Russia concerned over U.S. missile plans in Poland – Foreign Ministry
With no end to the fishing boat dispute in sight, relations between Asia’s two biggest economies are in danger of backsliding.
In the aftermath of yet another abortive attempt to reach a rapprochement with Pakistan this July, a time-honored debate has again been resurrected in New Delhi’s foreign and security policy circles. The debate revolves around the question of whether or not it’s in India’s interests to have a stable, secure and prosperous Pakistan. Yet the question in its present form misses the point. The real issue isn’t whether or not such an outcome is desirable. Instead, the more pertinent issue for India’s policymakers is to establish how such a Pakistani state would behave toward India.
“China’s military spending is growing so fast that it has overtaken strategy,” said Professor Huang Jing from the Lee Kwan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore. “The young officers are taking control of strategy and it is like young officers in Japan in the 1930s. They are thinking what they can do, not what they should do. This is very dangerous. They are on a collision course with a US-dominated system”.
The South Korea government on Monday released the full version of its investigation into the March 26 sinking of the Cheonan, which it hopes will offer conclusive proof to a skeptical Russia that the explosion that killed 46 sailors was due to a torpedo fired by a North Korean submarine.
China can’t dam or divert water quickly enough to keep up with its thirsty population, and the shortage has reached crisis levels in Beijing and other areas.
An influential former Iranian president on Tuesday criticized the government in unusually blunt terms, saying that it is not taking U.S.-led sanctions seriously enough and that Iran could become a “dictatorship.”
The Iranian navy’s presence in the high seas and in international waters is part of Tehran’s strategy for displaying its strength to the world, Iranian navy commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said today….
The win by Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan’s party in the referendum on constitutional changes could improve Turkish democracy, says CFR’s Steven A. Cook, but fuels concerns about whether it augurs a more religiously oriented political environment.
Although the second anniversary of the Russia-Georgia War was marked by little sense of euphoria in Moscow, the operational lessons drawn by the Russian military resulted in the current reform of the armed forces being closely associated with the Five Day War (EDM, August 9). Nevertheless, two years into that reform, many analysts in Moscow are questioning whether Russia is now better placed to conduct such operations, or if it could militarily respond to an escalation of the ongoing insurgency in the North Caucasus.
Participants undergo anti-Israel indoctrination; UNRWA run simultaneous camps for a further 250,000 children.
From a long-delayed satellite system and aging missiles to battling brain drain and upgrading infrastructure at the nation’s nuclear research laboratories, the top officer of U.S. Strategic Command said the country faces big challenges in maintaining and upgrading its nuclear arsenal.
U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz made the case Sept. 14 for his service acquiring a new long-range bomber and increasing cooperation with the U.S. Navy, insisting that such steps are key to the Air Force’s ability to find and destroy 21st-century threats.
Five ships from the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) will dock in Casablanca on Sept. 16 to boost ties with Morocco, especially in the fight against terrorism, NATO said Sept. 14.
Spain and the Seychelles on Sept. 14 signed two agreements aimed at fighting piracy in the Indian Ocean, where Spanish trawlers have been among the regular targets of Somali kidnappers.
America’s top military officer heads to Mexico this week to offer help to a government battling powerful drug cartels, amid alarm in Washington over escalating violence across the border.
With the death toll at 5,300 last year and Mexican cartels armed with automatic weapons and billions in cash, the crisis has become a full-blown national security concern for the United States.
Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was due in Mexico later this week as the United States signalled it was ready to step up military and other assistance to tackle the heavily armed drug rings ravaging the country’s north.
“The cartels are retaliating,” Defense Secretary Robert Gates told NBC on Sunday. “It clearly is a serious problem.”
But he said Mexico has dropped its traditional reluctance to cultivate ties with the US military.
“I think we are beginning to be in a position to help the Mexicans more than we have in the past,” Gates said. “Some of the old biases against cooperation between our militaries and so on, I think, are being satisfied.”
The United States started sharing intelligence with Mexico in November and under a new program plans to provide helicopters, maritime surveillance aircraft and other equipment, Pentagon spokesman Commander Jeffrey Gordon said.
China announced a nearly 15 percent rise in military spending on Wednesday — a smaller boost than in previous years — as the national legislature prepared to open its annual session with a focus firmly on overcoming the country’s brewing economic crisis.
The 14.9 percent increase in defense spending is the lowest in three years, a possible reflection of shifting priorities amid plans for a 4 trillion yuan ($586 billion) stimulus package and a 850 billion yuan ($124 billion) spending boost to expand and revamp an inadequate health care system.
“There seems to be concern with the slowing economy. … They may want to keep down spending as a percentage of the economic output,” said Christian Le Miere, senior Asia analyst at Jane’s Country Risk in London.
In his third State of the Coast Guard speech Tuesday, Commandant Adm. Thad Allen assured fellow Guardians that the service is strong, but not without challenges.
“The good news is, there has never been a bigger demand for our services. The bad news is, there has never been a bigger demand for our services,” Allen said.
During his 30-minute speech, Allen referenced the strength of the service five times while discussing its broad responsibilities. He praised service members for accomplishing a record number of drug seizures and the deterrence of “mass migrations.” He talked about the service’s global efforts, specifically mentioning its involvement in anti-piracy efforts off the Horn of Africa; the cutter Dallas’ extended deployment to the Black Sea, where it delivered humanitarian supplies to the Republic of Georgia following the South Ossetia conflict; and the cutter Boutwell’s around-the-globe deployment, during which it will work under four Navy combatant commanders and with numerous world navies and coast guards.