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China’s President Xi Jinping delivers a speech as he reviews a military display of Chinese People’s Liberation Army navy in the South China Sea on Thursday. Photograph:  Li Gang/Xinhua via Reuters

China’s navy announced it would hold live-fire military drills in the Taiwan Strait next Wednesday amid a worsening of tension in the western Pacific (...)

North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un. Photograph: KCNA/Handout via Reuters/File

North Korea triumphantly announced the missile tested at the weekend was capable of being fitted with a “large, heavy nuclear warhead”, a major advanc(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un: US president Donald Trump has said he was operating from the assumption he is rational. Photograph:  STR/AFP/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump said a “major, major conflict” with North Korea was possible over its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes, while China (...)

China’s second aircraft carrier, the Type 001A, during a launch ceremony at a shipyard in Dalian, Liaoning province. Photograph: Li Gang/EPA

China has launched its first domestically built aircraft carrier, known for the time being as Type 001A, against a background of simmering tensions ov(...)

Nuclear-powered submarine USS Michigan approaches the southeastern port city of Busan on Tuesday.  Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Tensions over North Korea increased on Tuesday as the United States moved a submarine to a South Korean port and North Korea marked the 85th anniversa(...)

The USS Carl Vinson, accompanied by, from left, the USS Michael Murphy and Lake Champlain,  in the Indian Ocean on April 14th. Photograph: US department of defence via the New York Times

The White House stood accused of misleading the media and the world on Wednesday as it emerged that a fleet of ships dispatched towards North Korea wa(...)

US vice-president Mike Pence described a failed missile launch by North Korea as a “provocation” at the start of a 10-day visit to Asia that will be d(...)

US army tanks conduct a military exercise in Paju, near the border with North Korea, in South Korea on Friday, April 14th. Photograph: Ahn Young-joon

As tensions simmer in the Korean peninsula, with US warships steaming into the region and alarm at the likelihood of another North Korean nuclear test(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrives for an opening ceremony of a newly constructed residential complex in Ryomyong street in Pyongyang, North Korea April 13th, 2017. Photograph: Reuters

North Korea appears to be preparing to conduct a nuclear test in a show of defiance towards Donald Trump, who has not ruled out military action to pre(...)

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson following their meeting in Moscow. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

Russia on Wednesday rejected calls to withdraw support from Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, claiming that would curtail efforts to fight Islamic Sta(...)

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