Category Archives: Foreign Forces

Navigating Ukraine’s Civil War

Navigating Ukraine’s Civil War

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Pro-Russian separatists at a check point in Kharkiv in Eastern Ukraine.

Pro-Russian separatists at a check point in Kharkiv in Eastern Ukraine.

As summer rolls on, Russian-built anti-aircraft missiles continue to down aircraft over eastern Ukraine. While a great deal of ink has been spilled over exactly what kind of missiles are deployed, and who is giving the launch authorizations and actually launching them, one fact is salient: This is an escalation, intentional or not, that elevates the simmering Ukrainian civil war beyond Donetsk. Read More

Peace Ark: Onboard China's Hospital Ship

Peace Ark: Onboard China’s Hospital Ship

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Chinese hospital ship Peace Ark. Xinhua Photo

Chinese hospital ship Peace Ark. Xinhua Photo

ONBOARD HOSPITAL SHIP PEACE ARK — In 2012, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus visited the People’s Republic of China for talks with China’s defense ministry. During the visit, Mabus invited the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) to the 2014 Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercises. Held every other year in Hawaii since 1971, RIMPAC is the world’s largest naval exercise, with 22 nations participating in 2012. Read More

China Sends Uninvited Spy Ship to RIMPAC

China Sends Uninvited Spy Ship to RIMPAC

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Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy electronic surveillance ship Beijixing (pennant number 851). A ship of this class is currently off the coast of Oahu, monitoring RIMPAC 2014.

Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy electronic surveillance ship Beijixing (pennant number 851). A ship of this class is currently off the coast of Oahu, monitoring RIMPAC 2014.

China slipped an uninvited guest into the world’s largest naval exercise. Read More