U.S. troops in Poland. In an interview with the Financial Times, U.S. Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher said the number of U.S. troops stationed in Poland – which currently stands at 4,000 – will increase. Poland has been pushing the U.S. to set up a permanent military base there, but Mosbacher would not say whether there were any plans to do so. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo seems to be in favor of a more permanent presence in the country. During a trip to Budapest on Tuesday, he said Washington would be willing to increase defense cooperation with Poland in exchange for Warsaw minimizing its ties with Iran and China. Poland has been in talks with China to build major infrastructure projects under Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative.
Chinese military strength. Chinese President Xi Jinping has issued an order to establish an oversight system to strengthen military training and combat readiness. Monitors will oversee officers’ training responsibilities and penaliz
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