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Xi Jinping Joins Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping in Text of Chinese Communist Party Constitution

Breitbart – by Frances Martel “Xi Jinping Thought” has officially become part of the Chinese Communist Party (CPC) Constitution following days of codifying a three-hour speech by the Chinese leader asserting that “Socialism with Chinese characteristics” should replace Marxism. “Xi Jinping Thought,” formally known as “Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era,”

US aircraft carriers join Japanese forces off North Korean coast for military training

United States aircraft carriers joined Japanese forces in the Sea of Japan on Thursday for training exercises, creating the largest display of naval power near the peninsula since North Korea’s recent successful missile tests.  USS Ronald Reagan and USS Carl Vinson strike groups trained with 10 other warships, including two carrier air wings, in the

Tillerson urges ASEAN to cut North Korea funding, minimize ties

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged Southeast Asian foreign ministers on Thursday to do more to help cut funding streams for North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs and to minimize diplomatic relations with Pyongyang. In his first ministerial meeting with all 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Tillerson also called

Trump: North Korea’s failed missile launch ‘disrespected’ China

President Donald Trump said Friday that North Korea’s failed missile launch had “disrespected” China’s president. Trump says he’s counting on Chinese President Xi Jinping to encourage North Korea to give up its pursuit of ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said his country would adhere to past U.N. resolutions and

Treaty restrictions giving China huge missile advantage over US, admiral warns

The commander of American forces in the Pacific warned Thursday that China has a huge advantage over the United States when it comes to their stockpile of land-based short- and medium-range missiles – some which can carry nuclear warheads.  Adm. Harry Harris told senators on Capitol Hill that a decades-old arms treaty between the United

US reliance on China for critical metals is being ignored

John Moody, The United States has made no progress to decrease its dependence on China for metals and materials that are critical to our national security and defense, according to a narrowly-circulated report from the Department of Defense. The document, dated January 2017 and titled, “Strategic and Critical Materials Operations Report to Congress,” confirms the

North Korea threat lingers at start of Tillerson’s first Asia trip

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is set to begin his first trip to Asia in his new role and will attempt to forge cooperation with important U.S. allies in the region, while downplaying fears that the U.S. is looking to isolate itself diplomatically. Tillerson will find shared anxiety at the North’s saber-rattling but less agreement