Eyeing China, Pentagon plans larger and 'more lethal' navy

World Sep 17, 2020

Eyeing China, Pentagon plans larger and 'more lethal' navy

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper announced Wednesday an ambitious plan to expand the U.S. Navy with a range of unmanned and autonomous ships, submarines and aircraft to confront the growing maritime challenge from China. The Pentagon chief said a sweeping review of U.S. naval ...

Japan and U.S. defense chiefs to meet on Aug. 29 in Guam

National Aug 20, 2020

Japan and U.S. defense chiefs to meet on Aug. 29 in Guam

Defense Minister Taro Kono is arranging talks with his U.S. counterpart Mark Esper for Aug. 29 when he visits Guam, Defense Ministry sources said Wednesday, with China and North Korea expected to be high on their agenda. It would be the Japanese minister's first overseas ...

China warns U.S. against 'dangerous moves' on Taiwan

Asia Pacific Aug 7, 2020

China warns U.S. against 'dangerous moves' on Taiwan

Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe warned his U.S. counterpart in a phone call Thursday to avoid firing up bilateral tensions, a day after Washington angered Beijing by announcing it would send a senior official to visit Taiwan. Wei told U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper in ...

U.S. defense chief warns of Huawei's 'threat' to NATO

World / Politics Feb 15, 2020

U.S. defense chief warns of Huawei's 'threat' to NATO

Top U.S. officials fired a fresh broadside at Huawei on Saturday, warning the Chinese tech giant poses a threat to NATO if allies allow it to build new 5G communications networks. Washington has been pressing European allies hard to ban Huawei, one of the world's ...

China a '21st century surveillance state,' U.S. defense chief says

Asia Pacific Jan 25, 2020

China a '21st century surveillance state,' U.S. defense chief says

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Friday that China's Communist Party had created a surveillance state that uses artificial intelligence to repress Muslim minorities and pro-democracy demonstrators. China has faced an outcry from activists, scholars, foreign governments and U.N. rights experts over what they ...