Analysts expect US-India defense ties to deepen under Biden due to anxiety over China – Pacific

The forward thrust of U.S.-India defense cooperation under the Obama and Trump administrations will likely quicken after Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president, despite expectations the Democrat will pay closer attention to the South Asian nation’s troubling human rights record, say defense experts from both nations. “My sense is we’re going to see the relationship deepened even more now,” said Shyam Tekwani, an India expert at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu. “The real issue is how far does India want to go…

As tensions simmer, Pacific Air Forces leaders say troops must be ready for conflict with China – Pacific

As tensions simmer, Pacific Air Forces leaders say troops must be ready for conflict with China YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — U.S. troops must be ready for conflict with China as tensions between the two nations simmer, Pacific Air Forces’ leaders said Friday during a Facebook Live video call to airmen in Japan. Beijing, with its “maligned and coercive activity that’s frequently not in accordance with international law,” is the greatest challenge facing the region, PACAF commander Gen. Kenneth Wilsbach said on the call. “We’ve got to…

Chinese law would allow coast guard to fire on foreign vessels in its waters – Pacific

Chinese law would allow coast guard to fire on foreign vessels in its waters The China Coast Guard would be allowed to use weapons against foreign ships in its waters under a proposed revision to its maritime police law, according to a translated version of the document. China’s National People’s Congress last month drafted the revised law, which has yet to be enacted, according to a Wednesday report by the Chinese legislation blog NPC Observer. The coast guard would be authorized to use weapons “in the case…

Coast Guard homeporting cutters in Western Pacific to counter China’s illegal fishing – Pacific

Coast Guard homeporting cutters in Western Pacific to counter China’s illegal fishing YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The Coast Guard is “strategically homeporting” its newest fast-response cutters in the Western Pacific to police illegal fishing in the region by China, National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien announced Friday. The cutters “will conduct maritime security missions, such as fisheries patrols, enhance maritime domain awareness and enforcement efforts” with U.S. partners in the Western Pacific “who have limited offshore surveillance and enforcement capacity,” he said in a statement. “China’s illegal,…

South China Sea news: US to base Coast Guard ships in western Pacific to tackle Beijing | World | News

Over recent months, China has built several military bases on a number of the region’s atolls and declared dominance over the highly disputed region. But the US – despite having no claim on any part of archipelago – has hit back at the Communist nation. Now, in order to counter Beijing’s “destabilising and malign” activities in the region, Washington has deployed several Coast Guard vessels to the region. White House National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien said in a statement the US Coast Guard was “strategically home-porting significantly enhanced Fast Response…

US to base Coast Guard ships in western Pacific to tackle China | China

The United States will deploy Coast Guard patrol ships in the western Pacific to counter what it described as “destabilizing and malign” activities in the region by China, the country’s top security adviser said on Friday. The US Coast Guard was “strategically homeporting significantly enhanced Fast Response Cutters … in the western Pacific,” White House National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien said in a statement. Describing the US as a Pacific power, the statement added that China’s “illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing, and harassment of vessels operating in the exclusive economic…

USS Barry cruises through Taiwan Strait after Beijing blasts McCain’s South China Sea transit – Pacific

USS Barry cruises through Taiwan Strait after Beijing blasts McCain’s South China Sea transit A Navy destroyer passed through the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday, nearly a week after the Chinese military challenged another U.S. destroyer’s presence in the nearby South China Sea. The USS Barry cruised through the strait in accordance with international law, according to a statement from U.S. Pacific Fleet. It was the 12th such transit by a U.S. warship this year. The last was made Aug. 30 by another guided-missile destroyer, the USS Halsey. …

How the B-21 Raider Could Shift Power in the Pacific

The U.S. Navy is working to counter China in the Pacific, but it could be the Air Force’s B-21 Raider that really shakes things up. In recent years, the United States Navy has dramatically increased the frequency of Freedom of Navigation Operations (FONOPS) in the South China Sea. This increase in Pacific activity can be directly attributed to China’s aggressive behavior throughout the region in enforcing its illegal claims of sovereignty over the heavily trafficked portion of the ocean. Power competition in the South China Sea The South China Sea,…

China’s two aircraft carriers complete drills in September – Pacific

China’s two aircraft carriers complete drills in September China’s two aircraft carriers, the Liaoning and the Shandong, recently completed military drills in the South China Sea, according to a statement by the Chinese Ministry of Defense on Thursday. It was the first time the Chinese navy has sent two carriers to sea at once, though the ships did not train together. The Shandong was commissioned in December; the Liaoning was commissioned in 2012. While at sea, the Liaoning completed “regular exercises” while the Shandong conducted sea trials,…

Rim of the Pacific and Its Discontents

China fired ballistic missiles into the South China Sea while the United States hosted a multinational naval exercise in August, as security tensions between the two countries persist. The U.S. Pacific Fleet hosted the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) naval exercise from Aug. 17 to Aug. 31 near the Hawaiian islands. Ten nations, 22 surface ships, one submarine and around 5,300 personnel participated in the exercise—the 27th RIMPAC since its inception in 1971. Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, the Pacific Fleet had planned to host 30 nations for the…