New Russian nuclear weapons render missile defences ‘useless,’ Putin says

Russia has tested an array of new strategic nuclear weapons that can’t be intercepted, President Vladimir Putin announced Thursday, marking a technological breakthrough that would dramatically increase Russia’s military capability, boost the Kremlin’s global position and raise Western concerns about a potential renewed arms race in the 21st century. Speaking in a state-of-the-nation speech, Putin said…

China sets stage for Xi’s historic bid to rule indefinitely

  This year’s gathering of the ceremonial National People’s Congress has been overshadowed by Xi’s surprise move — announced just a week ago — to end constitutional two-term limits on the presidency. The changes would allow Xi, already China’s most powerful leader in decades, to extend his rule over the world’s second largest economy possibly…