The 26th biennial Rim of the Pacific naval military exercises, the largest international maritime exercises in the world, kicked off in and around Hawaii on June 27 with one participant notably absent. The U.S. military chose to disinvite China this year due to its “continued militarization of disputed features in the South China Sea,” Pentagon spokesman Marine Lt. Col.
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Editor's Note: Sri Lanka represents that rare turnaround in counterinsurgency, where a beleaguered government fighting one of the world’s most formidable insurgencies—the Tamil Tigers—gained momentum and eventually crushed the rebels. But what happened after victory? Instead of redressing many of the grievances that allowed the insurgency to flourish, the government conducted a broad crackdown on the Tigers’ supporters, imprisoning many on the basis of at most scant evidence.
Last week, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping launched a soft power battle in America. It’s a battle being replicated in capitals throughout the world at the moment, with China enjoying hard power advantages and India utilizing its soft power leverage for all it can.