Taiwan is not seeking war with China, defense minister says

Taiwan is not seeking war with Beijing, and its policy is to build up a defensive, multi-level deterrence capability to make it harder for China to capture the island, Taiwan Defense Minister Wellington Koo said.

China says a Chinese vessel and Philippine supply ship collided in the disputed South China Sea

A Chinese vessel and a Philippine supply ship collided near the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea on Monday, China’s coast guard said.

Singapore says dredger that hit tanker reported sudden loss of control, oil spill cleanup ongoing

Singapore authorities say a dredger boat reported a sudden loss in engine and steering control before it hit a cargo tanker last week, causing the oil spill that has blackened part of the city-island’s southern shores.

Chinese premier and Australian prime minister meet at Australia’s Parliament House

Chinese Premier Li Qiang, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and senior ministers of both administrations met at Parliament House to discuss issues including lingering trade barriers.

South Korea’s loudspeakers face questions over reach into North

The loudspeakers deployed by South Korea to wage psychological warfare against North Korea faced audits and legal battles claiming they are too quiet, raising questions over how far into the reclusive North their propaganda messages can blast.

Flooding hits China’s south, temperatures sizzle elsewhere

China’s national meteorological center on Sunday issued an alert for high temperatures as multiple regions across the country experience sweltering heat, while many southern provinces issued severe flood warnings due to heavy rains.

Chinese premier promises more pandas and urges Australia to put aside differences

Chinese Premier Li Qiang’s visit to Australia focused on positive aspects of the bilateral relationship including shared giant pandas and a rebounding wine trade as he promised a new breeding pair of the rare bears and urged both countries to put aside their differences.

Philippines seeks UN confirmation of its vast continental seabed in the disputed South China Sea

The Philippines has asked a United Nations body to formally recognize the extent of a vast undersea stretch of its continental seabed in the South China Sea, where it could exclusively exploit resources, the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila said.

DOD establishes joint task force on Guam, region’s first 2-star command in decades

The Department of Defense established a new senior command on Guam on Friday as it moves to counter China’s growing influence in the region.

General returns to Okinawa, this time to lead all Marine bases across the Pacific

Maj. Gen. Brian Wolford began his third Okinawa tour Friday as he assumed command of Marine Corps Installations Pacific. Wolford, most recently the commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces Korea, first deployed to the island in the 1990s as a motor and logistics officer and led the 3rd Marine Logistics Group on Okinawa from July 2020 to June 2022.