British Navy’s most powerful warship ignores China’s warnings

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Despite China’s warnings, Her Majesty’s Ship (HMS) Queen Elizabeth and her escorts of submarines, destroyers, and attack cruisers have penetrated the contested West Philippine Sea. The warships comprise the UK’s Carrier Strike Group 21, the UK’s largest and most powerful strike group. The HMS Queen Elizabeth and its escorts are in the region to uphold… Continue reading British Navy’s most powerful warship ignores China’s warnings

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

Philippine Navy partakes in Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2021

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The Philippine Navy is forging strong partnerships in the region with its participation in the ongoing Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2021 (IPE21), Australia’s flagship regional engagement activity with partner nations. Aside from the Philippines, the IPE21 also welcomes partners from Malaysia, France, the United Kingdom, and Canada. A number of foreign military personnel are embarked in Royal… Continue reading Philippine Navy partakes in Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2021

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

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

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