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Pakistan has unveiled its first domestically developed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), DAWN reports.
According to the Associated Press, China’s only aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, has set sail for training and exercises in the South China Sea. It is accompanied by two destroyers and a missile cruiser.
India’s Economic Times reports that India and China’s military leaders are discussing the possibility of opening a senior military hotline.
Defense News has a round-up of the regional reactions to China’s air defense identification zone, with a particular focus on the United States.
In a move that will not help President Obama sell the Iran deal at home, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that if an Iran nuclear deal is concluded the U.S. will no longer have any reason to build a missile defense system in Europe. Russia Today has the story.
Speaking of selling the Iran deal, the Wall Street Journal says the White House is launching a large push to gain support for its Iran diplomacy. The president supposedly intends to devote a significant part of his State of the Union to the nuclear deal. In most years it would be surprising to see a president devote a lot of attention to a foreign policy issue that isn’t a war. Given the state of President Obama’s domestic agenda, however, one wonders if he’ll talk about anything other than Iran.