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i expect nothing less from a phoney who faked her achievements.

rotten apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
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The first of the four littoral mission ships (LMS) of the Royal Malaysian Navy was launched in China on 15 April 2019.

NavalToday.com
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The vessel was launched on April 15 and was named Keris, with pennant number 111.

Keris is the first LMS to be built under a RM1.17 billion (approx. US$265 million) contract from March 2017

Additional information on the recent change in the deal
LIMA 2019: Malaysia downsizes Littoral Mission Ship ambitions - Jane's
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Reportedly, an F-35 and a number of other aircraft types have flown into Switzerland to be evaluated.

 
National Interest

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This Country Has a Choice to Make:
F-35s, F/A-18 Super Hornets or a European Fighter

    by David Axe Follow @daxe on Twitter L
    The Swiss air force is beginning to test foreign warplane designs as part of a lengthy and much-delayed, $8-billion effort finally to replace the air arm's old Northrop Grumman F-5E/F Tiger fighters.
    On April 12, 2019, two Eurofighter Typhoons --  an FGR4 single-seat, multi-role variant and a T3 two-seat trainer, both operated by British Aerospace -- reportedly flew missions from Payerne.
    (...SNIPPED)
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While what is stated in this article applies to Canada and Australia, it can very happen in all of these first-world nations where Chinese money and investments have clout and political influence.

I will be posting this article in entirety due to its importance:

National Post

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Academic who blew the whistle on China’s influence on Australia says Canada is in even worse trouble
Tom Blackwell
1 day ago

Silent Invasion, Clive Hamilton’s ground-breaking book about China’s covert influence on Australian society, has been both applauded as an overdue exposé and criticized as an exaggeration of the problem. But when he finished the book, he received some unwanted validation of its central thesis: three Australian publishers declined to publish it, citing fear of retribution from Beijing or its allies.

Hamilton, a professor of public ethics at Canberra’s Charles Sturt University and former executive director of progressive think-tank The Australia Institute, eventually found a willing publisher, and now is working on a sequel dealing with similar issues in North America. What he’s discovered so far makes him very concerned for Canada. He spoke with the National Post during a visit to Toronto.

Some experts suggest the problem of Chinese soft-power interference is much more pronounced in Australia and New Zealand than here. Do you agree?

I think it’s more of a problem in Canada.

Yes, Australia’s economic dependence is higher — in terms of trade — but when I look, as I have been doing, at the subtle but intense influence of China on Canadian institutions — parliaments, provincial governments, local governments, universities, the intellectual community, the policy community — it makes me deadly worried.

I’ve met some very well-informed Canadians who aren’t sure Canada will be able to extricate itself from this situation.



Can you give some examples of what disturbs you so much here?

When I was last in Canada — in Ottawa, a few months ago — I was pretty dismayed at the extent of Chinese Communist Party (CCP) influence in the federal Parliament. I should probably not say any more to stay on the right side of the libel laws.

I have also been dismayed by the brazenness of friends of the Chinese Communist Party and their activities. I’m thinking, for instance, of Chinese students on university campuses, and the really extraordinary attack on the Tibetan student who was elected … president of the (University of Toronto Scarborough campus) student union.

Chemi Lhamo, student-union president at the University of Toronto, was barraged with a 11,000-name petition from people with Chinese names, demanding she be removed
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a woman holding a knife: Chemi Lhamo, student-union president at the University of Toronto, was barraged with a 11,000-name petition from people with Chinese names, demanding she be removed. © Courtesy of Chemi Lhamo Chemi Lhamo, student-union president at the University of Toronto, was barraged with a 11,000-name petition from people with Chinese names, demanding she be removed.

My response is to ask what are the authorities doing about this — the university authorities and political authorities? I think that’s the real measure of China’s influence.

I’m kind of dismayed at the apparent unwillingness of authorities to defend those essential democratic principles, including in this case the right of a minority person to participate in the democratic process on campus.

Were you surprised when publishers turned down your book?


I was shocked. The implication was that a book written by an Australian scholar critical of the Chinese Communist Party could not find a publisher because of fear of retaliation from a foreign power. That’s a shocking attack on free speech in a democratic country.

Australia has already decided not to let Huawei Technologies take part in building its 5G telecommunications network because of espionage fears. What should Canada do about this?

Canada should follow Australia and ban Huawei. It’s the only sensible thing to do, even though there will be economic costs.
The security benefits in my judgment far outweigh the economic costs.

Is it possible to call out China for its alleged interference, and still pursue a positive trade and political relationship?

It’s a classic case of standing up to bullying. We know that if you give way to bullying, then the bully will persist. If you stand up to bullying, you might get a bloody nose, but there will be a more respectful relationship thereafter.

Are there factors holding back critics of China’s influence campaign here and elsewhere?

One thing I keep hearing from my Canadian friends is that ‘Part of the problem in Canada is that we are so polite, we don’t want to mention it because we might offend people.’ And of course this is exploited.

It’s one thing to be polite, it’s another thing to be bullied by an authoritarian power.

The other powerful device used constantly to silence critics like me is the accusation of racism.

The day I decided to write my book, I decided to make it very clear throughout that I’m talking about the CCP, and not Chinese people and not Chinese Australians.

As I delved into this, what I became aware of was the fact that Chinese Australians live in fear. Fear of retribution (against relatives and businesses in China) if they criticize the Chinese Communist Party. I became offended at that.

There are a lot of Chinese Canadians who would like to have their say, but have to censor themselves if they want to avoid very severe consequences. Those who do make a decision to speak up are very courageous people.
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The China Question / Re: Influx of Chinese businesses on Boracay
« Last post by MCentaur on April 17, 2019, 12:05:47 PM »
More:

ABS-CBN

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Chinese businesses pop up in Boracay after island reopens
    ABS-CBN News
    Posted at Apr 16 2019 11:54 PM
    Chinese citizens and businesses have emerged around the country's top tourist destination following its re-opening. - The World Tonight, ANC, April 16, 2019
    (FULL VIDEO REPORT AT LINK ABOVE)

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The China Question / Influx of Chinese businesses on Boracay
« Last post by MCentaur on April 17, 2019, 12:01:22 PM »
A symptom of a greater influx of Chinese money to the Philippines?

ABS-CBN

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Local official confirms Chinese workers, businesses operating in Boracay
    ABS-CBN News
    Posted at Apr 17 2019 07:40 PM
    MANILA – Several Chinese establishments are operating on tourist island Boracay with about 200 to 300 workers from the mainland, a local official confirmed Wednesday.
   The influx of Chinese tourist arrivals after Boracay re-opened in October last year following a 6-month rehabilitation has led to an estimated 30-percent increase in the number of Chinese establishments on the island, Malay, Aklan acting mayor Abram Sualog told ANC.
    He said there were "more or less" 100 Chinese-run businesses on the island.
    “Because of the influx of Chinese tourists, normally the Chinese businessmen are coming in. More or less, there are less than a hundred of them who are operating in the island,” Sualog said
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    “[The number of] Chinese [tourists is] bigger than the Korean because the influx of Chinese are getting higher than the Koreans. According to our data, [the] Chinese are prevailing now, as far as [the number of] tourists is concerned,” he added.
    (...SNIPPED)
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The China Question / "PH, China should meet halfway"on sea row, says Duterte
« Last post by MCentaur on April 17, 2019, 11:41:18 AM »
Meeting "halfway" means the other side also makes concessions. Duterte can say alll he wants but his actions speak louder than his words.

ABS-CBN

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    PH, China should ‘meet halfway’ on maritime row: Duterte
    Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News
    Posted at Apr 18 2019 12:35 AM
    MANILA—President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday said the Philippines and China should meet “halfway” in addressing the South China Sea dispute.
    Duterte warned of “trouble” if the sea row claims the life of a Filipino soldier in the area.
    “Sabihin ko sa China ngayon, they should also meet halfway,” the President said in a speech during a campaign rally of the PDP-Laban party in Batangas City.
    His remarks came following military reports that more than 600 Chinese vessels have been spotted near the Philippine-occupied Pag-asa Island since January.
    (...SNIPPED)
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Perhaps the US Army's foreseeing more of a future air and naval conflict with China? Here's more on the JLTV on this thread on PDFF, while more on the Chinook can be found on the another thread on PDFF.

Defense News

 
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The Army has a plan for China, and it’s bad news for JLTV and the Chinook
    By: Aaron Mehta   2 hours ago
    WASHINGTON — Legacy programs built for the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq are looking less like vital capabilities and more like bill-payers for the Army, as the service transitions towards a focus on conflict with Russia and China.
    In a small Tuesday roundtable with reporters, Army Secretary Mark Esper fielded a number of questions about the future of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle and the CH-47 Block II Chinook, a line of inquiry he tied into a recent meeting between Army leadership and officials at U.S. Indo-Pacific Command.
    According to Esper, the Army reached out to INDOPACOM leadership to request a meeting, which eventually happened in Hawaii, in order to discuss how the service is developing capabilities to match up with China.
    (...SNIPPED)
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International Developments / Re: Indonesia is buying two more LSTs
« Last post by opus on April 16, 2019, 02:14:41 PM »

There is a slight mismatch between Indonesian source and IHS Jane's. [Url=http://defense-studies.blogspot.com/2019/04/kemhan-order-2-lst-ke-pt-bandar-abadi.html?m=1]Defense Studies blog
says the ship is only 117 m long. The same blog also says the ship can load either 15 BMP-3 or 10 Leopard 2 MBT.

One thing I find interesting is that TNI-AL seems to be spreading the orders to multiple shipyards rather than doing the cheaper serial production with a single shipyard. There's no official explanation why, but I'm guessing it's a way to keep several shipyards up and running rather than becoming dependent on any single shipyard.

When push comes to shove, Indonesia will have more than one shipyard capable of building large naval assets.  It fits though, especially for amphibious vessels.  They're the larges archipelagic nation, with 17,000 islands.  We're the 2nd largest but we have nowhere near their amphibious sea lift capability
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