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Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, the first Japanese leader to address a special joint session of the Philippine Congress, waves beside Philippines' Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri and Philippines' House Speaker Martin Romualdez at the House of Representatives in Quezon City, Philippines, on Saturday.
JAPAN / Politics / ANALYSIS
Nov 4, 2023
Japan and Philippines agree to take defense ties to next level
Tokyo and Manila launched talks on a visiting forces agreement, while the Philippines became the first recipient of Japan's new military aid program.
A Philippine supply boat sails near a China Coast Guard ship during a resupply mission for Filipino troops stationed at a grounded warship in the South China Sea on Oct. 4.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Nov 4, 2023
U.S. and China hold talks on South China Sea and maritime issues
The U.S. said it had underscored its concerns about "dangerous and unlawful" Chinese actions in the contested South China Sea.
China's powerful vice chairman of the Central Military Commission, Zhang Youxian (left), and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu arrive for the Beijing Xiangshan Forum in the Chinese capital on Monday.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Oct 30, 2023
Chinese military No. 2 slams U.S. but signals defense channel reopening
While criticizing the U.S., China's Gen. Zhang Youxia also indicated an openness to resuming high-level military talks with the Pentagon.
A member of the Chinese military holds a microphone emblazoned with the symbol of the Beijing Xiangshan Forum in Beijing on Sunday.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Oct 29, 2023
China kick-starts Xiangshan Forum in absence of defense minister
China's biggest annual show of military diplomacy started Sunday, as Beijing looks to draw developing countries closer in its rivalry with the U.S.
Chinese leader Xi Jinping meets with U.S. President Joe Biden on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Nusa Dua, on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, on Nov. 14, 2022.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics / FOCUS
Oct 29, 2023
U.S. and China agree to work toward Biden-Xi meeting next month
U.S. President Joe Biden emphasized the need to manage the U.S.-China rivalry "responsibly” during a rare meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.
The U.S. Indo-Pacific Command released video footage that it said showed a Chinese J-11 fighter executing an "unsafe intercept” of a U.S. Air Force B-52 bomber, such as the one seen above, which was "lawfully conducting routine operations over the South China Sea in international airspace.”
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Oct 27, 2023
Dueling Chinese and U.S. videos show alleged provocations at sea
The rivals accused the other of provocative or unprofessional actions by military craft in and around the disputed South China Sea.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrive to speak to the press prior to meetings at the State Department in Washington on Thursday.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Oct 27, 2023
Top U.S. and China envoys seek 'in-depth' dialogue to stabilize ties
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken for talks that could pave the way for a meeting of the two countries' leaders.
Chinese astronauts attend a see-off ceremony at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center near Jiuquan, Gansu province, China, on Thursday
ASIA PACIFIC / Science & Health
Oct 26, 2023
China's youngest-ever crew of astronauts heads to space station
The spacecraft and its three passengers lifted off atop a Long March-2F rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center.
Then-Chinese Defense Minister Li Shangfu attends the 20th IISS Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore in June.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics / ANALYSIS
Oct 25, 2023
Chinese defense chief’s ouster opens door to better military ties with U.S.
Although questions remain over Li Shangfu’s fate, his firing has opened an avenue for resuming high-level military talks with the U.S.
Chinese Defense Minister Li Shangfu salutes before delivering a speech during the 20th Shangri-La Dialogue summit in Singapore on June 4.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Oct 24, 2023
China ousts defense chief and removes ex-top envoy from Cabinet
Chinese Defense Minister Li Shangfu has been removed from his positions as defense chief and state councilor, state-run media said.
A Philippine-flagged boat is blocked by a China Coast Guard vessel during an incident that resulted in a collision between the two ships in the disputed waters of the South China Sea in this screen shot taken from video on Sunday.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics / EXPLAINER
Oct 23, 2023
After collisions at sea, could Sino-Philippine tensions boil over?
Tensions are rapidly surging between Manila and Beijing in the South China Sea, where the two countries have overlapping claims.
Military vehicles carrying DF-5B intercontinental ballistic missiles in Beijing in 2019
ASIA PACIFIC
Oct 20, 2023
Pentagon says China set to have over 1,000 nukes by 2030
The report adds that China has "probably completed" 300 intercontinental ballistic missile silos as it expands its launch facilities.
A Chinese fighter jet is seen during an intercept of a U.S. aircraft in the South China Sea, including by approaching a distance of just 12 meters before repeatedly flying above and below the U.S. aircraft and flashing its weapons.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Oct 18, 2023
U.S. sees 'sharp increase' in Chinese military's 'risky' behavior
The Pentagon said it has documented nearly 300 dangerous incidents that affected U.S., allied and partner aircraft since the fall of 2021.
A Chinese air force fighter jet is parked at the China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition, or Airshow China, in Zhuhai, China, last November.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Oct 17, 2023
'Aggressive' Chinese fighter jets spook Canadian plane on U.N. mission
A Chinese air force fighter jet cut off a Canadian patrol plane, dropping flares in its path, according to military officials.
South Korea's Aegis-equipped destroyer Yulgok Yi I (right), the U.S. aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (top), the Aegis-equipped USS Shoup destroyer (bottom center), the Maritime Self-Defense Force's Hyuga destroyer (left) and the South Korean Navy's Cheonji (center) sail in formation during a joint maritime drill in international waters southeast of South Korea's Jeju Island on Oct. 10.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics / ANALYSIS
Oct 17, 2023
Military deterrence alone will not dissuade China, experts warn
Governments must be proactive in pressing for diplomatic solutions, as a focus on military power won't make the world safer, analysts say.
The world's largest aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford, sails during a fueling-at-sea operation in the eastern Mediterranean Sea on Wednesday.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Oct 13, 2023
U.S. must be ready for simultaneous wars with China and Russia: report
The report said the U.S. nuclear arms modernization program must be fully funded to upgrade all warheads, delivery systems and infrastructure.
A visitor takes pictures near models of military equipment and a giant screen displaying Chinese leader Xi Jinping, at an exhibition at the Military Museum of the Chinese People's Revolution in Beijing in October last year.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics / ANALYSIS
Oct 11, 2023
As Ukraine war fatigue seeps in, what lessons is China drawing?
Ukraine supporters argue that withholding aid would help Moscow prevail and potentially embolden China to launch an offensive against democratic Taiwan.
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen takes the stage during National Day celebrations in Taipei on Tuesday.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Oct 10, 2023
Taiwan seeks 'peaceful coexistence' with China, president says
President Tsai Ing-wen said in her last national day speech Tuesday that the island will be democratic for generations to come.
Photo shows the Air Self-Defense Force's Nyutabaru base in Miyazaki Prefecture, where six F-35B fighters are expected to be deployed next fiscal year, with a temporary squadron to be established.
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 8, 2023
Japan boosting SDF presence in southwestern area of Kyushu
The region will see new SDF units from next April, including an F-35B stealth fighter squadron and a surface-to-ship missile unit.
A China Coast Guard ship blocks the direction of a Philippine Coast Guard ship conducting a resupply mission for Filipino troops stationed at a grounded warship in the South China Sea on Wednesday.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Oct 7, 2023
Chinese and Philippine coast guard ships come within meter of colliding
The close call came Wednesday near Second Thomas Shoal, about 200 kilometers off the Philippine coast, as Manila was carrying out a resupply mission.

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