North Korea tests railway-borne missile amid rising tension with US

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North Korea tested a railway-borne missile in its firing drills on Friday, state media KCNA said on Saturday, January 15, amid the United States’ push for fresh sanctions against the isolated state following its recent series of weapons tests. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said two short-range ballistic missiles travelled about 430 kilometers (267… Continue reading North Korea tests railway-borne missile amid rising tension with US

North Korea fires suspected missile as South Korea breaks ground for ‘peace’ railway

North Korea fired a suspected ballistic missile off its east coast on Wednesday, January 5, just hours before South Korean President Moon Jae-in attended a groundbreaking ceremony for a rail line he hopes will eventually connect the divided Korean peninsula. The first launch since October 2021 underscored leader Kim Jong-un’s New Year vow to bolster… Continue reading North Korea fires suspected missile as South Korea breaks ground for ‘peace’ railway

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

China would not fear confrontation with US – foreign minister

China would not fear confrontation with the United States but would welcome cooperation if it is mutually beneficial, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Monday, December 20. Problems in the US-China relationship were down to “strategic misjudgments” by the American side, he said in a speech, posted on the foreign ministry website. “If there… Continue reading China would not fear confrontation with US – foreign minister

Russia scrambles jets to escort US, French aircraft

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Russia’s military escorted five French and US military aircraft over the Black Sea and away from its border Thursday, it said, as tensions mounted over the conflict in Ukraine. Its statement was released with details expected of a phone call between Ukraine leader Volodymyr Zelensky and US President Joe Biden, who is reiterating support to… Continue reading Russia scrambles jets to escort US, French aircraft

New Zealand defense forces warn of rising threat from China in Indo-Pacific

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New Zealand’s defense forces warned on Wednesday of the security threat from an increasingly powerful China as it assertively pursues its interests in the Indo-Pacific region. Growing strategic competition between China, which is New Zealand’s biggest trading partner, the United States and other powers will also boost potential for confrontation and conflict in the region,… Continue reading New Zealand defense forces warn of rising threat from China in Indo-Pacific

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

US, EU hit China’s ‘problematic’ actions at sea

The United States and European Union on Thursday, December 2, voiced strong concern at China’s “problematic and unilateral actions” in the West Philippine Sea and stressed the need for close contact to manage “competition and systemic rivalry” with Beijing. The joint statement followed talks in Washington between US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and… Continue reading US, EU hit China’s ‘problematic’ actions at sea

US should not have any illusions about Taiwan, says China

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There is no room for compromise over Taiwan and the United States should not have any illusions about this, China’s Defence Ministry said on Thursday, adding that Washington had of late made a series of “provocations” on several issues. China says the issue of Taiwan, which it claims as Chinese territory, is the most sensitive… Continue reading US should not have any illusions about Taiwan, says China