296. US defense leaders underscore rising nuclear threats; Xi Jinping slams US allies at economic forum

While Congress is divided on whether to modernize America’s nuclear forces, defense leaders say America’s biggest rivals are upping their nuclear game. Suspected Chinese hackers have been spying on the U.S. defense industry for months. This, according to a cybersecurity firm. Japan is beefing up its efforts to counter communist China in the South China Sea. A photo is drawing attention online, showing a Japanese warship cruising next to a Chinese aircraft carrier. A Tesla owner protests against the company’s quality issues on the first day of the Shanghai auto show. Some people say she was trying to defame the car-maker, and that the Chinese regime is backing her up. And Beijing is lending Sri Lanka $500 million, as the country is struggling financially. But the loan may have strings attached.

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