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A screen in a shopping area in Beijing broadcasts news footage of military drills by China's People's Liberation Army around Taiwan on Aug. 19.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Sep 27, 2023
China says drills near Taiwan target 'arrogance' of separatists
Taiwan has said this month that it had observed dozens of fighters, drones, bombers and other aircraft, as well as warships operating nearby.
The Chinese Navy's nuclear-powered Long March 11 submarine takes part in a naval parade off the eastern port city of Qingdao, to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy, in April 2019.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics / FOCUS
Sep 23, 2023
U.S. revives Cold War submarine spy program to counter China
The multibillion-dollar effort, known as the Integrated Undersea Surveillance System, comes as China ramps up activities near Taiwan.
U.S. Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel gives a speech at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies in Tokyo on Friday.
JAPAN / Politics
Sep 23, 2023
U.S. envoy to Japan slams China in speech and social media post
Rahm Emanuel posted pictures of Chinese boats he said were fishing near Japan despite Beijing's seafood ban over the Fukushima water release.
A pilot run toward a F-16V fighter jet for an evening take off as part of a combat readiness mission at the airbase in Hualien, Taiwan, in August last year.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Sep 23, 2023
Taiwan defense chief says China drills risk 'getting out of hand'
The increased frequency of China's military activities around Taiwan recently has raised the risk of an accidental clash.
A Taiwanese pilot runs toward an F-16V fighter jet for an evening take off as part of a combat readiness mission at the airbase in Hualien, Taiwan, in August last year.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Sep 18, 2023
Taiwan detects 'recent high' 103 Chinese warplanes near island
The incident happened hours after China's top envoy told the U.S. national security adviser that Taiwan is "the first red line that must not be crossed."
U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan shakes hands with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Malta on Sunday.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Sep 18, 2023
Top Biden official and Chinese diplomat hold 'constructive' talks
The talks come ahead of an anticipated November meeting between U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping at an APEC summit.
Models of military equipment and a giant screen displaying Chinese leader Xi Jinping are seen at an exhibition at the Military Museum of the Chinese People's Revolution in Beijing last October.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Sep 17, 2023
In risky hunt for secrets, U.S. and China expand global spy operations
The rival nations are taking bold steps in the espionage shadow war to try to collect intelligence on leadership thinking and military capabilities.
New Defense Minister Minoru Kihara says Japan-U.S. joint drills are very important for strengthening the U.S. commitment to the region.
JAPAN / Politics
Sep 17, 2023
Japan and U.S. boosting joint drills with eye on 'actual combat'
The exercises are intended to prepare forces in areas where a contingency could be possible, in view of military activity by China and Russia.
Chinese Defense Minister Li Shangfu (far left) attends the 20th IISS Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore in June.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics / FOCUS
Sep 15, 2023
Missing Chinese defense chief signals turmoil in Xi's government
Washington has reportedly concluded that Li Shangfu, who took up his post in March, has been stripped of his responsibilities.
Chinese aircraft carrier Shandong (left) while being monitored by a Taiwanese Keelung class warship (right) at sea. Taiwan said on Wednesday that it had detected numerous Chinese warplanes around the island.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Sep 13, 2023
Taiwan reports 28 Chinese air force planes in its air defense zone
Taipei said that war planes, including J-10 fighters, had flown into the southwestern corner of the island's air defense identification zone, or ADIZ.
A U.S. Marine shows off a Grp I UAS Black Hornet drone as part of the Rim of the Pacific 2016 exercise at Camp Pendleton, California, in July 2016.
WORLD / Politics / ANALYSIS
Sep 13, 2023
U.S. allies and partners critical for Pentagon’s drone swarm strategy
Questions remain about how much technology Washington will be willing to share without the risk of compromising security.
Chinese Defense Ministry spokesperson Wu Qian at a press briefing in Beijing on Aug 31.
JAPAN / Politics
Sep 12, 2023
China military officers shelve Japan visit amid Fukushima water row
The trip was planned as part of reciprocal visits between the two Asian powers' defense officers.
A helicopter takes off from China's Shandong aircraft carrier in the Pacific Ocean in April.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Sep 11, 2023
Taiwan says Chinese carrier group in western Pacific for training
A Chinese naval formation led by the aircraft carrier Shandong passed 60 nautical miles (111 kilometers) to Taiwan's southeast on Monday.
U.S. President Joe Biden holds a news conference in Hanoi on Sunday.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Sep 11, 2023
Biden doubts China able to invade Taiwan amid economic woes
The U.S. president said China "has a difficult economic problem right now for a whole range of reasons."
China's Defense Minister Li Shangfu gives a speech in Kubinka, in the outskirts of Moscow, on Aug. 15
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Sep 11, 2023
Xi stresses military unity as rumors over defense minister swirl
Rumors have been swirling social media over Defense Minister Li Shangfu's whereabouts. His last public appearance was on Aug. 29.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin shakes hands with India's Defense chief Gen. Anil Chauhan during a reception in New Delhi in June.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics / FOCUS
Sep 9, 2023
India’s military studying options for any China-Taiwan war
Defense chief Gen. Anil Chauhan — India’s top military commander — commissioned a study to examine the wider impact of any war over the island.
U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks speaks during a meeting of the National Defense Industrial Association in Washington on Aug. 28. Hicks has said the Pentagon's "Replicator" initiative is meant to help the U.S. overcome China’s biggest military advantage: mass.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics / ANALYSIS
Sep 6, 2023
Pentagon drone swarm strategy aims to counter Chinese military
The U.S. is looking to field thousands of cheap, smart and autonomous war drones across multiple domains within 18 to 24 months.
Foxconn founder Terry Gou announces his bid for Taiwan's presidency in Taipei on Monday.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics / ANALYSIS
Aug 29, 2023
Foxconn chief Terry Gou could upend Taiwan presidential poll
The tech titan has touted his business experience in announcing his presidential bid, but a number of challenges — including his ties to China — await.
A Chinese coast guard ship (top) shadows a Philippine re-supply vessel on Tuesday in the disputed South China Sea.
ASIA PACIFIC
Aug 27, 2023
Chinese aggression in South China Sea must be challenged, U.S. Navy official says
Vice Adm. Karl Thomas assured the Philippines of U.S. backing in the face of "shared challenges" in the region.
A giant screen broadcasts news footage of a Chinese fighter jet taking part in a "combat readiness patrol" around Taiwan, at a shopping area in Beijing, in April.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Aug 26, 2023
Taiwan says Chinese combat drone flew along island's east coast
Taiwan’s Defense Ministry also said the Chinese aircraft included J-10 and Su-30 fighter jets, as well as anti-submarine and reconnaissance aircraft.

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