Washington is reportedly seeking access to more bases in the Southeast Asian nation’s western coast facing the South China Sea and in northern Luzon across the sea from the Taiwan Strait.
Forces will be reorganised by 2025 in response to "an increasingly challenging security environment," Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin tells a joint news conference after talks with Japanese defence and foreign ministers.
Forty-nine African leaders are in Washington for a summit with US as President Joe Biden seeks to use personal diplomacy to win back influence in the continent.
Ankara expects the US' swift completion of the approval process of F-16 fighter jet sales, says Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar.
US will increase rotational presence of air, land and sea forces in Australia, including bomber aircraft and fighter jets, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin says, amid shared worry over Beijing's growing muscle in the region.
Bomber carries a similar "flying wing" shape to its predecessor, the B-2, and will be able to deliver both conventional and nuclear weapons around the world using long-range and mid-air refueling capabilities.
Moscow can't systemically challenge Washington over the long term, but Beijing "is the only competitor" with both intent and power to do so, says US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.
Nine military bases being renamed by 2024 are located in Southern states that seceded from US and formed the Confederacy, which lost the 1861-1865 Civil War.
US faced widespread criticism over an air strike in Kabul that killed 10 civilians, including children, during the final chaotic days of its troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Hulusi Akar and Lloyd Austin exchange views on defence and security issues, especially developments in Ukraine, the fight against terrorism and the F-16 fighter jet sale.
NATO's defence ministers plan to boost the alliance's forces and military equipment in its eastern flank as Russia's offensive continues in Ukraine.
Defence Minister General Wei Fenghe slams US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, rejecting his "smearing accusation" and saying Washington is seeking to advance its own interests "under the guise of multilateralism."
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