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Japan ruling party seeks big defense budget rise amid China threat | Source: Japan Today

A joint defense panel of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party has approved a draft proposal for the government to “drastically” increase the country’s defense budget in the face of the increased security threat posed by China in the East and South China seas. The move comes as neighboring countries including China are increasing their defense budgets.

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Australia Reviews China Port Lease Near U.S. Military Outpost | Source: Wall Street Journal

Darwin Port, pictured in 2017, handles ammunition, equipment and fuel used by U.S. marines and the Australian troops who train with them.

Australian defense officials are reviewing whether a 99-year lease granted to Shandong Landbridge Group to operate Darwin Port. The port handles ammunition used by U.S. marines and the Australian troops who train with them. It is also the most suitable site in northern Australia for a major naval base and provides the country’s closest route to disputed South China Sea waters.

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China and US argue over naval activity in South China Sea | SOURCE: IRISH NEWS

Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

China has issued its second protest in as many days over United States naval activity in the region. The US refuses to recognise China’s claim to virtually the entire South China Sea and regularly conducts what it calls freedom of navigation operations to assert its right to sail in international waters.

SOURCE: IRISH NEWS



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  • The United States, Japan and Indonesia have stepped up pressure on China over its activities in the South China Sea following an ongoing row with the Philippines over a disputed reef which became public last week. At least US$3.4 trillion in annual trade passes through the contentious waterway, which is subject to competing claims by Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, China and Vietnam.

SOURCE: SOUTH CHINA POST


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  • Twenty Chinese military aircraft entered Taiwan’s air defence identification zone, in the largest incursion by the Chinese air force since Taiwan’s defence ministry began disclosing almost daily Chinese military flights over the waters between the southern part of Taiwan and the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands in the South China Sea last year.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN


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  • Taiwan has bolstered its military presence in the disputed South China Sea, as the US approved the export of submarine technology for the island’s fleet. On the other hand, has increased its military presence on Itu Aba, the main island of the Paracels archipelago occupied by Taiwan in the South China Sea. The military presence was bolstered due to China’s “expansionism” in the region.

SOURCE: RT


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  • Two U.S. carriers conducted a military exercise in the South China Sea. The dual carrier operations come as Biden seeks to send a signal to both U.S. allies and China that the U.S. will continue to patrol the South China Sea, of which China claims more than 80%.

SOURCE: BLOOMBERG


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  • The US has sent the USS ‘John S. McCain’ past Chinese-controlled islands in the South China Sea as a show of strength in the first mission conducted since President Joe Biden took office. The warship had been carrying out operations in the region, having traveled through the Taiwan Strait, an area that divides mainland China and Taiwan.  The South China Sea has been the subject of an ongoing dispute between the West and Beijing, as China secures territory and built military installations on artificial land, which countries, like the US, have claimed is illegal.

SOURCE: RT


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  • China sent warplanes, including fighter jets and bombers, into the South China Sea, breaching Taiwan’s airspace for a second day, provocations that come as a test in the early days of the Biden administration. In recent months, China has ramped up its naval presence in the region and criticized any military operations in the area by the US as “collusion” with Taiwan.

SOURCE: NEW YORK POST


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  • INDONESIA: The Indonesian Navy will move the headquarters of its combat squad to Natuna islands, bordering the South China Sea, most of which is claimed by China despite competing claims from Vietnam, the Philippines, and Malaysia. The waters around the islands are believed to have rich reserves of undiscovered oil and gas. The islands are located on a crucial passage for commercial shipping.

SOURCE: ANADOLU AGENCY

 

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