U.S. Military’s ‘Maximum Pressure’ in South China Sea ‘Unprecedented’: Beijing Think Tank

The U.S. military exerted “maximum pressure” in the South China Sea last year thanks to “unprecedented” Navy and Air Force deployments to the area, a Chinese think tank has said in its latest report. Strategic weapons platforms including carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups were present in the contested waters for more days than any period in recent memory, the South China Sea Strategic Situation Probing Initiative (SCSPI) said Friday. “The intensity, in terms of the scale, number and duration, of the U.S. military activities in the region in…

Aggressive sea control isn’t an option for India’s navy

Be assertive close to home. But India should not shrink from distant waters, either. The commissioning ceremony on 10 March for the Indian Navy’s third Scorpene-class submarine “Karanj” Getty An interesting debate has emerged in the pages of The Interpreter involving maritime strategy. Arzan Tarapore wrote an article last month arguing that India should prioritise a sea denial strategy in the Indian Ocean aimed at “reinforcing defensive bulwarks “ that could dissuade China from “launching an attack, or, failing that, [be] thwarted from succeeding”. Two former admirals, James Goldrick and Sudarshan Y Shrikhande, subsequently offered a…

Warships sent to South China Sea as Beijing builds world’s largest navy

European nations are sending warships into the Pacific as suspicion grows over Beijing’s motives for building the world’s largest navy. At this week’s Two Sessions national assembly of the Chinese Communist Party, Chairman Xi Jinping reasserted his desire to built a world-beating fleet. “Our country’s current security situation is largely unstable and uncertain,” Xi told the assembled delegates. Defence Minister General Wei Fenghe added to the drumbeat, declaring China had “entered a high-risk phase”. Which may be a response to Europe suddenly reviving its interest in the Indo-Pacific. “European countries…

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…

Philippines: Amid South China Sea Dispute, Palawan Besieged By Political Divide – Analysis

 By Criselda Yabes and Leilani Chavez* Palawan is an outlier in the Philippine archipelago, its topography and habitat closer to that of Borneo than the rest of the country’s major islands. This so-called last ecological frontier is under siege on two fronts: internally, politicians want the island carved up into smaller administrative regions; externally, it stands as a buffer against threats from a superpower across the sea. On March 13, half a million of Palawan’s population will vote in a plebiscite calling to split up the island into three provinces…

How U.S.-China War in the South China Sea Could Start in 2034

In the year 2034, U.S. naval destroyers enter the waters of the South China Sea, where they eventually encounter a heavily armed Chinese vessel.  Apparently, it all goes downhill from there. Relentless cyberattacks put a stranglehold on the United States’ ability for strategic action, and the devastating sea battles lead to thousands of lives lost on both sides. That’s the lethal scenario imagined in the recently published 2034: A Novel of the Next World War, which was co-authored by combat veteran Elliot Ackerman and Adm. James Stavridis, a former supreme…

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’s military expansionism in South China Sea

Beijing [China], March 10 (ANI): China’s military expansionism in the South China Sea (SCS) through island construction, drilling activities, and overfishing has pushed the marine ecosystem of the region to the brink of collapse, and the destruction of coral reefs and the marine life they support is threatening the food and energy security of the littorals, reported Observer Research Foundation (ORF). Pratnashree Basu and Aadya Chaturvedi in a policy brief analysed the environmental impact of China’s activities in the South China Sea and highlighted its implications for the entire region.…

US steps up military presence in South China Sea

A US Navy warship sailed by islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Wednesday, the second such sailing in as many weeks, as the Biden administration steps up the US’ military presence in the disputed waters. In a so-called freedom of navigation operation, the guided-missile destroyer USS Russell steamed within 12 nautical miles of the Spratly Islands in the southern portion of the 1.3 million square mile waterway, almost all of which China claims as its sovereign territory. “This freedom of navigation operation (“FONOP”) upheld the rights,…