U.S. warship sailed through South China Sea near reef claimed by China
Jesse Johnson Japan Times, Tokyo The U.S. Navy has sailed a warship near the disputed Scarborough Shoal, a strategic flash point in the South China Sea claimed by China, in a move expected to stoke anger in Beijing as the world’s two biggest economies remain embroiled in a trade... Read more
North Korea warns of ‘undesired consequence’ if no change in U.S. stance in nuclear talks
Jesse Johnson Japan Times, Tokyo A senior North Korean official on Tuesday warned of an “undesired consequence” for the U.S. if Washington does not adjust its policy on North Korea’s denuclearization by an end-of-the-year deadline leader Kim Jong Un has set. “Our determination for denuclearization remains unchanged, and when... Read more
Kim-Putin summit rumors heat up as Kremlin says preparations underway
Jesse Johnson Japan Times, Tokyo North Korean leader Kim Jong Un could hold his first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin as early as next week amid stalled nuclear talks with the United States, media reports have said. A senior Russian diplomat has confirmed that preparations are underway for... Read more
U.S. Navy drops criminal charges against USS Fitzgerald officers in case of 2017 fatal collision
Jesse Johnson Japan Times, Tokyo The U.S. Navy said Wednesday that it will drop charges against two former USS Fitzgerald officers accused of criminal negligence in the warship’s deadly 2017 collision south of Tokyo Bay. Former Fitzgerald commanding officer Cmdr. Bryce Benson and the destroyer’s former tactical action officer... Read more
U.S. sails massive, F-35-laden warship in disputed South China Sea
Jesse Johnson Japan Times, Tokyo In the latest show of military muscle in the South China Sea, the U.S. has apparently sailed its USS Wasp amphibious assault ship near a strategic reef claimed by Beijing and Manila that lies just 230 km (140 miles) from the Philippine coast. Filipino... Read more
U.S. and Chinese bombers soar over Western Pacific as area sees ramped-up military drills
Jesse Johnson Japan Times, Tokyo B-52 bombers from Guam have trained with Air Self-Defense Force and Okinawa-based U.S. fighter jets in the Western Pacific, just days after China sent a total of six bombers and other aircraft through a key entryway into the Pacific for their own military exercises.... Read more
In snub, U.S. won’t send warships or senior officials to Chinese Navy’s 70th anniversary celebrations
Jesse Johnson Japan Times, Tokyo The United States has decided not to send warships or senior military officers to celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy later this month, a snub by Washington even as U.S. allies Japan and South Korea are... Read more
South Korea’s Moon to visit White House next month in bid to salvage Kim-Trump nuclear talks
Jesse Johnson Japan Times, Tokyo In a bid to salvage broken-down nuclear negotiations with North Korea, U.S. President Donald Trump and South Korean leader Moon Jae-in plan to hold a summit next month in Washington, the White House has announced. The meeting will be the first between the two... Read more
Pentagon sends ships through Taiwan Strait for third time in three months
Jesse Johnson Japan Times, Tokyo The Pentagon has sent ships through the Taiwan Strait — the third time in as many months — as Washington ramps up naval activities in the waterway, stoking fears in Beijing of a growing alignment with Taipei. The move, likely to be interpreted by... Read more

Jesse Johnson

Japan Times, Tokyo

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