US ally’s pushback against China ‘here to stay,’ official says

US ally’s pushback against China ‘here to stay,’ official says

The Philippine government is making good on its pledge to maintain a presence in Scarborough Shoal, a part of the South China Sea that China has dominated for over a decade. “The guidance of the president [Ferdinand Marcos Jr.] is very clear: the rotation and deployment will be here to stay between the Philippine Coast … Read more

“Warlord” Putin needs Ukraine war to retain power: NATO official

“Warlord” Putin needs Ukraine war to retain power: NATO official

Russian President Vladimir Putin is now reliant on Moscow’s war with Ukraine to maintain the Kremlin’s kleptocracy, a NATO foreign minister has said, as Western leaders scramble to help Kyiv retain its warfighting capability amid delays in military aid and battlefield defeat. “Putin is a warlord now,” Estonian Foreign Minister Margus Tsahkna told Newsweek on … Read more

Senior Chinese official warns Blinken US-China tech war “will backfire”

Senior Chinese official warns Blinken US-China tech war “will backfire”

China’s foreign minister warned the U.S. that Washington’s sanctions targeting Beijing’s technology companies “will backfire.” “Turning ‘de-risking’ into ‘de-China,’ building ‘small yards and high walls,’ and engaging in ‘decoupling from China’ will eventually backfire on the United States itself,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken during their meeting at … Read more

China not supplying weapons in Russia-Ukraine war, top official says

China not supplying weapons in Russia-Ukraine war, top official says

China’s foreign minister has said that Beijing doesn’t sell lethal weapons in the Russia-Ukraine war. “China’s principled position on the Ukrainian issue, emphasizing that China adheres to the political solution of hot-spot issues, insists on promoting peace and promoting talks, does not add fuel to the fire, does not take advantage of opportunities, and does … Read more

Donald Trump “right” in NATO criticism, allied official says

Donald Trump “right” in NATO criticism, allied official says

Former President Donald Trump‘s repeated broadsides against NATO have been met with simultaneous winces and nods among the alliance’s 31 members, most of whom are still not meeting the bloc’s cornerstone military spending target agreed a decade ago. Trump’s suggestion earlier this month that he would encourage Russia to do “whatever the hell they want” … Read more

US, allies responsible for Ukrainian defeats at Avdiivka: NATO official

US, allies responsible for Ukrainian defeats at Avdiivka: NATO official

Western allies bear responsibility for Ukraine’s withdrawal from the embattled city of Avdiivka, one NATO foreign minister has said, as Ukrainian commanders blame a severe ammunition drought for Kyiv’s most-significant battlefield loss since Bakhmut was abandoned in summer 2023. “All the countries have this responsibility,” Margus Tsakhna told Newsweek on the sidelines of the Munich … Read more

NATO “cannot be afraid” of Russia’s “space nukes”: Official

NATO “cannot be afraid” of Russia’s “space nukes”: Official

NATO nations should not allow their attention on Ukraine to be derailed by any threat from Russian nuclear weapons in space, a foreign minister said as Western leaders gathered in Germany against a difficult backdrop of war strains and political headwinds in Europe and the U.S. Reports of a previously unknown Russian nuclear capability in … Read more

Researchers must be wise to China’s exploitation of data, US official says

Researchers must be wise to China’s exploitation of data, US official says

Members of Congress on Thursday pressed Biden administration officials on measures to protect cutting-edge research conducted in the U.S. from being used to benefit China. “The Chinese Communist Party has made it clear they intend to surpass us as the global leader in science and technology, and they have no qualms about using intellectual property … Read more

North Korea’s military moves risk ‘crisis and conflict,’ US official warns

North Korea’s military moves risk ‘crisis and conflict,’ US official warns

A top U.S. defense official has warned against the dangers of complacency on increasingly aggressive moves by North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un. “We see them engaging in gray zone activity and there is always the potential for miscalculation and certain types of lower-level actions to spiral into crisis and conflict,” Ely Ratner, assistant … Read more

Russian official contradicts Kremlin on Ukraine peace plan

Russian official contradicts Kremlin on Ukraine peace plan

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday said reaching a peace agreement with Ukraine “will certainly be impossible,” seemingly contradicting recent messages from the Kremlin. Russian President Vladimir Putin himself indicated a peace deal was still possible when he was interviewed by Tucker Carlson in a talk that aired on February 8. Days later, Carlson … Read more