Inside the Ring: Forbes: Send Carriers to Taiwan

Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis

A senior House Republican this week called on the Obama administration to shift its policy toward Taiwan in the aftermath of China’s refusal to allow the aircraft carrier USS Stennis to make a port call in Hong Kong.

China Confirms Multiple-Warhead Missile Test in South China Sea

China's newest ICBM, the DF-41

China’s Defense Ministry on Thursday confirmed that Beijing fired its newest long-range missile in a test this week into the South China Sea, amid growing tensions between Washington and Beijing.

Responding to a report in the Washington Free Beacon on Tuesday, the ministry defended the missile launch in an unusual confirmation of a nuclear system test.

“It is normal for China to execute scientific experiments within its territory, and these experiments are not aimed at any specific country nor target,” the ministry said.