A longtime US ally may soon be home to a Chinese military base

LONDON — Nuclear-armed Pakistan is a key ally of the United States — but the relationship is far from untroubled. And one of Washington’s main geopolitical rivals appears ready to step in.

The Pentagon is warning that the Islamic republic may soon house a Chinese military base.

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Early military moves of American presidents

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President Donald Trump

On Thursday, April 6, President Trump ordered an airstrike against Syria, firing 59 Tomahawk missiles at the Shayat airbase. This is was not the first military move of Trump’s presidency, but it is certainly a pivotal one given the president’s previous stance on intervention in Syria.

President Barack Obama

On February 18, 2009, Obama made the first substantial military move of his presidency when he announced that the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan would increase with 17,000 new troops by summer. A few days later, he made another military announcement, promising an end to the war in Iraq by August of 2010. Obama later made a speech in December of 2011 (one year later than promised) declaring the end to the war. Perhaps the most memorable military moment of Obama’s presidency was the successful mission to capture and kill of Osama bin Laden.

President George W. Bush

As president, George W. Bush ordered America’s entering…

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