1. European Security
a. Rand Corp. researchers say NATO will lose the Baltic Region within 36 hours in case of a Russian invasion.
b. UK and Germany urges the EU to do something about the influx of cheap steel from Communist China and Russia.
2. Middle Eastern Security
a. Talks are underway for a Syrian ceasefire.
b. Syrian Government troops have surrounded Syrian Rebels at Aleppo. Thousands of Syrian refugees flee to the Turkish border.
c. Saudi Arabia offers to send ground troops to Syria.
d. The leader of a coalition of Syrian rebel forces makes a multi-day visit to Beijing.
3. Asia-Pacific Trade
a. Hillary Clinton is now opposing the TPP.
b. Communist China will generate about $1.4 Trillion in exports from FTAAP.
4. Global Finance
a. Russia, the 3rd largest AIIB shareholder after Communist China and India, expects the bank to grant its first loan within six (6) months.
b. Communist China threatens to impose sanctions on offending US companies.
c. A group of Communist Chinese investors is negotiating to buy the Chicago Stock Exchange, in an obvious move to list more Communist Chinese stocks in the US stock market.
5. Global Currency
a. About 40% of Communist China-Africa trade are now Yuan-denominated.
b. Russia accepts Yuan as payment, becomes top exporter of crude oil to Communist China.
6. African Trade
a. 2015 Africa exports to Communist China down by 38%.
7. NE Asian Territories
a. Two (2) Communist Chinese fighters enter South Korea's ADIZ.
b. North Korea officially prepares to launch a long-range rocket carrying a satellite. But defense experts say this will really be a thinly-disguised ICBM test.
8. Western Pacific Security
a. US Sen. John McCain tells One America News (OAN) that, as told to him by the late Singapore PM Lee Kuan Yew, the ultimate aim of Communist China is to control the entire Western Pacific. In response to this threat, Sen. McCain is proposing that a second USN aircraft carrier should be permanently based in Japan.
b. USS Curtis Wilbur conducts FONOP within 12-miles of the Communist China-occupied Paracels, drawing virulent protests from Beijing.
c. RAAF patrols now being routinely challenged by Beijing in the South China Sea.
9. SE Asian Territories
a. The Philippine Legislature reverses its previous decision rejecting the AFP's proposed MRF Budget. The AFP will now have $210 Million for the purchase of MRFs in 2016.
b. The National Youth Movement for the West Philippine Sea (NYMWPS) Palawan, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao is launched.
c. Communist China brings tourists for the first time to her fake island at Fiery Cross Reef. Beijing claims they were the wives and children of troops stationed on the fake island.
d. Communist China warns Filipino Students against a second visit to the Kalayaans.
e. Communist China starts cracking down on critics based overseas. She reportedly abducted several from Thailand and Myanmar (as well as Hongkong).