Chinese warship spotted with possible electromagnetic railgun – an annotated infographic

Photos circulating online appear to show the first experimental deployment of a new “supergun” aboard a Chinese warship, fuelling speculation that the weapon could be an electromagnetic railgun. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading Chinese warship spotted with possible electromagnetic railgun – an annotated infographic

Australia red-flags Huawei’s Chinese undersea cable project – an annotated infographic

An undersea cable project by China’s Huawei, aimed at delivering internet to the Solomon Islands, has been banned from connecting to Australia’s broadband network on the advice of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO). Instead, Canberra will majority-fund the US$85 to $100 million project. The plan, which was to connect the Solomons and Papua New Guinea to Sydney via a 4,500-kilometre submarine fibre optic cable laid by a U.S.-British firm, had the backing of the Asian Development Bank for a $23 million loan. But in July 2016, the Solomons government abruptly switched to a subsidiary of Chinese telecom giant Huawei. … Continue reading Australia red-flags Huawei’s Chinese undersea cable project – an annotated infographic

#PokemonGO takes world by storm – an annotated infographic

As you may already be aware – unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of weeks – Pokémon GO, the augmented reality game for smartphones, has taken the world by storm. It is the successor to Nintendo’s smash-hit Game Boy games from the 1990s, featuring many of the same beloved characters, such as Pikachu. People have been propelled out of their houses and offices en masse to explore their local environs, eternally on the hunt for elusive Pokémon characters that must be captured and secured.  The appearance of an especially ‘rare’ character can cause intense excitement … Continue reading #PokemonGO takes world by storm – an annotated infographic

FAST telescope to hunt for extraterrestrial life – an annotated infographic

The Five-hundred-metre Aperture Spherical Telescope – aka FAST – is the world’s largest radio telescope. Hewn out of a mountain in China at a cost of $180 million, it will explore space and hunt for extraterrestrial life. E&T news reported the story about China’s hunt for alien life in full detail earlier this week. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading FAST telescope to hunt for extraterrestrial life – an annotated infographic

China’s C919 domestic jetliner unveiled – an annotated infographic

China’s first large passenger aircraft to be made in the country has been rolled out of the final assembly line in Shanghai. The twin-engine C919, which is expected to enter service in 2019, is one of three aircraft intended to compete in the market for single-aisle jets, a space currently dominated by Airbus and Boeing 737. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading China’s C919 domestic jetliner unveiled – an annotated infographic

China unveils Rainbow 5 mega killer #drone design – an annotated infographic

China has conducted the first test flight of its largest unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to date, named CH-5 or Rainbow 5 (really?). The style and design of Rainbow 5 bears more than a passing resemblance to the US Reaper drone. Cute name, familiar design, it’s still an automated killing machine. All together now: Up above the streets and houses, Rainbow climbing high… Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading China unveils Rainbow 5 mega killer #drone design – an annotated infographic

China dredging to reclaim land in disputed Spratly islands – an annotated infographic

China is conducting dredging operations to reclaim land at six locations in the disputed Spratly islands in the South China Sea. The largest project – begun at at Fiery Cross Reef in August – is an artificial island big enough for a 3,000-metre-long runway and harbour. The collection of approximately 45 Spratly islands and reefs have no indigenous inhabitants, but offer rich fishing grounds and may also contain significant oil and natural gas reserves. That goes more than a little way to explaining China’s tenacious interest in holding on to them, in the face of ongoing territorial disputes with Taiwan, … Continue reading China dredging to reclaim land in disputed Spratly islands – an annotated infographic

#Apple profits go through the roof as the #iPhone6 takes off in China – an annotated infographic

Apple: officially not short of a few quid. The California-based, Chinese manufacturer-preferring computer giant reported first quarter profits of $18 billion – the biggest ever made by a public company. The profits were boosted by record sales of iPhones, with Apple shifting 74.5 million iPhones in the three months to December 27. It seems redundant to qualify this statement by adding that this was well ahead of most analysts’ expectations. Ironically, it’s the Chinese thinking global, buying local that has powered much of this growth, with sales up over 70 per cent in that territory. Apparently this iPhone boom equates … Continue reading #Apple profits go through the roof as the #iPhone6 takes off in China – an annotated infographic

China plans railway to India through Tibet – an annotated infographic

China plans to extend its railway line to Tibet to the borders of India, Nepal and Bhutan once an extension to Shigatse, Tibet’s second city and a key site in Tibetan Buddhism, opens in August. Critics say the railway spurs an influx of migrants, who threaten Tibetans’ cultural integrity. Beijing believes Tibet’s mineral reserves are worth around $96bn. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading China plans railway to India through Tibet – an annotated infographic

#PhoenixTowers in Wuhan city, China, will be 1km high and environmentally responsible – an annotated infographic

World’s tallest this, highest that, smartest whatever, biggest doohickey – we humans love to compare stuff to other stuff, which in turn ensures more stuff will be forthcoming to which we can compare the old stuff that used to impress us, but which has now been rendered dull and pointless by the new stuff. In that very spirit, we bring news of China’s planned Phoenix Towers, a one-kilometre tall skyscraper designed to be the environmentally responsible centrepiece of Wuhan city and which makes London’s Shard look like total crap, that being a measly 310m tall. The environmental credentials of Phoenix … Continue reading #PhoenixTowers in Wuhan city, China, will be 1km high and environmentally responsible – an annotated infographic