China says defense budget to rise 8.1 percent in 2018

BEIJING (AP) — China's defense budget will rise 8.1 percent to 1.1 trillion yuan ($173 billion) this year as the country prepares to launch its second aircraft carrier, integrate stealth fig...

Editorial: There is no place for reluctance in Taiwan’s defense

Tsai Ing-wen, the rebel. That was the headline in prominent French newsmagazine L’Express this week, as the publication launched a series of profiles of powerful Asian women. In a passage ...

China's 'rusty' aircraft carrier lurches through Taiwan's ADZ

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- China's first aircraft carrier the Liaoning entered Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) at 2:40 a.m. Wednesday morning, according to the Ministry of Nationa...

BC-AS--Asian News Digest, AS

UNITED STATES-ASIA — Chinese President Xi Jinping is pointing to "some negative factors" that have cropped up in U.S.-China relations since he and President Donald Trump first met less than three mont...

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for gl...

Taiwan scrambles fighter jets as China carrier enters air defense zone

Taipei (Taiwan News) -- China's sole operational aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, and its escort ships crossed into Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Wednesday, prompting Taiwa...

Taiwan’s defense ministry responds to threat from China's aircraft carrier

Taipei (Taiwan News) -- While President Tsai Ing-wen is out of the country on a state visit to Central America, Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense and Presidential Office are reassuring the pub...

US, Chinese carriers may prowl same waters in January

Taipei (Taiwan News) -- The Nimitz-class supercarrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) Strike Group is steaming toward the South China Sea where China's aircraft carrier the CV-16 Liaoning is currently pe...