Chinese Maritime Buildup Increases Tensions over the Senkaku Islands

September 30, 2016

Tags: Senkakus, East China Sea




Here's a capsule explanation of what's going on in the East China Sea. This territorial dispute is one of the flashpoints in the region, since the Japanese insist on making ports of call.

Here's a link to an image that focuses on the China/Japan territorial dispute. There are other conflicting claims in the region.

https://goo.gl/images/KMbTBk

In 2012, the Japanese government bought three of five islands from a private family. Japanese vessels regularly patrol the sea, off the coast of Okinawa. The Japanese and the Chinese government have disputed claims to the islands.

The Chinese call them the Diaoyu Islands. Dispute over them has been going on since the 1970s.
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Chinese Hackers Attack 2 Hong Kong Government Sites

September 6, 2016

Tags: Hacking, China, Cyber Espionage, APT 3

Richard Bejtlich, a top American expert at FireEye computer security, says that the hacking group APT 3 is no joke. They have hacked two Hong Kong government agencies. This is in advance of the Hong Kong Legislative Council elections.

Is this an attempt to influence the elections? No one knows.

China Daily, the official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party, condemns calls for Hong Kong independence, but this is nothing new.

According to iSight, a FireEye group that tracks malware around the world, the APT 3 group is among the most sophisticated of hackers. They use the latest techniques.

The group's relationship to the Beijing government is not known. Fireye traced the APT 1 group to a PLA address in Shanghai, making the group a part of the People's Liberation Army.

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Political Theater at the G 20: Dancing on Water

September 5, 2016

Tags: G20, Ballet, Hangzhou

The Chinese have put on a spectacular entertainment at the G 20 summit in Hangzhou.

Amid the latest government policy urging Chinese to turn away from Western culture, the producers show Chinese ballet dancers in pink tututs and specially designed toe shoes, for dancing on the waters.

Having worked on cultural exchange in music, painting and dance two decades ago, I can tell you that the Chinese take the training of their classical ballet dancers quite seriously. They send young dancers abroad to learn. Western companies and Western ballet masters teach at Chinese academies. Ballet is classical art that is in the Western artistic tradition, in story, music and the use of the human body. It is different from music and dance traditions belonging to the most beloved of Chinese performance art forms, Peking opera.



More important than what is happening to the tutus amid the fountains, is the sidebar meetings between Obama and Putin, with a discussion of Syria.

The talk between Obama and Xi about cyber espionage and the South China sea and the theatrics of a Chinese security officer stopping Susan Rice, the national security advisor, on the tarmac.

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