NATO unconcerned by Russian warships in English Channel

Nov 28, 2014

NATO unconcerned by Russian warships in English Channel

A squadron of Russian warships entered the English Channel on Friday, but a NATO official dismissed a Russian media report that they were there to conduct military exercises. Russian news agency RIA quoted the Northern Fleet as saying its vessels, led by anti-submarine ship ...

Oct 14, 2014

A shift in defense posture

A Japan-U.S. interim report proposes that geographical restrictions on the activities of the Self-Defense Forces in support of U.S. military operations be removed as part of a tremendous shift in Japan's defense posture.

Sep 17, 2014

China's Xi pledges maritime security with Sri Lanka

China’s President Xi Jinping Tuesday announced increased “maritime security” cooperation with Sri Lanka, whose Beijing-funded strategic port developments have caused unease in neighboring India. Xi said his proposal for a 21st century maritime silk road and his host President Mahinda Rajapakse’s vision to turn ...

Mar 4, 2014

Japan, Denmark eye cooperation on maritime security, FTA

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Danish counterpart Helle Thorning-Schmidt agreed Tuesday to strengthen bilateral cooperation on maritime security and pledged to seek the early conclusion of a free trade agreement between Japan and the European Union. Abe explained Japan’s policy to make contributions ...

Oct 10, 2013

Abe confirms aid for Philippine coast guard

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday confirmed Tokyo’s plan to help the Philippines build up its coast guard amid Manila’s increasing tensions with China over disputes in the South China Sea, Japanese officials said. Abe told President Benigno Aquino that the process is under ...

Sep 30, 2013

Japan, U.K. security wonks talk business

by Mizuho Aoki

Nearly 18 months after Japan and Britain struck a deal to jointly develop weapons and defense equipment, security experts from both nations gathered in Tokyo Monday to discuss ways to expand that to maritime security, cybersecurity and military equipment. The two-day conference on Japan-U.K. ...

Sep 17, 2013

Vietnam agrees to boost ocean cooperation

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera and his Vietnamese counterpart, Phung Quang Thanh, have agreed to boost cooperation in maritime security amid concern over China’s growing naval activities, Japanese officials said. During talks Monday in Hanoi, Onodera was quoted by the officials as telling Thanh that ...

Aug 27, 2013

Japan, Kuwait to start dialogue for maritime security

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed Monday with his Kuwaiti counterpart, Sheik Jaber al-Mubarak al-Hamad al-Sabah, to launch a bilateral dialogue among foreign and defense policy officials on ensuring the security of sea lanes that are vital to transporting crude oil. The two leaders also ...