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 World News: Asia & Pacific Rim

  1. These images of the Chinese J-11B fighter were taken from a US P-8A Poseidon aircraft over the South China Sea on Tuesday. The fighter is seen beginning a pass under the Poseidon, then crossing the P-8A's nose and showing weapons  a display of potentially hostile intent. US Defense Department

    Chinese Fighter Buzzes US Patrol Aircraft

    A Chinese high-performance fighter intercepted and buzzed a US Navy P-8A maritime patrol and surveillance aircraft on Tuesday in international air space over the South China Sea, the Pentagon confirmed on Friday.

    • Aug. 22, 2014
  2. The United Launch Alliance has received two more RD-180 engines. The Russian-made engines, used to launch satellites aboard the Atlas V vehicle, have become controversial since Russia's invasion of Ukraine. ULA

    ULA Receives RD-180 Engines Despite Russia-Ukraine Crisis

    The United Launch Alliance (ULA) received a pair of RD-180 rocket engines this week, the first delivery since Russia's invasion of Ukraine kicked off a national debate about the use of the Russian-made engines for national security launches.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  3. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Jiji Press / Getty Images

    Report: Japan Mulls Building Its Own Fighter Jets

    Japan is considering building its own fighter jets after years of playing second fiddle in a US construction partnership, a report said Thursday, in a move likely to stoke fears of its military resurgence among Asian neighbors.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  4. Pakistan Air Force F-16B models take part in a 2010 Red Flag exercise at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The Pentagon has told international operators of the F-16B model to inspect their jets for cracks. Airman 1st Class Daniel Phelps / US Air Force

    Pentagon Tells International Partners to Inspect F-16B Fleet for Cracks

    As the Pentagon works to analyze and repair widespread cracks in its F-16D fleet, it is recommending that partner nations closely inspect their F-16B and D models.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  5. Among the successful exports by South Korean industry is the T-50 Golden Eagle. Lockheed Martin

    Analysts: Avenues To Expand Pakistan-South Korean Industry Cooperation Grow

    Pakistan and South Korea will explore further avenues in defense industry cooperation, according to Pakistan's Ministry of Defence Production.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  6. Supporters of Tahir-ul-Qadri gather at an anti-government march in Islamabad on Tuesday. FAROOQ NAEEM/ / AFP

    Military Secures Sensitive Sites in Pakistan Capital; Political Instability Grows

    The Army has assumed security responsibility of the sensitive 'Red Zone' in Pakistan's capital as opposition forces camped out in the capital enter it demanding the government's resignation.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  7. Afghanistan National Army (ANA) commandos demonstrate their skills on Aug. 5 at a Commando Unit Base in Rish Khor district on the outskirts of Kabul. Shah Marai / Getty Images

    Afghan Special Forces Brace for Exit of Elite US Troops

    If Afghanistan is to avoid the chaotic breakdown seen in Iraq, US-trained special forces undergoing instruction at a drill camp outside Kabul must play a key part in imposing security and building public confidence.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  8. Security guards walk past the Chinese national in 2008 in Beijing. Getty Images

    Sources: China Troops Enter Disputed India Territory

    Chinese troops have advanced in recent days into disputed territory claimed by India, echoing a similar incursion last year that raised tensions between the two rival giants, official sources said Tuesday.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  9. Replacement of Russian military equipment, such as MiG-29s, is one part of Bulgaria's modernization plan. Wikimedia

    Bulgarian DM Unveils Army Modernization Program, Fighter Jet Procurement

    Bulgarian Defense Minister Velizar Shalamanov has announced a 1 billion leva (US $680 million) program to modernize the military's armament and decrease its dependency on weapons and components from Russia by 2020.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  10. Now that Turkey has updated eight former Perry-class frigates, such as the Gediz, with Havelsan's GENESIS advanced combat management system, it hopes to sell the software to the US Navy. US Navy

    Turkey Hopes To Export GENESIS System for G-class Frigates

    Turkey's procurement office, in connection with state-controlled military software company Havelsan, has launched efforts to export an indigenous naval combat management system.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  11. A South Korean soldier takes position during an anti-terror drill on Aug. 18 as part of an annual joint military drill called Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG), outside a tunnel in Seoul. Jung Yeon-Je / AFP

    South Korea, US Start Military Drill Despite North Threats

    South Korea and the United States on Monday launched an annual military drill, Seoul's defense ministry said, despite condemnation by North Korea which has threatened a 'merciless' retaliatory strike.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  12. India has removed Denel, a competitor to provide 155mm/52 caliber artillery guns, from a blacklist. Denel

    India Lifts Ban on Denel

    India has removed South Africa's Denel from a blacklist, allowing the company to again do business here after nine years of investigations failed to prove corruption charges related to a rifle purchase.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  13. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, center, inspects a test firing of a newly developed high-performance tactical rocket on Aug. 15 at undisclosed location in North Korea. AFP

    North Korea Threatens 'Merciless' Strike Against US-South Korea Drill

    North Korea warned Sunday of a possible 'merciless' pre-emptive strike as it blasted an upcoming joint US-South Korean military exercise as a rehearsal for nuclear war.

    • Aug. 17, 2014
  14. This picture, taken on May 14 from a Vietnamese Coast Guard ship, shows a Chinese Coast Guard vessel, left, sailing near China's oil drilling rig in disputed waters in the South China Sea. Vietnam was experiencing its worst anti-China unrest in decades following Beijing's deployment of an oil rig to disputed waters, with at least one Chinese worker killed and more than 100 injured. Hoang Dinh Nam / Getty Images

    Fishing Vessels in China Serve as Proxy Enforcers

    China's use of swarming tactics with fishing vessels to project and protect Beijing's territorial claims in the South China Sea appears unstoppable, experts say.

    • Aug. 17, 2014
  15. Closer Relations? Indian Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, left, walks with US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel toward a welcome ceremony in New Delhi. RAVEENDRAN/ / AFP

    Too Early To Assess Indo-US Defense Ties

    Although no defense projects were established during US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's recent visit to India, US-Indo defense ties are developing and announcements on new initiatives are anticipated next month, Ministry of Defence officials and defense a

    • Aug. 16, 2014
  16. Homegrown Plane: Japan reportedly plans to test fly its next-generation indigenous fighter  its first locally built fighter since the F-2, here  in January. Airman 1st Class Courtney Witt/ / US Air Force

    When Will Japan's Prototype Fighter Fly?

    When will Japan's ATD-X indigenous stealth fighter prototype make its first flight? Hard to tell.

    • Aug. 16, 2014
  17. Pakistani security personnel arrive to take positions after an attack by militants in Quetta on two military airbases in southwestern Pakistan. BANARAS KHAN/ / AFP

    Improved Security Measures Thwart Attack on Pakistani Airbases

    An attack in the very early hours of Friday morning on two Pakistani air bases was thwarted largely due to improved security measures that show the military has learned lessons from previous attacks, say analysts.

    • Aug. 15, 2014
  18. Gen. Martin Dempsey, right, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, is greeted Aug. 14 by Gen. Do Ba Ty, deputy defense minister and chief of general staff of the Vietnam People's Army, at the Defense Ministry in Hanoi. Hoang Dinh Nam / AFP

    Top US General Visits Wartime Foe Vietnam

    The most senior US military officer to visit Vietnam for decades held talks with Communist Party officials in Hanoi on Thursday, in the latest boost to ties between the former wartime foes.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
  19. Protesters stage a rally on Aug. 14 at the gates of Camp Schwab, near the site of the new US military runways in Nago, Okinawa prefecture. Jiji Press / Getty Images

    Japan Protesters Rail Against US Military Base

    Demonstrators rallied in Japan's southern Okinawa island chain, calling for work to stop on the long-stalled relocation of a controversial US military base.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
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