Beijing will send troops to Russia to take part in joint military exercises later this month to "deepen cooperation" between the two militaries, the Chinese defence ministry said. China and Russia enjoy close defence ties and Beijing has said it wants to take bilateral relations "to a higher level", despite international condemnation over the war in Ukraine. According to a statement released on Wednesday, China will take part in the annual "Vostok" exercises - scheduled from 30 August to 5 September according to Moscow - as part of its cooperation with Russia. "The aim is to deepen practical and friendly cooperation with the armies of participating countries, increase the level of strategic collaboration between the participating parties and strengthen the ability to respond to various security threats," the defence ministry said in the statement. Other countries taking part in this year's Vostok exercises include India, Belarus, Mongolia and Tajikistan. China and … [Read more...] about China to send troops to Russia for military exercises
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China has echoed the rest of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in expressing support for the Palestinians and tacit condemnation of Israel's plan to annex a large portion of the West Bank, alongside President Donald Trump's Middle East peace plan. President Xi Jinping spoke with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday, according to China's Xinhua news agency, expressing Beijing's continued support for the demands of the Palestinian people as the world waits for Israel to begin its annexations. The Israeli coalition government—led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu until 2021, after which he will hand power to rival and former Israel Defense Forces general Benny Gantz—has said it plans to annex Israeli settlements in the Palestinian West Bank. The settlements are widely considered to be illegal under international law—including by the United Nations—though some in Israel and the U.S., including Secretary of State Mike Pomepo, dispute this. The … [Read more...] about U.S. stands alone on Israel annexation plan as China backs Palestinians
No two countries with a McDonald’s ever go to war: it was the kind of tale a naive, trusting world preoccupied with spending its Cold War peace dividend wanted to hear. So when Thomas Friedman, the US author, coined his Golden Arches theory of conflict prevention back in 1996, the idea was lapped up enthusiastically.It was an exhilarating, hopelessly optimistic take, perfect for a pre-9/11, pre-internet era that still believed in unstoppable economic and political progress. Friedman’s screed, later expanded into a book, was merely the latest to argue that some freedom begets more freedom: 19th-century economic liberals saw free trade not just as a means of generating prosperity but also of replacing war with peace, military empires with commerce. They argued that free trade raises the cost of armed conflict, reducing its prevalence. More contemporary thinkers went even further, positing that with the universal adoption of capitalism would also come mass democracy. Consumers used to … [Read more...] about Forget Nato. We need a new world alliance to take on totalitarian capitalists in Russia and China
Breakfast 1News US Correspondent Anna Burns-Francis discusses the US House Speaker’s controversial visit to the island China claims as their territory. Ben Saul is a Challis Chair of International Law at the Sydney Law School, University of Sydney EXPLAINED: “Strategic ambiguity” – the policy that has underpinned the West’s defence of Taiwan for half a century or more – rests on another ambiguity: Taiwan’s status in international law . And that status matters because it could help us answer three questions: Does China have a legal right to restore control over its own territory by force? Do Taiwan and its allies have a legal right to resist such an attack? Might Taiwan even have the right to declare independence? The islands we know as Taiwan have been inhabited for 30,000 years, including by successive waves of peoples from mainland China. Taiwan was subject to partial Dutch and Spanish colonisation from the early 17th century, was partly … [Read more...] about Why is the Taiwan independence question so complex?
Russia's novel coronavirus vaccine trials were successfully completed on Monday and the results indicated long-term immunity could be established, Russia's ministry of defense said. "The Russian Defence Ministry together with the Gamaleya [Gamalei] Scientific Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology has successfully completed clinical trials of the vaccine against COVID-19 with the participation of volunteers at the Burdenko Main Military Clinical Hospital," the ministry confirmed in a statement, Kremlin-backed news website Sputnik reported. The final assessments of the test results have been made and "without exception, all volunteers, having received immunity from the coronavirus, felt fine. Thus, the first domestic vaccine against the new coronavirus infection is ready," the First Deputy Defense Minister of the Russian Federation, Ruslan Khadzhismelovich Tsalikov, told Moscow's Argumenty i Fakty newspaper. The ministry also stated: "Test results clearly show that … [Read more...] about Russia coronavirus vaccine is ready and safe, ministry of defense says