US military to get expanded access to military base in the Philippines

CNN — The US military will have access to four other bases in the Philippines under a deal announced during US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s visit to Manila on Thursday. In addition, the two allies said projects on five bases already covered by the 2014 Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) are nearing completion. The EDCA … Read more

NATO chief wants more ‘friends’ as Russia and China grow closer

TOKYO (AP) — China’s growing assertiveness and collaboration with Russia poses a challenge not only to Asia but also to Europe, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday, as he sought stronger cooperation and more “friends” for NATO in the Indo-Pacific region. Stoltenberg said China is increasingly investing in nuclear weapons and long-range missiles without … Read more