PH military modernization not for war with China, says defense exec

FILE PHOTO MANILA, Philippines — The military’s modernization program is not preparation for an armed confrontation with China, but for achieving a “minimum defense capability” that Filipinos will be proud of, according to a defense official. Defense Undersecretary Fernando Manalo said on Wednesday that the upgrade of military bases would be part of the P75-billion modernization plan for the Armed Forces of the Philippines, aside from acquiring new equipment for the military. The Philippine Navy’s bases in Cebu and Palawan would be among those to be rehabilitated with new equipment…

Gazmin in China to discuss regional security, defense cooperation

MANILA, Philippines — Defense secretary Voltaire Gazmin is in China to discuss regional security and mutual defense cooperation issues with other southeast Asian defense officials. China is meeting with defense ministers of the Association of South East Asian Nations in Beijing amidst its ongoing territorial disputes with southeast Asian nations over the South China Sea. In a statement, the Department of National Defense said Gazmin would meet with Chinese defense minister China Wanquan at the China-ASEAN Defense Ministers’ informal meeting. The agency said the officials would tackle regional security issues…

Biden’s possible defense secretary advocates flawed approach to China | Letters to the Editor

Joe Biden is the president-elect of the United States of America.   And it looks like Michele Flournoy will be the secretary of defense. This should worry those who believe in a world defined by international law, peace, and a non-militaristic policy.   The rise of China has drawn much attention from foreign policy thinkers and arms control advocates over the past several years. She served in prior Democratic administrations and gave us a picture of what her China policy might look like in her recent essay, “How to Prevent a War in…

Analysts expect US-India defense ties to deepen under Biden due to anxiety over China – Pacific

The forward thrust of U.S.-India defense cooperation under the Obama and Trump administrations will likely quicken after Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president, despite expectations the Democrat will pay closer attention to the South Asian nation’s troubling human rights record, say defense experts from both nations. “My sense is we’re going to see the relationship deepened even more now,” said Shyam Tekwani, an India expert at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu. “The real issue is how far does India want to go…

Japan, US defense chiefs confirm Senkakus come under security pact

This file photo taken in September 2012 shows the Japan-controlled Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. (Kyodo) TOKYO (Kyodo) — The defense chiefs of Japan and the United States on Saturday confirmed that the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea fall under the scope of a security treaty between the two countries. Speaking by phone, both Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi and U.S. acting defense secretary, Christopher Miller, referred to the application of Article 5 of the treaty to contingencies surrounding the…

Biden will closely follow US road of traditional defense policy

Illustration: Liu Rui/GT What kind of military path the US administration under Joe Biden will take has generated discussions. As I observed, Biden will most likely continue sticking to the established and traditional road of supporting the US global supremacy with military might. As such, his administration will continue to invest heavily in defense spending to maintain its leading position in weaponry. Besides, the US will maintain the established nuclear deterrent status while keeping up with its vigorous development of strategic nuclear weapons and technology. At the same time, the…

India Takes-On China In Its Own Backyard; Deepens Defense Ties With Another SE Asian Nation

With eyes on China, Asian nations – India and the Philippines are joining hands to counter the  Chinese expansionist strategy in the region.  British Defense Firm Pitted Against US’ Giants – Lockeed & Boeing To Develop Japan’s Stealth Fighter Jet To strengthen bilateral defense ties, the fourth meeting of the India-Philippines joint commission on bilateral cooperation, co-chaired by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his Philippines counterpart Teodoro Locsin Jr. L, was held virtually on Friday. Both sides “agreed to further strengthen defense engagement and maritime cooperation…especially in military training…

Vietnam Gets Boost from Western Allies in its Defense against China  | Voice of America

TAIPEI, TAIWAN – Vietnam’s leadership this year of a Southeast Asian negotiating bloc has opened a door to bolster its defense against longtime rival China through stronger relations with the West, experts say. The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, or Quad, a U.S.-led grouping that also includes Australia, India and Japan, invited Vietnam to join talks on COVID-19 and economic impacts in March, and its members have conferred with Vietnamese officials regularly since then.   U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo finished his five-nation Asia visit with a stop in Vietnam Friday.…

Defense Minister Reynolds affirms Australia’s commitment to maritime security in South China Sea

Visiting Australian Defense Minister Linda Reynolds affirmed Thursday her country’s commitment to upholding maritime security in the Indo-Pacific region, including in the volatile South China, during her first visit to the Philippines amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (AFP / MANILA BULLETIN) In a statement, the Embassy of Australia in the Philippines said Reynolds conveyed this message to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana during their face-to-face meeting to discuss respective COVID-19 responses and the shared commitment of Australia and the Philippines to regional security and stability.  During discussions, the top Australian defense also…

Japan, Vietnam boost defense ties as South China Sea tensions mount

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga meets with Vietnam’s National Assembly’s Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan in Hanoi, Vietnam Oct. 19, 2020. Kham/Pool/Vietnam HANOI – Japan and Vietnam agreed to step up security and defense cooperation Monday, reaching an agreement in principle for Tokyo to export defense equipment and technology to the Southeast Asian nation. The deal comes as concerns mount over China’s increasing assertiveness in the contested South China Sea, with Beijing expanding its military presence in the region. The pact would allow Japan to export equipment, likely including patrol…