Japan, India to conduct fighter jet drill for deeper security ties

Japan and India agreed Saturday to conduct their first-ever joint fighter aircraft exercise in Japan as part of efforts to promote bilateral security cooperation in the face of China’s military buildup and regional assertiveness. In the inaugural “two-plus-two” security talks, the foreign and defense ministers of the two Asian democracies also welcomed the significant progress in negotiations for an acquisition and cross-servicing agreement, or ACSA, and called for an early conclusion, according to a joint statement issued after the talks in New Delhi. (Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and his…

Philippines, Viet navy officials tackle maritime security

Philippines, Viet navy officials tackle maritime security Jaime Laude (The Philippine Star) – November 30, 2019 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — Key Philippine and Vietnamese navy officials met in Hanoi last Tuesday to discuss and address peacefully the two countries’ overlapping maritime claims in the hotly disputed Spratlys archipelago in the South China Sea (SCS). The meeting, dubbed as Staff-to-Staff Talks (STST) and the sixth of its kind held at the Vietnamese People’s Navy (VPN) headquarters in Hai Phong city, highlighted the strengthening of ties between the navies amid…

New Perspectives on Shared Security: NATO’s Next 70 Years – Carnegie Europe

Table of Contents Nothing is forever, not even the world’s most powerful military alliance, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Other regional bodies modeled on NATO, such as the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization, have long ceased to exist.1However, the need for a common, principled, effective, and adaptable institution to help allies in North America and Europe look after their defense requirements is hardly going away. The world remains an unpredictable and, at times, violent place. The most fitting way to celebrate NATO’s seventieth birthday is therefore to reflect not on…

Asean-SoKor summit: Reg’l security up

President Rodrigo Duterte departed for South Korea Sunday night to attend the 2019 ASEAN-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit, where he is scheduled to hold talks with South Korean leader Moon Jae-in. READ: Duterte, Moon to meet in Busan From Davao City, the President headed to Busan, South Korea to participate in the commemorative summit from Nov. 25 to 27 that will be attended by other Southeast Asian leaders to discuss partnership and cooperation in areas of mutual concern. Duterte will hold talks with Moon in the afternoon on the sidelines of…

US wants China trade deal but won’t turn blind eye to Hong Kong, Trump national security advisor says

US President Donald Trump(L)walks next to new national security advisor Robert O’Brien on September 18, 2019 at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California. Nicholas Kamm | AFP | Getty Images U.S. national security adviser Robert O’Brien said Saturday that the so-called phase one trade deal with China could happen by the end of the year, and emphasized that President Trump would not ignore protests underway in Hong Kong.  “We were hoping to have (a phase 1) deal done by the end of the year. I still think that’s…

NZ walking diplomatic tightrope of trade and security interests with China

JOSEPH JOHNSON/STUFF Foreign Minister Winston Peters has called for greater US involvement in the South Pacific. OPINION: The menacing strategic power projection of China in the Asia-Pacific region continues unabated while international attention is focused on the uncertainties of events in the Middle East, the political dogfight in Washington DC and Brexit. The surfacing of a Chinese ballistic missile submarine recently among a fleet of Vietnamese fishing boats off the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, 300km from its home base on China’s Hainan Island, was a stark reminder to Asean, Canberra…

National security adviser to testify he was “concerned” by Trump’s Ukraine call [Video]

For the first time, House impeachment investigators are hearing testimony from someone who was on the call between President Trump and Ukraine’s president. Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the White House’s top national security expert on Ukraine, says he told his superiors twice that military aid was being improperly tied to politics. Nancy Cordes reports. Source link