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With an eye on China, Japan's ruling party makes unprecedented defense spending pledge

TOKYO (Reuters) - An unprecedented election pledge by Japan’s ruling party to double defense spending underscores the nation’s haste to acquire missiles, stealth fighters, drones and other...

President says Taiwan will 'do whatever it takes' to defend itself from China

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — In an article published on Tuesday (Oct. 5), President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) vowed that Taiwan will "do whatever it takes" to defend itself against China as it mena...

MOFA welcomes Japan’s interest in Taiwan Strait peace

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Japanese Defense Minister Kishi Nobuo and House of Councillors member Sato Masahisa both expressed this week that Japan must pay attention to developments in Taiwan. Ki...

Experts, legislators call for Taiwan to deepen defense ties with Japan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Panelists at a conference on Wednesday (Sept. 8) called for Taiwan and Japan to deepen defense engagement and upgrade bilateral defense ties to be more like the kind Taiwa...

Taiwan, Japan, Philippines must hold line against Chinese expansion: Filipino ex-admiral

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Retired Philippine Rear Admiral Rommel Jude Ong said Taiwan is at the core of the first island chain, making its participation in joint military exercises with Japan and t...

China can 'paralyze' Taiwan's defenses, threat worsening: Ministry of National Defense

(Taiwan News) — China's military can "paralyze" Taiwan's defenses and can fully monitor its movements, Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) said in a report released...

China's Type 003 aircraft carrier to increase area-denial capabilities around Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A report released by the Ministry of National Defense (MND) on Tuesday (Aug. 31) states that China's area-denial capabilities will increase significantly when it compl...

Taiwan's survival vital for Australia's security

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan’s survival is a critical factor for Australia's security, according to a new report released on Monday (Aug. 9) by the Canberra-based think tank, Lowy Ins...

Taiwan foreign ministry welcomes US-Japan meeting on regional issues

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Tuesday (Aug. 10) said it welcomed the recent meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Japanese National Securi...

Japan to deploy missiles 300 km off coast of Taiwan in 2022 to deter China

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Japan's defense ministry is reportedly planning to deploy missile units on an island 300 kilometers off the coast of Taiwan in an effort to counter China's growing...

Analysis: Caught between China and the U.S., Asian countries stockpile missiles

Asia is sliding into a dangerous arms race as smaller nations that once stayed on the sidelines build arsenals of advanced long-range missiles, following in the footsteps of powerhouses China and the ...

Taiwan foreign minister says China expanding influence beyond first island chain

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) called on the international community to pay attention to Beijing’s true intentions and said that China is trying to expan...

If China rebuilds Kiribati airstrip, it could spy on US Pacific Fleet

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwanese military scholar Chang Jung-ming (章榮明) has warned that if China rebuilds a World War II-era airstrip in Kiribati, a former diplomatic ally of Taiwan, it may beco...

Taiwan could play major operational role in US-China conflict: Analyst

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan can play a significant role in preserving U.S. Marine Corps operational mobility in the case of a conflict with China, according to the Taipei-based Institute for N...

US, Japanese leaders issue 1st joint statement mentioning Taiwan in 52 years

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Following the meeting between U.S. President Joe Biden and visiting Japan Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide Friday (April 16), they issued a joint statement stressing the impo...