Pentagon in Show of Force With Taiwan Strait Warship Passage

Guided missile destroyers make first transit in a year as Beijing steps up coercion of democratic island

USS MustinThe Pentagon dispatched two guided missiles destroyers through the Taiwan Strait this week in a show of force amid increasing Chinese efforts to coerce democratic Taiwan.

Mattis Heads to China for Strategic Talks with PLA

First visit to Beijing comes amid heightened tensions

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, ALASKA—Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will make his first visit to China this week for talks with Chinese military leaders amid growing tensions over China's militarization of islands in the South China Sea. Mattis told reporters aboard an Air Force E-4B jet, a militarized Boeing 747, en route to northern Alaska that he plans to gauge China's strategic approach to the United States during talks in Beijing.

Mattis Goes to Asia for First Visit to China

North Korea, South China Sea, Taiwan on agenda for strategic talks

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, ALASKA—Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived here Sunday for the start of a six-day visit to Asia that will include talks in China amid heightened tensions with Beijing.

Pentagon Blocks China From Joining Naval Exercise  

PLA navy disinvited to this year's RIMPAC maneuvers

J15 fighter jets on China's sole operational aircraft carrier, the LiaoningIn response to China's militarization of disputed islands in the South China Sea, the Pentagon announced Wednesday that China would not be allowed to take part in the large international naval exercise known as Rim of the Pacific, or Rimpac.