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Spectators wave Chinese flags as military vehicles carrying DF-41 ballistic missiles roll during a parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of Communist China in Beijing, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. China on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022, criticized Washington for imposing sanctions on Chinese companies the U.S. says exported missile technology and accused the United States of hypocrisy for selling nuclear-capable cruise missiles. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein) **FILE**

China moving toward nuclear coercion

- The Washington Times

Beijing's rapid large-scale buildup of nuclear weapons is a sign the Chinese military is moving away from its past defensive strategy toward the use of "nuclear coercion" to achieve Chinese Communist Party aims, such as the takeover of Taiwan, according to a think tank report authored by a Strategic Command analyst.

In this file photo, Chief of Space Operations at U.S. Space Force Gen. John Raymond testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on May 6, 2020. (Greg Nash/Pool via AP)  **FILE**

Space Force leader backs soft Biden agenda

- The Washington Times

Air Force Gen. John Raymond, chief of the newly created Space Force, says he supports efforts by the Biden administration to reach a U.N.-sponsored agreement on military activity in space, something past administrations has rejected an arms control ploy by China and Russia to limit the American power in space.

In this photo provided by U.S. Navy, Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) conducts routine underway operations in the Philippines Sea on June 24, 2022. The U.S. Navy on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, sailed the destroyer close to China-controlled islands in the South China Sea in what Washington said was a patrol aimed at asserting freedom of navigation through the strategic seaway. (Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Arthur Rosen/U.S. Navy via AP) ** FILE **

Navy warship marks S. China Sea ruling anniversary

- The Washington Times

A U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer this week helped mark the sixth anniversary of a landmark international tribunal ruling declaring the South China Sea to be international waters and not a Chinese lake.

In this video grab made available on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019, by Russian Defense Ministry Press Service, Russia's military drone Okhotnik is seen taking off at an unidentified location in Russia.  (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)  **FILE**

Russia to deploy nuclear-armed drone torpedo

- The Washington Times

Russia's navy later this year will deploy a drone torpedo armed with a megaton-class nuclear warhead capable of destroying entire cities or ports, according to the commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command.

Workers in PPE overalls guard an entrance to a community under lock down on Thursday, March 17, 2022, in Beijing. A fast-spreading variant known as "stealth omicron" is testing China's zero-tolerance strategy, which had kept the virus at bay since the deadly initial outbreak in the city of Wuhan in early 2020. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

DIA: Intel suggests COVID virus was lab-engineered

- The Washington Times

Army Lt. Gen. Scott Berrier, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, revealed in prepared Senate testimony this week that some U.S. intelligence agencies -- not identified by name -- believe the virus behind the COVID-19 pandemic may have been genetically modified in a laboratory and not transmitted naturally from an animal host in China, where it was first identified.

The American and Chinese flags wave at Genting Snow Park ahead of the 2022 Winter Olympics, Feb. 2, 2022, in Zhangjiakou, China. Hackers working on behalf of the Chinese government broke into the computer networks of at least six state governments in the United States in the last year. That's according to a report released Tuesday by a private cybersecurity firm. The report from Mandiant does not identify the hacked agencies or offer a motive for the intrusions, which began last May and continued through the last month. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)

Report details massive Chinese IP theft

- The Washington Times

Cybersecurity sleuths recently uncovered a massive Chinese government-linked hacking operation that is part of the billions of dollars' worth of stolen intellectual property and other data designed to support further cyber espionage taken from U.S. and foreign companies.

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures while addresses a meeting of the Council of Legislators under the Russian Federal Assembly at the Tauride Palace, in St. Petersburg, Russia, Wednesday, April 27, 2022. (Alexander Demyanchuk, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Army reports on Putin's dysfunctional war

- The Washington Times

Russian President Vladimir Putin badly miscalculated in launching the invasion of Ukraine and falsely believed his army could rapidly overrun the country, according to an analysis of the war published by the Army War College.

In this file photo, China's People's Liberation Army displays DF-26 ballistic missiles in a parade. Over just the past several months, major revelations about the extent of China's hypersonic weapons capabilities, its nuclear arms stockpile, and even the size of its navy have sparked concerns that Washington may not have a full window into exactly what its 21st-century rival has up its sleeve, or what may be under development deep inside the communist nation. (Associated Press/File)

China preps for 'metaverse warfare'

- The Washington Times

China's People's Liberation Army is preparing to wage high-technology warfare in the metaverse, the emerging amalgam of virtual reality, the internet and the real world, according to a report by an Air Force think tank.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks to the media during a meeting with Quad members, India, Japan, United States and Australia, in Melbourne, Feb. 11, 2022. India and Australia’s trade ministers say a shared security partnership with the United States and Japan has helped them strike a trade deal that Australia hopes will reduce its dependence on exports to China. (Darrian Traynor/Pool Photo via AP) **FILE**

AUKUS weapons technology sharing detailed

- The Washington Times

The Biden administration disclosed new details this week on the implementation of a new weapons and technology cooperation agreement between Australia, Britain and the United States under the recently formed AUKUS alliance.

This handout photo provided by the U.S. Navy shows a common hypersonic glide body (C-HGB) launching from the Pacific Missile Range Facility, in Kauai, Hawaii, March 19, 2020, during a Department of Defense flight experiment. The department is working in collaboration with industry and academia to field hypersonic war-fighting capabilities. (Luke Lamborn/U.S. Navy via AP)  **FILE**

U.S. lags China, Russia in hypersonic arms race

- The Washington Times

Pentagon efforts to rapidly build hypersonic missiles to compete with similar systems of U.S. adversaries took a second hit last week after Russia reportedly used a hypersonic missile in a bomb strike against Ukraine.

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Kenneth Wilsbach, 7th AF commander, speaks with Airmen assigned to the 51st Logistics Readiness Squadron during an immersion tour at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Jan. 11, 2019. Wilsbach visited multiple facilities on base during the tour, including the 51st LRS vehicle maintenance bay, the 51st Fighter Wing headquarters, and the newly opened Morin Gate. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kelsey Tucker)

Pacific general vows 'robust' response to China attack

- The Washington Times

China needs to learn the lessons being taught to the Russian military in Ukraine and the dangers Beijing's military forces will face from any attack on Taiwan or another regional nation, the commander of the Pacific Air Forces said this week.

A security person moves journalists away from the Wuhan Institute of Virology after a World Health Organization team arrived for a field visit in Wuhan in China's Hubei province on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. The WHO team is investigating the origins of the coronavirus pandemic has visited two disease control centers in the province. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

DNI: China still blocking virus origin probe

- The Washington Times

China is continuing to prevent international investigators from tracing the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, and has falsely blamed the United States for the deadly pandemic, the annual threat assessment produced by the office of Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines revealed this week.