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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MSDF joins trilateral military exercises with U.S., Australia on doorstep of South China Sea

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The Maritime Self-Defense Force conducted trilateral military exercises with the Australian Defence Force and the USS Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group on the doorstep of the disputed South China...
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Russia rejects joining NASA’s Artemis moon program in favor of China

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NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine is tirelessly forming an international coalition to support the Artemis return to the moon program. Recently, Bridenstine signed a Joint Exploration Declaration of Intent (JEDI) with Japan regarding Artemis...
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North Korea Proceeds Down a Nuclear Path

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BY: 38 NORTHJULY 20, 2020COMMENTARY, MEDIA ANALYSISReports about the unusual “closed-door meeting” of the Workers’ Party of Korea Central Military Commission (CMC) on July 18 suggested that North Korea...
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A Cold Peace: New Arms Race in East Asia

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Yang Yi-zhongAuthors: Yang Yi-zhong& Hu Yong-heng*On July 16, Japanese government issued “The White Paper” on national defense. As usual, Japanese government accordingly announced that due to “Uncertainty over the...
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North Korea’s Foreign Propaganda Takes a Step Towards Modernity

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BY: MARTYN WILLIAMSOne of North Korea’s most popular YouTube channels has quietly removed video documentaries that idolize the life of Kim Il Sung, the father of the modern North...
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US spy plane appears in South China Sea amid increased tensions with China

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One of the US Navy’s MQ-4C Triton high altitude long endurance (HALE) reconnaissance drones was spotted entering the South China Sea on Wednesday – the latest addition to an...
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North Korea’s Chemical and Coal Liquefaction Industries: The Difficult Path Ahead to Self-Reliance

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BY: BENJAMIN KATZEFF SILBERSTEINThe North Korean government is gearing up for prolonged conditions of economic autarky, as reflected in its renewed commitment to boost fertilizer manufacturing and coal gasification...
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Russian Su-35S, MiG-31BM scrambled to intercept US spy plane over Sea of Japan

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Russian fighter jets of the Eastern Military District were scrambled to intercept a US reconnaissance aircraft over the Sea of Japan, the Russian Defense Ministry told reporters on Saturday. Russian...
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North Korea has no plans for talks with U.S.

North Korea on Saturday reiterated it has no immediate plans to resume nuclear negotiations with the United States unless Washington discards what it describes as “hostile” polices toward Pyongyang,...
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U.S. sends carriers to South China Sea during Chinese drills

By Matthew Tostevin Two U.S. aircraft carriers were conducting exercises in the disputed South China Sea on Saturday, the U.S. navy said, as China also carried out military drills that...
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Iran announces ‘Axis of Resistance Defense Treaty’

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The Islamic Consultative Assembly of Iran announced on Monday that it will work on preparing a draft resolution on the “defense and security treaty...
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Lavrov points out UK’s double standards in regard to the Falkland Islands, Crimea

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London’s dissenting approaches to the situation with the Falkland Islands and the Crimean Peninsula is a display of double standards, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey...
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Navalny arrested until February 15

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Moscow’s Khimki Court has placed Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny under arrest until February 15, defense attorney Vadim Kobzev told TASS. "The Khimki Court ruled...
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Thousands of Illicit Bitcoin Mining Machines Seized in Iran

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TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The Iranian police have confiscated some 45,000 bitcoin mining machines that were illegally using subsidized electricity. Mohammad Hassan Motavalizadeh, head of Iran’s...
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Russian Air Force launches dozens of strikes over central Syria

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The Russian Aerospace Forces launched several strikes over the central region of Syria on Sunday, as their warplanes targeted several Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) hideouts...