China’s next aircraft carrier likely nuclear powered, says report | South China Sea News

China is building its fourth aircraft carrier as it seeks to boost its naval power in the Asia-Pacific region, and the vessel is “likely to be nuclear powered”, a new report revealed on Saturday, citing sources close to the country’s military. The South China Morning Post quoted a person close to the Chinese navy as saying that shipbuilders “are keen on making a significant breakthrough” with the construction of the fourth carrier. “It will be a technological leap for the shipbuilding industry,” the source told the Post. Another unnamed source…

China’s three warfares strategy for the South China Sea: Inquirer columnist, East Asia News & Top Stories

MANILA (PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – In 2003, China adopted the Three Warfares strategy to seize the South China Sea for economic and military purposes without triggering a war. The Chinese Communist Party, the Central Committee, and the Central Military Commission approved the strategy. China’s actions in the South China Sea must be viewed in light of its Three Warfares strategy. The First Warfare is a propaganda campaign, declaring to the world that the South China Sea belonged to China since antiquity. In the Position Paper it submitted to…

South China Sea: ‘Real and increasing’ risk US and Beijing will ‘stumble into war’ | World | News

Beijing has claimed a large part of the South China Sea as its own which has triggered territorial disputes. The US heavily opposes China’s maritime sovereignty claims and on several occasions has sent its own warships to the disputed waters to promote “freedom of the seas”. Writing for Time Magazine, experts James Stavridis and Elliot Ackerman explained how the ongoing tensions between the two superpowers runs the risk of breaking out into war. They wrote: “The two nations are significantly at odds over the status of the South China Sea, which…

China news: Beijing unveils destroyer branded one of world’s ‘most powerful warships’ | World | News

Increasing its naval arsenal, China unveiled the second Type 055 large destroyer, claimed to be one of the largest in the world by the state-run media. Praising the arrival of the new vessel, the state-run Global Times, which acts as a mouthpiece for Xi Jinping, reported the vessel will safeguard China’s sovereignty abroad. The newspaper said: “The commissioning of the Type 055 guided-missile destroyers, considered some of the most powerful warships in the world, marks the strategic development transformation of the PLA Navy, and will enable the service to better…

US is disrupting security in South China Sea: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, East Asia News & Top Stories

BEIJING – China’s top diplomat has accused the United States and other Western nations of disrupting regional stability in the South China Sea, even as he urged South-east Asian countries to “press ahead” with the negotiations on a code to manage maritime and territorial disputes in the contested waters. In a wide-ranging annual press conference that lasted more than 90 minutes, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi repeatedly warned the US of interfering in its domestic affairs, although he also held out an olive branch to the new Biden administration, calling…

South China Sea news: US warship deployed to disputed region | World | News

Guided-missile destroyer USS Russell travelled close to Islands claimed by China on Wednesday during a freedom of navigation mission. The US Navy’s 7th Fleet said the vessel “asserted navigational rights and freedoms in the Spratly Islands, consistent with international law.” Beijing claims vast areas of the South China Sea up to the coasts of the Philippines, Malaysia and Taiwan. The global power has increased its military presence in the rich waterways over recent years and has already established military outposts on the Paracel Islands and the Spratly Islands – two disputed…

US warships threaten to erupt South China Sea tensions with drills after Beijing warning | World | News

The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group and the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group conducted a joint naval exercise close to the Chinese-controlled islands on Tuesday. The US navy said the vessels “conducted a multitude of exercises aimed at increasing interoperability between assets as well as command and control capabilities”. The mission was the first dual-carrier operation to take place in the South China Sea since last July. The presence of US forces in the contested waters also comes just days after the USS John S McCain destroyer sailed near to the Paracel…

Philippines to beef up naval presence in disputed South China Sea, SE Asia News & Top Stories

MANILA (REUTERS) – The Philippines will beef up its naval presence in the South China Sea to protect its fishermen, its new military chief said, as concerns grow about the operations of China’s coastguard in disputed waters. The move comes after the Philippines protested a new law in China that allows its coastguard to board or open fire on foreign vessels in waters it regards as its territory, which officials said could heighten risks of a miscalculation. “We will increase our visibility through the deployment of more naval assets, but…

MH370 investigator uncovers US military ‘search and rescue’ mission ‘no one knew about’ | Weird | News

Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 went missing on March 8, 2014, shortly after taking off from Kuala Lumpur Airport, during a routine journey to Beijing. The Boeing 777, under the control of captain Zaharie Shah, last communicated with air traffic control at 1.19am while travelling over the South China Sea, before it vanished. There have been varying theories put forward to explain how the aircraft disappeared, but analysis of its automated communications with an Inmarsat satellite indicates it likely crashed in the southern Indian Ocean. In her new book, ’The Disappearing…