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Japan PM vows to step up defense amid China, NK threats

Nov. 27, 2021 01:39 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, at his first troop review Saturday, renewed his pledge to consider “all options,” including acquiring enemy base strike capability, and vowed to create a stronger Self-Defense Force to protect the country amid growing threats from...

US lawmakers visit Taiwan; China conducts military patrols

Nov. 26, 2021 10:54 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Five U.S. lawmakers met with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on Friday in a surprise one-day visit intended to reaffirm America's “rock-solid” support for the self-governing island that is claimed by China. The visit came as tensions between...

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...

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...

Xi says China will not seek dominance over Southeast Asia

Nov. 22, 2021 07:01 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Monday said his country will not seek dominance over Southeast Asia or bully its smaller neighbors, amid ongoing friction over the South China Sea. Xi made the remarks during a virtual conference with the members of the...

Top US admiral warns about China threat at Halifax forum

Nov. 20, 2021 15:10 PM EST

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) — The head of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command said Saturday the United States and its allies need to operate with a greater sense of urgency amid rising tensions and China’s increasingly assertive military actions. Adm. John C. Aquilino...

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...

China coast guard uses water cannon against Philippine boats

Nov. 18, 2021 03:22 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Chinese coast guard ships blocked and sprayed a powerful stream of water at two Philippine boats carrying supplies to troops at a disputed South China Sea shoal, prompting Manila to order Beijing’s ships to back off and warn that its supply vessels are covered...

Navy officer guilty of hiding ties to Chinese businessman

Nov. 15, 2021 17:53 PM EST

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida-based U.S. Navy flight officer has been convicted of buying guns for a Chinese businessman who was later convicted of export crimes. Lt. Fan Yang, 36, also lied about his relationship with the businessman on security forms,...

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. ...