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China Has Overtaken The US As The World’s Largest Economy

China Has Overtaken The US As The World’s Largest Economy

By Mike Byrd, BusinessInsider.com
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Sorry, America. China just overtook the US to become the world’s largest economy, according to the International Monetary Fund.

Chris Giles at the Financial Times flagged up the change. He also alerted us back in April this year that it was all about to happen.

Basically, the method used by the IMF adjusts for purchasing power parity, explained here.

The simple logic is that prices aren’t the same in each country: A shirt will cost you less in Shanghai than San Francisco, so it’s not entirely reasonable to compare countries without taking this into account. Though a typical person in China earns a lot less than the typical person in the US, simply converting a Chinese salary into dollars underestimates how much purchasing power that individual, and therefore that country, might have. The Economist’s Big Mac Index is a great example of these disparities.

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So the IMF measures both GDP in market exchange terms, and in terms of purchasing power. On the purchasing power basis, China is overtaking the US right about now and becoming the world’s biggest economy.

We’ve just gone past that cross-over on the chart below, according to the IMF. By the end of 2014, China will make up 16.48% of the world’s purchasing-power adjusted GDP (or US$17.632 trillion), and the US will make up just 16.28% (or US$17.416 trillion):

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Adjusted for purchasing power, the IMF thinks China’s economy is now the world’s largest.
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But in terms of the raw market value of China’s currency, it still has a long way to go.

It’s not all sore news for the US. It will be some time yet until the lines cross over in raw terms, not adjusted for purchasing power. By that measure, China still sits more than US$6.5 trillion lower than the US and isn’t likely to overtake for quite some time:

Waldorf Astoria sold to Chinese company for $1.95 billion

Waldorf Astoria sold to Chinese company for $1.95 billion

China Acquires Another US Company; Buying Us Piece-by-Piece

By Ben Rooney, CNN Money

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The Waldorf Astoria will undergo renovations as part of a deal with the new owners.

The Waldorf Astoria in New York is being sold to a Chinese insurance company for $1.95 billion.

Conrad N. Hilton acquired the iconic luxury hotel 65 years ago and on Monday Hilton Worldwide (HLT) announced its sale to Anbang Insurance Group. Hilton will continue to operate the Waldorf for the next 100 years under a “strategic partnership” with the Beijing-based company.

The Waldorf Astoria will undergo a “major renovation” to restore the hotel to its “historic grandeur,” according to a joint statement from Hilton and Anbang.

The Waldorf Astoria is the flagship of Hilton’s 27 luxury hotels around the world.

It first opened in 1893 on the site of millionaire William Waldorf Astor’s Fifth Avenue mansion. Waldorf’s cousin and fellow millionaire John Jacob Astor IV reconstructed the hotel a few years later at a nearby location. The hotel fell into disrepair during prohibition and was torn down in 1929, making way for another landmark: the Empire State Building.

The Waldorf is a cultural icon and has hosted foreign heads of state for years. It was featured in a 1945 film staring Ginger Rogers called “Week-end at the Waldorf.”

Legend has it that the Waldorf salad was invented by the maître d’hôtel of the Waldorf Astoria in 1896.

The hotel is home to restaurants where New York’s elite dine such as Peacock Alley, Bull and Bear Prime Steakhouse and Oscar’s.

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The Waldorf Astoria has been at its current location on Park Avenue since 1931. While Conrad Hilton purchased the management rights to the hotel in 1949, Hilton Worldwide did not become the owner until 1972.

Hilton plans to open nine more swanky hotels globally in locations that range from Bali and Bangkok to Beverly Hills. The company said it will use the proceeds from the Waldorf sale to fund future purchases.

On Hong Kong protests, China tells U.S. to back off

On Hong Kong protests, China tells U.S. to back off

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Diplomacy with Chinese officials is usually highly scripted, very staged and often indirect. Yet Wednesday, there was no mistaking Beijing’s message to Washington: back off.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi clearly told Secretary of State John Kerry that the U.S. should not meddle in the pro-democracy protests taking place in Hong Kong.

“Hong Kong affairs are China’s internal affairs. All countries should respect China’s sovereignty,” Wang told Kerry in a photo spray immediately preceding his closed-door meeting with Kerry at the State Department. Wang is the highest ranking Chinese official to speak openly about the protests which Beijing considers to be “illegal.”

He made the comments after Kerry publicly called for Beijing to grant the “highest possible degree of autonomy” to Hong Kong and stressed that the U.S. supports “universal suffrage.” America’s top diplomat then went a step further and said that the U.S. had “high hopes” that the authorities will “exercise restraint” when dealing with the peaceful protests.

With those clunky diplomatic phrases, the administration essentially told Beijing not to use force to break up the protests and that the U.S. endorses the demands of the demonstrators to be able to elect candidates who aren’t handpicked by the central government.

At the moment, the Chinese strategy appears to be to wait out the protesters and hope that public support fades away. There have been no signs so far that Beijing is planning the type of heavy-handed response that it adopted 25 years ago when it declared martial law and rolled tanks through the streets of the Chinese capital to quash student-led protests.

How current President Xi chooses to respond to this new challenge will be revealing.

Mike Green, who served on the National Security Council team for Asian affairs during the George W. Bush administration, said the question is “how does he back down on this one in the eyes of the world?” Green, who currently serves as the Senior Vice President for Asia at Washington think tank CSIS, said that the level of that response “goes to the heart of how much political pluralism the Chinese can tolerate.”

The standoff in Hong Kong threatens to become a new irritant in the already complex U.S.-China relationship. Cyber hacking, territorial disputes in the South China Sea that threaten U.S. allies and other diplomatic disputes as well as Beijing’s record of human rights abuses are causes of tension between the two powers.

President Obama will try to find points of agreement during his upcoming visit to China in November. He stopped by to visit Wang today while the Chinese foreign minister was at the White House to meet with National Security Advisor Susan Rice. According to a White House press release, the president told Wang that he was following developments with Hong Kong “closely” and hoped that they would be addressed “peacefully.”

For his part, Kerry will try to make headway on the remaining long list of agenda items with China at a previously unscheduled meeting Wednesday evening. The two diplomats planned to discuss Ebola, the threat of ISIS, and the president’s upcoming visit to China.

ISIS eyeing Mexican border

ISIS eyeing Mexican border

By FoxNews.com

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Massive amounts of illegals crossing border into Arizona.

Social media chatter shows Islamic State militants are keenly aware of the porous U.S.-Mexico border, and are “expressing an increased interest” in crossing over to carry out a terrorist attack, according to a Texas law enforcement bulletin sent out this week.

“A review of ISIS social media messaging during the week ending August 26 shows that militants are expressing an increased interest in the notion that they could clandestinely infiltrate the southwest border of US, for terror attack,” warns the Texas Department of Public Safety “situational awareness” bulletin, obtained by FoxNews.com.

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The three-page bulletin, entitled “ISIS Interest on the US Southwest Border” and dated Aug. 28 was released to law enforcement on Thursday.

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“Social media account holders believed to be ISIS militants and propagandists have called for unspecified border operations, or they have sought to raise awareness that illegal entry through Mexico is a viable option,” states the law enforcement bulletin, which is not classified.

It notes no known credible homeland threats or specific homeland attack plot has been identified. That assertion was underscored by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, who said Friday that DHS and the FBI are “unaware of any specific, credible threat to the U.S. homeland” from Islamic State.

Despite assurances that no threat to American soil is imminent, the watchdog group Judicial Watch said Friday that Islamic State operatives are in Juarez, just across the border from Texas, and are planning to attack the United States with car bombs.

“Agents across a number of Homeland Security, Justice and Defense agencies have all been placed on alert and instructed to aggressively work all possible leads and sources concerning this imminent terrorist threat,” Judicial Watch stated on its website.

The Texas law enforcement bulletin cites suspected fighters from the terrorist group previously known as ISIS and based in Syria and Iraq as eyeing a border crossing.

“The identities of persons operating these accounts cannot be independently verified; however the accounts were selected for monitoring based on several indications that they have been used by actual ISIS militants for propaganda purposes and collectively reach tens of thousands of followers,” states the bulletin. “One account was verified as belonging to an individual located in Mosul, Iraq.”

Some 32 Twitter and Facebook posts monitored by law enforcement over one recent week reflected interest in the southern border, according to the bulletin. The messages, which were forwarded thousands of times, included calls for jihadists to cross over from Mexico to carry out attacks and even alluded to a recent video by U.S. activist James O’Keefe, who was recorded coming across the Rio Grande valley in an Usama bin Laden costume.

The bulletin details numerous “calls for border infiltration” on social media, including one from a militant confirmed to be in Mosul, Iraq who explicitly beckons the “Islamic State to send a special force to America across the border with Mexico.”

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“This Twitter account holder, who is the administrator of an ISIS propaganda trading group, stated that the time was right for such an action because ‘the US-Mexican border is now open large numbers of people crossing,’” the bulletin said.

Another message sent out via Twitter suggested that Islamic State fighters have already entered the U.S. via the border, warning that, as a result, “Americans in for ruin (sic).”

The Texas DPS bulletin comes on the heels of a federal Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice Joint Intelligence bulletin dated August 22, a copy of which was also obtained by FoxNews.com. That bulletin, entitled “Online Reaction but No Known Credible Homeland Threats from ISIL and Its Supporters Following US Air Strikes,”addresses potential threats to the Homeland in response to recent US air strikes on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) targets in Iraq and the murder of journalist James Foley.

This bulletin notes that while the FBI and DHS are unaware of specific credible threats against the U.S. from homegrown violent extremists, ISIL or other violent extremist groups overseas “we continue to assess that violent extremists who support ISIL have demonstrated the capability to attempt attacks on US targets overseas with little-to-no warning.”

The report also says that “because of the individualized nature of the radicalization process—it is difficult to predict triggers that will contribute to [homegrown violent extremists] attempting acts of violence…lone offenders present law enforcement with limited opportunities to detect and disrupt plots, which frequently involve simple plotting against targets of opportunity.”

“FBI and DHS assess that civilian deaths reportedly associated with these US military air strikes will almost certainly be used as further examples of a perceived Western war against Islam in English-language violent extremist messaging that could contribute to [homegrown violent extremist] radicalization to violence,” the report notes.

Pentagon: No Plan to Reduce Spy Flights Near Chinese Border

Pentagon: No Plan to Reduce Spy Flights Near Chinese Border

Chinese general says its fighter airplanes will fly closer to US aircraft/ships

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A U.S. Global Hawk surveillance drone
A U.S. Global Hawk surveillance drone / AP

The Pentagon on Tuesday rejected demands by China that the United States end all surveillance flights along China’s borders.

“We’re going to continue to fly in international airspace the way we’ve been, just like we’re going to continue to sail our ships in international waters the way we’ve been,” Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Chinese military commentators stepped up criticism of the U.S. military for the encounter Aug. 19 between a Navy P-8 anti-submarine warfare aircraft and a Chinese Su-27 interceptor jet and said more aggressive intercepts could be expected in the future.

The Pentagon said the jet flew within 20 feet of the P-8 in dangerous aerial maneuvers.

US Navy P-8 Poseidon surveillance plane aircraft airplane
US Navy P-8 Poseidon surveillance aircraft

Kirby said the United States would not reduce its posture in the Pacific.

“The United States is a Pacific power; we have responsibilities—five of seven treaty alliances in the Pacific region,” he said. “We’re going to meet those security commitments. We want to do this in an open and transparent way. We want to share as much information with our allies and partners and with China as we can, and we want to do that. But none of that cooperation is aided along by that kind of reckless behavior by that particular pilot.”

One Chinese admiral said Chinese interceptors should fly closer to U.S. surveillance aircraft in future intercepts.

Rear Adm. Zhang Zhaozhong from the People’s Liberation Army National Defense University called for closer intimidating intercepts of U.S. aircraft. In the past, PLA jets lacked the technical capabilities were unable to put “enough pressure” on U.S. aircraft, he said, but now must apply more.

USS Donald Cook
USS Donald Cook

Zhang, quoted in the Party newspaper Global Times, also said China should begin surveillance flights of the United States in retaliation.

Other current and former Chinese military officials denounced U.S. surveillance flights in state-run media reports over the past several days.

Sr. Col. Li Li, also of the defense university, stated that China could not accept the Pentagon’s description of the flights as a routine mission and said intercepts would continue.

Retired PLA Rear Adm. Yin Zhuo said that the U.S. flights were legal under international law but characterized them as “dangerous and provocative.”

Chinese military efforts to thwart the surveillance flights were “reasonable,” he said.

Kirby said the incident was a setback for Obama administration efforts to develop closer military ties with the PLA, a goal outlined during a summit last year between President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

“It’s important that we continue to work at this relationship, absolutely,” Kirby said. “That is not made easier by incidents like we saw with the intercept of our P-8 patrol aircraft, which was on a routine mission in international airspace, and under no circumstances and under no rubric of military relations is it acceptable to fly a jet fighter around a reconnaissance airplane the way that was done.”

The Pentagon will continue to “look for avenues to try to increase the dialogue and the cooperation and the understanding and the transparency between our two countries, but again, that incident did nothing to help that along,” he said.

Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun said in a statement Sunday that the Chinese J-11, Beijing’s designation for the Su-27, reacted to the flight of two Navy aircraft flying east of Hainan Island. Yang said the Chinese jet stayed a “safe distance.”

Yang said the United States should reduce the flights and eventually halt them.

Kirby on Friday, in harsh comments, called the Chinese pilot’s threatening aerial encounter “dangerous” and “unprofessional.” He called the Chinese jet’s maneuvers, including a barrel roll over the P-8, as posing a risk to the crew and violating international law.

The Chinese action was “very, very close; very dangerous,” Kirby said.

In response to the criticism, Yang said in the Defense Ministry statement that the U.S. charges were “totally groundless” and described U.S. military flights as “large-scale and high-frequency surveillance” that poses a threat to air and maritime safety.

At the Pentagon yesterday, Kirby rejected the spokesman’s comments. “We obviously take deep issue with that characterization of the incident,” he said.

Kirby said Navy officials will meet later this week with Chinese counterparts and he said he did not know “the degree to which this incident will come up” in the talk and referred questions to the Navy.

Last week, Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Jeff Pool said in a statement that the Su-27 intercepted the P-8 135 miles east of Hainan Island.

“The intercept was aggressive and demonstrated a lack of due regard for the safety and well being of the U.S. and Chinese aircrews and aircraft,” Pool said.

“On three different occasions, the Chinese J-11 crossed directly under the U.S. aircraft with one pass having only 50 to 100 feet separation between the two aircraft,” Pool said. “The Chinese jet also passed the nose of the P-8 at 90 degrees with its belly toward the P-8 to show its weapons loadout.”

Pool said the pilot who conducted the intercept is based at the same Hainan Island unit that was linked to other aggressive aerial intercepts in March, April, and May.

“We are concerned that the intercepting crews from that unit are acting aggressively and demonstrating a lack of regard for the safety of our aircrews,” Pool said. “We have raised our concerns over this unsafe behavior to the PRC.”

U.S. Sends Second Carrier to Asia Amid Tensions with China

U.S. Sends Second Carrier to Asia Amid Tensions with China

China demands end to U.S. surveillance flights

 

BY: , Washington Free Beacon

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U.S. Navy P-8

The Navy is sending a second aircraft carrier strike group to the Asia Pacific region amid new tensions with China over a dangerous aerial encounter between a Chinese interceptor and Navy P-8 surveillance craft.

The strike group led by the USS Carl Vinson departed San Diego for the Pacific on Friday, the Navy said in an announcement of what it terms a “planned” deployment.

China’s military on Saturday, meanwhile, demanded an end to all U.S. monitoring flights and called U.S. criticism of  dangerous Chinese jet maneuvers false.

USS Ronald Reagan Navy aircraft carrier
USS Ronald Reagan

Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun said in a statement that a Chinese fighter jet made a “regular identification and verification” of the Navy P-8 anti-submarine warfare jet during an encounter in an area 135 miles east of Hainan Island.

Yang called Pentagon criticism of the incident “totally groundless” and insisted the Chinese pilot operated professionally and kept a safe distance.

In May, Chinese Fighters Had Dangerous Encounter with Japanese Fighters

The Chinese spokesman’s account, published in the state-run Xinhua news agency, is at odds with Pentagon officials who called the encounter both dangerous and aggressive. A White House official also said the dangerous intercept was a Chinese “provocation.”

Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby on Friday called the maneuvers by the Chinese J-11—a Russian design Su-27—a dangerous and unprofessional encounter and said the military has protested the incident to the Chinese military.

“We have registered our strong concerns to the Chinese about the unsafe and unprofessional intercept, which posed a risk to the safety and the well-being of the air crew and was inconsistent with customary international law,” Kirby said, adding that the pilot of the J-11 was “very, very close; very dangerous.”

Asked Saturday about Yang’s assertion, Kirby told the Free Beacon: “We stand by our account of this dangerous and unprofessional incident.”

The Carl Vinson strike group will patrol “both 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility,” the Navy statement said The 7th fleet covers the Pacific and the 5th Fleet is responsible for operations in the Middle East.

The guided missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill and three guided missile destroyers, the USS Gridley, USS Sterett, and USS Dewey also deployed with the Vinson.

The Vinson will join the Japan-based USS George Washington strike group.

Earlier, Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Jeff Pool said in a statement that the aerial incident took place 135 miles east of Hainan Island when the J-11 came within 20 feet of a U.S. Navy P-8 anti-submarine warfare aircraft.

“The intercept was aggressive and demonstrated a lack of due regard for the safety and well-being of the U.S. and Chinese aircrews and aircraft,” Pool said, adding that the incident was of the most dangerous aerial encounters with the Chinese since the April 2001 EP-3 mid-air collision with a Chinese J-8.

The P-8 was on a routine mission in international airspace when the Chinese jet sought to intimidate the crew with several dangerous maneuvers, including a barrel roll over the top of the militarized Boeing 737 jet.

“On three different occasions, the Chinese J-11 crossed directly under the U.S. aircraft with one pass having only 50 to 100 feet separation between the two aircraft,” Pool said. “The Chinese jet also passed the nose of the P-8 at 90 degrees with its belly toward the P-8 to show its weapons loadout.”

“In doing so, the pilot was unable to see the P-8, further increasing the potential for a collision,” Pool said. “The Chinese pilot then flew directly under and alongside the P-8 bringing their wingtips within 20 feet and then before he stabilized his fighter he conducted a roll over the P-8 passing within 45 feet.”

The latest incident followed earlier intercepts that the Pentagon said were “nonstandard, unprofessional and unsafe intercepts of U.S. aircraft.”

Additionally, the aggressive interceptor was based at the same unit on Hainan Island that conducted similar aggressive intercepts in March, April, and May.

“We are concerned that the intercepting crews from that unit are acting aggressively and demonstrating a lack of regard for the regard for the safety of our aircrews,” Pool said. “We have raised our concerns over this unsafe behavior to the PRC.”

Deputy White House Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes told reporters the Chinese aerial encounter was “a deeply concerning provocation.”

Both the Pentagon and White House comments were unusually harsh for the Obama administration, which has sought to play down dangerous and threatening military developments by the Chinese.

Yang stated that “massive and frequent close-in surveillance of China” endangers air and maritime security and is at the root of accidents.

China is urging the United States to abide by international law and international practices and to respect the concerns of coastal countries, Yang said, adding that Washington should properly deal with the differences between the two nations on air and maritime security issues.

Yang said the United States should abide by the principle of “non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation, take concrete actions, reduce and finally stop close-in surveillance of China, so as to create a sound atmosphere for bilateral military ties.”

Pool, the Pentagon spokesman, said in his statement Friday that U.S. monitoring is legal.

“Under international law, as reflected in the 1982 Law of the Sea Convention, military activities may be conducted within the Exclusive Economic Zone of another nation as an exercise of the freedoms of navigation and overflight,” he said. “Coastal states, including China, shall have due regard for the rights and duties of other States, including in the exercise of these freedoms.”

The aerial encounter comes amid a toughening posture by China in the South China Sea.

U.S. officials said Chinese official statements related to the ASEAN Regional Forum in early August revealed that China had no plans to back off aggressive claims in the South China Sea and is pushing hard to block U.S. involvement in the regional dispute.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi rejected a U.S. proposal to voluntarily freeze destabilizing action in disputed waters, such as China’s placement of an oil-drilling rig in the South China Sea.

China also announced it was stepping up activities in disputed areas of the sea, challenging claims by Vietnam, Philippines and other nations.

Until the Defense Ministry statement Saturday, China’s government had remained silent on the Su-27 encounter with the P-8.

Most state-run news outlets in China did not cover the affair, with major newspapers and wire services ignoring the story. Only CCTV, the state television network, reported on the Aug. 19 incident.

CCTV’s report from the network’s Washington correspondent quoted unspecified “Chinese experts” as saying the P-8 “posed a threat to their country’s military security over the South China Sea.”

The White House said Friday through Ben Rhodes, deputy national security advisers, that the Chinese jet, which conducted a barrel roll over the P-8 some 135 miles east of Hainan Island was a “provocation.”

Pentagon: Chinese fighter jet conducted “dangerous intercept” of U.S. plane

Pentagon: Chinese fighter jet conducted “dangerous intercept” of U.S. plane

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Friday accused a Chinese fighter jet of conducting a “dangerous intercept” of a U.S. Navy surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft off the coast of China in international airspace.

The Pentagon press secretary, Rear Adm. John Kirby, said Washington protested to the Chinese military through diplomatic channels, calling the fighter pilot’s actions “unsafe and unprofessional.”

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At a news briefing at Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, where President Barack Obama is vacationing, Ben Rhodes, deputy national security adviser for strategic communications, called the intercept “a deeply concerning provocation” and suggested it could set back efforts to improve relations.

“What we’ve encouraged is constructive military-to-military ties with China, and this kind of action clearly violates the spirit of that engagement,” Rhodes told reporters.

Kirby said the Aug. 19 maneuvering by the Chinese jet posed a risk to the safety of the U.S. air crew, was “inconsistent with customary international law,” and complicates efforts to improve military-to-military relations, which are often strained.

Kirby said the Chinese jet made several close passes by the Navy P-8 Poseidon plane, coming within 30 feet of it at one point. He said the Chinese jet did a “barrel roll” maneuver over the top of the Poseidon at one point and also passed across the nose of the Navy plane, exposing the belly of the fighter in a way apparently designed to show that it was armed.

US Navy P-8 Poseidon surveillance plane aircraft airplane
US Navy P-8 Poseidon surveillance aircraft

Kirby said it happened about 135 miles east of China’s Hainan Island. In 2001 a Chinese jet collided with a U.S. Navy surveillance aircraft off Hainan Island, killing the Chinese pilot and forcing the Navy plane to make an emergency landing on the island. Washington severed military relations with China after that episode.

“The intercept was aggressive and demonstrated a lack of due regard for the safety and well-being of the U.S. and Chinese aircrews and aircraft,” the Pentagon said in a statement.”This incident is the most recent in a rising trend of nonstandard, unprofessional and unsafe intercepts of US aircraft that we have observed since the end of 2013.”

The Navy’s P-8 Poseidon aircraft are designed for long-range missions including intelligence collection and reconnaissance.

US Says China Tested Anti-satellite Missile

US Says China Tested Anti-satellite Missile

Associated Press via military.com

WASHINGTON — The U.S. says China has tested a missile designed to destroy satellites and is urging Beijing to refrain from destabilizing actions.

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Missile launch

State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said the “non-destructive” test occurred Wednesday. She said a previous destructive test of the system in 2007 created thousands of pieces of dangerous debris in space.

Harf said Friday that the continued development and testing of destructive anti-satellite systems threaten the long-term security and sustainability of the outer-space environment that all nations depend upon.

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China’s state-run Xinhua (shihn-wah) news agency, citing a Defense Ministry statement, reported a successful missile interception test conducted from land within Chinese territory late Wednesday.

Xinhua did not refer to it as an anti-satellite system. It said such tests could strengthen Chinese air defense against ballistic missiles.

Chinese Foot Bridge Collapses, Video of People Falling in Water

Chinese Foot Bridge Collapses, Video of People Falling in Water

Dozens of visitors fell into the water in east China’s Jiangxi Province after a foot bridge at a scenic spot collapsed on Sunday morning, local authorities said. Surveillance video in the park recorded the chaotic scene: