An aerial view of Mageshima island, which the Japanese government has bought. Photo: Wikipedia

Japan buys Mageshima island for US$146 million to conduct military drills with US

  • Planned development reflects Tokyo’s revised security doctrine and determination to protect scattered islands off its most southerly prefecture
  • New base could be used to defend the Diaoyu Islands, which are known in Japan as the Senkakus and are the focus of a territorial dispute with China
Topic |   Japan

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An aerial view of Mageshima island, which the Japanese government has bought. Photo: Wikipedia
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Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. Photo: Reuters

How China is replacing US as Thailand’s main defence partner and arms supplier

  • US-Thai relations went downhill following the 2014 military coup in 2014, in line with US laws that restrict defence ties until democracy is restored
  • China filled the void, expanding military exercises and signing 10 major arms deals including Thailand’s largest defence purchase ever
Topic |   Thailand

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Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. Photo: Reuters
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