China’s next aircraft carrier likely nuclear powered, says report | South China Sea News

China is building its fourth aircraft carrier as it seeks to boost its naval power in the Asia-Pacific region, and the vessel is “likely to be nuclear powered”, a new report revealed on Saturday, citing sources close to the country’s military. The South China Morning Post quoted a person close to the Chinese navy as saying that shipbuilders “are keen on making a significant breakthrough” with the construction of the fourth carrier. “It will be a technological leap for the shipbuilding industry,” the source told the Post. Another unnamed source…

Duterte sees Philippines’ new aircraft, says he can’t be brave vs. China

President Rodrigo Duterte said he could ill-afford to confront China lest the Philippines faced consequences it wouldn’t be able to handle. Duterte made the remarks at the Clark Air Base where he inspected the Air Force’s new aircraft and drones from the US, Poland, and Brazil on Friday night. “I cannot be brave in the mouth against China because we are avoiding any confrontation that would lead to something that we can hardly afford, at least, at this time,” Duterte said. Duterte repeated the lines he had been saying since…

Brit aircraft carrier faces threat from swarm of hypersonic Chinese missiles on first mission in South China Sea

BRITAIN’S new aircraft carrier faces a swarm of Chinese missiles as it sails on her first mission to the “volatile” South China Sea, experts have warned. HMS Queen Elizabeth will be heading on her first deployment as part of an international mission to challenge China’s disputed claim to large parts of the sea. 9 9 HMS Queen Elizabeth is to deploy to the South China SeaCredit: PA:Press Association Beijing has already warned the UK would take “necessary measures to safeguard its sovereignty” ahead of the mission. The £3billion HMS Queen…

China orders military to be ready for war ‘at any second’ as Brit aircraft carrier prepares to sail to South China Sea

CHINA has told its military to be ready to “act at any second” amid rising tensions over disputed territories in the South China Sea. It comes with the UK’s new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, expected to be deployed to the region in the coming months as part of its first operational mission. 3 Chinese premier Xi Jinping has told the country’s military to be ready to ‘act at any second’Credit: AP:Associated Press 3 It comes with the UK’s new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, expected to soon be deployed…

China’s First Homemade Aircraft Carrier Is Nearly Ready for War

China’s first home-built carrier will soon fire weapons, launch fighter jets and coordinate with other surface warships in the South China Sea on a high-profile deployment, a moving signaling the rapid growth of the countries’ expansionist Naval ambition to project greater amounts of global power.  The Shandong, China’s first indigenous carrier, has deployed on its “third voyage” of the year, according to a Chinese government-backed Global Times newspaper, which is reporting that the carrier “could return to the South China Sea, where its homeport is located.”  “For its latest sortie,…

South China Sea: US military deploys civilian aircraft on covert surveillance ops | World | News

Beijing-backed think-tank the South China Sea Probing Initiative (SSCBI) said three planes had been used to conduct secret surveillance flights over the disputed waters. A report from the group said the aircraft had taken off from bases in Okinawa in Japan and Manila in the Philippines and had carried 150 patrols in the East China, Yellow and South China seas since March. American planes fly anywhere that it’s legal and continue their flights in Asia Major Randy Ready It said US military chiefs had hired the civilian planes from private…

US military uses civilian aircraft for South China Sea spy plane mission

Three such planes have carried out surveillance flights, according to the Beijing-based South China Sea Probing Initiative think tank. They had flown from air bases in Okinawa in Japan and Manila in the Philippines since and had carried out more than 150 patrols in the East China, Yellow and South China seas since March. An aerial view of the US Kadena air base in Okinawa where one of the civilian surveillance planes flew from. (Google Maps) The aircraft were hired from Tenax Aerospace and Meta Special Aerospace, the study said.…

South China Sea: Fears of WAR explode as Beijing deploys second aircraft carrier | World | News

The Shandong, China’s first domestically made aircraft carrier, has been touted by military experts as ready to undergo basic operations to increase its combat effectiveness. Chinese state media outlets have broadcast footage of the ship carrying out live fire exercises, as well as taking part in fighter jet drills in the South China Sea. It comes as the US and other countries have begun carrying out naval drills to counter China’s aggressive military pushes in the disputed waters. State broadcaster CCTV spotlights Shandong’s military drills and touted the carrier’s progress…

China’s second aircraft carrier ready to go to South China Sea to deter trouble-makers: expert

The Shandong aircraft carrier is moored at a naval port in Sanya, south China’s Hainan Province. (Xinhua/Li Gang) The latest training video for China’s first domestically made aircraft carrier, Shandong, shows that the ship has obtained basic capacity and is ready to go to wider areas to improve its fighting capacity through practice, Chinese military experts told the Global Times on Wednesday.    A video of Shandong training activities was released by China Central Television (CCTV) on Tuesday. The carrier reportedly conducted training on the Bohai Sea between September 1 and…