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litical and diplomatic means alone cannot support Japan’s global ambitions. A military presence at the global level is needed if Japan is to expand its political clout.
Compared with old European powers like the UK and France, Japan’s military influence in Europe is jerkwater. But it is different after Japan signed military pa
cts with these countries – Japan’s political influence is increasing because of the support of military powers.
With the influence of the UK and France declining in the Asia-Pacific region, their military activities can get
the support from Japan via the ACSA, which will immensely boost Japan’s military clout. These European countries will not look at Ja
pan through the military lens, which will effectively strengthen Japan’s political might.
Meanwhile, exchange of military provisions will help enhance people-to-people exchanges between Japan and these countries, ex
erting Japan‘s cultural influence in these countries and beyond. Even if Japan fails to become a permanent member of the UN Security Co
uncil, it can still play a major role in the world. This has been part of the global strategies of the Abe administration.
We can see that Japan signing ACSAs with six countries is not just for defense and military purposes, it’s part of an overall plan to influence economics, po
litics, military and culture, which is a long-term strategic mind-set of the Japanese government.
China is expected to generate 48.6 zettabytes (48.6 trillion gigabytes) of data in 2025, while the number for the US is forecast to be
30.6ZB, according to a study by the International Data Corporation (IDC) and data storage firm Seagate, a CNBC report said.
In addition, the global total amount of new data generated is set to grow from 33ZB in 2018 to 175ZB by
2025, with data collected from entertainment platforms, video surveillance footage, internet-co
nnected devices, productivity tools and metadata contributing to most of the growth, according to the report.
In the race for data, which, as IDC analysts put in their report, is
“at the heart of this digital world” and “a company’s most valuable intangible a
sset, which can create a competitive edge in digital transformation”, there is already a victory sign coming from China.
The country generated about 7.6ZB data last year, around 0.7ZB more than the US, the report said.
echnology sectors of Hong Kong and the mainland, facilitating more career opportuniti
es for Hong Kong local talent as well as offering a larger market for knowledge transfer.
Tam Yiu-chung, a Hong Kong member of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, the country’s top legislat
ure, estimated that the plan would lay out development priorities for the area, and the key tasks each city should carry out.
Hong Kong will thus have a clearer direction for future development, and better understand how it can fully contribute, Tam said.
The Greater Bay Area encompasses Hong Kong and Macao, as well as nine cities in Guangdon
g province: Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Dongguan, Huizhou, Zhongshan, Foshan, Zhaoqing and Jiangmen.
In 2017, the 11 cities produced one-eighth of China’s gross domestic product while containin
g only 5 percent of the nation’s population and only 0.6 percent of China’s total landmass.
ceful exploration of space and its openness to cooperation with any country in its development of space technology, the US will not give up its desire to hav
e dominance in this domain, and it is devoting a great deal of effort to presenting China and Russia as threats to serve this purpose.
Its huge investment in the development of a “Space Force” will, as a result, inevitably give rise
to an arms race off the Earth, which will shatter the human dream of the peaceful exploration of space.Be
ijing’s environmental watchdog is considering adopting the National VI (B) emission standards ahead of the cou
ntry’s scheduled time, aiming to reduce vehicle emissions and enhance air pollution control in the capital.
According to a draft plan published by the Beijing Municipal Ecological Environment Bureau on Monday, the new st
andard would come into effect first for diesel-powered trucks in public transportation and environmental sa
nitation industries and heavy-duty vehicles powered by gas in July, and then extend to other vehicles beginning in 2020.
Sales of these vehicles would be banned after the respective deadlines, but owners could
still register vehicles that meet the current standard one month after these deadlines, according to the draft.