GREATEST HITS, 17: India defies missile-exporting China with cruise missile sale to Vietnam

Welcome to the Countdown: Top 21 stories of 2017. by WorldTribune Staff, August 14, 2017 India’s sale to Vietnam of a short-range, supersonic anti-ship missile has opened a new conflict in an already tense situation with China, an analyst said. Vietnam will receive the BrahMos which is considered one of the most effective and lethal […]

India defies missile-exporting China with cruise missile sale to Vietnam

India defies missile-exporting China with cruise missile sale to Vietnam

by WorldTribune Staff, August 14, 2017 India’s sale to Vietnam of a short-range, supersonic anti-ship missile has opened a new conflict in an already tense situation with China, an analyst said. Vietnam will receive the BrahMos which is considered one of the most effective and lethal anti-ship missiles in the world, with speeds reaching Mach […]

Romania is first ex-Soviet bloc state to stand with U.S. on missile defense

Romania is first ex-Soviet bloc state to stand with U.S. on missile defense

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com The Pentagon has agreed to start deploying a missile defense system in Romania beginning in early October. The U.S. missile defense system will be installed at the Deveselu military base in Southern Romania, putting Romania ahead of Poland and the Czech Republic as the first former communist country […]

Russia’s Navy seeks return to glory days in hot spots and cold Arctic

Russia’s Navy seeks return to glory days in hot spots and cold Arctic

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com The post-Soviet ebb of Russian naval glory seems to be over under a more aggressive President Vladimir Putin. That seems to be the unmistakable message Moscow is trying to send to the world. In recent weeks, President Putin ordered a dramatic increase of Russian naval presence in the […]

China’s counter to GPS targets SE Asia en route to global market

China’s counter to GPS targets SE Asia en route to global market

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com China is aggressively pressing its global positioning service, known as the Beidou, into service throughout the entire Southeast Asia region. The goal is to extend coverage regionally, before achieving global coverage by 2020. China views Southeast Asia as key to countering the influence of the United States and […]

Gibraltar rocks again: Spain threatens anti-UK alliance with Argentina

Gibraltar rocks again: Spain threatens anti-UK alliance with Argentina

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com Exactly 300 years after the Treaty of Utrecht settled the century-long royal spat between Spain and England, the last remaining territorial issue between the two countries flared up again in recent weeks. At issue is the sovereignty of Gibraltar which overlooks the vital isthmus connecting the Mediterranean and […]

India in race with China to launch first indigenous aircraft carrier

India in race with China to launch first indigenous aircraft carrier

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com An Indian Navy source has confirmed that the Indian government will launch its first ever indigenously designed and built aircraft carrier on Aug. 12. If so, India would be the fifth country able to build its own carrier, after the United States, Russia, Great Britain and France. The […]

Reacting to Hayden interview, Huawei tells U.S. to ‘just shut up’

Reacting to Hayden interview, Huawei tells U.S. to ‘just shut up’

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com The Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei issued a statement hours after a former U.S. senior intelligence official confirmed that Huawei had indeed spied for the Chinese government. Gen. Michael Hayden [Ret], former director of the CIA and NSA, a highly respected professional intelligence official in the West, told the […]

Fall of ‘Islamic model’ in Egypt has Erdogan fearing coup in Turkey

Fall of ‘Islamic model’ in Egypt has Erdogan fearing coup in Turkey

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com ANKARA — Prime Minister Recep Erdogan, alarmed by the military coup in Egypt, was said to fear a similar scenario in Turkey. Diplomatic sources said Erdogan was the only NATO or Middle East leader to have openly sided with the Muslim Brotherhood against Egypt’s military. They said the […]

Sleeper agents planted during Cold War are sentenced in Germany

Sleeper agents planted during Cold War are sentenced in Germany

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com In a case reminiscent of the Cold War era, a German court near Stuttgart on July 2 sentenced two Russian agents, planted in West Germany during the 1980s and active until their arrest in October 2011. Andreas Anschlag, 54, and his wife Heidrun, 48, were planted by the […]

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