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Taiwan launches spring military drills amid China threats


Pingtung, Taiwan: Taiwan is holding spring military drills following its recent presidential election and amid threats from China, which claims the island as its own territory that it is determined to annex, possibly by force. China has maintained military, diplomatic and economic pressure on Taiwan following the Jan. 13 election that returned the independence-leaning Democratic...

South China Sea: Asia’s Troubled Waters


By Maj. Gen. Sudhakar Jee On December 2, when the Philippines’ Coast Guard deployed two patrol boats in the area, the CMM had increased to “more than 135” vessels without any response to the radio challenges issued by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) to the CMM vessels. Incident involving more than 200 Chinese vessels at the said reef...

China’s Hostile Cartographic Endeavors: A Notional Non-Kinetic War


By Vipul Tamhane A young and visionary Virginian named George Washington emerged as a pivotal figure in the American Revolution and went on to become the first President of the United States. He established the Continental Army's cartographer office, recognizing the strategic value of maps in fighting the British. Under his leadership, this office meticulously...

India and US army chiefs call for free Indo-Pacific


Indo-Pacific Army Chiefs Conference focused on boosting military diplomacy Philippines says it will remove any barrier by China in South China Sea China calls on U.S. to host a cooperative, not confrontational APEC summit    New Delhi: India’s army chief General Manoj Pande has reiteriarated that India is committed to maintaining a free and stable Indo-Pacific, where the...

China engaging in largest military buildup since WW-II: Aus envoy


Washington: A top Australian envoy has claimed China is putting together the “largest” conventional military build-up since the Second World War, without clarifying the strategic purpose behind the exercise. Australia has sought to stabilize its relationship with China after a “difficult period”, he said. “China is engaging in the largest conventional military buildup that the world...

Nepal asks China to ‘respect’ its 2020 map


New Delhi: After China’s new map antagonized India, Nepal is a bit miffed – albeit cautiously – as the map does not show the territories on the Indian border claimed by Kathmandu through its own cartographic efforts. China had unveiled the 2023 edition of its standard map recently, which drew attention in Kathmandu, as it...

US announces $345 million military aid package for Taiwan


Washington: The United States has announced $345 million in military aid for Taiwan, in what is the Biden administration’s first major package drawing on America’s own stockpiles to help Taiwan counter China. The White House said that the package would include defense, education and training for the Taiwanese. Washington will send man-portable air defense systems, or...

China-US ties are at a crossroads, Xi tells Kissinger


Beijing: Chinese leader Xi Jinping told former top U.S. diplomat Henry Kissinger on Thursday that relations between the two countries are at a crossroads and both sides need to “make new decisions” that could result in stable ties and “joint success and prosperity.” The 100-year-old Kissinger is revered in China for having engineered the opening...

Secretary Blinken heads to China on a salvage mission


Washington: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel to China this weekend as part of the Biden administration’s push to repair deteriorating ties between Washington and Beijing and keep lines of communication open, the State Department said Wednesday. Blinken will be the most senior U.S. official to visit China since President Joe Biden took office. His...