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AUKUS Pact: Escalating Geopolitical Tensions in the Asia-Pacific Region

China has responded with predictable fury to the official announcement this week of the so-called AUKUS pact, under which the United States and Britain will provide high-tech nuclear submarines to Australia, which Beijing sees as a direct threat. The deal, announced recently, marks a major escalation in the geopolitical tensions in the region and represents […]
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Taiwan warns of ‘repeated provocations’ as tensions escalate with China

China-Taiwan relations have been tense for decades, with Beijing viewing the democratic island as a renegade province that must be reunified with the mainland, by force if necessary. However, in recent years, tensions have escalated as China has ramped up its military and diplomatic pressure on Taiwan to accept Chinese sovereignty. On Tuesday, March 7, […]
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Li Keqiang’s Appointment as Premier Signals Further Centralization of Power in China Under Xi Jinping’s Leadership

China’s political Landscape: Xi Jinping’s Guy Li Set to Become China’s Next Premier On March 7, 2023, China announced that Li Keqiang is set to become the country’s next premier. Li is a longtime acolyte of President Xi Jinping, and his selection as premier indicates that Xi’s influence and power will continue to grow. Li’s […]
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China’s Military Advancement: An Analysis of the Latest Developments

China has been rapidly advancing its military capabilities in recent years, becoming a significant global player in the field. The country’s focus on developing advanced technology has been a key driver behind its military advancements, with China investing heavily in research and development in areas such as artificial intelligence, hypersonic weapons, and unmanned vehicles. As […]
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Taiwan: A Chinese invasion is not imminent, but the US is keeping a careful eye on the situation, according to Gen. Milley.

China is obviously building the capability to attack at some time, but doing so would be a political decision, according to Gen Mark Milley China claims Taiwan is a separatist colony that must be reunified with the mainland, even if it means using force. It has accused the United States of encouraging Taiwanese independence and […]
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China claims to have tested a missile-interception system.

China conducted a land-based missile interception test that “achieved its planned goal,” according to the Defense Ministry, defining it as defensive and not directed at any specific nation. As part of an ambitious modernization project led by President Xi Jinping, China has increased research on all types of missiles, from those that can destroy satellites […]
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The Chinese defense chief believes it is up to the United States to strengthen bilateral ties.

Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe said on Sunday that it was up to the US to strengthen the bilateral relationship, which he described as “vital.” “We request the U.S. side to stop smearing and containing China. Stop interfering in China’s internal affairs. The bilateral relationship cannot improve unless the U.S. side can do that,” Wei, […]
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Myanmar’s junta cannot defeat insurgents and must restore democracy, according to a US official.

According to a top US ambassador, Myanmar’s military is unlikely to be able to overcome the insurgents battling its authority and should restore democracy after seizing power last year. “It’s hard to see today how they could realistically think they can win,” said Derek Chollet, the State Department counsellor. “They’re losing territory. Their military is […]
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