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A Chinese fighter jet takes part in military exercises around Taiwan in this screenshot from video released Saturday.
ASIA PACIFIC
Aug 19, 2023
China launches drills near Taiwan in response to VP's U.S. trip
The People's Liberation Army's Eastern Theater Command said it was carrying out joint naval and air combat readiness patrols around the island.
A Russian IL-38 information-gathering aircraft flies between the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea in a photo taken by the Air Self-Defense Force on Friday.
JAPAN
Aug 18, 2023
Japan scrambles jets amid Russian and Chinese naval patrol
Russian and Chinese navy ships have been jointly patrolling the Pacific Ocean and holding naval exercises in the East China Sea.
A Taiwan Air Force Mirage 2000 jet fighter landing at Hsinchu Air Base in Hsinchu, Taiwan, in April.
ASIA PACIFIC
Aug 12, 2023
China’s military, ‘chasing the dream,’ probes Taiwan’s defenses
Day by day, the People’s Liberation Army is turning up the pressure, deploying an ever-wider array of planes and ships.
The Pentagon on Tuesday looked to soften the blow of an explosive report that Chinese hackers had infiltrated Japan's most sensitive defense networks, saying that it was "confident” about sharing intelligence with Tokyo.
JAPAN
Aug 9, 2023
U.S. ‘confident’ in Japan intel sharing, but Taiwan concerns linger
The Pentagon has moved to soften the blow of a report that said that “shockingly bad” hacking had been uncovered by the U.S. in the fall of 2020.
A Chinese military plane H-6 bomber
ASIA PACIFIC
Aug 9, 2023
Taiwan reports second large China air force incursion this week
The island's Vice President William Lai visits Paraguay this week, with a transit in the U.S., which has angered China.
Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada speaks during a joint news conference with U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo in June.
JAPAN
Aug 8, 2023
China hacked sensitive Japanese defense networks, report says
Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada said Tuesday that Tokyo has not confirmed that top secret information was leaked.
Chinese President Xi Jinping at a promotion ceremony for senior generals of China's People's Liberation Army on Sunday.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics / ANALYSIS
Aug 2, 2023
Purge in Chinese nuclear missile force points to graft in ranks
Chinese President Xi Jinping has reshuffled the leadership of the country’s missile forces in an apparent attempt to install more trustworthy officials.
Chinese leader Xi Jinping takes part in a military review in China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese People's Liberation Army in July 2017.
ASIA PACIFIC
Aug 1, 2023
China's Xi calls for combat readiness as PLA marks anniversary
Some say the moves reflect China's perception of increased external threats from the U.S. and its allies, and that Beijing is sending political messages.
Chinese drone maker DJI holds a demonstration to display an app that tracks a drone's registration and owner, in Montreal in November 2019.
ASIA PACIFIC
Aug 1, 2023
China curbs exports of drone equipment amid U.S. tech tensions
Beijing said it hopes to safeguard "national security and interests" amid escalating tension with the United States over access to technology.
U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin stands for the U.S. national anthem before a meeting with his Australian counterpart ahead of the Australia-U.S. Ministerial Consultations in Brisbane on Friday.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Jul 31, 2023
U.S. defense tieup efforts pay dividends with Australia deals
The agreements will mean not only more U.S. troops in Australia, but also the integration of Japan into more military initiatives between the two.
A Chinese Navy destroyer passes through the Soya Strait between Hokkaido and Sakhalin island.
JAPAN
Jul 29, 2023
China, Russia warships sail between Hokkaido and Sakhalin
The Defense Ministry said that five Chinese and five Russian warships had sailed through the Soya Strait to the Sea of Okhotsk.
Taiwanese soldiers fire an ML154 Mine Clearance Launcher during the annual Han Guang anti-landing drill at Bali beach, New Taipei City, on Thursday.
ASIA PACIFIC
Jul 29, 2023
U.S. to give Taiwan $345 million in arms aid over China’s protest
The U.S. will supply Taiwan with $345 million in defense equipment, services and training, using the fast-track authority that it has relied on to speed arms to Ukraine.
A screen displays Chinese leader Xi Jinping, at the Military Museum of the Chinese People's Revolution in Beijing last October.
JAPAN / Politics
Jul 28, 2023
China eyes accelerated plan for ‘world-class military,’ Japan says
An annual defense white paper said the world was facing its greatest test since World War II amid China's military buildup and the Ukraine war.
U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin (left) and Papua New Guinea Defense Minister Win Bakri Daki walk to their meeting in Port Moresby on Thursday.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Jul 27, 2023
Austin visit signals Papua New Guinea's growing strategic importance
Topping the agenda were discussions with Prime Minister James Marape on the implementation of two landmark security pacts that Washington and Port Moresby negotiated in May.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / FOCUS
Jul 22, 2023
Inspired by Ukraine war, Taiwan launches drone blitz to counter China
Taipei's aim, according to a government planning document, is to build more than 3,200 military drones by mid-2024.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 17, 2023
Japan and China defense officers resume exchange after COVID hiatus
Senior officers from both sides met Monday in Beijing, with the aim of building confidence and preventing incidents.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jul 17, 2023
China intensifies military drills with Russia amid U.S. sanctions
The two countries conducted six joint military exercises together last year, the most in data going back two decades.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jul 17, 2023
Sanctioned Chinese military giant’s U.S. business keeps growing
For more than a decade, Cirrus Aircraft has been a subsidiary of Aviation Industry Corp. of China, a maker of fighter jets, helicopters and drones for the People’s Liberation Army.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 16, 2023
China and Russia to start joint air and sea drill in Sea of Japan
Codenamed 'Northern/Interaction-2023', the joint drill marks enhanced military cooperation between China and Russia since Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 15, 2023
Japan eyes surveillance radar deployment to remote island in Pacific
While Japan has beefed up its forces on the western side of the Nansei island chain, the Pacific side remains a 'blank area' not covered sufficiently by surveillance activities.

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