South China Sea crisis: How Trump-China arms race could spark North Korea fury | World | News

The 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) signed between Washington and the Soviet Union barred the use of the two nations’ land-based ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, and missile launchers with that could hit targets from intermediate range, classified as between 500km range and 5,500km range depending on the type of system. But the treaty was abandoned officially by the US in August, sparking widespread concern as to how both the President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin would respond. It seems however, Mr Trump is looking to utilise the new-found…

Esper to visit S. Korea to discuss expiring intel pact with Japan

In this Aug. 28, 2019, file photo, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper speaks to reporters during a briefing at the Pentagon. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) WASHINGTON (Kyodo) — U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper will leave next Wednesday for South Korea and other Asian countries to enhance defense cooperation amid the growing influence of China in the region, according to the Pentagon. Esper’s trip to Seoul comes ahead of the expiration of a military intelligence-sharing pact between South Korea and Japan later in the…

USCG Cutter Joins North Korea Maritime Sanctions Mission

The largest cutter in the world, the China Coast Guard’s 12,000 dwt patrol vessel Haijing 2901, looms in the background as a Stratton boat crew conducts operations in the Yellow Sea (October 6, USCG / PA1 Nate Littlejohn) By The Maritime Executive 2019-10-25 16:43:07 The U.S. Coast Guard is making new forays into sanctions enforcement and presence operations in the Western Pacific, including sensitive duties overseen by the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet.  The Coast Guard cutter Stratton recently came off of a weeks-long patrol in the Yellow Sea, where she…

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…