Two B-1B Lancers train with 16 Japanese fighter jets over Sea of Japan – Pacific

Two B-1B Lancers train with 16 Japanese fighter jets over Sea of Japan YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — A pair of U.S. B-1B Lancer bombers flew alongside 16 Japanese fighter jets during a mission Tuesday over the Sea of Japan, an Air Force statement said. The bombers — deployed to Andersen Air Force Base on Guam from the 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, 7th Bomb Wing, out of Dyess Air Force Base, Texas — trained with eight Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-15 Eagles and eight F-2 Viper Zeros before…

Coronavirus latest: Japan lifts state of emergency | News | DW

Germany has recorded its biggest quarterly decline since the 2008-2009 global financial crisis The US has put a stop to visitors from Brazil who have been there in the last 14 days Many European countries are easing lockdown measures, including tourist destinations preparing for the summer Japan has ended the state of emergency in last areas, including Tokyo More than 5.4 million cases have been recorded globally and at least 344,000 people have died from COVID-19 Updates in Universal Coordinated Time (UTC/GMT) 11:40 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has unveiled plans…

Lorenzana exchanges COVID-19 notes with counterparts from Japan, China, Australia

MANILA, Philippines—Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana had exchanged COVID-19 notes with his foreign counterparts in separate phone calls recently. Lorenzana, according to a Department of National Defense (DND) statement, discussed COVID-19 strategies with his counterparts from Japan, Australia and China. In a phone call on May 12, Lorenzana exchanged experiences and best practices in battling the pandemic with Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono. Lorenzana, the DND statement said, discussed with Kono the roles that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Japan Self-Defense Force played in the fight…

Japan: The New Realist Balancing Option In Asia – OpEd

Chinese leadership within Beijing did not believe the coronavirus was a threat or top priority until January 20, 2020 – “the day Chinese authorities acknowledged person-to-person transmission,” according to the U.S. Congress Research Service (CRS). Dissent in President Xi’s administration coincided with the COVID-19 pandemic overtaking the world. A newly retired Indian foreign secretary “believes major cracks may be emerging within China’s top leadership.  State security has always been a political, cultural, and societal goal since Mao. Xi is building off these policy towards troubling expansionary moves in the South…

India, Japan Air Force Drills Postponed While Indian Navy Says

India-China border dispute along the line of actual control (LaC) is on the rise after both nations engaged each other in Sikkim and Ladakh.  Soldiers from India and China clashed at the border areas of Naku La pass in North Sikkim garnering global headlines.  The border dispute between India and China further fared after Chinese helicopters were spotted near the LaC in Ladakh and were met by Sukhoi 30MKI jets of the India Air force(IAF). Choppers of the Chinese Air Force were spotted flying close at the LaC in Ladakh…

Despite coronavirus! Japan, US flex their military muscle in South China sea, World News

The world is fighting a war against a deadly virus. It is a common enemy. But that doesn’t mean old foes are forgotten. Also read: Global coronavirus: Cases, death-toll and hotspots! Even in a pandemic, militaries around the world don’t miss the change to flex their muscle. The South China sea remains a battleground. Japan is prepping to safeguard its turf with a hypersonic missile. It travels faster than five times the speed of sound and has been described as a game-changer. Also read: COVID-19: Intelligence dossier says China’s secrecy amounts to…

Two Advances for Chinese Navy after Monthlong Aircraft Carrier Voyage near Japan, Taiwan | Voice of America

TAIPEI, TAIWAN – China’s navy just learned from a monthlong aircraft carrier training mission how to keep troops safe from COVID-19 and what it would be like to spar with Japan or Taiwan, analysts believe.    The Liaoning aircraft carrier returned to port in eastern China April 30 after passing through western Pacific waters near Taiwan and Japan – putting both on alert due to their political differences with Beijing. Though hardly a first for the carrier, the rising maritime power sent it out for longer this year for more rigorous…

Japan raises stakes with hypersonic missiles

It travels toward its target faster than five times the speed of sound, making course corrections nearly impossible to track, and carries a “Sea Buster” tandem charge warhead designed to attack surface warships and penetrate carrier decks. According to Jane’s, it is composed of a main warhead, which carries armour-piercing high-explosive shells and a nose fuze, and a precursor warhead that uses shaped charges. Difficult to stop and capable of breaking through enemy air defense systems, it is a weapon that could cause havoc for the Chinese navy in the…

Japan concerned over China’s establishment of districts in East Sea | World

A China marine surveillance ship (Photo: AFP/VNA)   Hanoi (VNA) – Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Toshimitsu Motegi has voiced his concerns over China’s establishment of districts to administer the Paracel (Vietnam’s Hoang Sa archipelago) and Spratly islands (Vietnam’s Truong Sa archipelago) in the East Sea (internationally known as the South China Sea), Japan’s Kyodo News reported. During a phone call with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on April 21, the Japanese Foreign Minister also protested against China’s sending of ships into the waters near the disputed islands in the East…