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Japan, France seek to deepen security ties amid China's rise

Jan. 20, 2022 10:19 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The foreign and defense ministers of Japan and France held talks on Thursday as the two countries seek to deepen security ties in the Indo-Pacific region, where tensions have been rising amid China’s military buildup and North Korea’s nuclear and missile development. ...

Japan holds drills in north as it faces Russia, China threat

Dec. 07, 2021 07:42 AM EST

ENIWA, Japan (AP) — The earth shook and explosions boomed in the crisp winter air of Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido on Tuesday, as dozens of tanks and soldiers carried out drills at a Japanese army post that has long served to keep an eye on neighboring Russia, while showcasing Japanese...

Japan's military, among world's strongest, looks to build

Dec. 06, 2021 05:17 AM EST

ENIWA, Japan (AP) — Dozens of tanks and soldiers fired explosives and machine guns in drills Monday on Japan's northern island of Hokkaido, a main stronghold for a nation that is perhaps the world's least-known military powerhouse. Just across the sea from rival...

Japan seeks extra defense budget amid China, N Korea concern

Nov. 26, 2021 06:45 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Cabinet on Friday approved a 770 billion yen ($6.8 billion) request for an extra defense budget through March to expedite the purchase of missiles, anti-submarine rockets and other weapons amid rising concern over the escalation of military activities by China, Russia...

Japan, Vietnam express serious concern about South China Sea

Nov. 24, 2021 09:39 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The leaders of Japan and Vietnam expressed serious concern on Wednesday about the situation in the South China Sea and any unilateral actions aimed at altering the status quo, and agreed to work together to sustain free and open sea lanes as tensions escalate in the region amid...

Russia, China sign roadmap for closer military cooperation

Nov. 23, 2021 13:29 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's defense chief on Tuesday signed a roadmap for closer military ties with China, pointing to increasingly frequent U.S. strategic bomber flights near both countries' borders. During a video call, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and his Chinese...

Seoul says Russian, Chinese warplanes enter air buffer zone

Nov. 19, 2021 07:53 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Friday it scrambled fighter jets to respond to a group of Russian and Chinese warplanes that entered its air buffer zone unannounced. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said it detected seven Russian and two Chinese...

Japan urges peace between China, Taiwan, raises HK concerns

Nov. 18, 2021 11:13 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, in a telephone call Thursday with his Chinese counterpart, stressed the importance of peace and stability between China and Taiwan and expressed “serious concern” about the situation in Hong Kong and China's Xinjiang region. ...

US Indo-Pacific Command chief in Japan, reaffirms commitment

Nov. 11, 2021 04:26 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The head of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command on Thursday met with Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and reaffirmed America's commitment to achieving a free and open Indo-Pacific despite rising tensions amid China's increasingly assertive military actions. ...

German navy chief vows long-term commitment to Indo-Pacific

Nov. 09, 2021 07:24 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The chief of Germany's navy said Tuesday that its dispatch of a warship to the Indo-Pacific underscores his country's concern that freedom of navigation and the rule-based international order are being threatened in the region, an apparent reference to its biggest trading...