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  1. News - Asia - DEFENCE

    Southeast Asian countries stock up on arms as they face off with China

    Posted Feb 09th 2013, 12:00am by Greg Torode

    ... increase defence spending after years of atrophy. The US$443 million deal to buy the South Korean FA-50 light fighter jets will give the Philippines its first meaningful air attack capability ... China, Sukhoi jets from Russia and F-16s from the US. Bitzinger noted that Indonesian defence spending rose 200 per cent in the decade to 2010, reaching US$6 billion and boosting regional figures ...

  2. News - China - DEFENCE

    Chinese general urges calm amid regional tensions in US visit

    Posted Aug 26th 2012, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... was maturing. Speaking to reporters in Washington, Cai revealed that US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta would visit China next month. Cai said he had conveyed to his US colleagues China's strong ... visit to the Pentagon, Cai, who also met Deputy US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter, urged the development of a "win-win" relationship based on "respect, fairness ...

  3. Taiwan softens its defence policy in new sign of warming ties

    Posted Mar 17th 2009, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei Taiwan would drop the terms 'active defence' and 'pre-emptive strike' from its defence policy, the island's military said yesterday in yet another sign of fast-improving cross-strait relations. 'Pre-emptive strike' and 'active defence' - meaning Taiwan would attack key mainland military bases first if armed ...

  4. Defence chief to visit India, Pakistan

    Posted Mar 19th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... S. N. M. Abdi Defence Minister General Cao Gangchuan arrives in India next Friday for a six-day official visit following a five-day trip to Pakistan. Diplomats are describing ... Minister Wang Yi would also visit New Delhi. The dates of Mr Wang's visit have not been announced. Indian Foreign Ministry officials say Beijing's defence co-operation with Pakistan, ...

  5. Singapore's poison-shrimp defence

    Posted Feb 06th 2004, 12:00am by Michael Richardson

    ... 'poison shrimp' defence strategy, which is intended to warn any larger country that trying to swallow the island state would be painful. Singapore carries a big stick, but chooses ... the aircraft could be ferried home within days. As a prosperous island state in the middle of an increasingly turbulent region, Singapore has long maintained a strong defence force. But keeping ...

  6. Security and defence drive Asian IT spending

    Posted Aug 08th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Bien Perez Internal security and defence initiatives across Asia are driving information technology spending in the region's public sector, with China leading the way, analysts said. Asia's government IT investments in defence and security reached US$3.8 billion last year and are forecast to hit US$5.4 billion by 2009, estimates from Springboard Research show. China posted ...

  7. Taiwan defences take off with highway drill

    Posted Jul 22nd 2004, 12:00am by Jacky Hsu

    ... in using freeways during an emergency,' Defence Ministry spokesman Huang Suey-sheng said. 'It was also to review the logistical support of the military in the event of war.' ... threats from the mainland, and has quietly suggested the island should not count on the Americans to defend it if Beijing attacks. The Americans want Taiwan to strengthen its own defence forces, ...

  8. News - Asia

    Briefs, September 24, 2012

    Posted Sep 24th 2012, 12:00am by AGENCIES

    ... Marcos' martial law speech to be aired MANILA - The Philippines, for the first time in 40 years, was scheduled last night to air the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos' full television broadcast declaring martial law that led to two decades of bruta ...

  9. News - China - DISPUTED TERRITORY

    Taiwan warns of Spratly Islands training drill

    Posted Aug 21st 2012, 12:00am

    ... Administration instead of the defence ministry because the defence of Taiping Island was now in the hands of the coastguard. Since 2000, Taiwan has removed troops from Taiping Island, one of the largest ... this year, Taiwan has sent coastguard officers with previous military training to Taiping. On August 7, Taiwan's defence ministry said it had worked with the coastguard to help beef up ...

  10. Defector must face law if he returns, insists Ma

    Posted Mar 24th 2012, 12:00am

    ... defence ministry has insisted that he must be court-martialled for treason if he returns. Lin, who is to retire from the World Bank in June, first sought to return to Taiwan to attend the funeral of his father in May 2002. Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council at first agreed to the request, citing humanitarian concerns. But the defence ministry, worried that such treatment might affect ...




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