An update of Japan's long-term defense policy to be unveiled next month will call for stronger air and maritime surveillance capabilities and the improved ability to defend far-flung isles as concerns rise about China's growing military assertiveness.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott Wednesday said he expects ties with Indonesia to emerge stronger from a spying row and suggested a security roundtable to build trust, but would not commit to a code of ethics.
China Wednesday dismissed Australian criticism of its newly declared air defense identification zone as “completely mistaken” and raised the possibility of damaged relations between the two trading partners.
China said Wednesday it had monitored two unarmed U.S. bombers that flew over the East China Sea in defiance of Beijing's declaration it was exercising greater military control over the area.2 Comments
Malaysia's foreign ministry summoned the ambassador from neighboring Singapore on Tuesday over a media report that the city-state helped with U.S.-Australian surveillance in the region. Foreign Minister Anifah Aman had already summoned the heads of the U.S. and Australian missions earlier in November in protest at reports that a vast U.S.-led surveillance network included a listening post in America's Malaysian embassy.
Indonesia's diplomatic rift with Australia over phone bugging accusations threatened to widen on Tuesday after the trade minister said Southeast Asia's biggest economy was looking elsewhere for food imports.
The Pacific island camps to which Australia sends asylum-seekers who arrive by boat are harsh environments which fail to meet international standards of treatment, the U.N. refugee agency said Tuesday.
China sent its sole aircraft carrier on a training mission into the South China Sea on Tuesday amid maritime disputes with the Philippines and other neighbors and tension over its plan to set up an airspace defense zone in waters disputed with Japan.
Indonesia's police confirmed they had suspended cooperation with their Australian counterparts after a diplomatic rift between the neighbors, raising the possibility of a surge in asylum seekers heading to Australia from Indonesian shores.
Asian airlines will inform China of their flight plans before entering airspace over waters disputed with Japan, regional aviation officials said on Monday, effectively acknowledging Beijing's authority over a newly declared “Air Defense Identification Zone.”