The international media is so focused on the corona virus epidemic that is spreading rapidly across the world, that a small incident in the Pakistani port city of Karachi went almost unnoticed. The incident took place near the port area in Karachi on the night of February 16, where it was reported that due to a gas leak at least 14 people were killed and several hundred hospitalised with chest pains, burning eyes and breathing difficulties. The Sindh government, thereafter, also ordered the evacuation of the coastal residential area of Keamari , which was worst affected.
On April 16, three French senators, Christian Cambon, Olivier Cadic and Rachel Mazuire, all members of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense and the Armed Forces published a study tilted “Disinformation, Cyber attacks and cyber surveillance: The other COVID-19 war” that recommends for the Government to set up a cyber reaction force to fight against “false news” and respond to the strategy adopted by certain foreign powers to influence online readers.
While Taiwan has alerted the WHO to the emergence of the virus and the possibility of human-to-human transmission, several weeks before China, the UN specialized agency continues to boycott Taipei, at Beijing’s request.
Just as the world community has agreed that it needs to work jointly to overcome the challenges posed by the ongoing pandemic of Covid-19, consensus must also be reached quickly to jointly oppose China’s blatant disregard for global standards and its repeated attempts to distort the facts in order to circumvent international regulations.
A contract has recently been signed with Russian armaments companies to set up a maintenance and repair centre for S-400 ground-to-air defence systems in China.
The Chinese army has tested its new Dong Feng-41 intercontinental ballistic missile. This three-stage missile, with solid propellant, can be launched from silos or mobile platforms. It has a range between 12,000 and 15,000 kilometres.
In a recent report, Interpol warns against a secret plan by the Chinese Ministry of State Security to use the migration crisis to set up spy networks in Europe.