Japan to develop longer-range anti-missiles as China’s pressure mounts

Japan announced on Friday that it will develop new “stand-off” anti-ship missiles that will be able to target warships from a longer distance around its southwestern Okinawa island chain, particularly near disputed islets in the East China Sea that China also claims. “The security environment around our southwestern islands has become harsh. We have to… Continue reading Japan to develop longer-range anti-missiles as China’s pressure mounts

US Navy vows to be ‘more assertive’ in countering China in Pacific

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The US military warned on December 17 that its warships will be “more assertive” in response to international law infractions, citing Beijing’s expansionist goals in the West Philippine Sea as an example. In a document setting objectives for the US Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard for the coming years, the Pentagon stressed that numerous countries, notably… Continue reading US Navy vows to be ‘more assertive’ in countering China in Pacific

Philippines to maintain a long-standing military pact with USA

The aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt anchored off Manila Bay in 2018.Credit...Bullit Marquez/Associated Press

The Philippine government reversed course on Tuesday, saying it would keep a long-standing military treaty with the United States known as the Visiting Forces Agreement, which President Rodrigo Duterte has blasted as unjust. Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin made the statement on Twitter on Tuesday, claiming he had informed Washington in a diplomatic message. The… Continue reading Philippines to maintain a long-standing military pact with USA