Military

US Coast Guard expands presence in Pacific to counter ‘bad actors in region’

‘Having ships on the sea matters. Having the enforcement capacity and capability matters,’ US admiral tells maritime security conference in Hawaii.

10 Sep 2021 - 10:20PM
US scraps futuristic gun plans, eyes missiles to keep up with China

The Navy spent over a decade developing the electromagnetic rail gun that fires projectiles at up to seven times the speed of sound using electricity.

1 Jul 2021 - 8:59PM
US touts Taiwan ‘porcupine’ strategy to thwart Chinese threat

‘We are also taking steps to make sure that Taiwan is able to defend itself,’ said Jonathan Fritz, the State Department’s deputy assistant secretary for China, Mongolia and Taiwan coordination.

18 Jun 2021 - 7:54AM
‘China’s nuclear threat to US grows – mainly in risk of mishap’

Testimony to the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission includes ways a skirmish, perhaps over Taiwan, could spin out of control.

11 Jun 2021 - 6:18AM
Chinese fishermen find drone ship ‘used for spying by foreign country’

Vessel equipped with antennas and surveillance equipment discovered off Jiangsu, according to state media.

16 Apr 2021 - 9:00PM
Can PLA learn from US mini-carrier strike group in South China Sea?

A combination of landing helicopter dock and landing platform dock vessels has military observers speculating about better ways to deploy ships and aircraft.

13 Apr 2021 - 9:16AM
China, US send warships into disputed waters amid rising tensions

US aircraft carrier strike group sailed into South China Sea and a destroyer was in East China Sea, while Chinese carrier transited through Miyako Strait near Japan.

7 Apr 2021 - 7:06AM
Taiwan reports largest ever incursion by Chinese air force

20 warplanes entered Taiwan’s air defence identification zone soon after the island sealed a new coastguard deal with the US.

27 Mar 2021 - 3:17AM
US and Japan warn against China’s ‘coercion, destabilising behaviour’

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken blasts Beijing for eroding autonomy in Hong Kong, rights abuses in Xinjiang and violating international law in South China Sea.

17 Mar 2021 - 1:03PM
politico | US in tech marathon with China, not arms race, says defence innovation head

Michael Brown leads a Pentagon outpost in Silicon Valley that is helping the US armed forces tap into cutting-edge technologies, from space systems to artificial intelligence.

17 Mar 2021 - 6:15AM
US moves to boost military presence in Indo-Pacific amid China ‘threat’

Outgoing commander has sought more funds and warned that the US is losing its military edge over China in the region, but observers say it may be a challenge for America to sustain its push.

13 Mar 2021 - 12:30PM
Commander warns US lawmakers about China’s growing strength in Indo-Pacific

Admiral Philip Davidson says a key to Washington’s efforts to counter China is the Quad: the alliance between the US, Japan, India and Australia.

10 Mar 2021 - 7:52AM
US commander seeks US$27 billion to hold back China in the Indo-Pacific

Admiral Philip Davidson outlines plan for new military hardware and to hold drills with allies as rivalry with Beijing continues under Biden administration.

3 Mar 2021 - 9:00AM
Ex-national security adviser says US need not change ‘ambiguity’ on Taiwan

HR McMaster tells Senate Armed Services Committee he disagrees with call for ‘strategic clarity’, but wants more military in the region to counter Beijing’s operations.

3 Mar 2021 - 5:34AM
China raises rare earth quotas in ‘goodwill trade signal’ to US

Chinese companies allowed to increase output by more than a quarter amid reports that Beijing could aim export restrictions at US.

20 Feb 2021 - 11:25PM
China and Indo-Pacific in US military sights as Pentagon reviews forces

US defence secretary to examine worldwide footprint and resources, as tensions persist in South China Sea.

14 Feb 2021 - 9:54PM
Can the US enlist the Philippines to help contain China in Indo-Pacific?

Chinese coastguard law may give pro-US faction in Manila upper hand after President Rodrigo Duterte’s hostility to Washington.

14 Feb 2021 - 9:54PM
US’ China task force will set priorities, its chief says, and tech is ‘huge’

Task force’s leader Ely Ratner says it will assess the defence secretary’s challenges regarding China, with technology competition ‘of growing importance’.

13 Feb 2021 - 12:29AM