Strike capabilities of Japan, India, oz key for US-led counter-China strategy

The offence-defence combination with long-range strike capability is a more effective strategy than a defence-only strategy when countries face China’s territorial expansion. Washington, DC: For a long time, Japan, India, and Australia have depended on US strike capabilities. For example, Japan possesses missile defence capabilities to intercept an enemy’s missile but not the capability to strike the missile launch pad of an enemy. However, Japan, India, and Australia have recently been seeking strike capabilities. As a result, all Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (QUAD) countries, including the US, Japan, India, and Australia,…

How Navy based in Pacific Northwest is helping contain China

CLOSE BREMERTON — The USS Nimitz training with another aircraft carrier in the waters of the disputed South China Sea. The Bangor-based USS Ohio helping Marine Expeditionary Forces learn to load quickly onto a submarine. The development of the first squadron of underwater drones at Keyport that could slip past the enemy’s gaze for a competitive edge. It’s always been true that the Navy’s fleet based in Western Washington performs critical missions across the planet. But as the Pentagon prepares for greater conflict at sea, the Navy vessels of the Pacific Northwest are currently showing they’ll play…

Vietnam strengthens fortifications in disputed South China Sea, satellite images reveal

MELBOURNE, Australia — Vietnam has continued to beef up its outposts in the disputed South China Sea with improved fortifications and infrastructure, although the scale of its activities is modest compared to that carried out by China, according to a new report. Emplacements for anti-aircraft and coastal defense systems have been built on reclaimed land at West Reef and Sin Cowe Island, according to the report by the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, or AMTI, which is part of the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies. It made its assessments…

New report flags Chinese push to field support ships, planes for greater reach

LONDON and COLOGNE, Germany – The Chinese military’s buildup is increasingly focused on ferrying forces to faraway places, with new logistics capabilities coming online quickly, according to the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies. The assessment is included in the think tank’s Military Balance 2021 report, an annual compendium of defense goings-on around the world, released on Feb. 25. The focus on China’s growing logistical capabilities in the air and at sea comes after experts have long chronicled Beijing’s efforts to field modernized weaponry aimed to turn the country into…

Out competing China will be key to national security in decades ahead: Joe Biden’s CIA nominee

Out competing China will be key to America’s national security in the decades ahead, President Joe Biden‘s pick to lead the CIA has told lawmakers, stressing that Beijing is the “biggest geopolitical test” that the US will face. William Burns, 64, a former diplomat who served in Russia and the Middle East, shared the assessment with members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence during his confirmation hearing on Wednesday for the post of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director. “Out competing China will be key to our national security in…

Vietnam builds up defences against China in Spratly Islands-ANI

Ho Chi Minh City [Vietnam], February 24 (ANI): Amid the growing activities in the South China Sea region by Beijing, Vietnam has been building up its defences in the Spratly Islands for the past two years “to ensure it can strike Chinese facilities”.Citing the Centre for Strategic and International Studies’ Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative’s report, South China Morning Post said that emplacements for air and coastal defence systems have been installed on most of Vietnam’s bases in the Spratly islands, with the most significant upgrades at West Reef and Sin…

How China is Bending the Rules in the South China Sea

Show of force: A flyover of the US Navy Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group and the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group in the South China Sea on 9 Feburary (US Indo-Pacific Command/Flickr) By The Lowy Interpreter 02-21-2021 12:17:00 [By Oriana Skylar Mastro] Chinese exercises in the South China Sea last month, and the strong U.S. response, show these disputed waters will not soon be calm. While the focus has largely been on military maneuvers, competition in legal positions has also been heating up.…

France sends warships to South China Sea in ‘alarming’ move

FRANCE is sending warships to strengthen its presence across the South China Sea in what has been described as an “alarming” move. The French navy confirmed that assault ship Toner and frigate Surcouf had set sail from Toulon on Thursday and would take part in a combined exercise with the Japanese and US in May as part of a three-month mission. Dean of the South China Sea Institute at Xiamen University Fu Kuncheng said China needed to consider how to respond to the incursion, including lodging a complaint with the…

Taiwan reports eight Chinese fighters in its defence zone as it appoints new defence minister

Taiwan’s air force scrambled after eight Chinese fighter aircraft flew into the south-western part of its air defence identification zone, in an uptick in tensions that came as Taipei announced a new defence minister and intelligence chief. Key points: China has increased its military activity around the democratic island it claims as Chinese territory in recent months. Beijing said it is responding to what it calls “collusion” between Taiwan and the United States, Taiwan’s most important international backer and weapons supplier. Taiwan’s Defence Ministry said four Chinese J-16s and four…