Russia and China are eyeing a number of joint high-tech projects, ranging from creation of a new long-range passenger plane to joining forces on a satellite navigation system to compete with American GPS and European Galileo.The range of prospects was outlined on Friday by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who met Chinese Vice-Premier Wang Yang in Siberian Novosibirsk. Rogozin said Russia would develop cooperation with BRICS members in defiance of any possible Western sanctions.“Our technological partnership should be directed at the countries that are close to us in mentality and which in general constitute an emerging geopolitical force that we could rely on in opposing the monopolar world. Those are BRICS countries first and foremost,” he said.BRICS are an informal group of developing economies comprised of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, with a combined economic and political power allowing them to defend their interests in a world dominated by US-led Western countries.
Vladimir Putin and Ukraine’s president-elect Petro Poroshenko have briefly spoken on the sidelines of the D-Day anniversary celebrations in Normandy. They called for both sides to “stop violence and military actions” in eastern Ukraine.Both leaders “have spoken for a prompt end to bloodshed in southeast Ukraine as well as for an end to military actions from both sides – from the side of the Ukrainian armed forces and the supporters of federalization of Ukraine,” said Putin’s press secretary, Dmitry Peskov.Putin and Poroshenko also agreed that there is “no alternative” to “peaceful political means” to resolve the conflict in Ukraine.Apart from his conversation with Poroshenko, Russia’s president also held meetings with French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
China’s Party-run People’s Daily has criticized the potential US deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-ballistic missile defense system to South Korea as an attempt to provoke China and Russia.The United States is actually testing the reaction of China, Russia and South Korea through the deployment of THAAD to the Korean peninsula, said associate professor Han Xiandong from the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing. The Korean peninsula is seen as a buffer zone from the perspective of the Chinese and Russian government, making such deployment very crucial to the national security of Beijing and Moscow, he added.US president Barack Obama is attempting to solidify US leadership in the Asia Pacific region with THAAD. As he said, China, Russia and North Korea are all regional challengers to the United States. THAAD will supposedly keep them under control.
Vasily Kashin, an analyst at the Moscow-based Center for Analysis for Strategies and Technologies, has said Russia may consider making use of more advanced Chinese military resources, according to ArmyStar, a China-based news website specializing in global military.China has long been an exporter of military technology. With Beijing’s permission, countries including Iran, Pakistan, Turkey, Sudan and Argentina manufacture and develop a variety of military equipment such as anti-ship missiles, small battleships, tanks, anti-tank missiles, artillery, air defense systems, ground-to-ground missiles, fighter planes, armored personnel carriers, armaments, communication facilities and the Z-11 helicopter.Last but not least, China’s mass exports of military hardware to North Korea are well known. It is safe to conclude that China is the most “lenient” in terms of military exports, since Western countries always attach political conditions to such trade, the report said.
China’s escalating anti-terror campaign has highlighted the role of the secretive Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, reports Russia’s Regnum news agency.Following a spate of terror attacks in the restive region of Xinjiang in northwestern China, President Xi Jinping has called for “walls made of copper and steel” and “nets spread from the earth to the sky” to defend against terrorism.Playing a significant role in the campaign will be the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, a unique economic and semi-military governmental organization that is said to have caught the interest of neighboring Kazakhstan and Russia.
The Snowden revelations hit like a bomb, sending out shrapnel which risked severing US ties with friendly and not-so-friendly states alike. Here are the top eight bilateral debacles sparked by NSA spying, whose fallout could be felt for years to come.One is an economically prosperous island paradise which doesn’t even have a military, the other a landlocked and war-torn nation racked by poverty and an extreme climate. So what could they have in common? Both countries have almost all of their domestic and international calls recorded and stored by the National Security Agency (NSA) for up to 30 days. Rumblings in the Bahamas have been muted, as a nation with roughly the population of St Louis can’t make too many waves with its northern neighbors. The Bahamian minister of national security said he does intend to launch an inquiry into the NSA’s surveillance, though behind the scenes arm-twisting might keep it under wraps. As forAfghanistan, so many literal bombshells have come their way over the past decade, a figurative one is probably the least of their worries). The biggest political fallout from all comes from already NSA-weary western allies, who are asking Washington one simple question: why do you need to record the phone calls of law-abiding citizens in a neighboring state who have about as much experience with terrorism as they do with shoveling snow?
The world’s leading industrialized nations meet without Russia for the first time in 17 years on Wednesday, leaving President Vladimir Putin out of the talks in retaliation for his seizure of Crimea and Russia’s part in destabilizing eastern Ukraine.The two-day Group of Seven summit, taking place in Brussels rather than the previously planned Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, will cover foreign policy, economics, trade and energy security.The latter is an issue of particularly high sensitivity to Europe after months of tension with Moscow, which supplies nearly a third of Europe’s oil and gas.While it is the first time Russia will not be at the table since joining the club in 1997, Putin will still hold one-on-one talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Britain’s David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande this week, on the sidelines of the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.