15 Sep 2021

Both North and South Korea fire ballistic missiles as tensions rise on peninsula

On Wednesday, both North and South Korea tested ballistic missiles as tensions rise between the neighboring countries. Pyongyang fired the first missiles, sending two into waters off the east coast of the Korean Peninsula. The missiles were fired just minutes apart around 12:30 p.m. local time. Seoul followed the launch

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01 Jul 2021

Xi warns China will not be ‘oppressed’ in anniversary speech

China’s President Xi Jinping has warned that foreign powers should not interfere with China’s affairs, threatening to take action if they attempt to bully or influence the country in a defiant speech at an event marking the centenary of the ruling Communist Party. The remarks were made on Thursday. Mr.

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23 Apr 2021

Pakistan Investigates Whether Attack Targeted China’s Ambassador

Authorities in Pakistan are currently investigating whether the Chinese ambassador was the target of a suicide bombing that occurred in a Western province. The attack could be the latest of several directed at a Chinese target. Pakistan and China are close allies, and Pakistan has been one of the main

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19 Mar 2021

Experts Explore the Need for a National Technology Strategy

Experts in Congress are considering the need for a solidified National Technology Strategy due to concerns over US competition with China within the technology industry. Sen. Mark Warner recently led a bipartisan group of lawmakers in introducing a bill that would effectively establish a State Department Office to work solely

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03 Feb 2021

Coup Puts Myanmar at the Center of U.S.-China Clash

Myanmar has found itself at the heart of tensions between the US and China after the military effectively staged a coup against the current elected government. Myanmar’s transition from military rule towards democracy occurred roughly a decade ago and was championed as a victory for Washington’s agenda in China’s backyard.

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27 Jan 2021

U.S. B-52 Bomber Flies Over Persian Gulf, in Show of Force Against Iran

The US sent a B-52 bomber to flu across the Persian Gulf region on Tuesday in a display of power seemingly conducted to deter Iran amid high tensions. This marks the sixth time the Pentagon has sent a fighter jet to assert dominance since last fall. The long-range heavy bomber

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08 Jan 2021

Iran ramps up uranium enrichment and seizes tanker as tensions rise with US

Amid heightened tensions with the US, Iran announced on Monday that it had resumed enriching uranium to 20% purity. This is prohibited under the 2015 nuclear deal forged with the US and is likely to further escalate tensions between the two countries. Iran also allegedly seized a South Korea chemical

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18 Dec 2020

U.S. Blacklists China’s Top Chip Maker, Escalating Tech Fight

The Trump administration has blacklisted China’s largest computing chip manufacturer, Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SIMC). The move will restrict the company’s access to high-est technology and is a result of its close ties to the Chinese military. SIMC, alongside 60 other Chinese institutions, will be added to a blacklist, according

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11 Dec 2020

Russia Vows ‘Retaliatory Measures’ After Dutch Expel Diplomats For Spying

Moscow has released a statement regarding the expulsion of two Russian diplomats accused by the Netherlands of spying, claiming that retaliatory measures would be enacted. The incident has strained the relationship between the two countries. The Netherlands alleges that two Russians who were working out of the Russian embassy in

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08 Dec 2020

China open to reset in relations with US as Washington announces fresh sanctions over Hong Kong

China’s foreign minister Wang Yi has declared that Beijing is ready to restart its relationship with the US, as the two countries have experienced escalating tensions over the past year. Yi called the path “a critical historical juncture.” Yi also stated that the two countries should rebuild mutual trust in

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