US May Use Our Military Bases If Taiwan Conflict Threatens National Security: Philippines Ambassador to US

The Philippines would allow U.S. forces access to its military bases during a Taiwan conflict if it was deemed “important” to Philippine security, its ambassador to the United States said on Monday. Philippine envoy Jose Manuel Romualdez said the two countries have begun talks to increase the number of Philippine military bases accessible to U.S. troops, which may include a naval base. But details have been decided yet. “Our military and the military of the United States are all looking into what are the possible areas,” Romualdez said in an…

Military modernisation programs to drive China defence spending

Territorial claims in the South China Sea and the increasing strength and assertiveness of the US have spurred China to enhance its military capabilities. In line with this, the country has approved ambitious military modernisation programs to build its capabilities. Against this backdrop, the defence budget of the country is expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.2 percent from $241.2 billion in 2023 to $318.6 billion in 2027, forecasts GlobalData, a data and analytics company. GlobalData’s latest report, “China Defense Market Size and Trends, Budget…

58% of Koreans favor granting BTS with military service exemption  – Manila Bulletin

Nearly six out of 10 Koreans are in favor of giving K-pop superstars BTS an exemption from the mandatory military service. The Kwangju Broadcasting Corp. and UPI News conducted a survey on Sept. 1 among 800 Korean respondents about military service. BTS in the White House in June (Twitter) The survey was conducted after Minister Lee Jong-sup of Korea’s Ministry of National Defense announced on Aug. 31 that they are planning to hold a survey to know the opinion of the public regarding giving military exemption to BTS. There is…

South China Sea: Germany to expand military presence in contested region

Germany is set to expand its military presence in the Indo-Pacific region. The move to expand comes amidst increasing concern over China’s territorial ambitions in the contested region. Speaking with Reuters, German defense minister Eberhard Zorn said the country plans to expand its military presence in the Indo-Pacific region, where tensions are rife over the contested South China Sea and the island nation of Taiwan. Zorn said Germany would send more warships and participate in drills with allies as it keeps tabs on China’s ambitions. In 2021, Berlin deployed the…

Biden to host first-ever US-Pacific Island Country Summit amid China’s military buildup

Amid the growing influence of China in the Indo-Pacific region, the United States announced hosting the first-ever US-Pacific Island Country Summit in the last week of this month. According to the announcement made by the Biden administration on Friday, the Summit will be held in Washington from September 28-29. Further, the White House said that US President Joe Biden will host the Summit. “The Summit will demonstrate the United States’ deep and enduring partnership with Pacific Island countries and the Pacific region that is underpinned by shared history, values, and people-to-people…

China’s Military is Practicing Attacks on U.S. Navy Vessels

File image courtesy PLA Navy Published Sep 1, 2022 10:35 PM by The Maritime Executive China’s military is conducting drills for attacks on U.S. Navy vessels as part of its war plans for an invasion of Taiwan, according to a briefing produced by Taiwan’s defense ministry and first reported by Reuters.  According to the report, China’s war plans are focused on neutralizing U.S. Navy vessels entering the first island chain – the ring formed by Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines and Indonesia, enclosing the South China Sea and East…

Germany says it will expand military presence in Indo-Pacific as China threat looms

Germany will expand its military presence in the Indo-Pacific by sending more warships and joining drills with allies as it keeps an eye on the “enormous” build-up of China’s armed forces, the German defense chief told Reuters. Germany is joining other Western nations in showing more muscle in the region amid growing alarm over Beijing’s territorial ambitions. For all the latest headlines, follow our Google News channel online or via the app. Last year, Berlin sent its first warship in almost 20 years to the disputed waters of the South…

Ministry of National Defense to decide soon on BTS’ military service issue – Manila Bulletin

Korea’s Ministry of National Defense will make a decision soon regarding the issue of military service for the members of K-pop group BTS. Defense Minister Lee Jong-sup attended on Aug. 31 a plenary meeting of the National Assembly’s National Defense Committee where he was asked about BTS’ military service. BTS (Big Hit Music) He said he ordered his staff to conduct a public opinion survey on whether BTS should be given military service exemption. “We will make a careful decision on the BTS issue by synthesizing opinions from various lawmakers…

China holds 5-day military exercise in disputed South China Sea — BenarNews

China announced a large-scale military exercise in the South China Sea after an American aircraft carrier sailed near the contested Spratly Islands and a U.S. Navy destroyer conducted consecutive sail-throughs. The Hainan Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) issued a navigation warning on Friday, saying military drills would take place from Saturday to Wednesday in a large area overlapping the Paracel Islands, an archipelago contested by China, Taiwan and Vietnam but controlled entirely by China. A navigation warning is a public advisory notice to mariners about changes to navigational aids and current…

China’s growing military presence in Cambodia – News Today

China is intent on spreading its influence around the world, and not far from its own borders it has found a willing accomplice in the form of Cambodia’s authoritarian Prime Minister Hun Sen. As well as a regular stream of weapons and military equipment to the kingdom from the vaults of China, there is mounting concern over a potential Chinese military presence at Cambodia’s naval base in Ream. Indeed, in recent satellite imagery there are disconcerting indications that the site is being prepared for an HQ-9 surface-to-air missile (SAM) battery.…