Secretary of State John Kerry is under pressure to convince Congress to hold off on new sanctions legislation against Iran, as he prepares to testify Tuesday amid a renewed effort in the Senate to turn the screws on Tehran. A bipartisan group of senators is preparing to propose new sanctions against Iran. News reports on the bill prompted that country’s… Read more →
China air combat drill: 3-rd generation fighters perform air-to surface attacks
China’s East Sea Fleet recently conducted flight training composed of different courses to test the performance of fighters and capabilities of ground service and pilots’ continuous combat ability.
Divided into two teams, dozens of home-made third-generation fighters took part in the training courses such as aerial fighting and air-to-surface attacks. The two teams combated each other and carried out deep ocean assault flight training.
“The intensive training took over 10 hours. Every pilot and aircraft must be dispatched continuously and it is a tough challenge for the aircraft, ground staff and pilots,” said Xiao Wensheng, political commissioner from a flight regiment from the East Sea fleet.
(Reuters) – Intent on supplying his government with arms, oil and food, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has turned to Russian banks to access worldmarkets, and the lenders could open more doors to him, despite a risk of isolation from the U.S. banking system. U.S. sanctions aimed at forcing Assad to end the violence in Syria’s two-and-a-half-year civil war forbid its own banks from dealing… Read more →
China’s Dagong credit rating agency on October 17th downgraded its United States sovereign credit rating to A- and maintained its negative outlook on America’s solvency. Dagong warned that despite Washington’s last-minute resolution of the debt ceiling deadlock, “The fundamental situation that the debt growth rate significantly outpaces that of fiscal income and gross domestic product remains unchanged.” China’s official state-run news agency,… Read more →
(Reuters) – With two words, the U.S. environment regulator may be handing oil refiners the biggest win of a long battle to beat back the seemingly inexorable rise of ethanol fuel. In a leaked proposal that would significantly scale back biofuel blending requirements next year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says the blend wall – the 10 percent threshold… Read more →
(Reuters) – When Russia wants to get its point across, it tends not to leave room for misunderstanding. Put out by Europe’s efforts to build closer relations with six countries in east Europe and the Caucasus – former Soviet republics that Russia regards as in its sphere of influence – Moscow has been steadily turning up the heat. Armenia was the first to… Read more →
Japan unveiled its biggest warship since World War II on Tuesday, a $1.2 billion helicopter carrier aimed at defending territorial claims, drawing criticism from regional rival China which accused its neighbour of “constant” military expansion.
The ceremony to showcase the 248-metre (810-feet) vessel came as Shinzo Abe’s conservative government, which took office last December, considers ditching the nation’s pacifist constitution and beefing up the military.
Japan plans to use the helicopter carrier, named Izumo and expected to go into service in 2015, to defend territorial claims following maritime skirmishes with China, which has demonstrated its own military ambitions in recent years.
(Reuters) – The Philippines took possession of a former U.S. Coast Guard ship on Tuesday, part of its biggest military upgrade in decades, as a strongereconomy allows it to raise spending to counter China’s growing assertiveness in disputed waters. The military build-up, which is heavily focused on maritime capability, is likely to add to tension over the South China Sea that has threatened… Read more →
(Reuters) - Japan scrambled fighter jets on Wednesday after a Chinese military aircraft flew for the first time through international airspace near its southern islands out over the Pacific, in a move seen by Japan as underlining China’s maritime expansion. Ties between China and Japan have been strained by a territorial dispute over uninhabited East China Sea islets and hawkish Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won a decisive victory in… Read more →
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday it is dropping its longstanding plan to have independent scientists review its finding that hydraulic fracturing may be linked to groundwater pollution in central Wyoming. The EPA is standing by its findings, but state officials will lead further investigation into the pollution in the Pavillion area. The area has been… Read more →