China flew bombers around Taiwan before Trump call

FOX NEWS On Nov. 26, two Chinese Xian H-6 bombers, along with two escort planes, a Tupolev Tu-154 and Shaanxi Y-8, flew around the island of Taiwan from mainland China, taking off and landing from two separate Chinese military bases. The escort jets were used to collect radar information and conduct other surveillance on American allies such as Japan, Fox News is told. The Chinese bombers stayed in international airspace, according to officials. At different points of the flight, Chines...
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Russia says US stalling on Aleppo rebel pullout

MIDDLE EAST ONLINE Syrian regime forces were on the verge Tuesday of seizing a major rebel district of Aleppo as Moscow and Washington traded barbs over stalled efforts to end fighting in the battle-worn city. After retaking control of about two-thirds of east Aleppo in recent days, forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad were advancing Tuesday on the large residential district of Shaar. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group, said if the district is retaken rebel force...
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Donald Trump’s Message Sparks Anger in China

WALL STREET JOURNALChinese officials late Friday and early Saturday played down Mr. Trump’s precedent-breaking phone call with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, which a transition official said had been arranged by Bob Dole, the former Republican senator and presidential nominee. The call went beyond pleasantries and included a discussion about China and stability in the Asia-Pacific, according to a person familiar with the call. The Chinese directed their ire at Taiwan and not at Mr. Trump.But the...
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Trump Angers China by speaking with Taiwan’s leader

LA TIMES President-elect Donald Trump had a potentially provocative phone conversation Friday with Tsai Ing-wen, the president of Taiwan, which could upset delicate relations between the U.S. and the Chinese government. It is believed to be the first call between a president or president-elect with a Taiwanese leader since 1979, when the U.S. recognized the mainland government and cut ties with Taiwan. The Financial Times first reported the call. China has long been sensitive to any ...
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New Yorker: The Propaganda about ‘Russian Propaganda’

NEW YORKER late October, I received an e-mail from “The PropOrNot Team,” which described itself as a “newly-formed independent team of computer scientists, statisticians, national security professionals, journalists and political activists, dedicated to identifying propaganda—particularly Russian propaganda targeting a U.S. audience.” PropOrNot said that it had identified two hundred Web sites that “qualify as Russian propaganda outlets.” The sites’ reach was wide—they are read by at least fift...
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Putin says Trump clever, will understand new responsibilities

REUTERS U.S. President-elect Donald Trump is a clever man and will quickly understand his new responsibilities, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with NTV TV. Putin has spoken previously of his hope that Trump will help restore U.S.-Russia relations, and analysts said he was unlikely to want to dial up anti-Western rhetoric before Trump's inauguration in January. "Trump was an entrepreneur and a businessman. He is already a statesman, he is the head of the United Sta...
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Europe will send a rover to Mars but won’t protect Earth from an asteroid

WASHINGTON POST The European Space Agency just secured 436 million euros to send its first-ever rover to Mars in 2020. The news came as a relief to scientists behind the two-part ExoMars mission, who are still reeling after their spacecraft Schiaparelli crashed in an attempt to land on the Red Planet during the first part of the mission. But a proposal to survey a near-Earth asteroid — and eventually attempt to knock it off course — was not so lucky. Last month, more than 100 planeta...
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Outraged China Responds To Trump’s Twitter Attacks

DAILY CALLER China is absolutely livid over President-elect Donald Trump’s brutal Twitter comments on China’s monetary, trade, and military practices. Trump slammed China Sunday evening for manipulating its currency, engaging in unfair trade practices, and militarizing the South China Sea. While the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs refused to be drawn into Trump’s Twitter war, stated-sponsored newspapers blasted Trump for his comments. Trump “threw a tantrum against China Sunday n...
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Winter US war games on Norway-Russia border

CNN An American tank full of US Marines crashes through the silence of the sub-zero pine forest, far above the Arctic Circle, as unidentified drones hover overhead and yellow and green smoke fills the freezing air. The troops' target? A bunker up ahead, manned by Norwegian soldiers. Shots ring out as the Marines advance, crunching through the snow beneath gray winter skies. It's all role-play, of course -- the maneuvers are part of a training exercise, but one jarringly imbued with the ne...
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US, China conduct rare disaster relief drill

CNN If natural disasters often prompt countries to put their differences aside and work together, so does training for them. That kind of cooperation was on display during a joint disaster relief exercise held by the United States and China in the southwest Chinese city of Kunming last week. Around 200 soldiers trained for several days on a variety of scenarios, a rare instance of cooperation that stands in stark contrast to the otherwise often contentious relationship between the world...
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JP Morgan Chase Pays 264 Million Fine for Bribing Chinese Officials

SHADOW PROOF JPMorgan is, once again, paying money out to federal regulators for its chronic criminal activity. The latest payment of $264 million comes after it was discovered that the Too Big To Fail/Jail bank hired the relatives of Chinese government officials to win business in China—a clear violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). According to the Department of Justice, JPMorgan will pay a $72 million criminal penalty to the Department of Justice, a civil penalty of $61....
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Iran Threatens to Shoot Down US Planes

FOX NEWS Iran threatened to shoot down two US Navy surveillance aircraft flying close to Iranian territory in the Persian Gulf over the weekend, the latest in a series of recent provocations between Iran and the US military in the region, three US defense officials with knowledge of the incident told Fox News. On Sept. 10, a Navy P-8 Poseidon with a crew of nine and an EP-3 Eries with a crew of roughly 24, were flying a reconnaissance mission 13 miles off the coast of Iran, through the Per...
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Saudi Arabia Severs Diplomatic Ties with Iran

On Sunday, Saudi Arabia announced it will cut all diplomatic ties with Iran. Saudi Arabian officials have 48 hours to leave the country. Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told a news conference that "Riyadh will not allow the Islamic Republic to undermine the Sunni kingdom's security," according to Reuters. He added: "The Iranian regime has a long record of violating foreign diplomatic missions." The move comes following an attack by protestors on the Saudi Arabian embassy in Tehran in retali...
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Chinese Markets Halt Trading After Shares Plunge

Chinese stocks plunged Monday, spurring a trading halt for the rest of the session, and leading stock markets in Asia Pacific lower after feeble manufacturing surveys revived concerns over the mainland's economic slowdown. The Shanghai Composite tumbled 6.85 percent to 3296.66 and the Shenzhen Composite plunged 8.1 percent. The CSI 300 briefly plummeted 7.02 percent; when that index rises or falls 7 percent, a trading halt in China's markets is triggered for the rest of the session. ...
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Russian Defense Paper: NATO & US are a Threat

A new defence appraisal has named the USA as one of the threats to Russia's national security for the first time, signifying how much relations between Russia and the west have deteriorated in recent years. In the document, entitled 'About the Strategy of National Security of Russian Federation', it names the US and Nato as new threats to Russian security, due to the alliance trying to "retain [its] dominance in global affairs." According to Reuters, this is the first time that the US has ...
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