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US Navy carrier's visit to Vietnam puts China on notice

U.S. Aircraft Carrier Visits Vietnam, Sends Message to China

The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson docked in Danang on Monday, marking the first visit by an American aircraft carrier to Vietnam since the end of the Vietnam War. The port call is seen as both a landmark in evolving U.S.-Vietnam relations and a strong message to China, which is taking aggressive action to seize control over the entire South China Sea.

Chinese military helicopters fly in a formation to make the number "90" during a military parade in China's northern Inner Mongolia region in July, 2017; Beijing will spend 1.11 trillion yuan ($175 billion) on its military in 2018

China Adds $175 Billion to Military Budget to ‘Advance War Preparedness’

China revealed on Monday that it will raise its military budget by $175 billion for the 2018 fiscal year, an 8.1 increase that is the largest military spending hike in three years. According to Premier Li Keqiang, the additional funding will “advance all aspects of military training and war preparedness, and firmly and resolvedly safeguard national sovereignty, security, and development interests.”

Ksenia Sobchak

Russian Presidential Candidates Throw Cold Water and Hot Language at First Debate

The Russian presidential election may be a farce in which incumbent President Vladimir Putin’s most realistic concern is low turnout from a bored electorate, but the first presidential debate on Wednesday was pretty exciting. Female candidate Ksenia Sobchak threw a glass of water at Vladimir Zhirinovsky after he told her to shut up, and Zhirinovsky responded by calling her a whore.

US President Donald Trump (L) has a delicate relationship with Chinese leader Xi Jinping, with whom he has claimed a "quite extraordinary" personal relationship

China Revamps Diplomatic Corps to Deal with Trump Administration

China has signaled significant changes to its top diplomatic lineup due to growing tensions with the Trump administration over trade issues and intellectual property theft. The changes also appear consistent with President Xi Jinping’s effort to consolidate power by installing friends and loyalists in important positions.

Former Air Force General and CIA Chief: Military Would Disobey Orders from Donald Trump

Trump-Russia Conspiracy Theories Slip from ‘Collusion’ to ‘Convergence’

Former CIA and NSA chief Michael Hayden handled the latest shifting of goalposts for the Trump-Russia conspiracy theory industry in an interview posted on Tuesday. Hayden conceded that “collusion” between Russia and the Trump 2016 campaign cannot yet be proven, so he lowered the bar to “convergence,” a far more nebulous accusation that requires no proof whatsoever.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) said he would not tolerate separatism, while Justin Trudeau has been at pains to quash perceptions in India that his Canada is a safe have for Sikh extremists

Trudeau Concludes Nightmare India Trip with Hug from Modi

The day before he is scheduled to return home from India, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau finally got to meet with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The two leaders sought to bring an upbeat conclusion to a journey that became a diplomatic nightmare for Canada. Modi greeted Trudeau with a hug, then sat down for bilateral talks.

North Korea's chief delegate Kim Yong-Chol (C) walks by South Korean soldiers after the inter-Korean general talks at the south side of the truce village of Panmunjom, in the Demilitarized Zone, 14 December 2007. High-level military talks between North and South Korea ended without agreement on a proposed joint fishing area to avert clashes. AFP PHOTO/POOL/JUNG YEON-JE (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)

North Korea to Send Official Allegedly Responsible for Bombing South Korean Ship to Olympics

North Korea’s Olympic “charm offensive” came to an end on Thursday as officials announced Pyongyang’s delegation to the closing ceremony would include Kim Yong-chol, who is currently vice chairman of the Workers’ Party Central Committee but formerly chief of the North Korean military intelligence agency blamed for the 2010 torpedo attack on the South Korean corvette Cheonan.


Turkey Threatens to Invade Greece and Seize Aegean Islands

Turkey is already involved in a military incursion into Syria and might be on the verge of a full-scale conflict with the Syrian government, or even a confrontation with U.S. forces, but the Turkish ruling party is also surprisingly enthusiastic about invading Greece. Even some Turkish politicians are hot for a war with Greece they believe they would easily win.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's warning came just a month after foreign and local IS supporters ravaged Mindanao's main Muslim city of Marawi

Duterte Suggests ‘Balance’ by Sending Philippine Troops to Train in China Instead of U.S.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s appearance at the Chinese-Filipino Business Club on Monday is proving to be a bottomless well of provocative comments. Not only did Duterte suggest, in a fit of bizarre black humor, that Beijing should consider annexing his country and turning it into a province of China, but he also proposed sending his troops to China for training instead of the United States.