as what that nation does with its capabilities.

"From the perspective of winning the race, it’s not just getting to exascale, but what does exascale get you to that is important. The race matters in terms of stoking innovation. To compete you have to be able to compute."

— Raj Hazra, Intel

Go deeper:

How the U.S. plans to stay ahead in the quantum raceCreating the first quantum internetThe West’s China blind spot





For decades, the development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been dominated by the US. However, the picture is changing and China is determined to take over the top spot. China has already overtaken the US in the funding of AI start-ups: In 2017, China accounted for 48 percent of the world’s total AI start-up funding, compared to 38 percent for the US. Various other metrics also show that China’s government is working hard to win the race. Read and download the infographic here

March 18, 2019

Twenty Leading China Specialists Selected for Sixth Round of Public Intellectuals Program

Twenty Leading China Specialists Selected for Sixth Round of Public Intellectuals Program

The National Committee on United States-China Relations is pleased to have selected the sixth cohort of its Public Intellectuals Program (PIP), generously funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York. The twenty fellows comprise a wide range of research interests, geographic locations, and types of institutions.

Launched in 2005, PIP identifies outstanding members of the next generation of American China specialists – in the academic, professional, or policymaking spheres – who, in the tradition of earlier China hands, have the interest and potential to venture outside of academia or their professions into areas relevant to foreign policy and public education.

The two-year program is designed to enrich the twenty new fellows’ understanding of policymaking processes in both the United States and China; help them establish useful relationships both with their academic colleagues and with policy practitioners; encourage them to move beyond the confines of their own disciplines; and nurture their ability to engage with the public at a national, regional, and local level. PIP is implemented through a series of activities. These include seminars in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco; a study tour of China; opportunities to participate in National Committee delegations as scholar-escorts; and public education initiatives.

PIP is an enrichment opportunity intended to complement the primary academic or professional positions held by the fellows. The program offers unique opportunities for professional development, mentoring by senior scholars, networking, and exposure. Fellows gain access to senior policymakers and experts in both the United States and China, and to individuals and fields they are not typically be exposed to, such as the business, arts, health, and civil society sectors in China, as well as to the media in both countries. Fellows have access to media coaches to help edit and place op-eds and develop a social media presence.

The sixth cohort joins an accomplished community of 100 PIP fellows who have formed a strong network of mutual support and academic collaboration.

Senior Advisor & China Practice Lead, Crumpton GroupKeisha A. Brown

Assistant Professor of History, Tennessee State University

Lenora Chu

Author and Journalist

Iza Ding

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of PittsburghPeilei Fan

Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, School of Planning, Design, and Construction, Michigan State UniversityDiana Fu

Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of TorontoArunabh Ghosh

Assistant Professor, History Department, Harvard UniversityKelly Hammond

Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of ArkansasIsaac B. Kardon

Assistant Professor, China Maritime Studies Institute, U.S. Naval War CollegeYa-Wen Lei

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Harvard UniversityYingyi Ma

Associate Professor of Sociology & Director of Asian/Asian American Studies, Syracuse UniversityTabitha Grace Mallory

Founder and CEO, China Ocean InstituteRussell Menyhart

Partner, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLPScott Moore

Director, Penn Global China Program, Office of the Provost, University of PennsylvaniaJonas Nahm

Assistant Professor of Energy, Resources, and Environment, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International StudiesPU Xiaoyu

Associate Professor, Political Science, University of Nevada, RenoMeg Rithmire

F. Warren McFarlan Associate Professor, Business, Government, and International Economy, Harvard Business SchoolGary J. Sampson

Commandant of the Marine Corps Fellow, International Security Studies Program, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts UniversityChristian Sorace

Assistant Professor, Political Science, Colorado CollegeTaisu Zhang

Associate Professor of Law, Yale Law School

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