Chinese troops drive away fishing vessels from disputed waters — BenarNews

A newly emerged video made by the Chinese military shows how People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops on China-occupied islands in the South China Sea have been driving away fishing boats from neighboring countries despite a tribunal ruling against Chinese claims. During last weekend’s Mid-Autumn Festival holiday, soldiers stationed on Mischief Reef, an artificial island that China has occupied since 1994, “successfully” warned away an unidentified foreign fishing boat from surrounding waters, state-run national military channel CCTV-7 reported on Monday. In 2016, an international tribunal in The Hague ruled that Mischief…

U.S. Carrier Reagan Drilling With Japan, South Korea as North Korea Tests Missiles; VP Harris Calls Out Chinese Aggression

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), and USS Chancellorsville (CG 62), steam in formation with Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy ships in waters east of the Korean Peninsula, Sept. 29, 2022. US Navy Photo A U.S. carrier strike group is holding an anti-submarine warfare exercise with the South Korean and Japanese navies as North Korea holds ballistic missile tests nearby. Meanwhile, the Russian Navy and China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) combined surface action group is now operating near Japan in a move Tokyo officials are calling provocative. USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76),…

Why Chinese Maritime Expansion Is A Threat To The World

While countries claim their land borders based on multiple considerations, the claim on the seas has been primarily limited to Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) which extends to 200 nautical miles from the baseline. The EEZ includes the territorial sea which extends to 12 nautical miles. While the countries have sovereign rights over the territorial sea, the EEZ provides them the right to existing natural resources. Various countries tend to violate or exploit these norms by laying claim to even uninhabited islands far from their shores. China has also laid claims…

Expert on Chinese expansionism — Radio Free Asia

UPDATED at 12:34 p.m. on 9-8-2022 Senior U.S. officials are traveling to India this week for talks among the so-called Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, or “Quad.” This grouping compromises Australia, India, Japan, and the United States and is widely viewed as a move by like-minded democracies to contend with an increasingly assertive China and its rising military power.  Mai Tran of RFA Vietnamese recently conducted an email interview with Satoru Nagao, an expert on U.S.-Japan-India security cooperation who is a non-resident fellow at the Hudson Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank.…

Zeroing in on Chinese aggression, Harris pledges US will ‘deepen unofficial ties’ with Taiwan

Vice President Kamala Harris chats with sailors aboard the destroyer USS Howard at Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. (Alex Wilson/Stars and Stripes) YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan – The United States plans to “deepen unofficial ties” with Taiwan, despite anticipating “continued aggressive behavior” from China across the Indo-Pacific, Vice President Kamala Harris said Wednesday at the home of the U.S. 7th Fleet. Speaking aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Howard, the vice president, surrounded by sailors in dress whites, delivered remarks that largely focused on the region’s growing tensions.…

U.S. VP Harris condemns ‘disturbing’ Chinese actions

YOKOSUKA, Japan, Sept 28 (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris condemned on Wednesday “disturbing” actions by China in the Pacific while pledging to deepen “unofficial ties” with Taiwan, days after the U.S. administration pledged its forces would defend the island. Harris made her remarks on the deck on the USS Howard destroyer during a visit to the largest overseas U.S. Navy installation in the world at Yokosuka, near the Japanese capital. “China is undermining key elements of the international rules-based order,” said Harris, who is on a four-day trip…

Chinese company gets clearance to construct ‘elevated transit line’ in Bangladesh

When asked whether the government was considering cancelling the contract and finding a new builder for the transit line, he replied: “This is very difficult to change the contractor of an ongoing project. We will not change the contractor CGGC.”  “There are … provisions for punishment in the contract, but applying the provisions is realistic,” Islam added. The Chinese embassy in Dhaka did not immediately respond to BenarNews requests for comment. Lawsuit , all Bangladeshi nationals connected with the Chinese company, have been arrested in connection with the Aug. 15…

Reagan Strike Group Starts Drills with Korean Navy; Russian, Chinese Ships Spotted off Alaska

A U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook lands on the flight deck of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), in the waters east of the Korean peninsula on Sept. 26, 2022. US Navy Photo The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group (CSG) began drills with the Republic of Korea Navy in the East Sea on Monday, the U.S. Navy announced. The Maritime Counter-Special Operations Exercise (MCSOFEX) in the East Sea with the ROKN, through Thursday, the service said. U.S. Navy units participating in the exercise are carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) with embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW)…