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Taiwan confirms request for US tanks, air defense systems

Jun. 6, 2019 5:20 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan confirmed Thursday it has asked to purchase more than 100 tanks from the U.S., along with air defense and anti-tank missile systems in a major potential arms sale that drew immediate protest from China. A Defense Ministry statement said it has submitted a letter of request for...

India continues search for air force plane lost near China

Jun. 5, 2019 7:25 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian authorities are continuing to search for an air force plane that went missing on Monday near the border with China. The navy tweeted Wednesday that it has deployed long-range aircraft using infra-red sensors to search dense forest. The air force said on Twitter that it is using...

Indian air force plane disappears near Chinese border

Jun. 3, 2019 7:47 AM EDT

GAUHATI, India (AP) — An Indian air force plane has disappeared near India's northeastern border with China with 13 people on board. Officials say the plane was scheduled to land at 1:30 p.m. Monday at a high-altitude airstrip in Mechuka, a small town in the state of Arunachal Pradesh about 30 kilometers...

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Jun. 3, 2019 4:50 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves: ___ EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a weekly look...

China vows military action if Taiwan, sea claims opposed

Jun. 2, 2019 3:57 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — China's defense minister warned Sunday that its military will "resolutely take action" to defend Beijing's claims over self-ruled Taiwan and disputed South China Sea waters. Speaking at an annual security conference in Singapore, Gen. Wei Fenghe did not direct the threat at the U.S. but...

China announces South China Sea military training exercises

Jun. 2, 2019 3:48 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China began two days of military training in the South China Sea Sunday, as its defense minister warned that China's armed forces would "resolutely take action" to defend Beijing's claims over the area. The China Maritime Safety Administration announced the drills were being held all day...

China defense minister says military will "resolutely take action" to defend its claims over Taiwan and South China Sea

Jun. 1, 2019 10:53 PM EDT
SINGAPORE (AP) — China defense minister says military will "resolutely take action" to defend its claims over Taiwan and South China Sea.

Defense chief calls out China on tech theft, South China Sea

Jun. 1, 2019 9:55 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — U.S. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan on Saturday denounced China's efforts to steal technology from other nations and militarize man-made outposts in the South China Sea as a "toolkit of coercion," saying activities by Beijing the U.S. perceives as hostile must end. In his first...

China says laser report 'not consistent with the facts'

May. 30, 2019 8:21 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A report that Australian navy helicopter pilots were targeted with lasers, apparently coming from Chinese fishing boats, was "not consistent with the facts," China's defense ministry said Thursday. Spokesman Wu Qian told reporters at a monthly briefing that Australia should "reflect on...

Taiwan's military trains for a Chinese invasion on the beach

May. 30, 2019 6:01 AM EDT

FANGSHAN, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwanese tanks and soldiers fired at simulated Chinese forces and assault helicopters launched missiles in an anti-invasion drill Thursday on a beach on the island's southern coast. The live firing was part of annual exercises designed to showcase the military's capabilities and...