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Russia the other pacific power

Although China and the US are at the forefront of discussions concerning Indo-Pacific geopolitics, Russia remains a significant actor i...

Reshaping the geopolitics of Middle East

The prevailing discourse in the United States is becoming dominated by the belief that the Middle East has lost its central position...

U.S. and Japan to jointly stockpile munitions, including n...

Sailors load a AGM-84D Harpoon missile onto a P-8A Poseidon aircraft at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan. (Photo courtesy of the U.S...

China, Iran begin implementation of 25-year strategic pact

China and Iran had signed a 25-year cooperation agreement in March 2021. (Reuters) China has said it will begin implementing a str...

Turkey draws closer to the US and Europe

A US Navy destroyer crosses the Bosphorus to enter the Black Sea, as tensions simmer around Ukraine. (File photo) ...

China’s pull grows in Middle East

Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) listens to Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz as Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi looks on during th...

Beijing unveils grand plan to grow digital economy as US m...

China’s 14th five-year plan on the digital economy is broad in scope, covering everything from communications to e-commerce. Ph...

Russia and the West meet for a crucial week of diplomacy

As the Russian tanks poured west, heading from Vladivostok on the Pacific coast to the border with Ukraine, American diplomats headed e...

China to pursue major standards-setting role in 6G mobile...

China’s pro-6G digital economy blueprint marks the country’s latest move to help shape the next-generation mobile technol...

Many Saudis are seething at Muhammad bin Salman’s reforms

MEDINA: On december 30th the authorities in Saudi Arabia stuck notices to the shrines in Mecca and Medina, Islam’s holiest c...

Japan's defense industry on the ropes amid growing threats

TOKYO -- Amid increasing military threats from China and North Korea, Japan's defense industry has been shoved to the edge of the fight...

New wave of Asian defense pacts no magic template for coun...

Fumio Kishida and Scott Morrison attend a video signing ceremony on Jan. 6: the Reciprocal Access Agreement only goes some way to mit...

Putin draws the line for colour revolutions

Russian airborne troop units who departed on Jan. 6 to join the Collective Security Treaty Organisation’s peacekeeping force in K...

Over $100M provided to Islamophobic groups across US for p...

The Islamophobic groups are accused of spreading false information about Muslim communities in the US and beyond. (AP) The US' lar...

Making sense of the Middle East’s ‘Great Reset’

The Middle East appears to be in the mode for reconciliation. Regional rivals and foes are working to mend ties and restore relations....

How close is Iran to getting a nuclear weapon?

Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani arrives for nuclear talks in Vienna on Dec. 27, 2021. ALEX HALADA/AFP VIA GETTY...

Security not economics is likely to drive US trade engagem...

It was a year of transition for US trade policy in 2021. The Trump administration’s trade representative Robert Lighthizer was re...

America’s asia strategy has reached a dead end

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks during the annual U.S.-ASEAN Summit via video link from Washington on Oct. 26, 2021. C...

Russia keeps Iran waiting on advanced weapons

Russia is looking for customers for its Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jet, and Iran is in the market. Photo: Wikimedia When Iranian Preside...

China to host Iranian foreign minister amid US pressure ov...

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, pictured during a video call with Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, is to visit Beijing...

China to host ministers from oil-rich Gulf states as Kazak...

China is the world’s biggest importer of oil and gas. Photo: Reuters Foreign ministers from the Gulf states will start a...