North Korea puts hazmat suits on parade for national day, but no missiles

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North Korea celebrated the 73rd anniversary of its foundation with a nighttime military parade in the capital, state media reported on Thursday, September 9, publishing photographs of marching rows of personnel in orange hazmat suits but no ballistic missiles. Kim Jong-un, the leader of the reclusive state, attended the event as paramilitary and public security… Continue reading North Korea puts hazmat suits on parade for national day, but no missiles

China says it will maintain communication with new Afghan government

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China said on Wednesday, September 8, it is ready to maintain communication with the leaders of the new Taliban government in Afghanistan, calling its establishment a “necessary step” in reconstruction. Foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin made the comment at a daily briefing in Beijing when asked if China would recognize the new government, whose leaders… Continue reading China says it will maintain communication with new Afghan government

US, Japan, South Korea prepare for possible meeting on North Korea – report

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The United States, South Korea and Japan are preparing for a possible meeting of officials handling North Korea next week in Tokyo, Kyodo news agency reported on Tuesday, September 7. Arrangements were being made for talks between the US envoy for North Korea, Sung Kim, and his Japanese and South Korean counterparts, the report said,… Continue reading US, Japan, South Korea prepare for possible meeting on North Korea – report

Myanmar shadow government calls for revolt against military rule

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Myanmar’s shadow government, formed by opponents of military rule, called for a revolt against the junta on Tuesday, September 7, setting out a strategy that included action by armed militias and ethnic forces and urging bureaucrats to leave their posts. Duwa Lashi La, the acting president of the National Unity Government, said in a speech… Continue reading Myanmar shadow government calls for revolt against military rule

India to purchase 70,000 new AK-203 7.62mm assault rifles from Russia

With the contract inked on August 19, 2021, the Indian Army will buy 70,000 off-the-shelf Kalashnikov AK-203 7.62x39mm assault rifles from Russia. The guns were reportedly purchased as part of an emergency procurement program to address the Indian Army’s immediate operational needs. A program to procure around 770,000 new AK-203 assault rifles has been established,… Continue reading India to purchase 70,000 new AK-203 7.62mm assault rifles from Russia

Japan’s defense ministry seeks fresh hike in military spending

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Japan’s defense ministry is seeking an annual budget increase that will add to past hikes to expand military spending over a decade by almost a sixth, as it looks to counter the growing strength of neighboring China. Since last year, Japan has identified China as its main national security threat, pointing in a July policy… Continue reading Japan’s defense ministry seeks fresh hike in military spending

South Korea developing more powerful missiles to deter North Korea

South Korea is in the final stages of developing a ballistic missile that can carry a warhead of up to 3 tons, Yonhap news agency reported on Thursday, September 2, as the country unveiled budget proposals aimed at bolstering its defenses against North Korea. In its defense blueprint for 2022-2026, the defense ministry said it… Continue reading South Korea developing more powerful missiles to deter North Korea

New Zealand police kill ‘extremist’ inspired by Islamic State – PM

New Zealand police on Friday, September 3, shot and killed a “violent extremist” who was known to the police, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, after he stabbed and wounded at least six people in a supermarket in the city of Auckland. “A violent extremist undertook a terrorist attack on innocent New Zealanders,” Ardern told a… Continue reading New Zealand police kill ‘extremist’ inspired by Islamic State – PM

US warship transits Taiwan Strait after Chinese assault drills

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A US warship and a US Coast Guard cutter sailed through the Taiwan Strait on Friday, August 27, the latest in what Washington calls routine operations through the sensitive waterway that separates Taiwan from China, which claims the self-ruled island. The passage comes amid a spike in military tensions in the past two years between… Continue reading US warship transits Taiwan Strait after Chinese assault drills

Indonesia launches new stealth trimaran fast attack vessel for its Navy

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The Indonesian shipbuilder North Sea Boats (PT Lundin Industry) has launched the second Klewang-class stealth trimaran fast attack craft being built for the Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL). The ship, which will become the future KRI Golok (688) once commissioned with the TNI-AL, was based on North Sea Boat’s X3K wave-piercing stealth catamaran design, and was launched… Continue reading Indonesia launches new stealth trimaran fast attack vessel for its Navy