Xi Jinping has had a highly embarrassing week that undermined China’s power in the world. Here’s why he probably doesn’t care.

By Alexandra Ma | Business Insider

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  • This week saw a slew of events that embarrassed China on the world stage.
  • It faced a brutal New York Times exposé about its oppression of Uighur Muslims, the passing of US legislation to protect Hong Kong protesters, and a diplomatic rejection in the South Pacific.
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Aerial Assassins: These 5 Air Forces Have No Equals

How long will they remain at the top?

by Kyle Mizokami | The National Interest

Key point: Size isn’t everything, but it helps.

Qualifying the five most powerful air forces in the world is certainly a difficult and challenging proposition. There are large, well-trained and well-equipped air forces that are obvious candidates for such a list.… Read more

Hitler memorabilia auction in Germany sparks protest

Some of the items being auctioned off belonged to Adolf Hitler (L) and his Nazi commanders Hermann Goering (2nd L) and Joseph Goebbels (C) (AFP Photo/HO)

Berlin (AFP) – Adolf Hitler’s top hat, Eva Braun’s dresses and a silver-covered edition of “Mein Kampf” are among the items being put up for sale by a German auction house, prompting protests from Jewish leaders.… Read more

Like Nazi Germany, The Soviets Had A Plan To Quickly Defeat France

Except it would have only taken one week.

by Michael Peck | The National Interest

Key point: The Soviets had nuclear weapons.

The Nazis conquered France in six weeks, in one of the most spectacular military victories in history.

Had the Soviet Union gone to war with the West in the early 1960s, it also planned to blitz France.… Read more

This Is What China Has To Fear From India’s BrahMos Missiles

Missiles make might.

by Sebastien Roblin | The National Interest

Key point: Once again, the Himalayan mountains have become a flashpoint between India and China.

While many of us remain mesmerized by the unfolding shambles in the Middle East, the world’s two most populous countries have gotten into a tiff over missiles.… Read more

U.S. Military Assistance Cannot Fix Mexico’s Cartel Mayhem

Drone strikes or U.S. special forces missions will not solve Mexico’s cartel and drug problems. Trump needs to resist the temptation to adopt a futile, counterproductive military option in the country.

by Ted Galen Carpenter | The National Interest

President Donald Trump’s response to the massacre of an American ex-pat family by drug cartel gunmen in northwest Mexico was both emotional and suggestive of a policy response that could have far-reaching implications for both Mexico and the United States.… Read more