Across The Region

  • Global ‘Driving Force’

    An organization of seven Bay of Bengal nations said its members must urgently use their geographical advantage and other resources to address their vulnerabilities and collectively strengthen their ability to…

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  • Positioning Against Provocations

    Advisors to South Korea’s then-incoming president sought redeployment of United States strategic assets, such as nuclear bombers and submarines, to the Korean Peninsula during talks in Washington in April 2022.…

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  • Quad Partnership Key to Trade Pact

    Australia and India’s trade ministers said a shared security partnership with Japan and the United States helped them strike a trade deal that Australia hopes will reduce its dependence on…

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  • 2 Plus 2 Bolsters Shared Security

    The defense ministers of Japan and the Philippines agreed in April 2022 to bolster security cooperation and expand joint drills between their forces as they shared concerns about the People’s…

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  • Port Partnership

    Australia announced in January 2022 that it would provide U.S. $420 million to Pacific neighbor Papua New Guinea to upgrade key ports, amid concern in Washington and Canberra that Beijing’s…

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  • Cyber Coordination

    Australia and the United Kingdom will “fight back” against cyberattacks from Iran, the People’s Republic of China and Russia, then-Australian Defence Minister Peter Dutton said. Australia and the U.K. will…

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  • Missile Acquisition

    The Philippines plans to acquire a shore-based anti-ship missile system from India for almost U.S. $375 million to strengthen its Navy, the Southeast Asian nation’s defense minister said. The Philippines…

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  • Stronger Together

    France and Japan face shared security challenges in the Indo-Pacific that are only “getting tougher,” Japan’s then defense minister said ahead of talks between the foreign and defense ministers of…

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  • JAPAN, VIETNAM Defense Transfer Deal Signed, Elevating Partnership

    Japan can now give defense equipment and technology to Vietnam under an agreement signed in September 2021, as the two countries step up their military cooperation amid worries about China’s…

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  • SOUTH KOREA: Blazing New Path With Submarine Technology

    South Korea’s development of a conventional submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) is a groundbreaking move, analysts said, with implications for North Korea, South Korea’s alliance with the United States and even…

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