Erdogan says discussed warplane, sub cooperation with Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Sochi on September 29, 2021. (PHOTO / BLOOMBERG) Turkey and Russia discussed expanding defense cooperation from missiles to ships, warplanes and submarines, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, defying threatened US sanctions. Erdogan’s comments on potentially tighter defense ties with Russia could […]

Japan LDP’s Ishiba formally supports PM contender Kono

Japan's Liberal Democratic Party's leadership election candidate and former Japan's defense minister Shigeru Ishiba attends a debate ahead of the Liberal Democratic Party's (LDP) leadership election, in Tokyo on Sept 12, 2020. (Charly TRIBALLEAU / POOL / AFP) TOKYO – Shigeru Ishiba, a heavyweight politician of Japan's ruling party, formally announced on Wednesday that he […]

Indonesia, Australia agree to boost defense, security ties

This handout picture taken and released on September 9, 2021 by the Indonesian Defense Ministry shows Indonesia's defense minister Prabowo Subianto (left) and Australia defence minister Peter Dutton (2nd left) inspecting honour guards before their 2+2 meeting with both country's foreign ministers in Jakarta. (HANDOUT / INDONESIAN DEFENCE MINISTRY / AFP) JAKARTA – Indonesia and […]

Official: S. Korea launched first ballistic missile from submarine

This handout photo taken on Aug 13, 2021 and provided by South Korea's Defense Ministry on Sept 7, 2021 shows the locally-developed, diesel-powered 3,000-tonne Dosan Ahn Chang-ho submarine during its commissioning ceremony on the southern island of Geoje, South Korea. (HANDOUT / SOUTH KOREAN DEFENSE MINISTRY / AFP) South Korea has successfully test-launched a missile […]

Here’s who to look out for in the race to succeed Japan’s Suga

This combo photo shows the contenders who are likely to be in the race to succeed Japan Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. From left, clockwise, are Taro Kono, administrative reform minister; Fumio Kishida, former foreign minister; Shigeru Ishiba, ex-defense minister; Shinzo Abe, former prime minister; LDP policy chief Hakubun Shimomura; Seiko Noda, ex-internal affairs minister; and […]