China deploys anti-stealth radars in West Philippine Sea to detect US F-35C jets — Military expert

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Anti-stealth radars are being used by China to detect F-35C aircraft currently stationed on the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier in the West Philippine Sea. On Wednesday, Fu Qianshao, a Chinese military specialist, told the Global Times that “China has already developed a number of anti-stealth radar systems, so the F-35C can be detected. China… Continue reading China deploys anti-stealth radars in West Philippine Sea to detect US F-35C jets — Military expert

China shows off defense diplomacy with multinational peacekeeping drill

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China’s armed forces concluded their first multinational peacekeeping exercise on Wednesday, September 15, showing off their combat prowess with drones and mine-clearing robots while seeking to project a more benign image. As the Asian giant modernizes and beefs up its military by pumping hundreds of billions of dollars annually into its defense budget, it has… Continue reading China shows off defense diplomacy with multinational peacekeeping drill

Japan PM contender Kishida aims to boost security with China in mind

Japan must counter neighbouring China’s assertiveness by beefing up the coast guard and improving its coordination with the military, Fumio Kishida, a contender to head the ruling party and become the next prime minister, said on Monday, September 13. Only lawmakers and grassroots members of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) will vote for its… Continue reading Japan PM contender Kishida aims to boost security with China in mind

Japan says suspected Chinese submarine seen near territorial waters

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Japan’s defense ministry said on Sunday, September 12, that a submarine believed to be from China was spotted in waters near its southern islands, as maritime tensions persist in the Pacific. Japan’s navy on Friday morning, September 10, identified a submerged vessel sailing northwest just outside territorial waters near Amami Oshima island, part of Kagoshima… Continue reading Japan says suspected Chinese submarine seen near territorial waters

China, Vietnam should avoid magnifying West Philippine Sea disputes – Chinese official

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China and Vietnam should refrain from unilateral actions regarding the West Philippine Sea that could complicate the situation and magnify disputes, senior Chinese diplomat Wang Yi told a Vietnamese official, China’s foreign ministry said on Saturday, September 11. State Councilor Wang was speaking with Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh during a visit to… Continue reading China, Vietnam should avoid magnifying West Philippine Sea disputes – Chinese official

China says it will maintain communication with new Afghan government

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China said on Wednesday, September 8, it is ready to maintain communication with the leaders of the new Taliban government in Afghanistan, calling its establishment a “necessary step” in reconstruction. Foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin made the comment at a daily briefing in Beijing when asked if China would recognize the new government, whose leaders… Continue reading China says it will maintain communication with new Afghan government

Japan’s defense ministry seeks fresh hike in military spending

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Japan’s defense ministry is seeking an annual budget increase that will add to past hikes to expand military spending over a decade by almost a sixth, as it looks to counter the growing strength of neighboring China. Since last year, Japan has identified China as its main national security threat, pointing in a July policy… Continue reading Japan’s defense ministry seeks fresh hike in military spending

US warship transits Taiwan Strait after Chinese assault drills

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A US warship and a US Coast Guard cutter sailed through the Taiwan Strait on Friday, August 27, the latest in what Washington calls routine operations through the sensitive waterway that separates Taiwan from China, which claims the self-ruled island. The passage comes amid a spike in military tensions in the past two years between… Continue reading US warship transits Taiwan Strait after Chinese assault drills

US, China accuse each other of ‘bullying’ nations

US Vice President Kamala Harris on Wednesday, August 25, again charged China with bullying its Southeast Asian neighbors, the second time in two days she has attacked Beijing during a regional visit, as Washington tries to rally regional partners to take on China’s growing economic and military influence. The Chinese foreign ministry shot back on… Continue reading US, China accuse each other of ‘bullying’ nations

US VP Harris offers Vietnam support to counter Beijing in the West Philippine Sea

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US Vice President Kamala Harris met Vietnam’s top leaders on Wednesday, August 25, offering support in several key areas including the enhancement of its maritime security in an effort to counter Beijing’s increasing assertiveness in the West Philippine Sea. Harris also offered more visits by US warships during her talks with Vietnam’s President Nguyen Xuan… Continue reading US VP Harris offers Vietnam support to counter Beijing in the West Philippine Sea