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US outlines increased missile defenses as North Korean threats ramp up | Source: NK News

A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor is launched during the system’s first operational test at the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii on Oct. 5, 2011.

The Pentagon will introduce better interceptors and bolster its missile defense posture to respond to challenges including North Korea’s continued development of intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBMs) and submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs). “Despite economic sanctions and the continued impact of COVID-19, North Korea continues to modernize and increase the survivability, lethality and diversification of its missile force,” Top U.S. defense official said.

Source: NK News


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US Senate votes for bill to help compete with China | Source: Al Jazeera

A hardline in dealings with China is one of the few themes uniting a divided Congress [File: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg] (Bloomberg)

The US Senate approved a sweeping package of legislation intended to boost the country’s ability to compete with Chinese technology and research, in semiconductors and telecommunications equipment, among others. China’s parliament expressed “strong indignation and resolute opposition” to the bill.

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Joe Biden Bans Investment in Dozens of Chinese Firms | Source: The Wire

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the U.S. economy in the East Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., May 10, 2021.

President Joe Biden signed an executive order that bans US entities from investing in dozens of Chinese companies with alleged ties to defence or surveillance technology sectors, a move his administration says expands the scope of a legally flawed Trump-era order.

Source: The Wire


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Exports of Russian crude to US soared to 12-year high despite ongoing political tensions | Source: Neftegaz.RU

US daily imports of Russian oil have hit new highs, despite tough talk on a wide range of issues, including energy. Russia -the country’s 2nd biggest oil supplier after Canada- remains one of the US’ biggest strategic partners in the energy sector, despite long-standing tensions between Moscow and Washington.

Source: Neftegaz.RU


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