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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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