Exclusive: U.S. pushes arms sales surge to 'Fortress Taiwan,' needling China

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States plans to sell as many as seven major weapons systems, including mines, cruise missiles and drones to Taiwan, four people familiar with the discussions said, as...

Expect US election to have consequences for troops overseas

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden both say they want to pull U.S. forces out of Iraq and Afghanistan. But their approaches differ, and the outcome of the Nov. 3 e...

Japan's Abe seeks preemptive strike capacity in policy shift

TOKYO (AP) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday that Japan should make a major change to its defense policy by developing a first-strike capability on enemy bases to defend against imminent attacks...

Japanese defense minister labels China as 'security threat' to Tokyo

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono said Wednesday (Sept. 9) that Beijing has become a "security threat" to Japan and an international alliance in the Indo-Pacif...

Taiwan president calls for cooperation to keep region secure, prosperous

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Addressing an international forum in Taipei on Tuesday (Sept. 8), President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) called for countries with similar values to coordinate on maintaining region...

Military delegation from Taiwan to visit Germany, Belgium

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan is boosting exchanges with European countries in defense areas, with a delegation set to visit Germany and Belgium in 2021. According to the defense budget plan ...

Taiwan Navy to spend NT$5 billion on new radar systems

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Given the increasingly aggressive reconnaissance missions by China’s navy and air force,Taiwan’s Navy plans to spend NT$5 billion (US$172.2 million) on replaci...

China’s capability to invade Taiwan analyzed in US defense report

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) on Wednesday (Sept. 2) published the unclassified "2020 China Military Power Report" and warned of Beijing's capability ...

China leading US in ships, missiles, air defense systems: Pentagon report

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Chinese military has pushed ahead of the U.S. in shipbuilding, land-based conventional ballistic and cruise missiles, and integrated air defense systems, according to ...

Taiwan looks to Israel for reserve forces overhaul

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan will send military and think tank representatives to Israel next year to learn about its reserve mobilization systems with the aim of improving military preparednes...

Taiwan makes moves to bolster its military

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan has been making moves to revamp its military in the face of increased military threats and posturing from China. Talking to the New York Times, Wang Ting-yu (王定宇...

Security cooperation, trade pact both priorities as Taiwan strengthens US ties: President Tsai

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Addressing two U.S. think tanks in a videoconference on Wednesday evening (Aug. 12), President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) declared that security cooperation and the signing of a t...

Taiwan proposes 10% increase in defense spending for 2021

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan's defense spending in 2021 is set to grow 10.2% compared with this year, according to Reuters calculations from government figures released on Thursday, ramping up invest...

GOP tucks $8 billion for military weaponry in virus bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new $1 trillion COVID-19 response package by Senate Republicans is supposed to give the government more weapons to battle the surging coronavirus pandemic. But GOP lawmakers have m...

Military expert says Taiwan's Kiowa helicopter fleet safe to fly

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — In the wake of the tragic Kiowa helicopter crash on Thursday (July 16), concerns have grown over Taiwan’s remaining fleet of the observation helicopters. Accordin...