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PACOM on China's Belt and Road

The Pentagon's Pacific Command is pushing back against China's attempt to relabel its global infrastructure development initiative to make it more palatable for strategic messaging in support of Beijing's drive for global hegemony.

The Navy's guided missile destroyer USS Decatur was operating in the South China Sea as part of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group when a Chinese destroyer came aggressively close, forcing the U.S. ship to maneuver to prevent a collision. The Chinese warship approached the USS Decatur in an "unsafe and unprofessional maneuver," said Lt. Cmdr. Tim Gorman, spokesman for the U.S. Pacific Fleet. (Associated Press)

U.S.-China warship confrontation

Amid worsening U.S.-China military relations, a Chinese warship in the South China Sea this week passed dangerously close to a Navy guided missile destroyer in the most provocative encounter in many months.

Chinese propaganda outlets have provided extensive coverage of Bob Woodward's latest book, "Fear," which criticizes the Trump administration. (Associated Press)

China promotes anti-Trump book

China's government propaganda outlets are actively promoting the anti-President Trump book released this week by Washington Post writer Bob Woodward, called "Fear."

Russia, like China, is believed to be using development of advanced missile defenses as cover for secret programs to build satellite-killing missiles. (Associated Press/File)

Russian ASAT test?

Russia conducted a flight test of new missile recently, and U.S. defense officials say Moscow is set to conduct another test of an anti-satellite missile called the Nudol.

According to a Pentagon report, China fears North Korea's provocative nuclear and missile tests will set off a regional conflict. Beijing wants stability, a denuclearized peninsula and no U.S. forces near its borders. (Associated Press)

China set for North Korea invasion

The Pentagon's latest annual report on China's military for the first time reveals contingency plans by the People's Liberation Army (PLA) to intervene in North Korea.

"Today we are the most powerful military in the world and find ourselves in a competition among great powers," said Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis. This week he issued a memorandum to the military that emphasized the need for discipline and lethality. "We must have better individual and unit discipline than our enemies," Mr. Mattis said. (Associated Press)

China's Ukrainian jet engines

China has deployed one aircraft carrier and has plans for at least three more of the strategic power projection platforms as part of Beijing's large-scale military buildup.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat said the FBI notified her five years ago that a staff member was "potentially being sought out by the Chinese government to provide information." (Associated Press/File)

China targeted Feinstein

China's intelligence service sought to recruit a Chinese-American staff member for Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a lawmaker who had access to the most sensitive U.S. secrets, but Beijing gained no secrets in the case.

John Rood, undersecretary of defense for policy, told a security conference in Colorado last week that space is increasingly contested by adversaries that could cripple the United States in attacks on satellites. (Associated Press/File)

Pentagon policy chief on space force

Undersecretary of Defense for Policy John Rood recently previewed the Pentagon's plan to answer President Trump's call to create a space force as a separate branch of the military.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis met with Chinese President Xi Jinping last month in Beijing, where he revealed some of his views about the People's Liberation Army's military training and experience. (Associated Press/File)

Mattis on the Chinese military

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is considered a warrior scholar steeped in military history. His views on the Chinese military, however, are not widely known and remain hidden -- despite several on-the-record and off-the-record meetings with reporters during his trip to Beijing last month for talks with Chinese military leaders and President Xi Jinping.

Libyan National Army forces, under the leadership of Maj. Gen. Khalifah Haftar, is pushing for a Russian military presence in eastern Libya. (The Washington Times/File)

Russia moving into Libya

U.S. intelligence agencies are closely monitoring Russian military activities in Libya for signs that Moscow may soon build a military base in the divided North African state.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe met last week in Beijing. The delegation traveling on the E-4B plane with Mr. Mattis had to take extraordinary security precautions. (Associated Press)

China electronic spying threat

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' recent visit to China highlighted the security dangers posed by sophisticated Chinese electronic spying in the capital of Beijing.

Fort Greely, Alaska, this week, home of the Pentagon's ground-based interceptor missile defense system. (Associated Press/File)

Missile defenses still ready for North Korea

Alaska-based interceptor missiles capable of knocking out long-range North Korean missiles remain at a high state of readiness despite the apparent reduction in tensions with Pyongyang following the recent summit between President Trump and Kim Jong-un.

North Korea on summit

A review of North Korean state media provides key insights about Pyongyang's approach to the issue of denuclearization.

Mike Pompeo, President Trump's secretary of state, directed much of the activities leading up to the summit. (Associated Press)

Trump's A-team

Before leaving Singapore on Air Force One, President Trumpp credited some of the success for the historic meeting to the work done by his new team of foreign policy and national security advisers.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently testified to Congress about the company's data privacy policies. Facebook reportedly acknowledged that it shared user data with several Chinese handset manufacturers, including Huawei, a company flagged by U.S. intelligence officials as a national security threat, Lenovo, Oppo and TCL. (Associated Press/File)

Facebook and Lenovo

Social media giant Facebook is under fire for sharing data with four Chinese electronics companies that critics say pose security and privacy risks for Americans' data.

The North Koreans have selectively modernized their 1 million-troop military and regard nuclear weapons as the most effective way to prevent an attack from the United States. (Associated Press/File)

North Korea unlikely to give up nukes

A Pentagon report to Congress warns that North Korea will not easily give up its nuclear arms since the weapons are viewed as a prime guarantor keeping the Kim Jong-un regime in power.