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

Japan’s defense ministry seeks fresh hike in military spending

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Japan’s defense ministry is seeking an annual budget increase that will add to past hikes to expand military spending over a decade by almost a sixth, as it looks to counter the growing strength of neighboring China. Since last year, Japan has identified China as its main national security threat, pointing in a July policy… Continue reading Japan’s defense ministry seeks fresh hike in military spending

Japan plans to deploy missiles 300 kilometers off the coast of Taiwan in 2022 to dissuade China

Japan’s defense ministry is reportedly considering to station missile units on an island 300 kilometers off the coast of Taiwan to counter China’s rising naval presence and fight against a possible Chinese attack. Tokyo aims to deploy Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) missile units on the island of Ishigaki, which is only 306 kilometers from Taoyuan… Continue reading Japan plans to deploy missiles 300 kilometers off the coast of Taiwan in 2022 to dissuade China

2 PCG acquired massive Japanese-built ships to arrive this 2022

The first of two 94-meter multirole response vessels (MMRVs) acquired by the Department of Transportation for the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has just been launched at Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co. Ltd.’s Shimonoseki Shipyard. As the largest vessels in the PCG’s fleet, modeled after Japan’s own coast guard vessels, the two will be a formidable force. The… Continue reading 2 PCG acquired massive Japanese-built ships to arrive this 2022

Japan, United Kingdom to strengthen defense ties at sea, military technology

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Defense ministers from Japan and the United Kingdom announced Tuesday that the British aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth and its strike group will visit Japanese ports in September for joint exercises, as the two countries strengthen military ties amid increased Chinese assertiveness in regional waters. The visit by the Royal Navy’s largest cruiser is part… Continue reading Japan, United Kingdom to strengthen defense ties at sea, military technology

Caught between China and the U.S., Asian countries stockpile powerful new missiles

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Asia is sliding into a dangerous arms race as smaller nations that once stayed on the sidelines build arsenals of advanced long-range missiles, following in the footsteps of powerhouses China and the United States, analysts say. China is mass producing its DF-26 – a multipurpose weapon with a range of up to 4,000 kilometres –… Continue reading Caught between China and the U.S., Asian countries stockpile powerful new missiles