Did China miscalculate the rise of India? Beijing has been preoccupied with tensions with Washington, but a deadly brawl on the Himalayan border last month raised the possibility of wars on two fronts Decades of talks have failed to bridge trust deficits and misperceptions, observers say
US PANDEMIC ADVISOR SAYS THE COUNTRY NEEDS TO SHUT DOWN AGAIN "THE US RESPONSE HAS BEEN EXTRAORDINARILY DISAPPOINTING AND WRONGHEADED. WHENEVER THERE'S BEEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO THE RIGHT THING, WE SEEM TO HAVE DONE THE WRONG THING"
Kazakhstan health ministry rejects Chinese claim of ‘unknown, deadlier pneumonia’ Ministry says Chinese embassy misunderstood official count, which includes unspecified cases WHO says it not aware of new emerging disease circulating in the Central Asian nation
US-China competition in Indo-Pacific a ‘marathon, not a sprint’, acting assistant secretary of defence says Head of Washington’s regional strategy David Helvey calls on ‘like-minded partners’ to defend international order Conflict ‘not inevitable’ but countries cannot sit ‘idly by’ while Beijing bends and disregards rules
After border clash with India, has China made a strategic miscalculation? China seems to have decided it can bear the cost of its territorial assertion at the disputed border and has warned India against strategic miscalculation However, the current gain might cloud the big picture for Beijing in the long term
Google Loon Is Now Beaming WiFi Down to Earth From Giant Balloons Four years ago, three big tech companies had plans in the works to beam internet down to Earth from the sky, and each scenario sounded wilder than the next. SpaceX requested permission to launch 4,425 satellites into orbit to create a global internet hotspot. Facebook wanted to use solar-powered drones and laser-based tech to shoot wifi to antennas. And Google’s Loon was building giant balloons to house solar-powered electronics that would transmit connectivity down from the stratosphere. As incredible as it all sounds, two of these schemes have started to come to fruition. Loon balloons made their (non-emergency) debut in Kenya this week, with 35 balloons transmitting a 4G signal to 31,000 square miles of central and western Kenya. And SpaceX is in the process of signing up beta testers for its internet-via-satellite, with over 500 satellites currently in orbit. Facebook, however, stopped work on its internet drones in mid-2018.
Why We Need Mass Automation to Pandemic-Proof the Supply Chain the global supply chain, works so well that it’s effectively invisible most of the time. ......... The pandemic has thrown a floodlight on the inner workings of this modern wonder—and it’s exposed massive vulnerabilities. ....... While there are some notable instances of advanced automation, the overwhelming majority of work is still manual, resembling a sort of human-powered bucket brigade, with people wandering around warehouses or standing alongside conveyor belts. Each package of diapers or bottle of detergent ordered by an online customer might be touched dozens of times by warehouse workers before finding its way into a box delivered to a home. ............. To make the global supply chain more resilient to shocks like Covid-19, we must look to technology. ............ the Global Supply Chain: The Massive ‘Matter Router’ ........... today’s companies, big and small, are looking to automation, robotics, and AI to meet the pandemic head on. These technologies are crucial to scaling the infrastructure that will fulfill most of the world’s e-commerce and food distribution needs. ........... You can think of this new infrastructure as a rapidly evolving “matter router” that will employ increasingly complex robotic systems to move products more freely and efficiently. .......... The good news? We can accomplish this with technologies we have today.
US economy posts its worst drop on record The US economy contracted at a 32.9% annual rate from April through June, its worst drop on record .......... wiping out five years of economic gains in just a few months. ........ Between January and March, GDP declined by an annualized rate of 5%.