Asia-Pacific

Russia suspends inspections of US nuclear arsenal
United States, Russia, Weapons of Mass Destruction

Russia suspends inspections of US nuclear arsenal

According to Russia, the US is currently at an advantage as it has deprived Moscow of the right to carry out inspections on US territory. Russia has informed the United States of America (USA) that it has "temporarily" suspended on-site inspections of its strategic nuclear weapons. These inspections were part of the arms control treaty known as New START, in effect since February 2011. According to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs quoted by the BBC, the US is currently at an advantage with regard to this agreement given that it has deprived Russia of the right to carry out inspections on American territory. According to the tutelage, US sanctions imposed on Russia on Ukraine have changed conditions between the countries, necessitating the suspension of the last remaining arms r...
NASA: Russia could be burning gas that was supposed to reach Europe
Space, Russia, Ukraine

NASA: Russia could be burning gas that was supposed to reach Europe

NASA has recorded fires at a Russian compressor station since the day that gas supplies to Europe began to be cut off. And the Ukrainian energy minister confirms burning. The amount of gas that reaches Europe from Russia has been decreasing since the war on Ukrainian territory began, and now there is a hypothesis that Moscow could be burning this surplus of gas. The images from the satellite that monitors the fires by NASA, advances the Finnish station Yle, show that every day, since June 17, there have been flames recorded at the Portovaya compression station - which is managed by the Russian company Gazprom and is also responsible for the transporting gas from one location to another. The 17th of June is, in fact, a milestone, since it was from this date that the delivery of gas to G...
China suspends cooperation with US in several areas in retaliation for Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan
United States, China, Taiwan

China suspends cooperation with US in several areas in retaliation for Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan

China suspended dialogue with the United States in areas such as climate change, military issues, and the fight against drug trafficking. The measures, announced by the Chinese Foreign Ministry, are the latest in a series of sanctions promised by Beijing and aimed at punishing Washington for Pelosi's visit Tuesday and Wednesday to Taiwan, an island China claims as part of the country. The first measures involved diplomatic protests and, since Thursday, naval and air exercises around the island, in which missiles have been fired. According to the Chinese diplomacy note, the dialogue between military commanders and officials associated with the Department of Defense was cancelled, as well as meetings on military maritime security. Cooperation on the return of illegal immigrants, crimin...
China begins biggest-ever military operation near Taiwan
China, Taiwan

China begins biggest-ever military operation near Taiwan

China began military exercises this Thursday in six zones near Taiwan. It is the biggest operation ever on the island claimed by Beijing. "From 12 noon today to 12 noon on the 7th, the People's Liberation Army is carrying out an important exercise in military training and real combat", announced Chinese state television CCTV, during the early hours of the morning in Portugal. The country's media, quoted by the international press, reported that Beijing - which sees Taiwan as a breakaway province - has started long-range artillery firing exercises in the island strait, noting that "the expected results have been achieved", in this, according to the BBC, the biggest operation ever in the territory. According to the British "The Guardian", the six zones selected by China for carrying out ...
Nuclear danger. Antony Blinken attacks Russia amid ‘last minute’ warnings from Guterres
Weapons of Mass Destruction, Russia, United States

Nuclear danger. Antony Blinken attacks Russia amid ‘last minute’ warnings from Guterres

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken accuses Russia of using Ukraine's Zaporizhia nuclear power plant as a military base to launch attacks. On the same occasion, the UN Secretary-General warned of the possibility of a "miscalculation of nuclear annihilation". The head of US diplomacy was speaking at the opening of the tenth United Nations conference for the review of the Non-Proliferation Treaty, which takes place at UN headquarters until August 26. "Russia is using the Zaporizhia plant as a military base to fire on the Ukrainians, knowing that [the Ukrainians] cannot and will not respond because they could hit a nuclear reactor and stored highly radioactive waste," Blinken said in a speech at headquarters. of the United Nations. "This takes the concept of using a human shield to a to...
Myanmar carries out first executions in 30 years, sparks global outrage
Myanmar

Myanmar carries out first executions in 30 years, sparks global outrage

The military junta that governs Myanmar (formerly Burma) had four prisoners executed since the end of last year. The application of the death penalty for the first time in more than 30 years in the country generates a shock wave in the international community. The warning was left at the beginning of June: the military junta of Myanmar (formerly Burma), in power since February 1, 2021, informed that capital punishment would be in force again in the country and, this Monday, fulfilled the promise. while executing four prisoners. After more than 30 years, the death penalty has returned to shadow the country. The first victims were executed by hanging, but the military authorities did not specify when the penalties were applied. Former deputy Phyo Zeya Thaw of the National League for Dem...
Macau approves new wiretapping law, Portuguese deputy admits “reservations”
Macau

Macau approves new wiretapping law, Portuguese deputy admits “reservations”

The Macau parliament today approved in a videoconference session the new wiretapping law, a regime that arouses “many reservations” to Portuguese deputy José Pereira Coutinho, who called for “zero tolerance for abusive interception”. When he presented the "Legal Regime for Interception and Protection of Communications" for the first time, Macau Security Secretary Wong Sio Chak justified the importance of this law with the fact that "State security is becoming increasingly more urgent" and still with the need to "follow the evolution of the times". For the Government, the current regime, which had been in force for more than 24 years, was outdated, and it was necessary to respond to the development of communications technology and the increasing complexity of criminal activity. "With m...
Japan warns of growing threats to its security from Russia and China
Japan

Japan warns of growing threats to its security from Russia and China

Japan today warned of growing threats to its security posed by the war in Ukraine and tensions between China and Taiwan, in a Japanese Defense document published as Tokyo tries to boost military spending. The annual Defense White Paper, approved by the office of Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, highlighted the need for Japan to gain public support to bolster the military budget, an objective of the current executive. The report was published months ahead of a review of Japan's national security strategy, which is expected to include a pre-emptive strike capability, which critics say goes beyond the limitations of the country's pacifist constitution. China, Russia, and North Korea lead Japan's concerns in the 500-page report. Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said in a statement that...
US warns Iran it would be a ‘bad idea’ to supply Russia with weapons
United States, Iran

US warns Iran it would be a ‘bad idea’ to supply Russia with weapons

The United States today warned Iran that it would be "a bad idea" to militarily help Russia in Ukraine, following information about the possible deployment of 'drones' to Moscow by Tehran. "We would advise Iran not to. We think it's a really bad idea," US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin suggested at a press conference at the Pentagon, in response to a question about possible Iranian military assistance to Russia. The US Defense Officer attended along with the Chief of Staff General of the Armed Forces, Mark Milley, after a virtual meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group, in which about 50 countries participated. Milley noted in turn that he also does not consider it a good idea "for Iran to provide weapons systems to Russia, as reported in the media." Last week, the US media repo...
Iran’s Supreme Leader Supports Putin Over Ukraine Invasion
Iran, Russia

Iran’s Supreme Leader Supports Putin Over Ukraine Invasion

Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei expressed strong support for Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, arguing that if Moscow had not invaded Ukraine, NATO would have attacked Russia later. These statements align with Putin's rhetoric to justify the invasion of the neighboring country and the stance of the Iranian supreme leader and also show the increasingly close ties between Moscow and Tehran, as both countries face heavy sanctions from the West. Allies of the Atlantic Alliance have bolstered their military presence in Eastern Europe and provided Ukraine with weapons to help fight the Russian onslaught, with Ali Khamenei accusing the West of being against an "independent and strong" Russia. "If the way were clear for NATO, it would not recognize any limits and borders", Kham...