Taiwan, US need more drones to defend against China: Washington think tank

By Chen Cheng-liang
and William Hetherington / Staff writers

Taiwan and the US should invest in low-cost, long-range drones to be deployed en masse in the event of a Taiwan-China military conflict, a US think tank said in a recent report.In a report titled “Swarms over the Strait: Drone Warfare in a Future Fight to Defend Taiwan,” released on Thursday last week, Washington-based think tank the Center for a New American Security said a diversified fleet of drones could help stave off a Chinese invasion of Taiwan.“The United States needs a diverse fleet of aerial drones that includes a mix of higher-end and cheaper systems,” the report said.

Photo: Screen grab from AeroVironment’s Facebook page

That mix should include “‘good enough’ long-range drones for target acquisition and strike,” as well as “a smaller number of stealthy drones that can conduct surveillance in highly contested airspace,” along with “more sophisticated drones … as a part of the collaborative combat aircraft program,” it said.However, as the US alone could not compete with China in drone production, Taiwan would also need to invest heavily in building its own drone fleet, the report said.

Copa America 2024: How to watch USA vs. Bolivia for free

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Just a few days after the Copa America began with a 2-0 win for Messi’s Argentina, the United States Men’s National Team are making their debuts.

They’ll kick off the group round against the Bolivia national football team tonight, June 23, before taking on Panama and Uruguay in the coming weeks.

The USMNT currently sits at 11th in FIFA’s worldwide power rankings, making them the third highest-ranked team competing in the Copa America (other top 10 teams are competing in the 2024 Euro), but the three-game group stage run will determine whether or not the United States make it to the knockout stage.

Tonight’s game airs on FOX, but Sling TV and more will carry the game at a discount or free entirely with a new subscription.

When is the USA vs. Bolivia match at the 2024 Copa America?

Team USA and Bolivia kick off their respective 2024 Copa America runs tonight, June 23, at 6:00 p.m. ET.

What channel is USA vs. Bolivia airing on?

USA vs. Bolivia is airing on FOX, so if you have cable, all you’ll have to do to tune in is turn FOX on at 6:00 p.m. tonight or fire up the Fox Sports app and log in with your cable credentials.

How to watch USA vs. Bolivia for free:

If you just plan on sampling Copa America, three live TV streaming services come with FOX and free trials for new users.

fuboTV – seven-day free trial; plans then start at $79.99/month

Hulu + Live TV – three days free to new users before $76.99/month payments

DIRECTV Stream – five-day free trial for all plans starting at $79.99/month

Other ways to stream USA vs. Bolivia:

Though free sounds great, If you’re planning on watching more than one match (see below for Team USA’s schedule), then the most cost-effective way to stream all the 2024 Copa America is without taking advantage of a free trial at all since they run at most seven days. You won’t get any days for free, but you will save over $40/month.

Sling TV’s Blue plan includes FOX, and right now, you can get your first month for 50% off. Instead of $45, you’ll pay $22.50 — and all you’ll need is that one-month subscription to watch the entire tournament through the July 14 final match.

Where is USA vs. Bolivia being played?

Team USA and Team Bolivia will meet on the pitch at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX – home of the Dallas Cowboys.

Team USA Copa America schedule: When does Team USA play?

Thursday, June 27 – Panama vs. United States, 6 p.m. ET (FOX)

Monday, July 1 – United States vs. Uruguay, 9 p.m. ET (FS1)

Bolivia Copa America schedule:

Thursday, June 27 – Uruguay vs. Bolivia, 9 p.m. ET (FOX)

Monday, July 1 – Bolivia vs. Panama, 9 p.m. ET (FS2)

Copa America squads: Who is playing for Team USA and Bolivia?

Team USA roster for the 2024 Copa America

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Goalkeepers:

Ethan Horvath (Cardiff City)

Sean Johnson (Toronto FC)

Matt Turner (Nottingham Forest)

Defenders:

Cameron Carter-Vickers (Celtic)

Kristoffer Lund (Palermo)

Mark McKenzie (Genk)

Shaq Moore (Nashville SC)

Tim Ream (Fulham)

Chris Richards (Crystal Palace)

Antonee Robinson (Fulham)

Miles Robinson (FC Cincinnati)

Joe Scally (Borussia Mönchengladbach)

Midfielders:

Tyler Adams (Bournemouth)

Johnny Cardoso (Real Betis)

Luca de la Torre (Celta Vigo)

Weston McKennie (Juventus)

Yunus Musah (AC Milan)

Gio Reyna (Nottingham Forest)

Malik Tillman (PSV Eindhoven)

Forwards:

Brenden Aaronson (Union Berlin)

Folarin Balogun (Monaco)

Ricardo Pepi (PSV Eindhoven)

Christian Pulisic (AC Milan)

Josh Sargent (Norwich City)

Tim Weah (Juventus)

Haji Wright (Coventry City)

Bolivia roster for the 2024 Copa America

Goalkeepers:

Carlos Lampe (Bolivar)

Guillermo Viscarra (The Strongest)

Gustavo Almada (Universitario de Vinto)

Defenders:

Jose Sagredo (Bolivar)

Adrian Jusino (The Strongest)

Roberto Fernandez (Baltika Kaliningrad)

Luis Haquin (Ponte Preta)

Jairo Quinteros (Bolivar)

Diego Medina (Always Ready)

Jesus Sagredo (Bolivar)

Marcelo Suarez (Always Ready)

Yomar Rocha (Bolivar)

Sebastian Alvarez (Oriente Petrolero)

Cesar Romero (Blooming)

Midfielders:

Leonel Justiniano (Bolivar)

Ramiro Vaca (Bolivar)

Fernando Saucedo (Bolivar)

Boris Cespedes (Yverdon-Sport)

Gabriel Villamil (LDU Quito)

Miguel Terceros (Santos)

Hector Cuellar (Always Ready)

Robson Tome (Always Ready)

Pablo Vaca (Always Ready)

Adalid Terrazas (Always Ready)

Forwards:

Rodrigo Ramallo (The Strongest)

Carmelo Algaranaz (Bolivar)

Bruno Miranda (The Strongest)

Jaume Cuellar (Barcelona B)

Cesar Menacho (Blooming)

Lucas Chavez (Bolivar)

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The Washington Post: New data shows North Korea transporting large amounts of munitions to Russia

A new analysis of internal Russian trade data illuminates how shipments of suspected North Korean munitions were distributed through Russia.
The data, obtained by the global security nonprofit C4ADS and provided to The Washington Post, covers shipments from August through January and shows that more than 74,000 metric tons of explosives were distributed from two ports in Russia’s Far East to 16 sites mainly along the country’s western borders near Ukraine.
That weight is equal to about 1.6 million artillery shells of the type Russia has used in the war. In addition, these shipments were labeled as “ammunition” at their destinations, even though the documentation stated the shipments contained ”explosives”.
North Korea is not directly indicated as the country of origin of these cargoes, but their departure from port cities in the Far East coincides with the time of call there of ships arriving from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (D​PRK).
The publication notes that this is serious indirect evidence of munitions shipments from the D​PRK to Russia, which have been repeatedly mentioned in the West. “This is the closest thing to proof of Russian-North Korean connection when it comes to munitions transfers, and this proves that the Russians and North Koreans were lying” in denying the transfers, said Go Myong-hyun, senior research fellow at Seoul’s Institute for National Security Strategy, which is affiliated with South Korea’s intelligence agency.
“It really gives more credibility to the fact that North Korea is helping Russia to conduct its war in Ukraine,” Go said. “Unless we have photos, or the North Koreans say, ‘Look, we’ve been transferring shells to Russia,’ or something like that, this is the best we can get.”
Analysis of satellite imagery and marine traffic data by The Washington Post and C4ADS shows that Russian-flagged vessels linked to the country’s military were docked in the North Korea port of Rajin and then later at the Russian ports of Vostochny and Dunai. Most of the explosives departed to sites in Russia within a week of arrival, according to the data.
These vessels — the Lady R, the Angara, the Maria and the MAIA-1 — are owned by Russian companies closely linked to the country’s military. While it is impossible to verify exactly what the ships were carrying, the United States and South Korea have previously publicly named the four vessels as involved in transporting North Korean weapons to Russia based on satellite imagery and press reports.
The shipments went to 16 sites across Russia, 12 of them near known ammunition storage facilities, according to the trade data, which C4ADS obtained from a person with access to documentation in the Russian transportation and logistics industry, whom The Washington Post is not identifying due to safety risks. This indicated to experts that these explosives were likely to be munitions.
North Korea providing assistance
Recently, Putin and Kim Jong Un signed a defense agreement that requires their countries to provide immediate military assistance if either is attacked.
Furthermore, Putin threatened South Korea, by stating that Moscow “will (…) (make) decisions which are unlikely to please the current leadership of South Korea” if Seoul decides to send arms to Ukraine, Putin said.
The Russian leader also warned that Moscow is planning to arm Pyongyang if the US and its allies continue supplying Ukraine with weapons.

The Financial Times says that despite UN restrictions, at least five North Korean tankers have been documented collecting oil products from Russia’s Vostochny Port in Russia’s Far East since 7 March, according to satellite imagery shared by the UK think-tank Royal United Services Institute with FT.
In exchange for the munitions, Russia has provided North Korea with technology to assist its plans to deploy spy satellites, as well as conventional weapons such as tanks and aircraft.
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