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Cyber capabilities report: US dominant in cyber realm, but China catching up
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Cyber capabilities report: US dominant in cyber realm, but China catching up

The United States has no peer when it comes to capabilities in the realm of cyberspace, but China is rapidly gaining ground in terms of strategic competition, according to a new report by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). The report released yesterday evaluates the cyber capabilities of 15 countries and how this intersects with international security, economic cooperation and military affairs. The US' dominance in the cyber realm can be gauged from the 2013 leak that revealed the National Security Agency's sweeping surveillance system. The country has also demonstrated its ability to bring down critical civilian and military networks, such as when it disrupted Iranian nuclear enrichment activities. In addition to its clear superiority in information and communica...
Chatchai-decha and Baison off to impressive start
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Chatchai-decha and Baison off to impressive start

Chatchai-decha and Baison off to impressive start Two Thai boxers in action on Saturday recorded impressive victories in their opening bouts at the Tokyo Olympics. Baison Maneekon beat Saadat Dalgatova of the Russian Olympic Committee 4-1 to reach the last 16 round of the women's welterweight (69kg) division at the Kokugikan Arena in Tokyo. Baison will fight China's Gu Hong, who received a first round bye, for a place in the quarter-finals on Tuesday. In the men's featherweight (57kg) division, Chatchai-decha Butdee overpowered Peter McGrail of Great Britain with a 5-0 victory. He will face Jehiel Mirco Cuello of Argentina, who defeated Hamsat Shadalov of Germany, in the last 16 round on Wednesday. The other Two Thai fighters in Tokyo are Juthamas Chitrapong (women's 51kg) and Sudapo...
USA: China passes new sanction which targets US
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USA: China passes new sanction which targets US

Washington, US: US has imposed penalties on Hong Kong in response to which China has targeted many US individuals and entities by imposing sanction on Anti-Foreign Sanction law Hours after the latest sanctions announced by China targeting several American citizens, the US said it is "undeterred" and added that it is "fully committed" to implementing all relevant Washington sanctions authorities. China on Friday imposed sanctions on seven US individuals and entity, under Anti-Foreign Sanctions Law, in response to the US penalties imposed on the Hong Kong officials over the crackdown on democracy in the semi-autonomous region. Reacting to it, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that these actions are the latest examples of "how Beijing punishes private citizens, companies an...
BioNTech produces 10 times more antibodies than Sinovac
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BioNTech produces 10 times more antibodies than Sinovac

BioNTech produces 10 times more antibodies than Sinovac - study A Hong Kong study suggests people who received the BioNTech coronavirus vaccine had ten times as many antibodies as those who got Sinovac. HONG KONG: People who received BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine had ten times the amount of antibodies than those given China's Sinovac, a Hong Kong study has shown, adding to growing data on different jabs' effectiveness. The University of Hong Kong (HKU) research, based on a study of 1,442 healthcare workers, was published in Lancet Microbe on Thursday. Researchers said antibodies are not the only measure of a vaccine's success at fighting a particular disease. But they warned that "the difference in concentrations of neutralising antibodies identified in our study could translate into...
Chinese don’t trust Pakistan Security, Sends its men to guard CPEC
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Chinese don’t trust Pakistan Security, Sends its men to guard CPEC

Photograph of a Chinese man working on one of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects showing him carrying an AK-7 gun as he surveys the mountain terrain before him, has gone viral. The photograph shows the bespectacled Chinese man in black T-shirt. He holds the rifle in the left hand while peering through what seems his survey equipment.   The source of the picture is not known, but diplomatic circles say that besides meeting the security contingency, it could be a part of the Chinese effort at disseminating information and also a signal to the Pakistani hosts of their dissatisfaction at the security arrangements. However, the arming of Chinese personnel could complicate security measures in that they could cause confrontation at the ground level. ...
New US push: Vaccine and Mekong
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New US push: Vaccine and Mekong

New US push: Vaccine and Mekong A mural depicting coronavirus frontline workers along a street in Hanoi. The US sent Vietnam 2 million Moderna vaccine doses on July 6. AFP US Secretary of State Antony Blinken used the special session with Asean last week to shore up Washington's position in Southeast Asia. He touched on China, the disputes over the South China Sea, the situation in Myanmar and the response to Covid-19, amongst others. Strangely enough, the phrase "free and open Mekong" was introduced for the first time in the latest US position regarding the most important strategic area of mainland Southeast Asia. Most of the media reports focused exclusively on the US vitriol towards China related to the South China Sea conflict on what was, after all, the fifth anniversary of the Arb...
European Union lifts barriers for Canadian travellers
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European Union lifts barriers for Canadian travellers

Canadians will be permitted entry to European Union countries restriction-free, EU members agreed Wednesday. The decision comes following earlier concerns that individuals who received the COVID-19 vaccine, AstraZeneca Covishield, could be barred from travelling to Europe. The European Medicine Agency —the agency in charge of the evaluation and supervision of medicinal products in the EU — has not approved the Covishield brand of the vaccine, which over 270,000 Canadians received at least one dose of during vaccine rollout. The update to guidelines came in a meeting with ambassadors from the European Union’s 27 member states, EU diplomats told Reuters news agency. It means Canadians will likely be exempt from those vaccine restrictions. During the last round of additions to the EU’s list
Japan approached Australia to deal with China
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Japan approached Australia to deal with China

Japan has urged Australian government to join hands and deal with China and its invocation in the respective country’s waters.   Shingo Yamagami flagged the proposal in Canberra on Wednesday while pushing for Japan and Australia to lift their overall defence ties to “unprecedented” levels. The Japanese ambassador to Australia told the National Press Club like-minded countries had to “join forces” to address challenges caused by the rise of China, which has adopted an increasingly assertive posture in both the South and East China seas. And he dismissed the argument advanced by some analysts that the Japanese government had a more nuanced and effective strategy than Australia did when it came to dealing with China, insisting that “each and every day Japan is struggl
Things are not as good as it seems: Japanese envoy
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Things are not as good as it seems: Japanese envoy

CANBERRA, Australia: "The nutshell of that argument is Japan is doing far better than Australia when it comes to dealing with Japan's neighbor, China,". "My simple answer is: no way. I'm afraid I don't subscribe to such an argument. Why? Because each and every day Japan is struggling," Yamagami added. Japan, Australia and other countries needed to join forces to address challenges caused by China's rise, he said. "Don't worry. You are doing an excellent job. We are in the same boat and we should work together," Yamagami said. China has become increasingly hostile toward Australia since early last year, when the Australian government called for an independent investigation into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic. Relations between the China and Australia have soured in rec...
WHO warns of ‘dangerous’ variants as Covid cases rise globally
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WHO warns of ‘dangerous’ variants as Covid cases rise globally

WHO warns of 'dangerous' variants as Covid cases rise globally Volunteers wearing personal protective equipment pray in front of the bodies of people who died from Covid-19 during their funeral at a cemetery in Mandalay, Myanmar. PARIS - The World Health Organization (WHO) warned Thursday that "more dangerous" variants of Covid-19 could tear across the world as global infections soared to half a million daily, largely driven by the virulent Delta strain. An AFP tally of official sources found that after an initial dip, cases have been rising again worldwide since the end of June, topping 540,000 on Tuesday and again on Wednesday. "The pandemic is nowhere near finished," the WHO's emergency committee said in a statement. It highlighted "the strong likelihood for the emergence and globa...