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Chinese military experts downplay capabilities of J-20 jet fighter "aircraft carrier killer"

The following is based on a translation from Chinese media:

China’s official media mil.huanqiu.com has provided information about the J-20 from well-known Chinese military… 512 more words


Re-defining defence spending in the light of recent debates in the UK

Whilst a significant part of any government’s role is foreign policy (or international relations) it rarely figures highly in the build up to a general election. 1,330 more words

Britain's Nuclear Deterrent

While Britain maintains a nuclear deterrent, more unstable countries will try to acquire them. Why wouldn’t they?

We would only ever use a nuclear weapon in retaliation (as claimed by every country) and so why are we encouraging others to acquire them by maintaining ours? 274 more words



I think this can be true for many people and of course with the passing of Robin Williams that was put out their in the media for people to draw there own conclusion. 67 more words

UKIP manifesto - Dr Liam McCarthy

Some analysis here from international relations lecturer, Dr Liam McCarthy, on the UKIP manifesto – specifically the pledge to increase defence spending.

“Despite the rhetoric that Farage and UKIP are making that they are the new party of defence, it is important to appreciate that “defence” is secured by far more than troops on the ground and expensive weapon systems. 230 more words

Veterans Affairs minister announces more help, but medical pot proponent not impressed

Veterans Affairs Canada is hiring at least 100 more support staff to help speed up applications for disability benefits. The announcement Tuesday came just a day after the department also said it would hire at least 100 full-time veterans’ caseworkers across the country. 546 more words


China says its new YJ-18 anti-ship missile is a real threat to US navy

The following is based on a translation from Chinese media:

China‘s qianzhan.com quotes unspecified “foreign media” reports as saying that China’s newest 052D… 351 more words