John J. Xenakis

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World View: Pentagon Issues Annual Report on China's Military

China is developing a new long-range intercontinental ballistic missile with multiple nuclear warheads as part of a large-scale military buildup, according to the "Annual Report to Congress: Military and Security Developments Involving the People's Republic of China." Jun 7, 2014 7:04 AM PT

World View: Indonesia Increases Defense Spending to Combat China

Of the nations (Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines) whose sovereign territory China is annexing via military force, Indonesia has tried to stay out of the disputes with China and to concentrate on its own problems -- internal terrorist attacks and separatist movements. Jun 6, 2014 7:10 AM PT

World View: History Repeating Itself in China and Vietnam

Vietnam is in a generational Awakening era. Vietnam beat the U.S., then beat China in a brief war, and my guess is that they're thinking that they can beat the Chinese again in some way. It would be interesting to understand exactly what thought process the Vietnamese leaders are going through these days. Jun 5, 2014 9:14 AM PT

World View: Vietnam Develops Increasingly Dangerous Strategy to Counter China

China's belligerent military actions in the South China Sea, annexing regions that have historically belonged to Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines, have drawn worldwide criticism, and caused Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines to form a military alliance to oppose China. Jun 4, 2014 2:24 AM PT

World View: Polio Continues to Flare in Nigeria, Pakistan

The terrorist group Boko Haram is responsible for thousands of deaths through terrorist attacks in northeastern Nigeria, and is still holding hundreds of kidnapped schoolgirls, possibly as sexual slaves. But Boko Haram is posing an additional danger to Nigeria and the entire region by making it almost impossible to administer polio vaccines. Jun 3, 2014 1:27 AM PT

World View: Hagel Sets 'Red Line' for China in South China Sea

As we reported yesterday, Japan's president Shinzo Abe spoke on Friday at the annual Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on Asian security issues. He announced enhanced military relationships with Vietnam and the Philippines, and demanded that China abide by international rules and laws, rather than coercion and threats. Jun 1, 2014 3:27 AM PT

World View: Japan's Shinzo Abe Asserts Asian Leadership Against China

Speaking in Singapore on Friday at the annual Shangri-La Dialogue on Asian security issues, Japan's president Shinzo Abe said that Japan will continue to be a pacifist state that makes great contributions to global peace, and he expressed the intention for Japan to take a more active part in guaranteeing peace and security throughout Asia. May 31, 2014 6:46 AM PT

World View: Japan Strengthens Military Alliances with Philippines and Vietnam

With China's bellicosity becoming more strident almost every week, Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe is strengthening Japan's military links with Vietnam and the Philippines and said that with regard to China's "unilateral drilling activities" in the South China Sea, "We will never tolerate a change to the status quo by force or coercion. May 28, 2014 8:40 AM PT

World View: Europe Has 'Political Earthquake' as Anti-EU Parties Surge in Elections

France's president, François Hollande, referred to Sunday's European Parliament election as a "political earthquake," as mainstream parties across Europe, including Hollande's own Socialist party, suffered calamitous defeat. Although each country is different, the generalization is that the parties that did better than expected favor strong controls on immigration and advocate leaving the euro currency or the European Union entirely. May 26, 2014 7:29 AM PT

World View: Obama Invokes War Powers Act, Sends Troops to Help Nigeria

The United States is sending 80 military personnel and at least one unarmed Predator reconnaissance aircraft drone to Chad as part of the international effort to defeat Boko Haram. The unmanned drone will join similar aircraft based in Niger that have already been participating in the search for the kidnapped schoolgirls. May 22, 2014 11:43 AM PT

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