Satellite Captured Image of China’s Aircraft Carrier

DigitalGlobe Inc., a commercial satellite company, said Wednesday that it took a photograph of China’s first aircraft carrier during a sea trial in the Yellow Sea, off the Chinese coast. The Pentagon did not confirm the image, but Stephen Wood, the satellite company’s director, said he’s confident about the Dec. 8 photograph due to the carrier’s location.

Although China insists the carrier is intended for research and training, its use has raised concern about the country’s military strength and its increasingly assertive claims over disputed territory. While the development of carriers is driven largely by bragging rights and national prestige, China’s naval ambitions have been brought into focus with its claims to disputed territory surrounding Taiwan and in the South China Sea.

Taiwan, the self-governing island democracy claimed by China as its own, has responded to the growing Chinese threat by developing missiles capable of striking carriers at sea. An illustration at a display Wednesday of military technology in the capital Taipei showed a Hsiung Feng III missile hitting a carrier that was a dead ringer for the former Varyag.

Over the past year, China has seen a flare-up in spats with Japan, the Philippines and Vietnam and had its relations strained with South Korea — all of which have sought support from Washington, long the pre-eminent naval power in Asia.

China defends its carrier program by saying it is the only permanent member of the United Nations Security Council that has not developed such vessels and that it has a huge coastline and vast maritime assets to defend. Beijing has also said its carriers would be employed in international humanitarian efforts, although the ex-Varyag’s ski jump-style flight deck severely limits the loads its planes can carry.

 

Source: Fox News

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Wall Street Protest Goes Global

All over the world, protesters geared up to send a loud cry on Saturday against bankers, financers, and politicians who they say are destroying world economies and sending millions of people down the poverty line because of their greed.

Last month’s Occupy Wall Street movement inspired a global protest which began in New Zealand and is expected to echo through Alaska via Frankfurt, London, Washington, and New York. Because violent clashes have occurred in London and Athens, riot police prepared for any trouble that may surge.

New Zealand and Australia started the worldwide protest while most of Asia was just traditionally quiet about the issue. Hundreds of people rallied in Auckland, New Zealand and joined 3,000 people in the city square chanting and banging the drums, while denouncing corporate greed. About 200 people gathered in Wellington and 50 in the city of Christchurch. Sydney saw about 2,000 people, including representatives of Aboriginal groups, communists and trade unionist. They protested just outside the main Reserve Bank of Australia.

“I think people want real democracy,” said OccupyMelbourne.org spokesman Nick Carson. “They don’t want corporate influence over their politicians. They want their politicians to be accountable.”

In Tokyo, anti-nuclear protesters joined the hundreds of people in a protest march. In Manila, Philippines, dozens of protesters marched up the U.S. Embassy carrying banners that read “Down with U.S. imperialism” and “Philippines not for sale.”

In Taiwan, more than a hundred people gathered at the Taipei 101 skyscraper and chanted “We are Taiwan’s 99 percent.” They say that the improvement in the economy had only benefited companies while the middle-class received salaries that were barely enough to make ends meet. Top businessmen Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp. (TSMC) chairman Morris Chang supported the movement and expressed his opinion about the income gap in the city of Hsinchu.

“I’ve been against the gap between rich and poor,” he said. “The wealth of the top 1 percent has increased very fast in the past 20, 30 years… ‘Occupy Wall Street’ is a reaction to that. We have to take the issue seriously…”

The worldwide protests are meant to be peaceful. However, a bunch of students stormed the Goldman Sachs offices in Milan, Italy on Friday. They were immediately dispersed but they had already vandalized the office walls and expressed their rage at Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi with words like “Give us money.” Aside from that, protesters threw eggs at the UniCredit headquarters. Italian police are preparing for thousands to protest in Rome against austerity measures being planned by the government.

In Britain, demonstrators are targeting the City of London for their place of gathering with a movement named “Occupy the Stock Exchange.” People are angry at the taxpayer bailouts of banks since 2008 and at big bonuses that are still given to those who work in them while many Britons are still suffering from unemployment.

In Greece, demonstrators aligned themselves with the “Indignant” movement of Spain and arranged for an anti-austerity rally in Syntagma Square of Athens.

The core message of this worldwide protest is to make the “greedy and corrupt” rich, especially banks, pay more. In addition to that, protesters are complaining that government officials are still not paying attention to this issue. Demonstrators all over the world are calling for the people to unite, demonstrate peacefully and organize and make deals to make their goal possible.