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Amid USS McCain controversy, Pentagon says military will not be politicised

02 Jun 2019

SEOUL The Pentagon has told the White House that the U.S. military will not be politicised, a U.S. official said on Sunday, in response to a controversy after officials directed the United States Navy to keep the USS John S. McCain out of sight during a recent speech by President Donald Trump in Japan. 

Acting Pentagon chief says no need to restore suspended U.S.-South Korea military drills

02 Jun 2019

SEOUL Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Sunday that for now it was not necessary to resume major joint military exercises with South Korea that were suspended in the last year to support diplomatic efforts with North Korea.

U.S. defence chief says no need to restore suspended US-S.Korea military drills

02 Jun 2019

SEOUL, June 2 Acting U.S. Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Sunday that it was not necessary to resume major joint military exercises with South Korea that were suspended in the last year to support diplomatic efforts with North Korea.

U.S. won't 'tiptoe' around China with Asia stability at threat - defence chief

01 Jun 2019

SINGAPORE The United States will no longer "tiptoe" around Chinese behaviour in Asia, with stability in the region threatened on issues ranging from the South China Sea to Taiwan, acting U.S. Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Saturday. | Video

China, U.S. defence chiefs hold talks at Asia security summit

31 May 2019

SINGAPORE Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe and acting U.S. Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan held talks on Friday at an Asia security summit in Singapore, a meeting the Pentagon said was "constructive and productive," amid heightened tensions between the two countries over trade and security.

U.S. looks to improve ties with Indonesian special forces, stage exercises

30 May 2019

JAKARTA Acting U.S. Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan met his Indonesian counterpart on Thursday as the United States looks to improve ties with an Indonesian special forces unit that have been limited due to human rights abuses in the 1990s.

In Asia, Pentagon seeks to separate China military talks from trade war

29 May 2019

JAKARTA Acting U.S. Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Wednesday that tense trade negotiations between China and the United States should be treated separately from military talks between the two countries.

As Shanahan heads to Asia, Iran tensions threaten Pentagon's 'great power' focus

29 May 2019

WASHINGTON As acting U.S. Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan heads to Asia on Tuesday to deliver a major policy speech on the region, increasing tensions with Iran threaten to upend the Pentagon's strategy to focus on "great power competition" and countering Russia and China, officials and experts say.

U.S. military identifies more remains of American war dead handed over by North Korea

29 May 2019

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii The U.S. military said on Tuesday that it had identified a total of six American troops from 55 boxes of human remains from the 1950-53 Korean War that North Korea handed over last year, even as the Pentagon has said it has given up hope of recovering more of them in the near future.

U.S. deploys more troops to Middle East, blames Iran for tanker attacks

24 May 2019

WASHINGTON The United States on Friday announced the deployment of 1,500 troops to the Middle East, describing it as an effort to bolster defences against Iran as it accused the country's Revolutionary Guards of direct responsibility for this month's tanker attacks. | Video

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