SINGAPORE - The defense ministers of Japan and South Korea on Sunday agreed to accelerate talks on ways to prevent radar lock-on incidents between their forces, despite remaining apart on an alleged case in 2018 that has undermined confidence between bilateral defense authorities.
Pledging to further promote defense cooperation, Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada and his South Korean counterpart, Lee Jong Sup, apparently prioritized improving their ties amid the threat posed by North Korea's missile and nuclear development programs.
SINGAPORE - Chinese Defense Minister Li Shangfu said Sunday at a regional security forum in Singapore that Beijing is open to communication with Washington, warning that a serious conflict between the two countries would be "an unbearable disaster for the world."
In his speech at the annual Shangri-La Dialogue, Li said the world is "big enough for countries including China and the U.S. to grow together," but added that Washington needs to "act with sincerity, match its words with deeds and take concrete actions together with China to stabilize relations."
BEIJING - North Korea rapped Sunday the International Maritime Organization for adopting a resolution criticizing it over its recent attempt to launch a satellite, saying it will no longer give advance notice on such launches, the official Korean Central News Agency said.
Since the IMO responded to North Korea's advance notice of the launch with such a resolution, "We will regard this as its official manifestation of stand that the DPRK's advance notice is no longer necessary," said Kim Myong Chol, who was described by KCNA as an "international affairs analyst" of the country.
TOKYO - Japanese former lawmaker and social media personality GaaSyy was arrested Sunday for allegedly threatening to defame some individuals, including a celebrity, after returning to Japan from the United Arab Emirates, where he had been residing, police said.
The 51-year-old, whose real name is Yoshikazu Higashitani, became a popular YouTuber posting videos about celebrity scandals on his channel. He was stripped of his status as a lawmaker in March by the House of Councillors for not attending any sessions since being elected last year.
BEIJING/HONG KONG - China tightened security in parts of the country on Sunday, the 34th anniversary of the 1989 military crackdown on a student-led pro-democracy movement in Beijing's Tiananmen Square, with no rallies expected in Hong Kong as the mainland continues its clampdown there.
Intent on maintaining one-party rule, China's Communist Party has justified the deadly 1989 incident by declaring it necessary to quell political unrest. Open discussion about the massacre remains taboo in the country.
Japan, Australia sign deal to promote defense technology cooperation
SINGAPORE - Japan and Australia on Sunday reached a deal to simplify procedures for joint technical studies on defense equipment, with the aim of promoting bilateral cooperation amid China's military buildup in the Indo-Pacific region.
Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada and his Australian counterpart Richard Marles signed the memorandum at their meeting in Singapore on the margins of the three-day Asia Security Summit from Friday, also known as the Shangri-La Dialogue.
GLASGOW, Scotland - Kyogo Furuhashi fired home his 34th goal of the season to help Celtic complete a domestic treble with a 3-1 victory over Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the Scottish Cup final on Saturday.
The Samurai Blue forward was one of four Japanese players in Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou's starting lineup, along with Daizen Maeda, Reo Hatate and Tomoki Iwata.
SINGAPORE - The defense ministers of Japan, the United States, Australia and the Philippines agreed Saturday to step up security cooperation in an effort to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific amid China's growing maritime assertiveness in the region.
The meeting, which took place on the sidelines of the annual Asia Security Summit in Singapore, was the first-ever defense ministerial talks involving all four countries.
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