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Why the U.S. Navy Sent Two Aircraft Carrier Battle Groups to Drill Near China
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Why the U.S. Navy Sent Two Aircraft Carrier Battle Groups to Drill Near China

The exercises coincided with similar drills conducted by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy in the region. The U.S. Pacific Fleet reported that the Nimitz and Ronald Regan Carrier Strike Groups have been conducting dual-carrier operations in the Philippine Sea—and warships and aircraft assigned to the CSGs began coordinated operations in the international waters last week. The exercises...

China to the Rescue in Turkey?
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China to the Rescue in Turkey?

By George Marshall Lerner* Turkey, a NATO member that once fought against the Chinese in the Korean War during the 1950s, is now becoming increasingly dependent on China to stave off a financial crisis. According to Morgan Stanley, Turkey’s deficit widened in April to $5.60 billion from just $500 million in late 2019, thanks to...

India orders 33 russian jet fighters amid heightened tensions with China
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India orders 33 russian jet fighters amid heightened tensions with China

The procurement of 21 Mikoyan MiG-29 and 12 Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF) has been approoved by India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD). The programme will cost INR181.48 billion (USD2.43 billion), but it is considered to be vital for India’s Airforce amid the heightened tensions between India and China over a border...

Analysis: Central and Eastern Europe are not in bed with China
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Analysis: Central and Eastern Europe are not in bed with China

In the following analysis written by Andreea Brînză* a comprehensive overview of the issues concerning the relations between Eastern – Central Europe and China is being attempted. In that context, as the author indicates, after eight consecutive years of an “increased” Chinese presence in the CEE region, only four out of around 40 Chinese projects...

Chinese Navy conducts naval exercises in the South China Sea
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Chinese Navy conducts naval exercises in the South China Sea

On Wednesday, July 1st, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) started conducting exercises in the South China Sea focused mostly around amphibious assault activities. Prior to the exercises, a PLAN amphibious assault ship was seen at Woody Island, the largest natural Chinese-held feature in the South China Sea and host to major military facilities...

Japan forms new Electronic Warfare Unit to protect its southern islands
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Japan forms new Electronic Warfare Unit to protect its southern islands

Amid rising tensions in the South China Sea, as the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) conducts exercises in the South China Sea, mostly focused around amphibious assault activities, Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) announced its plans for establishing a new electronic warfare (EW) unit at Camp Kengun in Kumamoto Prefecture on Kyushu Island between...

China threatens with retaliatiory measures as the U.S. revokes the special status of Hong Kong
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China threatens with retaliatiory measures as the U.S. revokes the special status of Hong Kong

A Chinese official announced on Tuesday that Beinjing shall be taking retaliatory measures in response to the United States’ decision to recant Hong Kong’s special status under U.S. law. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian did not provide with further information over the measures Beijing would take. Currently, the U.S. is halting defence exports and...

U.S.- China conflict makes markets ‘tremble,’ says UAE minister
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U.S.- China conflict makes markets ‘tremble,’ says UAE minister

The UAE is not alone in its concerns about the “hostile confrontation” between the U.S. and China, the Gulf country’s minister of state for foreign affairs told CNBC Wednesday. “Every time we see confrontation between Washington and Beijing, the markets actually tremble,” Anwar Gargash told CNBC’s Hadley Gamble in Abu Dhabi. “And clearly I would...