Beijing said on Wednesday that Washington is still "seeking excuses for more money from taxpayers to boost its military buildup" as US Defense Secretary Ash Carter named China as both a major challenge and competitor to his country.
China voiced "serious concerns" and urged the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to exercise restraint on Wednesday in response to media reports of Pyongyang's plan to launch a satellite later this month.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday confirmed his intentions to amend a key clause of Japan's constitution that would further broaden the operational scope of the nation's Self-Defense Forces (SDF), following the passage of controversial legislation last year.
Police in Australia investigating threatening phone calls that led to the evacuation of more than 30 schools in recent days said on Wednesday they suspected the hoax calls originated overseas and were part of a sophisticated hacking system.
The Republic of Korea on Wednesday warned a harsh price against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s long-range ballistic missile launch after Pyongyang's notification of its plan to launch a satellite.