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Beijing Zeroes In on Energy Potential of South China Sea
October 29, 2014
Beijing Zeroes In on Energy Potential of South China Sea. For the past several years, China has been throwing its weight around the South China Sea, a body of water studded with coral reefs that laps at the shores of not only China but also Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Brunei and Taiwan. China has sent ships to stake claims across the area, notably when a flotilla that included the country’s most advanced amphibious assault vessel arrived at James Shoal, 50 miles east of Malaysia’s coast,... More
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Researchers identify sophisticated Chinese cyberespionage group
October 28, 2014
Researchers identify sophisticated Chinese cyberespionage group. A coalition of security researchers has identified a Chinese cyberespionage group that appears to be the most sophisticated of any publicly known Chinese hacker unit and targets not only U.S. and Western government agencies but also dissidents inside and outside China. News of the state-sponsored hacker group dubbed Axiom comes a week before Secretary of State John F. Kerry and two weeks before President Obama are due to arrive in ... More
The Story of Virginia’s Ports
October 24, 2014
In a national economic slump, we often look for those indicators of economic muscle that show us America is moving, innovating, and poised to take on the next era of global commerce. In Virginia, you can see it along our waterways. And residents of Virginia's Fourth District, in particular, can see them just off of the James River Bridge or the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel - massive ship-to-shore gantry cranes that stretch tall above the waterways, and hundreds of shipping containers ... More
Forbes: ICE Cover Up of Aggravated Felons’ Release Is Dangerous & Concerning
October 24, 2014
Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04) issued the following statement in response to records confirming that a number of the over 2,000 undocumented immigrants the Administration released were aggravated felons. “The fact that ICE would release thousands of undocumented immigrants – including violent offenders and individuals who have faced serious criminal charges – and then blatantly deny the severity of these offenses to the American people and to Members of Congress is not only deeply concerni... More
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China Says Wants Closer Military Ties With Iran
October 23, 2014
China Says Wants Closer Military Ties With Iran. China wants to have closer military ties with Iran, the Chinese defense minister told the visiting head of the Iranian navy on Thursday, state media reported, reaffirming diplomatic links despite controversy over Iran's nuclear plans. Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan told Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari that the two armed forces have seen "good cooperation on mutual visits, personnel training and other fields in recent... More
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China Ties to North Korean Ally Decline
October 22, 2014
China Ties to North Korean Ally Decline. Report says Beijing views U.S. as main regional threat. Once described as “closer than lips and teeth,” Chinese relations with fraternal communist ally North Korea declined to the lowest level in decades this year, according to a draft congressional report. “Sino-North Korean relations are at their lowest point in decades,” says the late draft of the annual U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission report. “This is driven largely by China’s frust... More
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