U.S. International Affairs An increasingly influential China is already one of the world's most powerful countries and is contending to overtake only two countries with greater global pull, according to a new report. On Friday, the Henry Jackson Society, a think tank based in London, published a report titled "An Audit of Geopolitical Capability," which ranked the leading 20 nations in terms of four primary categories: national "base," "structure," "instruments" and "resolve." The study placed the United States at the top of the list, the United Kingdom then closely followed by China, while Russia lagged way back in tenth. Claiming the report was "the world’s most comprehensive ranking of national capability," its chief analyst, James Rogers, argued that the U.K.'s global status had been little affected by the Brexit crisis that has afflicted its currency and polarized its government. The report argued that the U.K. still managed to "project and extend itself … around … [Read more...] about What Is World’s Most Powerful Country? New Report Finds China Rising to Top
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China Jonathan Marcus Diplomatic correspondent @Diplo1 on Twitter 13 February 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-43036302 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel China's modernisation of its armed forces is proceeding faster than … [Read more...] about China’s ‘globalised’ military power
World International Affairs The U.S. military victory over Japanese Imperial forces on August 14, 1945, signified the end of the bloodiest conflict in modern history. It also ushered in a historic shift in global power, creating a growing and lasting U.S. military presence in Asia that has continued to this day—but not without its opponents. Only days after the world's first atomic bomb attacks killed up to 250,000 people in the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan officially surrendered to the U.S. and fellow Allied powers, including the Soviet Union and the U.K, ending World War II. The event was known as V-J Day and is officially commemorated in the U.S. on September 2, the date in which the surrender document was signed. The Empire of Japan was then dismantled and, for the first time in the country's history, Japan was occupied by a foreign power. The U.S. military occupation formally ended only years later in 1951, but the … [Read more...] about V-J Day: U.S. Military Power in Asia Grew After World War II, But Do We Still Need Bases There?
World Russia Russian military China Chinese Military U.S. Military Asia Russia and China have announced they will host joint war games in the Asia-Pacific region, where the two major military powers have protested against growing U.S. presence. Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Senior Colonel Wu Qian told a press conference Thursday that the country's military leadership had reached agreements with Russia to host their Joint Sea 2018 exercise this year in the Yellow Sea waters off the Chinese east coast city of Qingdao. The annual multiphase drill has featured both maritime and land exercises designed to better integrate and prepare the U.S.'s most powerful rivals. "At present, the military experts of the two countries are conducting the second round of consultations in Russia on the time, operation area and participating troops of the exercise. We will release information in due course about the specific arrangement of the exercise," Wu told reporters. … [Read more...] about Russia and China Will Hold War Games in Asia, Checking U.S. Military Power in Pacific
The results of Egypt’s presidential election this month were about as surprising as the sunrise. President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi, who came to power in 2013 in a coup, won reelection with 97 percent of the vote. Of course, Egyptians didn’t really have other options: Since the coup, Sissi has embarked upon a brutal campaign of repression, and NPR reported that six potential opponents were detained or pressured by the government to withdraw their candidacies. Still, elites, especially business elites, have largely welcomed the new president, according to H.A. Hellyer of the Atlantic Council; Sissi has served as an antidote to a government backed by the poor and Islamists. Sissi’s consolidation of power, as perhaps the most dominant military ruler in Egypt in decades, would have been shocking only 10 years ago, when militaries were largely retreating from politics and democracy seemed to be thriving globally. In the 1990s and much of the 2000s, the idea that military … [Read more...] about People abroad are asking their militaries to save their democracies. It won’t work.