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Former Aussie Diplomat: Most of Southeast Asia Looking to U.S. to Balance Beijing in Maritime Realm

Former Aussie Diplomat: Most of Southeast Asia Looking to U.S. to Balance Beijing in Maritime Realm

Former Australian Defense Secretary Dennis Richardson

Underscoring the importance of President Donald Trump’s upcoming Pacific visit, “the countries of East Asia want the United States actively engaged” as Beijing increasingly flexes its economic and military power in the Pacific, Australia’s former defense secretary and ambassador to the United States said on Monday. Read More

Panel: North Korean Missiles Tests Require Seoul, Tokyo and Washington to Tighten Military Ties

Panel: North Korean Missiles Tests Require Seoul, Tokyo and Washington to Tighten Military Ties

North Korean KN-14 Launch on July 4, 2017. KCNA Photo

North Korea’s test firing of an intercontinental missile demonstrates the urgency in forging tighter ties n between Washington and Tokyo along with Seoul in improving all defenses and underscores the importance of pulling Beijing off the sidelines to rein in Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions, four recently retired U.S. and Japanese officers agreed Friday. Read More

Experts Wary White House Could Trade Beijing South China Sea Concessions for Help With North Korea

Experts Wary White House Could Trade Beijing South China Sea Concessions for Help With North Korea

Airstrip construction on the Fiery Cross Reef in the South China Sea is pictured in this April 2, 2015.

While Southeast Asian nations take comfort from the Trump administration’s stated interest in the region, a Singapore-based international security expert said they still remain wary of the president turning their territorial disputes with China as a bargaining chip to pressure Beijing to rein in North Korea. Read More

Cotton Talks Tough on Russian Non-Compliance to INF Treaty

Cotton Talks Tough on Russian Non-Compliance to INF Treaty

Kremlin Photo

Saying “we cannot afford to stand aside” while Russia ignores the 30-year-old Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty, an outspoken member of the Senate Armed Services Committee said one way to bring the Kremlin into compliance was for Washington to withdraw from two pacts Moscow views as crucial to its security. Read More

Panel: Beijing Keeps Increasing Pressure on Taiwan to Join Mainland

Panel: Beijing Keeps Increasing Pressure on Taiwan to Join Mainland

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Beijing has ramped up diplomatic, economic and military pressure on Taipei to accept its “One China” point of view and it is driving the United States to better define what that means in Washington, experts on cross-straits relations said Thursday. Read More

U.K. Defense Minister Fallon: Break with European Union Gives U.K. More Flexibility to Deal with Russia

U.K. Defense Minister Fallon: Break with European Union Gives U.K. More Flexibility to Deal with Russia

U.K. Defence Minister Michael Fallon

Britain’s defense minister said London views its departure of the European Union as an opportunity to step up its ability to deter the Kremlin’s aggressiveness along its borders with the West, monitor Moscow’s increased submarine activity in the North Sea and the Atlantic and ward off Russian intrusions into the United Kingdom’s and other nations’ airspace. Read More

Panel: India Seeking Strategic Defense Industry Partner

Panel: India Seeking Strategic Defense Industry Partner

Command master chief of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), greets Rear Adm. SV Bhokare, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet, Indian Navy as part of Exercise Malabar 2015. US Navy Photo

Three influential figures in Indian defense circles delivered the message that while maintaining a pragmatic set of alliances, New Delhi is also in the market for a strategic partner to work with its private defense contractors to significantly upgrade its capabilities to counter China specifically and other regional threats. Read More

Navy Planning Public Shipyard Overhauls To Boost Efficiency, Replacing Aging Drydocks

Navy Planning Public Shipyard Overhauls To Boost Efficiency, Replacing Aging Drydocks

Aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) transits the Elizabeth river from its homeport at Naval Station Norfolk to Norfolk Naval Shipyard in August 2016. US Navy photo.

The Navy is planning a multi-billion-dollar shipyard upgrade effort to help its four yards that maintain submarines and aircraft carriers do so more efficiently and accommodate the newest ships coming into the fleet. Read More