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 World News: Asia & Pacific Rim

  1. Chinese fishing vessels were anchored at Fiery Cross Reef (Kagitingan) in 2012 at the disputed Spratly Islands. Philippine Western Command / AFP

    China Blasts US Comments on Spratlys Project as 'Irresponsible'

    Beijing on Monday dismissed as 'irresponsible' US criticism of its construction of an artificial island reportedly large enough for an airstrip in a disputed section of the South China Sea.

    • Nov. 24, 2014
  2. A US Air Force officer speaks to members of the Afghan National Civil Order Police in 2012 during a routine mission in Kajaki, Afghanistan. Sgt. Sara Csurilla / US Air Force

    Afghan Lower House Approves Foreign Troops Staying

    Afghanistan's lower house of parliament on Sunday approved agreements that will allow about 12,500 NATO-led troops to stay on next year as the national army and police struggle to hold back the Taliban.

    • Nov. 23, 2014
  3. Can Defeat Stealth? China claims that its JY-26 Skywatch-U 3D long-range air surveillance radar can detect stealth aircraft. Wendell Minnick/Staff

    China's Anti-Stealth Radar Comes to Fruition

    The one great testament to China's anti-access/area denial efforts were weapon and sensor systems on display at the recent China Airshow in Zhuhai.

    • Nov. 22, 2014
  4. India Invites Bids for $2.4 Billion Artillery Contract

    India on Saturday invited bids for a $2.4-billion artillery deal while deferring a decision on acquiring 106 Swiss Pilatus aircraft for fighter pilot training.

    • Nov. 22, 2014
  5. New Capability: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe views the cockpit of an MV-22B Osprey Hyakuri Air Base during the Japan Air Self Defense Force's Air Review 2014 on Oct. 26. Staff Sgt. Warren Peace/ / US Marine Corps

    Japan Officially Selects Osprey, Global Hawk, E-2D

    Japan has officially decided to procure the V-22 Osprey for its military tilt-rotor requirement, as well as the Global Hawk unmanned surveillance system and E-2D Hawkeye command and control aircraft.

    • Nov. 21, 2014
  6. Pakistan's Minister for Defence, Water and Power Khawaja Asif. ( Justin Tallis / Getty Images

    Pakistan, Russia Sign 'Milestone' Military Cooperation Pact

    Pakistan and Russia signed a 'milestone' military cooperation pact on Thursday aimed at bringing peace and stability to the region, Islamabad's defence ministry said.

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  7. An unmanned Fire Scout deployed for the first time with an MH-60R Seahawk aboard the littoral combat ship Fort Worth. MC2 Tim D. Godbee/U.S. Navy

    Fire Scout and Seahawk deploy together for first time on an LCS

    An MH-60R Seahawk helicopter and MQ-8B Fire Scout are deploying together on the same ship a first for manned and unmanned integration aboard a littoral combat ship.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  8. A Chinese media depiction of the potential destructive effect of a MIRV-capable ICBM on Los Angeles.

    US Report: China's Nukes Getting Bigger and Better

    A new congressional-funded report paints a dark picture of China's nuclear weapons and missile modernization efforts.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  9. Passing Grade: An interceptor of the Barak-8 air and missile defense system launches for its final development test in Israel. Israel Aerospace Industries

    Israel, India Start To Equip Sea Forces With Barak-8 Defenses

    Israeli and Indian navies are poised to equip their warships with advanced Barak-8 anti-missile and air defense systems following last week's long-awaited test, capping nearly eight years of cooperative development.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  10. Ban Overturned: India's blacklisting of IMI, which has been lifted, led to a shortage of ammunition for 155mm guns. Here, Indian soldiers stand on a 155mm artillery gun during an exercise. RAVEENDRAN/AFP

    India Removes IMI From Blacklist

    India has quietly lifted a ban on Israeli Military Industries (IMI), paving the way for negotiating new defense projects with the Israeli company, a Defence Ministry source said.

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  11. Building Protection: The Aegis Ashore missile defense complex in Romania is scheduled to be operational in 2015. US Army Corps of Engineers

    Poland, Romania Eye Intensified Cooperation With United States

    As the conflict in Ukraine continues to upset the security balance in Eastern Europe, the governments in Poland and Romania are increasingly eager to establish the US Aegis Ashore missile defense system and provide ballistic missile coverage against Russi

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  12. An Afghan construction worker makes concrete tubes on the outskirts of Kabul. A U.S. inspector general is investigating Pentagon reconstruction efforts in the country. WAKIL KOHSAR/ / Agence France-Presse

    SIGAR: Pentagon's Economic Development in Afghanistan 'Accomplished Nothing'

    The US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) says he is investigating the Pentagon's efforts to spark that country's economic development, which cost between $700 million and $800 million and 'accomplished nothing.'

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  13. The fight over South Korea's KF-16 upgrade program has cost almost 200 employees their jobs at BAE's Fort Worth, Texas, facility. Senior Airman Taylor Curry/ / US Air Force

    KF-16 Fallout: BAE Cuts 191 Jobs

    BAE Systems has laid off 191 employees at a Fort Worth, Texas, facility as part of the continuing fallout from South Korea's cancellation of a contract to upgrade its fleet of F-16 fighters.

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  14. Bolstering Aegis Fleet: Japan will add two Atago-class guided missile destroyers to its fleet in 2020-2021. Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force

    Japan To Focus on Atago, PAC-3 Upgrades

    Japan's ballistic missile defense (BMD) plans revolve around bolstering its Aegis-based fleet and upgrading its Patriot capabilities to counter a still-limited threat from North Korea.

    • Nov. 18, 2014
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