Lawmaker Calls for New U.S. Maritime Strategy with Pacific Focus

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) transits the Pacific Ocean on Dec. 18, 2020. US Navy Photo To counter threats from China, a top U.S. lawmaker Friday called on the U.S. Navy to develop a new maritime strategy that would rebalance how it deploys and strategically scattered persistent deterrent force in an arc throughout the Indo-Pacific region. Two decades of focus on the Middle East has strained U.S. naval forces and worn out its fleet of carriers, said U.S. Rep Elaine Luria (D-Va.), a retired Navy surface warfare officer and vice chair…

No Ordinary Boats: Identifying China’s Maritime Militia

Well-maintained, amply-fendered Chinese maritime militia vessels at Whitsun Reef, March 27 (National Task Force-West Philippine Sea) Published May 18, 2021 5:34 PM by CIMSEC [By Ryan D. Martinson] A Chinese fishing vessel appears in a sensitive location—near the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, a South China Sea reef, or just offshore from a U.S. military base. Is it an “ordinary” fishing boat, or is it maritime militia? This straightforward question seldom yields straightforward answers. China does not publish…

2 top AFP officials swap posts to address ‘big maritime concerns’

MANILA — Two three-star military generals have swapped positions, barely two months before the May 9 national and local elections. The Armed Forces of the Philippines vice chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Romeo Tanalgo, exchanged posts with his classmate, the Northern Luzon Command chief, Lt. Gen. Glorioso Miranda. Both officials are members of the Philippine Military Academy “Matikas” Class of 1983 and assumed their new posts on Thursday. The AFP public affairs chief, Col. Noel Detoyato, said the orders for the reassignment of the two officials were signed by President…

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…

New U.S. Maritime Strategy Sets Sights on China

The U.S. Coast Guard Legend-class cutter USCGC Stratton (WMSL 752), left, and the U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85) maneuver into formation during Talisman Sabre 2019. US Navy photo. The Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard released their clearest argument yet for what they need to do to be prepared to take on China – not in a hypothetical future scenario, but in the day-to-day competition happening now on the seas.The chief of naval operations and the commandants of the Marine Corps and Coast Guard signed…

Ex-SC Justice sees ‘light at end of tunnel’ in maritime disputes | Daily Express Online

Ex-SC Justice sees ‘light at end of tunnel’ in maritime disputes Published on: Friday, November 27, 2020 By: ABS CBN News Text Size: Ships are docked at the newly built beach ramp at the Philippine- claimed island of Pag-Asa in the South China Sea on June 9, 2020. MANILA: Retired Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said Wednesday there could be hope in the maritime disputes in the South China Sea, with China reportedly stating that it would not stop exploration activities in Reed Bank.Speaking in the online Pilipinas…

South China Sea offers maritime cooperation possibilities

In the midst of a global pandemic, US voters have chosen Joe Biden as their next president, paving the way to a new era of science and hoped-for reason. Meanwhile, across the Pacific, China and Vietnam, both rivals in the contested South China Sea (SCS), have now embarked on a new era for ocean science with the potential for maritime cooperation.  China recently hosted a two-day international ocean governance program with a roster of speakers from the US and SCS claimant nations, including the Philippines and Vietnam. The theme of…

China, Southeast Asia Met on Trade, Ignored Maritime Dispute

Trade and the disease COVID-19 were major issues for China and 10 Southeast Asian countries when they met this month. Yet they largely ignored an issue of regional concern: the question of competing territorial claims in the South China Sea. Experts believe their failure to deal with the territorial dispute could be a sign of difficult times for the competing claimants in the weeks to come. China and several members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) disagree on who controls about 90 percent of the sea. They said…

Why China and a Bloc of Nations Led by Vietnam Just Met but Ignored Asia’s Biggest Maritime Dispute | Voice of America

TAIPEI, TAIWAN – China and leaders from 10 Southeast Asian countries who held annual summits this month sidestepped a sticky maritime sovereignty question to focus on trade and COVID-19, signaling a tough year ahead for the rival nations, experts believe.   Apart from polite acknowledgements of the dispute, which engulfs about 90% of the South China Sea including prime fisheries and energy-exploration tracts, Beijing and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) barely touched on the issue at the 37th ASEAN Summit November 12-15.  More robust discussions focused on China’s international COVID-19 response…

India, Philippines vow to strengthen defence engagement, maritime cooperation

India and Philippines on Friday resolved to strengthen defence engagement and maritime cooperation, especially in military training, as well as in procurement of defence equipment. The resolve by the two nations to deepen defence and maritime ties comes in the backdrop of China’s growing expansionist behaviour in eastern Ladakh, South China Sea and Indo-Pacific region. The fourth meeting of the India-Philippines joint commission on bilateral cooperation, co-chaired by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his Philippines counterpart Teodoro Locsin Jr. L, was held online on Friday. Both sides held comprehensive…