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Chinese Defense Ministry Wants Closer Ties to U.S. Military

Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Wu Qian said on Friday that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) desires closer relations with the U.S. military – and then blamed the U.S. for taking “provocative” actions that make such a close relationship difficult.

Chinese President Xi Jinping reviews a naval parade Thursday in the South China Sea.

Indonesia Identifies Palm Sunday Bombers as Islamic State Newlyweds

Indonesian police said on Monday that the perpetrators of the Palm Sunday suicide bombing attack on a cathedral in Makassar were a married couple that belonged to an extremist group allied with the Islamic State. The bombers were the only fatalities in the attack, which injured about twenty people.

Indonesian police examine the site outside a church after an explosion in Makassar on March 28, 2021. (Photo by INDRA ABRIYANTO / AFP) (Photo by INDRA ABRIYANTO/AFP via Getty Images)