National Security

China Denounces ‘Irresponsible’ U.S.-U.K.-Australia Military Pact

Beijing on Thursday denounced the new “AUKUS” military pact announced by Australia, the U.K., and the U.S. Wednesday, describing the alliance — which aims to counter China’s growing influence in the Indo-Pacific region — as “extremely irresponsible” and warning it “seriously undermines regional peace.”

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian speaks at the daily media briefing in Beijing on April 8, 2020. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP) (Photo by GREG BAKER/AFP via Getty Images)

Hezbollah Terrorists Defy U.S. and Deliver Iranian Fuel to Cheers in Lebanon

Iran-backed terrorist group Hezbollah, which is also the most powerful political party in Lebanon, brought its first promised shipment of Iranian fuel into Lebanon on Thursday, transporting it by truck from a port in Syria. The move was applauded by Hezbollah supporters but could trigger U.S. sanctions against the already fragile Lebanese economy.

A woman tosses rose petals as people gather to welcome tankers carrying Iranian fuel, upon their arrival from Syria in the city of Baalbeck, in Lebanon's Bekaa valley, on September 16, 2021. - Dozens of tankers carrying Iranian fuel and transported by the Shiite Hezbollah movement arrived from Syria in …

U.N. Criticizes Nicaragua’s Crackdown on Political Opposition

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michele Bachelet presented an oral report to the U.N. Human Rights Council on Monday in which she accused Nicaragua’s ruling government of detaining political opponents in inhumane circumstances ahead of the country’s general election in November, VOA reported Tuesday.

A youth carries a portrait of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega during commemorations for the anniversary of the triumph of the 1979 Sandinista Revolution that toppled dictator Anastasio Somoza in Managua, Nicaragua, late Sunday, July 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Miguel Andrés)

Australian University Demands Retraction of Study That Helped China Spy on Uyghurs

Australia’s Curtin University on Wednesday requested the retraction of a 2018 research study, partly funded by the Chinese government and conducted by a former Curtin faculty member, that helped the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) refine the facial-recognition software it employs to keep the oppressed Uyghur Muslims of Xinjiang province under surveillance.

Two ethnic Uighur women pass Chinese paramilitary policemen standing guard outside the Grand Bazaar in the Uighur district of the city of Urumqi in China's Xinjiang region on July 14, 2009. A mosque was closed and many businesses were shuttered a day after police shot dead two Muslim Uighurs, as …

North Korea Launches Ballistic Missiles at Japan

North Korea launched two short-range ballistic missiles on Wednesday, violating U.N. Security Council resolutions and drawing a sharp condemnation from the Japanese government. The provocative launch suggested tensions are rising on the Korean peninsula again after a relatively peaceful interlude during the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic.

Japan Defense Paper This Aug. 24, 2019, file photo provided by the North Korean government, shows the test firing of an unspecified missile at an undisclosed location in North Korea. Japan has raised its caution level of Pyongyang’s missile capability in a defense paper, saying North Korea has miniaturized nuclear …

Former Acting SecDef: I Didn’t Authorize Mark Milley’s Calls to China, He Should Resign for Promising Intel

Former Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller, who served in the final months of President Donald Trump’s term, said he “did not and would not ever authorize” Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley’s “secret” communications with a Chinese official and called on him to resign “immediately” from the Biden administration.

Gen. Mark Milley: U.S. had no evidence indicating Afghanistan's 11-day collapse