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May 22, 2013

Analysis: From opera to exercises, U.S. and China deepen military ties

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Even as the United States accuses China of military espionage and worries about Beijing’s more strident posture in the Asia-Pacific region, the ties between the armed forces of the two nations have been getting closer.

Direct contact between China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and some of its potential adversaries has increased dramatically in the last two years.

May 22, 2013

Analysis – From opera to war games, U.S. and China deepen military ties

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Even as the United States accuses China of military espionage and worries about Beijing’s more strident posture in the Asia-Pacific region, the ties between the armed forces of the two nations have been getting closer.

Direct contact between China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and some of its potential adversaries has increased dramatically in the last two years.

May 8, 2013

Analysis: Despite Israeli strikes, U.S. still wary of Syria air defenses

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Israeli missiles breached Syria’s vaunted air defense system over the weekend, but that offered little comfort to U.S. military planners weighing the risks of any intervention against President Bashar al-Assad’s forces.

With some of the possible U.S. military options in Syria involving a need for air power, the Pentagon remains concerned about Assad’s ability to shoot down enemy aircraft with surface-to-air missiles, particularly in a sustained campaign.

Apr 28, 2013

No good military options for U.S. in Syria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Despite President Barack Obama’s pledge that Syria’s use of chemical weapons is a “game changer” for the United States, he is unlikely to turn to military options quickly and would want allies joining him in any intervention.

Possible military choices range from limited one-off missile strikes from ships – one of the less complicated scenarios – to bolder operations like carving out no-fly safe zones.

Apr 27, 2013

Analysis: No good military options for U.S. in Syria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Despite President Barack Obama’s pledge that Syria’s use of chemical weapons is a “game changer” for the United States, he is unlikely to turn to military options quickly and would want allies joining him in any intervention.

Possible military choices range from limited one-off missile strikes from ships – one of the less complicated scenarios – to bolder operations like carving out no-fly safe zones.

Apr 25, 2013

U.S., Russian spies’ “trust deficit” may have clouded Boston case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. authorities have long cast a wary eye on counterterrorism intelligence from Russia, Obama administration officials say, raising questions about whether a “trust deficit” clouded efforts to determine if Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev posed a danger.

Any intelligence disconnect between the United States and Russia could have broader repercussions, complicating plans to cooperate on security for the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, not far from Russia’s restive north Caucasus region.

Apr 18, 2013

Scots vote, replacement debate challenge British nuclear deterrent

FASLANE, Scotland (Reuters) – Outside Her Majesty’s Naval Base Clyde, campaigners who have fought for decades for Britain to abandon nuclear weapons believe that they are closer than ever to victory.

In the 1980s, then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher brushed aside the protesters, saying that in the Cold War, atomic arms made the world a safer place.

Apr 5, 2013

As Koreas face off, risk of accidental war grows

LONDON (Reuters) – At the North Korean embassy in London, they are answering the phone but saying little.

“As far as we know, we are not giving any statements,” a North Korean official told Reuters, declining to give his name and saying all necessary information was already available on the website of the North Korean state news agency KCNA.

Mar 27, 2013

Chinese general leads troops in Cyprus as Beijing embraces U.N. role

BUFFER ZONE, Cyprus, March 27 (Reuters) – When Chao Liu
enlisted in the People’s Liberation Army in the dying years of
China’s Cultural Revolution, he never imagined he would end up
in Cyprus wearing a blue U.N. beret.

His army officer father fought U.S.-led United Nations
forces during the 1950-1953 Korean War. With schools closed and
the country in chaos, he told his 16-year-old son that joining
the military was his best chance of a good life.

Mar 20, 2013

Insight: Desperate for bailout, Cyprus plays risky geopolitical game

LONDON (Reuters) – As it tries to play Russia off against Europe to salvage its economy, Cyprus has embarked on a high-stakes poker game that could see almost everyone lose.

Its banks shattered by exposure to Greek debt, the island state urgently needs a way of bailing out its financial system.

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