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Caucus Brief: Philippines Starts South China Sea War Games With U.S.
April 20, 2015
Philippines Starts South China Sea War Games With U.S. “More than 11,000 soldiers from the Philippines, U.S. and Australia will take part in joint drills in the South China Sea, as the Philippines’ military chief called China’s building work on disputed reefs “worrisome” and a source of friction with its neighbors. The reclamation “will cause tensions among claimant countries not only because it could deter freedom of navigation but also due to its possible military purposes,” General Gregorio P... More
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Next Week: 2015 Congressional Art Competition Submission Deadline
April 17, 2015
Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04) invites all interested high school students to participate in the 2015 Congressional Art Competition. In keeping with a tradition that began in 1982, the annual art competition provides high school students who reside in the Fourth Congressional District with the unique opportunity of having their artwork exhibited in the United States Capitol. Students wishing to participate must submit their artwork no later than Wednesday, April 22, 2015. All entries must b... More
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Caucus Brief: Japan Jets Scramble at Cold War Levels as Chinese and Russian Incursions Increase
April 15, 2015
Japan Jets Scramble at Cold War Levels as Chinese and Russian Incursions Increase. “Japan's air force said on Wednesday said jet fighter scrambles have reached a level not seen since the height of the Cold War three decades ago as Russian bombers probe its northern skies and Chinese combat aircraft intrude into its southern air space. In the year ending March 31, Japanese fighters scrambled 944 times, 16 percent more than the same period the previous year, the country's Self Defence Force said. ... More
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Caucus Brief: A New U.S. Grand Strategy Towards China
April 14, 2015
A New U.S. Grand Strategy Towards China. “The United States needs to fundamentally change its grand strategy toward China. One need look no further than the recent Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) debacle to understand how China’s ascent is aimed at challenging American global reach. The China-led international financial institution is poised to undermine the influence of the U.S.-led World Bank and International Monetary Fund while institutionalizing China’s geoeconomic coercion in t... More
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Caucus Brief: China Hackers Run 10-Year Spy Campaign in Asia, Report Finds
April 13, 2015
China’s Hackers Run 10-Year Spy Campaign in Asia, Report Finds. “State-sponsored hackers in China are likely behind a sophisticated, decadelong cyberespionage campaign targeting governments, companies and journalists in Southeast Asia, India and other countries, a U.S. cybersecurity company said in a report released Monday. FireEye Inc. says the attacks have been designed to glean intelligence, likely from classified government networks and other sources, pertaining to political and military iss... More
Editorial
How the Port of Virginia Works: An Explainer
April 13, 2015
67 million tons. That is the total amount of cargo that the Port of Virginia moved in 2014 at a value of roughly $71.4 billion. The incredible thing about those impressive numbers is that they provide only a small glimpse into the value that our ports provide to the Fourth District, the Commonwealth, and the entire country. Every day, our ports move cargo in and out of Virginia, bringing goods and supplies to shop owners, farmers, manufacturing companies, warehouses, retail stores, and more. The... More
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