US approves 8 billion F16 fighter jet deal with Taiwan China warns

first_img Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:01Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … President Xi Jinping warns Taiwan: attempts to split China doomed to fail Taiwan Air Force’s F-16 fighter jets fly during a demonstration at Hualien airbase, Eastern Taiwan January 23, 2013.ReutersThe US State Department on Tuesday approved a reported $8 billion sale of F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan, according to the Defence Security Cooperation Agency statement.Around 66 Lockheed Martin Corp F-16 jets, 75 General Electric Co engines and other systems are being considered for sale, the official statement to Congress said. The defence deal is said to serve US national, economic and security interests as well as enhance Taiwan’s defence capabilities.Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jim Risch welcomed the proposed sale. “These fighters are critical to improving Taiwan’s ability to defend its sovereign airspace, which is under increasing pressure from the People’s Republic of China,” Reuters quoted Risch as saying.US President Donald Trump had notified Congress of the sale last week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News on Monday.Pompeo also said that the sale was “consistent with past US policy” and that the US was “simply following through on the commitments we’ve made to all of the parties”.China has denounced the sale and warned of ‘countermeasures’ accusing the US of harming bilateral relations, peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. Responding to the announcement of the defence deal, state media China Daily said the sale sends an “erroneous signal” to Beijing.Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang on Tuesday said US arms sales to Taiwan “severely violate” Washington – Beijing agreements and “constitute severe interference in China’s internal affairs”.Warning of “consequences” he advised the US to “immediately cancel the planned arms sales, and stop selling weapons and military contact with Taiwan”.Tensions between China and Taiwan have increased after Beijing’s assertion of the province as a “One China” and sacred territory. Beijing asserted last month it is “ready to go to war” if people “try to split Taiwan from the country”. China has extensive claims over the strategic South China Sea and has shown an aggressive stance against the US and its allies for undertaking naval operations in the region.The United State’s recent exit from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty allows Washington to develop its military assets especially in comparison to the advanced Chinese military capabilities. The bilateral treaty with Russia is said to have limited the US weapons development, especially sophisticated land-based missile force.The US military test-fired ground-based cruise missile in California’s San Nicolas Island, on Sunday, weeks after it officially exited the treaty.Russia has called the missile launch a “mockery to the international community” and said that the country will also make offensive systems in retaliation.last_img read more

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Khaledas adviser Taimur arrested

first_imgTaimur Alam KhandakerTaimur Alam Khandaker, adviser to BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, was arrested in Narayanganj on Tuesday in an explosives case.Narayanganj police arrested Taimur from Chandmari area of the district around 11:15am.Motiar Rahman, additional police superintendent of Naraynganj, said a case against Taimur had been filed with Narayanganj Model Police Station on 5 January 2015 for his involvement in a bomb blast and vandalisation.An arrest warrant was issued against him long ago, Motiar added.Taimur was the former president of district Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).last_img read more

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Delhi to romance Romeo and Juliet

first_imgThe show is to be presented as homage to the pioneer of Opera in India, Francis Wacziarg. Charles Gounod who composed the music of the Opera had long been interested in turning the Shakespeare play into an opera. His librettists Jules Barbier and Michel Carré purposefully chose to adhere closely to Shakespeare’s play as seen in the choral prologue which contains the words of the dialogue from the play.The opera is in five acts: The Capulets’ Ball, The Garden of Juliet, the Cell of Friar Laurence and a Street near the Capulet’s Palace, Juliet’s Room at Dawn, and Juliet’s Tomb. The cast includes Indian singers Amar Muchhala (tenor) from London as Romeo, Aude Priya (soprano) who has been a part of many other productions by TNMF, as Juliet, Vikrant Subramanian (baritone) as Mercutio, Sparsh Bajpai (soprano) as Stefano, Toshanbor Singh Nonbet (tenor) as Benvolio, Prabhat Chandola (tenor) as Tybalt, Madhav Raina Thapan (baritone) as Paris, Clifford Afonso (baritone) as Gregorio,  Ramya Roy (Mezzo Soprano) as Getrude, and visiting singers from France Paul Medioni (Bass) as Friar Laurent and Bernard Ohanian(baritone) as count Capulet.  A symphonic instrumental concert on the theme of ‘Destiny’ is also being presented on 20th March at 7.00 pm at Kamani Auditorium with the Orchestra of the Romeo & Juliet opera, joined by Indian musicians.WHEN: 18, 19, 21 MarchWHERE: Kamani Auditoriumlast_img read more

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Lion cub smuggling case Forest dept to move to higher court

first_imgKolkata: The state Forest department will move to a higher forum, seeking cancellation of bail for the three persons who were arrested in the wee hours of Saturday on charges of smuggling a lion cub and three langurs. The trio was granted bail on being produced at Barrackpore Court later in the day, even though the Forest department had prayed for judicial custody.”We are speaking with our public prosecutor and will move to a higher court, preferably the Calcutta High Court, for cancellation of bail of the three arrested persons. We are not ruling out the involvement of an international racket in this illegal animal trade and we need to take them into custody and interrogate them for more leads,” said state Chief Wildlife Warden Ravikant Sinha. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataA three-month-old lion cub and three white headed langurs, which included two adults and one juvenile, were rescued from a vehicle on Belghoria Expressway through a raid carried out jointly by the state Forest department’s Wildlife Crime Control Unit (WCCU) and the Centre’s Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB). According to preliminary investigation, the lion cub trapped inside a nylon bag and the three langurs were being smuggled from the Benapole-Petrapole border via Kolkata to Western India. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe rescued animals were taken to Alipore Zoo’s Hospital later in the day. “They are in quarantine and are doing well. The veterinary doctors at the zoo hospital are giving them proper medicines and diet,” said Vinod Kumar Yadav, member secretary of West Bengal Zoo Authority. The animals were very weak and famished when they were rescued. According to a senior Forest department official, possession, transportation or confinement of any animal protected under the Wildlife act is a punishable offence and the maximum punishment, if proven guilty, is seven years of imprisonment. The International Union for Classification of Nature (IUCN) has classified white headed langur as a ‘critically endangered’ species, while Asiatic lion is classified as ‘endangered’.last_img read more

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Robots Are Basically Teenagers They Ace Video Games and Barely Pass Math

first_imgJune 15, 2017 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. The question of when and how robots will eventually take all of our jobs is perennially up for grabs. It would appear that we’re safe for now — our potential overlords seem more like average high school students at the moment than terminators.Earlier this month, a robot called AI-MATHS created by Chengdu Zhunxingyunxue Technology took the math portion of China’s national college entrance test.It completed the version given to students in Beijing in 22 minutes and got a score of 105 points out of 150 points. This was an improvement on the robot’s showing from February when it got a 93. The minimum passing grade is a 90.Related: I Had a Conversation With a Robot, and It Taught Me Something About HumanityChengdu Zhunxingyunxue Technology’s CEO Lin Hui told Xinhuanet that it hopes AI-MATHS will have better luck next year. “It would take two hours for a human to finish the test. I hope next year the machine can improve its performance on logical reasoning and computer algorithms and score over 130.”The robot is being designed to get accepted into Chinese institutions of higher learning such as Peking University and Tsinghua University. The test is no joke — average high school students in China generally study for the test by answering 30,000 questions — the robot so far has 12,000 questions under its belt.Related: Bill Gates Believes Robots That Steal Jobs Should Pay TaxesBut while AI-MATHS is cramming (fine, machine learning) for the big exam, an AI system developed by Malubba, which was recently acquired by Microsoft, just crushed the competition in beloved 1980s game Ms. Pac-Man.It got a perfect score of 999,990 points. Apparently the unpredictability of the game makes it an ideal training ground for artificial intelligence because it allows the machines to learn by trial and error to get to the best result.And isn’t that what growing up is all about? 2 min readcenter_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »last_img read more

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