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2 MAY 2017

US anti-missile system operational in South Korea

The US military says its controversial Thaad missile defence system is now operational in South Korea
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39775854
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170502_08/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/05/thaad-missile-defence-system-south-korea-170501204447184.html

26 APRIL 2017

US starts moving THAAD missile-defence system to South Korean deployment site

The US military has started moving parts of a controversial anti-missile defence system to a deployment site in South Korea, amid high tensions over North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-26/us-starts-moving-thaad-missile-defence-system-to-south-korea/8472480?section=world
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=203364
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/252957159/after-north-korea-shows-off-its-military-power-now-south-korea-declares-us-an

23 APRIL 2017

North Korea threatens nuclear strike against Australia if it doesn’t stop ‘blindly toeing US line’

The threat from a spokesman for the North Korean Foreign Ministry came days after Ms Bishop used an ABC interview to warn North Korea’s nuclear weapons program posed a « serious threat » to Austalia”
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-22/north-korea-accuses-australia-of-blindly-following-the-us/8464252?section=world
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/23/north-korea-warns-australia-of–nuclear-strike-julie-bishop-mike-pence
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/australasia/article/2089955/australia-and-new-zealand-hit-back-north-koreas-threat

9 APRIL 2017

US strike group sails toward Korean Peninsula

Following the missile strike on a Syrian government air base, the US has sent a strike group toward the Korean Peninsula to bolster Washington’s presence in the region, as North Korea appears closer to conducting another nuclear and missile test
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170409000204
http://www.atimes.com/article/us-carrier-strike-group-diverted-north-korea-region/
http://www.voanews.com/a/us-strike-group-heads-toward-north-korea/3802649.html

7 APRIL 2017

US sends message to North Korea with strike

By targeting Syria while hosting Xi Jinping, Trump is signalling he’ll act alone if Beijing doesn’t rein in Pyongyang, analysts say
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2085811/us-sends-message-north-korea-strike

31 MARCH 2017

France as a 21st century Asia-Pacific power: Hard interests and direct engagement

The Diplomat‘s Ankit Panda and Prashanth Parameswaran discuss France’s interests in the Asia-Pacific region in the context of French President Francois Hollande’s recent three-nation trip to Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia
http://thediplomat.com/2017/03/france-as-a-21st-century-asia-pacific-power-hard-interests-and-direct-engagement/

28 MARCH 2017

China-Russia strategic cooperation: The West has so far gotten it wrong

Contrary to the dominant views that picture the China-Russia strategic partnership as shaky and unsustainable, the two countries have been consolidating their relations steadily and consistently over the last two décades
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/385.html

14 MARCH 2017

The Other Side of the World: China, the United States, and the Struggle for Middle East Security

In this Brzezinski Institute report, Jon Alterman considers the ways in which the U.S. and Chinese governments have approached the Middle East and the Asian space leading to it and the implications that potential shifts would have not only for their bilateral ties but also for the future of geopolitics more broadly
https://www.csis.org/analysis/other-side-world-china-united-states-and-struggle-middle-east-security

7 MARCH 2017

US starts deploying advanced anti-missile system THAAD in South Korea after defiant North’s latest test

The United States started to deploy the first elements of its advanced anti-missile defence system in South Korea on Tuesday after North Korea’s test of four ballistic missiles, US Pacific Command said, despite angry opposition from China
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/07/us-starts-deploying-anti-missile-system-thaad-south-korea-defiant/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39188826
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170307_80/

28 FEBRUARY 2017

South Asian nuclear arms race accelerates amid India-Pakistan standoff

Recent weeks have witnessed a further intensification of the nuclear arms race in South Asia, with arch-rivals India and Pakistan both carrying out tests of nuclear-capable missiles and making bellicose war threats
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/02/28/inpk-f28.html

10 FEBRUARY 2017

The limits to Russia’s potential THAAD response

Recently the Russia ambassador to Seoul hinted during a press conference with members of the South Korean media that if THAAD is indeed installed in South Korea then Russia will respond with its own countermeasures
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/02/10/the-limits-to-russias-potential-thaad-response/
https://sputniknews.com/military/201702101050526581-thaad-funding-cause-arms-race/

2 FEBRUARY 2017

In Seoul, US defence chief Mattis says South Korea alliance is ‘strong’

US Defence Secretary James Mattis has reassured the leader of South Korea that the alliance between the two nations remains strong
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38824008
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korea-us-agree-to-push-missile-defence-system/3488708.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=200467

13 JANUARY 2017

Why is India risking Chinese anger by trying to sell missiles to Vietnam?

The fast-evolving relationship between Vietnam and India drew Beijing’s ire this week via the government mouthpiece Global Times, which described the Indian arms sale as “stirring up trouble”, and said China would “hardly sit with its arms crossed”
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2061550/why-india-risking-chinese-anger-trying-sell-missiles-vietnam

6 JANUARY 2017

China and India : 2.5 billion people, nukes and missiles. What could go wrong?

The countries are home to 2.5 billion people, a long and sometimes disputed border — which they’ve fought wars over — and each have nuclear weapons
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/01/04/asia/china-india-icbm/index.html

30 DECEMBER 2016

The Bay of Bengal Naval Arms Race

As Bangladesh and Myanmar build up their navies, India and China compete to supply Equipment
http://thediplomat.com/2016/12/the-bay-of-bengal-naval-arms-race/

25 NOVEMBER 2016

China issues report on US military activities in Asia-Pacific

A Chinese government-backed institute has released a report that says the United States is stepping up its military activity in the Asia-Pacific region
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161125_27/
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-25/trump-will-pursue-regional-hegemony-in-south-china-sea/8059486?section=world

16 NOVEMBER 2016

Report warns of arms race if Trump reduces Asia engagement

The Pivot to Asia has been one of the main focuses of US President Barack Obama’s foreign policies. With the election of Donald Trump, the US approach to Asia is expected to undergo a major change
http://www.dw.com/en/report-warns-of-arms-race-if-trump-reduces-asia-engagement/a-36410741

10 NOVEMBER 2016

Security in the Asia Pacific: the risks and ramifications of Trump’s impulsive adventurism

Now that Donald Trump’s nativist insurgency has captured its capital, the rest of the world is anxious to know how that vision will be visited upon them, as Trump seeks to define his boilerplate “America-first” slogan overseas
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/10/trumps-impulsive-adventurism-and-security-in-the-asia-pacific-the-risks-and-ramifications

24 OCTOBER 2016

Guess what India and China need to improve relations? More spies

Strange as it may sound, China and India need a basis in espionage to improve their relationship. The two countries are ignorant of each other’s strategies, with suspicion taking the place of intelligence just when understanding is critical
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/2039640/guess-what-india-and-china-need-improve-relations-more-spies

15 OCTOBER 2016

India deepens military ties with Russia

India and Russia deepened economic and military cooperation, while New Delhi pressed its concerns about cross-border terrorism at a summit of the BRICS countries in the western Indian city of Goa
http://www.voanews.com/a/brics-summit/3552704.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/india-russia-set-up-joint-venture-to-build-helicopters-in-india
http://www.atimes.com/article/india-buy-russian-surface-air-missile-defence-system/
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/indiarussia-s400-missiles-deal/article9224802.ece?homepage=true

11 OCTOBER 2016

China, Russia criticise US deployment of missile defence system in South Korea over North Korea’s nukes

China and Russia blasted Washington on Tuesday (Oct 11) for its decision to deploy a missile defence system in South Korea in response to Pyongyang’s nuclear programme
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-russia-criticise-us-deployment-of-missile-defence-system-in-south-korea-over
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2027171/china-and-russia-close-ranks-against-us-missile-defence

7 OCTOBER 2016

Russia considers restoring military bases in Vietnam and Cuba

Russia is considering plans to restore military bases in Vietnam and Cuba that had served as pivots of Soviet global military power during the cold war, Russian news agencies quoted Russian Deputy Defence Minister Nikolai Pankov as saying on Friday
http://www.scmp.com/news/world/russia-central-asia/article/2026157/russia-considers-restoring-military-bases-vietnam-and
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37591756

25 SEPTEMBER 2016

China dispatches big air force fleet near Okinawa in show of force to Japan

 China’s air force sent an unusually large fleet of fighter jets and bombers through the Miyako Strait near Japan’s Okinawa Island for exercises on Sunday, the second time it has headed to the Western Pacific this month
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2022467/china-dispatches-big-air-force-fleet-near-okinawa-show
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-air-force-holds-drills-in-western-pacific-for-second-time/3155024.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160926_01/

12 SEPTEMBER 2016

Cold War foes Russia and Pakistan forge closer ties, will hold joint war games

Pakistan and Russia will hold their first-ever joint military exercises later this year, say media reports. Islamabad is looking for new alliances in the region as its ties with Washington are rapidly deteriorating
http://www.dw.com/en/cold-war-foes-russia-and-pakistan-forge-closer-ties/a-19545856
http://tribune.com.pk/story/1180917/first-pakistan-russia-hold-joint-war-games/

China, Russia hold 1st joint South China Sea drill

China and Russia have kicked off 8 days of joint naval exercises in the South China Sea. It’s the first time the 2 countries are holding joint drills in the contested waters
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160912_20/
http://english.chinamil.com.cn/view/2016-09/12/content_7254045.htm

2 SEPTEMBER 2016

Surge in Europe’s arms sales to Asia

Even though the European integration has been built and developed on a “pacifist” platform after the Second World War’s tragedies, France, Germany, Britain, Sweden, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands keep selling arms worth billions of dollars to Asia-Pacific nations
http://atimes.com/2016/09/surge-in-europes-arms-sales-to-asia/

30 AUGUST 2016

Eye on China: the new defence pact that allows the US to use India’s land, air and naval bases

The United States and India have signed an agreement to allow the use of each other’s land, air and naval bases for repair and resupply, a step toward building defence ties as they seek to counter the growing maritime assertiveness of China
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2011217/eye-china-new-defence-pact-allows-us-use-indias-land-air-and
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-and-US-in-military-hug-will-share-logistics-bases/articleshow/53937467.cms
http://www.thestatesman.com/news/world/china-has-nothing-to-fear-from-indo-us-defence-pact-kirby/162560.html

29 AUGUST 2016

Sri Lanka and Australia’s Strategic Defense Interests

Based on Australia’s Defense White Paper, the two countries can deepen strategic security cooperation
http://thediplomat.com/2016/08/sri-lanka-and-australias-strategic-defense-interests/

24 AUGUST 2016

North Korea fires submarine-launched ballistic missile towards Japan

North Korea fired a submarine-launched missile on Wednesday that flew about 500 km (311 miles) towards Japan, a show of improving technological capability for the isolated country that has conducted a series of launches in defiance of UN sanctions
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/north-korea-fires-submarine-launched-ballistic-missile-towards-japan
http://www.dw.com/en/north-korea-launches-ballistic-missile-from-submarine/a-19496546
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/24/north-korea-tests-submarine-launched-ballistic-missile

8 JULY 2016

US and South Korea agree THAAD missile defence deployment

 The U.S. and South Korea have agreed to deploy an advanced military defense system that could intercept North Korean missiles following continued weapons testing by Pyongyang in defiance of U.N. résolutions
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3021051
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36742751
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/07/08/asia/north-korea-thaad-missile-deploy/index.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160708_27/

28 JUNE 2016

Is China militarising space? Experts say new junk collector could be used as anti-satellite weapon

A small spacecraft sent into orbit by the Long March 7 rocket launched from Hainan in southern China on Saturday is tasked with cleaning up space junk, according to the government, but some analysts claim it may serve a military purpose
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1982526/china-militarising-space-experts-say-new-junk-collector

23 JUNE 2026

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un says new missile can strike US military bases in the Pacific

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un threatened United States military bases across the Pacific after North Korea’s test of a powerful new missile triggered emergency United Nations Security Council talks late Wednesday (June 22) on curbing Pyongyang’s nuclear programme.
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/north-koreas-leader-kim-jong-un-says-new-missile-can-strike-us-military-bases-in-the

4 JUNE 2016

U.S. intends to maintain and expand military presence in the Asia-Pacific’

US secretary for Defence Carter has proposed to further deepen defense cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region by bringing cooperating countries together under the umbrella of a “security network.” Militaries of the countries under this network would train together and eventually operate together, Carter proposed.
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/244651303
http://www.dw.com/en/south-china-sea-tensions-top-asia-security-summit-in-singapore/a-19306325http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/us-defence-chief-carter-urges-china-to-quit-self-isolation-and-join-principled

25 MARCH 2016

Russian Navy will create Pacific Fleet base in Kuril Islands

Russia this year will deploy coastal missile systems and drones of a new generation in the Kuril islands, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said on Friday.
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/russian-navy-may-create-pacific-fleet-base-disputed-kuril-islands

21 MARCH 2016

These are the new U.S. military bases near the South China Sea. China isn’t impressed.

The disputed South China Sea will soon see increased U.S. military activity from five Philippine bases, following the signing of a deal between Manila and Washington that will allow the Pentagon to deploy conventional forces to the Philippines for the first time in decades
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2016/03/21/these-are-the-new-u-s-military-bases-near-the-south-china-sea-china-isnt-impressed/

13 MARCH 2016

Japanese Self-Defense Forces to support Indonesian navy

The Japanese government will send personnel from the Self-Defense Forces and Coast Guard to Indonesia late this month to help enhance that country’s naval capabilities
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160314_03/

23 FEBRUARY 2016

Military spending in Asia-Pacific to hit US$533b in 2020: Report

By the end of the decade, total defence spending in Asia-Pacific is expected to hit US$533 billion per year, up from US$435 billion in 2015, according to British military publisher IHS Jane’s.
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/report-military-spending-asia-pacific-hit-533b-2020
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/china-tensions-fuel-s748b-arms-race-asia-pacific

13 FEBRUARY 2016

North Korea launch: Chronology of North Korean missile development

North Korea on Sunday (Feb 7) launched a long-range rocket seen by much of the outside world as a covert test of ballistic missile technology for a future weapons system capable of striking the US mainland. These are key dates in the reclusive nation’s missile programme.
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/chronology-of-north-korean-missile-development

9 FEBRUARY 2016

U.S. hopes to deploy THAAD in S. Korea as soon as possible. upseting China

The United States hopes to deploy its Terminal High Altitude Area Defense or THAAD system to the Korean peninsula as soon as possible. « We’d like to see this move as quickly as possible. We are beginning the consultations now in the coming days with the South Koreans and we expect this will move in an expeditious fashion. »
http://www.arirang.com/News/News_View.asp?nseq=188046
http://news.yahoo.com/us-responses-nkorea-nuke-missile-tests-upset-china-050557834.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/world/united-states/us-hopes-to-send-anti-missile-system-to-south-korea-as-quickly-as-possible

8 FEBRUARY 2016

North Korea rocket launch may spur U.S. missile defense buildup in Asia

North Korea’s latest rocket launch might kick off a buildup of U.S. missile defense systems in Asia, U.S. officials and missile defense experts said, something that could further strain U.S.-China ties and also hurt relations between Beijing and Seoul.
http://news.yahoo.com/north-korea-launch-may-spur-talks-u-missile-013336680–finance.html

13 JANUARY 2016

Philippines offers eight bases to US under new military deal

The Philippines has offered the United States eight bases where it can build facilities to store equipment and supplies under a new security deal, a military spokesman said on Wednesday, amid rising tension with China over the South China Sea.
http://atimes.com/2016/01/philippines-offers-eight-bases-to-us-under-new-military-deal/
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/01/14/1542335/8-philippine-camps-eyed-us

12 JANUARY 2016

Philippine Supreme Court allows military deal with U.S. as sides meet in Washington

The Philippines Supreme Court on Tuesday declared constitutional a security deal with the United States allowing an increased U.S. military presence in the former U.S. colony as tension rises in the South China Sea.
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-philippines-usa-idUSKCN0UQ0JK20160112
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/philippines-welcomes-more/2421044.html
http://www.manilatimes.net/high-court-upholds-edca/239110/

10 JANUARY 2016

U.S. B-52 bomber flies over S. Korea in solidarity after N. Korean nuclear claim

A B-52 bomber jet from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam flew over Osan, South Korea, on Sunday « in response to a recent nuclear test by North Korea, » United States Pacific Command said
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/01/10/us/b-52-south-korea/index.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=187136
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3013752

9 DECEMBER 2015

Singapore Ups Commitment to Host US Military Facilities

Singapore continues to double down as recipient and benefactor of the US tilt to Asia, jointly announcing on Dec. 7 – the anniversary of the destruction of the US fleet by the Japanese at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii in 1941 – that it is adding Poseidon P8-A spy planes to an already formidable US presence on the island
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/singapore-commitment-host-us-military-facilities/

4 NOVEMBER 2015

No joint declaration at Asean defense chiefs meeting amid sea tensions

Disagreement between the United States and China over how to address rival claims in the South China Sea marred a gathering of Southeast Asian defence officials on Wednesday, with a joint statement scrapped after ministers failed to agree on its wording
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/asean-defence-chiefs-fail-agree-south-china-sea-statement
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201511040074
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151104_34.html

15 OCTOBER 2015

Barack Obama to keep US troops in Afghanistan through 2016, says ‘it’s the right thing to do’

US President Barack Obama has broken his promise to end the war in Afghanistan on his watch and will leave thousands of troops in the country when he departs the White House, passing the task of resolving America’s « longest war » on to his successor.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/11933444/Barack-Obama-to-slow-US-troop-withdrawals-from-Afghanistan-says-official.html
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/21903-govt-welcomes-obamas-decision

9 SEPTEMBER 2015

Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal ‘not against anyone’ : PM Nawaz

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said that Pakistan would continue to maintain minimum nuclear deterrence for security purposes, but that these weapons are ‘not against any one »
http://www.dawn.com/news/1205878/pakistans-nuclear-arsenal-not-against-anyone-pm-nawaz

24 AUGUST 2015

How to normalise Sino–Japanese defence relations

Since the end of the Cold War, Japan and China have steadily developed their defence and security cooperation on top of maintaining their long-term economic and political partnership
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2015/08/24/how-to-normalise-sino-japanese-defence-relations/

19 AUGUST 2015

Pakistan and Russia sign a landmark defence deal

Pakistan and Russia on Wednesday signed a landmark defence deal that includes the sale of four Mi-35 ‘Hind E’ attack helicopters to Pakistan
http://www.dawn.com/news/1201473/pakistan-russia-sign-landmark-defence-deal

30 JULY 2015

China Accuses US of Militarizing South China Sea

China’s Defense Ministry Thursday accused the United States of « militarizing » the South China Sea by staging patrols and joint military drills there, leading to raised tensions in the disputed region
http://www.voanews.com/content/china-accuses-us-of-militarizing-south-china-sea/2886799.html
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2015-07/30/content_15297878.html

22 JULY 2015

India, Japan, U.S. plan naval exercises in tightening of ties in Indian Ocean

Japan is set to take part in joint naval exercises with India and the United States in the Indian Ocean in October, military and diplomatic sources said, a drill that so riled China eight years ago that Delhi has not since hosted such a multilateral wargame
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/07/22/us-india-military-exercises-idUSKCN0PW1EB20150722

3 JUNE 2015

India, US ink new 10-year defence Framework

India and the US on Wednesday inked an expansive new defence framework to bolster their strategic partnership over the next 10 years, even as they discussed maritime security and the Asia-Pacific in the backdrop of China’s assertive behaviour in the South China Sea
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-US-ink-new-10-year-defence-framework/articleshow/47532249.cms
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2015-06/03/content_15272120.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/04/world/asia/us-defense-secretary-visits-india-build-military-ties.html?

30 MAY 2015

US to step up maritime defense cooperation with Southeast Asia

Through the new Southeast Asia Security Initiative, the U.S. Defense Department is proposing that it help to equip and step up the defense capabilities of Southeast Asian countries, including Vietnam and the Philippines, particularly in maritime matters
http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/International-Relations/US-to-step-up-maritime-defense-cooperation-with-Southeast-Asia

21 MAY 2015

Asia defense spending: New arms race in South China Sea

The Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Taiwan are beefing up their military in the face of increasingly bold incursions in the region by China. But most of that spending is not going to weapons makers in the United States.
http://www.cnbc.com/id/102698589

14 MAY 2015

Analyzing Southeast Asia’s Military Expenditures

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) recently released their 2014 database, which shows robust growth in defense spending throughout Southeast Asia. Though the SIPRI data only goes through 2014, when at least two countries have already announced 2016 defense budgets, it shows important regional trends
http://cogitasia.com/analyzing-southeast-asias-military-expenditures/

30 APRIL 2015

Japan considering joint US air patrols to show China they don’t own the South China Sea

Japan’s military is considering joining the United States in maritime air patrols in the South China Sea in response to China’s increasingly assertive pursuit of territorial claims, a Japanese and a U.S. source familiar with the discussions said.
http://chinadailymail.com/2015/04/30/japan-considering-joint-us-air-patrols-to-show-china-they-dont-own-the-south-china-sea/

27 APRIL 2015

U.S., Japan announce new defense guidelines

The US and Japan signed a new set of defence agreements on Monday that allow for greater co-operation between their militaries at a time of rising Chinese influence in Asia.
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/83bffa24-ecf7-11e4-bebf-00144feab7de.html?siteedition=intl#axzz3YXqvYqpL
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150428_06.html
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0002110981

25 APRIL 2015

US seeks access to eight Philippine bases as part of Asia pivot

The United States has asked for access to Philippine military bases in eight locations to rotate troops, aircraft, and ships as Washington shifts its forces to Asia and as China expands its military presence in the South China Sea
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/476254/news/nation/us-seeks-access-to-philippine-bases-as-part-of-asia-pivot

18 APRIL 2015

Pakistan, China, Iran and the remaking of regional security

The regional security in South Asia and the adjacent regions to the west and north are on the cusp of a profound transformation. Broadly, there are three vectors involved here
http://atimes.com/2015/04/pakistan-china-iran-and-the-remaking-of-regional-security/

16 APRIL 2015

Revelations on China’s Maritime Modernization

To its first unclassified report on China’s navy in six years, the U.S. Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) has just added sophisticated posters detailing Chinese ships and aircraft, equipment, and leadership structure. ONI’s main document, “The PLA Navy: New Capabilities and Missions for the 21st Century,” already offers a cornucopia of new insights and highly vetted data points
http://thediplomat.com/2015/04/revelations-on-chinas-maritime-modernization/
http://www.oni.navy.mil/Intelligence_Community/china.html

14 APRIL 2015

Nuclear tensions rising in South Asia

South Asia, a volatile and unstable region, has been witnessing an escalation in military and nuclear rivalry, somewhat overshadowed by the understandable fears of a nuclear arms race in the Middle East
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-south-asia-32289368

8 APRIL 2015

US approves billion-dollar arms sale to Pakistan

The US State Department has approved Pakistan’s request for a billion dollars worth of military hardware and equipment, identifying Pakistan as a country of vital importance for US foreign policy and national interests
http://www.dawn.com/news/1174606/us-approves-billion-dollar-arms-sale-to-pakistan

19 MARCH 2015

China and Japan hold first security talks in four years

Japan and China held security talks Thursday after a four-year hiatus because of simmering territorial tensions with the two sides agreeing to hold meetings « more frequently » to speed up a thaw in once-frozen relations, officials said http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/502123/japan-china-in-security-talks-after-4-year-break
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31957664

9 MARCH 2015

Pakistan tests missile that could carry nuclear warhead to every part of India

Pakistan on Monday test-fired a ballistic missile that appears capable of carrying a nuclear warhead to ­every part of India, another escalation in Islamabad’s effort to keep pace with its neighboring rival’s formidable military advancements
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/pakistan-tests-missile-that-could-carry-nuclear-warhead-to-every-part-of-india/2015/03/09/920f4f42-c65c-11e4-bea5-b893e7ac3fb3_story.html
http://www.dawn.com/news/1168421/test-launch-of-shaheen-iii-ballistic-missile-successful-ispr

5 MARCH 2015

ISIS has eye on Southeast Asia: Terror expert

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group is beefing up its external operations wing and courting support in South- east Asia, a security expert said at a counter-terrorism meeting here
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/isis-has-eye-southeast-asia-terror-expert

27 FEBRUARY 2015

US sends spy plane to patrol disputed sea

The United States has deployed its newest and most advanced surveillance aircraft for patrols over the West Philippine Sea and South China Sea
ttp://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/us-sends-spy-plane-patrol-disputed-south-china-sea

25 FEBRUARY 1915

N.Korea may have 100 atomic arms by 2020: US experts

North Korea appears poised to expand its nuclear program over the next five years and in a worst case scenario could possess 100 atomic arms by 2020, US researchers warned Tuesday
http://www2.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/482784/n-korea-may-have-100-atomic-arms-by-2020-us-experts

20 FEBRUARY 2015

Turkey eyes deal with China on missile defence

Turkey’s defence minister said on Thursday the country does not plan to integrate a new missile defence system with NATO infrastructure and officials said a US$3.4 billion deal with China was still under consideration
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2015-02/20/content_15229881.html

5 FEBRUARY 2015

India bets on U.S. aircraft carrier technology

India wants to use state-of-the-art U.S. technology to boost the range and potency of a planned aircraft carrier, defense sources said, a move that would tie their arms programs closer together and counter China’s military influence in the region.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/02/05/asia-pacific/india-bets-on-u-s-aircraft-carrier-technology/#.VNPotu83NMs

4 FEBRUARY 2015

 A new cold war?

With the United States’ renewed affection for Asia provoking suspicion from China, will Southeast Asian nations become pawns as the two superpowers battle for influence?
http://sea-globe.com/a-new-cold-war-southeast-asia-globe/

17 JANUARY 2015

Japan seeks closer maritime defence ties with India

Japan’s foreign minister Fumio Kishida used a visit to India on Saturday (Jan 17) to push for tighter maritime security ties between the two nations, as Tokyo seeks to shore up its relationships in Asia to counter an increasingly powerful China.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-seeks-closer/1596552.html

14 JANUARY 2015

Japan approves largest ever defence budget

Japan’s cabinet has approved the country’s largest defence budget, with plans to buy surveillance aircraft and F-35 fighter jets to improve defences of disputed islands amid China’s increasing assertiveness in the region.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2015/01/japan-approves-record-defence-budget-2015114391974279.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/11345913/Japan-approves-largest-ever-defence-budget-as-Hiroshima-mayor-calls-for-peace.html

9 JANUARY 2015

North Korea Seems to Be Closer to Missile-Launching Submarine

North Korea has displayed its cyberattack capabilities and advances toward making nuclear warheads, the country’s adversaries say. Now, the North appears to have shown progress in fitting submarines with missile launchers
http://38north.org/2015/01/jbermudez010815/
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/09/world/asia/north-korea-progress-developing-missile-launching-submarine.html?ref=asia

28 DECEMBER 2014

USA, Japan and South Korea sign a “Sharing Arrangement Concerning the Nuclear and Missile Threats Posed by North Korea”

The Ministry of National Defense of the Republic of Korea, the Ministry of Defense of Japan, and the Department of Defense of the United States of America finalized a trilateral information sharing arrangement concerning the nuclear and missile threats posed by North Korea
http://www.defense.gov/releases/release.aspx?releaseid=17090&source=GovDelivery#%2EVKDXpIcmf9U%2Elinkedin

21 DECEMBER 2014

Taiwan navy to take delivery of new stealth missile corvette

Taiwan’s navy is set to receive a delivery of its first locally designed stealth missile corvette from a Taiwanese shipbuilder during a ceremony slated for Dec. 23, the country’s Ministry of National Defense said Friday.
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20141221000004&cid=1101

19 DECEMBER 2014

Korea, Japan, U.S. Close to Intelligence-Sharing Pact

South Korea, the United States and Japan have produced significant progress on a pact on sharing their military intelligence to better deal with threats from North Korea, Seoul’s defense ministry said
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20141218000971
http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2014/12/19/2014121901519.html

Malaysia’s Defense Budget: A Push to the East

Malaysia’s national security focus is shifting to its eastern state of Sabah, evidenced by the money, personnel, and equipment allocated to the state in the 2015 defense budget. This shift comes in response to incidents along Sabah’s long and porous maritime border with the insecure islands of the southern Philippines. It also belies the deep distrust between the two neighbors over border issues. Malaysia’s interests in the South China Sea also come into play given that the realignment of men and materiel will allow greater force projection into the area.
http://cogitasia.com/malaysias-defense-budget-a-push-to-the-east/

5 DECEMBER 2014

The Okinawa Reality

Geopolitical realities suggest that the recent election of an anti-base candidate is unlikely to change much.
http://thediplomat.com/2014/12/the-okinawa-reality/

30 NOVEMBER 2014

America’s Next Big Challenge: Countering China’s Diplomatic Blitzkrieg

It is clear that China has combined proactive diplomacy with large-scale economic incentives to quell any regional backlash against its maritime assertiveness across the Western Pacific. What will Washington do?http://nationalinterest.org/feature/americas-next-big-challenge-countering-china%E2%80%99s-diplomatic-11754

24 NOVEMBER 2014

Pakistan has the world’s fastest growing nuclear programme in the world, a US-based think tank says

“Pakistan.is believed to have enough fissile material to produce between 110 and 120 nuclear warheads,” says the report Strategic Stability in the Second Nuclear Age Council released by the influential Council on Foreign Relations.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1146584/pakistan-has-worlds-fastest-growing-nuclear-programme-us-think-tank
http://tribune.com.pk/story/796359/pakistan-has-fastest-growing-nuclear-weapons-programme-in-world-report/

21 NOVEMBER 2014

China building possible airfield in South China Sea: US

The vast land reclamation project on the Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly Islands is one of several pursued by China but the first that could accommodate an airstrip, Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Pool said.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-building-possible/1487310.html
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/nov/21/china-building-south-china-sea-island-airstrip-military-installations

17 NOVEMBER 2014

Intelligence chief sidelined for warning China is preparing for war with Japan

American naval officers who publically raise concerns about China’s military capabilities and intentions can find themselves sidelined, their careers stunted. That is the case of Capt. James Fanell, formerly the chief of naval intelligence for the U.S. Pacific Fleet.
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/us-navy-muzzles-china-critic/

13 NOVEMBER 2014

Pakistan successfully test fires Hatf-VI missile

Pakistan on Thursday conducted a successful training launch of intermediate range Shaheen-II (Hatf-VI) ballistic missile, according to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
http://tribune.com.pk/story/790505/pakistan-successfully-test-fires-hatf-vi-missile/

6 NOVEMBER 2014

China conducted two anti-satellite tests: Voice of Russia

China had conducted two anti-satellite tests recently with its new laser technology, Konstantin Sivkov, the first deputy head of the Moscow-based Academy of Geopolitical Problems, told the Voice of Russia on Nov. 6.
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20141106000166&cid=1101

26 OCTOBER 2014

Pacific Powers Build Capability, Warily Eye Neighbor Countries

Ninety percent of the world’s trade flows by sea and the majority of that through narrow, vulnerable straits such as Malacca, Singapore and Taiwan. This has forced the Asia-Pacific region to outspend all other nations, except the US, in procurement of ships and submarines.
http://www.defensenews.com/article/20141026/DEFREG03/310260019/Pacific-Powers-Build-Capability-Warily-Eye-Neighbor-Countries

25 OCTOBER 2014

India clears defence projects worth $13.1 billion

India’s Hindu nationalist government on Saturday cleared long-delayed projects worth $13.1 billion to modernise the nation’s ageing Soviet-era military hardware and boost its domestic defence industry, a report said.
http://www.defensenews.com/article/20141025/DEFREG03/310250024/Report-India-Clears-Defense-Projects-Worth-13-1-Billion
http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/defence-panel-clears-projects-worth-rs-80k-cr-114102500755_1.html

23 OCTOBER 2014

US, South Korea delay Seoul’s wartime control of forces

US and South Korean officials agreed Thursday to delay transfer of the Pentagon’s control of Korean troops in the event of war with the North, with no new transfer date set.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/439359/us-skorea-delay-seoul-wartime-control-of-forces

3 OCTOBER 2014

US lifts 40-year arms ban to boost Vietnam sea defence

In a decision likely to anger China, the US is partly lifting a 40-year ban on arms sales to former foe Vietnam to help boost defences in the tense South China Sea

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/us-lifts-40-year-arms-ban-boost-vietnam-sea-defencehttp://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/10/us-partly-lifts-arms-embargo-vietnam-2014103233416624.html

30 SEPTEMBER 2014

India’s navy: Strong on aircraft carriers, short of submarines

Over the last six weeks, the Indian Navy commissioned three frontline warships, boosting its fleet to 140 vessels. Another 41 warships are being built in the country, including the 40,000-tonne aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant. All these will join a « blue water » navy that will radiate influence across the Indian Ocean
http://www.sify.com/finance/indias-navy-strong-on-aircraft-carriers-short-of-submarines-news-default-oj4dLoegeaggg.html

19 SEPTEMBER 2014

CAMBODIA: SEARCH FOR BALANCED FOREIGN POLICY IN THE REGION
 
Vietnam provided a USD 21,6 million loan for Cambodia for the Royal armed forces modernization. The funds will be mainly allocated for weapons and equipment purchase, personnel training, and medical services, the Vietnamese media report
http://eurasianintelligence.org/news.php?new=88&num

13 SEPTEMBER 2014

The New, Improved Shanghai Cooperation Organization

China’s ambitious goals for the SCO are helped by the imminent addition of three new members.
http://thediplomat.com/2014/09/the-new-improved-shanghai-cooperation-organization/

4 SEPTEMBER 2014

US, S. Korea ‘create army unit to destroy North’s nukes’

South Korea said Thursday it would create a joint military unit with the United States, as a report suggested the contingent would target North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction if a full-scale conflict broke out.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/430495/us-s-korea-create-army-unit-to-destroy-north-nukes

30 AUGUST 204

Taiwan Ministry of Defense warns of China’s might

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is capable of seizing Taiwanese islands, paralyzing the country’s defensive capabilities with cruise and short-range ballistic missiles, as well as by launching amphibious and airborne raids, to take Taiwan proper before forces from other nations could respond, the Ministry of National Defense said
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2014/08/31/2003598665

14 AUGUST 2014

Under threat of a possible fourth North Korean nuclear test, should South Korea develop its own nuclear weapon?

Nuclear tensions are again ratcheting up on the Korean Peninsula, with Pyongyang threatening a fourth nuclear weapons test in what one U.S. analyst described as its new “allergic reaction” to routine military exercises by South Korea and United States scheduled to start on August 18.
http://thediplomat.com/2014/08/nuclear-weapons-for-south-korea/

12 AUGUST 2014

Australia and US sign defence pact

The United States and Australia have signed an agreement to bolster US air and navy presence in northern Australia, under a plan to strengthen defence ties and project more power into the Asia Pacific, where China’s influence is growing.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/08/australia-us-sign-defence-pact-201481251124370185.html

6 AUGUST 2014

Japanese white paper raps China’s dangerous ADIZ

Japan’s defence white paper for 2014 criticises China’s air defence identification zone, which declared unilaterally in November over the East China Sea, as dangerous, asserting the move could result in “unintended consequences,” and expressed strong concern over China’s expansion of military power
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Japanese-white-paper-raps-China’s-dangerous-ADIZ-63125.html

31 JULY 2014

Russia’s Strategic Pakistan Play

Russia’s decision to go ahead with the sale of Mi-35 attack helicopters to Pakistan, even in the face of official Indian concerns, is being seen by some quarters as evidence of a “major” regional re-alignment in the wake of the American drawdown in Afghanistan
http://thediplomat.com/2014/07/russias-strategic-pakistan-play/

21 JULY 2014

Asia’s Most Dangerous Rivalry Heats Up: China vs. Japan

With China rising and Japan seeking to become a « normal nation, » the stage is set for increased tensions
http://nationalinterest.org/feature/asias-most-dangerous-rivalry-heats-china-vs-japan-10918

14 JULY 2014

China and Strategic Imbalance

The recent Shangri-la meeting in Singapore saw some sharp exchanges between Chinese and other participants. Beijing’s deployment of an oil rig protected by more than 80 naval vessels in the South China Sea four days after President Barack Obama’s “reassurance trip” to China’s East Asian neighbors in April 2014 was widely seen as a deliberate and calculated provocation.
http://thediplomat.com/2014/07/china-and-strategic-imbalance/1/

2 JULY 2014

What Japan’s military shift means

The administration of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced a major new interpretation of the security provisions of the country’s 1947 constitution, permitting its Self Defence Forces (SDF) to participate for the first time in collective self-defence related activities
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28122791

27 JUNE 2014

Beijing Explores India, China, Pakistan Joint Security Mechanism

Buoyed by the optimism over the new Indian government’s moves to improve ties with Pakistan and China, Beijing apparently is exploring a trilateral security cooperation with its two neighbours
http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/beijing-explores-india-china-pakistan-joint-security-mechanism-548846

26 JUNE 2014

An Arms Race Explodes in Asia-Pacific

The Asia-Pacific region is now well and truly in an arms race like no other.  China alone is said to have quadrupled its military spending since 2000. Indeed, in 2013 Asian countries spent a combined US$322 billion on military budgets compared to US$262 billion in 2010
http://www.asiasentinel.com/society/arms-race-explodes-asia-pacific/

24 JUNE 2014 

Aquino backs Abe’s bid to amend Japan charter for stronger military

President Aquino on Tuesday endorsed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s push to amend Japan’s constitution and expand the Japanese role on regional security amid China’s expansionism moves
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/107009/aquino-backs-japans-larger-military-role

23 JUNE 2014

Arctic Fusion: Russia and China Convergent Strategies

Is the Arctic becoming a Sino-Russian lake? The question must be asked, because of the way these two Eurasian giants are gaining a massive and coordinated influence in the whole Arctic region, taking advantage of the geophysical changes caused by global warming
https://www.redanalysis.org/2014/06/23/arctic-fusion-russia-china-convergent-strategies/

20 JUNE 2014

Revisiting India’s Nuclear Doctrine

Ever since the release of India’s nuclear doctrine in 2003, there have been occasional appeals for its review. Such appeals in the past were limited and went largely unnoticed without generating any meaningful discussion. However, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) 2014 election manifesto promising to “update and review” country’s decade-old nuclear weapons’ doctrine has triggered a serious debate
http://www.eurasiareview.com/20062014-revisiting-indias-nuclear-doctrine-analysis/

10 JUNE 2014

The Philippines’ Slowly Modernizes its Defense Capabilities

The Philippine economy has been one of the fastest-growing in Asia in recent years, and if there is ever a time for Manila to invest in boosting its military capability, it is now. The Philippines has born the brunt of Chinese aggression in the South China Sea, with standoffs on the Scarborough Shoal, Second Thomas Shoal, and most recently a land reclamation project on Johnson Atoll. Yet, given decades of neglect, recent modernization efforts by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) look pretty anemic.
http://cogitasia.com/the-philippines-slowly-modernizes-its-defense-capabilities/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cogitasia%2FZCwV+%28cogitASIA+Posts%29

7 JUNE 2014

S. Korea donates warship to Manila

South Korea will donate a corvette warship to the poorly-equipped Philippine navy amid growing tensions — particularly with China — over maritime territorial disputes in the region, the government said
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/414039/s-korea-donates-warship-to-manila

5 JUNE 2014

A Rising China, India and the US – A Triangular Relationship in a Multipolar World

http://www.andrewleunginternationalconsultants.com/files/a-rising-china-india-and-the-us—the-global-analyst-june-2014.pdf

1 JUNE 2014

China Calls Japan, US Comments on Disputed Areas ‘Provocative’

China on Sunday strongly denounced Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US defence chief Chuck Hagel for making « provocative » speeches against Beijing
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10867878/China-accuses-US-defence-chief-Chuck-Hagel-and-Japanese-Prime-Minister-Shinzo-Abe-of-provocative-speeches.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/china-rejects-remarks-by-us-japan-on-disputed-territories/1926961.html

Japan, Vietnam deepen defence ties

Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera and Vietnamese Defence Minister Gen Phung Quang Thanh agreed Sunday to strengthen defence cooperation amid alarm in both countries over China’s maritime assertiveness in the East and South China seas
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/413008/japan-vietnam-deepen-defence-ties

31 MAY 2014

US says China a ‘destabilising’ force in Asia-Pacific region

The United States on Saturday accused China of acting as a “destabilising” force in pursuing its territorial claims in the South China Sea, saying its failure to resolve disputes with its neighbours threatens the region’s long-term progress
http://www.france24.com/en/20140531-usa-chuck-hagel-says-china-destabilising-force/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/05/us-china-destabilising-asia-pacific-region-20145317512706660.html

30 MAY 2014

Japan plans more proactive role in Asian security

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed Friday that his country would play a larger role in promoting peace in Asia, and called for the rule of law to be upheld in the region. http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/412722/japan-plans-more-proactive-role-in-asian-security http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27630604

China frets over Japanese nuclear program

Chinese officials are eyeing Japan’s plutonium stocks with increasingly alarm as their East Asian neighbor shifts to the right, suspecting that the real intention is to retain the option of developing nuclear weapons. With territorial issues intensifying concerns, the nuclear issue has potential to further undermine regional security if left to fester

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/CHIN-01-300514.html

25 MAY 2014

China and Japan trade blame over plane action

Japan and China have traded accusations after China scrambled fighter jets when Japanese military aircraft entered an air defence zone declared by Beijing over the East China Sea
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/05/china-japan-trade-blame-over-plane-action-2014525123455438729.html
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/25/china-japan-jets-south-china-sea

27 APRIL 2014

Philippines agrees to 10-year pact allowing US military presence

The United States and the Philippines have reached a 10-year pact that would allow a larger US military presence in this south-east Asian nation as it grapples with increasingly tense territorial disputes with China, White House officials said on Sunday

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/27/philippines-us-military-presence-china-dispute http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-us-sign-defence-pact

22 APRIL 2014

The US and China and others countries sign deal to ease maritime tension

The United States and countries bordering the Pacific have signed a deal to reduce the chance of accidental clashes at sea
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27118587
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/regional-news/2014/04/23/406037/Asia-Pacific-navies.htm

15 APRIL 2014

Asia bucks military spending decline

For the second year in a row, the world is spending a little less on the military. Asia however has failed to get the memo

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/15/north-koreans-complain-london-hairdresser-kim-jong-un

7 APRIL 2014

US House Approves Frigate Sale to Taiwan

The House approved the sale of 4 naval frigates to Taiwan while reaffirming its commitment to the Taiwan Relations Act
http://thediplomat.com/2014/04/us-house-approves-frigate-sale-to-taiwan/

25 MARCH 2014

China to have nuclear missiles on subs soon: US admiral

China for the first time will likely have subs equipped with long-range nuclear missiles later this year, part of an increasingly potent submarine fleet, a top US officer said
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/401778/china-to-have-nuclear-missiles-on-subs-soon-us-admiral

19 MARCH 2014

Is Taiwan’s Military Becoming Too Small to Fight?

With conscription ending and budgets limited, Taiwan may have to make do with a smaller defense force
http://thediplomat.com/2014/03/is-taiwans-military-becoming-too-small-to-fight/1/

14 MARCH 2014

Philippines Reaches Consensus on Temporary US Military Facilities

Philippine officials announced that they have reached a “consensus” with the United States on a plan to host temporary U.S. military facilities on Philippine bases. The two countries are in the last stages of negotiations to increase the number of American troop visits each year
http://www.voanews.com/content/philippines-reaches-consensus-on-temporary-us-military-facilities/1870967.html

10 MARCH 2014

A New Security Alliance for Asia-Pacific

The creation of a multinational defense organization, not unlike NATO, might be one solution to preserve stability and security in Asia-Pacific.

http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/security-alliance-asia-pacific/

4 MARCH 2014

Why Washington Can’t Restrain Tokyo

The current U.S. security posture in East Asia leaves it with few options should a crisis escalate

http://thediplomat.com/2014/03/why-washington-cant-restrain-tokyo/

5 FEBRUARY 2014

China’s military rise forcing Asian defence splurge

China’s growing military might is forcing its neighbours to ramp up their defence spending but it will be decades before it rivals the United States as a military superpower, the IISS think tank said
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/393409/china-military-rise-forcing-asian-defence-splurge

14 JANUARY 2014

U.S. military reinforcements in South Korea target North Korea, China

The U.S. is reinforcing its military strength on the Korean Peninsula in an apparent move to better cope with potential security threats from an unpredictable North Korea and a more militarily assertive China.
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140114000854

9 JANUARY 2014

Is it time to create an ‘Asian NATO’?

China’s bullying tactics in the East China Sea and South China Sea will only increase with its expanding military might despite President Obama’s much-heralded pivot to Asia. The pivot is not enough. Washington must elevate regional military cooperation if China is to be deterred.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jan/9/lyons-an-asian-maritime-alliance/#!

1 JANUARY 2014

China’s military presence is growing. Does a superpower collision loom?

Who holds the key to the future of East Asia? As US influence recedes, arch-enemies China and Japan are flexing their muscles

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/01/china-military-presence-superpower-collision-japan#!

30 DECEMBER 2013

Japanese goverment wants sea lanes part of self-defence

Japan wants to join patrols of vital sea lanes with foreign forces and launch counter attacks if ships of other nations come under attack
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Japanese-govt-wants-sea-lanes-part-of-self-defence-55538.html

10 DECEMBER 2013

Senkaku Islands tensions drive Russia and Japan closer

Increased tensions between China and Japan over the Senkaku Islands in the South China Sea are driving Russia and Japan closer.
http://www.worldreview.info/content/senkaku-islands-tensions-drive-russia-and-japan-closer?goback=%2Egde_2163586_member_5816189462866046977#%21

28 NOVEMBER 2013

Japan and S Korea defy China defence zone

Japan and South Korea said they have defied China’s newly-declared air defence zone with military overflights, showing Beijing a united front after US B-52 bombers did the same.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/11/japan-skorea-defy-china-defence-zone-20131128131156925437.html

26 NOVEMBER 2013

US military aircraft defies China’s new defence zone to fly over disputed East China Sea

The United States sent a clear message to China not to over-step its territorial ambitions in the East China Sea by flying a pair of B-52 nuclear bombers through air-space disputed by Japan and China.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10476579/US-military-aircraft-defies-Chinas-new-defence-zone-to-fly-over-disputed-East-China-Sea.html
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/b2a6c054-56c9-11e3-ab12-00144feabdc0.html#axzz2lmxnvOGr
http://www.euronews.com/2013/11/26/us-aircraft-fly-over-disputed-china-air-zone/

23 NOVEMBER 2013

China establishes ‘air-defence zone’ over East China Sea

China has demarcated an « air-defence identification zone » over an area of the East China Sea, covering islands that are also claimed by Japan. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25062525 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/11/japan-protests-new-china-air-defence-zone-2013112313117557543.html http://www.euronews.com/2013/11/23/china-air-defence-zone-sparks-fresh-row-with-japan/ http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2013-11/24/content_17127120.htm

7 NOVEMBER 2013

A strategic pearl for US-Philippine ties

Manila’s development of Oyster Bay has been driven in part by rising traffic at Subic Bay, particularly as more American battleships drop anchors at its piers. According to the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), 72 US warships and submarines visited Subic between January and June this year. That figure compares with 88 US naval vessel visits in 2012, 54 in 2011 and 51 in 2010. The figures exclude port calls made in Manila and other ports outside Subic. http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/SEA-01-071113.html

16 OCTOBER 2013

How Dependent are East Asian States on Arms Imports?

In 2012, Asian states spent more on defense than European states for the first time in modern history, with both arms sales to Asia and Asian defense budgets rising substantially. What role do arms imports play in Asian military modernization relative to domestic defense production?

http://cogitasia.com/how-dependent-are-east-asian-states-on-arms-imports/

2 OCTOBER 2013

US, South Korea Announce ‘Tailored Deterrence’ Strategy

The United States and South Korea today agreed to establish “a bilateral strategy for tailored deterrence against … North Korean nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said during a press conference http://www.eurasiareview.com/02102013-us-south-korea-announce-tailored-deterrence-strategy/ http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/10/02/20782403-us-s-korea-sign-tailored-deterrence-pact-against-threat-of-kim-jong-uns-wmds?lite

27 SEPTEMBER 2013

Chinese Firm to Co-Produce Turkey Missile Defense System

NATO member Turkey has chosen a Chinese defense firm that has been hit by U.S. sanctions to co-produce a $4 billion long-range air and missile defense system, rejecting rival bids from Russian, U.S. and European firms

http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-chinese-firm-under-us-sanctions-wins-turkey-missile-defense-system-tender/1758277.html

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/326c5442-278c-11e3-8feb-00144feab7de.html?siteedition=intl

27 SEPTEMBER 2013

China-U.S. Military Ties on the Upswing

In less than two years, China-U.S. military relations have experienced a remarkable turnaround. President Xi Jinping in particular has expressed strong support for developing more military exchanges as part of his concept of a “new type great power relationship” between the People’s Republic of China and the United States.
http://www.jamestown.org/regions/chinaasiapacific/single/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=41421&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=52&cHash=e1e47c7d7cff5f0850126680300dc7f3#.UkskvctOLIU

9 SEPTEMBER 2013

Boeing Looks Set to Win South Korea fighter Deal

Boeing is set to inch closer to clinching a multibillion-dollar deal to sell 60 F-15 Silent Eagle jets to South Korea, as its competitors have effectively been priced out of the contest.

http://www.defencereviewasia.com/articles/237/Boeing-Looks-Set-to-Win-South-Korea-fighter-Deal

9 SEPTEMBER 2013

More US boots on Philippine soil

The Philippines has provisionally agreed to allow for stronger US military presence on its soil
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/SEA-01-090913.html

8 SEPTEMBER 2013

A Salutation To Arms: Asia’s Military Buildup, Its Reasons And Its Implications – Analysis

This year, Asian defense spending will surpass that of Europe for the first time in over half a millennium. A steep drop in European military expenditures after the Cold War, a concurrent and steady rise in Chinese expenditures, and a recent sharp increase in defense spending across the rest of Asia rapidly closed the gap between the two continents.

http://www.eurasiareview.com/08092013-a-salutation-to-arms-asias-military-buildup-its-reasons-and-its-implications-analysis/

16 AUGUST 2013

China, Japan, and India’s Asian Arms Race

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-08-16/china-japan-and-indias-asian-arms-race?goback=%2Egde_134242_member_266504416#%21

14 AUGUST 2013

US think tank for closer India-US security cooperation

Washington: Given « India’s growing strategic importance, coupled with gaps in its homeland security enterprise, » an American think tank has suggested closer cooperation and coordination between India and the US to advance security interests of both.
http://twocircles.net/2013aug06/us_think_tank_closer_indiaus_security_cooperation.html?goback=%2Egde_150544_member_263827591#%21

3 AUGUST 2013

Philippines acquiring French vessel for West Philippines Sea

The Philippines said Saturday it is purchasing a surplus French Navy vessel to boost its forces in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) where it has an ongoing territorial dispute with China.
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/320461/news/nation/phl-acquiring-french-vessel-for-west-phl-sea

16 JULY 2013

Military Dynamics in South Asia

India’s conventional military capabilities continue to pull ahead of Pakistan’s while also falling behind China’s. Today, the CSS’s Prem Mahadevan examines the evolving military balance among these powers, to include the impact of cross-border terrorism and India’s naval ambitions in the South China Sea.

http://www.isn.ethz.ch/Digital-Library/Articles/Detail/?ots591=4888caa0-b3db-1461-98b9-e20e7b9c13d4&lng=en&id=166546

12 JULY 2013

NATO and Its Limits in the Asia-Pacific

A NATO delegation headed by the Chairman of NATO’s Military Committee, General Knud Bartels discussed regional security with counterparts from Asian countries including General Shigeru Iwasaki, Chief of the Joint Staff of Japan’s Self Defense Force and Lieutenant General Qi Jianguo, Deputy Chief of General Staff of China’s People’s Liberation Army in which they reportedly had an open discussion on the security situation in Central, South and Northeast Asia

http://www.jamestown.org/regions/chinaasiapacific/single/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=41120&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=52&cHash=9d1a9227cf70ee122ce7683e197cf0c8#.UeGRW8tOLVI

1 JULY 2013

Philippine president vows to rebuild air force by 2016

Philippine President Benigno Aquino vowed on Monday to acquire fighter jets, air defence radar and other equipment within three years to bolster the country’s weak air force, amid a territorial dispute with China. http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/357802/philippine-president-vows-to-rebuild-air-force-by-2016                                                                                                                  http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/436579/aquino-vows-to-beef-up-philippines-air-power

19 JUNE 203

Su-35 will give China air superiority in East Asia

After purchasing Su-35 advanced fighters from Russia, the PLA Air Force will be able to dominate the skies over East Asia between 2016 and 2018, according to the Kanwa Defense Review published by Andrei Chang in Canada.                                               http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130619000136&cid=1101

South Korea to Buy European Long-Range Missiles

South Korea has decided to upgrade its long-range missile arsenal with European-made weapons, after the Pentagon did not approve the sale of similar U.S. technology.                                                                                    http://www.voanews.com/content/skorea-to-buy-european-longrange-missiles/1684646.html

15 JUNE 2013

Asia-Pacific and a Common Defense

While serving as US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton was said to have considered evolving NATO to address the Pacific, thus creating, or at least modifying the organization. Little emerged from the hypothetical « Pacific–Atlantic Treaty Organization. » However, the need to establish a functional security organization in Asia-Pacific remains present. http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5500&Itemid=262

6 JUNE 2013

Taiwan Military Reform: Declining Operational Capabilities?

On June 6, Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) released its first “Blue Paper” evaluating Taiwan’s defense requirements. Although the report probably serves a political purpose, the DPP’s critical assessment of Taiwan’s military budget, readiness and acquisition joins several other recent developments raising questions about the island’s warfighting capabilities                                                                                                          http://www.jamestown.org/regions/chinaasiapacific/single/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=40996&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=52&cHash=de1474d596c6712a34e9845332c977aa

29 MAY 2013

World eyes China’s coexistence strategy

China is no longer merely a passive recipient of the world order, but it has become a key factor in determining the foreign and defense policy choices that are open to other international actors. http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/CHIN-01-290513.html

23 MAY 2013

China Has Drones. Now What?

http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/139405/andrew-erickson-and-austin-strange/china-has-drones-now-what

13 MAY 013

Why China and the US won’t go to war over the South China Sea

China’s increasing assertiveness in the South China Sea is challenging US primacy in the Asia Pacific. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/05/13/why-china-and-the-us-wont-go-to-war-over-the-south-china-sea/

3 MAY 2013

China’s Military and the U.S.-Japan Alliance in 2030: A Strategic Net Assessment

The emergence of the People’s Republic of China as an increasingly significant military power in the Western Pacific presents major implications for Japan, the U.S.-Japan alliance, and regional security. But a comprehensive assessment of the current and possible future impact of China’s military capabilities and foreign security policies on Tokyo and the alliance, along with a detailed examination of the capacity and willingness of both the United States and Japan to respond to this challenge, is missing from the current debate. Such an analysis is essential for Washington and Tokyo to better evaluate the best approaches for maintaining deterrence credibility and regional stability over the long term. http://carnegieendowment.org/2013/05/03/china-s-military-and-u.s.-japan-alliance-in-2030-strategic-net-assessment/g234?goback=%2Egde_140572_member_238080610

15 APRIL 2013

Singapore and the US: an extraordinary relationship’ get closer

While Julia Gillard was preparing for her high-profile visit to China, less noticed by the Australian media was a visit to the United States from 1 to 4 April by Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Lee took a senior delegation of ministers and officials and was afforded excellent access: a meeting with President Obama, and calls with the Secretaries of State, Defense and Treasury among others. As Obama put it in his remarks to the media during Lee’s call, the US has an ‘extraordinary relationship’ with Singapore: ‘We have extremely close military cooperation. And I want to thank Singapore for all the facilities that they provide that allow us to maintain our effective Pacific presence.’ http://www.aspistrategist.org.au/singapore-and-the-us-an-extraordinary-relationship-gets-closer/

28 MARCH 2013

US deploys bombers amid Korea tensions

The United States has deployed two nuclear-capable stealth bombers over South Korea as part of a « deterrence » mission over the Korean peninsula.                                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/2013327151221264924.html                                                      http://www.voanews.com/content/us-sends-b2-bombers-over-korean-peninsula/1630176.html

21 MARCH 2013

Problems with the Asia Pivot

Tom Donilon, the U.S. national security advisor, was at the Asia Society in New York last week to talk about the Obama administration’s effort to shift Washington’s strategic focus away from the military quagmires of the Greater Middle East to the dynamism of Asia – a region where, as the president puts it, “the action’s going to be.”  Unveiled to much fanfare  in late 2011, this signature initiative – variously known as the “pivot” or the strategic “rebalance” – is all about shoring up the U.S. presence in a vital region that is increasingly under the sway of an ascendant China                                                                       http://monstersabroad.wordpress.com/2013/03/21/problems-with-the-asia-pivot/?goback=%2Egde_160896_member_225285368

15 MARCH 2013

Asia’s defence spending overtook Europe’s for the first time last year

Asia’s defence spending overtook Europe’s for the first time last year, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) said on Thursday, reflecting China’s military rise and shrinking European economies                                                             http://www.dailymirror.lk/business/other/26702-asias-defence-spending-overtakes-europes-iiss-.html                                                                                                     http://www.irrawaddy.org/archives/29441

14 MARCH 2013

India in talks with Russia on lease of second nuclear submarine

India is ready to finance the completion of a partly constructed nuclear submarine which sits at the Amur Shipbuilding Plant in the Russian Far East, the Russian government news agency RIA Novosti quoted an unnamed “highly-placed” source in the defence industry. http://defenceforumindia.com/forum/indian-navy/48818-india-talks-russia-lease-second-nuclear-submarine.html

12 MARCH 2013

China’s military development, beyond the number

While reports warn of China’s rising military budget and lack of transparency, numbers and hyped headlines often cloud the bigger picture.             http://thediplomat.com/2013/03/12/chinas-military-development-beyond-the-numbers/

7 MARCH 2013

China-Russia partnership to combat Obama’s ‘Asia Pivot’ strategy

A potential partnership may be formed between China and Russia in Northeast Asia to combat the « Asia Pivot » strategy of the United States, reports Duowei News, an outlet operated by overseas Chinese.                                                                                        http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130307000087&cid=1101

US, China take part in Pakistan naval drills

The United States and China began naval drills in the Arabian Sea with Pakistan and other countries on Thursday, the Pakistani navy said, in a show of strength against terrorism and piracy.                                                                                                              http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130307-407050.html

5 MARCH 2013

Countering Maritime Piracy and Robbery in Southeast Asia: The Role of the ReCAAP Agreement (see PDF)                                                                                                http://www.asiaobserver.org/asean

2 MARCH 2013

Chinese trader indicted in US accused of busting Iran missile embargo

A Chinese businessman indicted in the United States over sales of missile parts to Iran is still making millions of dollars from the trade, say security officials who monitor compliance with Western and U.N. sanctions.                 http://openchannel.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/01/17147929-chinese-trader-indicted-in-us-accused-of-busting-iran-missile-embargo?lite

26 FEBRUARY 2013

China unveils new stealth missile frigates

China has launched the first ship in a new class of stealth missile frigates, state media have reported, amid ongoing tensions with neighbouring countries over Beijing’s maritime claims.                                                                                                    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/26/china-new-stealth-missile-frigates                                                                                                                            http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-21590331

23 FEBRUARY 2013

Pakistan’s nuclear weapons safety and security

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/columns/23-Feb-2013/pakistan-s-nuclear-weapons-safety-and-security

15 FEBRUARY 2013

Why arms race? Why Asia isn’t Europe 1913

In the Asia-Pacific region many media outlets and pundits fear that a naval arms race is indeed developing and lament its possible consequences. It is not hard to see why                                                                                                                                                       http://thediplomat.com/2013/02/15/what-arms-race-why-asia-isnt-europe-1913/

14 FEBRUARY 2013

South Korea says new cruise missile can strike North as regional tensions rise

South Korea sent a stern warning to North Korea on Thursday, two days after the North tested a nuclear bomb, saying it could strike the isolated state if it believed an attack was imminent as it deployed a new cruise missile to drive home its point. http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/14/16961138-south-korea-says-new-cruise-missile-can-strike-north-as-regional-tensions-rise?lite

13 FEBRUARY 2013

India bribery scandal threatens to ground $750-million copter deal

India’s defense minister threatened Wednesday to cancel a $750-million helicopter deal with an Italian defense company if an official investigation proves contracts were secured through kickbacks, in the latest corruption scandal to hit the Congress Party-led government in advance of a 2014 general election.                                                                                                                     http://www.latimes.com/news/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-india-helicopter-20120213,0,7057311.story?track=rss

10 FEBRUARY 2013

France upbeat on prospects for Indian fighter jet deal- minister

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Sunday that talks with India to finalise the purchase of French Rafale war planes were looking up.                                                                                                                                                                                                               http://www.sify.com/news/france-upbeat-on-prospects-for-indian-fighter-jet-deal-minister-news-international-nclcaejajig.html

29 JANUARY 2013

South Korea’s Unsustainable Military Build-Up

South Korea takes immense pride in its powerful military. According to Globalfirepower.com South Korea (or the ROK) ranked 8th overall in military strength. Indeed, Scott Snyder’s recent CSIS report argues that one noteworthy trend of late “is South Korea’s emergence as a producer rather than a consumer of international security goods despite an ongoing threat from North Korea (or DPRK). http://journal.georgetown.edu/2013/01/28/south-koreas-unsustainable-military-build-up-by-jeong-lee/comment-page-1/#comment-121846

28 JANUARY 203

Main battle tanks in Asia

Whereas many militaries are moving towards lighter and more mobile armoured vehicles, Asia’s infatuation with tanks shows no sign of wavering. In fact, the reverse is true, with several nations adopting main battle tanks (MBTs) for the first time in recent years. http://www.defencereviewasia.com/articles/204/MAIN-BATTLE-TANKS-IN-ASIA

China carries out anti-missile test

China tested emerging military technology aimed at destroying missiles in mid-air after an initial test in 2010, state media said, in a move that will unnerve its neighbours.                                                                                                                           http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/28/china-anti-missile-test

Taiwan president presses for US subs deal

Taiwan urged the United States on Monday to honour an agreement to supply submarines to replace its current elderly fleet, as a US congressional group visited the island to evaluate defence needs In April 2001 then-President George W Bush approved the sale of eight conventional submarines as part of Washington’s most comprehensive arms package for the island since 1992 http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1250770/1/.html

16 JANUARY 2013

US pivot sparks Asian arms race

Against the backdrop of renewed large-scale US military sales to Asian allies, and with newly re-elected US President Barack Obama choosing the region as his first official foreign destination, regional maritime disputes between China and Southeast Asian states are poised to intensify in the months ahead.                                                                                                                http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/OA17Ae01.html

8 JANUARY 2013

South Korea to speed up development of new missiles

South Korea’s new government is to hasten the development and deployment of missiles capable of striking targets anywhere in North Korea. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/southkorea/9786877/South-Korea-to-speed-up-development-of-new-missiles.html

Japanese destroyer could be modified into aircraft carrier

After purchasing F-35 Lighting II aircraft from the United States, the 22DDH class destroyer currently being built by Japan could be easily modified into an aircraft carrier, according to Duowei News, an outlet operated by overseas Chinese.                  http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130108000104&cid=1101

2 JANUARY 2013

Pakistan’s tactical nukes

Pakistan is developing a new generation of smaller « tactical » nuclear weapons. The dangers and challenges such arms present are very real. http://thediplomat.com/2013/01/02/pakistans-new-nuclear-problem/

1 JANUARY 2013

Tokyo eyeing purchase of US spy drones

The Japanese government has embarked on a plan to acquire the Global Hawk–a high-altitude, long-distance unmanned surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft–from the United States to enhance the ability of Self-Defence Forces (SDF) to collect information, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned.                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=40822&sec=1

31 DECEMBER 2012

Taiwan upgrades dozens of fighter jets

Taiwan plans to complete the first stage of an ambitious plan to upgrade its fighter jet force by the end of 2013, in an effort to maintain a credible deterrent against China into the 2030s.                                                                                                                             http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20121231-392707.html

26 DECEMBER 2012

US proposes sale of spy drones to S Korea

The administration of US President Barack Obama formally proposed a controversial sale of advanced spy drones to help South Korea bear more of its defence from any attack by the heavily armed North.                                                                                            http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/12/20121226183333131143.html

20 DECEMBER 2012

Asian region UAV capability on the rise

The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) industry is one of the fastest growing military aviation markets. The Asia-Pacific region in particular is investing in these highly useful aircraft on a grand scale, either by buying foreign designs or, in many cases, producing aircraft locally. China, India, South Korea and Pakistan are making notable progress in this regard.

http://www.defencereviewasia.com/articles/195/Asian-region-UAV-capability-on-the-rise

19 DECEMBER 2012

India Pokes Nose into South China Sea

Indian Navy Chief Admiral D.K. Joshi’s recent comment that India will protect its interests in the South China Sea by « sending forces » if need be, has created consternation in the region and added to the tensions generated by the countries already laying claim to various parts of the seat) http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5059&Itemid=174

13 DECEMBER 2012

The strategic triangle : US-China-Taiwan

When it comes to the US-China-Taiwan relations, the initial assertion tells us that without US backing, declaration of de jure independence is simply not a feasible option for Taiwan. But the complicating factor is that Washington not only has an interest in the security of Taiwan but also in stable relations with China, particularly after growing bilateral ties. Thus, the maintenance of the status quo turns out to be US policy, too. To achieve such a goal, the US has adopted strategic ambiguity as the cornerstone of its policy toward the cross-Strait relations for the past few decades.                                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.sharnoffsglobalviews.com/the-strategic-triangle-us-china-taiwan-relations/

29 NOVEMBER 2012

The Problem From Hell: South Asia’s Arms Race

India has responded to Pakistan’s nuclear build-up by innovating and adopting a controversial concept called « Cold Start. »
http://thediplomat.com/2012/11/29/nuclear-south-asia-the-problem-from-hell/

15 NOVEMBER 2012

Thailand Defence pact with US ‘only reaffirms ties’

The 2012 Joint Vision Statement for the Thai-US Defence Alliance, to be signed during the visit of US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta today, posed no legal difficulties in terms of the Constitution and would have no impact on strategic ties with China, Defence Minister Sukampol Suwannathat said
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Defence-pact-with-US-only-reaffirms-ties-30194375.html

14 NOVEMBER 2012

Expanding Military to Military Engagement: China and Thailand

As U.S. Defense Secretary Panetta turns north from Australia on his way to Thailand and Cambodia today, he should carefully consider the trends in China’s military to military relationship with Thailand.
http://cogitasia.com/expanding-military-to-military-engagement-china-and-thailand/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cogitasia%2FZCwV+%28cogitASIA+Posts%29

14 NOVEMBER 2012

US defence pact ‘won’t affect’ Thai neutrality

Security experts said this week that Thailand would not lose its neutrality after the decision to sign a new defence agreement with the United States during the upcoming visit of President Barack Obama, but the country must be careful not to be seen as moving too close to the American orbit
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/US-defence-pact-wont-affect-Thai-neutrality-30194293.html

9 NOVEMBER 2012

Japan turns to US amid fears over China

Japan’s defence minister has called for revision of the guidelines that govern its military co-operation with the US, amid concern in the region over China’s increasingly assertive maritime policies and rapidly growing naval power.
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/4ddae432-2a62-11e2-a137-00144feabdc0.html?goback=%2Egde_1569157_member_184578755#axzz2B9u2L8sh

1 NOVEMBER 2012

 U.S. Navy take notice: China is becoming a world-class military shipbuilder

China’s military shipyards now are surpassing Western European, Japanese, and Korean military shipbuilders in terms of both the types and numbers of ships they can build. If Beijing prioritizes progress, China’s military shipbuilding technical capabilities can likely become as good as Russia’s are now by 2020 and will near current U.S. shipbuilding technical proficiency levels by 203
http://thediplomat.com/2012/11/01/u-s-navy-take-notice-china-is-becoming-a-world-class-military-shipbuilder/

18 OCTOBER 2012

India’s aircraft carrier hits more troubled waters

India’s long-stated intention to procure an aircraft carrier has suffered a further blow, hurting efforts to match China’s growing maritime clout, especially in the Indian Ocean region and the South China Sea, where India has invested to explore for oil and gas. The deferment by at least a year was conveyed last week by Russia, which is reconditioning the Admiral Gorshkov at an already escalated price of US$2.3 billion. The ship rechristened INS Vikramaditya was to have been delivered this year after several delays already http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/NJ19Df01.html

17 OCTOBER 2012

Tokyo’s Missing Muscle

Recent rhetoric concerning the East China Sea and the Senkaku Islands, which the Chinese call the Diaoyu Islands, makes it appear that the Japanese government is taking a tougher approach on foreign policy and military affairs. Its decision to purchase the disputed islands in September triggered outrage from China and spawned observations that Japan is veering toward the right.
http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/138194/takashi-yokota-and-kirk-spitzer/tokyos-missing-muscle


The defence of narrow seas in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asian states are trying to build up toward an unprecedented level of naval modernisation as tensions in the South China Sea test their abilities to find diplomatic solutions to their territorial disputes. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2012/10/17/the-defence-of-narrow-seas-in-southeast-asia/

16 OCTOBER 2012

Japan, U.S. may conduct joint drill to retake remote island

The Japanese and U.S. governments are considering holding a joint military exercise on an uninhabited island in Okinawa Prefecture in November. The exercise would simulate the coordination of forces to recover an island occupied by an enemy, according to sources close to the Japanese government.
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T121015001953.htm

15 OCTOBER 2012

Taiwan’s defence spending up 1.8 % in past decade

Taiwan’s defence spending has grown a mere 1.8-per cent over the past decade, the lowest increase among five Asian countries analysed in a recent study released by a US-based thinktank Monday 15. http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=37765&sec=1

12 OCTOBER 2012

Asian Powers Increase Military Spending

A new study shows that over the past decade, five Asian powers have increased military spending to levels among the highest in the world, with China leading the way. The study released Monday by the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies says China has quadrupled its defense budget since 2000. It also says India, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan have dramatically increased their military spending.
http://www.voanews.com/content/asian-powers-increase-military-spending/1527155.html

7 OCTOBER 2012

US and S Korea announce new missile deal

South Korea has reached a landmark agreement with the United States to extend the reach of Seoul’s ballistic missiles by more than twice the current limit to counter the threat from North Korea, the government said. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/10/20121076301997225.html http://www.euronews.com/2012/10/07/south-korea-increases-ballistic-missile-capability/

6 OCTOBER 2012

2 U.S. carriers deployed to W. Pacific

Two aircraft carrier strike groups of the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet have been deployed since mid-September to the Western Pacific in an apparent attempt to keep the activities of the Chinese military in check amid growing Japan-China tension over the Senkaku Islands.
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T121005002922.htm

20 AUGUST 2012

US selling eight Apache helicopters to Indonesia

The United States is to sell eight Apache helicopters to Indonesia in a sign of strengthening ties aimed at boosting regional security, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1227194/1/.html

17 SEPTEMBER 2012

EAST CHINA SEA DISPUTE
Beijing more sensitive to war tremors

Long-standing historical and geopolitical tensions between Japan and China are coming to a head over a group of islands in the East China Sea. The struggle for sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands (called Senkaku Islands in Japan) is heating up at a dangerous time for both countries. While Japan faces crucial elections, massive protests against Japan erupted in dozens of Chinese cities. In some places, anger was vented against Japanese products and brands. Protesters overturned Japanese-brand cars, set fire to buildings, and smashed Japanese-made electronics.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/NI18Ad01.html

14 SEPTEMBER 2012

Philippines on frontline of US-China rivalry

The Philippines has emerged as a frontline state in the rivalry between the United States and China for Southeast Asian power and influence. Locked in a bitter territorial dispute with Beijing in the South China Sea, and with no prospects of a diplomatic resolution in sight, Manila has moved to bolster to its long-standing strategic alliance with Washington.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NI15Ae02.html

Defying Japan, China sends ships to disputed islands

Six Chinese ships entered waters surrounding a disputed island chain claimed by both China and Japan on Friday amid deteriorating relations between the two regional powers, prompting Japan to summon its Chinese ambassador in protes
http://www.france24.com/en/20120914-china-defies-japan-sending-ships-disputed-islands-diaoyu-senkaku http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/09/201291445921803663.html http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/49027621/ns/world_news-asia_pacific/

11 SEPTEMBER 2012

S. Korea to increase budget for missiles

South Korea will spend US$2.3 billion dollars over the next five years to secure tactical weapons targeting North Korea’s nuclear weapons facilities and missile bases, a state agency says http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120911-370992.html

28 AUGUST 2012

Nationalism runs high in Asian disputes

Tensions in Asia’s territorial disputes continue to escalate. A dangerous mix of nationalist sentiments and domestic politics in China, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam and the Philippines, have exacerbated long simmering disputes over several island clusters throughout the region.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NH29Ae01.html

25 AUGUST 2012

Australia foreign minister rules out US bases

The United States will not seek permanent military bases in Australia and nor would hosting one be in Canberra’s interests, Foreign Minister Bob Carr said on Saturday http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1222059/1/.html

US insists missile defense targets DPRK, not China

However, military experts in both the United States and China questioned the US’ intentions, saying the expensive system, which is well beyond Pyongyang’s military capability, is actually « looking at China ».
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2012-08/25/content_15705030.htm

23 AUGUST 2012

Pentagon plans new missile defences in Asia

The United States is planning to build a new missile defence shield in Asia to contain threats from North Korea and counter China’s growing missile capabilities.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9493917/Pentagon-plans-new-missile-defences-in-Asia.html

21 AUGUST 2012

China’s Navy Goes Global

China is developing a ship-based cruise missile that has the capability to attack targets thousands of kilometers inland, snapshots published by a military enthusiast web site suggest. For the first time, that would give the People’s Liberation Army Navy a weapon comparable to the US’s hugely successful Tomahawk missile http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4755&Itemid=206

27 JULY 2012

China, India set course for naval strength

The INS Vikramaditya aircraft carrier (former Admiral Gorshkov), which Russia refurbished for India, left its berth at the Sevmash shipyard in Russia’s northern city of Severodvinsk and sailed into the White Sea to undergo trials on June 8.
http://gbtimes.com/news/china-india-set-course-naval-strength

6 JULY 2012

Military spending spree in the Philippines

China’s rising assertiveness to claims over the contested Spratly Islands has spurred the Philippines to ramp up a long-overdue upgrade of its external defense capability. Manila’s move signals an impending arms race in the increasingly volatile region. Next month, Philippine President Benigno Aquino’s government will begin bidding for some 70 billion pesos (US$1.8 billion) worth of military contracts, the initial outlay of a 500 billion peso budget for a five-year modernization of the 125,000-strong Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NG06Ae01.html

20 JUNE 2012

Korea to export TA-50 jets to Philippines

The Philippines air force has decided to purchase 12 TA-50 trainer jets from South Korea in a project worth nearly $360 million, a Philippines broadcaster reported Wednesday. The aircraft produced by Korea Aerospace Industries will be delivered within next year, ABS-CBN reported citing air force officials.
http://view.koreaherald.com/kh/view.php?ud=20120620001048&cpv=0

14 JUNE 2012

S. Korea, U.S., Japan seek security ties

China’s rise, North Korea’s threat bolster trilateral cooperation; historical animosity, economic interests with Beijing still in the way
http://view.koreaherald.com/kh/view.php?ud=20120614000896&cpv=0

9 JUNE 2012

US to boost Philippine defence

The United States pledged to help the Philippines step up its defenses in the face of a rising China, as President Benigno Aquino III and President Barack Obama prepared to meet at the White House amid Philippine warnings that “weakness invites aggression.”
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/39371/us-to-boost-ph-defense

4 JUNE 2012

S. Korea, U.S. struggle over missile pact revision

South Korea and the United States are still struggling to narrow their differences over a proposed revision of a bilateral pact to allow Seoul to develop longer-range ballistic missiles, officials here said Monday 4
http://view.koreaherald.com/kh/view.php?ud=20120604000969

3 JUNE 2012

India’s Defence Budget 2012-13

The Union Budget 2012-13, presented to the Indian Parliament in March 2012, has allocated US $40.3 billion for the Defence Services that include the three armed forces (Army, Navy and Air Force), the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Ordnance Factories. The allocation – which constitutes India’s official defence budget – is an increase of 17.6 per cent over the previous amount.
http://www.defencereviewasia.com/articles/169/India-s-Defence-Budget-2012-13

2 JUNE 2012

US to move the majority of its naval fleet to Asia

The United States will move the majority of its war ships to the Pacific Ocean as part of a strategy of boosting links with its Asian allies, Leon Panetta, the American defence secretary, has announced
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/9307583/US-to-move-the-majority-of-its-naval-fleet-to-Asia.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-18305750

28 MAY 2012

Korea seeks to acquire U.S. missiles, choppers

The U.S. Department of Defense is considering selling Harpoon Block II Missiles and Seahawk Helicopters to South Korea. The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in press releases last week that it had notified the U.S. Congress of the possible sale of 18 of the missiles, eight of the helicopters and their associated parts, equipment, logistical support and training. The estimated costs are $1.84 billion http://view.koreaherald.com/kh/view.php?ud=20120527000251&cpv=0

25 MAY 2012

S. Korea’s maritime security challenged

With its military prioritizing deterring North Korea and lack of public understanding of maritime security, the country is lagging behind China and Japan despite them repeatedly challenging Korean sovereignty, experts pointed out
http://view.koreaherald.com/kh/view.php?ud=20120524001090&cpv=0

8 MAY 2012

India fortifies its island defenses

The Indian Navy has commissioned a new base, Indian Naval Ship (INS) Dweeprakshak, in the Lakshadweep Islands. Located at Kavaratti, the island chain’s capital, Dweeprakshak will provide the navy with a permanent and more robust presence in waters that are threatened by pirates
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/NE08Df02.html

22 APRIL 2012

US commander reaffirms Philippines defense treaty

In the strongest comments yet from an American official on the South China Sea dispute, Commander of the US Marines in the Pacific Lieutenant General Duane Thiessen said the Philippines and US were bound by a military agreement http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/255828/news/nation/us-commander-reaffirms-phl-defense-treaty?ref=related_stories

17 APRIL 2012

Vietnam, US to hold five day naval exchange

Vietnam and the US will hold five days of « non-combatant » naval exchange activities next week in the port city of Danang, the US Embassy said, amid rising tensions in the South China Sea
http://news.yahoo.com/vietnam-us-hold-five-day-naval-exchange-151421389.html

13 APRIL 2012

North Korea rocket launch fails

North Korea’s keenly-watched rocket launch has failed, Pyongyang has confirmed. The rocket – seen by many as a banned test of long-range missile technology – was launched from north-west North Korea http://edition.cnn.com/2012/04/13/world/asia/north-korea-launch/index.html?hpt=ias_c1 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17698438 http://www.koreaherald.com/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20120413001143

29 MARCH 2012

Vietnam builds naval muscle

Following a series of high-profile procurement deals, Vietnam’s growing naval program symbolizes its evolving military posture. Driven by persistent maritime disputes with China and facilitated by an expanding economy, Vietnam is actively modernizing its military through naval, air and electronic-fighting capability upgrades http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NC29Ae01.html

28 MARCH 2012

India’s army unfit to fight a war, army chief says

India’s tanks do not have enough shells to fire, its air defenses are obsolete and its ill-equipped infantry can’t fight at night, the country’s army chief told the prime minister in a letter this month, an Indian newpaper reported Wednesday 28 http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/indias-million-man-army-does-not-have-the-weapons-to-fight-a-war/2012/03/28/gIQATesLgS_story.html

23 MARCH 2012

Tokyo prepares a defence system, in response to North Korean missile

The Japanese defence minister ordered the preparation of a « missile defense system », which will be located near the island of Okinawa. The international community is concerned about the escalation of tension. Ban Ki-moon: a launch could discourage international donors and stop humanitarian aid to Pyongyang
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Tokyo-prepares-a-defence-system,-in-response-to-North-Korean-missile-24315.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17484628

21 MARCH 2012

India overtakes China as world’s biggest arms importer

India has overtaken China as the world’s biggest importer of weapons, with Asian nations the most aggressive consumers of military hardware, a new report says.
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/03/21/world/asia/india-arms-trade/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

South Korea out to extend missile range

President Lee Myung-bak said on Wednesday it was no longer acceptable that South Korea limited its missiles to a range of 300km while North Korea was poised to test a rocket next month with a range estimated at more than 3,000km. Seoul restricts its firepower under a 2001 memorandum of understanding with Washington
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/ad35d806-7333-11e1-9014-00144feab49a.html#axzz1pmwni98T

7 MARCH 2012

Asian military spending to pass Europe in 2012: think tank

Military spending in Asia will top that in Europe for the first time this year, a London-based think-tank said Wednesday in its annual assessment of the strength of the world’s armies. The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) said shifts in global economic power were increasingly reflected in military spending
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1187612/1/.html
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/0aab435c-6846-11e1-a6cc-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1oT9Ir22S

5 MARCH 2012

Is an India-China arms race brewing? 

On Saturday, the Indian armed forces ended a major military exercise near the Chinese border, while China has announced that it will increase its military spending by 11.2 per cent in 2012
http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/insidestory/2012/03/2012358105253868.html

7 FEBRUARY 2012

Japan, U.S. agree to move 4,700 marines to Guam

Japan and the United States reached a broad agreement to transfer 4,700 U.S. marines stationed in Okinawa Prefecture to Guam, scaling down from the originally planned 8,000, Japanese government sources have said
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120206005049.htm

5 FEBRUARY 2012

Japan, US negotiate defence plan

Japan and the United States are discussing the transfer of U.S. marines stationed in Okinawa Prefecture out of the country ahead of the relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps’ Futenma Air Station, government sources said
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120204003831.htm

27 DECEMBER 2011

Japan set to ease arms export ban

Japan is to ease an arms export ban that has been in place since 1967, the top government spokesman has confirmed
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16336548
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1173511/1/.html

22 DECEMBER 2011

Korean-made submarine to be built on Indonesian soil

South Korea clinched a $1.1 billion  deal to supply three submarines to Indonesia, beating tenders from France, Germany and Russia, because its offer included technology transfer, authorities said
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20111222-317755.html
3 AUGUST 2011

White paper calls China ‘overbearing’

The Japanese Defense Ministry’s white paper for 2011, approved by the Cabinet Tuesday, expresses strong concern about China’s growing maritime activities in recent years, describing China as « overbearing. »
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110802005930.htm

21 JUNE 2011

Taiwan’s Ma Ying-jeou looks for F-16 boost

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou and his Kuomintang (KMT) party face a tough battle for re-election in January 2012. Beijing desperately wants him to win, and that Washington favors him over his challenger, opposition leader Tsai Ing-wen, isn’t a secret either. With the timely authorization of an upgrade of the Taiwan air force’s F-16A/B fleet, the United States could provide Ma, who is domestically constantly criticized for letting the guard down against China, with some political ammunition for the home front. There are also reasons to believe Beijing would tone down its rhetoric against military support, and tolerance to some extent
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/MF22Ad01.html

15 JUNE 2011

India signs deal with USA to procure 10 C-17 aircraft

India has signed on June 14 its biggest defence deal with the USA to procure ten C-17 heavy-lift aircraft for US$ 4.1 billion under which American defence major Boeing will set up test facilities for hi-tech aeronautics engines for the Defence Research and Development Organistaion (DRDO)
http://www.thestatesman.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=373228&catid=36

12 JUNE 2011

US not coming to Philippines aid vs China

The United States yesterday said it will not side with any party in the Spratlys conflict, which is to say that the Philippines’ most powerful ally will not be coming to its aid should its spat with China escalate into a shooting war
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/14118/us-not-coming-to-ph-aid-vs-china

6 JUNE 2011

Asia-Pacific countries readying for arms trade treaty at UN

Representatives from 30 Asia-Pacific countries gathered in Bali on Monday to discuss arms transfers and ways to improve controls through a new international legally binding instrument — the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) — currently being negotiated at the UN
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2011/06/07/asia-pacific-countries-readying-arms-trade-treaty-un.html
5 JUNE 2011

Philippines shops for US military gear

Amid increasing concern over renewed tensions in the South China Sea, the Philippine Embassy here is shopping for excess defense equipment from the United States under Washington’s Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/12084/philippines-shops-for-us-military-gear

28 APRIL 2011

Return of US forces to Subic Bay (Philippines) possible

High-level visits here by American officials have raised the prospect of a return of the United States’ military presence in this former naval base in the wake of disasters that hit Japan, which have delayed the planned US military build-up in Guam
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20110428-333354/Return-of-US-forces-to-Subic-possible

15 APRIL 2011

India hones its missile shield

One consequence of the Mumbai terror attack in November 2008 has been an acceleration of India’s ballistic missile defense (BMD) program to protect against a sudden missile attack, possibly nuclear tipped, particularly from rogue elements in Pakistan. The BMD can also be extended to space to protect India’s remote and communication satellites especially in the context of China conducting an anti-satellite test in 2007, in what is seen as a…
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/MD16Df01.html

Countering China’s Military Modernisation: An Indian Perspective

Article published on OpinionAsia, by Laxman Behera on April 10, 2011

Just days after India announced a 11.6 per cent increase in its 2011 defence budget in February, China reciprocated with a 12.7 per cent growth in its defence budget. The marginal difference between the two growth rates, as it may seem, is however a poor indication of the absolute defence spending by two countries. At US$ 91 billion, China’s latest announced budget is more than two-and-a-half times bigger than India’s. This difference is widened further, if one takes into account China’s actual defence spending – both announced and hidden – which is estimated to be 2-3 times its officially declared figures.

As the official statistics from Beijing indicate, China’s defence expenditure has been increased by a whopping 2300 per cent between 1989 and 2011. Behind this massive growth lies China’s ability to sustain its annual spending at unprecedented, double digit levels through out this period, except last year when the budget growth was deliberately reduced to 7.5 per cent, mainly because of the $60 billion worth of extra-budgetary provisions towards the modernisation of the defence industry. The momentum of high spending has not only elevated China’s ranking as the second largest military spender in the world (from its previous position of 8th largest in late nineties), but has resulted in a vast improvement in its military modernisation which has taken even the counties like the US by surprise.

Given the historical animosity between India and China, Beijing’s rapid growth in defence spending and the consequent modernisation of its military capability has further added a degree of insecurity among the Indian security establishment. The security analysts in particular see a clear correlation in China’s increasing assertiveness in many bilateral and global issues in recent times and with its growing military capability. The demand in India has therefore been to increase spending to bolster the capability of the defence forces so as to avoid another 1962-type embarrassment, if the relationship between the two counties deteriorates to that extent.

It would however be economically strenuous for India to immediately raise its absolute defence spending to China’s. This would amount to a full-fledged and unaffordable arms race for India. With an economy four times the size of India’s, Beijing has a natural advantage in committing more resources on its defence. New Delhi has therefore to seriously think how much it can truly afford to devote to its national defence without compromising its huge socio-economic requirements, and being dragged into an expensive arms race.

At 1.8 per cent of the country’s GDP, India’s 2011 defence budget seems to be affordable to meet the requirement of the armed forces. It would be logical for New Delhi to progressively increase its defence spending in a matter of 5-7 years to three per cent of GDP. This level of spending is not only internationally accepted as affordable, but the one promised to be delivered to national defence by the Prime Minister in 2005.

With a progressive increase in defence spending, India has to expedite its arms procurement process so as to provide its armed forces with the required capability in right time. To do so, it needs to quickly overcome the ‘Bofors Syndrome’ which has resulted in non-fructification of critical arms acquisition plans despite funds being repeatedly made available. While China which has a clear geo-political disadvantage in sourcing state-of-the-art arms from the West, India is flooded with offers, with some countries even offering collaboration and co-production arrangements. Barring few items, India can virtually buy anything off-the-shelf from the global market for its armed forces. If India can exploit this favourable condition, it can not only quickly overcome the military obsolesce that has creped in over past several decades, but can project a credible deterrence against a militarily assertive China.

The procurement of arms from the global market to enhance defence capability is however not a long-term solution. No major power in the world boasts of a credible military capability without a strong domestic defence industry. Much of China’s present military capability is also driven by the success of its indigenous industry in producing advanced military systems. While China has been able to do so by reforming its vast, inefficient Mao-era defence industry, India has failed to replicate this even though it continues to proclaim of achieving ‘substantial self-reliance’ in defence production. Critical reform measures suggested by various agencies and Committees with regard to eliminating the structural and managerial weakness of the state-owned defence enterprises and bringing the private sector in defence industry have been implemented in a half-hearted manner. Developing the domestic industry to a world class standard is therefore the most critical challenge for India in the long run.

While budgetary, industrial and procurement-related measures are the most critical for challenging China’s military modernisation, India also need to step up its efforts in sensitising the broader international community about the implication of Beijing’s military modernisation. Although, India has ruled out the option of joining any military alliance, there is still a lot of scope for building and strengthening strategic partnerships with countries that are suspicious of China’s military aspirations. Joint military exercises, defence industry cooperation, and intelligence sharing are the areas which India needs to pursue vigorously with strategically relevant counties. Gaining moral and material support in peace and crisis time would provide India with an added weapon to counter the threat from China.

12 APRIL 2011

South Korea to complete missile defence system by 2015

South Korea will complete a missile defence system by 2015 designed to intercept potential ballistic missiles from North Korea, the military said Tuesday
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1632468.php/South-Korea-to-complete-missile-defence-system-by-2015

14 MARCH 2011

India ‘world’s biggest arms buyer’

India has overtaken China to become the world’s largest importer of weapons, according to a Swedish think-tank that monitors global arms sales. India’s defence budget for the coming year is 1.5 trillion rupees ($32.5bn), a 40 per cent increase from two years ago. It imports more than 70 per cent of its weapons
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/03/201131464110211223.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-12729363

18 November 2007

IN WHAT HANDS WILL FALL THE PAKISTAN’s NUCLEAR WEAPONRY ?

With the future of Pakistan’s leadership in doubt, debate is intensifying in USA about whether the hightly classified program has done enough
http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/11/18/asia/nuke.php