A Virginia-class nuclear-powered attack submarine of the type Australia plans to acquire from the early 2030s. Photo: US Navy

US, UK, Australia set for maritime drone drills in 2024, focus on AI

AI could improve Aukus buoys network in Indo-Pacific able to detect enemy subs and relay information to patrol aircraft, top defence officials explain.

2 Dec 2023 - 12:21PM
Members of the People’s Liberation Army march outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on Wednesday. Photo: Bloomberg

China sees Russia partnership as crucial to its great-power ambitions: Pentagon

US Defence Department calls out Beijing for ‘providing material support’ to Moscow in Ukraine war and heaping military pressure on Taiwan.

21 Oct 2023 - 12:01AM
An image released by the Pentagon shows an intercept of a US warplane by Chinese aircraft in the Pacific Ocean in January. Photo: US Department of Defence via AP

Over 180 ‘coercive and risky’ PLA incidents against US since 2021: Pentagon

Declassified footage shows ‘reckless manoeuvres’ by PLA jets approaching lawfully operating US assets, says official overseeing Indo-Pacific security.

18 Oct 2023 - 7:35AM
The US in 2019 approved a US$8 billion sale of 66 F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan. Photo: dpa

Taiwan arms boosted as US approves US$500 million in F-16 sensors

Latest sale of infrared search-and-track equipment built by Lockheed Martin deepens interoperability with American fighter-jet programme.

24 Aug 2023 - 6:50AM
The US is “rethinking” how it would evacuate wounded American troops from the Pacific in the event of a war with China, according to Air Force Times. Photo: Reuters

US Air Force holds China war drill rehearsing evacuation of thousands

US and six allies, including Australia and Japan, hold simulation of aeromedical operations under limited bandwidth and internet connectivity during two-week drill in Indo-Pacific.

16 Aug 2023 - 11:01PM
The latest US restrictions are intended to curb venture capital and private equity investments in Chinese companies covering semiconductors and micro electronics, quantum information technologies and certain artificial intelligence (AI) systems. Photo: Reuters

How high will the fence be? China’s grave concerns over US tech investment curbs

China’s Ministry of Commerce hit out on Thursday after US President Joe Biden signed an executive order to restrict US venture capital and private equity stakes in Chinese firms in key areas, including semiconductors.

11 Aug 2023 - 9:23AM
While most of the changes AI will usher in are expected to be incremental and narrow, some could be revolutionary, according to a report by the Centre for a New American Security. Photo: Shutterstock

China’s military AI advances likely to raise risk of US armed conflict: report

Washington should take bold action to stem Beijing’s progress in AI for military purposes and negotiate risk reduction, says American think tank.

26 Jul 2023 - 6:58AM
Xie Feng, China’s new ambassador to the US. Photo: Reuters

China envoy meets US Pentagon official, calls for removal of ‘obstacles’

Ambassador Xie says US must ‘prudently handle important issues such as the Taiwan question’ to resume military-to-military ties.

19 Jul 2023 - 3:21PM
US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Mark Milley speaks at the National Press Club in Washington on Friday. Photo: Getty Images via AFP

Xi undecided on whether to order Taiwan unification by 2027: Milley

Chinese leader wants PLA to develop capability by then and Pentagon must modernise to deter him, says Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman.

1 Jul 2023 - 5:15AM
China’s C919 narrow-body passenger jet relies on imported parts and technology, especially from the US. Photo: AFP

Explainer | How exposed is China’s C919 jet to US sanctions and could they clip its wings?

China’s C919 narrow-body passenger jet went into commercial operation this year, but relies on imported parts and technology, especially from the US, with Washington wary of American-made civil aviation products being diverted for military use.

27 Jun 2023 - 11:19AM
Ely Ratner, the US assistant secretary of defence for Indo-Pacific security affairs, listens to lawmakers speak during a Senate hearing in Washington in February. Photo: Reuters

US feels pressure to respond to China’s nuclear capability: Pentagon

Beijing’s drive to modernise its military weaponry compels Washington to ‘maintain deterrence’ alongside allies, says Ely Ratner, assistant secretary of defence for Indo-Pacific security.

9 Jun 2023 - 2:44AM
US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby speaks during the White House’s daily briefing in Washington on Monday. Photo: AP

US slams Chinese warship’s ‘unsafe’ manoeuvres in Taiwan Strait

The incident over the weekend, just days after a close call between the two countries’ aircraft, ‘can lead to miscalculations’, says National Security Council spokesman.

6 Jun 2023 - 6:03AM
An undated file photo shows a Chinese J-16 fighter jet at an undisclosed location. Photo: Taiwan defence ministry via AP

China blasts US fly-bys after PLA jet accused of ‘aggressive’ move

Beijing responds to accusations that Chinese J-16 plane carried out risky manoeuvre, condemning Washington’s military reconnaissance activities as ‘root cause’ of maritime security issues.

31 May 2023 - 9:32PM
Indian army fighter jets are seen during a naval exercise by Indian, Australian, Japanese and US troops in November 2020. A new exercise has been agreed upon by the Quad members. Photo: AFP/Indian Navy

Top military leaders of Quad nations meet for Indo-Pacific security

Faced with increasingly assertive China, Washington-led alliance poised to deepen security and defence cooperation in region.

17 May 2023 - 5:05AM
The Pentagon, headquarters for the US Department of Defence, in Arlington, Virginia. Photo: EPA-EFE

US needs data reforms to keep military edge over China and Russia, Senate hears

Cybersecurity hearing elicits suggestion of allowing Pentagon to analyse data collected by hardware produced by its contractors.

20 Apr 2023 - 5:04AM
The USNS John Ericsson docked at a shipyard in Subic Bay in the Philippines in February. The US has boosted its presence and patrols in Asian waters, aligning with strategic allies like the European Union as China’s military clout rises. Photo: Bloomberg

Eyeing China, US-EU joint naval exercise touts ‘freedom of navigation’

Two-day military drill described as advancing ‘work towards practical maritime cooperation’ and supporting ‘a free and open Indo-Pacific’.

25 Mar 2023 - 6:58AM
Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley arrives for a House Appropriations defence subcommittee hearing in Washington on Thursday. Photo: Getty Images via AFP

US-China war ‘not inevitable’, but helping Russia widens conflict: top general

Testimony by outgoing joint chiefs of staff chairman given as Pentagon seeks US$842 billion from Congress, up 3.2 per cent from 2023.

24 Mar 2023 - 6:17AM
US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin’s proposed budget for the Pentagon marks an increase of 3.2 per cent over 2023 and 13.4 per cent over 2022. Photo: Getty Images/TNS

US bid to ‘outcompete’ China yields its largest-ever defence budget

Record US$842 billion meant to ensure Washington maintains ‘a ready, lethal, and combat-credible joint force with a laser focus’, Pentagon chief says.

14 Mar 2023 - 4:45AM
US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin (right) walks past military guards during arrival honours at Camp Aguinaldo in Manila in February. The US recently has bolstered ties with allies such as the Philippines to counter China. Photo: Getty Images via TNS

US deterring Taiwan war by naming China top national security threat: Pentagon

Appraisal made as American military keeps up ‘freedom of navigation’ patrols in South China Sea to counter PLA’s growing strength and assertiveness

3 Mar 2023 - 5:48AM
General Charles Brown, the US Air Force’s chief of staff, speaking at a Brookings Institution event in Washington on Monday. Photo: Handout

Chinese attack on Taiwan not ‘imminent’, predicting it unhelpful: US general

Cross-strait conflict is not ‘inevitable’ and American goal is to avoid military flare-up, says Air Force’s chief of staff.

14 Feb 2023 - 3:35AM