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  • South China Sea: Chinese military told not to fire first shot in stand-off with US forces

    08/11/2020 10:11:31 PM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 22 replies
    https://www.scmp.com ^ | 11 Aug, 2020 | Wendy Wu and Minnie Chan
    China has told its service personnel “not to fire the first shot” as Beijing looks to de-escalate tensions with the United States in the South China Sea, sources familiar with the situation told the South China Morning Post. Both sides have stepped up their operations in the disputed waters, increasing the risk of incidents that spiral out of control, but Beijing does not want to give American hawks the opportunity to escalate things further. The sources said Beijing had ordered pilots and naval officers to exercise restraint in the increasingly frequent stand-offs with US planes and warships.
  • South China Sea: Beijing mobilizes invasion craft along coast as Taiwan tensions escalate

    08/10/2020 11:56:20 AM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 62 replies
    https://www.news.com.au/ ^ | AUGUST 6, 20202:43PM Video Image NEWS.COM.AU3:58 South China Sea conflict: Will Australia be forced | Jamie Seidel
    As tensions between Taiwan and China continue to escalate, satellite images reportedly show amphibious armoured vehicles and mobile missile launchers massing at military bases near the island nation. Though Taiwan, a country of 25 million people, is happy as an independent democracy, Beijing insists it is a “breakaway province” and “inviolate” Chinese territory, repeatedly stating it will use force to bring the island back under China’s control. Now the images have shown the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) moving the military vehicles into the Eastern Theatre Command on China’s coastal cities across the strait from Taiwan, with missile launchers well within...
  • China and Taiwan Both Send Military to South China Sea as Tensions Grow

    US coronavirus: Five states account for more than 40% of the country's nearly 5… From cereal startups to fast-food chains, everyone wants to cash in on people… Newsweek logoChina and Taiwan Both Send Military to South China Sea as Tensions Grow Tensions mount between China and Taiwan as both countries sent military units to the South China Sea this week. Satellite images appear to show Chinese amphibious armored vehicles and mobile missile launchers gathering near the South China Sea, according to News.Com.Au. At the same time, Taiwan has sent about 200 marines to its military outpost on the Pratas Islands,...
  • South China Sea warning: Japan warns Beijing will pay 'high cost' for military expansion

    08/08/2020 12:02:05 PM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 38 replies
    https://www.express.co.uk/ ^ | Sat, Aug 8, 2020 | By BRIAN MCGLEENON
    JAPAN has hit out at Chinese encroachment in the South China Sea warning Beijing to halt their expansionist policies or risk paying a "high cost Usually, Japan is not as vocal as other nations about China's interests in the South China Sea, but the latest outburst from Tokyo as ignited fury from Beijing. Japanese Defence Minister Taro Kono said: "Anyone who is trying to change the status quo by force needs to be forced to pay a high cost." Mr Kono said China's building of fortified installations across the South China Sea is "destabilizing". He added: "A free and open...
  • China Builds Surveillance Network In South China Sea

    08/05/2020 10:46:07 AM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 6 replies
    https://www.forbes.com ^ | Aug 5, 2020 | H I SuttonContributor
    China has been building a series of surveillance platforms spanning parts of the South China Sea (SCS). Many of these are in Chinese waters, but several are floating in international waters. This is controversial, not least the dual-use military context of the network. While ostensibly civilian, these can be viewed as part of the Chinese Navy’s (PLAN) efforts to control the SCS. It is unrealistic to assume that their sensor data cannot be accessed by the PLAN for military purposes. And they may be part of a much larger sensor network, most of which is unseen beneath the waves. This...
  • Taiwan sends marines to reinforce South China Sea outpost amid reports China plans to practice invading it

    08/05/2020 10:46:04 AM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 2 replies
    https://www.businessinsider.com/ ^ | 8/5/2020 | Lawrence Chung, South China Morning Post 3 hours ago
    Taiwan's military has sent a marine company to reinforce the garrison on a small outpost in the South China Sea amid reports that the People's Liberation Army was planning a simulated attack on the islets. A military source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the navy had sent a company of around 200 marines to reinforce the coastguards stationed on the Pratas Islands, which are known as the Dongsha Islands in Chinese. "The marines left for the Pratas about a week ago and will remain there on a short-term rather than a long-term basis," the source said, adding the posting...
  • China's 300-mile fishing fleet which is visible from SPACE and hoovers up all sea life is decimating endangered species - and plastic waste thrown overboard is polluting the shores of Darwin's Galapagos Islands, scientists warn

    08/02/2020 4:53:54 AM PDT · by C19fan · 28 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 1, 2020 | Jonathan Bucks
    Stretching for miles across the horizon, a vast armada of Chinese fishing boats trawl the pristine waters close to the Galapagos Islands. Ostensibly fishing squid, the real target for the 265-strong fleet are sharks to serve the appetite for expensive fin soup, costing up to Ł350 a bowl, sold in markets across China and Hong Kong. Night and day, the vessels – many the size of a football pitch – ransack the seabed, scooping up not only whale and hammerhead sharks but other species including turtles and birds.
  • Manila walks fine line between Beijing and Washington in South China Sea

    08/01/2020 6:57:52 PM PDT · by Mariner · 17 replies
    The South China Morning Post via Yahoo ^ | August 1st, 2020 | Sarah Zheng
    Under its vocally anti-American President Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines has emerged as a focal point between China and the US in their continuing contest for dominance in the region. After years of cosier ties between Manila and Beijing, at the expense of the Philippines' traditional alliance with the US, Duterte last month appeared to signal a retreat from his anti-Washington stance by reversing an earlier decision to scrap a key military agreement with the US in June. While analysts say Duterte is unlikely to change his policy on China any time soon, the shift to reinstate the Visiting Forces Agreement...
  • Philippines' Duterte says country can fight insurgents, Muslim extremists without US military

    02/27/2020 11:58:50 AM PST · by Twotone · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 26, 2020 | AP Staff
    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday said Filipino forces can fight insurgents and Muslim extremists without American military help, in a defense of his recent decision to terminate a U.S. security pact. Duterte also said in a speech that he would stick to a decision made early in his presidency, when he was enraged by then-President Barack Obama’s criticism of his deadly anti-drug crackdown, that he will not travel to the United States. The brash Philippine leader has often criticized U.S. security policies while praising China and Russia since taking office in mid-2016 for a six-year term. U.S. President Donald...
  • Duterte On The South China Sea: 'I Cannot Afford' To Go To War With China

    08/03/2020 12:45:07 PM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 13 replies
    https://www.ibtimes.com/ ^ | 08/03/20 AT 4:03 AM | By James Patterson
    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte responded to criticisms about his unwillingness to act against Beijing over contested areas He said their ability to wage war against the communist superpower is insufficient financially and in numbers of arms and troops However, Duterte’s critics said they are not calling for war with China Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said his country could not afford to go to war against China in the South China Sea as he responded to critics of his unwillingness to act against Beijing over contested areas in the West Philippine and South China Seas. CNN Philippines reported Duterte, speaking at...
  • China: In the end, the Big Loser

    07/26/2020 10:27:25 AM PDT · by libh8er · 12 replies
    Telegraph Online ^ | 7.26.2020 | Paran Balakrishnan
    Many Indians thought former BBC journalist Humphrey Hawksley was being overly alarmist when he wrote the thriller Dragon Fire two decades ago about a war pitting China and Pakistan against India that ended apocalyptically with nuclear devastation. Hawksley, a veteran Asia hand, said his fiction was meant not just to entertain but also be a warning that China was expansionist and was a one-party state whose government had to prove itself to survive. Since then, though, we’ve seen China offering a different narrative in which global economic diplomacy was its choice weapon. The Chinese have been busy proving they’re responsible...
  • South China Sea Dispute: Beijing Warns US Against Military Escalation

    07/21/2020 2:40:26 PM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 50 replies
    https://www.ibtimes.com/ ^ | 07/21/20 | James Patterson
    The U.S. and China are both escalating their military presence in the South China Sea. While the U.S. calls China's action "illegal," China says the United States' move is "provocative." The Global Times, a Chinese state-run daily news tabloid, reported Monday, July 20, of warnings by Beijing over what China calls provocative military escalations by the U.S. in the South China Sea. The tabloid, while not an official "mouthpiece" of the Chinese Communist government, is aligned with their viewpoints. The Global Times said, "If U.S. military provocations in the South China Sea persist, China could be left with no choice...
  • The Trump Administration Just Spent An Entire Week Getting Serious On China

    07/21/2020 7:49:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 07/21/2020 | Helen Raleigh
    In an announcement on July 13, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo proclaimed, “Beijing’s claims to offshore resources across most of the South China Sea are completely unlawful, as is its campaign of bullying to control them.”Pompeo remarked this policy shift, from the initial stance of neutrality to directly calling out Beijing’s intrusive behaviors, was necessary to uphold international law.The specific law in question stems from a 2016 UN tribunal ruling preventing China from bullying its neighbors and treating the South China Sea as its maritime empire. Beijing claims it owns the majority of the South China Sea, a...
  • China, U.S. Escalate Forces, Threats in South China Sea

    07/20/2020 12:34:34 PM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 54 replies
    https://www.usnews.com ^ | July 20, 2020, at 10:26 a.m. | usn
    CHINA ON MONDAY WARNED the U.S. not to conduct any further military escalation in the South China Sea as both countries dramatically ramp up the presence of their armed forces in the increasingly contested region. Days after the U.S. redeployed two aircraft carriers to the region in move seen as highly rare – and, to China, provocative – Chinese state media on Monday confirmed it had sent a brigade of aviation forces to two islands it administers in the contested Paracel Archipelago along with a series of warships. They plan to conduct "live-fire maritime target attack drills" in response to...
  • Taiwan Holds Drills to Beat Back Invasion Amid China Tensions

    07/16/2020 9:14:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    TAICHUNG, Taiwan—Taiwan’s air, sea, and land forces conducted live-fire exercises simulating the repulsion of an invading force on Thursday, with President Tsai Ing-wen saying it showed their determination to defend the democratic and Chinese-claimed island.F-16 and domestically made Ching-kuo fighter jets launched strikes and tanks raced across inland scrub, firing shells to destroy targets on the beach. About 8,000 personnel took part in drills, held on a coastal strip near Taichung in central Taiwan.The drills, dubbed “Han Kuang,” are Taiwan’s main annual exercises. This year’s come as China has stepped up its military activity around the island, including flying...
  • Analysis: 10 Realistic Ways the War of Gog and Magog can Ignite Tomorrow

    07/08/2020 7:47:40 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 20 replies
    BIN ^ | 7/8/2020 | David Sidman
    The war of Gog and Magog, is a final battle prophesied in the Book of Ezekiel which consists of a type of ‘End of Days’ World War that ushers in the final redemption. But could a third world war really be on the horizon? When looking at the in rise international hostilities taking place worldwide between nations, the notion of such an apocalyptic battle seems to be an extremely realistic scenario. The following is a list of international hostilities that if erupt simultaneously, can spiral into a Third World War. And due to modern defense technology, the devastation can be...
  • Philippines' Rodrigo Duterte has backflipped on his divorce plans with the US military — why?

    07/02/2020 9:55:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    ABC Australia ^ | 07/02/2020 | Alan Weedon
    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has recently suspended a decision that was described by analysts as one of the geopolitical shocks of the decade. In February, the President announced he would rip up the long-standing Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States, which operationalises the two countries' Mutual Defence Treaty (MDT), signed in 1951. The MDT is similar to Australia's ANZUS security pact with the US — also signed in 1951 — as an attack in the Pacific threatening either party's "territorial integrity, political independence, or security" will automatically trigger a consultation process between Manila and Washington. The cancellation of...
  • US Again Patrols Near Chinese Survey Ship In South China Sea

    07/06/2020 12:45:21 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 3 replies
    Radio Free Asia ^ | 2020-07-02 | Drake Long
    An American Navy combat ship this week conducted “routine operations” near a Chinese geological survey ship in the South China Sea. The maneuvers in waters around the Spratly Islands echoed events off the north coast of Malaysian Borneo in April, when a Chinese survey vessel and a fleet of China Coast Guard (CCG) ships shadowed Malaysian oil exploration efforts, in an apparent bid to deter the smaller nation from exploiting resources in the disputed waters. “The Chinese Communist Party must end its pattern of bullying Southeast Asians out of offshore oil, gas, and fisheries. Millions of people in the region...
  • Pentagon: China military exercises will 'further destabilize' S. China Sea

    07/03/2020 11:12:35 AM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 6 replies
    https://news.yahoo.com/ ^ | 7/2/2020 | afp
    The Pentagon said Thursday it was "concerned" about Chinese military exercises around a disputed archipelago in the South China Sea, noting the maneuvers will "further destabilize" the region. "The Department of Defense is concerned about the People's Republic of China (PRC) decision to conduct military exercises around the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea on July 1-5," the Pentagon said in a statement. The activities "further destabilize the situation" in the area claimed by China, Vietnam and Taiwan, it said. Such exercises also violate Beijing's "commitments under the 2002 Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China...
  • China Rejects US Criticism of Military Drills in South China Sea, Blames Pentagon for Rise in Tension

    07/03/2020 11:12:31 AM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 7 replies
    https://www.msn.com/e ^ | 7/3/2020 | news
    China on Friday rejected criticism by the US Defense Department of its plan to hold military exercises in the South China Sea, and suggested that Washington was to blame for increased tensions in the region. The Pentagon said in a statement on Thursday that conducting military exercises over disputed territory in the South China Sea was "counter-productive to efforts at easing tensions and maintaining stability". China announced last week it had scheduled five days of drills starting July 1 near the Paracel Islands, which are claimed by both Vietnam and China. "The military exercises are the latest in a long...