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Sri Lanka wants to reduce China’s stake in strategic Hambantota port deal

Sri Lanka wants to reduce China’s stake in strategic Hambantota port deal

Sri Lanka’s government wants a Chinese company to agree to cut its stake in a strategic port project by up to a quarter, as part of a renegotiation aimed at blunting public and political opposition to the deal.

China’s C919 passenger jet moves closer to maiden flight

China’s C919 passenger jet moves closer to maiden flight

China’s C919 passenger jet, the symbol of its lofty aviation ambitions, has passed a major technical assessment, and has moved closer to its first flight, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday.

Boeing, US govt sign $3.4 bn deal for AH-64E Apache helicopters

Boeing, US govt sign $3.4 bn deal for AH-64E Apache helicopters

Boeing Co said on Thursday it had signed a $3.4 billion contract with the US government through which the US Army and an international customer will buy the latest Apache attack helicopter — the Apache ‘E’ variant.

CAG criticises Army for slack maintenance of weapons systems

CAG criticises Army for slack maintenance of weapons systems

The Comptroller and Auditor General has slammed the army for not being able to effectively maintain large inventory of critical weapon systems including radars and battle tanks.

China to step up patrols to create “first class” navy

China to step up patrols to create “first class” navy

China will step up patrols and ensure it has a “first class” navy equipped with the best armaments, senior military officers told the official Xinhua news agency, as China steps up its ability to project power far from its shores.

US weighs deploying up to 1,000 ‘reserve’ troops for IS fight

US weighs deploying up to 1,000 ‘reserve’ troops for IS fight

US President Donald Trump’s administration is weighing a deployment of up to 1,000 American soldiers to Kuwait to serve as a reserve force in the fight against Islamic State as US-backed fighters accelerate the offensive in Syria and Iraq, US officials told Reuters

China says first draft of South China Sea code of conduct ready

China says first draft of South China Sea code of conduct ready

A first draft of a code of conduct for behaviour in the disputed South China Sea has been completed, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Wednesday, adding tension in the waterway had eased notably

North Korea warns of “actual war”, US calls it “pariah”

North Korea warns of “actual war”, US calls it “pariah”

North Korea said on Tuesday it would pursue its nuclear deterrent and weapons programme as huge US-South Korean joint military exercises it says model a “pre-emptive nuclear attack” against Pyongyang continued

Germany delays contract with MBDA for missile defence system

Germany delays contract with MBDA for missile defence system

BERLIN: Germany’s defence ministry on Tuesday told lawmakers that it would not complete a contract for a multi-billion euro new missile defence system with European arms maker MBDA during the current legislative period, as planned, ministry sources said

Japan PM Shinzo Abe says will not cap military spending below 1% of

Japan PM Shinzo Abe says will not cap military spending below 1% of

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday he will not cap military spending below one percent of the nation’s economy, reaffirming his commitment to go further than other postwar governments by making the armed forces more robust.

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