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China is waging a ‘quiet kind of cold war’ against US, top CIA expert says

“I would argue … that what they’re waging against us is fundamentally a cold war — a cold war not like we saw during THE Cold War (between the U.S. and the Soviet Union) but a cold war by definition,” Michael Collins, deputy assistant director of the CIA’s East Asia mission center, said at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado” writes Andy Wong for cnbc.com. China is waging a “quiet kind of cold war” against the United States, using all its resources to try to replace America as the leading…

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US lawmakers drop provision that blocked lifting of ZTE sanctions, strengthen CFIUS authority to block Chinese investments in a compromise defense spending bill

“Senate Republicans have dropped their attempt to reimpose U.S. sanctions on the Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE, lawmakers said Friday, a victory for President Trump as congressional Republicans abandoned a rare effort to thwart his agenda” writes Erica Werner Has for washingtonpost.com. But the House version of the defense bill did not include the same provision. Source: washingtonpost.com Share This:

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U.S. lawmakers cut anti-ZTE measure from must-pass bill: source

“Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said in a statement that he opposed stripping the provision out of the defense policy bill” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. But it was taken out as lawmakers from the Senate and House of Representatives hammered out differences between the two defense policy bills.WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers who reached an agreement on a must-pass defense bill cut from the legislation a measure that would have made it harder for the president to undo sanctions slapped on China’s ZTE Corp , a top Democrat…

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In reversal, Pentagon now says it backs GOP measure against protecting Western birds

“Rob Bishop inserted the endangered-species language into the defense policy bill, arguing that federal conservation efforts for the imperiled birds and the beetle undermine military training and readiness” writes The Associated Press for seattletimes.com. The birds have become flashpoints in an ongoing battle over whether they warrant federal protection that hinders mining and other development from Kansas to California. Source: seattletimes.com Share This:

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Cut mining red tape to secure America

“Rebuilding our defense supply chain means undoing the damage inflicted by years of bad policy” reports washingtonexaminer.com. We must align our mining policy with the expanding demands of our defense supply chain.This potentially crippling supply chain vulnerability will only get worse unless we act.Our adversarial approach to mining has atrophied domestic production, leading to troubling consequences. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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Boeing sees foreign orders making 40 percent of defense sales in a decade

“International demand for weapons and defence products and services is also increasing steadily, Gene Cunningham, Boeing’s head of international sales, said in an interview” reports businessinsider.com. The company on Thursday said it won 528 new orders and commitments for commercial aircraft at the Farnborough Airshow this week.Boeing is the world’s largest planemaker and its commercial backlog is nearly 10 times that of its defence business.Over the next 10 years, Cunningham said, “We see the international (sales) number growing to somewhere in the 40 percent range, but we also see the…

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Trump Today: President backtracks, now says he accepts Russia meddled in U.S. election

“At the Brussels event, NATO did not change its target of defense spending equal to 2% of GDP by 2024” writes D C for marketwatch.com. Take credit for it.” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has credited Trump with increased defense spending of other members.Related: ‘Shameful,’ ‘disturbing,’ and an ‘embarrassment’ — Congress reacts to Trump’s press conference with Putin Related: Fox News host’s defense of Trump: Should he have shot Putin?.  Source: marketwatch.com Share This:

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U.S. State Department in talks with Turkey to sell Patriot system

“FARNBOROUGH, Britain (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department on Monday said it was working with NATO ally Turkey on the possible sale of a Raytheon Co Patriot missile defense system to avert its purchase of a Russian-made S-400 system” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. “Turkey has a fairly well developed industrial infrastructure,” Lockheed’s top missile defense executive said. Source: 95kqds.com Share This:

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