US and South Korean officials fail to reach consensus on splitting the bill of the American soldiers stationed on the peninsula during the ninth round of bargaining, a government official stated on Monday. Senior diplomats of the two sides had three-day talks on the Special Measures Agreement (SMA) to set the amount of Seoul's financial contributions for the 28,500-strong U
The armed forces of Taiwan yesterday conducted large-scale air, land and sea exercises from 5am to 8am on Monday as a response to a simulated Chinese invasion. The drill put into practice air and anti-air components of the ‘war plan,' which the armed forces have drawn according to experience derived from past Han Kuang military exercises, an official told
The European Union defense pact, known as Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO), has identified 17 defense projects to be undertaken by the 25 participating EU states starting next year. European Union member states on Monday kick-started the establishment of a defense union, after the European Council approved the new European defense and security cooperation network, at a meeting in Brussels, an EU press release said
Some 29 countries and 12,000 personnel, including from China, US, Thailand and India are expected to participate in the biennial ‘Cobra Gold Asia-Pacific military exercise to be held in Thailand in February 2018. According to the Royal Thai Armed Forces headquarters, ‘Cobra Gold 2018 will be held at the armys Surathampitak and Suranaree military camps and the air force's Wing 1 in the northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima
Turkey announced new tax measures aimed at boosting defense spending, the finance minister said on Thursday. "The tax raises will be transferred directly to the defense industry fund as the fund is not a part of central government budget," Naci Agbal said in a speech at the Istanbul Financial Summit
An Indian Navy helicopter provided air cover to a boarding party from a Chinese Naval Ship to sanitize a merchant vessel that had been take over by pirates in the Gulf of Aden early today. A distress call was received from a foreign merchant vessel MV OS 35 (Tuvalu registered vessel), which was attacked and boarded by pirates in the Gulf of Aden late night on 08 April
The United States and Japan are carrying out a bilateral exercise at Japans Chitose Air Base to improve understanding of both the countrys military tactics as well to familiarize the US troops with Japanese surroundings. The Aviation Training Relocation (ATR) exercise was first launched in 2007 in an effort to increase the US and Japans operation readiness forces and to enhance "working relationship and overall alliance"
Islamabad has denied being a part of the 34-nation Islamic military alliance against terrorism announced by the Saudi Crown Prince and Defence Minister Mohammed bin Salman. The Saudi Arabian news agency has mentioned Pakistan together with Malaysia, UAE and Qatar being in the Saudi-led alliance which will establish a control center in Riyadh to coordinate operations against terrorist groups in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan among others
People's Liberation Army (PLA) generals have shed more than five kg on average as they train for the Sept 3 military parade. More than 50 generals, with an average age of 53, will lead parade units involving 12,000 people
China plans to integrate civil-military airports in Tibet and Wuxi as part of the pilot project to strengthen aviation safety and combat support capabilities. The integration includes joint maintenance of airport support facilities, joint flight safety support and joint airport management, said a circular released by People's Liberation Army(PLA) Air Force and General Administration of Civil Aviation (CAAC), according to a joint statement from the country's Air Force and aviation authority
The threat of religious extremism in Asia stemming from the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the need to monitor the dynamics among US, China and Japan are some of the key security concerns facing Asia. Singapore Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen raised these issues in his keynote address at the third International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Shangri-La Dialogue Sherpa Meeting in Singapore yesterday
In order to speed up decision-making regarding on-going defence projects, India and Russia have decided to set a ministerial ‘hot line. Quarterly conference calls will be held to ensure that projects are progressing on schedule
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