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During the Korean War, China’s greatest military resource was its vastly overwhelming personnel numbers. However, over the past three decades, the People’s Liberation Army has undergone a sea change in military strategy, evolving from a massive army with outdated Soviet weapons to a modernized fighting force, replete with aircraft, submarines and warships — but no aircraft carriers. That is, until the Liaoning was commissioned.
Slapped on the front page of Wednesday’s New York Times Business page is a picture of Steve Jobs, resurrected. It’s clearly taken at a new product launch where a black-shirted, blue-jeaned CEO stands confident and alone on stage. But there’s something off. The product description is in Mandarin. The CEO is wearing Converse, not New Balance. Oh, and Steve Jobs is dead.
China’s been hacking up a storm recently, up to and including stealing sensitive confidential weapon designs from the US. Things started coming to something of a head early last month, when the Pentagon finally directly accused China of being the perpetrator of all this cyber-treachery. Now, according to the New York Times, a nice little hacking-chat has been scheduled between the two powers.
Ships today — even the massive likes of the Emma Maersk and Marco Polo — just aren’t big enough to handle the demands of globalised trade. So, in order to quickly and safely build the next generation of super-sized LNG tankers and container vessels, China’s Dalian shipyard relies on GE’s staggeringly huge, laser-guided Goliath gantry crane.
The race to build the world’s tallest building has taken on an urgent tone these past few years. Like the mountaineers of the 1930s, or the astronauts of the 1960s, the developers struggling to out-build each other seem to be struggling to articulate something deeper — something that smacks of national (or maybe economic) pride. But a Chinese plan to build the world’s tallest building in mere months takes the latest salvo in this arhitectural arms race to new heights.
This impressive video shows how the tallest building in the world will look when it’s completed — just 90 days after construction begins next month. While work didn’t start in March as originally planned, China is still going ahead with its 838m SkyCity.
According to a confidential report prepared for the Pentagon, Chinese hackers have stolen American blueprints for some of the most sensitive advanced weapons systems. Citing the report and sources within the defence industry, the Washington Post explains that hackers have stolen designs for “more than two dozen major weapons systems”.
State-sponsored hacking attacks on sensitive targets is a new reality that Australian security forces have to deal with these days, but it sucks when one of the bad guys gets through the net. It was revealed last night that spies, reportedly from China, hacked their way into secure systems, making off with detailed blueprints to Australia’s peak spy agency, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO).