US defense chief sends message to China with photos showing North Korea sanctions go unenforced

Shanahan confronts China at Shangri-La Acting defense secretary Patrick Shanahan didn’t mince words when talking in Singapore about Chinese behavior. WASHINGTON — The meeting between acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and his Chinese counterpart began with all the hallmarks of a routine staged and scripted session between two uneasy rivals. First came the posed photo, as the two men shook hands with broad smiles in front of their nations’ flags, and then they moved quickly into the hotel conference room, surrounded by staff. There, Shanahan presented Chinese Defense Minister Wei…

Canada will help enforce UN sanctions against North Korea: Sajjan

The Canadian navy and air force will begin regular deployments to help enforce United Nations sanctions against North Korea, the Department of National Defence said Monday. The announcement was made following a meeting between Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and his Japanese counterpart, Takeshi Iwaya, in Tokyo. The deployments — known as Operation Neon — will involve a rotation of frigates, maritime patrol aircraft and possibly submarines. The department announced in a statement that HMCS Regina and the replenishment ship MV Asterix will be the first assets deployed. Both vessels participated…

South China Sea: Japan and South Korea FAIL to deter Beijing as Shangri-La talks collapse | World | News

Pressure on Beijing’s island building in the disputed seas has eased since defence ministers from Japan and South Korea failed to negotiate security. The pair were due to meet at the Asian security forum in Singapore until it was decided formal talks would be “premature”, South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported. International relations expert Stephen Nagy said the only winner between the two US allies would be China. Mr Nagy told SCMP: “My sense is that Japan sees South Korea as not engaging in negotiations on a number of issues…

S. Korea reiterates stance on East Sea naming after Trump mentions Sea of Japan

SEOUL, May 28 (Yonhap) — South Korea said Tuesday that the body of water between the peninsula and Japan should be referred to as both the East Sea and Sea of Japan, after U.S. President Donald Trump used only the Japanese name. During a meeting with U.S. troops in Japan, Trump mentioned the Sea of Japan as an area of their patrol responsibilities. “Regarding the naming of the East Sea, our consistent position is clear,” Kim In-chul, spokesman of Seoul’s foreign ministry, told a regular press briefing. “At present, our…

U.S. Urges Korea to Help Restrain China’s Territorial Ambitions – The Chosun Ilbo (English Edition): Daily News from Korea

The U.S. is putting Korea under more pressure in its nascent cold war against China, asking for support in keeping China’s territorial expansion in the South China Sea in check. Several U.S. government officials have asked for Korea’s support over freedom of navigation in waters where six ASEAN member countries are involved in territorial disputes with China, according to multiple sources here and in the U.S. The Foreign Ministry here on Thursday declined to confirm or deny whether any such request was made. China claims sovereignty over around 90 percent…

US, Japan, South Korea, Australia Hold First Naval Drills in Western Pacific

TOKYO—U.S. Navy ships conducted joint drills with warships from allies Japan, Australia and South Korea in their first combined exercise in the Western Pacific, the U.S. Navy said on May 23. The Pacific Vanguard exercise near the U.S. island of Guam takes place ahead of President Donald Trump’s visit to Japan this weekend, as Washington looks to allies in Asia to help counter China’s military might in the region. “Pacific Vanguard joins forces from four, like-minded maritime nations that provide security throughout the Indo-Pacific based on shared values and common…

U.S., Japan, South Korea, Australia hold first naval drills in Western Pacific

TOKYO (Reuters) – U.S. Navy ships conducted joint drills with warships from allies Japan, Australia and South Korea in their first combined exercise in the Western Pacific, the U.S. Navy said on Thursday. The Pacific Vanguard exercise near the U.S. island of Guam takes place ahead of President Donald Trump’s visit to Japan this weekend, as Washington looks to allies in Asia to help counter China’s military might in the region. “Pacific Vanguard joins forces from four, like-minded maritime nations that provide security throughout the Indo-Pacific based on shared values…

US, Japan, South Korea, Australia hold first joint naval drills | News

US Navy ships have conducted joint drills with warships from Japan, Australia and South Korea in their first combined exercise in the Western Pacific. The Pacific Vanguard exercise near the US island of Guam started on Thursday, in advance of President Donald Trump‘s visit to Japan this weekend, as Washington looks to allies in Asia to help counter China’s military might in the region. “Pacific Vanguard joins forces from four, like-minded maritime nations that provide security throughout the Indo-Pacific based on shared values and common interests,” Vice Admiral Phillip Sawyer,…

America’s struggle with China and North Korea is for keeps

Existential struggles are not conducive to compromise, especially when the opposing sides see the competition in those stark terms. The United States is in such confrontations with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and its junior communist ally, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). North Korea’s dynastic regime has viewed the United States as its implacable enemy at least since the Korean War when America stopped it from conquering the South. It still presents an existential threat against South Korea with thousands of artillery tubes targeting Seoul, and America…