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Biden says United States would come to Taiwan’s defense

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U.S. President Joe Biden speaks briefly with reporters after participating in a ceremony for state and national Teachers of the Year at the White House in Washington, U.S. October 18, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo Biden says U.S. has “commitment” to defend Taiwan White House says no change in policy on......

Europe and China must continue talking despite disagreements, EU says

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Josep Borrell holds a press conference after a meeting of E.U. Foreign Ministers on the sidelines of the 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly, in New York, U.S., September 20, 2021. REUTERS/David ‘Dee’ Delgado Sept 28 (Reuters) – The European Union and China must continue engaging on a number......

North Korea says it test-fired new hypersonic missile

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SEOUL, Sept 29 (Reuters) – The projectile North Korea fired off its east coast on Tuesday was a newly developed hypersonic missile, state news media KCNA reported on Wednesday, the latest in a series of new weapons tested by the reclusive state. North Korea fired the missile towards the sea......

Under fierce Republican attack, U.S. General Milley defends calls with China

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WASHINGTON, Sept 28 (Reuters) – U.S. General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, fended off perhaps the most personal and direct attacks from lawmakers of his career on Tuesday as Republicans blasted his calls with China and his interviews for books critical of Donald Trump’s presidency. Milley,......

Afghan army collapse ‘took us all by surprise,’ U.S. defense secretary says

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WASHINGTON, Sept 28 (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told Congress on Tuesday that the Afghan army’s sudden collapse caught the Pentagon “by surprise,” as military leaders confronted a contentious Senate hearing about how and why America lost its longest war. Republican lawmakers accused President Joe Biden of lying......

N.Korea fires missile, accuses U.S. of ‘double standards’

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SEOUL, Sept 28 (Reuters) – North Korea fired a missile towards the sea off its east coast on Tuesday, South Korea’s military said, as Pyongyang called on the United States and South Korea to scrap their “double standards” on weapons programmes to restart talks. The missile was launched from the......

China condemns Britain for Taiwan Strait warship mission

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Officers of the Indonesian Navy greet the crew of the visiting British Royal Navy ship HMS Richmond docked at Tanjung Priok harbour in Jakarta May 22, 2011. REUTERS/Supri/Files BEIJING, Sept 27 (Reuters) – China strongly condemned Britain on Monday for sailing awarship through the sensitive Taiwan Strait, saying it was......

China’s biggest air show to display self-sufficiency drive, military prowess

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Airshow China to open on Tuesday in southern city of Zhuhai Local firms have ramped up presence as travel restricted Display debuts include AG600 and Wing Loong II drone ZHUHAI, China, Sept 27 (Reuters) – China’s drive for self-sufficiency in aerospace and its growing military prowess will be on display......

Erdogan: Turkey intends to buy more Russian defence systems

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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses the 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York City, U.S., September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz/Pool ISTANBUL, Sept 26 (Reuters) – President Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey still intended to buy a second batch of S-400 missile defense systems from Russia, a move that......

North Korea says hope is alive for peace, summit with South

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A North Korean flag flies on a mast at the Permanent Mission of North Korea in Geneva October 2, 2014. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo SEOUL, Sept 25 (Reuters) – North Korea is willing to consider another summit with South Korea if mutual respect between the neighbours can be assured, state news......

Chad plans to double army size to deal with security challenges

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N’DJAMENA, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Chad’s transitional government said on Friday that it plans to drastically increase the size of its army to deal with security challenges, including threats from Islamist militants and armed rebels. Defence Minister General Daoud Yaya Brahim told parliament that the army has begun the process......

‘Quad’ leaders meet at White House as China looks warily on

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WASHINGTON, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Leaders of the United States, Japan, India and Australia presented a united front on Friday at their first summit and stressed the need for a free and open Indo-Pacific region amid shared concerns about China. The two-hour meeting at the White House of the Quad,......

U.S. House approves $1 billion for Israel’s ‘Iron Dome’ missile-defense system

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WASHINGTON, Sept 23 (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to give $1 billion to Israel for its Iron Dome missile-defense system, two days after objections from the most liberal Democrats forced leaders to remove it from a broader spending bill. The measure passed by 420......

French envoy to return to U.S. after fence-mending Biden-Macron call

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PARIS/WASHINGTON, Sept 22 (Reuters) – The U.S. and French presidents moved to mend ties on Wednesday, with France agreeing to send its ambassador back to Washington and the White House acknowledging it erred in brokering a deal for Australia to buy U.S. instead of French submarines without consulting Paris. In......

Military aid for Israel removed from U.S. funding bill, but leadership pledges vote later this week

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WASHINGTON, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday removed $1 billion in military funding for Israel from legislation to fund the U.S. government after objections from liberals in the House of Representatives, but party leaders pledged to bring the matter up again later this week. Some House Democrats objected......

Australian documents showed French submarine project was at risk for years

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SYDNEY, Sept 21 (Reuters) – France should not have been surprised that Australia cancelled a submarine contract, as major concerns about delays, cost overruns and suitability had been aired officially and publicly for years, Australian politicians said. Paris has recalled its ambassadors from Canberra and Washington, saying it was blindsided......

Syrian military chief makes rare visit to Jordan to discuss border security

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First public visit by top Syrian army official since war Jordan wants Russia to rein in growing Iranian presence Amman concerned at Iranian-backed forces on its border AMMAN, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Syria’s defence minister visited Jordan on Sunday to discuss stability on their mutual border, the first such meeting......

Australia defends its handling of French submarine deal

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SYDNEY, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Australia defended its scrapping of a deal for French submarines on Sunday, saying the government had raised concerns to Paris for months, as a new deal with the United States and Britain continued to fuel a multinational diplomatic crisis. “I don’t regret the decision to......

Malaysia warns new Indo-Pacific pact may trigger nuclear arms race

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A Malaysian flag flies outside Prime Minister’s office, in Putrajaya, Malaysia September 24, 2020. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Malaysia on Saturday expressed concerns that Australia’s plan to build nuclear-powered submarines under a new pact with Britain and the United States could catalyze a nuclear arms......

China enters Taiwan air defence zone a day after military budget boost

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Chinese and Taiwanese national flags are displayed alongside a military airplane in this illustration taken April 9, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration TAIPEI, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Taiwan’s air force scrambled on Friday to warn away 10 Chinese aircraft that entered its air defence zone, Taiwan’s defence ministry said, the day after......

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