China conducts drills near Taiwan Strait after US lawmakers’ visit

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The Chinese army has carried out a “naval and air force combat readiness patrol” near the Taiwan Strait following a contentious visit to the island by a group of American lawmakers, a spokesperson said. Tensions between Beijing and Washington have soared over the fate of democratic self-ruled Taiwan, which China has vowed to one day… Continue reading China conducts drills near Taiwan Strait after US lawmakers’ visit

Taiwan commissions advanced new F-16s as China threat grows

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Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen lauded military cooperation with Washington on Thursday, November 18, as she commissioned the first combat wing of F-16 fighters upgraded with US help to bolster the island’s defenses during rising tensions between Taipei and Beijing. Frequent Chinese and US military exercises in the region have raised fears of conflict touched off… Continue reading Taiwan commissions advanced new F-16s as China threat grows

China expanding its nuclear arsenal faster than anticipated, Pentagon says

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China is expanding its nuclear arsenal much more quickly than anticipated, narrowing the gap with the United States, the Pentagon said in a report published Wednesday. China could have 700 deliverable nuclear warheads by 2027, and could top 1,000 by 2030 — an arsenal two-and-a-half times the size of what the Pentagon predicted only a… Continue reading China expanding its nuclear arsenal faster than anticipated, Pentagon says

China rejects military contact between US, Taiwan

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Beijing said Thursday it opposed military ties between Washington and Taiwan, after President Tsai Ing-wen confirmed a small number of US troops are present on the island. Authoritarian China regards self-ruled Taiwan as its own territory and has vowed to one day seize it, by force if needed, and has ramped up its saber-rattling in… Continue reading China rejects military contact between US, Taiwan

Top US general confirms ‘very concerning’ Chinese hypersonic weapons test

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The top US military officer, General Mark Milley, has provided the first official US confirmation of a Chinese hypersonic weapons test that military experts say appears to show Beijing’s pursuit of an Earth-orbiting system designed to evade American missile defenses. The Pentagon has been at pains to avoid direct confirmation of the Chinese test this… Continue reading Top US general confirms ‘very concerning’ Chinese hypersonic weapons test

Taiwan needs to beef up defense, seek more friends, minister says

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Self-ruled Taiwan needs to strengthen its defenses and, with just 15 diplomatic allies in the world, seek more friends on the international stage as it faces pressure from China, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said on Wednesday, October 27. Tensions between Taiwan and China, which claims the fiercely democratic island as sovereign territory, have escalated in… Continue reading Taiwan needs to beef up defense, seek more friends, minister says

Russian, Chinese warships hold first joint patrols in the Pacific

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Russian and Chinese warships held their first joint patrols in the Western part of the Pacific ocean on October 17-23, Russia’s defense ministry said in a statement on Saturday. Moscow and Beijing, which staged naval cooperation drills in the Sea of Japan earlier in October, have cultivated closer military and diplomatic ties in recent years… Continue reading Russian, Chinese warships hold first joint patrols in the Pacific

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’

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