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Taiwan Vows to ‘Defend Itself’ Amid U.S. Reversal

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A graphic using the latest U.S. military assessment of Chinese and Taiwanese military strength shows the scope of the imbalance of power across the geopolitically sensitive Taiwan Strait. (C) Statista

Newsweek: Taiwan Vows to ‘Defend Itself’ Amid U.S. Reversal, Here’s How Much Stronger China Is

Taiwan has said it would express the will to defend itself amid a quick U.S. reversal on an apparent promise to defend the self-ruling island and warnings from mainland China, which claims it as part of the People’s Republic.

President Joe Biden stirred controversy during a Thursday evening town hall when he twice appeared to confirm that he had a commitment to protect Taiwan in the event of an attack, one that would presumably come from China, where President Xi Jinping has vowed to take reintegrate the rival government by diplomacy, or force, if necessary.

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WNU Editor: China is still sticking to their position …. China is “Ready to Fight Any Time” Over Taiwan (National Interest).

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Mysterious South China Sea Missile Launch Caught on Video

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To their bewilderment, they spotted a SLBM emerging from the sea below their previously intended flight path!! PLAN Missile Submarine launch with very little regard to Commercial Air Traffic in the area!! That would’ve been me on the ‘delivery end’ of that Missile 30 years ago!

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Warzone/The Drive: Mysterious South China Sea Missile Launch Claimed To Be Caught By Airliner (Updated)

Video taken from an airliner appears to show the launch of a missile from a ship or a submarine in the South China Sea.

Video has emerged on social media that is said to show an apparent launch of a missile, possibly from a submarine, as viewed from a Cathay Pacific Boeing 777 flying over the South China Sea. Unseen individuals can be heard in the clip talking about whether it is heading their way.

Twitter user @jchovernut, a pilot for U.S.-based airline Allegiant Air and a veteran of the U.S. Navy’s submarine community, posted the video, seen below, online on Tuesday. “They were over the South China Sea & were issued a last-minute hectic call from ATC: ‘turn left 90 degrees immediately!!,'” according to one Tweet accompanying the video.

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Update: Watch: Mysterious South China Sea Missile Launch Came Dangerously Close To Commercial Airliner (Zero Hedge)

WNU editor: China was conducting military exercises in the South China Sea when this missile launch was spotted …. China launches military exercises in South China Sea as Biden visits Asia (FOX News).

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China’s Foreign Minister in South Pacific Offering Financial and Security Proposals to Island Nations

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The Guardian: Deal proposed by China would dramatically expand security influence in Pacific

Leaked copy of draft shows Beijing wants more involvement in policing, cybersecurity and marine mapping

China is pursuing a sweeping regional economic security deal with Pacific nations that would dramatically expand its influence and reach into those countries, in a pact that has western countries and some Pacific leaders deeply worried.

The wide-ranging deal lays out China’s vision for a much closer relationship with the Pacific, especially on security matters, with China proposing it would be involved in training police, cybersecurity, sensitive marine mapping and gaining greater access to natural resources.

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China’s Foreign Minister In South Pacific Offering Financial And Security Proposals To Island Nations

China Signs MOU on Civil Air Transport With Solomon Islands — Reuters

Beijing’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin says China ‘firmly supports’ the Solomon Islands after new security deal — SKY News

China’s Pacific plan seen as regional strategic game-changer — AP

China plays for influence in South Pacific with security proposal and diplomatic tour — CNN

EXPLAINER: What’s at stake for China on South Pacific visit? — AP

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Russian Ministry of Defense Says the Last 500 Ukrainian Soldiers Have Surrendered at “Azovstal” in Mariupol

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Ukrainian soldiers of the Azov battalion who have surrendered at the Azovstal steel plant walk on a road in the Russia-controlled port city of Mariupol, Donetsk People’s Republic. © Sputnik/Russian Defence Ministry 

RT: Azovstal ‘fully liberated’ – Russian military 

The last members of Ukraine’s neo-Nazi ‘Azov’ unit have surrenderred in Mariupol The entire territory of the “Azovstal” factory complex in Mariupol has been liberated, the Russian Defense Ministry announced on Friday. More than 2,400 people surrounded inside for almost a month, including Ukrainian servicemen and members of the neo-Nazi ‘Azov’ unit, have laid down their arms and surrendered. 

“The last group of 531 militants surrendered today,” the Russian military spokesman, Major-General Igor Konashenkov, said in a statement. He added that a total of “2,439 Azov Nazis” and Ukrainian servicemen had laid down their arms since May 16, and that the entire “Azovstal” complex is now under control of Russian armed forces. 

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WNU Editor: This last surrender is coming about hours after Kyiv ordered its remaining troops to lay down their arms …. Ukraine Orders End to Defense of Mariupol (Moscow Times/AFP). 

According to Russia and the DPR. 2,439 Ukrainian fighters have surrendered since May 16, and the entire complex is now under Russian/DPR control.

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