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    Who has the lead in the AI race?

    News, Peter Apps, Published on 17/01/2019

    » In October, 31 Chinese teenagers reported to the Beijing Institute of Technology, one of the country's premier military research establishments. Selected from more than 5,000 applicants, Chinese authorities hope they will design a new generation of artificial intelligent weapons systems that could range from microscopic robots to computer worms, submarines, drones and tanks.


    How far is China prepared to go over Taiwan?

    News, Peter Apps, Published on 09/01/2019

    » In the first week of 2019, as China grabbed headlines for landing a spacecraft on the far side of the moon, a New Year's Day editorial in the nation's official military newspaper told its readers that "war preparations" should be a top priority for the year. The following day, President Xi Jinping offered a forceful reminder of what Beijing considers its most likely focus of conflict to be: Taiwan.


    Can US-China relations be saved?

    News, Peter Apps, Published on 21/11/2018

    » At the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting on Saturday afternoon, Chinese diplomats arrived unexpectedly at the Foreign Ministry of host Papua New Guinea. Angry at Papua New Guinea's support for American wording in the meeting's final communiqué, they only left after police were called, Australian and other media reported.


    Brexit process approaches roller-coaster endgame

    News, Peter Apps, Published on 04/10/2018

    » If Britain genuinely wanted a good last-minute Brexit deal, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt should probably not have compared the European Union to the USSR.


    The messy meaning of the Manafort and Cohen cases

    News, Peter Apps, Published on 24/08/2018

    » The mixed verdict in the trial of Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's former campaign manager, along with the guilty plea on campaign finance violations by the US president's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, is a sign of just how messy -- and perhaps inconclusive -- Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election will be. But Tuesday's events also point to broader destabilisation in US politics.


    Taliban flexes muscles as long war enters new phase

    News, Peter Apps, Published on 17/08/2018

    » On the streets of the city of Ghazni this week, Afghan troops and Taliban fighters battled for the future of Afghanistan.


    China's plans to reshape the world

    News, Peter Apps, Published on 10/08/2018

    » Ten years ago on Wednesday, the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics showcased a fast-growing, economically powerful China with unmistakable ambitions to be a major global player. Just a few days ago, the Chinese authorities demolished the studio of artist Ai Weiwei, designer of the Games' iconic "bird's nest" stadium and now an exiled dissident in Germany.


    Muslim minority faces modern Orwellian nightmare

    News, Peter Apps, Published on 17/05/2018

    » In China's northwest Xinjiang province, the predominantly Muslim Uighur minority have nowhere to hide. Facial recognition software reportedly alerts authorities if targeted individuals stray more than 300 metres from their homes and workplaces. Residents face arrest if they fail to download smartphone software that allows them to be tracked, according to social media users. Simply wishing to travel outside China can be cause for arrest, with Beijing detaining family members and using its political clout to force extradition of those abroad.


    What a nuke deal with Kim Jong-un might look like

    News, Peter Apps, Published on 26/04/2018

    » For much of the last few decades, powerful speakers on the South Korean border have blasted propaganda to nearby North Koreans, everything from Korean pop songs to news about the number of cars in the affluent South. On Monday, they stopped -- the latest step in a high-stakes diplomatic dance.


    Syria strike leaves murky aftermath

    News, Peter Apps, Published on 20/04/2018

    » The US-led strikes on Syria may be over, at least for now, but the war that produced them -- as well as the wider international confrontations that fuelled it -- is only getting more complex.

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