China-US battle over Taiwan would be ‘a war too many’ for world right now: Expert

ISTANBUL : As the world grapples with increasing tensions stemming from Israel’s aggression in Gaza, the Russia-Ukraine war, instability in the Sahel region, and other conflicts, prospects for global peace are slimmer than ever. But there is another region that is boiling, albeit in a cooler fashion: East Asia. While US warships continue to sail through […]

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Cambodia and Vietnam applaud its rising defence ties

PHNOM PENH (Phnom Penh Post/ANN): Cambodia and Vietnam have shared their mutual appreciation for the progress of their defence ties, noting that their closeness stems from recent visitor exchanges between the two militaries. Both sides believe that the visits have made a significant contribution to strengthening and expanding their bonds of friendship, cooperation and solidarity. […]

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Taiwan reveals first domestically made submarine in defence milestone

Taiwan unveiled its first domestically developed submarine on Thursday, a major step in a project aimed at strengthening the island’s defence and deterrence against the Chinese navy, though it won’t enter service for another two years. Taiwan, which China claims as its own territory, has made the indigenous submarine program a key part of an […]

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Malaysia PM says China gave reassurance after map stirred South China Sea dispute

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim said China had given an assurance that it would continue to negotiate with Southeast Asian countries over disputed territorial claims in the South China Sea, and avoid actions that risked escalation. Speaking to CNN in an interview broadcast on Saturday (Sep 23), Anwar said Chinese Premier Li Qiang […]

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Bigger, heavier, faster: China rolls out military upgrades

Beijing : China’s long-term military modernisation efforts are bearing fruit, with a string of upgrades for its warships and warplanes under way amid intensifying tensions in the Indo-Pacific, particularly the Taiwan Strait. NEW HELICOPTER ENGINE China showcased a 1,100-kilowatt turboshaft helicopter engine at a helicopter expo in Tianjin last week. A Chinese military expert told Reuters […]

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China Rolls Out Carrot-and-Stick Strategy to Influence Taiwan Ahead of Key Election

TAIPEI, TAIWAN — China launched a series of influence campaigns against Taiwan last week, unveiling a plan to promote integrated development across the Taiwan Strait while at the same time conducting large-scale military incursions near the island. Beijing’s carrot-and-stick approach received mixed reactions from Taiwan residents. Many view the plan, which promises to enhance access […]

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Kazakhstan to hold referendum on construction of first-ever nuclear plant

Astana: Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said on Friday (September 1) that his government would hold a referendum to decide whether to construct the country’s first nuclear power plant. Addressing the parliament, President Tokayev said the development of nuclear energy had become a particularly important economic and political issue. Kazakhstan has long discussed the idea (of having […]

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Taiwan to invest US$4.1bn in military R&D: report

By Wu Su-wei and Jonathan Chin Taiwan intends to invest a record-high NT$130.6 billion (US$4.1 billion) in military research and development, including a procurement of 1,779 drones, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said in a report on the nation’s military force and policy plan for fiscal 2024. The figure includes NT$111.4 billion in continued […]

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Who are the Pakistani Islamists vowing death to blasphemers?

An outlawed Islamist political party with the main objective of protecting Pakistan’s draconian blasphemy laws and punishing blasphemers has been linked to violence against Christians last week in which several churches were burnt. Members of the public and government sources accused the group, Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP), of whipping up a Muslim mob that attacked a […]

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