Taiwan sends jets after 27 Chinese planes enter buffer zone

Taiwan says 27 Chinese aircraft entered its air defense buffer zone in the latest in a long series of incursions as part of Beijing’s pressure on the self-ruled island Taiwan said 27 Chinese aircraft entered its air defense buffer zone on Sunday, the latest in a long series of incursions as part of Beijing’s pressureContinue reading “Taiwan sends jets after 27 Chinese planes enter buffer zone”

Taiwan revamps military training for reserves amid China pressure

Taiwan is facing questions about whether its military reserves are capable of actual fighting in the event of a Chinese invasion. Preparing for potential military action from China is a prospect that has hung over Taiwan since its government fled to the island at the end of the Chinese Civil War in 1949. There wereContinue reading “Taiwan revamps military training for reserves amid China pressure”

China harasses Malaysian oil and gas vessels on a ‘daily’ basis, Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative says

Moves by Chinese coastguard and maritime militia said to be focused on Luconia Shoals, where Malaysia’s state-owned Petronas company is exploring a gas field Washington-based AMTI says civilian vessels there have been targeted daily for the past two years, and similar tactics now being used against Indonesian drillers in Natuna Sea Chinese boats have beenContinue reading “China harasses Malaysian oil and gas vessels on a ‘daily’ basis, Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative says”

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”

University of Hong Kong orders removal of Tiananmen Massacre statue after 24 years, artist ‘shocked’

“It is really difficult to remove it. It is really not fair to remove it in a week while it’s been there for 24 years,” artist Jens Galschiøt told HKFP, saying he may take legal action if it is destroyed. The University of Hong Kong (HKU) has requested the now-disbanded organiser of Hong Kong’s TiananmenContinue reading “University of Hong Kong orders removal of Tiananmen Massacre statue after 24 years, artist ‘shocked’”

U.S. Troops Have Been Deployed in Taiwan for at Least a Year

Small presence of Americans secretly training local forces marks concern over China’s yearslong military buildup and recent moves A U.S. special-operations unit and a contingent of Marines have been secretly operating in Taiwan to train military forces there, U.S. officials said, part of efforts to shore up the island’s defenses as concern regarding potential Chinese aggression mounts.Continue reading “U.S. Troops Have Been Deployed in Taiwan for at Least a Year”

Taiwanese Foreign Minister warns his country is preparing for war with China, asks Australia for help

Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu warns of looming war with China and urges closer cooperation with Australia Dozens of Chinese military aircraft have flown into Taiwanese airspace in recent days Mr Wu has also thanked Australia for supporting Taiwan’s bid to join a new trade pact Taiwan’s Foreign Minister warns his nation is preparing forContinue reading “Taiwanese Foreign Minister warns his country is preparing for war with China, asks Australia for help”

Japan Officials Escalate Concerns About Possible China Attack on Taiwan

Political leaders and senior defense officials in Tokyo have upped their concerns about the potential for conflict across the Taiwan Strait, further linking an attack on Taiwan to Japan‘s own national security this week. China‘s Foreign Ministry said it expressed its “strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition” to Japanese counterparts on Thursday following remarks by Japanese Deputy Defense MinisterContinue reading “Japan Officials Escalate Concerns About Possible China Attack on Taiwan”

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”

India Shifts 50,000 Troops to China Border in Historic Move

India has redirected at least 50,000 additional troops to its border with China in a historic shift toward an offensive military posture against the world’s second-biggest economy. Although the two countries battled in the Himalayas in 1962, India’s strategic focus has primarily been Pakistan since the British left the subcontinent, with the long-time rivals fightingContinue reading “India Shifts 50,000 Troops to China Border in Historic Move”

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