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Quote of the Day: Nirmala Sitaraman on China's BRI

The kind of economic assistance being extended(by China) to many of our neighbours are all very clearly impacting the economies there, probably helping to bond a relationship with those countries. As a result, even a strategic presence could be enabled. I see a linkage. This is something which I think all of us, you (Chennai Centre for China Studies) as a think tank, and we as a government, constantly be alert to and understand its ramifications,”  Nirmala Sitaraman, Indian Defense Minister

Microsoft tests putting the cloud under the ocean By:  Kelsey Atherton   For an experiment in efficient cooling, Microsoft set a tiny data center in a water-tight capsule on the ocean floor outside of Orkney, Scotland. (Screenshot from BBC, captured by Kelsey D. Atherton) The ocean always keeps its cool. This is as much a truth about the resistance of water to changes in temperature as it is any poetic rambling about the durability of the sea, and it’s for that former reason that Microsoft is experimenting with a data center in a capsule under the ocean. The theory: keeping the data center underwater off the coast of Orkney, Scotland, where the ocean will naturally cool the hot computers inside, will prolong the life of the servers enough to offset the fact that the closed capsules cannot be repaired by humans. Microsoft is already a major data center provided for the Department of Defense. From the  BBC : The data centre, a white cylinder containing computers, could sit on the sea floor for up to five years. An u

What new Russian weapon took out this Ukranian drone?

C4ISRNET Magazine What’s the frequency, Putin? 5 questions about Russia’s EW capability By:  Kelsey Atherton     4 days ago In the center of this Pantsir-S1 weapon systems is an EHF phased array tracking radar. Two twin-barrel 2A38M automatic anti-aircraft guns are mounted above and behind it, and 12 ready-to-launch missile containers are mounted on the sides. EW is the enabler that makes this whole system work together. (Vitaly V. Kuzmin) Electronic warfare is the art of the invisible. Or at least, the invisible parts of the electromagnetic spectrum, and the signals sent through it and detected by machines. Given the reliance of modern war fighting by the United States and its NATO allies on successful mastery of the electromagnetic spectrum, it’s worth taking a close look at exactly what they might encounter in a near-peer adversary. To get that closer look, we asked Samuel Bendett, a research analyst at the Center for Naval Analyses, to give us the run-down on  Russia’s electr

World update on Security: Just Security

    TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT “I think I’m very well prepared. I don’t think I have to prepare very much. It’s about attitude,”  President Trump said yesterday of his planned June 12 summit meeting with the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore, speaking alongside Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and stating that he was “totally prepared to walk away” from the talks but expects the meeting to be a “great success.” Rebecca Ballhaus and Vivian Salama report at the  Wall Street Journal . The summit would “not be just a photo-op,”  Trump said, adding that, at a minimum, the talks may be the start of a good relationship and that Pyongyang must commit to denuclearization before the U.S. eases sanctions. Michael Crowley, Cristiano Lima and Louis Nelson report at  POLITICO . Trump told reporters that he would invite Kim to the U.S. if the summit “goes well,”  suggesting that the White House could host the North Korean leader. The  BBC  reports. “We could absolutely sign an agreement” to

China's Strength Is in Making the West Doubt the Value of Doubt

5 June 2018 China’s supreme confidence and unity under Xi Jinping is forcing the West to re-examine its assumption that self-criticism is a virtue. Professor Kerry Brown Associate Fellow, Asia-Pacific Programm A poster promoting Xi Jinping's 'Chinese Dream' slogan in Beijing. Photo: Getty Images.     We look to power to be visible. We seek signs and clues about it. Xi Jinping standing surveying the vast, new naval fleet in April affirmed something many in the Pacific region suspected; this is a country that means to have impact. It was a great performance. Dressed in military gear with the grand panorama of different vessels in the water around him, his statement was simple. A great power needs a strong military, the ability to project its will, the assets to enforce its desire on the world around it. Meanwhile, in Washington, it is clear the counterattack has started. Donald Trump’s threatened trade wars are proxies for the power play underneath them. China has be

Meeting With North Korea Is a Win for America

7 June 2018 It's good for the United States to talk with its enemies, even if no deal is in the offing. Micah Zenko Whitehead Senior Fellow, US and the Americas Programme, Chatham House Mike Pompeo, then CIA director and now US secretary of state, shakes hands with Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang. Photo: The White House. Share     Early in US president Bill Clinton’s first term, North Korean leader Kim Il Sung reportedly asked visiting American scholars: 'If Bill Clinton can meet with the president of South Korea, why couldn’t he meet with me?' Toward the end of Clinton’s second term, Marshal Jo Myong Rok of the Korean People’s Army met with the president in the White House, where he pleaded with Clinton to meet with Kim Il Sung’s son Kim Jong Il: 'I need to secure your agreement to come to Pyongyang. I really need to take back a positive answer.' Clinton would come close but ultimately never agree to meet with a North Korean leader; neither would George W Bush

8th June, The Day Of Baloch Missing Persons

8th June, The Day Of Baloch Missing Persons Shayan Baluch The Balochistan Post Baloch missing person’s case, one of the aggravated problem that has gracelessly failed to yet gain concrete attention nationally and internationally. The plight of missing’s unknown whereabouts under custody of Pakistani military and associated forces has created a concentrated uncertainty among the people whose beloved are still missing. The process of disappearances in Balochistan initiated at the time when exactly the insurgency of the Baloch against Pakistani occupation and brutalities intensified a decade ago. This continuity of the disappearance in this resource-rich land took thousands of innocent civilians and political activists behind the bars as a way to suppress and subjugate the Baloch people. Balochistan after the British Rule, was an independent state being run under the khanate of Kalat supervision along with its princely states, namely Kharan, Lasbella and Makuran. But this couldn’t be

SupChina: Newsletter on Developments in China

Thursday, June 7, 2018 China’s security picture, from North Korea to the South China Sea Forward to a friend , or if this was forwarded to you,  subscribe here TOP STORIES GIF by Lucas Niewenhuis.  View pronunciation video from Jia . Read this  in your browser , see our  newsletter archives , or view our  Access archives for members . 1. ZTE pays to play U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross  told CNBC  today that his department had struck a deal with beleaguered Chinese telecom giant ZTE to end sanctions for its business dealings with Iran and subsequent failure to comply with U.S. demands. ZTE must pay a $1 billion fine,  in addition to $1.19 billion in fines paid earlier. ZTE must also put $400 million in escrow to cover any future violations. ZTE must change its board of directors  and executive team within 30 days, and work with a compliance team chosen by the U.S. "We are literally embedding a compliance department of our choosing into the company to monitor it goi

The Torture

By: Ruzn Baloch    I come back from the duty; hard running day it was, I was really very tired.  Not tired physically, but mentally. Give me a glass of water; I told my 8-year-old daughter. “What happened, Sarkar (Chief)?” My wife asked me?  “Nothing, I am just tired.” I replied in a cold tone.  “I am going to sleep, do not disturb me.” I told my wife.  I took a pillow and tried to sleep.   “Aaaaaaaah! (Screaming caused by third degree physical torture), stop please stop, I did nothing, I am just a student. Stop, please stop.” I was dreamt this scenario.  Suddenly, I woke up.  “What happened?” My wife sleeping beside me asked.  “I saw a worse dream.” I replied.  I perspired because of the dream.  My wife passed me a glass of water.  We both were silent.  “Are you okay?” My wife asked me.  “Yes.” I replied.  After having the glass of water, I tried to sleep again, but I failed.  At exactly 8 o’clock at the morning I had to be on duty.  I was a junior soldier and a

Unofficial Communication, Citizen Diplomacy, and Multi-track Diplomacy

In situations in which official, diplomatic communications between countries or between a government and an insurgent group have broken down, unofficial channels can often operate effectively. The terms "track two" or "citizen" diplomacy refer to unofficial contacts between people–usually ordinary citizens– which can later pave the way for official "first track" or "track one" diplomacy. As originally conceived by Joe Montville, the term "track two diplomacy" refers to private citizens negotiating topics that are usually reserved for official negotiations–the formal resolution of an ongoing conflict or arms reductions, for example. Over time, however, the term has come to be used more broadly: to encompass processes such as problem-solving workshops, dialogues, cultural and scientific exchanges, traveling artists, sports teams, or any other contacts between people whose groups are currently engaged in an intractable conflict. John McD

International news and events

Be sure to visit  throughout the day for the latest analysis from the  Just Security  team.   And now with the news:     Sign up for Today on Just Security, a daily email with all of that day’s posts.     The KOREAN PENINSULA Satellite imagery suggests that North Korea is in the process of destroying facilities used for testing its dangerous midrange ballistic Pukguksong-2 missiles , with a “key missile test stand” used for testing missile ejections from canisters demolished at a test site near Kusong in the northwest of the country, according to analysis published on monitoring website  38 North  yesterday. Choe Sang-Hun reports at the  New York Times . Former State Department official Joel Wit commented that the destruction represents a small step intended to illustrate the North’s seriousness about halting its long-range missile programs,  but that the likelihood of more significant steps in the near future remains uncertain. The  AP  reports. Trump’s pe