South East Asia

China launches 2nd Type 054A/P frigate for Pakistan

China launched the second Type 054A/P frigate for Pakistan on Friday in Shanghai, as the Pakistan Navy Chief Naval Overseer highlighted at the launch ceremony that induction of the Type 054A/P warships will significantly enhance Pakistan’s maritime defense and deterrence capabilities.

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CZECH COMMUNISTS SHOW FEALTY TO CHINA

The Czech Communist Party’s brazen siding with China worries parts of the political establishment and the security services, especially given it provides support to the minority government in return for influence on policy. Facing a panel of stern officials backed by red flags in a cavernous chamber, a pudgy grey-haired …

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China Consolidates Its Commercial Foothold in Djibouti

China’s presence in Africa’s smallest country is far more extensive than just a military base. Djibouti, located at the far end of the Horn of Africa, is the country with the smallest acreage on the African continent. But its proximity to the Middle East, its location on the energy transit …

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Iran hosts Taliban delegation to discuss US presence in Afghanistan

Both Iranian and Taliban officials criticized the United States’ role in Afghanistan during a meeting in Tehran, Iran, amid peace talks in Qatar. An Iranian official accused the United States of prolonging the war in Afghanistan during a visit by the Taliban to Iran. A Taliban leader also told the …

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Syria Supports China Against Any Attempt of Intervention in Its Domestic Affairs

Syria has expressed its support for China in the face of alleged attempts to interfere in its domestic affairs writes SANA. Syria has affirmed its support for China against any attempts to interfere in its domestic affairs, expressing strong condemnation and absolute rejection of US policy and the stances of …

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Indian Army: Indian, Chinese Troops Face Off Along Border

Indian and Chinese soldiers were involved in a fresh clash last week along their disputed border in the eastern Himalayas according to the Indian army. China has not confirmed the incident. The latest scuffle took place amid a tense eight-month long standoff between their militaries and indicates that the border …

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Biden Must Make Hard Choices Quickly on Afghanistan

Afghanistan may not rank in the top tier of U.S. President Joe Biden’s policy priorities, given the host of pressing crises in the United States. But Afghanistan’s fate hinges in large part on how the Biden team decides to approach the country’s conflict and its tenuous, still-nascent peace process. Biden …

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Indirect Deaths: The Massive and Unseen Costs of America’s Post-9/11 Wars

“I got out of the Marines and within a few years, 15 of my buddies had killed themselves,” one veteran rifleman who served two tours in both Afghanistan and Iraq between 2003 and 2011 said to me recently. “One minute they belonged and the next, they were out, and they …

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The Next U.S. President Will Face Hard Choices in Afghanistan

After more than a month of negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government, progress toward a peace agreement remains slow. The key unknown variable is whether the United States has an appetite for staying involved in the long grind of overseeing a peace process that must reconcile two divergent …

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