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South Korea Defense Ministry Confirms Suspension of Joint U.S.-South Korea Military Drills Originally Planned for August

South Korea Defense Ministry Confirms Suspension of Joint U.S.-South Korea Military Drills Originally Planned for AugustThe South Korean Defense Ministry confirmed Tuesday that their major military exercise with the US planned for August has been suspended.



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NASA's Mars rover drills up most complex organic matter yet

NASA's Mars rover drills up most complex organic matter yetIn a breakthrough for the hunt for life on Mars, a NASA robot has detected the most complex organic matter yet from 3.5 billion-year-old rocks on the surface of the Red Planet, scientists said Thursday. The unmanned Curiosity rover has also found increasing evidence for seasonal variations of methane on Mars, indicating the source of the gas is likely the planet itself, or possibly its subsurface water. While not direct evidence of life, the compounds drilled from Mars’ Gale Crater are the most diverse array ever drilled from the surface of the planet since the robotic vehicle landed in 2012, experts say.



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China holds live-fire drills in Taiwan Strait

China holds live-fire drills in Taiwan StraitChina held live-fire drills in the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday but Taipei dismissed the exercises as “routine” after expected large-scale naval manoeuvres failed to materialise. Beijing had announced the drills last week, further ramping up tensions following stark warnings against any independence moves by the self-ruled island which China sees as its sovereign territory. Vessels had been told to avoid a certain area off the Chinese mainland’s coast, triggering speculation that a flotilla spearheaded by China’s sole aircraft carrier would take part in the exercise.



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Xi Jinping plans live-fire drills in Taiwan Strait after biggest naval exercises in China's history

Xi Jinping plans live-fire drills in Taiwan Strait after biggest naval exercises in China's historyChina is set to hold live-fire drills in the Taiwan Strait next week in a move certain to ratchet tensions with Taipei, after Chinese president Xi Jinping oversaw the biggest naval exercises in the country's history. The new drills, which are planned for Wednesday, come as tensions between Beijing and Taiwan simmer over increased American support for the government of the self-ruled island. Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan's president, on Friday presided over her first military drills since she took office in 2016, but those exercises did not involve live fire. Tensions between Beijing and Taipei have escalated in recent weeks amid speculation of a visit to Taiwan by new US national security adviser John Bolton and Washington's backing of Taiwan's plans to build an indigenous submarine force. Chinese media said a decision by Donald Trump's administration to give the go ahead for US defence contractors to help Taiwan build the submarine fleet has made war between Taiwan and China "more probable". China's drills next week will be the first in the Strait since just before the 2015 presidential election, which saw Mrs Tsai, the candidate for the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), sweep to power. Beijing has viewed the Taiwanese president with suspicion and believes she is preparing to move Taiwan towards formal independence – a move that would represent a red line for China. Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a speech as he reviews a military display of Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy in the South China Sea Credit: Li Gang/Xinhua via REUTERS China views Taiwan as a renegade province which will one day be reunited with the mainland – by force if necessary. On Thursday President Xi presided over huge exercises in the South China Sea in an unmistakable show of force to Beijing's regional rivals. The drills involved 48 ships, among them China's sole operating aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, along with 76 helicopters, fighter jets and bombers, and more than 10,000 personnel. Chinese media said it was the largest of its kind. "The mission of building a mighty people's navy has never been more urgent than it is today," Mr Xi, dressed in army fatigues, said in remarks on the helicopter deck of one of China's most advanced destroyers. "Strive to make the people's navy a first-rate world navy." The nationalist Global Times newspaper warned in a commentary on Taiwan's drills that the island's leaders were making a gamble they couldn't afford to lose. The Liaoning aircraft carrier is accompanied by navy frigates and submarines Credit: Li Gang/Xinhua via AP "The mainland has abundant capability to take back the Taiwan authorities' bargaining chips one at a time until it deals a decisive blow to 'Taiwan independence'," the state-run newspaper said. China's state television broadcaster cited China's Taiwan Affairs Office as saying that Beijing had firm will and the ability to "thwart any kind of Taiwan independence separatist plot and action, and safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity". Beijing has claimed Taiwan since defeated Nationalist forces fled to the island in 1949 after losing the civil war with Mao Tse-tung's Communists. China has become increasingly assertive on the world stage since Mr Xi assumed power five years ago. The Chinese president has also oversaw the rapid modernisation of China's military – which is the world's largest. China's increasing power has caused concern among its neighbours in the South China Sea. Beijing claims nearly all of the strategic waters, despite partial counter-claims from Taiwan and several south-east Asian nations including the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, and Vietnam. The US Navy has been confronting China in the region with 'freedom of navigation' exercises. The US aircraft carriers Theodore Roosevelt and Carl Vinson have sailed through the South China Sea in recent months, angering Beijing.



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Q&A: Things to know about US-South Korea war drills

Q&A: Things to know about US-South Korea war drillsSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Another spring on the Korean Peninsula, another round of war games by the U.S. and South Korean militaries.



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Chinese navy to carry out combat drills in South China Sea

Chinese navy to carry out combat drills in South China SeaChina’s navy will carry out combat drills in the South China Sea, the military’s official newspaper said on Friday, describing the move as part of regular annual exercises. Taiwan’s defense ministry said this week it had shadowed a Chinese aircraft carrier group traversing the Taiwan Strait in a southwesterly direction – meaning into the disputed South China Sea – in what Taiwan judged to be a drill. China’s navy and air force frequently carry out drills in the South China Sea, where the government has been building man-made islands and constructing airstrips and other facilities, unnerving the region.



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North Korea threatens to 'counter' U.S. over military drills

North Korea threatens to 'counter' U.S. over military drillsNorth Korea threatened on Saturday to “counter the U.S.” if the United States holds joint military exercises with South Korea, and said it would not beg for talks with Washington. Yahaira Jacquez reports.



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Trump: Active shooter drills 'a very negative thing'

Trump: Active shooter drills 'a very negative thing'President Trump signaled Thursday that he does not believe that active shooter drills at the nation's schools are a good way to address the rash of gun violence plaguing them. 



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School shooting drills prove beneficial in Parkland gun tragedy

School shooting drills prove beneficial in Parkland gun tragedyMelissa Falkowski, a teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, talks with Rachel Maddow about what she experienced as a gunman terrorized her school, and how previous drills prepared students and staff for the very real horror.



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Taiwan holds live-fire drills as tensions with China mount

Taiwan holds live-fire drills as tensions with China mountTaiwanese troops Tuesday staged live-fire exercises simulating a response to an invasion, as China steppeds up pressure on the island’s President Tsai Ing-wen and a row over airline routes escalated. The ministry did not specify that the annual drill simulated an invasion by China but said it was intended to “show determination to safeguard peace in the Taiwan Strait and national security”. Tsai last month warned against what she called Beijing’s “military expansion” — the increase in Chinese air and naval drills around the island since she came to power in May 2016.



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