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At a regular press briefing on Dec. 12, 2016, China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang expresses "serious concern" about U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's remarks suggesting the United States need not adhere to its long-held position on the status of Taiwan under his incoming administration. (Kyodo via AP Images) ==Kyodo

China Condemns ‘Carping’ from U.S. Officials on African Debt Traps

The State Department’s concerted effort to highlight predatory lending and military expansion by Beijing’s Communist Party has triggered stern condemnation from China’s foreign ministry and state media, both of which have urged the international community to ignore Washington’s “carping” on the issue.

China's President Xi Jinping (C) arrives to speak on the final day of the APEC CEO Summit, part of the broader Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit, in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 10, 2017. World leaders and senior business figures are gathering in the Vietnamese city …

China Eyes Belt and Road Expansion, Military Base in Pakistan

China appears to be attempting to capitalize on tensions between the United States and Pakistan, reportedly planning to build an overseas military base in the country and expand infrastructure projects as part of the larger One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative.

China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers march past Tiananmen Gate during a military parade in Beijing on September 3, 2015

China to Cut Army in Half to Under One Million Troops

The Chinese state-run People’s Daily newspaper reported Wednesday that the nation’s military will reduce its army to under one million troops in an effort to do away with “the old military structure.”

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China Gains Ally in South China Sea Fight: Robert Mugabe

The Chinese government is touting the support of “dozens” of countries for its illegal colonization of the South China Sea, with particular praise for Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe’s statement opposing the arbitration of China’s territorial dispute in international court.

Saudi Arabia to Establish Military Base in Djibouti

Saudi Arabia to Establish Military Base in Djibouti

Another piece slides across the board between Saudi Arabia and Iran in the Middle Eastern game of thrones, as Djibouti, recently estranged from Iran, prepares to sign a deal that will give Saudi Arabia a military base in the East African country.

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Sunni World Turns Its Back on Iran: 10 Nations Cut Ties and Counting

On Wednesday, the Sunni nations of Qatar and Djibouti announced they would be severing diplomatic ties with the Islamic Republic of Iran, becoming the 9th and 10th nations to officially cut relations, roll back ties, or condemn the Shiite theocracy in the past week.

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Yemen War Places Thousands in Limbo in Djibouti

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has set up camps in Djibouti, located in the Horn of Africa, to care for the thousands of Yemenis fleeing the civil war. The agency needs more help, but now Iranian state media claim Djibouti turned away humanitarian aid.

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With Iran Ship, Obama Reaps What He Sowed in Gaza Flotilla

The international diplomatic and military crisis sparked by Iran’s decision to send an “aid” vessel directly to Yemen–along with an escort of warships–rather than to the international coordinating point in Djibouti was the latest escalation in Iran’s attempt to assert its new dominance as a regional power. Notably, Iran’s tactics mirror those used by Palestinian activists, backed by Turkey, in the 2010 Mavi Marmara incident, when an Islamist “aid” ship challenged the Israeli navy off Gaza.