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Russia, China unite against U.S. THAAD despite North’s test

Russia, China unite against U.S. THAAD despite North’s test

Special to WorldTribune.com By EastAsiaIntel.com On April 29, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi issued a joint statement objecting to the contemplated deployment in South Korea of the U.S. Theater High Altitude Area Defense [THAAD] missile interceptor system. But what is unusual is that the joint Russian-Chinese objection to THAAD […]

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Russia, second-largest arms exporter, envisions closing gap with U.S.

Russia, second-largest arms exporter, envisions closing gap with U.S.

MOSCOW — Russia, envisioning new markets in the Middle East, has forecast a four-fold increase in arms exports. Officials said the Kremlin has determined that Russia could increase its arms export market to $50 billion by 2020. The officials said this would comprise a four-fold increase in foreign military sales, which achieved records over the […]

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Iran and its neighbors: Caught in a strategic trap of their own making

Iran and its neighbors: Caught in a strategic trap of their own making

By Dr. Assad Homayoun and Gregory Copley, Editor, GIS/Defense &  Foreign Affairs. Iran, no less than the European Union or the United States of America, faces a series of problems which place it at a critical strategic junction. It now faces urgent challenges, the response to which will determine its viability — even its survival […]

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Obama's Afghan agreement maintains U.S. presence in key region

Obama's Afghan agreement maintains U.S. presence in key region

By Brian M Downing President Obama whisked into Afghanistan unannounced, inked a somewhat nebulous yet significant agreement with Afghan president Hamid Karzai, then quickly returned home. It was an impressive diplomatic coup that guarantees an appreciable U.S. presence in the country over many years, for better or worse. Many regional powers wanted no such arrangement […]

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Moscow deploys advanced SA-21 Growler missiles in rebuff to Obama

Moscow deploys advanced SA-21 Growler missiles in rebuff to Obama

Compiled by Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com In a sign of the Kremlin’s increasing hostility toward NATO’s missile defense system, Moscow has begun deploying its most advanced surface-to-air missiles, the SA-21 Growler or S-400 Triumph, at its Baltic Fleet base in Kaliningrad, near Poland and Lithuania. SA-21-Growler is a highly sophisticated, long- to medium-range surface-to-air missile system […]

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High stakes at the 5+1 Iran talks: The threat of a 'big war' that could involve Russia

High stakes at the 5+1  Iran talks: The threat of a 'big war' that could involve Russia

By Sheda Vasseghi On April 14, 2012, representatives from the U.S., Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany (“5+1”) met with officials from the Islamic Republic of Iran in Istanbul to discuss its nuclear ambitions.  Discussions were preliminary and introductory, and expectations for the parties to come to any agreement were low. According to UK representative […]

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Kofi Annan's Syria deal spares Assad and is backed by China, Russia and Iran

Kofi Annan's Syria deal spares Assad and is backed by China, Russia and Iran

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Kofi Annan seems to have clinched a diplomatic deal in Damascus which may stop or at least decompress the debilitating year-long conflict in Syria which has taken 9,000 lives, mostly civilians.  The former UN Secretary General in a bout of shuttle diplomacy has received approval from the Bashar […]

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Syria unravels: Russia and China stand by its bloody regime, UN stands by

Syria unravels: Russia and China stand by its bloody regime, UN stands by

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — As the ongoing conflict in Syria churns out a ghastly humanitarian  carnage, diplomatic efforts to halt the violence are shadowed by last year’s Libyan intervention, which morphed into a six month long military operation to topple a tyrant. So when the UN Security Council met again on Britain’s […]

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From Stalin to Putin: Moscow maintains uneasy balance of power in Northeast Asia

From Stalin to Putin: Moscow maintains uneasy balance of power in Northeast Asia

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — The resurgence of Vladimir Putin as president of Russia ushers in a new era of power politics and diplomacy in Northeast Asia with implications that may not be good news for either the United States or China. Campaigning against strong opposition from the educated, intellectual, often critical elite of […]

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Russia to resume SSBN patrols of worldwide strategic waterways

Russia to resume SSBN patrols of worldwide strategic waterways

Compiled by Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com In a throwback to the Cold War, Russia announced plans to beef up its submarine patrols of strategic waters around the world. “On June 1 or a bit later we will resume constant patrolling of the world’s oceans by strategic nuclear submarines,” Russian Navy Commander Adm. Vladimir Vysotsky announced Feb. […]

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