Philippines supports Australia nuclear sub pact to counter China

The Philippines is backing a new defense partnership between the United States, Britain, and Australia, hoping it can maintain the balance of power in the Indo-Pacific region, a view that contrasts sharply with some of its neighbors. Known as AUKUS, the alliance will see Australia get technology to deploy nuclear-powered submarines as part of the… Continue reading Philippines supports Australia nuclear sub pact to counter China

Malaysia warns new Indo-Pacific pact may trigger nuclear arms race

Malaysia on Saturday, September 18, expressed concerns that Australia’s plan to build nuclear-powered submarines under a new pact with Britain and the United States could catalyze a nuclear arms race in the Indo-Pacific region. Australia will build eight nuclear-powered submarines under an Indo-Pacific security partnership that has riled China. “It will provoke other powers to… Continue reading Malaysia warns new Indo-Pacific pact may trigger nuclear arms race

China, France denounce US nuclear sub pact with Britain, Australia

China on Thursday, September 16, denounced a new Indo-Pacific security alliance between the United States, Britain and Australia, saying such partnerships should not target third countries and warning of an intensified arms race in the region. Under the arrangement, dubbed AUKUS, the United States and Britain will provide Australia with the technology and capability to… Continue reading China, France denounce US nuclear sub pact with Britain, Australia

US warship transits Taiwan Strait after Chinese assault drills

US Navy / Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sean Lynch / Handout Via Reuters

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 INDOPACOM commander visits the Philippines

Photos by SN1 Donald Viluan PN/PAOAFP

In honor of the 70th anniversary of the US-Philippine Mutual Defense Treaty, Adm. John C. Aquilino, Commander for US Indo-Pacific Command, traveled to the Philippines to reaffirm the U.S. commitment to the alliance with the Philippines. During his visit, Aquilino attended the Commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the US-Philippine Mutual Defense Treaty, met with… Continue reading US INDOPACOM commander visits the Philippines

16th Pacific Partnership mission begins in Manila

USNS City of Bismarck (T-EPF 9) sits along the pier in Manila after disembarking the Pacific Partnership 2021 team. (U.S. Navy/MCC Joseph R. Vincent)

Pacific Partnership 21, the annual US-led multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific, kicked off with a medical subject matter expert exchange at Manila Naval Hospital, July 28. The Military Sealift Command expeditionary fast transport ship USNS City of Bismarck (T-EPF 9) arrived at the mission port July 14, where… Continue reading 16th Pacific Partnership mission begins in Manila