Russia-China gas pipeline: Gazprom switches on ‘Power of Siberia’ link

Russia switched on an enormous gas pipeline to China worth billions of dollars Monday, affirming increasingly close economic and political ties between the two countries. Named the “Power of Siberia,” the pipeline runs more than 8,100 kilometers (5,000 miles) across the two countries, according to Chinese state-run news agency Xinhua, and will deliver 38 billion cubic meters of natural gas annually by …

Iran proposes Rouhani’s visit to Japan amid nuclear impasse: Kyodo

(Reuters) – Iran has proposed President Hassan Rouhani visit Japan, a U.S. ally which also has close relations with Tehran, to try to resolve Iran’s nuclear impasse with Washington, Kyodo news agency reported on Tuesday. Citing a senior diplomatic source, Kyodo said Iran’s deputy foreign minister for political affairs Abbas Araqchi had relayed the proposal to Japan during a two-day …

China’s military might has now become a top issue for NATO

According to NATO’s own estimate, China had the second-largest global defense budget in 2018. In March, China set its 2019 defense spending at 7.5% higher than a year ago, raising spending to 1.19 trillion yuan ($177.61 billion), according to known figures. NATO, the 29-member military alliance, was set up 70 years ago to counter the threat posed by the-then Soviet …

Protecting the Republic

By Alan W. Dowd, ASCF Senior Fellow DECEMBER 2019—The Senate recently passed legislation directing the Department of Homeland Security’s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center “to provide state and local officials with access to security tools and procedures, as well as participation in joint cybersecurity exercises.” According to Sen. Gary Peters, one of the bill’s cosponsors, the measure will “ensure …