A Russian Beriev A-50 airborne early warning and control training aircraft flew into South Korean airspace on Tuesday, according to South Korea’s defence ministry, as part of a joint air patrol with China. Photo: AP

US backing for South Korea and Japan as China, Russia ‘seek to rebalance military might in Asia-Pacific’

  • Joint air patrol tests US commitment to key regional allies Japan and South Korea
  • Pentagon supports Tokyo and Seoul in effort to maintain strength of alliance
Topic |   Russia

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A Russian Beriev A-50 airborne early warning and control training aircraft flew into South Korean airspace on Tuesday, according to South Korea’s defence ministry, as part of a joint air patrol with China. Photo: AP
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Speaking at a swearing-in ceremony at the White House, President Donald Trump said: ‘I am confident that he will be an outstanding secretary of defence’. Photo: Bloomberg

New Pentagon chief Mark Esper’s mission: confront ‘growing threats’ from China, manage impulsive Trump

  • Mark Esper’s confirmation adds some stability to Trump’s national security team after a long vacancy
  • He will also be steering US defence strategy as it shifts to confront China and Russia as the department’s main challenges
Topic |   Defence

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Speaking at a swearing-in ceremony at the White House, President Donald Trump said: ‘I am confident that he will be an outstanding secretary of defence’. Photo: Bloomberg
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