Ukraine conflict: Japan announces more sanctions on Russia
18 March 2022
by Jon Grevatt
Japan has introduced additional restrictions on exports to Russia of technologies and goods that can be used by its defence industrial complex. The move is coupled with new sanctions Tokyo has placed on several military enterprises operated by Moscow.
Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) said that from 18 March sales to Russia of more than 250 high-technology products – including semiconductors, sonars, lasers, communication equipment, electromagnetic equipment, and carbon fiber materials – will not be permissible.
It said the move is aligned with newly amended Japanese export legislation.
Update – Changing the guard: Concern over US withdrawal of F-15 jets from Okinawa
25 November 2022
by Akhil Kadidal
The withdrawal from Okinawa of two USAF squadrons equipped with F-15C Eagles has alarmed US Republican lawmakers who said the move could embolden a militarily resurgent China. (US Air Force photo/Staff Sgt Kyle Johnson)
The withdrawal of two squadrons of US Air Force (USAF) Boeing F-15C fighter jets from Okinawa has prompted concerns of a decline in US force capability in the Indo-Pacific region.
Royal Canadian Navy frigates, including the HMCS
, have participated in a multinational effort to monitor North Korea's evasion of UN Security Council sanctions.
Canada plans to bolster its military presence and partnerships in the Indo-Pacific region amid growing threats from China and North Korea, according to Canadian Minister of National Defence Anita Anand.
The Canadian government will “soon” release a “comprehensive” Indo-Pacific strategy to “position Canada as a leader in promoting peace and security in the region”, Anand told the Halifax International Security Forum in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 18 November.
RAAF refuels South Korea fighter jet for first time
16 November 2022
by Akhil Kadidal
A Royal Australian Air Force KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport refuels a KF-16U Fighting Falcon aircraft of the Republic of Korea Air Force during Exercise ‘Vigilant Storm 23'. (Republic of Korea Air Force)
Weeks after signing a formal arrangement to co-operate on air-to-air refuelling, Australia and South Korea have conducted the first aerial refuel exercise involving military aircraft from both countries.
In this episode we speak to Claire Chu, Senior Chinese Analyst at Janes Group to discuss economic statecraft as a valuable element of your OSINT toolbox and how open source intelligence on state sponsored commercial activity can support their na...