Russia completed S-300 delivery to Syria: defence minister

Russia completed S-300 delivery to Syria: defence ministerRussia has sent S-300 air defence systems to the Syrian military, its defence minister said Tuesday, in line with new security measures after a Russian military plane was mistakenly shot down by Syria’s Soviet-era missile. Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said at a meeting of the Russian security council that the military on Monday “finished the deliveries of S-300 systems” including a total of four launch platforms. Russia announced last week that it would boost security measures in Syria following the downing of a Russian military plane by an S-200 missile by mistake, which Moscow blamed on nearby Israeli planes.


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China won't just play defence in trade war, Global Times says

  1. China won’t just play defence in trade war, Global Times says  Economic Times
  2. Asia markets broadly lower as US-China trade tensions rise again  CNBC
  3. Mixed Messages From US Run Risk of Sinking Trade Talks Again  Bloomberg
  4. Opinion: Why President Trump will keep escalating the trade war with China until after the midterm elections  MarketWatch
  5. As Trump’s Trade War Mounts, China’s Wall Street Allies Lose Clout  New York Times
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S. Korea's Moon replaces defence chief in cabinet reshuffle

S. Korea's Moon replaces defence chief in cabinet reshuffleSouth Korean President Moon Jae-in on Thursday replaced his defence chief and four other ministers in a cabinet reshuffle after falling approval ratings in recent weeks. Moon has driven a rapid diplomatic rapprochement with nuclear-armed North Korea, but defence minister Song Young-moo came under fire for mishandling a controversy over a defence intelligence unit. In March, documents emerged detailing military plans to impose martial law against protesters demanding the ouster of Moon’s predecessor Park Geun-hye last year, but Song failed to report them to the presidential Blue House.


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Israeli defence minister says more Gaza violence inevitable

Israeli defence minister says more Gaza violence inevitableAnother round of fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip is inevitable, Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Monday, despite attempts to reach a long-term truce. Lieberman said in a video statement distributed by his office that “the question is not to know if the next confrontation (with Hamas) will take place, but when”. Lieberman also appeared to suggest that all Palestinians killed in the Gaza Strip since protests and clashes along the border began on March 30 were linked to Hamas, the Islamist movement that runs the enclave.


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US appeals court upholds right to carry gun in public for self-defence

US appeals court upholds right to carry gun in public for self-defenceA US appeals court has ruled that the US Constitution’s Second Amendment provides the right to openly carry a gun in public for self-defence. The 2-1 decision, on the San Francisco-based 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals, reversed a lower court decision for a case involving a plaintiff, George Young, who was twice denied a permit to carry a gun. Mr Young applied for a license to carry a handgun either concealed or openly in 2011, the ruling stated, and was denied by County of Hawaii’s Chief of Police on two occasions for failure to satisfy the state’s licensing requirements.


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Xi Jinping tells US defence chief China will not give up 'even one inch' of territory it considers its own

Xi Jinping tells US defence chief China will not give up 'even one inch' of territory it considers its ownPresident Xi Jinping told James Mattis, the US Defence Secretary, he wouldn’t give up any territory that China considered its own, an unusually blunt warning as security disputes simmer below a fight over trade. Xi made his remarks while meeting Mr Mattis on Wednesday in Beijing, the first such visit by a US defence chief in more than four years. The comments appeared to be a reference to US complaints about Chinese military deployments in the disputed South China Sea and a push by American lawmakers to expand ties with the democratically run island of Taiwan, which Beijing considers a province. “Our stance is steadfast and clear-cut when it comes to China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Xi said, according to the official Xinhua News Agency. “We cannot lose one inch of territory passed down by our ancestors. Meanwhile, we want nothing from others.” The meeting illustrates how disputes between the world’s two largest economies extend beyond US President Donald Trump’s plans to slap tariffs on Chinese goods and restrict the country’s investments. At a glance | The One China policy In recent months, the Defense Department has branded China a “strategic competitor” and rescinded an invitation to join annual international military exercises that begin Thursday near Hawaii. ‘Important Time’ Xi can’t afford to look weak after the ruling Communist Party repealed presidential term limits in March, and he’s pledged to go blow for blow on trade. He has warned against efforts to widen divisions with Taiwan and in April presided over China’s largest-ever naval review in a display of its growing military reach. The Chinese president’s comments were printed on the influential front page of the party’s flagship People’s Daily newspaper. Videos broadcast on Chinese state media showed Mr Mattis studiously taking notes as Xi spoke. American Protectionism in history “This is an important time in the history of China and the United States as we work our way forward,” Mr Mattis said as he sat with Xi in front of a bank of cameras and photographers prior to their private meeting, according to the Associated Press. “I’m here to keep our relationship on a great trajectory, going in the right direction, and to share ideas with your leadership, your military leadership, as we look at the way ahead.” Military Gains Since Xi hosted Mr Mattis’s predecessor, Chuck Hagel, in 2014, China has launched a second aircraft carrier and outlined plans to build a “world-class” military by 2050. The Trump administration, meanwhile, has replaced Barack Obama’s “pivot to Asia” with an “Indo-Pacific” policy that looks to draw India into the regional security framework as a counterweight to China. In recent weeks, prominent Chinese academics have begun to question whether the leadership underestimated the depth of anti-China sentiment in Washington and risked a premature showdown with the world’s sole superpower. Mr Mattis told a gathering of Asian defense chiefs earlier this month that Beijing’s deployments of military aircraft and missile batteries in the South China Sea were causing the US to reconsider its “cooperative stance.” Why Trump’s trade war with the EU and China could end in disaster He said China risked “larger consequences” in the future. Still, Mr Trump needs Xi’s help to keep North Korea engaged with disarmament talks. Xi hosted Kim Jong-un in Beijing last week – the North Korean leader’s third China trip since March – in a demonstration of China’s enduring sway as the country’s top trading partner and wartime ally. Mr Mattis was expected to leave for Seoul later Thursday, where he would likely encounter questions about Mr Trump’s decision to halt joint military drills with South Korea. He’ll then head to Japan, the US’s closest ally in the region, before heading back to Washington.


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Canadian military not ready for 'space army,' former defence chief says

  1. Canadian military not ready for ‘space army,’ former defence chief says  CBC.ca
  2. Space Corps may sound like sci-fi, but its time has come [Editorial]  Houston Chronicle
  3. Pentagon caught off guard by ‘Space Force’ announcement  New York Post
  4. Trump wants a Space Force. He won’t get one  The Globe and Mail
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Trooping the Colour: Former Chief of Defence staff Lord Guthrie falls from horse during ceremony

Trooping the Colour: Former Chief of Defence staff Lord Guthrie falls from horse during ceremonyField Marshal Lord Guthrie, the former Chief of the General Staff, was injured after falling from his horse during Trooping the Colour on Saturday. Lord Guthrie, 79, was treated on The Mall by paramedics after appearing to collapse and slip from his steed. He was taken to hospital, where aides said he was “being well looked after”. Lord Guthrie, who was taking part as Colonel of the Life Guards, was Chief of the General Staff, the professional head of the British Army, from 1994 to 1997, and Chief of the Defence Staff from 1997 until his retirement in 2001. The incident took place close the Victoria Memorial, at the top of the Mall, in front of dozens of people waiting to watch the fly past and appearance of the Royal Family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. Trooping the colour: Royal birthday celebrations, in pictures Pictures show Lord Guthrie on the ground, as officers rushed to his aid while another officer leads his horse away. Emily Dance, 22, said: “We were standing further up the mall and we saw the guy on his horse, and his posture was just sloped, he was lent back at a 45 degree angle. We spotted him way off. He looked like he was going to faint. Police officers at the scene Credit: PA Wire “Once the Queen had gone past we then followed her up the Mall, and we got closer and heard from people near us that he was shaking, and people were propping him up, next to him. “He was behind the Queen, and just in front of the monument he fell off, and there were loads of paramedics and they put a screen up as well. Then we thought, something bad is really happening. ” Will Berry, 22, added:  “There were a pair of policemen next to him, within that crowd, keeping their eye on him all the time.” John Nichol, the former Iraq prisoner of war turned author, said: “Really hope all is OK – a nicer General Officer you could not hope to meet. Wishing you well Sir.” Police came swiftly to Lord Guthrie’s aid Credit: PA Wire During Lord Guthrie’s military career he saw service with the Welsh Guards and the SAS and was closely involved in military operations in Northern Ireland. Police stand by as Lord Guthrie receives medical attention Credit: PA Wire He advised the Government on the conduct of the Kosovo War and also cautioned against a British invasion of Zimbabwe to remove the then-dictator Robert Mugabe.  A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence said that Lord Guthrie was receiving medical attention. Trooping the Colour: the most stylish royal looks from 2018’s ceremony Meanwhile, a 51-year-old woman was arrested for a public order offence after an item was thrown towards a procession at Trooping the Colour, Scotland Yard said.


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EU-US trade row looms over NATO defence meet

EU-US trade row looms over NATO defence meetNATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday he was battling to stop the increasingly bitter row between Europe and the US spilling over into the alliance, warning of “serious disagreements” among member countries. European countries are at loggerheads with Washington over punishing new US tariffs on steel and aluminium as well as President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate accord. NATO defence ministers will meet in Brussels on Thursday to approve plans to beef up the alliance’s ability to mobilise forces quickly in the event of a crisis, as concern about the threat from Russia shows no sign of abating.


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US sanctions won't impact India-Russia defence ties: minister

US sanctions won't impact India-Russia defence ties: ministerIndia’s defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman said Tuesday that US sanctions on Russia military exports would not impact long-standing ties between New Delhi and one of its key arms suppliers Moscow. US President Donald Trump in August signed a law threatening sanctions on any country doing business with Russia’s defence and intelligence sectors. The sanctions regime affects American allies like India, which has purchased Russian military hardware and expertise for decades.


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