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…

China orders military to be ready for war ‘at any second’ as Brit aircraft carrier prepares to sail to South China Sea

CHINA has told its military to be ready to “act at any second” amid rising tensions over disputed territories in the South China Sea. It comes with the UK’s new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, expected to be deployed to the region in the coming months as part of its first operational mission. 3 Chinese premier Xi Jinping has told the country’s military to be ready to ‘act at any second’Credit: AP:Associated Press 3 It comes with the UK’s new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, expected to soon be deployed…

China military aggression in South China Sea

(STL.News) Until now tensions are still heating up in contested territory, because Beijing keeps expanding the areas of the sea it claims as its own, although some other countries refused and said territories belonging to other countries. The US guided missile ship conducted normal operations within some claimed territorial seas, said a press statement from the Navy, and this matter to challenge excessive maritime claims, and preserve access freedoms consistent with international law.  YouTube video provided courtesy of The US Military News NOTE: STL.News does not guarantee the accuracy…

South China Sea: US warned Beijing of ‘major military breakthrough’ in bid to secure area | World | News

The US and Beijing have been embroiled in a war of words over the South China Sea for years, and more recently major fears of conflict over the area, dubbed the most expensive waters in the world, have arisen. Should conflict occur, the US says it will be ready as it begins to use drones to work alongside unmanned technology to help its combat scenarios from 2021. The importance of its inclusion was raised by Rear Admiral Robert Gaucher, a director of maritime headquarters with US Pacific Fleet. He said:…

Understanding Vietnam’s Military Modernization Efforts – The Diplomat

Advertisement Between 2003 and 2018, Vietnam’s military expenditure increased by some 687 percent. However, the figure itself, while impressive, does not tell the full story of how Vietnam was able to transform the military from a battle-hardened but technologically deficient force of the Vietnam War era into the relatively modern and capable military of the present. The seeds of Vietnam’s program of military modernization were planted shortly after the establishment of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in 1976, when the country was invaded by its giant neighbor, the People’s Republic…

Canada opposes military build-up in South China Sea

“Canada opposes unilateral actions that have escalated tensions in the region and undermined stability in the South China Sea. We are against the threat or use of force, large-scale land reclamation, building outposts on disputed entities and using them for military purposes in the sea,” he said. The Canadian Minister of National Defense was speaking at the 12th South China Sea International Conference held November 16-17 in Hanoi. Vietnam calls the waterway the East Sea. Canada supports legal, free navigation and aviation that are in line with international law, he…

Military co-operation and the South China Sea to dominate Aust-Japan talks

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will travel this morning to Japan to meet his new counterpart and strike a defense deal amid escalating tensions with China. Scott Morrison will be the first world leader to meet in person with Prime Minister Suga who replaced Shinzo Abe after he resigned due to ill health. The two leaders will discuss greater military co-operation in response to China’s activities in the South China Sea including joint operations and use of each other’s military bases. Scott Morrison will quarantine for a fortnight upon his return,…

South China Sea: US military deploys civilian aircraft on covert surveillance ops | World | News

Beijing-backed think-tank the South China Sea Probing Initiative (SSCBI) said three planes had been used to conduct secret surveillance flights over the disputed waters. A report from the group said the aircraft had taken off from bases in Okinawa in Japan and Manila in the Philippines and had carried 150 patrols in the East China, Yellow and South China seas since March. American planes fly anywhere that it’s legal and continue their flights in Asia Major Randy Ready It said US military chiefs had hired the civilian planes from private…

US military uses civilian aircraft for South China Sea spy plane mission

Three such planes have carried out surveillance flights, according to the Beijing-based South China Sea Probing Initiative think tank. They had flown from air bases in Okinawa in Japan and Manila in the Philippines since and had carried out more than 150 patrols in the East China, Yellow and South China seas since March. An aerial view of the US Kadena air base in Okinawa where one of the civilian surveillance planes flew from. (Google Maps) The aircraft were hired from Tenax Aerospace and Meta Special Aerospace, the study said.…

DND says no neglecting PH sovereignty despite military work on pandemic, typhoon relief

MANILA, Philippines—Threats to Philippine sovereignty in the West Philippine Sea remained top of mind for security officials even as the country’s defense and military establishments are tied up with humanitarian work on the COVID-19 pandemic and a succession of typhoons. At an online forum on the West Philippine Sea hosted by the Department of National Defense (DND) on its 81st anniversary, Defense Undersecretary Arnel Duco said although the DND and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) had been busy with pandemic and disaster response, they haven’t lost sight of external…