The border spat could accelerate existing trends of geopolitical and economic divergence between Beijing and New Delhi, with far-reaching consequences for the region too.
Removal of USS Theodore Roosevelt's commander condemned by members of the US House Armed Services Committee, who called it a “destabilising move” that will “likely put our service members at greater risk and jeopardise our fleet’s readiness."
The world’s largest island has long been on the mind of successive American leaders who have been interested in its strategic and economic value.
Beijing issues its first white paper since 2012 that gives rare insight into the world's largest army and China's military ambitions.
Abbas Araghchi, Iran's deputy foreign minister, said progress was made at talks in Vienna aimed at saving the nuclear deal but probably not enough to convince Tehran to change its decision to go over the deal's core atomic restrictions one by one.
US President Donald Trump's has tightened economic sanctions against Iran and his administration says it has built up the US military presence in the region. Tehran has described the US moves as "psychological warfare" and a "political game."
The current standoff between the US and Iran represents the symbiosis of hard military assets and cyber escalation.
Houthi rebels claim drone attacks a response to Saudi "crimes" in Yemen. The assaults are the latest in a series of security challenges faced by the Middle East, following the alleged sabotage of oil tankers off UAE coast.
US sends amphibious assault ship and a Patriot missile system to Middle East to counter alleged threats from Iran, despite Tehran shrugging off recent US deployment in the region.
Contrary to what the nuclear deal's critics say, it was a stabilising force in the region and the Middle East needs it.
Donald Trump's administration is pushing Iran to the edge but the administration might not understand exactly what that entails.
USS Carl Vinson's arrival marks biggest US military presence since 1975 and comes at a time China seeks to expand influence in South China Sea.
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