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

Japan signals more active role on China’s tough stand on Taiwan

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Japan’s new government signalled on Tuesday, October 5, a more assertive position on China’s aggressive posture towards self-ruled Taiwan, suggesting it would consider options and prepare for “various scenarios”, while reaffirming close US ties. Taiwan and broader relations with China are likely to dominate security policies and foreign relations from the outset of new Prime… Continue reading Japan signals more active role on China’s tough stand on Taiwan

Taiwan warns it needs to be on alert against ‘over the top’ China

Taiwan needs to be on alert for China’s “over the top” military activities, the premier said on Tuesday, after a record 56 Chinese aircraft flew into Taiwan’s air defense zone, while the president said the island would do what it took to defend itself. Taiwan has reported 148 Chinese air force planes in the southern… Continue reading Taiwan warns it needs to be on alert against ‘over the top’ China

UK will begin talks with Japan on deeper defense ties, says defense chief

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Britain said on Tuesday (Sept 28) it would begin formal negotiations with Japan to deepen their defence relationship, part of a shift in London’s strategic focus towards the Indo-Pacific region that has angered China. Defence minister Ben Wallace said the talks would seek to create the conditions for a “deeper and more complex defence engagement… Continue reading UK will begin talks with Japan on deeper defense ties, says defense chief

Japan names China, Russia, North Korea as threats in cyberspace

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The Japanese government adopted on Monday a draft cybersecurity strategy for the next 3 years, naming China, Russia and North Korea as cyberattack threats for the first time. The strategy, expected to be endorsed by the Cabinet soon, said the situation in cyberspace contains the “risk of rapidly developing into a critical situation” and that… Continue reading Japan names China, Russia, North Korea as threats in cyberspace

Quad leaders press for free Indo-Pacific, with wary eye on China

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Leaders of the United States, Japan, India, and Australia vowed on Friday, September 24, to pursue a free and open Indo-Pacific region “undaunted by coercion” at their first in-person summit, which presented a united front amid shared concerns about China. The two-hour meeting at the White House of the Quad, as the grouping of four… Continue reading Quad leaders press for free Indo-Pacific, with wary eye on China

Japan warns citizens of possible attack in Southeast Asia, puzzling nations

Japan’s Foreign Ministry urged its citizens on Monday to stay away from religious facilities and crowds in six Southeast Asian nations, warning of a possible attack. The ministry said it had obtained information that “there are increased risks such as suicide bombings.” The warning applies to Japanese citizens in Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand… Continue reading Japan warns citizens of possible attack in Southeast Asia, puzzling nations

Japan PM contender Kishida aims to boost security with China in mind

Japan must counter neighbouring China’s assertiveness by beefing up the coast guard and improving its coordination with the military, Fumio Kishida, a contender to head the ruling party and become the next prime minister, said on Monday, September 13. Only lawmakers and grassroots members of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) will vote for its… Continue reading Japan PM contender Kishida aims to boost security with China in mind

Japan says suspected Chinese submarine seen near territorial waters

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Japan’s defense ministry said on Sunday, September 12, that a submarine believed to be from China was spotted in waters near its southern islands, as maritime tensions persist in the Pacific. Japan’s navy on Friday morning, September 10, identified a submerged vessel sailing northwest just outside territorial waters near Amami Oshima island, part of Kagoshima… Continue reading Japan says suspected Chinese submarine seen near territorial waters

US, Japan, South Korea prepare for possible meeting on North Korea – report

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The United States, South Korea and Japan are preparing for a possible meeting of officials handling North Korea next week in Tokyo, Kyodo news agency reported on Tuesday, September 7. Arrangements were being made for talks between the US envoy for North Korea, Sung Kim, and his Japanese and South Korean counterparts, the report said,… Continue reading US, Japan, South Korea prepare for possible meeting on North Korea – report