A senior U.S. soldier said on Thursday Australia must choose between a stronger U.S. alliance or closer ties with China, and urged Canberra to take a tougher stance against Chinese claims in the South China Sea. "I think the Australians need to make a choice ... it's very difficult to walk this fine line between balancing the alliance with the United States and the economic engagement with China," U.S. Army Assistant Chief of Staff Colonel Tom Hanson said on Australian Broadcasting Corp. Radio. "There's going to have to be a decision as to which one is more of a vital national interest for Australia," he said, adding that this was his personal view, and not necessarily that of the U.S. government. The comments follow the publication of a parliamentary booklet warning Australian lawmakers to treat Chinese motives in the region with caution. Australia, a staunch U.S. ally, has previously drawn criticism from China for running surveillance flights over disputed islands in the South China … [Read more...] about Australia must choose between United States and China: U.S. Army official
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French drugmaker Sanofi said on Wednesday it had struck a research and development deal with the U.S. Army to speed up the development of a vaccine against the mosquito-borne Zika virus. Sanofi is the only major drugmaker working on a vaccine against Zika, which has been linked to birth defects and neurological disorders, although more than a dozen smaller biotech firms and other groups are also active in the field. The tie-up with the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) in the United States gives Sanofi access to a promising new vaccine, made from inactivated virus, that has already produced impressive results in mice. The vaccine is one of the furthest advanced in development and could be ready for testing on humans in October. Sanofi said the WRAIR, a biomedical research facility administered by the U.S. Department of Defense, would transfer virus vaccine technology to Sanofi Pasteur, the company's vaccines division. The U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious … [Read more...] about France’s Sanofi partners U.S. Army to speed up Zika vaccine
Two J-10 fighter jets fly past each other at China International Aviation & Aeropsace Exhibition in China's Zhuhai Both of these statements are true: 1) China possesses a rapidly improving military that, in certain local or regional engagements, could match — and even defeat — U.S. forces in battle. 2) In military terms, China is a paper dragon that, despite its apparent strength, is powerless to intervene in world events far from its shores. Seeing the distinction between these two ideas is the key to understanding China’s strategic aims, its military means and the threat, if any, that the country poses to its neighbors, the United States and the existing world order. Beijing’s goals include "securing China’s status as a great power and, ultimately, reacquiring regional preeminence," according to the 2015 edition of the U.S. Defense Department’s annual report on Chinese military power. China is not a global military power. In fact, right … [Read more...] about Why China is far from ready to meet the U.S. on a global battlefront
A U.S. warship has docked in the central Vietnam port city of Da Nang July 28, with its crew scheduled to meet Vietnamese governmental and military officials during the six-day visit. The visit of a U.S. warship to Vietnam's central Da Nang city has helped beef up the relationship between Vietnam and the United States, said the destroyer's commander the same day. USS Curtis Wilbur DDG54 is the second U.S. Navy ship to visit the country since 1973. In November 2003, the USS Vandegrift and its 201 crew docked at the Saigon Port in Ho Chi Minh City, becoming the first U.S. navy ship to visit the country since the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. "This (the USS Curtis visit) continues to develop the bilateral relationship between Vietnam and the United States, for common interest of regional security and economic prosperity," commanding officer John Lauer stated at a news briefing on board, China's XinhuaNet reported. The commander and his crews, most of whom have never … [Read more...] about U.S. warship makes port call in Vietnam
VietNamNet Bridge - In 1966, a U.S. marine collected a notebook, a picture of two girls, a few bills and an ID card on the chest of a Vietnamese soldier who sacrificed. He brought these things to the US. Martyr Vu Dinh Doan, born in 1934, joined the army in 1960 and died in 1966 in Quang Ngai battlefield. In the morning of September 21, the above keepsakes handed over to the martyr's family, in Hai Duong province. The person who kept these things for the past 46 years is Mr. Ira Robert Frazure - a veteran who participated in the Vietnam War. On March 28, 1966, Bravo Team (Battalion 1, Regiment 7) of the U.S. Marines fought in the battle of Quang Ngai in the Indiana campaign. A U.S. marine named Ira Robert Frazure in the Charlie General, while cleaning up the battlefield, picked up a small notebook on the chest of a Vietnamese soldier who died. The notebook was addressed to Vu Dinh Doan. Inside the notebook were a photo featuring two young girls, a few old banknotes and an … [Read more...] about Vietnamese martyr’s keepsakes drift for 46 years in the U.S.