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Jun 3, 2015

India, US clear two ground-breaking defence projects as Carter holds talks

NEW DELHI, June 3 (Reuters) – India and the United States
have sealed an agreement to jointly develop protective gear for
soldiers against biological and chemical warfare, and another on
building generators, defence officials said on Wednesday.

The projects were cleared as U.S. Defense Secretary Ash
Carter held talks with Indian leaders to expand security ties
between the countries that were on opposite sides of the Cold
War but have since drawn closer against the rising weight of
China.

Jun 1, 2015

Vietnam, U.S. discuss land reclamation in South China Sea

HANOI, June 1 (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter
discussed his call for an end to island-building in the South
China Sea in talks on Monday with his Vietnamese counterpart,
who said Vietnam had not expanded its islands but had done work
to prevent wave erosion.

The response appeared to fall short of the immediate halt to
land reclamation activity and further militarization of the
islands that Carter sought in an initial appeal last week in
Hawaii, and again at a security conference in Singapore.

Jun 1, 2015

Vietnam, U.S. discuss military cooperation, South China Sea islands

HANOI, June 1 (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter
discussed his call for an end to island-building in the South
China Sea during talks on Monday with his Vietnamese
counterpart, who told a news conference Vietnam had not been
expanding its islands.

Carter and minister Phung Quang Thanh also signed a Joint
Vision Statement to guide future military cooperation between
the two former foes, who fought a 1955-1975 war and only
normalized relations 20 years ago.

May 31, 2015

Pentagon chief pledges $18 million for Hanoi to buy patrol boats

HAI PHONG, Vietnam, May 31 (Reuters) – U.S. Defense
Secretary Ash Carter pledged $18 million on Sunday to help
Vietnam buy U.S. patrol boats, shortly after touring a
Vietnamese coast guard vessel that was hit by a Chinese ship
during a skirmish in the South China Sea.

Carter, who has been focusing on maritime security during an
11-day trip to the Asia-Pacific, visited the Vietnamese navy
headquarters and coast guard headquarters before boarding the
ship.

May 31, 2015

U.S. says China’s island-building erodes security; Beijing angered

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Saturday that China’s island-building in the South China Sea was undermining security in the Asia-Pacific, drawing a scathing response from the foreign ministry in Beijing.

Carter, speaking to top defense officials from the Asia-Pacific at the annual Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, acknowledged that several countries had created outposts in the region’s disputed islands, but he said the scope of China’s activity created uncertainty about its future plans.

May 30, 2015

U.S. defense chief says China’s island-building erodes security

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter warned on Saturday that Beijing’s island-building in the South China Sea was undermining security in the Asia-Pacific and he called for a diplomatic push to solve the territorial dispute that is driving China’s effort.

Carter, speaking to top defense officials from across the Asia-Pacific, acknowledged that several countries had created outposts in the region’s disputed islands, but he said the scope of China’s activity created uncertainty about its future plans.

May 29, 2015

Break the vicious cycle, Singapore tells South China Sea rivals

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore’s prime minister called on countries on Friday to break the “vicious cycle” of the South China Sea row, as the United States and China exchanged increasingly angry barbs over reclaimed islands in the disputed waterway.

Inaugurating Asia’s biggest security forum, the Shangri-La Dialogue, Lee Hsien Loong also warned of the threat of Islamic State militancy in Southeast Asia and said it was not inconceivable that the ultra-radicals could establish a base in the region physically under their control, like in Syria or Iraq.

May 28, 2015

China land reclamation in South China Sea creates ‘new facts’: U.S.

MILITARY AIRCRAFT (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, in Washington’s latest challenge of Chinese land reclamation in the South China Sea, said the scale of Beijing’s activities, not the United States, was altering the status quo in the region.

Carter, speaking to reporters at the start of a 10-day trip to Asia, said the United States was trying to maintain a shared regional security structure that has advanced “prosperity for everyone” over the past 70 years.

May 28, 2015

Pentagon mulls improving Iraqi troop training after fall of Ramadi

MILITARY AIRCRAFT (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Thursday Pentagon officials have begun to examine how the U.S. military could better equip and train Iraqi troops after the recent fall of the Iraqi city of Ramadi to Islamic State insurgents.

Carter told reporters on his plane to Asia that he had convened a group of defense policy officials and military officers from U.S. Central Command and the Pentagon’s Joint Staff to look at how “we can enhance, hasten” the mission to train and equip Iraqi forces.

May 28, 2015

U.S. hopes Chinese island-building will spur Asian response

WASHINGTON, May 28 (Reuters) – By releasing video of
Beijing’s island reclamation work and considering more assertive
maritime actions, the United States is signaling a tougher
stance over the South China Sea and trying to spur Asian
partners to more action.

The release last week of the surveillance plane footage -
showing dredgers and other ships busily turning remote outcrops
into islands with runways and harbors – helps ensure the issue
will dominate an Asian security forum starting on Friday
attended by U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter as well as senior
Chinese military officials.

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