Taiwan president confirms US troops training soldiers on island – CNN

A small number of US forces are in Taiwan to train with Taiwanese soldiers, President Tsai Ing-wen said in an interview with CNN, confirming the presence of US troops on the self-governing island that China considers its own. Tensions between Taiwan and China, which has not ruled out taking the island by force, have escalated… Continue reading Taiwan president confirms US troops training soldiers on island – CNN

Top US general confirms ‘very concerning’ Chinese hypersonic weapons test

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The top US military officer, General Mark Milley, has provided the first official US confirmation of a Chinese hypersonic weapons test that military experts say appears to show Beijing’s pursuit of an Earth-orbiting system designed to evade American missile defenses. The Pentagon has been at pains to avoid direct confirmation of the Chinese test this… Continue reading Top US general confirms ‘very concerning’ Chinese hypersonic weapons test

China will uphold world peace, Xi says, despite others’ concerns

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President Xi Jinping vowed on Monday that China would always uphold world peace and international rules, amid concerns expressed by the United States and other countries over its increasing assertiveness globally. The comments come after Taiwan said this month that military tension with China was at its worst in more than 40 years, amid mounting… Continue reading China will uphold world peace, Xi says, despite others’ concerns

Israel holds largest-ever air force drill with UAE visit

Israel is holding its largest-ever air force exercise this week, joined by several Western countries and India, with the United Arab Emirates’ air force chief set to inspect the drills. Amir Lazar, chief of Israeli air force operations, told reporters the drills “don’t focus on Iran”, but army officials have said the Islamic republic remains… Continue reading Israel holds largest-ever air force drill with UAE visit

US holds successful tests to advance hypersonic weapon programs — Pentagon

The US Navy and Army tested hypersonic weapon component prototypes on Wednesday that will inform development of new weapons, the Pentagon said, calling the three tests successful. The tests occurred the same day that US President Joe Biden said he was concerned about Chinese hypersonic weapons. Sandia National Laboratories ran the tests from NASA’s Wallops… Continue reading US holds successful tests to advance hypersonic weapon programs — Pentagon

Biden says US would defend Taiwan against China

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US President Joe Biden on Thursday said the United States would come to the defense of Taiwan if the island were attacked by China, which considers it part of its territory. “Yes,” he responded when asked in a CNN town hall about defending Taiwan. “We have a commitment to that.” Biden’s statement was at odds… Continue reading Biden says US would defend Taiwan against China

Beijing demands end to US operations in West Philippine Sea

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China’s defence ministry has demanded an end to US military operations in the West Philippine Sea, saying they pose a threat to regional security and increase the risks of collisions and even nuclear leaks in the strategic waterway. Ministry spokesman Tan Kefei also repeated China’s demand for an explanation of what happened to a US… Continue reading Beijing demands end to US operations in West Philippine Sea

Taiwan says odds of war with China in next year ‘very low’

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The odds of war with China in the next year are “very low,” a top Taiwanese security official told lawmakers on Wednesday, October 20, amid heightened tensions between Taipei and Beijing, which claims sovereignty over the island. Taiwan has repeatedly said that it will defend itself if attacked, but wants to maintain the status quo… Continue reading Taiwan says odds of war with China in next year ‘very low’

US ‘very concerned’ over China’s hypersonic test

The United States is “very concerned” about China’s hypersonic missile tests, US disarmament ambassador Robert Wood said Monday, after reports that Beijing launched one with a nuclear capacity in August. On Saturday, the Financial Times reported that China had launched a hypersonic missile that completed a circuit of the planet before landing, missing its target.… Continue reading US ‘very concerned’ over China’s hypersonic test

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