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…

China Reports Spike in Nearby US Military Aircraft Movement. What Happened? | Voice of America

TAIPEI, TAIWAN – A reported spike in U.S. military flights over the seas near China reflects Washington’s drive to understand and deter Chinese expansion in contested waters, analysts say. U.S. military surveillance planes flew off China’s coast 60 times in September, more than in July or August, according to Chinese state-backed research organization South China Sea Strategic Situation Probing Initiative’s website. When contacted by VOA, U.S. Army Maj. Randy Ready, a spokesperson for the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, would say only that flight frequency near China has been consistent over time.…

South China Sea: The U.S. Navy Is Back (with an Aircraft Carrier)

The sailors and aviators serving in the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group (CSG-5) returned to familiar waters last week when it entered the waters of the South China Sea for the third time during its 2020 deployment. The carrier strike group includes the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), which is operating with the embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54), and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Halsey (DDG 97) and USS John S. McCain (DDG 56).…