Washington caps year of drills to deter China with 10-day military exercise

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The United States on Tuesday, November 30, completed ten days of joint military drills in Asian waters with Japan and other allies as it ups the ante on deterring China from pursuing its territorial ambitions amid growing tension in the region over Taiwan. The ANNUALEX drill included 35 warships and dozens of aircraft in the… Continue reading Washington caps year of drills to deter China with 10-day military exercise

Former PM Abe says Japan, US could not stand by if China attacked Taiwan

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Japan and the United States could not stand by if China attacked Taiwan, and Beijing needs to understand this, former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday, December 1. Tensions over Chinese-claimed Taiwan have risen as President Xi Jinping seeks to assert his country’s sovereignty claims against the democratically ruled island. Taiwan’s government says… Continue reading Former PM Abe says Japan, US could not stand by if China attacked Taiwan

China protested Indonesian drilling, military exercises

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China told Indonesia to stop drilling for oil and natural gas in maritime territory that both countries regard as their own during a months-long standoff in the West Philippine Sea earlier this year, four people familiar with the matter told Reuters. The unprecedented demand, which has not previously been reported, elevated tensions over natural resources… Continue reading China protested Indonesian drilling, military exercises

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 says China military trying to wear it out, but it can respond

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China’s military is trying to wear out Taiwan’s armed forces with its repeated missions nearby, but Taiwan is capable of responding, Taipei’s defense minister said on Monday after a renewed spike in Chinese air force activity. Taiwan scrambled fighters again on Sunday after 27 Chinese air force planes again entered its air defense identification zone,… Continue reading Taiwan says China military trying to wear it out, but it can respond

Taiwan scrambles to see off new Chinese air force incursion

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Taiwan’s air force scrambled again on Sunday, November 28, to warn away 27 Chinese aircraft that entered its air defense zone, Taiwan’s defense ministry said, the latest increase in tensions across the sensitive Taiwan Strait. Chinese-claimed Taiwan has complained for a year or more of repeated missions by China’s air force near the democratically governed… Continue reading Taiwan scrambles to see off new Chinese air force incursion

Taiwan, Europe must defend democracy together, president says

Taiwan and Europe must work together to defend against authoritarianism and disinformation, President Tsai Ing-wen told visiting lawmakers from the Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia on Monday, November 29. Lithuania has faced sustained pressure from China, which claims Taiwan as its own territory, since allowing the opening of a de facto Taiwanese embassy… Continue reading Taiwan, Europe must defend democracy together, president says

Australia says China’s ‘alarming’ actions at odds with peaceful rhetoric

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China’s “alarming” actions do not match its rhetoric about promoting peace and prosperity in the region, Australia’s defense minister said on Friday after a Chinese navy ship was tracked sailing through the country’s exclusive economic zone. Defense Minister Peter Dutton listed China’s militarization of the West Philippine Sea, recent aggression towards Taiwan and the introduction… Continue reading Australia says China’s ‘alarming’ actions at odds with peaceful rhetoric

US should not have any illusions about Taiwan, says China

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There is no room for compromise over Taiwan and the United States should not have any illusions about this, China’s Defence Ministry said on Thursday, adding that Washington had of late made a series of “provocations” on several issues. China says the issue of Taiwan, which it claims as Chinese territory, is the most sensitive… Continue reading US should not have any illusions about Taiwan, says China

US lawmakers coming to Taiwan on military-focused trip

Five members of the US House of Representatives are expected to arrive in Taiwan on Friday, November 26, for a short trip focused on meetings with the island’s defense ministry, Taiwan’s official Central News Agency reported on Thursday, November 25. The trip comes as China has stepped up military and political pressure to assert its… Continue reading US lawmakers coming to Taiwan on military-focused trip