China a bigger threat than Russia, US senator says in bid to arm Taiwan — RT World News

… “China is a bigger threat than Russia to the United States. Taiwan is much more important to the United States than is Ukraine,” Cotton said, while admitting he believes “both Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin want to overturn the United States as the global superpower” even if neither leader feels compelled to “openly coordinate or talk about these actions.”…

Bulgaria insists it’s a loyal NATO ally, but won’t send troops to Ukraine — RT World News

…Earlier on Wednesday, CNN reported that Bulgaria, Hungary, and Romania were in discussions with the US to
accept 1,000 American troops each, as part of Washington’s effort to “reassure” NATO members in Eastern Europe and “deter” the alleged Russian invasion of Ukraine. The US intelligence has
heralded such an invasion since late October, though Moscow dismissed it
as “fake news.”

Australians urged to leave Ukraine now due to ‘increased risk of armed conflict’ with Russia – ABC News

  • DFAT’s travel advice was upgraded to “do not travel” on Monday evening
  • DFAT said any Russian military action in Ukraine may severely limit the government’s ability to provide consular assistance
  • An estimated 100,000 Russian troops have massed near the border with Ukraine, but Russia says it does not plan to invade the country

Dredgers spotted off Cambodian naval base where China is funding expansion, says US think tank – ABC News

…The report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies
(CSIS) said the dredgers could be seen in photos released this month by
the Cambodian government and in commercial satellite imagery.

Iran responds to Israeli drill rumors — RT World News

…A military official in Tehran has warned that aggressors will pay a
“heavy price” in response to numerous reports that Israel was seeking US help, or at least approval, in preparing potential strikes on Iranian nuclear sites…