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‘Threatening & Damaging’: Beijing Hits Out at US Patrols in South China Sea

China says it respects the principles of freedom of navigation and overflight, but “opposes” when other states undermine its sovereignty using this pretext. The statement comes after a US aircraft carrier group began patrols in disputed South China Sea waters. "China always respects the freedom of navigation and overflight all countries enjoy under international law," … Continue reading ‘Threatening & Damaging’: Beijing Hits Out at US Patrols in South China Sea

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Arab States Considering Alliance with Israel to Curb Iranian Influence

The Trump administration is in discussions about the formation of a regional Arab security alliance with Israel as a counterbalance to Iran's influence in the Middle East, according to Arab officials. The alliance would include Egypt and Jordan, both of whom recognise and have peace treaties with Israel, as well as Saudi Arabia and the … Continue reading Arab States Considering Alliance with Israel to Curb Iranian Influence

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‘Trump Didn’t Consult Moscow on Syria Safe Zone Plan, Should Consider All Consequences’ – Kremlin

Moscow has reacted to Donald Trump’s plans on establishing ‘safe zones’ for Syrian refugees, with the Kremlin spokesman saying the question had not been raised with Russia, while also suggesting the US should consider the possible consequences of such a move. “Our American partners did not consult with Russia [regarding the ‘safe zones’]. It is … Continue reading ‘Trump Didn’t Consult Moscow on Syria Safe Zone Plan, Should Consider All Consequences’ – Kremlin

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Warship Diplomacy: Chinese Fleet Tours Gulf in Bid to Build Ties

Three Chinese military vessels have docked in Doha, Qatar, as China seeks to match its economic power with a more prominent international role. The Chinese fleet, comprising Harbin, a destroyer, Handan, a frigate, and Dongpinghu, a supply ship, was welcomed with an honor ceremony in the Qatari capital at the start of a 5-day visit … Continue reading Warship Diplomacy: Chinese Fleet Tours Gulf in Bid to Build Ties

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Israeli Diplomat Caught on Camera Plotting to ‘Take Down’ UK MPs

Senior diplomat would like to 'take down' Alan Duncan and brands Boris Johnson 'an idiot' An Israeli diplomat has said there are MPs he would like to “take down” in undercover footage filmed covertly during a conversation with a civil servant. Shai Masot’s remarks to Maria Strizzolo, who is Conservative MP Robert Halfon’s former chief … Continue reading Israeli Diplomat Caught on Camera Plotting to ‘Take Down’ UK MPs

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While Rohingya Muslims are Ethnically Cleansed, Obama Quietly Lifts Sanctions on Burma

As a “campaign of rape, killings and arson” proceeds, anti-Rohingya forces hail the election of Trump. While the world remains distracted by President Elect Donald Trump’s deranged antics, President Barack Obama has quietly lifted a set of sanctions of the Myanmar government last month. The move represents a major step towards the normalization of relations … Continue reading While Rohingya Muslims are Ethnically Cleansed, Obama Quietly Lifts Sanctions on Burma

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Beijing will ‘Take Revenge,’ Break Ties with US if Trump Ditches One-China Policy

Should Donald Trump break the “one-China” policy after taking office, the Chinese people will call on the government to “take revenge,” Beijing’s unofficial mouthpiece warned shortly after Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen made a stopover in Houston. “Trump is yet to be inaugurated, and there is no need for Beijing to sacrifice bilateral ties for the … Continue reading Beijing will ‘Take Revenge,’ Break Ties with US if Trump Ditches One-China Policy

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Talk Grows in U.S. of Possibility of Military Strikes on North Korea

Talk is growing in the United States of the possibility of using military strikes to take out North Korea’s nuclear and missile capabilities after the North’s leader, Kim Jong-un, threatened he’s close to testing a long-range missile apparently capable of hitting the U.S. Kim said in his New Year’s Day address that the communist nation … Continue reading Talk Grows in U.S. of Possibility of Military Strikes on North Korea

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Seoul Vows to Proceed with THAAD Deployment, Slams China’s ‘Reprisals’ Tactics

South Korea’s determination to deploy its US THAAD anti-missile systems is widening the rift with its powerful neighbour China, who has urged Seoul to reconsider its decision. The Chinese Foreign Ministry again reminded Seoul of its strategic “concerns” and “clear opposition” to Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) deployment on South Korean soil after Washington … Continue reading Seoul Vows to Proceed with THAAD Deployment, Slams China’s ‘Reprisals’ Tactics