18.06.11 China Mischief

June 12, 2018
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While The World Focuses on North Korea…


Hours before historic summit in Singapore, China puts dangerous missiles back in disputed territory, strikes deal with Iran, as U.S. learns of yet another Chinese cyber attack.

What To Know


  • Chinese surface-to-air missiles reappear on disputed islands in the South China Sea.
  • China had reportedly removed these missiles.A Defense Sec. Mattis addressed weapons in a recent speech; American B-52s did a fly-by of the islands as well.
  • U.S. ships have sailed close to islands to assert freedom of waterway; tensions very high.
‘Despite China’s claims to the contrary, the placement of these weapons systems is tied directly to military use for the purposes of intimidation and coercion.”

Sec. of Defense Jim Mattis last week on China's militarization of islands in the South China Sea. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan & Vietnam contest China's claims of the land.


  • While G7 met in Canada, China & Russia hosted a summit of its own: The SCO orA Shanghai CooperationA Organization.
  • Iran, Pakistan, & India attended.
  • Russia & China promised to honor “Iran Nuclear Deal.”
  • Chinese Pres. says he’s willing to work with Iran on nuke deal & trade despite sanctions; U.S. is not.


  • WaPo Scoop: Chinese gov’tA hacked computer system of a Navy contractor earlier this year.
  • Data hadA plans for supersonic anti-ship missile plannedA for U.S. submarines by 2020.
  • Data was unclassified, but submarine program = top secret.
  • China denies any involvement.

Some believe China may come out the "winner" in the historic Singapore summit. Why?

by Jenna Lee,