Russia, China conduct first joint military drill since Ukraine invasion
Russia and China flew strategic bombers over the Sea of Japan and East China Sea while President Joe Biden was in Tokyo on Tuesday, their first joint military exercise since the invasion of Ukraine and a pointed signal to the administration as it seeks to solidify regional alliances amid the growing strategic partnership between Moscow and Beijing.
New Zealand plane finds 7 missing aboard 2 boats in Pacific
New Zealand's military said Tuesday that the crew aboard an Orion aircraft coincidentally spotted two boats within 10 nautical miles of each other Monday after the boats went missing in separate incidents from the island nation late last week.
Chinese foreign minister to visit Solomon Islands amid security pact worry
The upcoming visit to the Solomon Islands by China’s foreign minister comes amid concerns that their new security pact could allow China to send military personnel to the islands.
Biden’s latest Taiwan gaffe stokes tensions with Beijing
President Joe Biden is seeking to show U.S. resolve against China, yet an ill-timed gaffe on Taiwan risks undermining his bid to curb Beijing’s growing influence over the region.
Duterte hits Putin: I kill criminals, not children, elders
Outgoing Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has sharply criticized Russian leader Vladimir Putin for the killings of innocent civilians in Ukraine, saying, “I kill criminals, I don’t kill children and the elderly.”
Biden caps off Asia tour with Quad summit focused on free and open Indo-Pacific
President Joe Biden collected promises to improve a collective defense in South Korea and reinstate large military exercises there suspended in 2017.
Stronger ties to US are no threat to China, says South Korea’s foreign minister
South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol’s administration is expected to balance its US alliance against its interests in China.
China's bet on homegrown mRNA vaccines holds back nation
China is trying to navigate its biggest coronavirus outbreak without a tool it could have adopted many months ago, the kind of vaccines that have proven to offer the best protection against the worst outcomes from COVID-19.
India ships rice, other essentials to crisis-hit Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka received a first shipment of a $16 million humanitarian aid package from neighboring India to help mitigate severe shortages caused by the country's devastating economic crisis.
Biden welcomes new Australian PM to Indo-Pacific club
President Joe Biden opened his last day in Asia on Tuesday by holding talks with a trio of Indo-Pacific leaders that includes Australia's new prime minister on his first full day on the job and India's Narendra Modi, with whom differences persist over how to respond to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Merrill’s Marauder and three-time recipient of Combat Infantry Badge dies at age 99
Gilbert Howland, who commanded a machine gun unit with the famed Merrill’s Marauders in Burma during World War II and went on to earn Combat Infantry Badges in Korea and Vietnam, died Thursday in Hamilton, N.J. He was 99.
USS Connecticut underwater crash was ‘preventable,’ Navy investigation finds
Poor navigational planning, management and watch-team execution led to the USS Connecticut’s underwater crash in October, according to a Navy investigation.
A hot, deadly summer is coming with frequent blackouts
War. Drought. Production shortages. Historically low inventories. And pandemic backlash. Energy markets across the planet have been put through the wringer over the past year, and consumers have suffered the consequences of soaring prices. But, somehow, things are on track to get even worse.
Work resumes to raise Japanese tour boat 1 month after sinking
To date, 14 people have been confirmed dead, while 12 others remain unaccounted for. The Japan Coast Guard and other authorities continue to search for those still missing.
UN rights chief says her rare China trip isn't an investigation
Michelle Bachelet said her trip aimed to promote, protect and respect human rights, according to two people who attended the Monday video call with some 100 participants, who were mostly Beijing-based diplomats.
US, Japan launch bid to put first Japanese astronaut on moon
The joint lunar exploration development ties into the Artemis project, a US-led effort to return astronauts to the moon and eventually send humans to Mars.
Biden launches Indo-Pacific trade deal, warns over inflation
President Joe Biden launched a new trade deal with 12 Indo-Pacific nations Monday aimed at strengthening their economies as he warned Americans worried about high inflation that it is "going to be a haul” before they feel relief. The president said he does not believe an economic recession is inevitable in the U.S.
On Asia trip, Biden says he would be willing to use force if China invades Taiwan
President Joe Biden signaled an apparent end to the US policy of strategic ambiguity by saying the United States would defend Taiwan against a Chinese invasion.