Chinese ship near Panatag, DND to verify—Lorenzana

The government is verifying reports of the alleged presence of a Chinese research ship spotted near Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal in the West Philippine Sea, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Thursday. In a statement, Lorenzana said the Department of National Defense will act after maritime patrols in the area are done. “Rest assured that the AFP, through the Northern Luzon Command, undertakes regular domain awareness operations and provides all the necessary support to the Philippine Coast Guard and other agencies to secure and implement our laws in our territorial waters and…

US is disrupting security in South China Sea: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, East Asia News & Top Stories

BEIJING – China’s top diplomat has accused the United States and other Western nations of disrupting regional stability in the South China Sea, even as he urged South-east Asian countries to “press ahead” with the negotiations on a code to manage maritime and territorial disputes in the contested waters. In a wide-ranging annual press conference that lasted more than 90 minutes, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi repeatedly warned the US of interfering in its domestic affairs, although he also held out an olive branch to the new Biden administration, calling…

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…

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…

Chinese reconnaissance plane enters Taiwan’s air defence zone as tensions escalate

ANI | Updated: Feb 07, 2021 08:57 IST Taipei [Taiwan], February 7 (ANI): A Chinese Y-8 reconnaissance plane entered the southern-western section of Taiwan‘s air defence identification zone on Saturday, said Taiwanese Defence Ministry.The Chinese aircraft entered the airspace between Taiwan and the Dongsha Islands, which are controlled by Taiwan, in the South China Sea, Focus Taiwan reported, Taiwan military responded by scrambling fighter jets to monitor the Chinese aircraft, issuing radio warnings and mobilizing air defence assets until the plane left the ADIZ, the ministry said.According to the SCMP,…

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…

US criticizes Chinese flights over South China Sea, but says they posed no threat

The US military on Friday said that Chinese military flights in the past week in the South China Sea fit a pattern of destabilizing and aggressive behavior by Beijing, but posed no threat to a US Navy aircraft carrier strike group in the region. “The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group closely monitored all People’s Liberation Army Navy and Air Force activity, and at no time did they pose a threat to US Navy ships, aircraft, or sailors,” the US military’s Pacific Command said in a statement. A US official, speaking…

Chinese Y-20 military cargo plane on South China Sea Fiery Cross Reef

The Chinese military was probably testing the capabilities of its transport aircraft, which satellite images showed on the militarized reef in the Spratly Islands on Christmas Day, one analyst said. Days after the plane appeared there, Chinese forces began three simultaneous drills in waters off Hainan, about 1,200 km north of the Spratlys. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. China flew its biggest warplane, the Y-20 transporter, to Fiery Cross Reef in the disputed South China Sea on December 25, satellite images show. The huge aircraft was seen on…

Chinese underwater spy drones found in Indonesian waters

An unexpected Christmas catch has revealed Beijing is actively surveying critical shipping choke-points to Australia’s north. And that could have dire implications if our trade-spat worsens. Three undersea spy drones have been caught in Indonesian waters. They appear to be a Chinese design, and they were in shipping lanes crucial for Australia’s security. They look like simple tubes with wings. But they’re packed full of sensors and a long-range transmitter to send their discoveries back to headquarters. RELATED: Secret sub reveals China’s chilling plan ‘on our doorstep’ RELATED: The 34-kilometre…

Suspected Chinese submarine drone found by Indonesian fishermen in crucial maritime passage to Australia

Indonesian fishermen have discovered a suspected Chinese submarine drone in waters considered strategically important to Australia. Key points: The unmanned underwater vehicle was reportedly found just before Christmas near Indonesia’s Selayar Island Security experts say the high-tech unpowered surveillance drone is known as a glider and relies on variable-buoyancy propulsion The captured drone reportedly gathers oceanographic data including temperature, turbidity, salinity, chlorophyll and oxygen levels Images published in local media show Indonesian military officers posing with the unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) that was found just before Christmas near Selayar Island…