North Korea conducts second suspected missile test in less than a week

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North Korea fired what was believed to a ballistic missile on Tuesday, January 11, South Korea’s military and the Japanese coast guard said, the second apparent missile launch in less than a week after the reclusive state’s leader urged more military advances. The suspected ballistic missile launch was detected around 7:27 a.m. (2227 GMT) from… Continue reading North Korea conducts second suspected missile test in less than a week

North Korea launches 2nd hypersonic missile in fiery test

North Korea fired a “hypersonic missile” this week that successfully hit a target, state news agency KCNA reported on Thursday, January 6, its second such test as the country pursues new military capabilities amid stalled denuclearization talks. The launch on Wednesday, January 5, was the first by North Korea since October and was detected by… Continue reading North Korea launches 2nd hypersonic missile in fiery test

Japan and US vow more defense cooperation to counter Chinese threat

The United States and Japan on Friday, January 7, voiced strong concern about China’s growing might in unambiguous terms and pledged to work together against attempts to destabilize the region. The comments from the two allies, in a joint statement that followed a virtual meeting of their foreign and defense ministers, highlight how deepening alarm… Continue reading Japan and US vow more defense cooperation to counter Chinese threat

Japan, Australia to sign defense treaty amid China rise in Indo-Pacific

The Reciprocal Access Agreement will enhance interoperability and collaboration between the Japanese Self-Defense Forces and the Australian Defense Force, including facilitating faster deployment of defense personnel and easing restrictions on the transportation of weapons and supplies for joint training and disaster relief operations. “This treaty will be a statement of our two nations’ commitment to… Continue reading Japan, Australia to sign defense treaty amid China rise in Indo-Pacific

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

Japan, Vietnam oppose bids to change status quo in South, East China seas

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The defense ministers of Japan and Vietnam agreed Tuesday to “strongly oppose” unilateral attempts to change the status quo in regional waters, in a veiled reference to China’s maritime expansion. Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi and his Vietnamese counterpart Phan Van Giang discussed in Tokyo recent developments in the South and East China seas, confirming the… Continue reading Japan, Vietnam oppose bids to change status quo in South, East China seas

Russian, Chinese warships hold first joint patrols in the Pacific

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Russian and Chinese warships held their first joint patrols in the Western part of the Pacific ocean on October 17-23, Russia’s defense ministry said in a statement on Saturday. Moscow and Beijing, which staged naval cooperation drills in the Sea of Japan earlier in October, have cultivated closer military and diplomatic ties in recent years… Continue reading Russian, Chinese warships hold first joint patrols in the Pacific

North Korea fires ballistic missile, disrupts Japanese election campaign start

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North Korea fired at least one ballistic missile off its east coast on Tuesday, October 19, pulling Japan’s new prime minister off the campaign trail and overshadowing the opening of a major arms fair in Seoul. The launch, reported by officials in South Korea and Japan, came after US and South Korean envoys met in… Continue reading North Korea fires ballistic missile, disrupts Japanese election campaign start

Tsai Ing-wen says Taiwan will ‘spare no effort’ to defend island, democracy

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Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen stated that the island wishes to avoid armed war but will “spare no effort” to defend itself as the island works to create a long-range missile capable of striking Beijing. On Friday, days after the People’s Liberation Army’s sent scores of its largest warplanes to patrol near the island, Tsai said… Continue reading Tsai Ing-wen says Taiwan will ‘spare no effort’ to defend island, democracy