US firms power rise in global arms sales

New data from SIPRI showed that sales of arms and military services by the top 100 firms went up by 47% since 2002 ByDave Makichuk Sales of arms and military services witnessed an increase of nearly five percent worldwide in 2018, mainly led by a strong showing by US firms, according to Stockholm International Peace … Continue reading US firms power rise in global arms sales

Chinese psyops vs US have been one hell of a success

Beijing was equally successful in Washington – making a clean sweep of US administrations until Trump came along. Of course, each “had its reasons.”

Some combination of money, flattery and a 10-course dinner is usually all that’s needed with Americans ByGrant Newsham The Chinese Communist Party is a nasty regime. But sometimes one marvels at what it has accomplished. And no, we’re not talking about the Shenzhen skyscrapers or the new Beijing airport. Rather, the CCP over the last … Continue reading Chinese psyops vs US have been one hell of a success

Explained: ZF two-speed EV gearbox

By Daniel Gardner German transmission giant cuts new teeth on two EV ratios With the exception of a handful of high-end high-performance models, all electric vehicles use a simple single-speed transmission to send power from the motor to the wheels. The solution is cost-effective, and the incredible torque characteristics of an electric motor ensure swift … Continue reading Explained: ZF two-speed EV gearbox

Great Wall pushes ahead with US$1.1 billion EV plant

But prominent players in new energy vehicles are now suffering — and blaming it on the drop-off in government subsidies ByDave Makichuk Car sales are down in China, and around the world — so why is Great Wall Motors still bullish on building a new factory in Jiangsu province? Bucking the trend, the Chinese carmaker … Continue reading Great Wall pushes ahead with US$1.1 billion EV plant

Where the Silk Roads meet the mighty Mekong

Sleepy, landlocked Laos is undergoing rapid changes as China builds connections to mainland Southeast Asia ByPepe Escobar, Luang Prabang The small wooden boats slowly make their way down the brown waters of the Mekong at sunset. Flowing meditation – just enjoying the silence, watching the river flow. Then, suddenly, in the distance, an apparition – … Continue reading Where the Silk Roads meet the mighty Mekong