A new U.S. military report has assessed that its Chinese counterpart has doubled the number of far-reaching missiles capable of hitting the United States over the course of the past year. The annual report, known as "Report on Military and Security Developments Involving the People's Republic of China," was published Wednesday by the Pentagon . The document included a broad array of observations of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) and its rapid development in key areas as tensions persist between the world's top two powers. Among the more striking metrics included in the report was an estimated 300 intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) and 300 ICBM launchers currently possessed by the PLA Rocket Force. The previous report, released around this same time last year, counted 150 ICBMs and 100 launchers. Missiles exceeding a range of 5,500 kilometers, or roughly 3,418 miles, in range are classified as ICBMs and are almost always nuclear-capable. The report stated that … [Read more...] about Pentagon estimates China has doubled number of missiles that can hit U.S.
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BUCHAREST, Romania — Officials of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization on Tuesday stressed their commitment to eventually allowing Ukraine to become a member of the military alliance. But they spent the first day of a two-day summit focused on a more immediate concern: helping the nation rebuild an electrical grid crippled by relentless Russian airstrikes. Over the past eight months, the United States and its allies have poured in billions in aid to help Ukraine fend off the Russian invasion, largely in the form of weaponry. Now, with millions of Ukrainians facing the prospect of a winter without heat, discussion is focusing as much on transformers, circuit breakers and surge arresters as on tanks, artillery and air-defense systems. On Tuesday, American officials pledged to give Ukraine $53 million to repair the electrical grid, and sought to rally other allies to make similar offers. The aid commitment came as diplomats from more than 30 nations gathered in Bucharest, Romania, … [Read more...] about U.S. Pledges $53 Million to Help Fix Ukraine’s Electrical Grid
WASHINGTON — The goal of a diplomatic meeting set for Thursday seemed simple: Nail down a plan for a second summit between President Trump and the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un. But finalizing the meeting itself — between Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state, and one of Mr. Kim’s top compatriots — proved harder than expected. The State Department announced early Wednesday that it had been canceled. “Ongoing conversations continue to take place,” the statement said tersely. The cancellation leaves little doubt that the diplomatic process between the United States and North Korea is now mired in quicksand after peaking in Singapore with the initial summit between the two leaders. There are mismatched demands and expectations on both sides, and the pitfalls have only gotten more obvious in recent weeks. At the White House later Wednesday, Mr. Trump said the meeting would be rescheduled and insisted that “we’re very happy with how it’s going with North Korea.” “We’re in … [Read more...] about Diplomacy Appears Stalled With North Korea, Despite Trump’s Declarations
close Video Leslie Marshall on China COVID protests: 'Rare' to see on this large scale Fox News contributor Leslie Marshall and Townhall senior columnist Kurt Schlichter discuss protests against China's 'zero-COVID' policy and President Biden's energy policies on 'Fox News @ Night.' China’s military on Tuesday claimed a U.S. guided missile cruiser "trespassed" in its waters near the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, though the U.S. Navy decried the claims as "false." "The guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville trespassed into the waters adjacent to islands and reefs of China's Spratly Islands without the approval of the Chinese government," China’s defense ministry said, adding that its "Southern Theater Command organized air and naval forces to track, monitor and warn it off." A U.S. assault amphibious vehicle maneuvers past Philippine navy's frigate Ramon Alcaraz during the amphibious landing as part of the annual … [Read more...] about China claims US cruiser ‘trespassed’ in its waters, Navy calls accusation ‘false’
David Cohen, a self-styled Washington white-hat lobbyist who as the president of Common Cause successfully fought for post-Watergate laws on ethics, campaign financing and public disclosure, died on Nov. 29 in Westport, Conn. He was 79. The cause was a heart attack, said his son, Aaron, whose home he was visiting. Over four decades at Common Cause, the Advocacy Institute and other nonprofit groups, Mr. Cohen helped galvanize resistance to the war in Vietnam, defeat financing for the MX multiple warhead missile system and thwart the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Robert H. Bork. Mr. Cohen joined Common Cause in 1971, a year after it was founded by John W. Gardner, a Republican who was the secretary of health, education and welfare under President Lyndon B. Johnson, a Democrat. Within about five years, the group’s ranks had swollen from 4,000 members, who paid $15 in yearly dues, to 250,000, making it the nation’s largest nonpartisan so-called citizens’ lobby. While David … [Read more...] about David Cohen, Pioneer of Public Interest Lobbying, Dies at 79