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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…