Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders issued a statement Friday following President Donald Trump's missile strike in Syria Thursday night. Sanders expressed his concern over the airstrikes, calling them "disastrous" and urging peace and stability. "If there's anything we should've learned from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, in which the lives of thousands of brave American men and women and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi and Afghan civilians have been lost and trillions of dollars spent, it's that it's easier to get into a war than out of one," Sanders said. "I'm deeply concerned that these strikes could lead to the United States once again being dragged back into the quagmire of long-term military engagement in the Middle East. If the last 15 years have shown anything, it's that such engagements are disastrous for American security, for the American economy and for the American people."
Hong Kong's sole delegate to China's top legislative body says many Hong Kong residents support a new national security law being imposed by Beijing in the hopes that it will help the city regain stability, despite concerns that it will be used to curb opposition in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.
WASHINGTON – Defense Minister Tomomi Inada on Thursday threw "strong support" behind U.S. freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea and vowed to increase engagement in the disputed waters as part of efforts to maintain a rules-based maritime order being challenged by China. Speaking in Washington, Inada said Japan's engagement would include joint training exercises involving the Maritime Self-Defense Force and the U.S. Navy, bilateral and multilateral exercises with regional navies, as well as providing capacity-building assistance to coastal nations facing China's maritime expansion. Inada criticized Beijing's construction and militarization of island outposts in the South China Sea, and its rejection of an international arbitration ruling in July that invalidated its claims to almost the whole of the South China Sea. "These Chinese actions constitute its deliberate attempt to unilaterally change the status quo, achieve a fait accompli, and undermine the prevailing norms," she said in a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Later Thursday, Inada will hold talks with U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter at the Pentagon.
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