Chinese bombers and warships conducted drills around Taiwan on Monday, the latest military maneuvers near the self-ruled island that a senior U.S. official denounced as “coercion” and a threat to stability in the region, reports Trend citing to Reuters The United States has no formal ties with Taiwan but is bound by law to help provide the island with the means to defend itself and is its main source of arms. China has stepped up pressure on Taiwan, whose President Tsai Ing-wen Beijing suspects of pushing for the island’s formal independence, a red line for China which has never renounced the use of force to bring Taiwan under its control. “Any attempt to influence Taiwan through threats or coercion, we believe, destabilizes the region and threatens stability in the Taiwan Strait,” James Moriarty, chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan, said at a ceremony to mark the last four decades of U.S.-Taiwan relations. China’s People’s Liberation … [Read more...] about U.S. denounces “coercion” as China conducts drills near Taiwan
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The U.S. designation of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization (FTO) marks the first time Washington has officially used that label on a foreign state institution. "It underscores the fact that Iran's actions are fundamentally different from those of other governments," U.S. President Donald Trump said in an April 8 statement. His secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, said the move was aimed at increasing pressure on Iran and diverting some of the financial resources it allegedly uses to fund terrorism and militant activities. The designation, effective on April 15, is a significant symbolic departure and will result in economic and travel sanctions for the IRGC -- a branch of the Iranian armed forces -- and for individuals and entities associated with the so-called Guards. Experts say it could also increase the risk of a hostile encounter between Iranian and U.S. military forces. But let's start with the basics. Why The IRGC? The IRGC was … [Read more...] about IRGC’s ‘Terrorist’ Designation Raises U.S. Stakes Over Iran
Kabul, Afghanistan -- Authorities are investigating an errant U.S. bombing of an Afghan military base in the country's south that killed at least five Afghan troops, a lawmaker said Thursday. The soldiers were killed by friendly fire Wednesday in what was supposed to be a precision airstrike by U.S. forces supporting Afghan soldiers battling insurgents near the city of Tarin Kot in Uruzgan province. The Defense Ministry earlier said the fatalities were the result of a miscommunication between Afghan troops on the ground and forces in the air, without providing details.Lawmaker Obaidullah Barikzai from Uruzgan province told The Associated Press that Afghan soldiers inside the base in Tarin Kot believed a darkened convoy approaching the base was the Taliban -- not U.S. and Afghan forces -- and opened fire, invoking a blistering retaliation.The Taliban often travel in convoys with no vehicle lights on, Barikzai said.A U.S. airstrike was called in to aid the under-fire convoy, he added. It … [Read more...] about Afghanistan probes mistaken U.S. airstrike on Afghan army base
Sofia. European Union lawmakers failed to offer a view on Thursday on whether to start negotiations with the United States on removing tariffs for industrial goods, a move designed to ease trade tensions between them, Reuters reports. In a confusing vote, the European Parliament passed by a narrow majority a series of amendments against beginning talks, but then voted down its own resolution on the topic, meaning in effect it took no view. The resolution would not have been binding, but parliament will have to approve any deal agreed and EU governments said they wanted to hear the view of lawmakers before deciding. The original text, broadly supported by center-right parties but opposed by the left of center, had set out conditions for negotiations: to include cars, exclude agriculture and be suspended if Washington imposes new punitive tariffs. EU steel and aluminum are already subject to protective U.S. import duties. The two sides ended a stand-off last July, when U.S. President … [Read more...] about Reuters: EU lawmakers split over whether to start trade talks with U.S.
Zaxid.net The Donald Trump Administration has drawn criticism for considering U.S. troop withdrawals from Afghanistan and Syria, but it’s considering at least one new permanent military base overseas. Under Secretary of Defense for Policy John Rood is in Warsaw, Poland this week to discuss the proposed base, which would boost the Pentagon’s presence along Russia’s western border, Time reported. The negotiations take place as Washington’s and Moscow’s militaries already face off in close proximity at several flashpoints in places like Syria and across eastern Europe. The U.S. currently maintains about 4,000 troops in Poland on a rotational basis, including an armored brigade combat team. The deployment started after Moscow’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 as part of a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) mission to establish a bulwark against Russian aggression on the alliance’s eastern flank. Read also Pentagon planning to test … [Read more...] about Washington, Warsaw discuss permanent U.S. military base in Poland