How France sank Japan's $40 billion Australian submarine dream

Apr 30, 2016

How France sank Japan's $40 billion Australian submarine dream

In 2014, a blossoming friendship between Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe looked to have all but sewn up a $40 billion submarine deal. Then French naval contractor DCNS hatched a bold and seemingly hopeless plan to crash the party. ...

Japan eyes deal to lease MSDF aircraft to Philippines from May

Apr 30, 2016

Japan eyes deal to lease MSDF aircraft to Philippines from May

Japan and the Philippines are set to clinch a deal next month on the provision of Maritime Self-Defense Force TC-90 training aircraft to the Southeast Asian country, officials of the two countries said Friday. Defense Minister Gen Nakatani and Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin ...

Apr 28, 2016

China prompts criticism with tough curbs on foreign NGOs

China’s parliament passed a controversial law governing foreign nongovernment organizations, the Xinhua News Agency said on Thursday, giving wide powers to the domestic security authority and prompting criticism from Amnesty International. The law is part of a raft of legislation, including China’s counterterrorism law ...