China has tested a new submarine-launched missile capable of obliterating San Francisco, an insider has revealed, in a massive boost to the country's 'deterrent'. The Chinese navy tested its state-of-the-art JL-3 missile in Bohai Bay in the Yellow Sea last month, sources said. The nuclear-capable missile has a 5,600 mile range, significantly longer than its predecessor the JL-2, which could strike targets 4,350 miles away. It means that Beijing can now carry out nuclear strikes on America's west coast from the security of its own territorial waters. Though the US Trident II, which is also deployed by the British, outstrips the new Chinese missile by some 2,000 miles, it shows Beijing's commitment to its nuclear defences. The JL-3 has a 5,600 mile range in a considerable boost to its predecessor the JL-2, which could decimate targets 4,350 miles away The missile is designed for launch from China's nuclear-powered Jin Class submarines, which can be armed with 12 JL-2s … [Read more...] about Beijing tests submarine-launched nukes that could OBLITERATE San Francisco from China’s own waters
Chinese paramilitary forces are preparing to storm the Hong Kong protests with water cannon and armoured vehicles, it is feared. It comes amid reports that Chinese forces were gathering near the border with Hong Kong and performing military drills. China's military had issued a stark warning in a bid to intimidate protesters, saying troops could meet the demonstrators "in 10 minutes", while sharing a photo of a queue of armoured vehicles. Hundreds of members of China's People's Armed Police could be seen conducting exercises at a sports stadium in Shenzhen, as the US expressed concern that they could be deployed in neighbouring Hong Kong to break up protests wracking the city. China's ambassador to the UK, meanwhile, has warned Britain against "saying or doing anything that interferes" in the nation's affairs or rule of law. In Shenzhen, parking spaces at the stadium were filled with more than 100 dark-painted paramilitary vehicles, including troop trucks, armoured personnel carriers, … [Read more...] about Hong Kong protests: China ‘gathers forces at border as troops conduct drills’
In the latest round of proposed tit-for-tat import barriers amid the current US-China trade row, Beijing has among other things threatened to double its duties on car imports from the United States. This would lead to a 50-percent tariff on inbound car shipments from the US. The United States has about two months to officially comment on China's proposed tariffs as Beijing is waiting for US action before implementing any retaliatory measures. But should China eventually slap higher import duties on cars, it would have no small impact as US factories export around 270,000 cars to China annually, with the Asian nation sending relatively few cars in the opposite direction. Watch video 01:35 Share China threatens to match US import taxes Send Facebook Twitter google+ Whatsapp Tumblr linkedin stumble Digg reddit Newsvine Permalink https://p.dw.com/p/2vVFw China threatens to match US import taxes It would definitely be a blow to US … [Read more...] about German carmakers among the biggest losers in US-China trade row?
Trapped with a net wrapped tightly around its neck, a gannet calls out in distress. The bird lives on tiny Grassholm Island off the Pembrokeshire coast, home to the third largest gannet colony in the UK. But the once idyllic island has become "a living hell" for the birds because of our major plastic problem. The tiny speck of land now has an estimated 20 tonnes of plastic on it, causing a "serious threat" to seabirds on the island. Photographer Sam Hobson captured the shocking image and said he found the gannets were using plastic waste and netting to build nests. "This panicked adult gannet struggled as it dangled from a cliff side, with ropes twisted around its neck like a hangman's noose," Mr Hobson said. "The gannets line their nests with these man-made plastic fibres and their nests become death-traps, entangling adult birds and juveniles as they develop inside the nest." Thankfully for the gannet, brave volunteers were on hand to release the bird from being strangled to death by … [Read more...] about Tiny British island that is a ‘living hell’ for birds due to nightmare plastic pollution
In the current issue of the London Review of Books, the philosopher Slavoj Žižek reviews Richard McGregor's book The Party: The Secret World of China's Communist Rulers. Žižek concludes that the Chinese state, despite its late embrace of global capitalism and headlong rush to modernise, still adheres to the "basic rule of Stalinist hermeneutics", that is: "the more 'harmony' is celebrated, the more chaos and antagonism there is in reality". He adds: "China is barely under control. It threatens to explode." Žižek's words echoed in my head as I leafed though Nadav Kander's epic book of photographs, Yangtze – The Long River, published this week by the German fine art company Hatje Cantz. It is a book that exudes a certain surface calmness in its detached gaze, its formal beauty and the muted tones of the often-vast landscapes Kander captures. However, the more you look, the more you experience a creeping sense of unease – a feeling that great … [Read more...] about Nadav Kander’s Yangtze photographs show a people sold down the river