China has officially unveiled a sophisticated stealth fighter jet in a move believed to enhance its military status in the region.
The J-31 stealth aircraft was unveiled at the annual China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition in the southern city of Zhuhai, in south China’s Guangdong Province, on Tuesday.
Officials conducted a demonstrative flight of the twin-engine fighter jet, which is developed by the Aviation Industry Corp of China (AVIC), at the exhibit, with at least two more demonstrations scheduled for later.
Following the demonstration, the representatives of the country’s top aircraft maker displayed a mock-up version of the jet. Continue reading China reveals sophisticated stealth fighter jet
by Andrew Roth, The New York Times
MOSCOW — When Dmitry K. Kiselyov, the firebrand Russian television pundit, announced on Monday that the state news agency he leads was planning a major foreign expansion, he did not deny that the goal was to spread a type of propaganda.
After all, Mr. Kiselyov said during a kickoff event attended mainly by foreign press and a smattering of diplomats, the West was already doing it. So why not Russia?
“Komsomolskaya Pravda has its editorial politics,” said Mr. Kiselyov, referring to a popular Russian tabloid that features young, sometimes skimpily dressed women on the back cover, “and The New York Times has its own editorial politics.”
In today’s information war, he claimed, no one is objective.
Continue reading Russian News Agency Expands Global Reach
Greece, Italy, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic have openly resisted the European Commission’s decision to deny Schengen visas to residents of Crimea who have Russian passports.
In March 2014, the EU banned Schengen visas for Crimean residents unless they have Ukrainian passports and file visa applications through Kyiv.
However, despite the ban, the Moscow visa centers of four EU member states have been issuing visas for Russians living in Crimea. This information has been confirmed by representatives of these centers. Continue reading Four EU countries recognize Crimea as part of Russia
Russia on Tuesday signed a deal with Iran to build two new nuclear reactors and agreed to expand the total number of Russian reactors in the country to eight, the state nuclear agency Rosatom said.
A series of agreements, signed during a visit to Moscow by Iran’s nuclear program chief Ali Akbar Salehi, includes a contract for two new reactors at the existing Russia-built Bushehr plant. Continue reading Iran Signs Deal with Russia for Two New Nuclear Reactors
Russian lawmakers will consider banning state officials from using foreign-made smartphones, such as iPhones, over concerns they may not be secure. To avoid potential data leaks, they may be obliged to use Russian YotaPhones instead.
In the wake of the chain of scandals over US global snooping, including on dozens of world leaders, Russian senators and the country’s security services are pushing for measures to protect senior state officials’ communications.
A commission of the Federation Council, Russia’s upper house of parliament, along with experts, will examine the security of popular gadgets, Izvestia reports. Continue reading Russian officials might be banned from using iPhones over spying concerns
Damascus, SANA – Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade Dr. Humam al-Jazaeri discussed with Belorussian Deputy Foreign Minister Valentin Rybkov means of bolstering mutual cooperation relations, especially in trade and investment.
The minister stressed the necessity of easing and speeding up trade and investment exchange processes between the two sides and removing barriers hindering mutual cooperation. Continue reading Syrian-Belarusian talks to boost mutual cooperation
Moscow and Beijing have agreed many of the aspects of a second gas pipeline to China, the so-called western route. It’s in additional to the eastern route which has already broken ground after a $400 billion deal was clinched in May.
“We have reached an understanding in principle concerning the opening of the western route,” the Russian President told media ahead of his visit on November 9-11 to the Asia Pacific Economic Conference (APEC).
“We have already agreed on many technical and commercial aspects of this project laying a good basis for reaching final arrangements,” the Russian President added. Continue reading Putin: Russia, China close to reaching 2nd mega gas deal