In May 2015, a CNN exclusive showed a US military surveillance aircraft overflying features at low altitude that China had expanded by land reclamation in the South China Sea. The Chinese navy warned the aircraft to leave the area eight times in response to the plane’s claim that it was overflying international airspace. The incident caused uproar in the West, which portrayed China as trying to claim international waters as its own sovereign territory. In China, the incident spurred warnings that if the US bottom-line is that China has to stop land reclamation, then a China-US war is inevitable.
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Michael Kugelman provides insight into the Taliban’s takeover of the city of Kunduz.
"India’s prime minister may be taking the world by storm, but he is suffering major setbacks at home," writes Michael Kugelman.
"In short, the Pakistani Taliban is down but not out. It enjoys close ties to powerful al Qaeda-linked militant groups in the region, and it retains the ability to recruit fighters to join those based in the Pakistani tribal belt, elsewhere in Pakistan, and in Afghanistan," writes Michael Kugelman.
" The U.S. government acting alone simply does not have the resources to make much difference to economic growth in India even though India needs outside help. At times this seems hard for the Indian side to understand and even harder for the U.S. side to admit." said Raymond E. Vickery
"Ghazni represents something close to a worst-case scenario for Kabul and its allies in Washington: a province where state authority and control are collapsing in the face of relentless Taliban assaults." said Michael Kugelman
Has the United States, not unlike India, reached a new normal where legislative blockage is more important than addressing pending needs?
As we observe the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, Shihoko Goto describes the end of war from Japan's perspective. “Japan can be a stronger regional leader by articulating its history as a whole, both as a victim and as an aggressor,” Goto says.