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Every time China oversteps, American interests in Southeast Asia advance

The neighbors notice. Chinese and Vietnamese boats are bumping on the high seas. Vietnamese are attacking Chinese-owned factories.

I remember reading that as early as about 1970, Hanoi was more focused on Beijing as its primary adversary than on the lingering war with the Americans. I hope we are now sharing satellite imagery and signals intercepts with the Vietnamese government.

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Rebecca's War Dog of the Week: A Puppy Postcard from the Royal Australian Air Force

By Rebecca Frankel
Best Defense Chief Canine Correspondent

Almost exactly one month ago, Osha, a military dog in the RAAF gave birth to 17 (yes, 17!) puppies. The litter, consisting of 11 males and six females, was the largest in the program's history. But all 17 puppies were born happy and healthy. And, from the photos, it looks like Mama Osha is going to have her paws full...

Rebecca Frankel is senior editor, special projects at Foreign Policy. Her forthcoming book War Dogs: Tales of Canine Heroism, History, and Love comes out on Oct. 14 from Palgrave Macmillan.

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