American troops begin annual military exercise with Philippine, Japan forces

SUBIC, Philippines — More than 2,000 U.S. and Philippine military personnel, along with a small contingent of Japanese forces, began annual combat exercises on Wednesday aimed at responding rapidly to crises and natural disasters and underscoring their commitment to keep the region “free and open.” The 10-day drills, which include amphibious assault and live-fire exercises, opened at Subic Freeport, a former U.S. naval base northwest of Manila. They will also include humanitarian work in six northern Philippine provinces. China has often branded military exercises involving the U.S. and its allies,…

US, Philippine, Japan forces hold disaster-response drills

SUBIC, Philippines — More than 2,000 U.S. and Philippine military personnel, along with a small contingent of Japanese forces, began annual combat exercises on Wednesday aimed at responding rapidly to crises and natural disasters and underscoring their commitment to keep the region “free and open.” The 10-day drills, which include amphibious assault and live-fire exercises, opened at Subic Freeport, a former U.S. naval base northwest of Manila. They will also include humanitarian work in six northern Philippine provinces. China has often branded military exercises involving the U.S. and its allies,…

PH says war games with US, Japan ‘not related to South China Sea’ dispute

U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment currently attached to 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, hike with Philippine Marines on their way to conduct room clearing drills during Exercise Balikatan at the Navy Education Training Command, April 5, 2019./ DVIDSHUB MANILA, Philippines — The week-long maritime exercises of the Philippines, United States, and Japan are not in any way connected to the country’s territorial dispute in the South China Sea. “First of all, this is not something related to the South China Sea. Let us be clear on…

China a bigger threat than North Korea – Japan

China’s growing military might has replaced North Korean belligerence as the main security threat to Japan, Tokyo’s annual defence review reveals, despite signs that Pyongyang could have nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles. The document’s security assessment on China comes after a section on Japan’s ally, the United States, the first time Beijing has achieved second place in the Defence White Paper and pushing North Korea into third position. Russia, deemed by Japan as its primary threat during the Cold War, was in fourth place. “It is a reflection of the fact that…

Japan sees rising threats from China, North Korea, Russia

TOKYO — Japan has raised its caution level about North Korea’s missile capability, saying in a defense report that the country resumed missile tests while taking no concrete denuclearization steps and had succeeded in making miniaturized warheads. The annual defense paper, approved Friday by the Cabinet, underscores Japan’s fear of being targeted by its neighbor. Its reaction to the North’s recent tests contrasts with a low-key response from the United States. “Taking into consideration its technological maturity acquired by nuclear tests, North Korea seems to have already achieved miniaturization of…

Japan sees N Korea missile, China space activity as threat

TOKYO (AP) — Japan has raised its caution level about North Korea’s missile capability, saying in a defense report that the country resumed missile tests while taking no concrete denuclearization steps and had succeeded in making miniaturized warheads. The annual defense paper, approved Friday by the Cabinet, underscores Japan’s fear of being targeted by its neighbor. Its reaction to the North’s recent tests contrasts with a low-key response from the United States. “Taking into consideration its technological maturity acquired by nuclear tests, North Korea seems to have already achieved miniaturization…

China Japan: Japan lists China as bigger threat than nuclear-armed North Korea

TOKYO: China‘s growing military might has replaced North Korean belligerence as the main security threat to Japan, Tokyo’s annual defence review indicated on Thursday, despite signs that Pyongyang could have nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles. The document’s security assessment on China comes after a section on Japan’s ally, the United States, the first time Beijing has achieved second place in the Defence White Paper and pushing North Korea into third position. Russia, deemed by Japan as its primary threat during the Cold War, was in fourth place. “The reality is that China…

Japan promotes China as bigger threat than nuclear-armed North Korea

TOKYO (Reuters) – China’s growing military might has replaced North Korean belligerence as the main security threat to Japan, Tokyo’s annual defense review indicated on Thursday, despite signs that Pyongyang could have nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles. Chinese and Japanese flags flutter in front of the Tiananmen Gate ahead of Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit, in Beijing, China October 25, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas Peter The document’s security assessment on China comes after a section on Japan’s ally, the United States, the first time Beijing has achieved second place in the Defence White…