Geopolitical News, 04 Jan 2019

Welcome to the Friday edition of “Hawaii Intelligence Digest”–a Hawaii-based blog focusing on geopolitical news, terrorism, international affairs, word news, cyber war, and cyber security.  Views expressed in this news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents. Topics in today’s update come from the “GlobalSecurity.org Newsletter.”

Before we look at geopolitical trends, here’s a brief summary of world news from the BBC in London.  Please click this link to download the BBC News video.

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/10462520/one-minute-world-news

Now that we’ve covered world events, here’s today’s geopolitical news summary.

Accessed on 04 January 2019, 1552 UTC, Post 872.

Source:  https://www.globalsecurity.org

The “GlobalSecurity.org Newsletter”, 04 January 2019.

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LATEST NEWS Jan 4, 2019
Shanahan Stresses National Defense Strategy in First Meetings as Acting Secretary

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan will use the National Defense Strategy as his blueprint moving forward, Pentagon officials said.

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China Meets Growing Demand for Armed Drones in Middle East

China is meeting a growing demand for armed drones in the Middle East, adding new military capabilities to an already tense security situation, according to a new report from the London-based Royal United Services Institute. …

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Trump Calls On Russia, Pakistan To Take More Active Role In Afghan Conflict

U.S. President Donald Trump urged other countries, specifically Russia, Pakistan, and India, to become more involved in the fighting in Afghanistan as he argued against continued long-term presence of U.S. troops in the war-torn country. …

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Pakistan Welcomes Trump’s Remarks on Resuming Political Contacts

Pakistan has responded positively to remarks by U.S. President Donald Trump that he intends to resume the leadership-level contacts between the two countries, partners in the war against terrorism. …

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MAC denies existence of ’92 consensus,’ says it castrates Taiwan

There has never been a “1992 consensus” between Taiwan and China, and Taiwan must not acknowledge it, to prevent from being castrated by China, Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Chairman Chen Ming-tong said on Thursday. …

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Taiwanese Navy Reveals Hsiung Feng-3 Anti-Ship Missile

A few hours before Chinese President Xi Jinping gave a speech Wednesday emphasizing Taiwanese independence is destined for a “dead end,” the Taiwanese Navy unveiled its latest supersonic cruise missile, fired from a futuristic-looking corvette. …

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US Warns Iran Against Conducting Planned Missile Launches – Pompeo

In late December, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said that any efforts by foreign countries to stop the country from testing missiles would be futile. …

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Riyadh says seeking death penalty for Khashoggi murder suspects

Saudi Arabia says it has held an initial hearing into the murder case of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, with the public prosecutor requesting the death penalty for five of the suspects. …

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Russ Roberts

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