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Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jun 21, 2020
China likely lost at least 40 soldiers in clash, Indian minister says
China lost at least 40 soldiers in a clash with India at their disputed border this week, a federal government minister has said, as the nuclear-armed countries remained locked in confrontation on the frontline on Sunday.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jun 21, 2020
Three U.S. aircraft carriers operating on doorstep of South China Sea
The deployment — the first of its kind since 2017 — is likely intended to send a message to Beijing amid rising tensions.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 21, 2020
Japan detects apparent Chinese submarine traveling near Amami-Oshima Island
Defense Ministry refuses to formally disclose vessel's nationality or type because that could provide clues about the MSDF's detection abilities.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY
Jun 3, 2020
Troubling trends demand that Japan take action at sea
The Maritime Self-Defense Force will likely be relegated to second place permanently within this decade if China's naval construction program maintains its current pace.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / ANALYSIS
Jun 2, 2020
Trump envisions a three-way nuclear pact. China has other ideas.
Washington takes aim at Beijing's atomic ambitions as Trump administration vows to craft 'new era of arms control.'
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / ANALYSIS
May 20, 2020
U.S. military faces down two challenges in western Pacific: COVID-19 and China
The U.S. military has battled to maintain its formidable presence in the western Pacific while reassuring allies about its readiness.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
May 14, 2020
China to conduct major military drill simulating seizure of Taiwan-held island
The Chinese military is planning to conduct a large-scale landing drill off Hainan Island in the South China Sea in August to simulate the possible seizure of the Taiwanese-held Pratas Island in the future, Chinese sources familiar with the matter have said.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
May 4, 2020
Internal Chinese report warns Beijing faces Tiananmen-like global backlash over virus
Beijing faces a wave of anti-China sentiment led by the U.S. over the pandemic and needs to be prepared for a worst-case scenario of armed confrontation between the two, the report says.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Mar 1, 2020
China steps up training and development, firing over 100 missiles in 2019 — far more than U.S.
China fired well over a hundred ballistic missiles last year for development and operational training purposes, sources close to the matter said Saturday.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Feb 14, 2020
What Iran's attacks on American bases tell us about China's missile program
The belief that Chinese missiles are numerous, but inaccurate, is likely now outdated.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Sep 30, 2019
China has doubled troop levels in Hong Kong, envoys estimate
China has quietly more than doubled its deployment of mainland security forces in Hong Kong, according to foreign envoys and security analysts, in the most dramatic move yet by Beijing to prepare for a potential worsening of unrest in the global financial center.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Aug 31, 2019
Chinese Communist Party's top leadership to convene in October
China's ruling Communist Party will hold its most important meeting of the year in October — its first such gathering in 20 months — as the country grapples with a slowdown at home and a trade war with the U.S.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
May 21, 2019
Chinese defense chief close to Xi to attend key Asia security forum next month
China's Defense Minister will deliver a "highly anticipated" speech at the annual Shangri-La Dialogue next month — the first time in eight years that Beijing has sent such a high-level official to the annual security gathering, which will include a speech by the acting U.S. defense secretary.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 11, 2019
Japan confirms MSDF leader and destroyer will participate in Chinese Navy's fleet review
Japan will send the head of the Maritime Self-Defense Force and a destroyer to the Chinese Navy's fleet review in late April to strengthen defense exchanges, the Japanese government confirmed Thursday.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Nov 12, 2018
China shows J-20 stealth jet's missiles for the first time at airshow, state-run media says
China has shown the missiles in its advanced J-20 stealth fighter jet to the public for the first time at its largest airshow, the Global Times newspaper reported on Monday.
ASIA PACIFIC
Aug 17, 2018
Pentagon report says forces likely training for strikes against U.S., allies
China's military has expanded overwater bomber operations farther from the country's shores, likely training for strikes against the United States and its allies, including Japan, the U.S. Defense Department said Thursday.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jun 12, 2018
China's master plan: a global military threat
From the East China Sea to Africa, Beijing is flexing its muscles.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Sep 6, 2017
China's troublesome civil-military relations
President Xi Jinping is still struggling to assert full civil control over China's politically ascendant military.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jul 12, 2017
China sends military personnel to Djibouti to man its first overseas base
Ships carrying Chinese military personnel for Beijing's first overseas military base, in Djibouti in the Horn of Africa, have left China to begin setting up the facility as China's rapidly modernizing military hones its global reach.
EDITORIALS
Apr 30, 2017
China's new aircraft carrier
China's military developments are incompatible with its claim to a 'peaceful rise' and its argument that its military buildup is aimed at self-defense.

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