from the Soviet Union and two military alliances, the Warsaw Treaty Organization and NATO, were confronting each other. The US now has greater milit
ary superiority than it did at that time. Suspending the treaty now is not because US military strength is weake
r than over the three decades ago, but because Washington’s thinking has become more radical.
Although the US in the Reagan era launched the Strategic Defense Initiative, nicknamed “Star Wars,” it accepted the concept of
security based on a balance of power. But today the US wants an overwhelming advantage and absolute secur
ity. It even cannot accept other countries which want to strengthen their strategic defense.
Washington has been hyping the Russian threats in recent yea
rs, but Russia’s strategic deterrence is clearly weaker than in the Soviet era. The US has also com
plained about China’s development of missile capabilities. This is even more unreasonable. China’s nuclear dete
rrence isn’t comparable to that of the US and Russia. Portraying China’s military development as part of an “arms ra
ce,” the US is creating an excuse to suppress China’s legitimate build-up of its national defense.
Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez on Saturday called for mobilization to defend Venezuela and “stop the imperialist intervention in Latin America.
“The US government, the true mastermind behind the coup d’etat vs. Venezuela, is threatening to launch a military agg
ression against that sister nation. It is putting pressure on Europe to become its accomplice,” Rodriguez tweeted.
“Let’s all mobilize to stop the imperialist intervention in Latin America,” he added.
The Cuban foreign minister also questioned US Vice President Mike Pence for not mentioning in Miami his officials’ previous
meetings with and his phone call to Juan Guaido, who proclaimed himself as interim Venezuelan president.
On Friday, Pence attended a roundtable discuss
ion on the Venezuelan crisis in Doral, a city in Miami-Dade County of the US state of Florida.
Rodriguez has on several occasions expressed Cuba’s rejection of the interference a
ctions against Caracas, and confirmed Havana’s solidarity with the Venezuelan people and President Nicolas Maduro.
Chinese academic institutions and companies are leading players in global artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, according to a recent report from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
Chinese institutions make up 17 of the world’s top 20 academic players in AI patenting a
nd 10 of the top 20 in AI-related scientific publications, showed the report, which was released on Thursday.
The report noted that AI patents filed by Chinese organizations grew 20 percent annually on average between 2013 and 2016.
“Chinese organizations are particularly strong in the emerging technique of deep learning,” the report said.
Among the Chinese institutions, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) was a leading player, wit
h more than 2,500 patent families and more than 20,000 scientific papers published on AI, it sh
owed, adding that CAS has the largest deep learning portfolio with 235 patent families.
However, US and Japanese companies led in AI patent filings. Of the top 20 companie
s filing AI-related patents, 12 are based in Japan, three are from the US and two are from China.
US-based IBM has the largest portfolio of AI patent filings with 8,290 inventions, followed by Microsoft with 5,930 inventions, according to the report.
State Grid Corp of China rose into the top 20 after its patent filings increased by an average of 70 percent annually from 2013 to 2016.