Taiwan commissions advanced new F-16s as China threat grows

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Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen lauded military cooperation with Washington on Thursday, November 18, as she commissioned the first combat wing of F-16 fighters upgraded with US help to bolster the island’s defenses during rising tensions between Taipei and Beijing. Frequent Chinese and US military exercises in the region have raised fears of conflict touched off… Continue reading Taiwan commissions advanced new F-16s as China threat grows

China rejects military contact between US, Taiwan

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Beijing said Thursday it opposed military ties between Washington and Taiwan, after President Tsai Ing-wen confirmed a small number of US troops are present on the island. Authoritarian China regards self-ruled Taiwan as its own territory and has vowed to one day seize it, by force if needed, and has ramped up its saber-rattling in… Continue reading China rejects military contact between US, Taiwan

China’s military asserts it chased a US frigate out of a contested West Philippine Sea

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After Washington warned that an attack on the Philippines would trigger a mutual defense treaty, China’s military chased a US cruiser out of another disputed area in the West Philippine Sea on Monday. Beijing reaffirmed its rights to parts of the sea that are also claimed by states in Southeast Asia. It rejected the Biden administration’s… Continue reading China’s military asserts it chased a US frigate out of a contested West Philippine Sea