Tag: China

Space Armageddon: Why the Pentagon fears Russia and China’s star wars weaponry
Space

Space Armageddon: Why the Pentagon fears Russia and China’s star wars weaponry

Russia and China are both in a race to catch the US with their space warfare capabilities. Early last month senior Pentagon officials huddled for two days of top secret discussions about Russia and China’s space weapons. Experts from the U.S. Space Command, the Missile Defense Agency, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the CIA, among others, delivered classified briefings on the grave threat posed by these incredibly destructive high-tech devices. A highly-classified tabletop wargame followed.  The danger of space warfare is increasing, as the two-theater war scenario that the U.S. has long feared is no longer hypothetical. Moscow and Beijing are strengthening their anti-U.S. partnership at a time when Russia is engaged in a brutal war on Ukraine and China is turni...
China launches spy satellite capable of capturing images through clouds
Space, Intelligence

China launches spy satellite capable of capturing images through clouds

  China has launched a mysterious spy satellite that "monitors land, crop yields and natural disasters" but could also gather military intelligence, according to some analysts. The Yaogan 33 satellite lifted off alongside China's Long March 4C rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi Desert on Sept. This was the 35th successful launch by the East Asian space power this year. The US Space Force has captured two new objects in orbit associated with the launch of Jiuquan: the new satellite in one orbit and the upper stage of Long March 4C orbiting in a lower orbit. Little is known about Yaogan 33, a new classified series of remote sensing satellites. China says the spacecraft will be used for "scientific experiments, census of national land resources, harvest es...
US bans sales to China of key artificial intelligence ‘chips’
Intelligence, Security

US bans sales to China of key artificial intelligence ‘chips’

Nvidia and competitor AMD announced that the US is blocking them from selling chips for artificial intelligence products to China. Nvidia could lose $400 million this quarter. Chip maker Nvidia revealed on Wednesday that US officials told the company to stop exporting two key computing chips destined for artificial intelligence projects to China. Competitor Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is in the same situation. According to Reuters, this measure may hamper the ability of Chinese companies to perform advanced tasks, such as image recognition, but also cause some difficulties for Nvidia's business in China. Nvidia shares are down nearly 6.6% after the announcement. The company said the ban could interfere with the completion of development of the H100, a chip announced by Nvidia this ye...