Taiwan won’t start a war with China, defence minister says

Taiwan will not start a war with China but will defend itself “full on”, Defence Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng said on Thursday, amid a spike in tensions across the Taiwan Strait that has raised concern internationally. Taiwan, a major semiconductor producer, has repeatedly said it will defend itself if attacked, but that it will not “advanceContinue reading “Taiwan won’t start a war with China, defence minister says”

China flies record 38 planes over Taiwan defence zone in national day show of force

Taipei says Chinese jets and bombers crossed zone as Beijing marked the anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic A record 38 Chinese military jets crossed into Taiwan’s defence zone as Beijing marked the founding of the People’s Republic of China, officials in Taipei have said. The show of force on China’s national dayContinue reading “China flies record 38 planes over Taiwan defence zone in national day show of force”

Japan says suspected Chinese submarine seen near territorial waters

Japan’s defence ministry said on Sunday that a submarine believed to be from China was spotted in waters near its southern islands, as maritime tensions persist in the Pacific. Japan’s navy on Friday morning identified a submerged vessel sailing northwest just outside territorial waters near Amami Oshima island, part of Kagoshima prefecture, the ministry saidContinue reading “Japan says suspected Chinese submarine seen near territorial waters”

Japan, Vietnam sign defense transfer deal amid China worries

Japan can now give defense equipment and technology to Vietnam under an agreement signed Saturday, as the two countries step up their military cooperation amid worries about China’s growing military influence. Japan’s Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said the deal elevates their defense partnership “to a new level” and that Japan and Vietnam plan to deepenContinue reading “Japan, Vietnam sign defense transfer deal amid China worries”

Japan Keeps Intercepting China Military Drones and Spy Planes

Japan says it has scrambled fighter aircraft to intercept Chinese military drones and accompanying surveillance aircraft on three consecutive days this week as its defense forces took part in a series of readiness exercises with regional allies. Thursday marked the third straight day of Chinese unmanned aerial vehicle sightings reported by the Japanese Defense Ministry’s Joint Staff Office.Continue reading “Japan Keeps Intercepting China Military Drones and Spy Planes”

Myanmar military says had ‘nothing to do’ with UN envoy plot

The US has charged two Myanmar nationals over a plan to pressure or kill Kyaw Moe Tun, who has backed the pro-democracy movement and refused to quit. Myanmar’s military had “nothing to do” with an alleged plot to attack the country’s ambassador to the UN, who has defied the military and backed the pro-democracy movement,Continue reading “Myanmar military says had ‘nothing to do’ with UN envoy plot”

Nothing wrong with HK being a police state: lawmaker

A pro-Beijing lawmaker has dismissed concerns about the promotion of two officials with law enforcement backgrounds to senior positions in the SAR administration, saying if Hong Kong is now a police state then so be it. Security Secretary John Lee has been appointed as Hong Kong’s new chief secretary – becoming the city’s first topContinue reading “Nothing wrong with HK being a police state: lawmaker”

Taiwan denounces Hong Kong after officials expelled

Taiwanese staff working at the island’s representative office in Hong Kong started leaving the financial hub from Sunday (June 20), after the government there demanded its officials sign a document supporting Beijing’s “one China” claim to Taiwan. Hong Kong has become another source of tension between Taipei and Beijing, especially after Taiwan lambasted a securityContinue reading “Taiwan denounces Hong Kong after officials expelled”

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