First German warship in almost two decades enters West Philippine Sea

A German warship sailed into the West Philippine Sea on Wednesday for the first time in almost 20 years, a move that sees Berlin joining other Western nations in expanding its military presence in the region amid growing alarm over China’s territorial ambitions. China claims almost the entire West Philippine Sea as its own, despite… Continue reading First German warship in almost two decades enters West Philippine Sea

Israel holds largest-ever air force drill with UAE visit

Israel is holding its largest-ever air force exercise this week, joined by several Western countries and India, with the United Arab Emirates’ air force chief set to inspect the drills. Amir Lazar, chief of Israeli air force operations, told reporters the drills “don’t focus on Iran”, but army officials have said the Islamic republic remains… Continue reading Israel holds largest-ever air force drill with UAE visit

German IT security watchdog examines Xiaomi mobile phone

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Germany’s federal cybersecurity watchdog, the BSI, is conducting a technical examination of a mobile phone manufactured by China’s Xiaomi Corp (1810.HK), a spokesperson for the interior ministry told Reuters on Wednesday. The spokesperson did not provide further details on what kind of examination the agency was carrying out. Lithanua’s state cybersecurity body said last week… Continue reading German IT security watchdog examines Xiaomi mobile phone

German warship sails into the West Philippine Sea for the first time since 2002

For the first time since 2002, Germany is sending a warship on a transit through the West Philippine Sea, in a win for the China hawks in Angela Merkel’s government. According to CNN, the frigate will follow regular trade routes and will not pass through the Taiwan Strait or within 12 nautical miles of the… Continue reading German warship sails into the West Philippine Sea for the first time since 2002

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