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  • Chinese control of South China Sea ‘short of war’ is complete

    09/24/2018 2:58:27 PM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 47 replies
    Great Power War ^ | 9/24/18 | USA Features
    In a meeting with U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis in June, Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed that Bejing “cannot lose even one inch of the territory” in the South China Sea. That’s about as plain a warning as one gets: China will defend, militarily, it’s outsized claims in a body of water through which one-third of all global trade passes. The U.S. would have little difficulty in taking out militarily significant targets on any of the islands in question. But that’s not really the point. Through the construction of these artificial islands-turned-military bases, China acted brazenly but in a calculated...
  • Rubio: China close to ‘destroying’ U.S. alliances in the Pacific

    08/30/2018 3:58:35 PM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 32 replies ^ | 8/30/18 | USA Features
    U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio says that China is currently in the process of “destroying our alliances” throughout the Pacific Rim using various strategies including cost. “They are on the verge of achieving their goal of destroying our alliances in the Indo-Pacific by making keeping our defense commitments too costly to keep,” the Florida Republican tweeted on Wednesday...
  • A Regional Strategy To Confront China’s Aggression

    08/24/2018 12:36:47 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/24/18 | James A. Lyons, Jr. Admiral, USN (ret)
    The Single Draft South China Sea Code of Conduct Negotiating Text is a work in progress which will take several more session to create a final Code of Conduct in the South China Sea, but it cannot be ignored. Today, we are being challenged on multiple fronts by China and their aggression and expansionists policies. Clearly, their primary strategic objective is to dominate the Western Pacific and the Asian Rimland. The Rimland is the strip of coastal land that encircles Eurasia. For decades we had encouraged China’s economic growth with the hope that such growth would foster less stringent control...
  • Pentagon officially recognizes China’s ‘third naval force’ as threat to U.S. security

    08/21/2018 3:20:03 PM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 9 replies ^ | 8/21/18 | USA Features
    The 2018 annual Defense Department report to Congress, released last week, for the first time provides official recognition, and extensive coverage of, China’s “third naval force” — the shadowy People’s Armed Forces Maritime Militia (PAFMM). The PAFMM is its own naval entity behind the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) and the Chinese Coast Guard, but the way in which Beijing utilizes the force is what’s noteworthy.
  • 'Leave immediately': US Navy plane warned over South China Sea

    08/10/2018 7:48:20 AM PDT · by C19fan · 81 replies
    CNN ^ | August 10, 2018 | Brad Lendon, Ivan Watson and Ben Westcott
    igh above one of the most hotly contested regions in the world, CNN was given a rare look Friday at the Chinese government's rapidly expanding militarization of the South China Sea Aboard a US Navy P-8A Poseidon reconnaissance plane, CNN got a view from 16,500 feet of low-lying coral reefs turned into garrisons with five-story buildings, large radar installations, power plants and runways sturdy enough to carry large military aircraft. During the flight the crew received six separate warnings from the Chinese military, telling them they were inside Chinese territory and urging them to leave. "Leave immediately and keep out...
  • France, UK sail warships in South China Sea [China]

    06/05/2018 10:00:28 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies
    Philippine Star ^ | June 4, 2018 | Patricia Lourdes Viray
    France, UK sail warships in South China Sea Patricia Lourdes Viray ( - June 4, 2018 - 10:02am MANILA, Philippines — In a bid to challenge China's increasing militarization in the South China Sea, France and the United Kingdom will sail warships in the contested waterway. French Minister of Armed Forces Florence Parly and British Secretary of State for Defence Gavin Williamson made this statement at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore over the weekend. In her speech during the plenary session of the defense summit, Parly relayed France's support for a code of conduct in the South China Sea that...
  • Airlines caving to Beijing despite White House protest [calling Taiwan part of Red China]

    05/22/2018 5:04:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 22, 2018 6:55 AM | Erika Kinetz
    Global airlines are obeying Beijing’s demands to refer to Taiwan explicitly as a part of China, despite the White House’s call this month to stand firm against such “Orwellian nonsense.” The Associated Press found 20 carriers, including Air Canada, British Airways and Lufthansa, that now refer to Taiwan, the self-ruled island that Beijing considers Chinese territory, as a part of China on their global websites. There are just three days left for dozens of foreign airlines to decide whether to comply with Beijing’s orders, or face consequences that could cripple their China business, including legal sanctions. Many have already sided...
  • China lands nuclear strike capable bombers on disputed South China Sea island

    05/19/2018 2:59:54 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 2018-05-19
    China lands nuclear strike capable bombers on disputed South China Sea island The Chinese air force has for the first time landed several bombers on a South China Sea island. The move could fuel tension in the region amid concern that Beijing is expanding its military might to the disputed waters. The China Daily state newspaper reported Friday that several bombers, including the long-range, nuclear strike-capable H-6K, conducted take off and landing drills at an unidentified island airfield in the South China Sea. Read more: South China Sea - what you need to know A defense ministry statement said in...
  • Chilling Theory of What Doomed Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

    05/15/2018 10:11:34 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 27 replies
    PJ media ^ | May 14,2018 | STEPHEN KRUISER
    Now, based on two slight clues, experts have a new theory about what doomed the flight: the pilot was committing suicide. From The Washington Post: All but one of the 239 people on the doomed Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 had probably been unconscious — incapacitated by the sudden depressurization of the Boeing 777 — and had no way of knowing they were on an hours-long, meandering path to their deaths. Along that path, a panel of aviation experts said Sunday, was a brief but telling detour near Penang, Malaysia, the home town of Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah. On two occasions,...
  • MH370 experts think they’ve finally solved the mystery of the doomed Malaysia Airlines flight

    05/15/2018 9:36:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 05/15/2018 | By Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
    All but one of the 239 people on the doomed Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 had probably been unconscious — incapacitated by the sudden depressurization of the Boeing 777 — and had no way of knowing they were on an hours-long, meandering path to their deaths. Along that path, a panel of aviation experts speculated Sunday, was a brief but telling detour near Penang, Malaysia, the hometown of Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah. On two occasions, whoever was in control of the plane — and was probably the only one awake — tipped the craft to the left. The experts believe Zaharie,...
  • Suicidal MH370 Pilot Evaded Radar, Murdered 238 In Deliberate Act: Expert Panel (Islam)

    05/14/2018 10:25:33 AM PDT · by blam · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5-14-2018 | Ryan Gados
    The captain of doomed Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 selected a route that would effectively render the plane invisible on radar in order to commit suicide, experts said Sunday. The suspicion that MH370 Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah was attempting suicide was agreed upon, aviation experts said in a panel discussion on 9 News Australia. Investigators believe MH370 Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah was attempting suicide when the plane disappeared. (Facebook) "He was killing himself; unfortunately, he was killing everybody else on board, and he did it deliberately," Larry Vance, a former senior investigator with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, said. Shah...
  • China is waging a ‘campaign of psychological warfare' against Australia, expert warns

    04/28/2018 6:36:13 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 15 replies ^ | April 29, 2018 10:59am | Gavin D Fernando
    CHINA is waging a “campaign of psychological warfare” against Australia, an Aussie academic has warned. Professor Clive Hamilton, author of the controversial book Silent Invasion: China’s Influence in Australia, gave a talk to US Congress overnight in which he warned of dire consequences if Australia gives too much leeway to the rising superpower. “Beijing knows that it cannot bully the United States — in the current environment the consequences would be unpredictable and probably counter-productive — so it is instead pressuring its allies,” Prof Hamilton said. “Last week the PLA Navy challenged three Australian warships sailing through the South China...
  • US keeps close watch as Chinese navy puts on show of force in live-fire South China Sea drills

    04/07/2018 7:52:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 04/07/2018 | Minnie Chan
    The Chinese navy launched an unprecedented week-long series of live-fire drills in the South China Sea on Thursday, as three US aircraft carrier battle groups prepare for their own exercises in the Asia-Pacific region. The drills overlap with this weekend’s Boao Forum for Asia which starts on Sunday in the southern island of Hainan, not far from the site of the Chinese naval exercises. Military analysts said the drills, which involve the Liaoning aircraft carrier and more than 40 vessels from the North, East and South Sea fleets, were a show of China’s military muscle. “China wants to show the...
  • Vietnam scraps South China Sea oil drilling project under pressure from Beijing: BBC

    03/22/2018 11:01:28 PM PDT · by blueplum · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | 22 Mar 2018 | Staff
    HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam’s state oil firm PetroVietnam has ordered Spanish energy firm Repsol to suspend its “Red Emperor” project off the country’s southeastern coast following pressure from China, the BBC reported on Friday. {snip} The block lies near the U-shaped “nine-dash line” that marks the vast area that China claims in the sea and overlaps what it says are its own oil concessions. The field can produce 25,000-30,000 barrels of oil and 60 million cubic meters of gas a day, Vietnamese news provider reported last month. Repsol spent around 33 million euros ($41 million) on exploration in Vietnam...
  • Russia Seeks Access to Bases in Eight Countries for Its Ships and Bombers

    02/28/2014 4:25:45 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    cns news ^ | 2/28/14 | Patrick Goodenough
    ( – At a time of escalated tensions with the West over Ukraine, Russia says it is negotiating with eight governments around the world for access to military facilities, to enable it to extend its long-range naval and strategic bomber capabilities. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Wednesday the military was engaged in talks with Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Algeria, Cyprus, the Seychelles, Vietnam and Singapore. “We need bases for refueling near the equator, and in other places,” ITAR-Tass quoted him as saying. Russia is not looking to establish bases in those locations, but to reach agreement to use facilities there when...
  • US carrier on historic Vietnam visit amid sea rift with China (Begins today)

    03/05/2018 11:08:06 PM PST · by cba123 · 6 replies
    AFP ^ | AFP•March 6, 2018 | Quy Le BUI
    A US aircraft carrier arrived in Vietnam on Monday for the first time since the end of the war, as the former foes bolster military ties in the face of Beijing's build-up in the disputed South China Sea. (Please see full article, at the link)
  • China’s J-20 stealth fighter jet lines up for combat duty, boosting firepower in the sky

    02/09/2018 3:17:11 PM PST · by cba123 · 38 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | Friday, 09 February, 2018, 9:17pm | Kristin Huang
    China's J-20 stealth fighter has entered combat service, the country's armed forces confirmed on Friday, expanding the military's air power options as it presses on with a massive modernisation programme. People's Liberation Army Air Force spokesman Shen Jinke said the deployment of the J-20 to combat units would "help the air force better shoulder the sacred mission of safeguarding national sovereignty, security and territorial integrity". Shen said the air force was moving towards a modernised military service that could operate in all fronts, and had become an effective force to control, contain and win a war. (please see link for...
  • Reports Claim China Has Sent Su-35s and J-20s to the South China Sea

    02/09/2018 8:54:12 PM PST · by cba123 · 14 replies
    The National Interest ^ | 2/9/2018 | Dave Majumdar
    The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) has flown its new top-the-line Russian-made Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker-E air superiority fighters over the South China Sea to cement Beijing's claim over the region. The PLAAF is also rumored to have deployed its newly operational Chengdu J-20 fifth-generation stealth fighters to the region. "The Chinese air force recently sent its Su-35 fighter jets to take part in a joint combat patrol over the South China Sea," according to a release from the Chinese Ministry of Defense. "This is the first time the People's Liberation Army Air Force has made public the deployment...
  • Trump's upcoming Asia trip: Japan proposes plan to counter China

    10/27/2017 9:14:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 10.27.2017 | Julian Ryall
    At the summit of the leaders of the Group of 20 nations in Hamburg in July, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe indicated that Tokyo would be willing to take part in Beijing’s ambitious “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR) economic development plan. The Japanese leader’s decision was apparently prompted by concerns that domestic firms would miss out on lucrative construction projects as the modern-day “Silk Road” project spread into Southeast Asia, the Central Asian republics, the Middle East and beyond. Just three months later — and after conservatives at home raised their eyebrows at such close cooperation with a government that...
  • Vietnam wins U.S. defense pledges

    08/09/2017 6:46:10 PM PDT · by gandalftb · 61 replies
    Reuters ^ | AUGUST 8, 2017 | Eric Beech and My Pham
    Vietnam has won the promise of a visit from a U.S. aircraft carrier and deeper defense cooperation from the United States.. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told Vietnamese counterpart Ngo Xuan Lich in Washington on Tuesday that a strong defense relationship was based on common interests that included freedom of navigation in the South China Sea. A Vietnam flag flies as U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis (L) hosts an honor cordon for Vietnamese Defense Minister Gen. Ngo Xuan Lich (R) at the Pentagon...