Chinese Media Has Told Rex Tillerson to ‘Prepare for a Military Clash’

Rex Tillerson testifies during his confirmation hearing to become U.S. Secretary of State

The U.S. Secretary of State nominee has provoked fury with his hawkish remarks on the South China Sea

China’s state media has responded forcefully to suggestions by U.S. Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson that China should be barred from the artificial islands it has built in the South China Sea, warning that any such attempt would force a “devastating confrontation” and both sides should “prepare for a military clash.”

On Wednesday, Tillerson told members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that Beijing’s ongoing island-building strategy in the busy waterway — through which $5 trillion of trade passes annually — was illegal and “akin to Russia’s taking of Crimea.”

“We’re going to have to send China a clear signal that, first, the island-building stops,” the former ExxonMobil CEO told the hearing. “And second, your access to those islands also is not going to be allowed.”

Beijing claims sovereignty over almost 90% of the South China Sea, competing with neighbors Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei, who also claim parts of the waterway. In a bid to bolster its presence, China has transformed seven reefs and islets through reclamation into artificial islands. The mini fortresses now host antiaircraft guns and other weaponry, according to recent analysis.

Although a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman declined to answer a journalist’s question about possible responses to American naval incursions into the vital trade corridor, China’s notoriously strident state media pulled no punches.

“Tillerson’s statements regarding the islands in the South China Sea are far from professional,” the Chinese Communist Party–linked Global Times declared in an editorial on Friday. “If Trump’s diplomatic team shapes future Sino-U.S. ties as it is doing now, the two sides had better prepare for a military clash.”

The state-backed China Daily described Tillerson’s remarks as “a mishmash of naivety, shortsightedness, worn-out prejudices, and unrealistic political fantasies. Should he act on them in the real world, it would be disastrous [and] set a course for devastating confrontation between China and the U.S.”

Although Donald Trump has been fiercely critical of China during his campaign, his attacks have typically focused on alleged unfair trade practices that the U.S. President-elect claims have “stolen” American jobs. The Trump Administration’s trade team has been stocked with outspoken China trade hawks, such as Peter Navarro and Robert Lighthizer.

Given that Trump campaigned on drawing down expensive military commitments overseas, many believed any confrontation between the U.S. and China would be limited to commerce, and that the South China Sea would be less of a hot spot than it has been under the Obama Administration, which stepped up naval patrols in the region.

However, Zhu Feng, professor of international relations at Nanjing University, says the South China Sea will now remain an “essential component” of Washington’s Asia-Pacific security strategy. “The entire U.S.-China relationship is a minefield,” he tells TIME. “There’s not one place to stick your foot.”

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China’s secret ‘humpback’ stealth nuclear sub surfaces with missiles that could reach ANYWHERE in the US

  • The ‘Jin’ Type 094A sub has a large ‘hump’ concealing 12 ballistic missiles 
  • Missiles known as ‘big waves’ have a range of over 11,000km

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New photos of China’s latest secret stealth submarine have emerged – and it is believed could soon carry missiles powerful enough to reach America.

The ‘Jin’ Type 094A has a large ‘hump’ concealing 12 submarine-launched ballistic missiles known as ‘big waves’, with a range of over 11,000km.

It is believed the secret sub has been given a major overhaul since it was last spotted.

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The Type 094A, China's newest nuclear missile submarine, is currently based at Hainan Island, in the underground submarine base at Yulin. The new variant has a curved tower and front, making it more aerodynamic underwater.

The Type 094A, China’s newest nuclear missile submarine, is currently based at Hainan Island, in the underground submarine base at Yulin. The new variant has a curved tower and front, making it more aerodynamic underwater.

According to Popular Science, the sub, seen in the image at Hainan Island, in the underground submarine base at Yulin, is a new version of China’s Type 084A sub, four of which have been seen before.

The new variant has a curved tower and front, making it more aerodynamic underwater.

The JL-2C missile, a longer ranged variants of China’s existing missiles, which boasts multiple nuclear warheads with global reach

According to PopSci, ‘The Type 094A’s conning tower has also removed its windows. Additionally, the Type 094A has a retractable towed array sonar (TAS) mounted on the top of its upper tailfin, which would make it easier for the craft to ‘listen’ for threats and avoid them.’

Crucially, it boasts a bigger missile payload bay, and is believed to carry new ‘big wave’ missiles.

A big hump: The old (bottom) and new (top) Type 094A (top). The newer version has a larger 'hump' to accommodate more missiles.

A big hump: The old (bottom) and new (top) Type 094A (top). The newer version has a larger ‘hump’ to accommodate more missiles.

Officially known as the JL-2A, it has a 11,200-kilometer range.

This means it could reach almost the entire US from its home base.

Longer ranged versions, like the JL-2C variant, can carry multiple nuclear warheads with global reach.

According to a recent Congressional report, Chinese subs are already patrolling with nuclear-armed JL-2 missiles able to strike targets more than 4,500 nautical miles.

China's submarine fleet

China’s submarine fleet

The Chinese are currently working on a new, modernized SSBN platform as well as a long-range missile, the JL-3, the commission claimed.

Earlier this year the Chinese navy released a rare photo of the Type 093B ‘Shang’ submarine, which can launch missiles vertically at ships and other targets overhead.

This model improves upon the capabilities of earlier nuclear attack submarines, and is expected to be quieter and faster.

According to the Popular Science blog Eastern Arsenal, this reveal marks an extremely rare event.

It’s thought that there were three Type 093B SSNs launched last year.

These were preceded by two Type 093 SSNs, which were launched 15 years ago.

Though they were intended to be stealthy, the Type 093s were equipped with noisy reactors and propulsion systems, the blog explains, and this was only worsened as they climbed to higher speeds.

China’s new nuclear attack submarine is among the military’s most secretive platforms – and the world has just been given its first glimpse. The Chinese navy has released a rare photo of the Type 093B Ssubmarine, which can launch missiles vertically at ships and other targets overhead.

China’s new nuclear attack submarine is among the military’s most secretive platforms – and the world has just been given its first glimpse. The Chinese navy has released a rare photo of the Type 093B ‘Shang’ submarine

THE TYPE 093

The Type 093B SSN is a nuclear attack submarine.

It’s expected to be quieter and faster than earlier models, and is equipped with a vertical launch system.

This makes for quicker launches, and larger size of the cells means it can support UACs or underwater robots.

In the new version, the submarine uses more advanced metallurgy and reactor resigns to reduce noise to an estimate stealthiness between the USN Los Angeles Flight I and Flight III SSNs.

Little is disclosed regarding the stealth and performance given the view of the photo, but the article points out numerous other ‘noticeable improvements.’

This includes a vertical launch system battery, which has been installed behind the conning tower.

A vertical system will make for faster launches, and the cells are larger and thus better suited for the launch of underwater robots or UAVS.

But, the submarine will still have cruise missiles, which are shot from a torpedo tube.

In the photo, sailors can be seen loading a missile canister into the tube.

Submarines can fire missile canisters from their torpedo tubes, which break open to launch the missile inside. In the photo, sailors can be seen loading a missile canister into the tube

Submarines can fire missile canisters from their torpedo tubes, which break open to launch the missile inside. In the photo, sailors can be seen loading a missile canister into the tube

Along with this, the 093B has a flared base, a feature that’s seen similarly in modern attack submarines.

This may contain sensors, the blog explains, and installation mounts on the sides of the hull indicate there will be side-mounted active sonar to look for warships and submarines.

Recent improvements in the underwater force show China is beginning to catch up to other powers at sea, including the US and Japan.

The country is already working on another nuclear attack submarine, the Type 095, which could launch before 2020.

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700 Million Androids Pre-Installed with Chinese Spyware

PowerSpy can determine an Android  user movement with 90% accuracy.

A Chinese software company called Adups, whose firmware comes pre-installed on some 700 million Android devices, has been found to be able to collect personal information from users without their knowledge or consent.

Security analyst firm Kryptowire first discovered the privacy breach in November 2016. Adups data mining was revealed almost by accident by a Kryptowire employee who discovered a backdoor allowing information to be leaked. After that, antivirus manufacturer Trustlook dug deeper and the scope of the privacy violations facilitated by Adups was quickly shown to be significant. The Adups data collector was found to collect text messages, call history, and device information from phones upon which it is installed.

Adups denied that the software is used to collect private user data, but was instead put in place “to identify junk text messages and calls.” They then referred to the installation of it on US phones as a “mistake.”

The majority of Android phones that use Adups are smaller companies that only release devices in Asia. However, BLU Products (which claims to have sold 35 million devices in the Western hemisphere) and several other well-known manufacturers including Lenovo and ZTE also install Adups firmware on their smartphones. BLU announced that they will no longer use Adups firmware on their phones, switching it out for one made by Google. Lenovo, ZTE, and others have followed suit.

Another endangered piece of hardware? Barnes and Noble’s NOOK Tablet 7, which, unlike a mobile phone, cannot remove its Adups firmware with a software update. Fred Argir, Barnes and Noble chief digital officer, issued a statement that Adups does not collect personal information from any of their users. He also said that the bookseller is working on a way to remove Adups from NOOK.

Trustlook advises Android users to upgrade their firmware to the latest version as soon as possible if they believe their phone may have privacy-violating software such as Adups installed.

Android devices typically rely on third party hardware and software, and thus are seen as more vulnerable to security breaches than their Apple counterparts. A piece of malware called “Gooligan” infected over a million Android devices in late November, putting control of the devices into the hands of hackers. Most of the compromised phones were in Asia. In August, mobile security experts found that the 900 million Android phones made with circuits from the component maker Qualcomm were highly vulnerable to cyberattacks.

Footage of Chinese War Robots Leaked to Internet

Biomorphic warhogs

An eye-catching video showing Chinese combat biomorphic robots has emerged in the Internet.

Chinese military biomorphic robots resembling animals were spotted in a video which found its way to the Internet, Russian newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta reported.

According to the makers of the video, the footage was taken during the “Overcoming Obstacles 2016” competition which took place in China’s Heilongjiang Province. Taking part in the contest were 73 teams from special research institutes and industrial enterprises, including the Engineering Academy of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army’s Armored Forces, National Defense University, the China North Industries Corporation NORINTO and Beijing University of Technology.

Last month, Chinese President Xi Jinping called for improving the strategic planning and combat service support in the country’s armed forces, the People’s Liberation Army.