In the Philippines, Blinken Vows to Strengthen Military Ties

Against a backdrop of rising regional tensions with China, the U.S. secretary of state reaffirmed Washington’s commitment to defending Manila.

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U.S. Seeks to Reassure Asian Allies as China’s Military Grows Bolder

The Biden administration says its commitment to the region has only deepened, but critics say the tensions over Taiwan show that Washington needs stronger military and economic strategies.

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China’s Military Drills Continue Off Taiwan

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida called for “an immediate halt” to the exercises. Speaker Nancy Pelosi said China “will not isolate Taiwan.”

#china, #defense-and-military-forces, #japan, #pelosi-nancy, #peoples-liberation-army-china, #taiwan, #taiwan-strait, #territorial-disputes, #united-states-navy

Where China Plans to Conduct Military Drills Circling Taiwan

China’s plans to conduct live-fire drills into Taiwan’s territorial seas could mark a new stage of brinkmanship.

#china, #defense-and-military-forces, #pelosi-nancy, #taiwan, #taiwan-strait, #territorial-disputes, #xi-jinping

The Last Thing We Needed Was Pelosi Backing Down From a Bully

Bullies don’t usually read concessions as anything but signs of weakness.

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U.S. Officials Grow More Concerned About Potential Action by China on Taiwan

The Biden administration is watching for any moves by China to close off the Taiwan Strait, and they would prefer that Nancy Pelosi cancel her planned trip.

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France and Germany Stand With Ukraine, and Putin Can Wait

Seeking to overcome tensions with Kyiv, President Emmanuel Macron of France and Chancellor Olaf Scholz of Germany backed away from Moscow diplomacy, at least for now.

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Chinese Pilots Sent a Message. American Allies Said They Went Too Far.

Australia and Canada said Chinese jets harassed their military planes, though Beijing says it was defending its security. A mishap over Pacific waters could have ominous repercussions.

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Biden to Host Southeast Asian Leaders as He Tries to Return Focus to China

The leaders at the two-day summit in Washington will discuss a variety of topics, but the president plans to use it to show a united front against Beijing.

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Putin’s War Is Complicating India’s Middle Path Among Powers

India has been reluctant to criticize Russia, long an important ally. But China’s rise, and its closeness to Vladimir Putin, is creating new pressure.

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Japan Approves Major Hike in Military Spending, With Taiwan in Mind

The budget increase, the biggest in decades, comes as officials warn that tensions over Taiwan could pull Japan into a conflict between the United States and China.

#defense-and-military-forces, #japan, #taiwan, #territorial-disputes

Putin and Xi Hold Video Summit

President Vladimir V. Putin and President Xi Jinping of China, meeting in a video summit, sought mutual support in their conflicts with the West over Ukraine, Taiwan and other issues.

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Militants Kill 2 Policemen in Kashmir as Violence Escalates

The clash on Monday came three days after a similar attack on a squad of police officers patrolling streets in northern Kashmir left two of its men dead.

#bharatiya-janata-party, #india, #kashmir, #modi-narendra, #territorial-disputes, #terrorism

Anger Spreads in Northeastern India After Security Forces Kill 14 Civilians

Eight mine workers were shot in a mistaken ambush by soldiers seeking insurgents, and six protesters died later in clashes with government forces, stoking fears of further violence in the restive region.

#attacks-on-police, #civilian-casualties, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #nagaland-india, #territorial-disputes

How Far Would Biden Go to Defend Ukraine Against Russia?

U.S. officials are vague about when and how they might punish new Russian aggression. President Vladimir V. Putin may doubt their resolve.

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Poland Uses Water Cannons and Tear Gas as Tensions Rise at Belarus Border

Western leaders have accused President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko of Belarus of using migrants as weapons in an effort to pressure the European Union.

#asylum-right-of, #belarus, #european-union, #immigration-and-emigration, #latvia, #lithuania, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #poland, #russia, #territorial-disputes

How a Dispute Over Groceries Led to Artillery Strikes in Ukraine

In a sign of volatile East-West relations, a dispute over shopping in the Ukrainian conflict zone spiraled into fighting that sent war jitters rippling through Europe and the U.S.

#blinken-antony-j, #defense-and-military-forces, #drones-pilotless-planes, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #territorial-disputes, #ukraine, #zelensky-volodymyr

Biden and Xi to Meet Amid Economic and Military Tensions

U.S. officials said the virtual summit on Monday was intended to reassure both sides that misunderstandings would not lead to unintended clashes.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #defense-and-military-forces, #global-warming, #south-china-sea, #taiwan, #territorial-disputes, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #xi-jinping

Who Is Aleksandr Lukashenko? Here’s What You Need to Know

A migrant crisis on the border with Poland has put the Belarusian president at the center of a clash roiling Europe.

#belarus, #european-union, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #protasevich-roman, #territorial-disputes

Italy Frees Catalan Separatist Leader From Jail. Here’s How the Case Has Gone.

Carles Puigdemont, a former leader of Catalonia, faces trial in Spain and was detained briefly in Italy. It is not clear if he will appear when the court considers whether to return him to Spain.

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For India’s Military, a Juggling Act on Two Hostile Fronts

Tensions with China and Pakistan stretch a cash-starved military, while the fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban removes a potential ally.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #china, #defense-and-military-forces, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #himalayas, #india, #international-relations, #ladakh-india, #modi-narendra, #pakistan, #politics-and-government, #territorial-disputes

Australia’s Submarines Make Waves in Asia Long Before They Go to Sea

Some nations fear an accelerated arms buildup in a region where larger countries have already ramped up their military spending or capabilities.

#australia, #china, #defense-and-military-forces, #east-asia, #east-china-sea, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #india, #international-relations, #japan, #submarines-and-submersibles, #territorial-disputes, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

Australia’s Submarine Deal Adds to Asia Arms Buildup

Some nations fear an accelerated arms buildup in a region where larger countries have already ramped up their military spending or capabilities.

#australia, #china, #defense-and-military-forces, #east-asia, #east-china-sea, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #india, #international-relations, #japan, #submarines-and-submersibles, #territorial-disputes, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

India-Backed Forces Order Kashmir’s Poets to Go Silent

Harsh measures against dissent have trickled down to practitioners of the region’s poetic traditions, with many saying they have been told to stop.

#ali-agha-shahid, #defense-and-military-forces, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #freedom-of-the-press, #himalayas, #india, #kashmir-and-jammu-india, #poetry-and-poets, #politics-and-government, #territorial-disputes, #writing-and-writers

Kashmir Separatist Leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani is Dead

Mr. Geelani was an uncompromising opponent of the Indian government’s control of the Kashmir valley and favored Pakistani sovereignty over the mostly Muslim region.

#deaths-obituaries, #geelani-syed-ali-1929-2021, #india, #kashmir, #kashmir-and-jammu-india, #kashmir-valley, #muslims-and-islam, #pakistan, #politics-and-government, #secession-and-independence-movements, #territorial-disputes

Make China ‘Lovable,’ Xi Said. But Don’t Expect Softening.

Xi Jinping’s remarks to top Communist Party leaders suggest Beijing will focus on courting allies rather than easing its rhetoric against the U.S. and Europe.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #international-relations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #politics-and-government, #polls-and-public-opinion, #territorial-disputes, #united-states-international-relations, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #xi-jinping

John Cena Apologizes to China for Calling Taiwan a Country

Mr. Cena, a star of the newest “Fast and Furious” movie, posted a video apology in Mandarin, saying, “I’m really sorry. You have to understand that I love and respect China.”

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A Farmer Moved a 200-Year-Old Stone, and the French-Belgian Border

A marker that was moved seven feet into French territory by a farmer in Belgium might have changed the countries’ border forever if not for a sharp-eyed group of friends.

#belgium, #france, #territorial-disputes

Top Philippine Diplomat Targets China in Expletive-Laced Tirade

In demanding that Beijing remove ships from Manila’s waters, the Philippine foreign minister used language on Twitter that is more often associated with the country’s president.

#china, #international-relations, #philippines, #territorial-disputes

Over 40 Dead in Tajik-Kyrgyz Border Clash as Death Toll Rises

Fighting that broke out over water rights also injured more than 200 people, government officials said.

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Biden’s Afghan Pullout Is a Victory for Pakistan. But at What Cost?

Pakistan’s military stayed allied to both the Americans and Taliban. But now the country may face intensified extremism at home as a result of a perceived Taliban victory.

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China Poses Biggest Threat to U.S., Intelligence Report Says

The annual intelligence assessment does not predict a military confrontation with either Russia or China, but it suggests that so-called gray-zone battles for power will intensify.

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With Swarms of Ships, Beijing Tightens Its Grip on South China Sea

After building artificial islands, China is using large fleets of ostensibly civilian boats to press other countries’ vessels out of disputed waters.

#china, #duterte-rodrigo, #international-relations, #malaysia, #philippines, #reefs, #south-china-sea, #territorial-disputes, #vietnam, #xi-jinping

Britain Holds On to a Colony in Africa, With America’s Help

And together they are sabotaging their own efforts to curb China’s advances in the South China Sea.

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Visiting Japan, Top U.S. Envoys Set Combative Tone for China Talks

American and Japanese officials issued a two-page statement that left little doubt that President Biden would defy Beijing in territorial disputes, challenges to democracy and other regional crises.

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China Appears to Warn India: Push Too Hard and the Lights Could Go Out

As border skirmishing increased last year, malware began to flow into the Indian electric grid, a new study shows, and a blackout hit Mumbai. It now looks like a warning.

#china, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #defense-and-military-forces, #india, #industrial-espionage, #mumbai-india, #phishing-computer-fraud, #politics-and-government, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #territorial-disputes

China Acknowledges 4 Deaths in Last Year’s Border Clash With India

It was the first explicit admission by the People’s Liberation Army that it had lost soldiers in the June brawl. India says 20 of its troops were killed.

#china, #defense-and-military-forces, #himalayas, #peoples-liberation-army-china, #territorial-disputes

Chinese and Indian Troops Clash at Their Disputed Border

Indian officials played down the events, which come as Beijing continues to encroach on disputed Himalayan areas.

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Gibraltar Gets Its Own Brexit Deal With Spain

Spain and the European Union will share oversight over the flow of goods and people to the British territory, which worried about being left isolated and economically pinched outside the bloc.

#european-union, #frontex, #gibraltar, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #spain, #territorial-disputes

Beijing Takes Its South China Sea Strategy to the Himalayas

China built a village in territory also claimed by the kingdom of Bhutan, echoing its aggressive tactics at the border with India and in places much farther away.

#bhutan, #china, #defense-and-military-forces, #india, #politics-and-government, #territorial-disputes, #tibet

Cooperative Competition Is Possible Between China and the U.S.

A former vice foreign minister of China proposes a way forward for the world’s two leading powers.

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China and India Brawl at 14,000 Feet Along the Border

As China projects its power across Asia, and along the disputed India-China border in the Himalayas, India is feeling surrounded. Both sides insist they don’t want a war, but thousands of troops have been sent.

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