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  • China Launched its 8th Type 052D Destroyer while the 4th Started Sea Trials with PLAN

    11/29/2015 8:37:22 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 29 November 2015
    Based on several pictures that have been released by Chinese spotters, it appears that the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) fourth Type 052D (NATO reporting name Luyang III class) destroyer started sea trials. In the meantime, another Type 052D was launched on November 28th. It is the 8th vessel in the class and the first one launched at the Dalian naval shipyard (Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company member of CSIC - China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation). The fourth Type 052D Destroyer seen during sea trials. Chinese spotter photo published November 22 2015. The first vessel of of the class,...
  • 'Large' Chinese military fleet flies near Japan islands: media

    11/27/2015 11:10:23 PM PST · by Mariner · 17 replies
    AFP ^ | 28 November 2015 | Unattributed
    TOKYO (AFP) - Japan scrambled jets after 11 Chinese military planes flew near southern Japanese islands during what Beijing said was a drill to improve its long-range combat abilities, reports said Saturday. The planes -- eight bombers, two intelligence gathering planes and one early-warning aircraft -- flew near Miyako and Okinawa on Friday without violating Japan's airspace, the Japanese defence ministry said in a statement released on Friday. Some of them flew between the two islands while others made flights close to neighbouring islands, the ministry said. A Chinese air force spokesman said several types of planes, including H-6K bombers,...
  • Japan’s crack submarine fleet

    11/27/2015 5:03:11 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    SENTAKU MAGAZINE ^ | NOV 26, 2015
    China has lately been resorting to defiant and audacious acts like claiming its territorial rights over waters around artificial island it has built in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea and unilaterally designating an air defense identification zone in the East China Sea. While these acts are visible to all, the real front battle line lies deep in the sea where submarines are principal players. This article attempts to provide in-depth descriptions of the real picture of submarines of the Maritime Self-Defense Force and their roles, as little has so far been made known about them. During the...
  • Just before Paris climate summit, Britain slashes wind, solar subsidies

    11/21/2015 5:56:19 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/21/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    On November 30th President Obama will join hordes of our ecological betters from around the world at the Paris Climate Summit. Weighty topics of how to save the planet will be discussed and agreements are expected which will further push the cause of eliminating carbon, fossil fuels and everything else we rely on to keep civilization chugging along. One of the leaders in the field of green energy and allegedly reduced carbon emissions has been Great Britain, which makes it all the more odd that just before the big confab kicks off, they’ve , preferring to focus on converting...
  • Abe raises South China Sea dispute at ASEAN

    11/22/2015 6:28:31 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 8 replies
    The Japan Times ^ | Nov 22, 2015 | Reuters, AP
    KUALA, LUMPUR – Asia-Pacific leaders gathered Sunday for an annual summit where they condemned terrorism but remained apart on growing tensions in the disputed South China Sea.
  • Russia, China sign $2 billion contract over Su-35 fighter jets

    11/19/2015 3:41:40 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 19, 2015
    MOSCOW--China is set to buy 24 Sukhoi-35 fighter jets from Russia in a deal worth more than $2 billion (246.3 billion yen), an industry source told Reuters on Nov. 19, in a move that may help the Kremlin's strained finances. A spokeswoman for Russian state holding Rostec confirmed a deal between the two countries had been signed involving Su-35 fighter jets, but declined to provide details. The deal makes China the first foreign buyer of the Su-35, one of Russia's most advanced military aircraft, and is one of the largest contracts for military jets signed between the two countries. Russia...
  • Condoleezza Rice: I Get The Security Concerns, But The US Should Accept Refugees

    11/18/2015 10:05:12 AM PST · by bkopto · 106 replies
    TPM ^ | Nov 16, 2015 | Sara Jerde
    Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Monday (in a room with a governor who said he'd refuse refugees) that she understood the concerns over the security risks, but that the United States needed to accept refugees, as reported by AL.com. Rice made the remarks at the 38th annual Southeast U.S.-Japan conference, in Birmingham, Alabama, according to the publication. Among those in attendance was Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) who had released a statement Sunday that said he would not "stand complicit to a policy that places the citizens of Alabama in harm's way." He was one of 13 governors...
  • Most Dishonest Countries Are China and Turkey

    11/17/2015 9:43:17 AM PST · by oblomov · 21 replies
    NY Post ^ | 16 Nov 2015 | Sophia Rosenbaum
    It’s a coin toss between China and Turkey for the title of least honest country, according to a new study. As part of a 15-nation honesty study, researchers from the University of East Anglia had the 1,500 subjects participate in a coin flip, telling them they’d get up to $5 every time it came up heads. The researchers theorized that if the percentage reporting heads was over 50 percent, participants were being dishonest, since heads statistically shows up only half the time. An estimated 70 percent of Chinese participants lied — the most dishonest of the bunch, according to the...
  • Japan to Test its New XASM-3 Supersonic Anti-Ship Missile Against Shirane-class Destroyer

    11/16/2015 6:13:47 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 16 November 2015
    Japan's Ministry of Defense (MoD) announced that it will conduct a live fire experiment of the new XASM-3 supersonic anti-ship missile in the Sea of Japan next year. The missile will be tested against a decommissioned Destroyer of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). XASM-3 is currently in development by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and the Japanese MoD to replace the existing ASM-1 and ASM-2 missiles. XASM-3 missile fitted on a Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-2 Fighter The test-firing will be done at a firing range designated “G airspace” close to Komatsu air base. According to the Japanese MoD aerodynamic and...
  • Japan's first passenger plane in 50 years makes maiden flight

    11/14/2015 1:30:59 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Nov 11, 2015 1:45pm EST | Tim Kelly
    Japan's first commercial passenger plane in half a century made its maiden flight on Wednesday, in a breakthrough for the country's long-held ambition to establish an aircraft industry able to challenge some of the major players in global aviation. The Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) successfully completed a 1.5-hour return flight from Nagoya Airport to test Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp's ability to bring the 100-seat class plane into service after three years of delays. The unit of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (7011.T), which built the World War Two-era Zero fighter, is hoping the $47-million regional jet will help it oust Canada's Bombardier Inc...
  • Last surviving dive bomber remembers the Battle of Midway

    11/13/2015 1:20:45 PM PST · by US Navy Vet · 43 replies
    CNN via NewsChannel 3 ^ | NOVEMBER 11, 2015
    SAN ANTONIO — Norman Kleiss lives in a modest apartment in San Antonio. When I first reached him on the telephone, I almost started to shake. It was like going back in time. I could hear the engines roar over the Pacific Ocean; the tide of World War II was about to change. “So you want to talk about the Battle of Midway?” Kleiss asked. Boy, did I. It’s incredible that still living among us is this amazing American war hero. Norman Jack “Dusty” Kleiss is 99 years old. What did he do in the war? With fuel running low,...
  • Marco Polo discovered America 200 years before Colombus, according to map

    08/09/2007 3:28:45 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 92 replies · 5,820+ views
    AFP via translation ^ | August 9, 2007
    Possible discovered of America by Marco Polo before Colomb: account in VSD 'America - its West coast - would have been discovered by Marco Polo some 200 years before Christophe Colomb, according to a chart of the Library of the Congress in Washington examined since 1943 by the FBI and whose history is told in published review VSD Wednesday. This document, brought to the Library in 1933 by Marcian Rossi, an American naturalized citizen originating in Italy, represents a boat beside a chart showing part of India, China, Japan, the Eastern Indies and North America, indicates the report/ratio of...
  • China Tests Anti-Satellite Missile

    11/09/2015 11:58:39 AM PST · by McGruff · 52 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 11/9/2015 | Bill Gertz
    China recently conducted a flight test of a new missile capable of knocking out U.S. satellites as part of Beijing's growing space warfare arsenal. The test of a Dong Neng-3 exoatmospheric vehicle was carried out Oct. 30 from China's Korla Missile Test Complex in western China, said two defense officials familiar with reports of the test. A Chinese press report also provided details of what was said to be a missile defense interceptor flight test carried out Nov. 1. Photos of the missile's contrails were posted online.
  • Obama Leads But No One Follows In Climate Change Fight

    11/08/2015 6:20:09 AM PST · by george76 · 48 replies
    Energy: The resident wants to decarbonize the planet by killing fossil-fuel production and its high-paying jobs. Almost no other nation is following his lead despite the promises that will be made at the Paris climate summit. Last week we learned in a Reuters report that Asia will build 500 coal-burning electric generation plants this year alone. An additional 1,000 are planned in China, India, Japan, Indonesia and other countries. The latest projections are that 40% of the added power generation in Southeast Asia by 2040 will be coal-fired. Does this sound like a continent that's taking the alarm bells of...
  • New glass almost as tough as steel [Transparent Aluminum!]

    11/04/2015 1:21:58 PM PST · by Red Badger · 103 replies
    phys.org ^ | 11/04/2015 | Staff
    Transmittance spectrum of the 54Al2O3-46Ta2O5 glass in the UV/vis region. The inset picture shows the glass sample used for the transmittance experiment. Credit: (c) 2015 Scientific Reports (2015). DOI: 10.1038/srep15233 $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with The University of Tokyo and Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute has created a type of glass that is stronger than many metals. In their paper published in the journal Scientific Reports, the researchers describe how they overcame one of the major hurdles in creating glass imbued with extra amounts of an oxide of aluminum, by using what they call aerodynamic levitation. Glass that does...
  • Despite talks with Abe, Park unlikely to concede on history

    11/04/2015 4:20:35 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    Japan Times ^ | Nov 4, 2015 | Ko Hirano
    SEOUL – Although the leaders of Japan and South Korea agreed this week to take prompt action on the issue of Korean women and girls forced into wartime Japanese brothels, it remains uncertain whether they will settle the dispute by year’s end.
  • Australia Prepares Option of Sail-Through to Test ChinaAustralia Prepares Option of Sail-Through to

    10/28/2015 8:34:54 AM PDT · by lbryce · 2 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 28, 2015 | Rob Taylor
    Australian defense planners are looking at the possibility of a naval sail-through close to Chinas artificial islands in the South China Sea, in case the government decides to follow its close ally the U.S. in testing Beijings territorial claims. Australia has been looking at options, said one official in Australias military familiar with operational planning. The official spoke after the American guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen sailed early Tuesday within 12 nautical miles of Subi Reef, one of seven sand and rock outcrops in the Spratly chain on which China has built artificial islands. The U.S. considers the area international waters,...
  • Image Emerges Of What Could Be A Chinese Knock-Off Of Russia's Su-34 Fullback

    10/29/2015 10:24:42 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 10/28/15 | Tyler Rogoway
    This image, posted on the Chinese website Weibo, shows what appears to be a Chinese Su-27 Flanker derivative very similar to Russia’s Su-34 Fullback fighter-bomber. The picture coincides with rumors that a new Chinese fighter type flew recently but we have no way to authenticate the image at this time. There is no prior indication that Russia has licensed Russian aircraft designer Sukhoi’s Su-34 fighter-bomber to China, but this has not stopped China from building its own Sukhoi clones before. Currently China has multiple indigenous Su-27 Flanker derivatives in production, including the Shenyang J-11B, a Su-27 knock-0ff and the carrier...
  • Bridgestone to buy U.S. auto parts retailer Pep Boys

    10/26/2015 9:56:36 AM PDT · by grimalkin · 29 replies
    Japanese tire maker Bridgestone Corp (5108.T) said it would buy auto parts retailer Pep Boys-Manny, Moe & Jack (PBY.N) for $835 million to expand its retail presence in the United States. The deal will boost Bridgestone's retail network by more than a third in the United States, the company said. Bridgestone operates a chain of auto care and tire stores in the United States through its Bridgestone Retail Operations (BSRO) unit. "Bridgestone is looking to expand its market share in services and tires ... it's a little harder to understand what they might do with (Pep Boys') retail operations but...
  • Fuku-zilla? Japan's TEPCO Discovers "Living Creature" Inside Nuclear Reactor

    10/24/2015 3:24:02 PM PDT · by amorphous · 74 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 24 Oct 2015 | Tyler Durden
    After sending robots into the Fukushima nuclear reactor (and seeing them mysteriously die), perhaps this is the reason why Japanese officials have decided to re-start the building of a huge ice-wall for 'containment'. As Fukushima Diary reports, TEPCOs camera caught a possible aquatic living creature in retained coolant water of Reactor 3.
  • Japan chooses Boeing KC-46, halting Airbus tanker winning streak

    10/23/2015 8:39:04 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | 23 OCTOBER, 2015 | JAMES DREW
    Just months after being rejected by South Korea and weeks after first flight, Boeings KC-46A has been selected by Japan to supplement the nations KC-767 tanker fleet. The announcement came from Japanese defence minister Gen Nakatani on Friday, and constitutes a significant win for Boeing after a troubled start to the next-generation tanker development programme with the US Air Force. The Pegasus tanker can almost see the end of its development phase, after achieving first flight 25 September from Paine Field in Washington, following a roughly nine-month delay. According to Boeing, KC-46 is particularly attractive to Japan as it will...
  • Chinese Warships To Visit Florida As U.S. Sailors Get A Tour Of China's Carrier

    10/23/2015 6:04:26 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | October 22, 2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    A trio of Chinese Navy vessels that are making an around-the-world trip will be visiting Mayport, Florida on November 3rd through the 7th. This visit comes as tensions are increasing between U.S. and China over the South China Sea, with the Navy ready to sail within Chinas man-made islands claim on disputed territorial waters. The three ships involved with the visit include the Type 052C Luyang II class guided-missile destroyer named Jinan. The 052C Luyang II class is roughly analogous to an Australian Hobart Class destroyer, not necessarily in raw capability but in general configuration. The Hobart Class is roughly...
  • Future Submarines: First look inside Soryu sub as Japan ups ante in contract bid

    10/23/2015 5:42:00 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    A Japanese Soryu Class submarine pictured at sea. Picture: Supplied Source: Supplied JAPAN summoned a submarine back from sea trials to give The Advertiser an exclusive look inside as they dramatically boost their efforts to win the Future Submarines contract. Of the three contenders for the project, Japan has been the most secretive, fuelling speculation they would be difficult to work with and reluctant to share sensitive defence technology. However, they recently confirmed they would share all their technology and this week opened the hatch to a range of South Australians. Visitors were welcomed with Australian flags, officials sporting kangaroo...
  • Russia is building a military base on disputed islands seized from Japan during World War II

    10/22/2015 8:13:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/22/2015 | Jack Stubbs
    Russia plans to build a military base on the Kuril islands, a group of Pacific islands it seized from Japan at the end of World War Two, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Thursday, according to the Interfax news agency. The move is likely to worsen already frayed relations with Tokyo which lays claim to the Southern Kuril, known in Japan as the Northern Territories. The dispute is so acrimonious that Moscow and Tokyo have still not signed a formal peace treaty after the war. Russia is also building or plans to build a series of new Arctic military bases,...
  • When Enemies Infiltrated the White House ( Harry Dexter White and fellow travelers )

    10/21/2015 10:30:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | March 10, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    How a Soviet mole in FDR's inner circle triggered Pearl Harbor and its dire relevancy to our conflict today. ... On December 7, 1941, 353 Japanese aircraft delivered a shocking blow .. Nearly seven years later, Harry Dexter White, a senior official in the Roosevelt Administration, appeared to testify before the House Committee on Un-American Activities . Numerous witnesses, including Whittaker Chambers and Elizabeth Bentley, had implicated White in involvement with the Communist Party and the Soviet Union. ... Harry Dexter White, a Harvard PhD and Assistant Treasury Secretary, had played a major role in creating the World Bank...
  • Theodore Roosevelt Wraps Up Malabar 2015

    10/20/2015 4:50:40 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    U.S. Navy ^ | 10/19/2015 1:32:00 PM | Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Chad M. Trudeau, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Public Affairs
    Story Number: NNS151019-24Release Date: 10/19/2015 1:32:00 PM By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Chad M. Trudeau, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Public Affairs BAY OF BENGAL (NNS) -- The tri-lateral exercise Malabar came to a close as Indian, Japanese and U.S. naval forces completed training, Oct. 19. The annual high-end war fighting exercise, which began in 1992, featured maritime patrol and reconnaissance operations, surface and anti-submarine warfare, air defense exercises (ADEX) and visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) operations. "Every Malabar we really go one notch up, and I think we've achieved the same thing this time," said Indian Navy Rear...
  • 'Shotgun' for Roosevelt - Malabar war games

    10/17/2015 7:50:28 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Telegraph, India ^ | Oct 18, 2015 | Sujan Dutta
    On board the USS Theodore Roosevelt in the Bay of Bengal, Oct. 17: An Indian warship played "shotgun" for this US super-carrier during an air defence drill last night, about 150 nautical miles east-southeast of Chennai during the latest edition of the Malabar war games, which also include a Japanese destroyer. "The 'shotgun' role will be shared by the Indians and the Japanese in this exercise," said Captain Craig Clapperton, commanding officer of the carrier. On Sunday, an Indian fleet tanker is expected to pull alongside and feed the carrier in a hostile scenario described as "opposed replenishment at sea"....
  • US naval chief asserts navigation rights in contested South China Sea

    10/15/2015 11:47:35 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 13 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | October 15, 2015 | By Robert Marquand
    A newly contentious phase appears to be under way in the South China Sea, where China has made expansive territorial claims, after the head of US naval operations said today in Tokyo that US vessels are free to travel wherever international law allows." Echoing earlier remarks by US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, John Richardson, the US chief of naval operations, stated that, "It should not come as a surprise to anybody that we will exercise freedom of navigation wherever international law allows. He added that "I don't see how this can be interpreted as provocative." A Chinese spokesman responded by...
  • India, U.S., Japan kick off naval drills likely to annoy China

    10/15/2015 4:05:22 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Oct 12, 2015 11:24am EDT | Sanjeev Miglani
    India, Japan and the United States will hold joint naval exercises each year, Indian government sources said on Monday, as the three countries kicked off the first such drills in the Bay of Bengal in eight years, a move likely to concern China.
  • Japan's F-2 vs. China's Lethal J-10 Fighter: Who Wins?

    10/14/2015 10:38:41 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    THE NATIONAL INTEREST ^ | October 13, 2015 | Kyle Mizokami
    The rivalry between Japan and China over islands in the East China Sea has triggered close encounters between the two sides in the air. Chinese fighters have intercepted Japanese aircraft patrolling the Senkaku Islands (Diaoyu Islands to China), resulting in Japanese fighters being scrambled to intercept. These aerial encounters in the Western Pacific highlight the Peoples Liberation Army Air Force and the Japan Air Self Defense Force. Chinas Su-27 and J-11 air superiority fighters are well known to outsiders, as are Japans equivalent, the F-15J Eagle. Less well known are the single-engine multi-role fighters that back up their large, twin-engined...
  • The China Factor: Why India's Once-Secret Sub Will Join War Games Today

    10/13/2015 11:03:28 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    NDTV ^ | October 14, 2015 | Vishnu Som
    NEW DELHI: It has been called a "hole in the water," a submarine so quiet that detecting it is often impossible for even the most advanced navies. For years, the Russian designed 'Kilo' class submarine was the ace in the pack of the Indian Navy. It would stealthily monitor warships traversing the waters of the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal. And for years, the Indian Navy flatly refused to give foreign forces a chance to train against the 'Kilo' class, nine of which are in service. Doing so would have given them a chance to potentially detect and...
  • Turkey threatens the major prospects for Eastern Med gas supply (Beware Russia blocking Med gas)

    10/12/2015 7:34:22 AM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 6 replies
    Security Europe ^ | June 22, 2015 | Ariel Cohen
    As Europe seeks to diversify its sources of natural gas as an alternative to the politically sensitive Russian supply, a massive off-shore gas source in the Mediterranean is ready for exploration and drilling. There are game-changing stakes at play. Unfortunately, the Turkish leadership has threatened to use force to stop this from happening. Last October, Turkey sent the BARBAROS, its geophysics exploration ship, accompanied by naval vessels, into the Cypriot Exclusive Economic Zone waters. In November 2014, Turkish naval commander Admiral Bülent Bostanoğlu threatened the use of force against Greece, while speaking on board a Turkish naval corvette in Greek...
  • Obama Won't Back Down After Chinese Threat, Sends U.S. Warships [Trunc]

    10/12/2015 10:04:25 AM PDT · by amorphous · 105 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12 Oct 2015 | Tyler Durden
    On Friday, we reported the latest provocation in what has truly become a very dangerous, if largely pointless, staring contest between Beijing and Washington over Chinas reclamation of land in The South China Sea. Responding to suggestions that the US was set to sail warships around the islands Beijing has constructed atop reefs in the Spratlys, China served noticed that it would never allow any country to violate China's territorial waters and airspace in the Spratly Islands, in the name of protecting freedom of navigation and overflight. This was simply a formalized version of the more concise phrasing the PLA...
  • Can the United States Defeat the Combined Military Power of Russia and China?

    10/12/2015 9:34:55 AM PDT · by pinochet · 109 replies
    America's power is being tested to a greater extent, than in the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1961. Russia is attacking the Al-Qaeda linked terrorist organization, the Free Syrian Army, which is a so-called ally of America. China indicated that it will join the military strikes against the anti-Assad forces, because China considers Assad as an ally: http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/100915-774990-china-joining-russia-to-humiliate-us-weakened-by-obama.htm China is now ready to fight to defend its unilateral control of the Spratley Islands in the South China Sea. Does America have enough military power to defeat a combined force of Russia and China?
  • China releases J-31 stealth jet's specs to lure foreign buyers

    10/12/2015 5:56:57 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10 October, 2015
    China's top aircraft manufacturer has revealed specifications of an advanced stealth fighter jet in a bid to lure foreign buyers, the official China Daily reported yesterday. In a rare disclosure, the state-owned Aviation Industry Corp of China (Avic) unveiled the capabilities of the J-31 aircraft at an aviation show, even though the jet was still being tested, the newspaper said. Avic officials have made no secret of the fact they are seeking foreign buyers for the aircraft, hoping to compete with Lockheed Martin's F-35. Countries that cannot buy weaponry from the United States have increasingly sought them from China, particularly...
  • China Threatens The U.S., Says Will "Not Tolerate Violations Of Its Territorial Waters"

    10/09/2015 9:33:37 AM PDT · by amorphous · 35 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 9 Oct 2015 | Tyler Durden
    While the geopolitical posturing between the US and China over the South China Seas is nothing new, the latest and most dramatic installment started just one month ago, when as part of its celebration to commemorate the successful victory over Japan in World War II, China sailed five warships to the Bering Sea, off the coast of Alaska, just as Obama was quite literally taking selfies of himself a few hundred miles away. ... China's response was quick, clear and unequivocal: "We will never allow any country to violate China's territorial waters and airspace in the Spratly Islands, in the...
  • Chinas Shoddy, Noisy Nuclear Submarines

    10/08/2015 10:48:08 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 32 replies
    THE NATIONAL INTEREST ^ | October 7, 2015 | Dave Majumdar
    Over the past two decades, the Peoples Republic of China has made great advances in its military capabilities. However, it still lags woefully behind in developing nuclear-powered submarines. The problem for the Chinese is that they lack the necessary quieting and propulsion technologies to build anything remotely comparable to an American or Russian nuclear submarine. Even the newest Chinese Jin-class ballistic nuclear missile submarines and improved Shang-class nuclear attack submarines are louder than 1970s-era Soviet-built Victor III-class attack submarine or the Delta III-class boomer, according to the U.S. Navys Office of Naval Intelligence. In fact, even Chinas forthcoming Type 95...
  • Japan offers advanced science to build new subs (Australia)

    10/07/2015 1:55:32 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    The Australian ^ | OCTOBER 6, 2015 | Brendan Nicholson
    Japan has offered to build Australia a larger version of its ultra- stealthy 4000-tonne Soryu, or Blue Dragon, submarine to dramatically increase its range. The enhanced Soryu diesel-electric submarine, which could be built in Australia, would be powered by a new and safer generation of highly efficient lithium ion batteries developed by Japanese engineers. The 88m long Soryu would be extended with the addition of a new hull section 6-8m long, which would be placed behind the submarines fin, The Australian was told in a briefing yesterday. Japan, which is one of three contenders bidding to build Australias submarines, has...
  • China to build four submarines in Karachi

    10/06/2015 10:33:16 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    DAWN.COM ^ | October 7th, 2015 | BAQIR SAJJAD SYED
    ISLAMABAD: China will build in Karachi four of eight submarines that it is selling to Pakistan. Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain told at the inauguration of the Defence Export Promotion Organisation (DEPO) Display Centre in the federal capital that the deal for the acquisition of submarines from China had been finalised and four of them would be built here. He further said that construction of the submarines would simultaneously begin in Pakistan and China. China, he said, would transfer the technology to Pakistan for submarine construction. The implementation of the agreement would augment the existing submarine related capacity....
  • Kajita becomes Nobel physics prize co-winner

    10/06/2015 5:20:48 AM PDT · by chajin · 9 replies
    NHK (Japan Broadcasting Company) ^ | October 6, 2015 | NHK
    A Japanese scientist has won this year's Nobel Prize in Physics. Takaaki Kajita proved that neutrinos have mass. The neutrino is an elementary particle consisting of matter. Kajita observed neutrinos at a facility deep underground. He was part of a team that detected that some of the particles change to different types of neutrino. That proved neutrinos have mass. The discoveries were revealed at an international conference in 1998. His work surprised researchers all around the world because it disproved the established theory that neutrinos do not have mass. Kajita is the 24th Nobel Prize winner born in Japan. And...
  • The smartest economist you've never heard of

    10/04/2015 2:13:49 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Saturday, October 3, 2015 | Steven Pearlstein
    When David Lipton, a promising economist, was finishing his graduate work at Harvard in the early 1980s, he faced one of those potentially life-changing choices. He had one job offer from the International Monetary Fund in Washington, the multinational institution that for 70 years has served as a lender of last resort and dispenser of orthodox economic advice to countries that get into financial trouble. There was also an offer of a teaching job from the University of Virginia. Unsure of which path to take, he turned for advice to an intellectually restless and charismatic assistant professor, a Frenchman named...
  • Stopping China Would Take 2/3 of U.S. Air Power

    10/04/2015 4:53:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    WAR IS BORING ^ | October 3, 2015 | David Axe
    In 2017, immediately defeating a surge of Chinese warplanes attacking Taiwan will require around 2,200 combat-ready U.S. fighter jets a full two-thirds of all fighters in the American inventory. Thats the main conclusion of a new briefing paper from RAND, a California think tank. RAND points out that the Pentagon has more and better fighters than China and superior pilots, too. But over Taiwan, geography favors the Peoples Liberation Army. China does not need to catch up fully to the United States to challenge the U.S. ability to conduct effective military operations near the Chinese mainland. Historically, PLA...
  • Chinese Subs Finally Get a Shot at American Carriers

    09/25/2015 5:53:31 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    War is Boring ^ | September 24, 2015 | David Axe
    In 1995 and 1996, Taiwanese politicians signaled greater support for declaring their island country officially independent of China. Beijings response was swift, forceful and ultimately an embarrassment to China. The Chinese army fired several missiles toward small, Taiwanese-held islands. Thats when the United States intervened in a big way, sending two entire aircraft carrier battle groups into the waters around Taiwan and even sailing one carrier through the Taiwan Strait. The Chinese military was powerless against this show of force. Beijing couldnt even reliably track the American warships, and had no forces of its own capable of threatening...
  • Tourists kidnapped in the Philippines

    09/22/2015 9:50:07 AM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | Sep 22, 2015
    State media report gunmen have kidnapped four people, including two Canadians and a Norwegian, from a resort in the southern Philippines. The official Philippines news agency reports the abductions took place Monday evening at the Oceanview Resort on Samal Island. ... The three foreigners are male, and the Norwegian is the manager of the resort. The southern Philippines has been plagued by unrest involving Islamist militants in recent years, including the taking of foreign hostages.
  • U.S. Refuses to Transfer Key Tech for Fighter Jet Project (F-35 for Korea)

    09/22/2015 6:07:37 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    The Chosun Ilbo ^ | September 22, 2015
    The U.S. has refused to transfer core technologies connected to the next-generation F-35 fighter jets to Korea, throwing plans to acquire 40 of them for the Air Force into disarray. Lockheed Martin, the manufacturer, had agreed in negotiations in September last year to transfer the technologies to Korea. But U.S. government intervention means the entire project worth W20 trillion is up in the air (US$1=W1,177). According to data New Politics Alliance for Democracy lawmaker Ahn Gyu-baek obtained from the Defense Acquisition Program Administration, the military signed the contract with Lockheed Martin last September to buy 40 F-35As for W7.34 trillion....
  • Yakuza infighting puts nation on edge

    09/21/2015 8:04:02 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    Japan Times ^ | Sep 19, 2015 | Mark Schreiber
    Around the start of this year, the weekly magazines Shukan Taishu, Asahi Geino and Shukan Jitsuwa in particular were brimming with articles feting the centennial anniversary of the Yamaguchi-gumi, which had gone from being a small group of tough guys on the Kobe waterfront in 1915 to Japans largest designated criminal syndicate, with an estimated 23,000 members. Nine months later, the gang is back in the news, this time with stories about its big breakup. On Aug. 27, a total of 13 gang affiliates, based in Kobe, Awaji Island and other cities in Hyogo Prefecture, as well as...
  • China Reveals Air-to-Air Missile for Its Fifth-Generation Fighter Jet

    09/21/2015 6:25:25 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Rumors about Chinas latest PL-10 short-range air-to-air missile have been circling for the last two years. Speaking during a Chinese television interview, the missiles chief designer revealed that the missile is nearly complete, and offered new key details. Designed by the Luoyang Electro-Optical Research Institute (LEOC), images of the fifth-generation PL-10 first surfaced in 2013. Carried onboard the J-20 fighter, the missiles have also been seen on the J-11, a copy of the Russian Su-27. Based purely on those photos, experts were able to confirm that the PL-10 utilizes thrust vectoring. Its large fins also likely give the missile high...
  • Study: More Subs, Fewer Carriers to Combat Chinese Military Growth

    09/21/2015 6:16:56 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Sep 21, 2015 | Wyatt Olson
    Faced with China's growing anti-surface ship capacity, the United States should decrease its emphasis on large aircraft carriers in the Pacific and spend more on submarines, space capabilities and ways to make air bases and aircraft less vulnerable, according to a report released earlier this month by Rand Corp. In the 430-page report, the Santa Monica, Calif.-based think tank analyzed the relative military capabilities of the U.S. and China in certain scenarios based on open-source documents. The analysis makes comparisons using 10 "scorecards" covering air, maritime, space, cyber and nuclear domains. Capabilities were examined at seven-year intervals, beginning in 1996...
  • ASDF to deploy next-generation U.S. refueling aircraft by 2018

    09/16/2015 10:11:51 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The Asahi Shimbun ^ | September 16, 2015 | ISAMU NIKAIDO
    The Defense Ministry has selected Boeing Co.'s KC-46A Pegasus aircraft as its new in-flight refueling vehicle, in line with a decision by the U.S. military to deploy the Boeing air tanker. It is set to be deployed by the end of fiscal 2018. The KC-46A Pegasus was selected as the next Air Self-Defense Force refueling aircraft because it can refuel U.S. fighter planes heading to combat zones in the event of a Japan-U.S. joint military operation, which could be made possible by the new security legislation under deliberation in the Diet. The highly contentious bills would remove Japans long-held ban...
  • Japan protests after 'Russian' plane enters airspace

    09/16/2015 3:07:15 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 56 minutes ago 2015-09-16 | AFP
    Tokyo (AFP) - Japan has lodged a protest with Russia after scrambling four jet fighters to intercept a foreign aircraft -- believed to be Russian -- which briefly violated its airspace, officials said Wednesday. The foreign ministry made the protest shortly after the plane entered Japanese airspace off the northernmost main island of Hokkaido, near a disputed island chain, on Tuesday afternoon.