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Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group Conducted Dual Carrier Operations with Nimitz Carrier Strike Group

The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group conducted dual-carrier operations with the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group in the South China Sea Feb. 9. The ships and aircraft of the two strike groups coordinated operations in a highly trafficked area to demonstrate the U.S. Navy's ability to operate in challenging environments. As a part of dual-carrier operations,

French Nuclear Attack Submarine SNA Émeraude Left South China Sea

French nuclear attack submarine (SNA Émeraude) and a support vessel (BSAM Seine) have sailed up to 15,000 km from the metropolitan coasts in the Indian Ocean and the Pacific. The patrol has completed a passage in the South China Sea. The patrol at the same time shows the proof of the capacity of the French

Challenges awaiting Biden Administration in Asia and Pacific

One of the biggest challenges faced by the Biden administration in the Asia and Pacific Region is unquestionably the rapidly increasing PRC's influence in the entirety of East Asia and Pacific. Bloody border conflicts initiated with India in Ladakh, the militarization of the islands in the South China Sea, the tension over Senkaku/Diaoyu rocks with

What is the Chinese Dongfeng-21 Medium-Range Ballistic Missile?

Dongfeng-21 ballistic missile (DF-21, NATO code name: CSS5) is a mobile medium-range ballistic missile developed by the People’s Republic of China. It is the People’s Liberation Army’s first solid-fuel propelled and maneuverable missile, and it is also the world’s first. This anti-ship ballistic missile has the significance of a missile milestone. At present, it belongs

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Locsin

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodoro Locsin, Jr. Secretary Blinken and Secretary Locsin reaffirmed that a strong U.S.-Philippine Alliance is vital to a free and open Indo-Pacific region. Secretary Blinken stressed the importance of the Mutual Defense Treaty for the security of both nations, and its

Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group Enters South China Sea amid Taiwan Tensions

The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (TRCSG) entered the South China Sea January 23 to conduct routine operations. The TRCSG is on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet to ensure freedom of the seas, build partnerships that foster maritime security, and conduct a wide range of operations. “After sailing through these waters throughout

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Interview with Professor Swaran SINGH on Asia and Pacific Affairs

This interview was conducted with Professor Swaran SINGH for Sinosphere on developments in the Asia-Pacific region. The main topics of the interview include India-China relations, Indo-Pacific Concept, East and South China Seas, ASEAN, and Quad Alliance System. How much can the Quad Alliance limit China's regional expansion moves? Considering that the Quad members have different

USS John S. McCain Conducts Freedom of Navigation Operation in the South China Sea

USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) asserted navigational rights and freedoms in the Spratly Islands, consistent with international law. This freedom of navigation operation (“FONOP”) upheld the rights, freedoms, and lawful uses of the sea recognized in international law by challenging restrictions on innocent passage imposed by China, Vietnam, and Taiwan. All interactions with foreign

Japan and Philippine Further Develop the Strategic Partnership

Japan Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga had a telephone conversation with R. Duterte, President of the Republic of the Philippines. Prime Minister Suga stated that he would like to further develop the strategic partnership between the two countries and work closely with them to realize a "free and open Indo-Pacific". He reiterated his policy of supporting the

Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Turns Over Php1.4 in Military Equipment

Acting U.S. Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller met with Philippine Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana and Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodoro Locsin Jr. on December 8. While in Manila, he announced the recent transfer of Php1.4 billion ($29.3 million) in defense articles, including sniper and anti-IED equipment, to senior Philippine military officials. The visit

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