‘Cold War Mentality’: US Defense Strategy Includes False Judgments on China

BEIJING (Sputnik) - The new US National Defense Strategy includes a lot of false and absurd judgments related to China, which are the remnants reflecting the Cold War mentality, the Chinese Defense Ministry said in a Saturday statement. "On January 19, the US Department of Defense released the reporton the National Defense Strategy. The plan of the national strategy, … Continue reading ‘Cold War Mentality’: US Defense Strategy Includes False Judgments on China

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Japan mulls deploying F-35B fighters on helicopter carrier

First real flattop since WWII would be sea change for Tokyo Japan may soon face the sticky task of defining the difference between a “defensive aircraft carrier” and an “offensive” one. The Asahi Shimbun noted in a year-end analysis that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government is mulling a proposal to convert the Izumo, a Maritime Self-Defense … Continue reading Japan mulls deploying F-35B fighters on helicopter carrier

Erdogan snares an ancient port on the Red Sea – with funds from Qatar?

Turkish president strikes a deal with Sudan to develop the historic port island of Suakin, raising suspicion that Qatari funds have been used to secure a base close to the port of Jeddah; Egypt is not happy about the deal either By Sami Moubayed   Shortly before Christmas, a highly controversial deal was struck in … Continue reading Erdogan snares an ancient port on the Red Sea – with funds from Qatar?

As global power shifts, Japan mulls new alliances and weapons

As it shifts away from pacifism, Tokyo hopes to leverage the technological edge of native defense contractors to piggyback new missiles and fighters off US systems By Doug Tsuruoka   Japan and the United Kingdom fought ferocious naval battles in World War II, but bygones are bygones: The two island democracies are planning joint naval … Continue reading As global power shifts, Japan mulls new alliances and weapons

Turkey-Iran-Qatar entente mocks Saudi-led ‘Arab NATO’

By M.K. Bhadrakumar Middle East politics just witnessed two contrasting events. In Riyadh on Monday, there was a meeting of Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) defense ministers. The previous day, in Tehran, came a trilateral “commercial” deal signed by Iran, Turkey and Qatar. The IMCTC spectacle outstripped the modest event in Tehran in terms … Continue reading Turkey-Iran-Qatar entente mocks Saudi-led ‘Arab NATO’