Pentagon buys M-17 Russian military helicopters for Afghan Army

Pentagon buys M-17 Russian military helicopters for Afghan Army

Special to WorldTribune.com Compiled by Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com On June 16, the U.S. Army and Russia’s state-owned defense company Rosoboronexport signed a contract in Paris to buy 30 Mi-17V5 helicopters. The 30 Mi-17V5 helicopters will be used primarily for the U.S.-trained Afghan Army. They will remain in the country after U.S. forces are scheduled to […]

Japan poised to shift huge investment, factories from China to India

Japan poised to shift huge investment, factories from China to India

Special to WorldTribune.com Compiled by Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com Japanese investment in China last year exceeded $70 billion. There are 14,000 Japanese companies in China. But that may be about to change because Japan is poised to leave China for India, adding huge benefits to the South Asian country in terms of jobs creation, technological transfer, […]

Japan scrambles to catch up with China’s yuan diplomacy in Africa

Japan scrambles to catch up with China’s yuan diplomacy in Africa

Special to WorldTribune.com Compiled by Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com There is a New Great Game in Africa and this time it is China and Japan that are competing for influence and favor. The primary tool in this contest is the extraordinarily generous economic aid packages for impoverished African nations. This is not new to both economic […]

Russia’s Medvedev hints he might resign amid signs of rift with Putin

Russia’s Medvedev hints he might resign amid signs of rift with Putin

Special to WorldTribune.com Compiled by Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com Russia’s Prime Minster Dmitri Medvedev suggested recently that he might step down soon in another clear sign that the government he has been leading is in growing conflict with the increasingly imperial and impetuous President Vladimir Putin. Speaking to an audience on the Russian TV station HTB […]

Russian Pacific Fleet enters the Mediterranean in challenge to West

Russian Pacific Fleet enters the Mediterranean in challenge to West

Special to WorldTribune.com Compiled by Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com For the first time in a decade, a large combat fleet from Russia’s Pacific Fleet based in Vladivostok in the Russian Far East is joining other Russian warships in the Mediterranean on a combat patrol. The mission was apparently prompted by Russia’s determined desire to sustain the […]

Russia’s counter-intelligence arrests, turns over CIA agent in Moscow

Russia’s counter-intelligence arrests, turns over CIA agent in Moscow

Special to WorldTribune.com Compiled by Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com Russia’s Federal Security Service [FSB] announced on May 14 that it had caught a CIA agent in Moscow red-handed in the process of recruiting a Russian man who was in fact a FSB undercover agent. “The FSB’s counterintelligence service detained a CIA agent, who was working in […]

Russian exercise near Georgia redirected to Syria after Israeli strike

Russian exercise near Georgia redirected to Syria after Israeli strike

Special to WorldTribune.com Compiled by Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com A large-scale military drill was ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin last week to intimidate a defiant Georgia for rejecting a Kremlin-proposed draft of a non-aggression pact that would recognize the runaway region of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Yet while the drill was going on in earnest, […]

Boston terror resets Russia ties; Chechnya group blames Moscow

Boston terror resets Russia ties; Chechnya group blames Moscow

Special to WorldTribune.com Compiled by Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com For decades, the Russians have been brutally suppressing the Chechnya independence movement. While the U.S. has been fighting Al Qaida-inspired terrorists worldwide, Russia’s obsession with Chechnya rarely occupied a prominent spot in America’s national awareness. That was all changed nearly two weeks ago in Boston when two […]

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