San Diego-based destroyers deploying to Asia-Pacific region

Adm. Scott Swift, commander of Pacific Fleet, talks to sailors during an all-hands call aboard the USS Sterett on April 12, 2017, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.

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JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii — A surface action group of Navy destroyers has arrived in Hawaii ahead of a deployment to the Asia-Pacific region. Tiếp tục đọc “San Diego-based destroyers deploying to Asia-Pacific region”

Asia-Pacific freedom tested: US admiral

By Peter Mitchell, AAP US Correspondent Australian Associated Press

One of America’s top military commanders has painted a bleak picture of the Asia-Pacific, declaring freedom, justice and the rules-based international order hang in the balance.

Admiral Harry Harris, head of the US Pacific Command, told a conference in San Diego the path to stability in the region faces four considerable challenges: North Korea, China, Russia and Islamic State.

He warned the US would “co-operate where we can, but we’ll be ready to confront where we must”. Tiếp tục đọc “Asia-Pacific freedom tested: US admiral”

2 maps that explain US strategy in Asia-Pacific

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The two countries are crucial US allies in Asia, and both face serious threats in their near abroad.

Discussing security threats, though, wasn’t the main goal of Mattis’s trip. He was there to assure both countries that the Trump administration will not abandon the US alliance structure in the Pacific. Tiếp tục đọc “2 maps that explain US strategy in Asia-Pacific”

US carrier group patrols in tense South China Sea

BANGKOK: A United States aircraft carrier strike group has begun patrols in the South China Sea amid growing tension with China over control of the disputed waterway and concerns it could become a flashpoint under the new U.S. administration.

China’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday warned Washington against challenging its sovereignty in the South China Sea.

The U.S. navy said the force, including Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, began routine operations in the South China Sea on Saturday. The announcement was posted on the Vinson’s Facebook page.

The strike group’s commander, Rear Admiral James Kilby, said that weeks of training in the Pacific had improved the group’s effectiveness and readiness. Tiếp tục đọc “US carrier group patrols in tense South China Sea”

US pledges nuclear defence for Japan and South Korea

“The United States remains steadfast in its defence commitments to its allies, the Republic of Korea and Japan, including the commitment to provide extended deterrence, backed by the full range of its nuclear and conventional defence capabilities,” Tillerson said in a joint statement after meeting the foreign ministers in Bonn.

North Korea has carried out repeated missile launches despite UN sanctions and last year conducted two nuclear tests in a bid to develop a weapons system capable of hitting the US mainland.

Pyongyang said the latest missile tested on Sunday could carry a nuclear warhead.

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Head of U.S. Pacific Command urges democracy in Thailand

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AP Feb 14, 2017

The highest-ranking U.S. military official to visit Thailand since a 2014 coup urged the country to restore democracy, saying Tuesday that America needs “a strong and stable ally” in Southeast Asia.

Adm. Harry Harris, the head of the U.S. Pacific Command, spoke at the start of the annual Cobra Gold joint military exercises, the largest in the Asia-Pacific region.

The U.S. is vying with an increasingly powerful China for influence in Asia.

“We look forward to Thailand’s reemergence as a flourishing democracy because we need Thailand as a strong and stable ally,” Harris said. “We need Thailand to get back to being the regional and global leader that it always has been.”

Twenty-nine countries, including China, India and Malaysia, are participating in or observing the exercises.

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China warns US after Mattis says Senkaku islands covered by treaty

BEIJING: China warned the United States Saturday (Feb 4) not to destabilise East Asia after Donald Trump’s new defence secretary said an island chain claimed by both Tokyo and Beijing was covered by a US-Japan military accord.

The Senkaku islands, known in China as the Diaoyus, sit in rich fishing grounds and are at the centre of a festering row between Tokyo and Beijing, which claims they have been part of Chinese territory for centuries. Tiếp tục đọc “China warns US after Mattis says Senkaku islands covered by treaty”

U.S. warns North Korea of ‘overwhelming’ response to use of nuclear weapons

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AP Feb 3, 2017

In an explicit warning to North Korea, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Friday said any use of nuclear weapons by the North on the United States or its allies would be met with what he called an “effective and overwhelming” response.

U.S. defense secretaries have long offered assurances to South Korea and Japan that its nuclear “umbrella” will protect them, but Mattis’ statement was perhaps more pointed than most. He made the remarks during an appearance with his South Korean counterpart, Defense Minister Han Min-koo. Tiếp tục đọc “U.S. warns North Korea of ‘overwhelming’ response to use of nuclear weapons”

Jim Mattis Says U.S. Is ‘Shoulder to Shoulder’ With Japan

The American defense secretary, Jim Mattis, left; Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, second right; and the Japanese defense minister, Tomomi Inada, right, in Tokyo on Friday. Credit Pool photo by Eugene Hoshiko

TOKYO — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis assured Japan’s prime minister on Friday that the United States would stand by its mutual defense treaty with the country, despite statements by President Trump during last year’s campaign that suggested he might pull back from American security commitments in Asia.

“I want there to be no misunderstanding during the transition in Washington that we stand firmly, 100 percent, shoulder to shoulder with you and the Japanese people,” Mr. Mattis said at the start of a meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

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Tàu ngầm Mỹ trong cảng Subic – 4 kỳ

  • Kỳ 1: Trở lại sau 20 năm
  • Kỳ 2: Bến cũ, người xưa và…
  • Kỳ 3: Chiếc USS Louisville từ đâu tới?
  • Kỳ 4: Ngó trước ngó sau
USS Louisville từ đâu tới?
Một góc vịnh Subic năm 1990 – Ảnh: d.r.sanner

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Tàu ngầm Mỹ trong cảng Subic

09/07/2012 11:01 GMT+7

 

TT – Nó nằm đó thù lù “một cục” trên bờ kè sát con đường Water Front cảng Subic, chiếc tàu ngầm hạt nhân USS Louisville của hạm đội 7 Mỹ, sáng nay thứ tư 27-6. Thật yên ả thả neo trên bến cảng ngày nào là căn cứ hải – không quân Mỹ.

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Muted U.S. Response to China’s Seizure of Drone Worries Asian Allies

BEIJING — Only a day before a small Chinese boat sidled up to a United States Navy research vessel in waters off the Philippines and audaciously seized an underwater drone from American sailors, the commander of United States military operations in the region told an audience in Australia that America had a winning military formula.

“Capability times resolve times signaling equals deterrence,” Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr. told a blue-chip crowd of diplomats and analysts at the prestigious Lowy Institute in Sydney, Australia, the leading city in America’s closest ally in the region.

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Beijing ‘seriously concerned’ by Trump’s One China remarks: Govt

BEIJING: Beijing is “seriously concerned” by US president-elect Donald Trump’s suggestion that he could drop Washington’s One China policy unless the mainland makes concessions on trade and other issues.

It issued its first clear warning Monday (Dec 12) over Donald Trump’s fiery rhetoric, as state media said the Asian giant could back “forces hostile to the US” if the president-elect follows through with threats to drop Washington’s One China policy.

It was the strongest signal yet from Chinese authorities that abandoning the One China policy, which guides relations with self-ruling Taiwan, would upset decades of carefully managed Sino-US relations and end cooperation between the world’s top two economies. Tiếp tục đọc “Beijing ‘seriously concerned’ by Trump’s One China remarks: Govt”

China Sees New Ambiguity With Donald Trump’s Taiwan Call

President Xi Jinping of China, who considers Taiwan an integral part of his country. Credit Pool photo by Nicolas Asfouri

BEIJING — China’s leaders have been markedly reticent about what kind of leader they think Donald J. Trump will be. A pragmatic dealmaker, as his business background might indicate? Or a provocateur who tests the ways of statecraft?

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Donald Trump speaks directly to Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen

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Donald Trump speaks directly to Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen

President-elect speaks with Taiwan’ leader in a break from the US’ “one China” policy triggering protest from Beijing.

US President-elect Donald Trump has spoken with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, in a major break with Washington’s policy on China, triggering protest from Beijing.

During Friday’s discussion, Trump and Tsai noted “the close economic, political and security ties” between Taiwan and the United States, according to the president-elect’s transition team. Tiếp tục đọc “Donald Trump speaks directly to Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen”