China Reports Spike in Nearby US Military Aircraft Movement. What Happened? | Voice of America

TAIPEI, TAIWAN – A reported spike in U.S. military flights over the seas near China reflects Washington’s drive to understand and deter Chinese expansion in contested waters, analysts say. U.S. military surveillance planes flew off China’s coast 60 times in September, more than in July or August, according to Chinese state-backed research organization South China Sea Strategic Situation Probing Initiative’s website. When contacted by VOA, U.S. Army Maj. Randy Ready, a spokesperson for the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, would say only that flight frequency near China has been consistent over time.…

Dangers of US Military Confrontations with China Around Taiwan & South China Sea – Consortiumnews

In 2020, The Trump administration has dramatically increased the number of show-of-force missions, Ann Wright reports.  An F/A-18E launches off USS Ronald Reagan, in South China Sea on Oct. 15, 2020, in what the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command termed operations on behalf of the collective maritime interests of U.S. regional allies and partners. (U.S. Navy, Codie L. Soule) By Ann WrightCommon Dreams Over the past two years, the United States has dramatically increased the number of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers and destroyers sent into the South China Sea as freedom-of-navigation show-of-…

Dangers of Military Confrontation Between the United States and China Around Taiwan and in the South China Sea

Over the past two years, the United States has dramatically increased the number of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers and destroyers sent into the South China Sea as a freedom of navigation show of force missions to remind the Chinese government that the U.S. considers the Western Pacific and the South China Sea as a part of the oceans of America and its allies.  Additionally, in 2020, the Trump administration ratcheted up tensions with China over Taiwan by sending to Taiwan the highest-ranking U.S. officials in over forty years. The Chinese…

China holds new naval drill as Xi steps up military rhetoric | China

Chinese president calls for speedier upgrade of military equipment as he urges soldiers to ‘focus on war preparedness’. China conducted new naval exercises on Wednesday, a report quoting maritime officials said, amid escalating tensions in the South China Sea and as President Xi Jinping urged the military to “focus on war preparedness and combat capabilities”. The state-owned Global Times quoted the country’s maritime safety agency as saying that drills were taking place in the Bohai Sea in China’s northeast from 6am to 5pm (22:00 GMT Tuesday – 09:00 GMT Wednesday).…

Chinese military accuses US of ‘provocative actions’ in the South China Sea

Chinese military demands US ‘stop provocative actions’ and ‘restrict’ naval operations in the South China Sea after USS John McCain enters waters in disputed area without permission Chinese People’s Liberation Army has accused the US of ‘provocative actions’  Spokesperson on Friday said US destroyer John McCain entered waters around the disputed Paracel Islands without China’s permission ‘It is a naked navigational hegemony and military provocation,’ he said He also accused the US of ‘frequently’ sending warships to the South China Sea to flex its muscles In July, China called the US…

ASEAN being pressed by US military to help contain China

HAIKOU – In late September, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen bitterly complained to the UN General Assembly that “some countries” were interfering in its internal affairs. This cry in the wilderness was only hint of the diplomatic anguish as Southeast Asian countries are increasingly being squeezed between China and the US in the two superpowers’ struggle for military dominance in the region. Cambodia’s particular concern is that the US sanctioned the Chinese company Union Development Group that is developing a huge tourist zone along its coast. The given reasons included…

Libyan rivals conclude talks on key security and military issues

In a statement released by the US Department of State on September 27 highlighted that China has not kept its promise of non-militarisation of islands under its control in the South China Sea as well as its military outposts located in the region. Instead China has deployed a number of surfaces to air cruise missiles, installed radar domes, and stationed anti-ship missiles in those islands. It has developed signal intelligence capabilities, built new hangers for fighter jets, and extended existing runways which can support its maritime surveillance aircraft operations. The…

Indian Military Modernization and Dream of Arms Control Between Pakistan And India

In a statement released by the US Department of State on September 27 highlighted that China has not kept its promise of non-militarisation of islands under its control in the South China Sea as well as its military outposts located in the region. Instead China has deployed a number of surfaces to air cruise missiles, installed radar domes, and stationed anti-ship missiles in those islands. It has developed signal intelligence capabilities, built new hangers for fighter jets, and extended existing runways which can support its maritime surveillance aircraft operations. The…

US, Japan ‘Watch In Horror’ As China On Verge On Developing Another Military Base In The SCS?

Taking China’s feat forward to set up military bases around the world, reports of a new military base in Cambodia have set alarm bells ringing to its neighbours and claimants of the South China Sea. After Apaches, Chinooks & Poseidons, Boeing Looks To Ink Two Major ‘Fighter Jet’ Deals With India Reportedly, Beijing is supporting the expansion at the Cambodia Ream Naval Base. The project includes expanding the port and development of a ship repair facility.  A report in WSJ revealed that China and Cambodia signed a secret agreement that…

US concerned over Cambodian naval base hosting Chinese military assets amid Beijing backed expansion-ANI

Phnom Penh [Cambodia], October 4 (ANI): Preparations for a China-backed expansion at Cambodia Ream Naval Base are underway which the US fears would be transformed into hosting Chinese military assets.Nikkei Asia, quoting a Cambodian Navy official, reported that the Chinese government was “supporting a project” to expand the port and develop a ship repair facility at the base on the Gulf of Thailand.According to a study published by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, based on satellite image collected on October 1, the Cambodian government has demolished a U.S.-built…