Chinese-Russian naval drills begin off North Korea

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South Korea and the US also stage exercises in the Korean Peninsula, conducting a joint bombing drill.

The naval drills are being conducted near Vladivostok and the southern part of the Sea of Okhotsk [STR/AFP/Getty Images]

China and Russia have started joint naval drills in the waters near the Russia-North Korea border, local media reported.

The exercises, which began on Monday off Russia’s southeastern port of Vladivostok, are the second part of China and Russia’s ‘Joint Sea-2017’ programme that started in June. Continue reading “Chinese-Russian naval drills begin off North Korea”

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Decades after war, what’s behind US-Vietnamese military cooperation

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sputniknews – 21:36 10.08.2017 (updated 18:15 12.08.2017)

During the recent meeting between Vietnamese Defense Minister Ngo Xuan Lich and his US counterpart James Mattis, the two defense leaders agreed to deepen mutual military cooperation. Speaking to Sputnik Grigory Lokshin explained what lies at the heart of US-Vietnamese rapprochement.

Although the last time a US aircraft carrier visited Vietnam’s shores was when it participated in the evacuation of American advisers and supporters of the Saigon government in spring 1975, today Hanoi regards the US as one of its most important partners. Continue reading “Decades after war, what’s behind US-Vietnamese military cooperation”

Trung Á: Cuộc đọ sức của rồng và gấu – 2 phần

Phần 1: Những đối tác “mắt khép hờ”
Phần 2: Đầu tư và thâu tóm

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Phần 1: Những đối tác “mắt khép hờ”

DUY VĂN 16.03.2017, 10:43

TTCT – Chuyến thăm ba nước Trung Á của Tổng thống Nga Vladimir Putin vừa khép lại tuần trước đã đặt vùng đất chiến lược về địa chính trị này vào sự chú ý mới: nơi giao cắt và chồng lấn ảnh hưởng của ba thế lực siêu cường đang lăm le phân chia lại thế giới.

Phần 1: Những đối tác “mắt khép hờ”


Trung Á được cả Nga và Trung Quốc coi là vùng lợi ích cốt lõi -The Economist Continue reading “Trung Á: Cuộc đọ sức của rồng và gấu – 2 phần”

Seoul finding looming THAAD deployment a hot potato politically, economically

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As South Korea begins the deployment of an advanced U.S. anti-missile system that it says will allow it to better cope with North Korean threats, the reaction from its belligerent rival is hardly its only concern.

The plan to deploy the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD, this year has angered not only North Korea, but also China, South Korea’s largest trade partner, which considers the system a security threat.

Residents in a rural South Korean town where THAAD is planned to sit have furiously protested over rumored health hazards they link to the system’s powerful radar, and some of the country’s potential presidential candidates have vowed to walk back on the deal if they win office. Continue reading “Seoul finding looming THAAD deployment a hot potato politically, economically”

John Brennan: Trump’s ‘Nazi Germany’ tweet to US agencies was ‘outrageous’

The outgoing CIA director admonished the president-elect for ‘talking and tweeting’ without fully understanding Russia’s threat to national security

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John Brennan: ‘There is no basis for Mr Trump to point fingers at the intelligence community for leaking information that was already publicly available.’ Photograph: J Scott Applewhite/AP

Departing CIA director John Brennan criticized Donald Trump on Sunday for his approach to national security, saying the president-elect should not be carelessly “talking and tweeting” without understanding Russia’s threat to the US. Continue reading “John Brennan: Trump’s ‘Nazi Germany’ tweet to US agencies was ‘outrageous’”

China, Russia take aim at U.S. anti-missile system planned for deployment in South Korea

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China and Russia have agreed to take unspecified “countermeasures” in response to the planned U.S. deployment of an anti-missile system to South Korea — a move that came as Defense Minister Tomomi Inada inspected a version of the system on the U.S. territory of Guam on Friday.

The countermeasures in response to the U.S. deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system will be “aimed at safeguarding interests of China and Russia and the strategic balance in the region,” China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency reported, quoting a statement released after a meeting of Russian and Chinese security officials. Continue reading “China, Russia take aim at U.S. anti-missile system planned for deployment in South Korea”

Putin and Trump Talk Up Need for More Nuclear Weapons

In a year-end speech to his top military officers on Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin threw down the gauntlet, declaring that the Russian military, emboldened by recent adventures in Syria and Ukraine, is ready to defeat any country that dares challenge it. “We can say with certainty: we are stronger now than any potential aggressor,” he proclaimed. “Anyone.”

He also made a pitch for bigger and badder nuclear weapons. Putin said Moscow must “strengthen the military potential of strategic nuclear forces, especially with missile complexes that can reliably penetrate any existing and prospective missile defence systems.” Continue reading “Putin and Trump Talk Up Need for More Nuclear Weapons”

Russian Transport Strategy Prioritizes Cooperation With Asia Pacific Region

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The high economic potential of Asia Pacific region makes it a key area for the Russian transport strategy, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday, addressing the participants of a ministerial conference on transport endorsed by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The president added that conference’s agenda included a number of important issues, such as introduction of new materials and technologies, expansion of transport networks and improvement of the legislation that governs international logistics.

Continue reading “Russian Transport Strategy Prioritizes Cooperation With Asia Pacific Region”

Russia’s Path to Another Resurgence

December 1, 2016 | 09:16 GMT

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After enduring three years of a foundering economy and feuds with the West, things may be looking up for Russia. The Brexit vote in June exposed the deep discord in the European Union, giving Moscow a glimmer of hope that dissenting member states might break the bloc’s consensus on its sanctions against Russia in a future vote on their renewal. Though EU members decided unanimously in July to extend the measures, upcoming elections on the Continent could undermine the bloc’s unity. In the United States, meanwhile, Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election has opened a potential path to warmer relations between the United States and Russia, and perhaps even an end to Washington’s sanctions on Moscow. The turning political tides in Brussels and Washington could give the Kremlin the leeway to increase its influence in the former Soviet Union, leading the countries in Russia’s periphery to re-evaluate their foreign policy positions. Continue reading “Russia’s Path to Another Resurgence”

We Are All Accomplices to the Slaughter of Aleppo

Russia and Syria are guilty of bombing thousands of civilians. The rest of the world is guilty of doing nothing.

We Are All Accomplices to the Slaughter of Aleppo

“If you do not leave these areas urgently, you will be annihilated. … You know that everyone has given up on you. They left you alone to face your doom, and nobody will give you any help.”

These chilling words come from leaflets dropped over the besieged area of Aleppo by Syrian and Russian aircraft, before the final bloody assault on the city. And during the last few days, they have rung truer than anyone in Aleppo, or anywhere else, had dared to imagine. Continue reading “We Are All Accomplices to the Slaughter of Aleppo”

India, China, Russia consult on Asia Pacific; get Philippines backing

Bangkok | Fri, December 2, 2016 | 01:31 pm

India, China, Russia consult on Asia Pacific; get Philippines backing A woman walks past a billboard featuring an image of an island in South China Sea on display with Chinese words that read: “South China Sea, our beautiful motherland, we won’t let go an inch” in Weifang in east China’s Shandong province. (Chinatopix via AP/-)

Americans and Russians see the world differently, and that’s hurting Syrians

 

theconversion_U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry recently said that he sometimes feels like he’s living in a “parallel universe” compared to his Russian counterpart when it comes to Syria.

This parallel universe can be explained by analyzing the strategic narratives of the United States and Russia since the end of the Cold War. Continue reading “Americans and Russians see the world differently, and that’s hurting Syrians”

Chính sách Hướng Đông của Nga và tác động đối với Đông Nam Á và Biển Đông

NCBĐ – Thứ sáu, 29 Tháng 1 2016 07:45

Một năm trước khi Chính quyền Obama công bố chiến lược tái cân bằng sang châu Á, thì Tổng thống Vladimir Putin đã tuyên bố Nga sẽ “hướng Đông”. Điều gì thúc đẩy chính sách Hướng Đông của Putin và liệu kết quả có như mong đợi? Lập trường của Nga và tác động như thế nào đến tình hình Biển Đông?

Continue reading “Chính sách Hướng Đông của Nga và tác động đối với Đông Nam Á và Biển Đông”