Asia-Pacific

The Asia-Pacific is home to more people than any other region. Centered on the western rim of the Pacific Ocean, this region includes the easternmost countries of continental Asia as well as the archipelagos that punctuate the coast.

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China to leapfrog U.S. as world’s biggest economy by 2028

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China will overtake the United States to become the world’s biggest economy in 2028, five years earlier than previously estimated due to the contrasting recoveries of the two countries...
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Japan sets record $52 billion military budget with stealth jets, long-range missiles

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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s government approved a ninth consecutive rise in military spending on Monday, funding the development of an advanced stealth fighter and longer-range...
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Chinese forces expel US warship from disputed islands in South China Sea

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The Chinese military said that it expelled the US warship USS John McCain on Tuesday, when it crossed the waters adjacent to the Chinese Nansha islands without Beijing’s permission,...
Kim Jong-Un presiding over a target strike exercise conducted by the special operation forces of the Korean People's Army (KPA) at an undisclosed location

North Korea and Biological Weapons: Assessing the Evidence

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Executive SummaryNorth Korea’s announcement that it is developing a vaccine for COVID-19 has focused renewed attention on Pyongyang’s purported biological weapons (BW) program. Over the past three years, three...
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US announces $2.4 bn sale of coastal defense systems to Taiwan

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The United States on Monday said it had approved a $2.4 billion sale of 100 Harpoon coastal defense systems to Taiwan, defying Beijing's anger over a $1 billion missile...
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‘Selective’ Bipolarity? From a Coalition of War to a Coalition of Sanctions

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The US-China split is evolving into a long-term rivalry. It is unlikely to be affected by the US elections or the mitigation of certain current irritants like the COVID-19...
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China holds simultaneous military drills in four seas

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China has begun five military exercises simultaneously along different parts of its coast, the second time in two months it will have such concurrent drills against a backdrop of...

US bans WeChat, TikTok from app stores, threatens shutdowns

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The U.S. Commerce Department said Friday it will ban Chinese-owned TikTok and WeChat from U.S. app stores on Sunday and will bar the apps from accessing essential internet services...
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U.S. pushes arms sales surge to Taiwan, needling China

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The United States plans to sell as many as seven major weapons systems, including mines, cruise missiles and drones to Taiwan, four people familiar with the discussions said, as...
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New ‘Bionic Eye’ Linked to Chip in Brain Could Cure Blindness

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TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A team of researchers has built a bionic device that they say can restore vision to the blind through a brain implant.It has been more than...
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Iran will introduce 1,000 more centrifuges at the Natanz nuclear site, Chief Iranian Nuclear...

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The news comes as Tehran's intends to increase its nuclear activity in the wake of a reported sabotage attack on its Natanz nuclear plant.Iran...
Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks to air force staff in Tehran on February 8, 2019. (handout via EPA)

Khamenei says Iran may enrich uranium to 60% purity if needed

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Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Monday Iran might enrich uranium up to 60% purity if the country needed it and would never...
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Canada cancels weapons sales to Turkey over Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict

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Canada cancelled all defense exports to Turkey on Monday after an investigation found that Canadian technology was used in the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia, the...
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Azerbaijan’s president poses with helmets taken from fallen Armenian soldiers at opening of museum...

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Azerbaijan’s long-time leader, Ilham Aliyev, has officially opened a museum dedicated to the country’s victory over neighboring Armenia in a series of bloody battles...
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Is Bosnia next?

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The media in the region today caused real confusion by announcing that Slovenian President Borut Pahor, during a recent visit to Sarajevo, said that...