Pakistani Poker: Playing Saudi Arabia Against China

Desperate for funding to fend off a financial crisis fuelled in part by mounting debt to China, Pakistan is playing a complicated game of poker that could hand Saudi Arabia a strategic victory in its bitter feud with Iran at the People’s Republic’s expense. The Pakistani moves threaten a key leg of the USD60 billion …

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Pakistan Hits Back at Hybrid War Plots by Restricting Hostile International NGOs

Pakistan is following the path first pioneered by Russia in cracking down against hostile International NGOs that pose a threat to national security. Pakistan took a page from the Russian playbook last week by ordering 18 International NGOs (INGOs) to discontinue their operations within 60 days on the presumed basis that their activities are endangering …

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Saudi Arabia’s Weakness Is Showing After a Week of Bad Publicity

Over the past half century, critics have often predicted the fall of the House of Saud or emphasised the fragility of its rule. They were invariably proved wrong because the Saudi monarchy enjoyed limitless oil revenues, had the support of the US, and avoided becoming a front-line combatant in Middle East crises. Saudi strengths and …

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A US Navy EP-3E Aries II plane similar to this was involved in a mid-air collision with a Chinese fighter aircraft on April 1, 2001. Photo: Reuters

Growing US Presence in South China Sea Threatens Accident That Sparks War

On April 1, 2001, a United States spy plane on a regular reconnaissance mission over the South China Sea collided with a Chinese fighter jet, killing its pilot and leaving 24 American crew members, along with their plane, stranded on the island of Hainan for nearly two weeks of tension. Although Beijing and Washington managed …

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Washington vs Beijing: US Proxies Emerge Ahead of Thai Elections

At a time when the United States has intensified its confrontation with Russia based on claims that Moscow interfered in US and allied politics (i.e. the UK and prospective NATO members in Eastern Europe), the US openly meddles everywhere from Europe and Africa to the Middle East and Asia. This includes Southeast Asia where Washington …

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Sino-US Tensions: Pentagon Accuses China of Threatening America’s National Security

Sino/US tensions risk boiling over into something much more serious than already. Washington considers China’s significant political, economic, trade, and military strength as a threat to US national security. Accusations by US officials against China, Russia, and other countries are all about wanting no nations compromising Washington’s hegemonic agenda – its aim for unchallenged control. …

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The US’ Hypersonic Weapons Progress Proves That Spying Pays Off

The US stole Russia’s hypersonic weapons secrets over the summer and is now on track to test these systems sooner than the rest of the world originally anticipated. President Putin’s announcement in March that Russia was in possession of hypersonic weaponry was heralded as a strategic game-changer of the highest order because of the implication …

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Study Buried for Four Years Shows Crime Lab DNA Testing Is Severely Flawed

DNA is supposed to be the gold standard of evidence. Supposedly so distinct it would be impossible to convict the wrong person, yet DNA evidence has been given far more credit than it's earned. Part of the problem is that it's indecipherable to laypeople. That has allowed crime lab technicians to testify to a level …

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BAD COPY: China’s Carrier Fighter Is a Reverse-Engineered Russian Sukhoi — And It’s Ridden With Problems

With China’s first indigenously designed aircraft carrier, the as-yet-unnamed Type 001A, set to join the country’s first carrier, the Liaoning, in active service in the coming months, the People’s Liberation Army-Navy is confronting an interesting problem: it doesn’t have enough fighter jets to fill both ships. The Liaoning can carry 40 aircraft, but operating with a short …

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