US lays out case against ‘unlawful’ China maritime claims

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The United States on Wednesday laid out its most detailed case yet against Beijing’s “unlawful” claims in the West Philippine Sea, rejecting both the geographic and historic bases for its vast, divisive map. In a 47-page research paper, the State Department’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs said China had no basis… Continue reading US lays out case against ‘unlawful’ China maritime claims

US ready to talk missiles, military exercises with Russia — White House official

The United States is ready to discuss with Russia the two countries’ missile systems and military exercises, in talks that could begin as early as Sunday in Geneva, a senior White House official said Saturday. US and Russian diplomats are meeting in Switzerland to try to defuse tensions as Washington and Europe accuse Moscow of… Continue reading US ready to talk missiles, military exercises with Russia — White House official

Russia, China, Britain, US, and France say no one can win nuclear war

China, Russia, Britain, the United States and France have agreed that a further spread of nuclear arms and a nuclear war should be avoided, according to a joint statement by the five nuclear powers published by the Kremlin on Monday. It said that the five countries – who are the permanent members of the United… Continue reading Russia, China, Britain, US, and France say no one can win nuclear war

US Army keen to expand Southeast Asia access amid China worries

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The US Army is keen to expand its access and basing arrangements in Southeast Asia as part of a strategy to deter China, the secretary of the army said on Wednesday. Christine Wormuth told a Washington think tank such a posture shift was in the interests of both the United States and its allies and… Continue reading US Army keen to expand Southeast Asia access amid China worries

Biden vows to prevent any Russian invasion of Ukraine

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US President Joe Biden said Friday he would make it “very, very difficult” for Russia to launch any invasion of Ukraine, which warned that a large-scale attack may be planned for next month. Washington and Kiev say Moscow has massed troops near Ukraine’s borders and accuse Russia of planning an invasion. Biden and President Vladimir… Continue reading Biden vows to prevent any Russian invasion of Ukraine

Top US general confirms ‘very concerning’ Chinese hypersonic weapons test

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The top US military officer, General Mark Milley, has provided the first official US confirmation of a Chinese hypersonic weapons test that military experts say appears to show Beijing’s pursuit of an Earth-orbiting system designed to evade American missile defenses. The Pentagon has been at pains to avoid direct confirmation of the Chinese test this… Continue reading Top US general confirms ‘very concerning’ Chinese hypersonic weapons test

US holds successful tests to advance hypersonic weapon programs — Pentagon

The US Navy and Army tested hypersonic weapon component prototypes on Wednesday that will inform development of new weapons, the Pentagon said, calling the three tests successful. The tests occurred the same day that US President Joe Biden said he was concerned about Chinese hypersonic weapons. Sandia National Laboratories ran the tests from NASA’s Wallops… Continue reading US holds successful tests to advance hypersonic weapon programs — Pentagon

Biden says US would defend Taiwan against China

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US President Joe Biden on Thursday said the United States would come to the defense of Taiwan if the island were attacked by China, which considers it part of its territory. “Yes,” he responded when asked in a CNN town hall about defending Taiwan. “We have a commitment to that.” Biden’s statement was at odds… Continue reading Biden says US would defend Taiwan against China

US ‘very concerned’ over China’s hypersonic test

The United States is “very concerned” about China’s hypersonic missile tests, US disarmament ambassador Robert Wood said Monday, after reports that Beijing launched one with a nuclear capacity in August. On Saturday, the Financial Times reported that China had launched a hypersonic missile that completed a circuit of the planet before landing, missing its target.… Continue reading US ‘very concerned’ over China’s hypersonic test

US nuclear sub damaged in underwater collision in West Philippine Sea

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A US nuclear submarine was damaged after hitting an unidentified object while operating underwater in Asia, the US Navy said Thursday. The USS Connecticut, a nuclear-powered fast-attack submarine, “struck an object while submerged on the afternoon of October 2, while operating in international waters in the Indo-Pacific region,” the navy said in a statement. It… Continue reading US nuclear sub damaged in underwater collision in West Philippine Sea