China’s military asserts it chased a US frigate out of a contested West Philippine Sea

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After Washington warned that an attack on the Philippines would trigger a mutual defense treaty, China’s military chased a US cruiser out of another disputed area in the West Philippine Sea on Monday. Beijing reaffirmed its rights to parts of the sea that are also claimed by states in Southeast Asia. It rejected the Biden administration’s… Continue reading China’s military asserts it chased a US frigate out of a contested West Philippine Sea

US repeats warning to China against attack on Philippine forces

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The United States on Sunday repeated a warning to China that an attack on Philippine armed forces in the South China Sea would trigger a 1951 US-Philippines mutual defense treaty. Secretary of State Antony Blinken made the comment in a written statement marking the fifth anniversary of a ruling by an arbitration tribunal repudiating China’s… Continue reading US repeats warning to China against attack on Philippine forces

European powers to boost military presence in Asia to counter China

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron. Photo: Getty Images

Germany, the United Kingdom, and France will increase their military presence in Asia in 2021 in order to oppose China and strengthen support for the United States (US), Japan, and other regional allies. Germany will send a frigate to patrol Indo-Pacific waterways, while the United Kingdom will send a carrier strike group (CSG) led by… Continue reading European powers to boost military presence in Asia to counter China

China rebuffs Taiwan’s latest offer of talks as a “cheap trick”

China has rejected Taiwan’s most recent offer of negotiations, describing it as a “cheap trick” and provocation in which the government seeks confrontation with China at any costs. President Tsai Ing-wen said in her New Year’s address on Friday that Taiwan is keen to engage in “meaningful” negotiations with China on an equal basis if… Continue reading China rebuffs Taiwan’s latest offer of talks as a “cheap trick”

Taiwan’s president reaches out to China again in her New Year’s speech

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President Tsai Ing-wen said in her New Year’s speech on Friday that Taiwan is eager to engage “meaningful” negotiations with China on an equal footing as long as both sides are willing to put aside their differences. Democratic Taiwan, claimed by China as its sovereign territory, has come under increasing pressure from Beijing, which has… Continue reading Taiwan’s president reaches out to China again in her New Year’s speech

2 Chinese jets enter Taiwan’s air space on Christmas Day

Two Chinese jets crossed Taiwanese airspace on Christmas Day, according to Taiwan’s military ministry. On December 25, two PLA aircraft, the Y-8 ASW and the Y-8 reconnaissance, entered Taiwan’s southwest ADIZ (air defense identification zone), according to Taiwan’s defense ministry. To keep an eye on the Chinese jets, Taiwan sent radio warnings and deployed its… Continue reading 2 Chinese jets enter Taiwan’s air space on Christmas Day

US warship sails by the contested Spratly Islands in the West Philippine Sea

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In the latest challenge to Beijing’s broad territorial claims in the region, an American warship sailed through waters off the contested Spratly Islands in the West Philippine Sea on Thursday, December 22. The USS John S. McCain, a guided-missile destroyer, “asserted navigational rights and freedoms in the Spratly Islands,” according to the US Seventh Fleet. “This… Continue reading US warship sails by the contested Spratly Islands in the West Philippine Sea

China ‘expels’ US Navy destroyer sailing near Spratly Islands in the WPS

In a new escalation of tensions between Beijing and Washington, Beijing announced on Tuesday that its military had “expelled” a US Navy destroyer cruising near the Spratly Islands in the West Philippine Sea. China said the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) southern theatre command dispatched ships and aircraft to warn the US destroyer USS John S.… Continue reading China ‘expels’ US Navy destroyer sailing near Spratly Islands in the WPS

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