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Beijing: The world cannot be only subject to the US and the West, said a state-run Chinese daily which warned that “things will get tough if Washington suspects any organization that includes China and Russia”.

Global Times in an editorial “Anxiety over Ufa summits unnecessary” said that as no head of a Western state will attend the Ufa summits, “the West has again heightened its vigilance”.

BRICS and Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summits are being held from Wednesday to Friday in Ufa, Russia.

It said that the worries of the Western countries are all stereotypical.

“For instance, they think the Ufa summits indicate a confrontation with the West and consider China-Russia strategic cooperation as an alliance or axis. These appear to be stronger and more unequivocal as China, Russia and other BRICS countries take increasing shares of the world economy.”

The daily said that no one in the BRICS or the SCO will think their memberships mean there is no need to care about their relations with the West.

“The two organizations do not aim to confront the West. However, things will get tough if Washington suspects any organization that includes China and Russia, but excludes the US out of anti-West intentions. This logic means you must accept US leadership or be considered anti-West.”

The editorial said the US should be less stressed. “It is no longer a time when national security competition is omnipresent. Globalization and power shifts have also deeply affected economic competition. The world’s diversity today cannot be interpreted using old mentalities.”

It went on to say that BRICS countries are “not so ambitious as to wish to completely change the current international order, nor do they have the strength”.

“They actually hope to improve their position and treatment in the current order so as to achieve better development. This deserves some understanding from developed countries,” it added.

The editorial added that as countries turn pragmatic, “interest groups engaged in political, economic and military areas are always converted into a community of common interests”.

“The world cannot be only subject to the US and the West. China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative and Russia’s Eurasia Economic Union program cause no suspicion from Beijing and Moscow even though there is some overlap in Central Asia. But the US has felt alarm. This can only be attributed to its narrow-mindedness,” it said.

The daily said that the US and “its followers need not consider everything as a confrontation. With so many lessons in the 20th Century, in this century great powers should learn to get along more smartly”. (IANS)

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US Planning For Space Force To Stay Ahead in War

The general says his team is already writing government proposals to make space resupply a certainty for future military mobility

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Air Force Gen. Carlton D. Everhart, the Commander of Air Mobility Command, left, holds a binder with a photograph of Air Force One on the cover as he speaks to Navy Adm. Bill Moran, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, second from left, while arriving with other generals and admirals for a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Fla., Dec. 21, 2016. (VOA)

It might sound like science fiction, but the general in charge of the U.S. military’s air transports across the globe says refueling and resupplying the military may soon be a job that’s literally out of this world.

“If I can resupply from space I can go across globe in about 30 minutes,” Air Force General Carlton Everhart, the head of Air Mobility Command, told VOA. “I do truly believe that is the next step. We can really make inroads.”

Everhart says the time gained by using hypersonic craft in space could keep him ahead in “the speed of war,” where competitors China and Russia have been trying to make gains.

The idea of using space deliveries isn’t as far out as it may seem. In fact, industry leaders, companies Everhart hopes to partner with, are already working on this type of technology.

Launch vehicles from companies like SpaceX, Sierra Nevada, and even foreign ventures could “provide tremendous strategic advantage to the U.S. government,” according to Eric Stallmer, the president of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation.

But it’s an advantage that would come with an astronomical price tag of thousands of dollars per kilo.

Experts say the need to transport via space must outweigh these costs, perhaps only being used during the most important of missions.

Todd Harrison, a space and defense expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, points to the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, which killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, as a situation where time necessities could overpower cost concerns.

“Imagine if we had been able to launch a SEAL team and put them right down in that compound within 45 minutes of knowing that it was under attack. It could have made the difference,” he said.

The general is not just focused on launching from one point on Earth to another, Everhart also wants to use satellites to preposition cargo in space.

Stallmer said a lot of spaceflight companies are looking at this idea of space refueling depots, including plans to convert those refueling vehicles to habitats within space once they’ve been used.

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The future is full of possibilities, but it is unclear when these technologies will be fully developed. Experts give estimates ranging from a couple of years to more than a decade, but that doesn’t stop Everhart from dreaming.

“The train is leaving the station and we’re going to be on it. And I’m not going to be on the caboose. I want to be in front of, I’m going to be in the front,” he said.

The general says his team is already writing government proposals to make space resupply a certainty for future military mobility. (VOA)

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