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China, Iraq, Offsets

Dated: 29 Sep 2014
Posted by Christine Chan
Categoiry: International

China: Pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong grew over the weekend as last week’s student protesters were joined by thousands of pro-democracy Hong Kong residents. Clashes erupted between protesters and police as the police used pepper spray, tear gas, and batons in attempts to disperse the crowds. Rallies continued to expand¬†on Monday¬†after riot police withdrew, having failed to break up the demonstrations.

Iraq: U.S.-led airstrikes continued (BBC) in both Syria and Iraq over the weekend. According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Syria’s biggest gas plant, a grain silo, and a storage container were hit, while Iraqi forces claim to have stopped the advance of ISIS militants in a key strategic town near Baghdad thanks to renewed airstrikes.

Offsets: Lockheed Martin Corp said it will buy a European-built military communications satellite for South Korea as part of a $7 billion deal to supply Seoul with 40 F-35 fighter jets, in what industry observers call among the most unusual ‘offset’ agreements ever to accompany a major arms sale. Lockheed, which builds its own satellites, declined to detail the cost of the new satellite or name its manufacturer, but said the spacecraft would provide a ‘state-of-the-art’ system that met South Korea’s military requirements.

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