Is Russia Worried About China’s Military Rise?

Strained relations between Moscow and Washington are making Russians more accepting of Chinese military power.

by Dimitri Alexander Simes | The National Interest

Even with its economy starting to slow down, China’s military is still on the rise. Years of higher military spending fueled by high economic growth are starting to manifest themselves in new technologies and newfound assertiveness.… read the full article

Why China Is Taking over Africa’s Resources One Country at a Time

The new imperialism.

by Akol Nyok Akol Dok Bradley A. Thayer | The National Interest

Africa is on the cusp of a new period in its history, its renaissance. Freed from centuries of colonialism and neo-imperialism, Africa has the opportunity to become a center of economic might to provide prosperity to the continent’s growing population.… read the full article

World War III? How Russia, China, Japan and South Korea Nearly Started a War

Showdown over the Sea of Japan?

by Sebastien Roblin | The National Interest

The morning dawned peacefully enough on July 22 as Chinese and Russian warplanes soared towards a rendezvous point over the Sea of Japan for what was to be their first-ever joint patrol.… read the full article

Things for pro-democracy Hong Kongers to ponder

FIRST: HONG KONG DOESN’T HAVE A BORDER, IT IS NOT A NATION, ONLY NATIONS HAVE BORDERS,

SECOND: HK IS AN ISLAND WHICH IS PART OF THE NATION OF CHINA,

THIRD: THE PRC HAS A GARRISON IN THE CENTER OF HK, WHICH CAN BE REINFORCED ANYTIME BEIJING PLEASES,

FOURTH: HK IS A “SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE ZONE” OF THE PEOPLES REPUBLIC OF CHINA,

FIFTH: THERE IS A BRIDGE WHICH CONNECTS HK WITH THE MAINLAND OF CHINA, WHICH BEIJING CAN USE TO REINFORCE HK POLICE IF NEEDED, THAT BRIDGE CAN BE CLOSED BY CHINA EFFECTIVELY STOPPING FLOW OF PEOPLE & GOODS BOTH WAYS, WHICH WOULD RUIN MUCH OF HK’S BUSINESS ,

TO SUM IT ALL UP: THESE RIOTS BETTER CEASE SOON OR HK WILL CEASE TO HAVE ANY MEANING.… read the full article

Tesla’s Q2 earnings report shows a company in recovery, but still not out of the woods

Despite having a rosier outlook than its Q1 report, Tesla’s stock took a nosedive after it posted another sizable loss.

By KYLE HYATT | Road Show

Tesla’s second-quarter earnings report that it released on Wednesday was filled with significantly less doom and gloom than Q1’s was, and that’s in large part to Tesla’s successful capital-raising program as well as its record number of vehicle deliveries during Q2.… read the full article