When India’s Aircraft Carrier Caught Fire, China Thought It Knew Why

Terse words between rivals.

by Michael Peck | The National Interest

Key point: Accidents happen to all militaries seeking to operate new equipment.

India’s only aircraft carrier suffered a fire that left one sailor dead.

And China, which is India’s rival, says this is because Indians aren’t competent enough to operate advanced military equipment.… read the full article

Hong Kong has banned face masks – but why do people in the region wear them?

By Marie Claire Dorking | Yahoo Style UK

Hong Kong has made a controversial ban on face masks. [Photo: Getty]

Hong Kong has banned face masks after months of violent protests.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced the ban on Friday.… read the full article

China is putting the NBA’s wokeness to the test

By Isabella Steger | QUARTZ

Americans are suddenly and swiftly waking up to the power of the Chinese consumer boycott, now that basketball is involved.

For years, brands all around the world have had to apologize when they’ve found themselves offending in China, whether by misrepresenting Taiwan as an independent country in an online drop-down menu or citing a persona non grata like Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama in an ad campaign.… read the full article

Fact: America Is Slowly Losing Its Military Edge Over the World

And we should not be terrified. Here’s why. 

by Robert Farley Follow drfarls on TwitterL | The National Interest

Key point: The U.S. military’s advantages may only be large, rather than overwhelming…

Last week, Air Force General Frank Gorenc argued that the airpower advantage the United States has enjoyed over Russia and China is shrinking. … read the full article

Did Israel ‘Transfer’ Military Technology to Help China Build the J-10 Fighter?

The details are here.

by Sebastien Roblin | The National Interest

Key Point: Israel and China have reasons to deny it.

The J-10 “Vigorous Dragon” is a mainstay of China’s effort to modernize its large fleet of single-engine jet fighters, with 350 already in service.… read the full article

Taiwan Is Finally Getting 66 New F-16s—Should China Care?

Does it matter?

by David Axe Follow @daxe on TwitterL | The National Interest

Key point: China’s air force is far larger and advanced than Taiwan’s.

Nearly a decade after first requesting them, the Taiwanese air force finally could get 66 new F-16 fighters to begin replacing some of its older fighter aircraft.… read the full article

Beijing Will Not Let Go of Hong Kong

The Communist Party intends to keep control no matter what.

by Stratfor Worldview Follow @Stratfor on TwitterL | The National Interest

Key point: China will certainly end the crisis, but the question is how.

Whatever the outcome of the current protests, Hong Kong will not return to “normal.”

No political compromise will satisfy both sides.… read the full article

China is filling a ‘strategic vacuum’ in the Pacific left by the US and its allies, and that’s bad news for Taiwan

By Christopher Woody | Business Insider

US Navy China sailors

REUTERS/Xihao Jiang

  • Taiwan, which China considers to be a renegade territory, lost two of its few remaining allies in late September.
  • China has sought to win over Taiwan’s allies, but those countries have their own reasons to embrace Beijing.
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One fix for China’s alarming pork shortage: giant pigs

By Gwynn Guilford | QUARTZ

Breeders are cashing in on China’s pork shortage.

A deadly virus has wiped out as much as half of China’s pig population. That’s a big problem for a country whose default meat is pork. As prices soar, the government is trying to induce farmers to raise more swine.… read the full article

China’s Xi warns attempts to divide China will end in ‘shuttered bones’

By Reuters

Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations in Beijing

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping warned on Sunday that any attempt to divide China will be crushed, as Beijing faces political challenges in months-long protests in Hong Kong and U.S.… read the full article