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NATO Boosts Asia Ties in Face of China

By Max Delaney NATO leaders on Thursday sought to bolster ties with Asian partners after slamming China as a "decisive enabler" of Russia's war. At the end of a summit in Washington, they held talks with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Philippine President Ramps Up Rhetoric as Local Attitudes Harden

The President of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., told soldiers to be ready for any conflict amid a potential overlap of his country’s tensions with China in the South China Sea and growing tensions between China and Taiwan.
Speaking to troops at a base in the northern Isabela province on Monday, Marcos said: “The external threat now has become more pronounced, has become more worrisome, and that is why we have to ...

Why the Philippine-Japan Defense Pact Matters

More than 70 years after Japan's invasion and occupation of the Philippines during World War II, the countries on Monday signed a defence pact that allows them to deploy troops on each other's soil. The agreement was finalized during high-level defense ...

Philippines and Japan Sign Key Defense Pact

The Philippines and Japan signed a key defense pact on Monday that will allow the deployment of troops on each other's territory as they boost ties in the face of China's growing assertiveness. The Reciprocal Access Agreement (RAA) was finalised in ...

Philippines, Japan on Verge of Key Defense Pact

By Pam Castro The Philippines and Japan are set to sign on Monday a key defence pact that will allow the deployment of troops on each other's territory. Japanese Defense Minister Minoru Kihara and Foreign ...

U.S. Lawmakers Affirm Support for Taiwan Against China’s ‘Aggression’

A senior U.S. lawmaker affirmed on Monday Washington's support for Taiwan against Chinese "aggression", on the first congressional visit to the self-ruled island since it swore in a new president. Representative Michael McCaul, who heads the influential House Foreign Affairs Committee, ...

Taiwan’s President Says Wants to Work With China After Drills

By Dene-Hern Chen Taiwan's new president said Sunday he was still ready to work with China, despite this week's military drills around the self-ruled island. Three days after Lai Ching-te was sworn in, Chinese warships ...

South Korea, China, Japan Leaders Meet for Rare Summit

South Korean, Chinese, and Japanese leaders met in Seoul Monday for their first trilateral summit in nearly five years after nuclear-armed North Korea announced plans to put another satellite into orbit. There are low expectations of any major breakthroughs at the ...

South Korea Discussing Participation in AUKUS Tech Pact: Defense Minister

South Korea's defense minister on Wednesday said his country was actively discussing participation in a landmark defense technology pact between Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. "During today's meeting, we also discussed the possibility of partnering with AUKUS pillar ...

China Says AUKUS Risks Nuclear Proliferation in Pacific

China's foreign minister on Saturday accused Western powers in the AUKUS security pact of provoking division and risking nuclear proliferation in the South Pacific. On a weekend visit to strengthen Beijing's ties with Papua New Guinea, Foreign Minister Wang Yi lashed ...

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi Shifts Beijing’s Diplomatic Focus From Mideast Back to Asia-Pacific

After dedicating much of the first part of the week to the escalating crisis in the Middle East following Iran's missile strike against Israel, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is now shifting his attention back to the Asia-Pacific region with a three-nation, six-day tour. ...

Biden Welcomes Japan PM for State Visit With Eye on China

By Danny KEMP U.S. President Joe Biden welcomed Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to the White House on Tuesday, kicking off a state visit that included a major upgrade in defense ties against a resurgent China.
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