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S/Korea’s claim on warning shot firings disputed by Russia

South Korean air force jets fired 360 rounds of warning shots Tuesday after a Russian military plane twice violated South Korea’s airspace off the country’s east coast, Seoul officials said in an announcement that was quickly disputed by Russia. South Korea said three Russian military planes — two Tu-95 bombers and

China hopes to beat America’s armed forces by copying them 

•Xi Jinping wants China’s armed forces to be “world-class” by 2050 •He has done more to achieve this than any of his predecessors •But Xi Jinping’s reforms may stumble over his authoritarianism Over the past decade, the People’s Liberation Army (pla) has been lavished with money and arms. China’s military spending rose by 83%

Six big moments from Donald Trump’s historic visit to North Korea

Kate Sullivan and Devan Cole President Donald Trump made history Sunday when he became the first sitting US president to enter North Korea. During the brief visit to the hermit nation, which came after the end of the G20 summit in Japan, Trump shook hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un before the

What exactly is the story with China’s rare earths?

Paul Haenle and Scott Kennedy On May 29, the Communist Party newspaper the People’s Dailywarned of the United States’ “uncomfortable” dependence on Chinese rare earths. “Will rare earths become a counter weapon for China . . ? The answer is no mystery,” it wrote. And on May 20, China’s Chairman Xi Jinping visited a rare

Asian countries fear China, but many won’t side with America

Editor's note: Although they dislike Xi Jinping’s hectoring, they have qualms about Donald Trump, too. WHAT DO YOU buy the Asian defence minister who has everything? How about a “beautiful” photo-book of North Korean ships illegally transferring oil at sea? Patrick Shanahan, America’s acting defence secretary, presented the collection of grainy

Why the US needs rare-earth elements for homeland security

Dr. Brian Blodgett “Rare-earth minerals are essential to everything from cellphones to hybrid cars. China’s got them and could use them as leverage in the trade war with the U.S.,” NPR’s Meghna Chakrabarti succinctly explained. Despite their name, rare-earth elements are not very rare. In fact, the 17 known rare-earth elements, all metals,

Xi Jinping in Russia for talks with Putin with cooperation against US expected

Alex Koch Chinese President Xi Jinping will touch down in Moscow today for a three-day visit to Russia, to include a guest of honour appearance at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum. At the forum Mr Xi will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The two are expected to sign two