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Pentagon chief makes nuclear pledge to Asian ally

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has reaffirmed Washington’s “ironclad” commitment to South Korea, promising to deploy the full range of US conventional and nuclear military capabilities if needed to deter what he described as increasingly “destabilizing” actions by North Korea. In an editorial published by Yonhap news agency on Tuesday amid his …

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China bashes idea of ‘Asian NATO’

 NATO should stop looking for “imaginary enemies” in the Asia-Pacific and never be allowed to set up a version of the bloc in the region, China’s envoy to the UN has said. “We firmly oppose certain elements clamoring for NATO’s involvement in the Asia-Pacific, or an Asia-Pacific version of NATO …

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Asian nation seeks NATO mission

South Korea is planning to set up a mission to NATO headquarters in Europe, the country’s National Security Adviser Kim Sung-han revealed Wednesday. Seoul, a long-time close ally of Washington, is seeking to bolster its cooperation with the US-led bloc in the face of an “unpredictable” international situation, the official …

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Pentagon comments on ‘Asian NATO’

Washington is not seeking to create an “Asian NATO” or stir up confrontation in the Indo-Pacific region, but rather is focused on maintaining stability, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said on Saturday. In a keynote speech at the Shangri-La Dialogue, Asia’s top security conference, Austin said, “the stakes are …

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US in new Asian show of force

A United States aircraft carrier strike group has been deployed off the coast of Korea, and is reportedly set to take part in naval drills. It comes as US officials voice concerns that Pyongyang could conduct a fresh nuclear test.  The USS Abraham Lincoln strike group is now operating near …

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Asian nation’s government quits amid economic crisis

Following the resignation of Sri Lanka’s Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal on Monday, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa dropped his brother, Basil Rajapaksa, as finance minister in an attempt to reshape the country’s government, amid massive protests over a deteriorating economic crisis. The Rajapaksa’s political clan has been accused of nepotism …

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Anti-Asian hate crimes up 339%

Anti-Asian hate crimes in the United States went up by a whopping 339% in 2021, according to a new report, with the majority of cases reported in Los Angeles and New York City. The Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism revealed on Monday that the number of such …

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1st Asian country decriminalizes marijuana

Thailand has become the first country in Asia to decriminalize marijuana use. The health minister called on people to use the drug for their “benefit” rather than “to cause harm.” Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, a longtime supporter of marijuana legalization, announced in a lengthy Facebook post that the Narcotics Control …

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