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Stories of The Dragon: China, The world’s first Superpower, with eyes everywhere

Would China Really Invade Taiwan?

And the answer is…

by Ian Easton (The National Interest)

Given the gravity of the threat facing Taiwan, it is important that the international community understands China’s intentions and plans. Americans need to understand why their country might one day find itself locked in deadly embrace with China over this island nation, and allies need to know what parts they might be asked to play.Read Full Article

Terrifying Tale: Why A War Between China and America Would Be All Sorts of Awful

Here’s why. 

by Robert Farley (The National Interest)

Potentially, victory could cement the US-led alliance system, making the containment of China considerably less expensive. Assuming that the war began with an assertive Chinese move in the East or South China Sea, the United States could plausibly paint China as the aggressor, and establish itself as the focal point for balancing behavior in the region.Read Full Article

Tank Terror: Why the U.S. Army’s ‘New’ M1 Abrams Tank Is A Monster on the Battlefield

Russia and China won’t like this one bit. 

by Kris Osborn (The National Interest)

(Washington, D.C.) Should a mechanized column of heavily armored Russian vehicles launch an aggressive, forward-leaning assault into Eastern Europe 10 years from now, complete with air and artillery support – – just what kinds of specific armored vehicles would best position a US/NATO response?… Read Full Article

China’s boss criticizes ‘slackers’ as company makes cuts

By Josh Horwitz and Brenda Goh (Reuters)

Richard Liu, CEO and founder of China’s e-commerce company, speaks before ringing the opening bell at the NASDAQ Market Site building at Times Square in New York May 22, 2014. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/Files

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Richard Liu, the founder of Chinese e-commerce giant Inc, has weighed in on an ongoing debate about the Chinese tech industry’s gruelling overtime work culture, lamenting that years of growth had increased the number of “slackers” in his firm who are not his “brothers.”

Liu’s comments, which Chinese media said were posted on his personal WeChat feed on Friday, are the latest contribution to a growing discussion about work-life balance in the tech industry as the sector slows after years of breakneck growth.… Read Full Article

China’s economic growth cools to 6.3 percent: AFP poll

By Lillian Ding with Lianchao Lan in Shanghai (AFP)

Last year Washington and Beijing slapped tariffs on more than $360 billion in two-way trade, biting into their manufacturing sectors (AFP Photo/STR)
China’s normally steady unemployment rate rose to 5.3 percent in February while retail sales growth remained near a 15-year low (AFP Photo/NICOLAS ASFOURI)

All signs point to the US and China closing in on a trade deal after nine rounds of high-level talks between the two economic giants (AFP Photo/Jim WATSON)

China’s economy cooled further in the first quarter, according to an AFP survey of analysts, as Beijing resorted to tried-and-tested measures to combat tepid global demand and a bruising US trade war.… Read Full Article

Dogfight Destiny: Why China’s J-20 Stealth Fighter Can’t Beat an F-35

“It’s no longer about a platform, it’s about a family of systems.”

by Dave Majumdar (The National Interest)

Fifth-generation aircraft such as the F-22 and F-35 have cockpit displays that indicate to the pilot the various angles and ranges from which their aircraft can be detected and tracked by various enemy radars.Read Full Article

Alibaba founder defends overtime work culture as ‘huge blessing’

By Josh Horwitz (Reuters)

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Alibaba Group founder and billionaire Jack Ma has defended the grueling overtime work culture at many of China’s tech companies, calling it a “huge blessing” for young workers.

The e-commerce magnate weighed into a debate about work-life balance and the overtime hours demanded by some companies as the sector slows after years of breakneck growth.… Read Full Article

Another Country Just Fell In Love with the F-35 (China Won’t Be Happy)

But will Singapore really go ahead with a purchase? 

by Michael Peck (The National Interest)

F-35 manufacturer Lockheed Martin will have to demonstrate that the Lightning II can operate in Singapore’s tropical climate.

Singapore’s next fighter jet may be the F-35 – and China won’t like that.… Read Full Article