Russia and China have rejected US criticism for allegedly aiding Edward Snowden. The whereabouts of the former American intelligence analyst remains unclear. Moscow says he never crossed Russia's border".
Through a series of major investment funds and development aid projects, Australia and China are trying to outbid each other to create networks of power and influence in poorer Pacific nations.
A commission investigating Donald Trump's defense strategy has said the US could lose a military conflict with China or Russia. It argued that the US' ability to defend itself and its allies was in doubt.
In 2009, Japan set up a military facility in Djibouti to combat rising incidents of piracy off Northeast Africa. A decade later, the pirates have been largely defeated, but Tokyo intends to expand its Djibouti base.
After a diplomatic ice age that has lasted a few years, China and Japan are warming to one another again. Japan is also making deals with India. These are signs of a changed paradigm in Asia, DW's Frank Sieren writes.
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