U.S. Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis meets with China's Minister of Defense Gen. Wei Fenghe at the People's Liberation Army's Bayi Building in Beijing, China, on June 28, 2018.
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As if the U.S. military didn't have enough competing interests in Afghanistan among its own government, the Taliban, Pakistan, Russia, and others, China seems to be getting into the mix as well, according to a report in the South China Morning Post.
According to the Post, China has begun construction of a base in a narrow strip of land that links Afghanistan to China called the Wakhan Corridor. Once completed, the base would host troops from the People's Liberation Army that would train Afghan troops, one source told the paper.
Hua Chunying, a Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman, denied the report to Reuters as "not true." Still, the Post updated its story with a statement from Afghan diplomats in Beijing, which said that China was helping Afghanistan "set up a mountain brigade in the country's north to boost counterterrorism efforts."
It added that no Chinese military personnel would be stationed on Afghan soil.
Whether China is, in fact, building a base in Afghanistan remains unclear, but it would not be its first overseas outpost. Beijing constructed a naval base in Djibouti in Feb. 2017, not far from the U.S. base at Camp Lemonnier.
The U.S. Space Force has a name tape for uniforms now. Get excited people.
In a tweet from its official account, the Space Force said its uniform name tapes have "touched down in the Pentagon," sharing a photo of it on the chest of Gen. John W. Raymond, the newly-minted Chief of Space Operations for the new service branch nested in the Department of the Air Force.
PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump gave a minute-to-minute account of the U.S. drone strikes that killed Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani in remarks to a Republican fund-raising dinner on Friday night, according to audio obtained by CNN.
With his typical dramatic flourish, Trump recounted the scene as he monitored the strikes from the White House Situation Room when Soleimani was killed.
Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly is expected to announce the naming of CVN-81 during a ceremony on Monday in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, according to USNI. Two of Miller's nieces are expected to be there, according to the Star-Advertiser.