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  • Inside the Ring: China targets Global Hawk drone

    By Bill Gertz - The Washington Times

    China's military is planning to counter surveillance by the Pentagon's long-range Global Hawk drone, which currently is deployed on Guam and flying reconnaissance missions aimed at China. Published December 11, 2013

  • Inside the Ring: China targeting U.S. spy flights amid escalating tensions

    By Bill Gertz - The Washington Times

    China's air force planned to impose the controversial air defense identification zone several years ago to assert territorial control and counter U.S. aerial spying, defense officials tell Inside the Ring. Published December 4, 2013

  • Inside the Ring: Tensions high during Joe Biden's Beijing visit

    By Bill Gertz - The Washington Times

    New tensions between China and the United States are threatening to upset Vice President Joseph R. Biden's visit to Beijing next week. Published November 27, 2013

  • Inside the Ring: U.S. funds China's nuclear security

    By Bill Gertz - The Washington Times

    The Obama administration is funding a joint nuclear security center in Beijing designed to stem nuclear weapons proliferation — despite recent state-run media reports showing Beijing's plans to hit U.S. cities with nuclear missiles that would kill millions of Americans during a conflict. Published November 20, 2013

  • Inside the Ring: Danger of China conflict grows

    By Bill Gertz - The Washington Times

    As China steps up sovereignty claims over disputed waters in Asia, U.S. military forces face the growing risk of conflict with the Chinese military, according to a draft congressional report. Published November 13, 2013

  • Inside the Ring: North Korean missiles deemed a serious threat to U.S.

    By Bill Gertz - The Washington Times

    The commander of U.S. military forces in the Pacific said this week that North Korea's KN-08 missile — a new road-mobile, intercontinental-range weapon — is a serious threat with the potential to hit the United States with a nuclear warhead. Published November 6, 2013

  • Inside the Ring: U.S. grid threatened

    By Bill Gertz - The Washington Times

    An Energy Department-sponsored study of the U.S. electrical power grid publicly identifies numerous vulnerabilities to cyberattacks by nations or terrorists, including hacking that could cause widespread power outages. Published October 30, 2013

  • Inside the Ring: Here come the drones

    By Bill Gertz - The Washington Times

    China is preparing its military to conduct warfare with offensive and defensive spying and attack drones, according to a Chinese colonel. Published October 23, 2013

  • Inside China: Taiwan invasion exercise

    By Miles Yu

    More than 20,000 Chinese soldiers, sailors and airmen carried out a boisterous joint-operation exercise this month, with Taiwan as the apparent simulated target of a Normandy-style invasion. Published October 17, 2013

  • Inside the Ring: Russia to test new missile

    By Bill Gertz - The Washington Times

    Russia will test launch a controversial missile over the next several weeks that U.S. officials say is raising new concerns about Moscow's growing strategic nuclear arsenal and Russia's potential violations of arms treaties. Published October 16, 2013

  • Inside the Ring: China fears U.S. financial default

    By Bill Gertz - The Washington Times

    U.S. officials say recent statements by Chinese authorities indicate fear in Beijing that a U.S. government default would endanger China's $1.3 trillion worth of investments in the United States. Published October 9, 2013

  • Inside the Ring: Shutdown slows down Obama's pivot to Asia

    By Bill Gertz - The Washington Times

    The federal government shutdown is encroaching on the Obama administration's policy of shifting attention and resources toward Asia, also called "the pivot." Published October 2, 2013

  • Inside the Ring: U.S. caving to Russia on Syria use of force language

    By Bill Gertz - The Washington Times

    From the briefing, it appears the Obama administration is backing away from an outline "framework" arms agreement reached in Geneva with the Russians that states any Syrian violations of chemical arms dismantlement would be met with a "Chapter 7" response under the U.N. Charter. That section authorizes the use of military force under the U.N. Security Council. Published September 25, 2013

  • Inside the Ring: Syria, Iraq and weapons of mass destruction

    By Bill Gertz - The Washington Times

    The U.S.-Russia agreement to dismantle Syria's chemical weapons is reigniting a controversy over the 2003 covert operation by Russian special operations forces to remove Iraqi weapons — including chemical arms — and move them to Syria and Lebanon prior to the Iraq War. Published September 18, 2013

  • Inside the Ring: FBI targets Syrian hackers

    By Bill Gertz - The Washington Times

    A hacker group linked to the Syrian government was "highly effective" in conducting cyberattacks against social media over the past several months, according to an FBI advisory. Published September 11, 2013

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