China copying U.S. drone designs

Defense News's Wendell Minnick reports that designs on display at the recent Zhuhai Airshow indicate that China has likely been copying designs of U.S. unmanned arial vehicles:

China appears to be modeling three UAVs on the same V-tail configuration of the U.S.-made RQ-4 Global Hawk: the Chengdu Aircraft Corp.'s Xianglong (Sour Dragon) UAV and Yilong UAV, and the Guizhou Aviation Industry Group's WZ-2000 UAV.

One mystery is why the plethora of UAV models on display at Zhuhai do not go into production, said Andrei Chang, a Chinese military analyst with the Kanwa Information Center in Toronto. China is having difficulty mastering the technical complexity of operating UAVs in real time, he said.

"The companies displaying these are probably trying to elicit foreign investment and probably do not have an actual prototype," Chang said.

China also conducted a massive war game this week as part of a campaign to improve its "long-distance mobility" using new high-speed rail networks to move troops and equipment. Eyebrows were raised in New Delhi. 


Former USAID nominee gets job with (the other) Clinton

As Laura Rozen reported on The Cable last week, the prominent physician and public health campaigner Paul Farmer is no longer a candidate for director of USAID. Farmer had reportedly been Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's choice for the job but got tripped up in the vetting process.

Now it appears that Farmer has gotten a new job with Clinton's husband, in his capacity as U.N. Special Envoy for Haiti:

Former United States President Bill Clinton today appointed the physician and Harvard University professor Paul Farmer as the United Nations Deputy Special Envoy to Haiti to assist in advancing the economic and social development of the impoverished Caribbean nation. 

“Paul’s selfless commitment to building health systems in the poor Haitian communities over the last 20 years has given millions of people hope for a brighter future for Haiti,” said Mr. Clinton.

The Clinton Foundation has supported Farmer's work in the past and his past experience in Haiti make him a natural fit for the position.

Meanwhile, the administration still needs someone to run USAID.