China gains ground in Serbia with new civil-military partnership model
Beijing's delivery of HQ-22 surface-to-air missiles to Serbia in early April fits in with part of a broader plan to attract non-NATO European countries its way.
The Guoanbu or ministry of State Security is China’s principal non-military intelligence service. It is often in conflict with the Chinese military, which wants more powers, or the Gonganbu, the ministry of Public Security.
After focusing on Africa, the private security company Frontier Services Goup, close to the Chinese authorities, is actively prospecting for business in three countries that are key for China's development - Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia.
Chinese foreign ministry's head of external security Cheng Guoping is a pillar of Beijing's cooperation with Afghanistan and other neighbouring countries. China's training programmes for Central Asia's intelligence officers provide an effective channel for Cheng to carry out his mission.
Close to Singapore's zero-day vulnerabilities broker Coseinc and Chinese cybersecurity giant Qi An Xin, China's Pangu Lab has published a lengthy report on a threat campaign attributed to the NSA-linked advance persistent threat group Equation Group.
Christine Lee, accused by MI5 of being a Chinese agent, was a partner of former Conservative Party MP Neil Carmichael. Carmichael looks to have links with the Sun Wah Cultural Exchange, which is financed by business tycoon Jonathan Choi.
China has its eye on Iraq's energy assets but previous setbacks mean it is proceeding with caution. To make the right impression, Beijing is putting the focus on new school construction contracts that were facilitated by a Chinese businessman who has lived in Iraq for many years.
The US Department of Commerce has put zero day distributor COSEINC on its blacklist alongside leading Israeli companies NSO and Candiru and Russia's Positive Technologies. The firm's founder, Thomas Lim has another revenue source, however.
Monopolised by the situation in Afghanistan, particularly the threat from Islamic State in Khorasan, Pakistan's intelligence service is also caught in a power struggle between the prime minister and the head of the armed forces while it awaits the appointment of a new chief.
Li Wei and Zhang Xuan are to liaise between security service chiefs and provincial officials in charge of implementing the wide-ranging disciplinary programme aimed at rooting out and punishing those who fail to toe the Chinese Communist Party line.
Wang Chunning, commander of the People's Armed Police (PAP), has officially joined the Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission (CPLAC). The law enforcement body is currently overseeing a "rectification" programme aimed at rooting out corruption and disloyalty.
The fledgling Overall National Security Concept Research Center, created under the supervision of the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR), was busy leading talks on security issues in the weeks leading up to the Chinese Communist Party's centennial celebrations.
The senior police official had been tipped to lead the Hong Kong Police Force before being caught in a massage parlour during a raid. The latest senior security appointments are further tightening Beijing's grip over the former British territory.