Ukraine Sinking a Russian Warship Has Beijing Worried

On April 14, a country left almost without a navy secured a stunning victory at sea. Ukraine used two land-based anti-ship missiles (ASMs) to sink a major surface combatant: the Russian-guided missile cruiser Moskva. It was a shocking victory—and one that may have lessons for a potential conflict 5,000 miles away, where China may one day use its own arsenal of ASMs to keep the United States and its allies out of the Western Pacific. Ukraine’s use of a couple of souped-up Kh-35 missiles looks like asymmetric warfare, the sea…

Beijing says will handle disputes in S. China Sea as Philippines’ Marcos, Biden stress freedom of navigation

ISTANBUL China on Friday said it will “properly handle” maritime disputes with nations surrounding the South China Sea as the US president and his Philippine counterpart reaffirmed their support for freedom of navigation in the disputed waters. “China will continue to properly handle maritime disputes with countries directly concerned, including the Philippines, through dialogue and consultation, and work with ASEAN countries to maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea,” Wang Wenbin, spokesperson of China’s Foreign Ministry, told a news briefing. Joe Biden and Ferdinand Marcos Jr. met on…

Jakarta gets ‘grey-zoned’ by Beijing

Author: Evan A Laksmana, NUS China is subjecting Indonesia to maritime grey zone tactics — competitive acts between states short of all-out warfare — in the North Natuna Sea. China pursues these objectives in the knowledge that Indonesia will fail to properly respond. The latest North Natuna Sea crisis between December 2019 and January 2020 saw the incursion of Chinese fishing vessels, backed by coastguard and maritime militia, into Indonesia’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Indonesian maritime law enforcement officials claim these incursions have not stopped since then — they have…

Striking China At Its Heart, US Advocates 1000 Km Long Range Missile For Japan To Combat A Belligerent Beijing

The growing polarization between the United States and its allies on the one hand and the People’s Republic of China on the other has triggered a massive shift in military strategies. In what could be a call for upgrading regional firepower, US Marine Commander says long-strike capability is the way forward. Aircraft Carrier Or Submarines? South Korea Abandons Aircraft Carrier Program While Indian Navy Explores 3rd Carrier According to Lt. Gen. Steven Rudder, who commands the US Marines in the Indo-Pacific region, long-range attack capabilities are essential for the US…

Bombshell UN Xinjiang report lists litany of rights abuses; Beijing ‘firmly opposed’ – Manila Bulletin

GENEVA, Switzerland – The United Nations released a bombshell report into serious human rights abuses in China’s Xinjiang region late Wednesday, saying torture allegations were credible and citing possible crimes against humanity. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet (AFP/File) The report, in the making for around a year, was released in Geneva at 11:47 pm (2147 GMT) on Wednesday — just 13 minutes before Michelle Bachelet’s four-year term as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights expired. The former Chilean president was determined to ensure the report saw the…

Beijing Bullies its South China Sea Neighbors, Then Falsely Accuses U.S. of ‘Trespassing’

On August 28, the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet sailed through international waters off the Chinese mainland to demonstrate a “commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific.” The next day, Reuters asked Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian about that transit of U.S. vessels near Taiwan, where tensions have run high since U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s controversial August 2 visit. Zhao cited the People’s Liberation Army Eastern Theater Command, which said the Chinese military kept “all movements of the two US warships under control.” “U.S. warships frequently flex muscles in…

Marsha Blackburn defies Beijing in Taiwan

Taipei US Senator, Marsha Blackburn is the latest US lawmaker to visit the self-governed island of Taiwan on Thursday after a series of visits by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other US officials that has heightened tensions with China. Applauding US House speaker, Nancy Pelosi’s recent visit to Taiwan alongside 25 other Republican senators, she said that Taiwan is the strongest partner of the US in the Indo-Pacific Region, according to The Hill. “Regular high-level visits to Taipei are long-standing US policy,” Blackburn said, adding that…

South China Sea news: Beijing bases’ WEAK points may make them ‘impossible to defend’ | World | News

China’s aggression in Asia is causing concern around the world. Beijing has threatened Taiwan in recent weeks, and also continues to militaries the South China Sea. In fact, an Australia Defence Department-commissioned study released this week has looked at how damaging a war in the region could be. It found that 90 percent of Australia’s fuel imports would be lost in a war scenario. But experts have been studying the military situation in the South China Sea for years, and warn that China’s bases there have some big weaknesses. For…

New Delhi’s balancing act: We must find our own way to manage the current turbulence in the triangular relationship between Washington, Moscow, and Beijing

“India wishes to sit on top of the mountain to watch the tigers fight.” This was the assessment of a Chinese scholar reviewing India’s approach to the unfolding conflict in Taiwan. In a column for the Global Times, Liu Zongyi argues that India will be a major beneficiary if the US can contain China in East Asia and the Western Pacific. Some Chinese might extend the argument to Europe as well — that the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which began six months ago this week, suits Delhi. The conflict between…