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Experts Say Arms Sale to Taiwan Answer Defense Needs, But Spur New Questions

Experts Say Arms Sale to Taiwan Answer Defense Needs, But Spur New Questions

Satellite image of the Taiwan Strait, separated mainland China on the left, from the island of Taiwan on the right. NASA photo

A pending sale of F-16 fighters, Abrams tanks, anti-armor and anti-aircraft missiles, to Taiwan drew rebukes from Beijing but also set off alarms on the island about its ability retain talent and develop home-made defenses, one of its leading security experts said Wednesday.

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New Report Suggests Closer Integration With Japan, Including Addition to '5 Eyes' Intel Sharing

New Report Suggests Closer Integration With Japan, Including Addition to ‘5 Eyes’ Intel Sharing

A U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon assigned to the Mad Foxes of Patrol Squadron (VP) 5 is on display next to the newest maritime patrol asset of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, the Kawasaki P-1, in November 2014. VP-5 is forward deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility conducting theater anti-submarine warfare operations and joint interoperability efforts with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. US Navy photo.

Japan should be added to the “Five Eyes” intelligence-sharing network between the United States and its closest allies, argues a new report, along with other recommendations to strengthen the relationship between the U.S. and one of its closest treaty allies. Read More

Mattis, Chinese Leadership Discuss Pacific Cooperation in First SECDEF Trip to Beijing Since 2014

Mattis, Chinese Leadership Discuss Pacific Cooperation in First SECDEF Trip to Beijing Since 2014

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis meets with Chinese Central Military Commission Vice Chairman Gen. Xu Qiliang at the People’s Liberation Army’s Bayi building in Beijing on June 28, 2018. DoD photo

This ocean is big enough for the both of us, China’s leaders told Secretary of Defense James Mattis during his week-long swing through the Pacific spent finding common ground in some cases with Beijing or politely agreeing to disagree in others.

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Panel: Taiwan Defense Spending Doesn't Back Up Taipei's Rhetoric

Panel: Taiwan Defense Spending Doesn’t Back Up Taipei’s Rhetoric

Undated Photo of Taiwanese troops using U.S. equipment.

Taiwan, faced with a more aggressive China, is talking a good game of ramping up the island’s security with its own submarines, buying sophisticated fighter aircraft and exploring asymmetric defenses, but President Tsai Ing-wen’s administration has not made the hard choices to raise a defense budget that already is being consumed by higher personnel costs, an expert panel agreed on Wednesday. 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