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  • (Trump demands) Remove Chinese missiles (deployed on disputed islands in the South China Sea)

    11/14/2018 7:05:35 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 18 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, November 14, 2018 | Bill Gertz
    The Trump administration is demanding that China remove all advanced missiles deployed on disputed islands in the South China Sea, the first time such a demand has been made public. The call to take out the anti-ship and anti-aircraft missiles was disclosed in a fact sheet from the State Department on Friday outlining the results of a strategic dialogue between senior U.S. and Chinese officials. “The United States called on China to withdraw its missile systems from disputed features in the Spratly Islands, and reaffirmed that all countries should avoid addressing disputes through coercion or intimidation,” the statement said. The...
  • China Boosts Antarctic Presence With Planned Permanent Airbase, Cites "Strategic Needs"

    11/01/2018 7:27:50 AM PDT · by blam · 9 replies
    China is set to significantly expand its presence in Antarctica as it takes the crucial step of establishing its first permanent airport and large landing strip close to its small research outpost, Zhongshan station. After nearly a decade of planning construction of the airport is set to begin in November, which state media and officials are calling a “permanent” base. Notably, according to Chinese state-run Xinhua News the airfield will support China’s Antarctic “strategy needs” and protect China’s right to speak on “Antarctic airspace control”. The location is near the Zhongshan Research Station, which opened in 1989 and is one...
  • Bolton warns China over South China Sea confrontations: U.S. Navy can and will respond

    10/13/2018 11:10:27 AM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 19 replies
    The National Sentinel ^ | 10/13/18 | USA Features
    Danger Zone: National Security Adviser John Bolton warned the Chinese government this week over increasingly dangerous confrontations in the South China Sea with U.S. warships sailing in international waters, noting that Navy rules allow for a response to provocations. The warning came about a week after reports noted that a People’s Liberation Army Navy destroyer nearly collided with a U.S. Navy destroyer near one of China’s manmade islands in the SCS. In discussing the dangerous encounter with the USS Decatur, Bolton said the U.S. Navy warships are permitted to respond with force to protect themselves and their crews from threatening...
  • Chinese navy has deployed upgraded H-6 bombers that carry additional anti-ship missiles

    10/12/2018 1:34:13 PM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 32 replies
    Great Power War ^ | 10/12/18 | Jon E. Dougherty
    As China’s naval aviation capabilities advance, objectives are changing as well. No longer just a defense force, the upgraded H-6J’s indicate that Beijing wants its naval bomber force to project power as well. These new designs, with their added payload capability, are designed to do just that. These jets are not stealthy, however, which makes them more easily targetable than U.S. bombers. That said, they may not have to be if they fly within established air defense zones when launching their payloads at allied ships.
  • Photos Show Confrontation Between USS Decatur and a Chinese Navy Warship in South China Sea

    10/03/2018 6:17:51 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 44 replies
    gCaptain ^ | October 2, 2018 | gCaptain
    gCaptain has just obtained photos showing a confrontation involving the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Decatur and a Chinese Navy warship in the disputed South China Sea over the weekend.
  • US warship sails by contested island chain in South China Sea in message to Beijing, official says

    09/30/2018 7:10:25 AM PDT · by chief lee runamok · 22 replies
    fox ^ | 09/30/2018 | Louis Tomlinson
    A U.S. warship sailed Sunday near two contested Chinese man-made islands in the South China Sea, the location where Beijing has built up military fortifications despite a pledge not to do so, a U.S. defense official told Fox News.
  • Chinese control of South China Sea ‘short of war’ is complete

    09/24/2018 2:58:27 PM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 59 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
    GreatPowerWar.com ^ | 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
    GreatPowerWar.com ^ | 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 (philstar.com) - 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
    News.com.au ^ | 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 Cafef.vn reported last month. Repsol spent around 33 million euros ($41 million) on exploration in Vietnam...