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China warns US after Mattis says disputed islands covered by treaty

BEIJING: China warned the US Saturday it was risking instability in Asia after President Donald Trump's new defence secretary vowed to back Japan in any military clash with Beijing over a disputed island chain. The Senkaku Islands, known in China as the Diaoyus, are at the centre of a festering row between Tokyo and Beijing, which claims they have been part of Chinese territory for centuries. Wrapping up a visit to the region Saturday, US Defence Secretary James Mattis said in Tokyo the islands were subject to a…

US, India sign military logistics agreement

WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES: The United States and India signed an agreement on Monday governing the use of each other's land, air and naval bases for repair and resupply, a step toward building defence ties as they seek to counter the growing maritime assertiveness of China.

US Defence Secretary Hagel arrives Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: United States Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel reached Islamabad on Monday on a daylong visit to meet with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Pakistan's new army chief General Raheel Sharif, ARY News reports.  It is the first visit of a US defence secretary to Pakistan within last four years.  The visit of a US top official being looked by anylists an effort to repair  strained bilateral relations between Washington and Islamabad amid protests against US drone strikes forcing the US to stop the shipments from Torkham…