US, Australia, Japan urge China to cease military exercises around Taiwan

The United States, Australia and Japan have urged China to immediately cease its military exercises launched following US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei, as they reaffirmed their commitment to maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. Pelosi, 82, was the highest-profile US official to visit Taiwan in 25 years. Pelosi’s visit on Wednesday and her meetings with President Tsai Ing-wen and other leaders has infuriated China, which views the self-governed democratic island as its territory that should be reunified with the…

Asean, Japan to boost maritime security cooperation

Foreign ministers from Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) on Thursday pledged to cooperate in promoting maritime security in the Indo-Pacific in a veiled counter to China’s muscle-flexing in regional waters. In a meeting with his Asean counterparts in Phnom Penh, Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi voiced “strong opposition” to any attempt to unilaterally change the status quo by force in the East and South China seas, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said. The ministry, however, did not say whether the ministers discussed simmering tensions between China and the…

Japan must buck up national defense, create fiscal space for possible conflict with China

ANI | Updated: Aug 06, 2022 02:12 IST Tokyo [Japan], August 6 (ANI): As brute China continues to seek escalation in the South China sea, Japan will have to up the ante in terms of its national defense and creating fiscal space for a possible conflict, especially after the US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Taiwan trip riled up Beijing and led to the firing of five ballistic missiles by the Chinese military in Tokyo’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Apart from the military drills in Japan’s EEZ, China also conducted live-fire…

Japan Scrambles Fighter Jets After Chinese Suicide Drones Approach Sakishima Islands

Fighter jets of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force were scrambled after two Chinese unmanned aerial vehicles flew over Sakishima Islands in southern Okinawa Prefecture on Friday, media reported. The Japanese newspaper Yomiuri reported that a surveillance drone and a kamikaze drone left the East China Sea and entered the Pacific Ocean in the vicinity of Japan’s Sakishima Islands at different times but followed almost the same route. The drones have not violated Japan’s airspace, but the Japanese air force scrambled several fighter jets out of precaution, according to the report.…

Japan tells China to stop its military drills around the island

“By setting up this exercise area, China was able to get a glimpse of what it would take to blockade Taiwan,” he said. US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, whose visit to Taiwan this week triggered the most serious military stand-off in the Taiwan strait since the missile crisis of 1996, accused China of trying to isolate the island. “They will not isolate Taiwan by preventing us from travelling there,” she said after meeting with Kishida on Friday. “They are not doing our travel itinerary.” Pelosi’s visit has spurred condemnation from…

Japan, ASEAN vow to cooperate in maritime security in Indo-Pacific

Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, 5th from left, and his Southeast Asian counterparts pose for photos in Phnom Penh on Aug. 4, 2022. (Photo courtesy of the Japanese Foreign Ministry/Kyodo) PHNOM PENH (Kyodo) — Foreign ministers from Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on Thursday pledged to cooperate in promoting maritime security in the Indo-Pacific in a veiled counter to China’s muscle-flexing in regional waters. In a meeting with his ASEAN counterparts in Phnom Penh, Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi…

Navy prepares F-35C recovery op in South China Sea as Japan issues salvage notice

The U.S. Navy has largely kept mum about how it will raise the wreckage of a high-tech F-35C Lightning II jet that crashed onto an aircraft carrier and fell into the South China Sea last week, but a maritime navigation alert released by the Japanese government suggests where the salvage operation may take place. On Saturday, the Japanese Coast Guard issued a navigation warning indicating that a salvage operation was going on in a northern portion of the South China Sea, roughly 185 miles west of the Philippines and 350…

U.S., Japan, Australia Conduct Trilateral Naval Training in South China Sea > U.S. Pacific Fleet > News

SOUTH CHINA SEA — The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Momsen (DDG 92) joined the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in the South China Sea for multinational training which concluded March 15. The training was designed to address common maritime security priorities and concerns, enhance interoperability and communication, and develop mutually-beneficial relationships, as well as promote navigational freedom in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. The operations were designed to increase collective ability to maintain maritime security and readiness and respond to any…

Japan envoy sees stronger defense cooperation with PH

MANILA – Japanese Ambassador Koshikawa Kazuhiko decried the non-compliance of United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the 2016 arbitral award that invalidated China’s expansive claim in the South China Sea. Koshikawa also denounced “unilateral attempts to change the status quo by force” in the East China Sea where Japan and China are locked in a maritime row. “While the world was still recovering from the pandemic, Russia’s aggression against Ukraine broke out. We all have to bear in mind that no country or region in…

Japan, Australia increasing military budgets amid Chinese aggression in South China Sea

ANI | Updated: Jul 07, 2022 17:07 IST Beijing [China], July 7 (ANI):Amid escalations by Chinese military aggression in the South China Sea, countries like Japan, South Korea, Australia and Singapore are all increasing their military budgets and spending as a response to the aggression they have experienced from China.After signing a security pact with the Solomon Islands, China has increased its military activities in the Pacific region, Singapore Post reported.Japan’s relations with China are deteriorating over geopolitical tensions amid strong undercurrents of anti-China sentiments and security threats.People in Japan…