Taiwan says odds of war with China in next year ‘very low’

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The odds of war with China in the next year are “very low,” a top Taiwanese security official told lawmakers on Wednesday, October 20, amid heightened tensions between Taipei and Beijing, which claims sovereignty over the island. Taiwan has repeatedly said that it will defend itself if attacked, but wants to maintain the status quo… Continue reading Taiwan says odds of war with China in next year ‘very low’

North Korea tested new ‘submarine-launched ballistic missile’

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North Korea successfully tested a new type of submarine-launched ballistic missile, state media reported Wednesday as the nuclear-armed country seeks to show off its ever-expanding military capabilities. Tuesday’s test, carried out near Sinpo, the site of a major naval dockyard, came as both Koreas build up their weapons technology in what could become an arms… Continue reading North Korea tested new ‘submarine-launched ballistic missile’

North Korea fires ballistic missile, disrupts Japanese election campaign start

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North Korea fired at least one ballistic missile off its east coast on Tuesday, October 19, pulling Japan’s new prime minister off the campaign trail and overshadowing the opening of a major arms fair in Seoul. The launch, reported by officials in South Korea and Japan, came after US and South Korean envoys met in… Continue reading North Korea fires ballistic missile, disrupts Japanese election campaign start

China denies report of hypersonic missile test, says tested space vehicle

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China tested a space vehicle in July, not a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile as reported by the Financial Times, the Chinese foreign ministry said on Monday, October 18. Quoting five people familiar with the matter, the Financial Times reported on Saturday, October 16, that China had tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile that flew through space, circling… Continue reading China denies report of hypersonic missile test, says tested space vehicle

Indonesia, Malaysia concerned over AUKUS nuclear subs plan

Malaysia and Indonesia share strong reservations over Australia’s decision to acquire nuclear-powered submarines, even though nuclear weapons were not part of the plan, Malaysia’s foreign minister said on Monday. Referring to AUKUS, a trilateral security pact agreed last month between Australia, the United States and Britain, Saifuddin Abdullah said the two Southeast Asian nations were… Continue reading Indonesia, Malaysia concerned over AUKUS nuclear subs plan

Israel expects 2,000 rockets a day in any war with Hezbollah — Army

Israel does not want war with Lebanon’s Hezbollah but is prepared to face about 2,000 rockets a day from the armed group if conflict breaks out, a senior Israeli military official told AFP. In May this year, the Israeli army fought an 11-day war against Palestinian armed groups in the Gaza Strip, who fired around… Continue reading Israel expects 2,000 rockets a day in any war with Hezbollah — Army

China surprises US with hypersonic missile test

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China tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile in August, showing a capability that caught U.S. intelligence by surprise, the Financial Times reported, citing five unnamed sources. The report late on Saturday said the Chinese military launched a rocket carrying a hypersonic glide vehicle that flew through low-orbit space, circling the globe before cruising towards its target,… Continue reading China surprises US with hypersonic missile test

China condemns US, Canada for sending warships through Taiwan Strait

The Chinese military on Sunday, October 17, condemned the United States and Canada for each sending a warship through the Taiwan Strait last week, saying they were threatening peace and stability in the region. China claims democratically-ruled Taiwan as its own territory, and has mounted repeated air force missions into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone… Continue reading China condemns US, Canada for sending warships through Taiwan Strait

Taiwan says don’t get too close as China defends military drills

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Taiwan’s defense ministry warned China of strong countermeasures on Wednesday, October 13, if its forces got too close to the island, as Beijing defended its incursions into Taiwan’s air defense zone as “just” moves to protect peace and stability. Military tensions with China, which claims Taiwan as its own territory, are at their worst in… Continue reading Taiwan says don’t get too close as China defends military drills

Ex-Myanmar president says army tried to force him to cede power hours before coup

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Myanmar’s deposed president testified on Tuesday that the military tried to force him to relinquish power hours before its February 1 coup, warning him he could be seriously harmed if he refused, according to his lawyer. The testimony of Win Myint, his first public comments since he was overthrown, challenges the military’s insistence that no… Continue reading Ex-Myanmar president says army tried to force him to cede power hours before coup