Russia expels Czech diplomats over explosion row – BBC News

The Czech Republic has accused Russia of being involved in a blast at a munitions factory in 2014.
— Read on www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-56796324

Crypto Rebels | WIRED

It’s the FBIs, NSAs, and Equifaxes of the world versus a swelling movement of Cypherpunks, civil libertarians, and millionaire hackers. At stake: Whether privacy will exist in the 21st century.
— Read on www.wired.com/1993/02/crypto-rebels/

A New Threat to New York’s Clean Energy Goals: Bitcoin Mining – New York Focus

A Finger Lakes power plant plans to ramp up Bitcoin mining. Environmentalists warn dozens of fossil-fueled plants could follow.
— Read on www.nysfocus.com/2021/04/13/new-york-bitcoin-mining-threat/

China’s Dystopian “New IP” Plan Shows Need for Renewed US Commitment to Internet Governance – Just Security

The US must rally partners to rein in the abuse of multilateral institutions for Huawei’s plans on 6G and beyond, which make concerns over 5G look minor.
— Read on www.justsecurity.org/75741/chinas-dystopian-new-ip-plan-shows-need-for-renewed-us-commitment-to-internet-governance/

Japan Not to Concede on Sovereignty, Democratic Values: Suga | Nippon.com

Washington, April 16 (Jiji Press)–Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Friday indicated Japan’s stance of not conceding on territorial sovereignty and democratic values, apparently mindful of China’s ramping up of its hegemonic position in Asia, including over the Senkaku Islands.

“We have no plans on making concessions on matters regarding sovereignty, and on universal values such as democracy, human rights and the rule of law,” Suga said in an online speech on Japan’s diplomatic policy at an event hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a U.S. think tank.

The Senkaku Islands in Japan’s southernmost prefecture of Okinawa are claimed by China.

“We will argue what we should argue and strongly demand specific actions,” the prime minister, who is visiting Washington for talks with U.S. President Joe Biden, said, referring to China’s rising maritime assertiveness backed by military power.
— Read on www.nippon.com/en/news/yjj2021041700288/

The vanishing billionaire: how Jack Ma fell foul of Xi Jinping | Financial Times

Alibaba founder’s dramatic rise and fall illustrates China’s wary embrace of tycoons who power economic growth
— Read on www.ft.com/content/1fe0559f-de6d-490e-b312-abba0181da1f

Yuri Gagarin: Russia, U.S. and China Are in a Deadly New Space Race – Bloomberg

Sixty years after Yuri Gagarin’s orbit of the Earth, the militarization of the cosmos is heating up. A Q&A.
— Read on www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2021-04-17/yuri-gagarin-russia-u-s-and-china-are-in-a-deadly-new-space-race

France Approves Bionic Cyborg Soldiers | Super Soldiers

 A French military panel has cleared the development of bionic soldiers and other high-tech upgrades.
— Read on www.popularmechanics.com/military/weapons/a34945348/france-approves-bionic-soldiers/

Biden, Suga poised to present united front on Taiwan as China steps up pressure | Reuters

U.S. President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will present a united front on Taiwan, China’s most sensitive territorial issue, in a summit meeting on Friday, according to a senior U.S. administration official.
— Read on www.reuters.com/world/china/biden-suga-poised-present-united-front-taiwan-china-steps-up-pressure-2021-04-16/

Taiwan tells Biden emissaries it will counter China’s ‘adventurous manoeuvres’ with U.S | World | News | The Guardian

By Yimou Lee TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen told emissaries visiting at U.S. President Joe Biden’s request on Thursday that the island would work with the United States to deter threats from Chinese military activities.
— Read on www.theguardian.pe.ca/news/world/taiwan-president-tells-bidens-emissaries-island-will-counter-chinas-adventurous-manoeuvres-with-us-576169/