China defends ditching talks, says US must bear ‘serious consequences’

BEIJING (REUTERS) – China’s defence ministry on Monday (Aug 8) defended its shelving of military talks with the United States in protest against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei last week, warning that Washington must bear “serious consequences”. Mrs Pelosi’s visit last week infuriated China, which regards the self-ruled island as its own and […]

South Korea, US to resume major field training during combined military drills

SEOUL (REUTERS) – South Korea and the United States will resume long-suspended live field training during their joint military drills, Seoul’s defence ministry said on Friday (July 22), as they work to curb North Korea’s evolving nuclear and missile programmes. The allies are set to kick off their annual summertime exercises next month, after South […]

Japan warns of rising security threats in annual defence report

TOKYO (REUTERS) – Japan warned on Friday (July 22) of escalating national security threats, including repercussions from Russia’s war with Ukraine, Chinese intimidation of Taiwan, and vulnerable technology supply chains, in its annual defence white paper. The report sets out the government’s security concerns as it prepares the defence ministry budget request due next month, […]

New Zealand defence force, medical team deployed to Niue after Covid-19 outbreak

WELLINGTON (REUTERS) – New Zealand Defence Force said on Wednesday (July 6) it had flown a team of civilian doctors, nurses and defence force personnel along with personal protective gear to tiny pacific island Niue to help with the country’s Covid-19 outbreak. Niue, a self governing state that is in free association with New Zealand, […]

After G-20 summit, Jokowi should shift focus to Myanmar: Jakarta Post contributor

JAKARTA (THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – The upcoming Group of 20 (G-20) Summit, which will be held in Bali in early November, has been sapping the energy and attention of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, especially after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion of Ukraine in February, which has directly impacted the course of the […]

Australia commits to Pacific islands defence training as China seeks rival meeting

SYDNEY (REUTERS) – Australia will set up a defence school to train Pacific island militaries, Canberra’s new Pacific minister said, amid mounting competition for security ties in the region and as China lays plans for a rival meeting to next month’s Pacific Islands Forum. Australia will double its funding for aerial surveillance of the Pacific […]