Putin ambitions to mark a return of Russia to its former “Great Power” glory requires an external export market to sell its energy and earn revenue, requires an external threat to rally its people, and requires the price of oil to be well over $100 a barrel. The later issue is the most tell-tale sign [...]
Israel’s defense minister said Tuesday that the country had interpreted Iran’s conversion of some enriched uranium to fuel rods for civilian use as evidence that Iran had delayed ambitions to build a nuclear weapon.
The assertion, by Defense Minister Ehud Barak in an interview with The Daily Telegraph, a British newspaper, amounted to the first [...]
In China, government critics call it “the era of stability maintenance.” It’s their label for the government’s policy over the past decade of prizing internal stability above all else, no matter the cost.
Beijing this year is spending $111 billion on its domestic security budget, which covers the police, state security, militia, courts and jails. [...]
China has started making concerted efforts to chase Japanese ships out of waters surrounding the disputed Senkaku islands in the East China Sea, ratcheting up tensions between Asia’s two largest economies.
The Chinese State Oceanic Administration – which enforces the [...]
The threat of military confrontation between China and Japan continues to fester, as both sides flex during naval drills.
A more accurate reading of China’s commitment to the Senkakus, though, was the involvement this month of 11 naval and civilian vessels, eight aircraft and more than 1,000 sailors in maneuvers simulating the thwarting of [...]
A CHINESE general has used a high-level Australian military conference to deliver a pointed warning over the US pivot towards Asia, saying that “interference” is complicating progress to a new security order in the region.
Lieutenant General Ren Haiquan also took a swipe at a key US and Australian ally Japan when he questioned the [...]
Chinese patrol boats expelled several Japanese ships from waters near an uninhabited chain of islands in the East China Sea that is claimed by both countries, the official Xinhua news agency said.
The Japanese ships, whose number was not specified, were intercepted by four vessels from China Marine Surveillance, Xinhua said, without commenting on what [...]
Here’s the issue: A number of supposed allies of the United States don’t act as friends. In fact, they are major headaches, often subverting US goals and interests. But to avoid conflict and, for Obama, to look successful to the domestic audience, Washington pretends that everything is fine.
Consider, for example, Pakistan.
The scope [...]
But the thrust of his speech was more hard-hitting, particularly regarding the United States. Some in China and Japan see the issue of the islands “as a time bomb planted by the U.S. between China and Japan,” he said. “That time bomb is now exploding or about to explode.”Mr. Chen accused the United States of [...]