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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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Japan’s H3 Rocket Fails Debut Flight, Dents Bid to Cut Space Access Costs and Compete with SpaceX

Japan’s efforts to cut the cost of accessing space and compete with Elon Musk’s SpaceX took a major setback on Tuesday, March 7, 2023, when its new medium-lift rocket failed on its debut flight. The 57-meter H3 rocket, Japan’s first new model in three decades, was launched from the Tanegashima spaceport but its second-stage engine […]
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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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The Washington Institute for Defense and Security Warns US Government of Potential UAE Spyware Threat to American Citizens

The Washington Institute for Defense and Security is deeply concerned about the potential use of spyware by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) against American citizens. Recent reports suggest that the UAE has acquired and used sophisticated spyware to target dissidents, journalists, and activists both within the UAE and abroad. This is a troubling development, and […]
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U.S. Army Seeks Authority to Buy More Munitions to Refill Stockpiles and Help Ukraine

The U.S. Army plans to request permission to buy more munitions over several years in bulk, with the aim of helping allies refill their inventories and support Ukraine’s defense efforts. The Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology stated that the Army is maximizing its approach to purchasing munitions as they do […]
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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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The Biden administration backs a prospective F-16 sale to Turkey.

The Biden administration backed the prospective sale of US F-16 fighter fighters to Turkey on Wednesday, a day after Ankara withdrew its veto on Finland and Sweden joining NATO. On a conference call with reporters, Celeste Wallander, Assistant Secretary of Military for International Security Affairs at the Pentagon, said that robust Turkish defense capabilities will […]
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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 sale of US drones to Ukraine has been halted.

According to two persons familiar with the situation, the Biden administration’s proposal to transfer four big, armable drones to Ukraine has been halted due to concerns that their sophisticated monitoring technology may slip into hostile hands. The technical objection to the sale was identified during a more thorough evaluation by the Pentagon’s Defense Technology Security […]
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