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G-7 leaders back Taiwan for first time
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G-7 leaders back Taiwan for first time

A statement of support by the G-7 leaders at their summit this week set off the Chinese government, which responded with stepped-up vitriol and provocative military flights in response to strong language in the group’s final communique. “We reiterate the importance of maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific, which is inclusive and based on the...

Chinese cyber troops targeted Indian Telcos, gov’t agencies in last 6 months, US research firm says
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Chinese cyber troops targeted Indian Telcos, gov’t agencies in last 6 months, US research firm says

The year 2020 re-configured the dynamics of the Indo-China relationship in the wake of the Galwan Valley clash. Both India and China lost soldiers in hand-to-hand fighting there as territorial tensions mounted along the border. Citing national security-related cyber espionage concerns, India went on to ban over 250 Chinese mobile apps. A suspected cyber unit...

Elbit US subsidiary awarded $29M in orders to upgrade US Army pilots night vision systems
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Elbit US subsidiary awarded $29M in orders to upgrade US Army pilots night vision systems

Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT, TASE: ESLT) (“Elbit Systems”) announced today that its U.S. subsidiary, Elbit Systems of America, LLC (“Elbit Systems of America”), recently was awarded two orders with an aggregate value of approximately $29 million by the U.S. Army’s Program Executive Office (PEO) Soldier under an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite-Quantity (ID/IQ) contract issued in 2020....

Erdogan tells Biden Turkey won’t change position on S-400s
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Erdogan tells Biden Turkey won’t change position on S-400s

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reportedly told his US counterpart that Ankara won’t soften its stance on the Russian S-400 missile systems despite sanctions imposed by Washington over the purchase. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he informed US President Joe Biden that Ankara won’t change its position on the Russian-made S-400s, he told reporters...

Aerial manoeuvres in the South China Sea
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Aerial manoeuvres in the South China Sea

A recent aerial encounter over the South China Sea between military aircraft from China and Malaysia is potentially significant on a number of fronts, explains Euan Graham. Could it serve as a portent of a more assertive Chinese military air posture over the South China Sea? By Euan Graham* According to a 1 June statement by the...

Saab, Raytheon demonstrate new 84 mm Guided Modular Munition
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Saab, Raytheon demonstrate new 84 mm Guided Modular Munition

Saab Dynamics and Raytheon Missile Systems, in association with the US Army, have conducted the first live firings of the new 84 mm Guided Multipurpose Munition (GMM) all-up round using the Carl-Gustaf M4 recoilless rifle and an adaptation of the AT4 disposable launcher. Conducted at the US Army’s Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, from 3–5 November...

Joe Biden’s transatlantic bridge to the Indo-Pacific region
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Joe Biden’s transatlantic bridge to the Indo-Pacific region

The United States rallies democracies to compete with China’s autocratic model. By Dr Patrick M. Cronin* President Joe Biden’s first foreign trip navigated European geography but negotiated Asian strategy. Carbis Bay, Brussels, and Geneva may sound more like vacation destinations than gateways to the future. Yet those European venues restored US leadership at a time of global hardship...

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