Japan Scrambles Fighter Jets After Chinese Suicide Drones Approach Sakishima Islands

Fighter jets of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force were scrambled after two Chinese unmanned aerial vehicles flew over Sakishima Islands in southern Okinawa Prefecture on Friday, media reported. The Japanese newspaper Yomiuri reported that a surveillance drone and a kamikaze drone left the East China Sea and entered the Pacific Ocean in the vicinity of Japan’s Sakishima Islands at different times but followed almost the same route. The drones have not violated Japan’s airspace, but the Japanese air force scrambled several fighter jets out of precaution, according to the report.…

China lashes out as U.S. Navy destroyer sails near disputed islands — Radio Free Asia

A U.S. Navy Freedom of Navigation Operation (FONOP) near the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea on Wednesday has drawn a strong reaction from Chinese military officials who said the U.S. warship “illegally trespassed” into its waters. A spokesman from the Southern Theater Command of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), whose areas of responsibility include the South China Sea, said in a press release that the command “organized air, naval forces to track and warn away USS Benfold destroyer that illegally trespassed into Chinese territorial waters off Xisha Islands.”…

US Navy ship again sails near disputed South China Sea islands

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65), forward-deployed to the US 7th Fleet area of operations, conducts underway operations in the South China Sea, in this handout picture released on July 13, 2022. (Photo: Reuters) BEIJING: A United States Navy destroyer sailed near the disputed Spratly Islands on Saturday, the US Navy said, its second such “freedom of navigation” operation in a week in the South China Sea. On Wednesday, China’s military said it had “driven away” the same ship, the USS Benfold, when it sailed near the disputed…

China’s ‘Mysterious Structures’ Captured In Satellite Images; Hint At PLA’s Expansion Of Harbors In Remote South China Sea Islands

Satellite images that have recently surfaced hint at China’s continued fortification of islands in the South China Sea, suggesting Beijing is attempting to take control of the vital waterway. The images also showed “mystery structures” emerging on several remote islands that Beijing controls.  ‘Patrolling The Space’ – Yes, China Is Developing AI-Powered Orbital Carrier That Can Defend, Refuel & Keep Its Space Assets Running The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a US think tank, published a report on July 8, noting Beijing has expanded several harbors in recent…

Bank of the Philippine Islands @ 171

SPEAKING OUT Ignacio R. Bunye At 171 years and counting, Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) – the country’s and Asia’s first bank – continues to lead in the banking and financial industry. BPI is marking this milestone with an anniversary mass this morning to be officiated by the Most Rev. Honesto F. Ongtioco, D.D. Bishop of of Cubao at BPI’s satellite office – BPI Buendia center. Originally named Banco Español de Isabel II (after Spain’s then reigning monarch), BPI was established on August 1, 1851, by the Junta de…

Top Philippine Minister Tells China to “Get Out” of Spratly Islands

Chinese maritime militia vessels at Whitsun Reef, March 2021 (Image courtesy Armed Forces of the Philippines) Published May 3, 2021 3:01 PM by The Maritime Executive Manila and Beijing are engaged in an increasingly heated diplomatic dispute over the status of Chinese forces in the Spratly Islands, which both sides claim.  The Spratlys lie within the Philippine EEZ and are hundreds of miles away from the Chinese mainland, but China asserts that these land features – and most of the rest of the South China Sea – fall…

Beijing says it has right to develop South China Sea islands

China on Tuesday said it has the right to develop islands in the South China Sea, responding to criticism from the U.S. on Sunday that Beijing had fully militarized three islands in the region. Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin called the islands “necessary national defense facilities” within Chinese territory in line with international law, according to The Associated Press. Wang then criticized the U.S. of aiming to “stir up trouble and make provocations,” which “seriously threatens the sovereignty and security of coastal countries and undermines the order and…

Vietnam builds up defences against China in Spratly Islands

Amid the growing activities in the South China Sea region by Beijing, Vietnam has been building up its defences in the Spratly Islands for the past two years “to ensure it can strike Chinese facilities”. Citing the Centre for Strategic and International Studies’ Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative’s report, South China Morning Post said that emplacements for air and coastal defence systems have been installed on most of Vietnam’s bases in the Spratly islands, with the most significant upgrades at West Reef and Sin Cowe Island. The report further stated that…

China lashes out as US Navy destroyer sails near disputed islands — BenarNews

A U.S. Navy Freedom of Navigation Operation near the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea drew a strong reaction on Wednesday from Chinese military officials who said the American warship had “illegally trespassed” into its waters. A spokesman from the Southern Theater Command of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), whose areas of responsibility include the South China Sea, said in a press release that the command “organized air, naval forces to track and warn away USS Benfold destroyer that illegally trespassed into Chinese territorial waters off Xisha islands.” Xisha…

220 Chinese Vessels Stake Out Another Reef in Spratly Islands

Whitsun Reef, a submerged feature at Union Banks measuring about four miles per side (NASA) Published Mar 21, 2021 8:12 PM by Paul Benecki China’s maritime militia has shown up in force at Union Banks, an atoll within the Philippines’ EEZ claim. According to the Philippine Coast Guard, about 220 maritime militia vessels were anchored in a line off one of the atoll’s reefs on March 7.  “Despite clear weather at the time, the Chinese vessels massed at the reef showed no actual fishing activities and had their full…