Taiwan says Hong Kong warned off flight to Taiwan-controlled island : The Asahi Shimbun

TAIPEI–Hong Kong air traffic controllers on Thursday warned off a Taiwanese civilian flight flying to Taiwan-controlled islands in the South China Sea, forcing it to turn back, the island’s government said. The incident, which comes at a time of rising regional tensions, occurred as a UNI Air charter flight from southern Taiwan’s Kaohsiung to the Pratas Islands was approaching Hong Kong’s flight information region, Taiwan’s Civil Aeronautics Administration said. Hong Kong air traffic controllers told the captain there were “dangerous activities” happening below 26,000 feet and the aircraft could not…

US approves $1 billion in new arms sales to Taiwan

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has approved the sale of more than a billion dollars worth of advanced weaponry for Taiwan in a move that will enrage China and further exacerbate tensions between Washington and Beijing that have are already heated over issues such as trade, Tibet, Hong Kong and the South China Sea. The State Department announced Wednesday it had greenlighted the sale of 135 precision land attack missiles, associated equipment and training to Taiwan to improve its defense capabilities. The package is worth just over a billion…

Taiwan says Hong Kong warned off flight to Taiwan-controlled island

TAIPEI, Oct 15 (Reuters) – Hong Kong air traffic controllers on Thursday warned off a Taiwanese civilian flight flying to Taiwan-controlled islands in the South China Sea, forcing it to turn back, the island’s government said. The incident, which comes at a time of rising regional tensions, occurred as a UNI Air charter flight from southern Taiwan’s Kaohsiung to the Pratas Islands was approaching Hong Kong’s flight information region, Taiwan’s Civil Aeronautics Administration said. Hong Kong air traffic controllers told the captain there were “dangerous activities” happening below 26,000 feet…

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-…

Taiwan says HK warned of ongoing danger after S.China Sea …

(Adds Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department declining comment) By Ben Blanchard TAIPEI, Oct 16 (Reuters) – Hong Kong air traffic controllers told Taiwan there was danger until further notice on a flight path to Taiwanese-controlled islands in the South China Sea, Taipei said on Friday, a case that has raised fears Beijing may try and blockade the islets. Tensions over the Pratas Islands, in the northern part of the contested South China Sea, have spiked in recent weeks, with China carrying out several military exercises near them. The Pratas are…

Taiwan says Hong Kong warned of ongoing danger after South China Sea flight blocked

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Hong Kong air traffic controllers told Taiwan there was danger until further notice on a flight path to Taiwanese-controlled islands in the South China Sea, Taipei said on Friday, a case that has raised fears Beijing may try and blockade the islets. Tensions over the Pratas Islands, in the northern part of the contested South China Sea, have spiked in recent weeks, with China carrying out several military exercises near them. The Pratas are only lightly defended by Chinese-claimed Taiwan. On Thursday, Taiwan said a regular civilian…

Carrier Reagan Back in the South China Sea, U.S. Destroyer Makes Taiwan Strait Transit

From left, USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE-10), USS Comstock (LSD-45), USS Shiloh (CG-67), USS New Orleans (LPD-18), USS Chicago (SSN-721), USS America (LHA-6), USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), USNS John Ericsson (T-AO-194), USS Antietam (CG-54), USS Germantown (LSD-42) and USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE-2) steam in formation while E/A-18G Growlers and FA-18E Super Hornets from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, a P-8 Poseidon from Commander Task Force 72, and U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors and a B-1B Bomber fly over the formation in support of Valiant Shield 2020 on Sept. 25, 2020. US Navy…

Taiwan says Hong Kong warned off flight to Taiwan-controlled island | The Mighty 790 KFGO

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Hong Kong air traffic controllers on Thursday warned off a Taiwanese civilian flight flying to Taiwan-controlled islands in the South China Sea, forcing it to turn back, the island’s government said. The incident, which comes at a time of rising regional tensions, occurred as a UNI Air charter flight from southern Taiwan’s Kaohsiung to the Pratas Islands was approaching Hong Kong’s flight information region, Taiwan’s Civil Aeronautics Administration said. Hong Kong air traffic controllers told the captain there were “dangerous activities” happening below 26,000 feet and the…

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. …

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…