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    1. July 19, 2016

      S Korea missile system heightens regional tensions

      The fallout from the US and South Korea’s plan to deploy an anti-ballistic missile system was swift: hunger strikes and...

    2. July 12, 2016

      A big test for Beijing over the South China Sea

      A tribunal’s ruling on Tuesday that invalidates China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea confronts Beijing...

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    1. July 12, 2016

      Beijing may stiffen its resolve in the South China Sea dispute

      China is getting its retaliation in early. As a UN tribunal on the law of the sea prepares to rule on Tuesday on a case...

    2. July 10, 2016

      China carries out naval drills on eve of UN territorial waters ruling

      China has warned that any ruling against the country this week in a UN tribunal over disputed waters in the South China...

    3. July 6, 2016

      China’s ‘chubby girl’ transport aircraft enters PLA service

      China’s largest ever military aircraft entered service on Wednesday, a hulking transport capable of sending troops and...

    4. July 5, 2016

      Japan-China tensions after warplanes come close to dogfight

      A near dogfight between Japan and China — according to the latter, involving the rare use of fire-control radar to...

    5. July 4, 2016

      Japan fears Brexit blow to EU arms embargo on China

      Japan fears Brexit will lead to an eventual lifting of the EU arms embargo on China, as the consequences of Britain’s...

    6. June 24, 2016

      Russia and China learn from each other as military ties deepen

      Russia and China staged a bold new series of military manoeuvres last month. Not a single ship left port, nor did any...

    7. June 22, 2016

      Japan spooked by naval mystery in East China Sea

      At about 9.50pm on the evening of June 8, a Russian destroyer and its support vessels sailed north into the 24-nautical...

    8. June 20, 2016

      China and Indonesia in maritime clash

      A series of violent fisheries clashes with China is adding to domestic pressure on Indonesia’s government to take a...

    9. June 19, 2016

      China looks like a bully in South China Sea row

      At some point in the coming weeks an international arbitration court in The Hague will rule on whether China’s...

    10. June 6, 2016

      Beijing defies criticism as it charts course in S China Sea

      Ashton Carter, US secretary of defence, led a chorus of international voices criticising China at the weekend...

    11. June 5, 2016

      China and US trade barbs over South China Sea

      China and the US clashed over the South China Sea at a defence forum this weekend, with a Chinese admiral warning...

    12. May 25, 2016

      Cameron adds to pressure on China over maritime disputes

      David Cameron arrived at the Group of Seven summit in Japan on Wednesday and added his voice to pressure on China to...

    13. May 25, 2016

      China military budget hit by economic slowdown, says Xi Jinping

      China’s economic slowdown, responsible for everything from falling luxury goods sales to steel plant closures around...

    14. May 20, 2016

      US in talks to place military equipment in Vietnam for first time since war’s end

      The US is in talks with Vietnam to position military equipment in the South-east Asian country for the first time since...

    15. May 19, 2016

      Chinese fighter jets intercept US spy plane over South China Sea

      Two Chinese fighter jets carried out an “unsafe” interception of a US military aircraft that was flying over the South...

    16. May 17, 2016

      Pakistan army chief’s Beijing visit heightens US, India jitters

      Pakistan’s army chief was feted in Beijing this week on a visit that could heighten concerns in New Delhi and...

    17. May 12, 2016

      China pours scorn on South China Sea legal case

      China has issued a stark rebuke of a looming court decision on its maritime claims in the South China Sea, with a...

    18. May 10, 2016

      A threat to stability in the Philippines

      Even by the standards of the Philippines, where power has oscillated at times between belligerent demagogues and...

    19. May 3, 2016

      China enlists rap video for military recruitment

      China’s military has released a rap music video as part of a campaign to lure young recruits, the latest foray into...

    20. May 2, 2016

      China builds ties as well as airstrips in South China Sea

      What do the governments of Belarus, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos and Russia have in common, apart from their lack of...

    21. April 12, 2016

      America needs more than symbolic gestures in the South China Sea

      Admiral Harry Harris, the commander of US Pacific Command, was recently asked in a Senate Armed Services Committee...

    22. April 5, 2016

      Arms industry cashes in on Asia tensions

      A growing arms race between China and its neighbours helped propel global defence spending to its first growth in three...

    23. March 31, 2016

      China military to set up first overseas base in Horn of Africa

      China is set to install “a few thousand” troops and staff at its first ever overseas military base, the first permanent...

    24. March 31, 2016

      China set to deploy longest-range nuclear missile

      A new generation of Chinese intercontinental ballistic missiles may come into service as early as this year and will...

    25. March 24, 2016

      Taiwan pushes island credentials of South China Sea outpost

      As the C130 Hercules makes a bumpy landing on Taiwan-controlled Taiping island, a small tropical outcrop little longer...

    26. March 7, 2016

      Private sector joins Xi’s battle to streamline China’s PLA

      As economic slowdown stifles China’s defence spending boom, the private sector is joining President Xi Jinping’s battle...

    27. March 4, 2016

      China slows defence spending growth amid efficiency drive

      China’s defence budget will rise 7-8 per cent this year, according to a senior Chinese official — a markedly lower...

    28. February 25, 2016

      Australia to beef up armed forces amid rise in Asia tensions

      Australia will boost its annual defence spending by 80 per cent within a decade as it upgrades its armed forces partly...

    29. February 23, 2016

      China building radar on contested island, says US think-tank

      China appears to be building radar installations on contested reefs in the southern part of the South China Sea,...

    30. February 22, 2016

      China arms exports continue to surge

      China’s arms exports are continuing to surge as the Asia-Pacific region rapidly militarises, according to a top...

    31. February 17, 2016

      China deploys missiles on disputed island

      China has deployed anti-aircraft missiles to a disputed island in the South China Sea, according to satellite images...

    32. February 7, 2016

      ‘Crouching Tiger’, by Peter Navarro

      At the core of Peter Navarro’s book is the conceit that this is a kind of geopolitical detective story, each chapter...

    33. January 30, 2016

      US Navy destroyer sails near island claimed by China, Taiwan and Vietnam

      A US Navy destroyer sailed on Saturday within 12 nautical miles of an island claimed by China and two other states in...

    34. January 27, 2016

      US naval history offers clues to China’s intent

      The news from China so far this year has been all about tumbling equity markets and a wobbly currency. But there is...

    35. January 21, 2016

      China steps up incursions around disputed Senkaku Islands

      China has stepped up its incursions around the disputed Senkaku or Diaoyu islands in what Japanese officials claim is a...

    36. January 15, 2016

      China steps up building in disputed waters despite US resistance

      China has stepped up its construction of runways in the South China Sea since President Xi Jinping visited Washington...

    37. January 12, 2016

      Closer Pakistan-China military ties irk west

      When Pakistan’s military claimed its first attack in October using a home-built drone to hit a Taliban stronghold,...

    38. January 6, 2016

      The intractable dilemma posed by North Korea

      North Korea presents one of the most dangerous security threats in the world today. This has long been recognised and...

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