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…

China’s Move to Empower Coast Guard Stirs Tensions | Voice of America

China’s new law allowing its coast guard to “open fire” on foreign vessels is causing serious anxiety in the Philippines, Vietnam and Japan. The move may help China to create a quasi-military presence even in sea areas where its navy is absent, analysts say. The Philippines, one of several countries with competing claims to portions of the South China Sea, has lodged a formal protest describing the law as “a verbal threat of war.” Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi has said that Japan holds “major doubts” about the law and…

Chinese reconnaissance plane enters Taiwan’s air defence zone as tensions escalate

ANI | Updated: Feb 07, 2021 08:57 IST Taipei [Taiwan], February 7 (ANI): A Chinese Y-8 reconnaissance plane entered the southern-western section of Taiwan‘s air defence identification zone on Saturday, said Taiwanese Defence Ministry.The Chinese aircraft entered the airspace between Taiwan and the Dongsha Islands, which are controlled by Taiwan, in the South China Sea, Focus Taiwan reported, Taiwan military responded by scrambling fighter jets to monitor the Chinese aircraft, issuing radio warnings and mobilizing air defence assets until the plane left the ADIZ, the ministry said.According to the SCMP,…

Escalating Threats and Military Tensions

If China is seeking a reset of relations with the Biden administration, it has a strange way of showing it. Instead of backing off from some of its more menacing behavior, Beijing is doubling down. Not only is the Chinese military buzzing Taiwan with 13 fighters and bombers, but Beijing has taken dangerous steps to escalate tensions in the South and East China Seas. Little noticed in Washington, Beijing last week greeted the new U.S. administration with a dubious and unprecedented new law that throws a monkey wrench into U.S.-Chinese…

Tensions rise in Persian Gulf over oil shipments

United States President Donald Trump leaves office in three weeks. Anything could happen before then. Stakeholders are taking positions around the strategically-important Strait of Hormuz, the only sea passage for crude oil shipped from the Persian Gulf to the open ocean. In 2018, some 21 million barrels per day (bpd), or almost 20 per cent of the total global crude consumption, passed through it. Sandwiched between Oman and Iran, the strait is also one of the world’s most strategic chokepoints. Just 34 km wide at its narrowest point, the shipping…

China sends second ship to trial amid rising tensions in South China Sea

China’s navy has started trials on its second trademark warship as tensions between the Communist nation and the US continue to rise in the fiercely contested South China Sea. The People’s Liberation Army has ordered a total of eight Type 075 assault ships, which are capable of carrying 30 attack helicopters and 900 troops, according to a Newsweek report. On Tuesday, a second Type 075 was seen departing the Hudong Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai, just four months after the maiden voyage of the first vessel. State-owned media have bragged about…

China news: Beijing blasts Australia ‘warhound of US’ as tensions escalate | World | News

Australia and China have traded sharp words in recent months on a number of issues, including trade and human rights. Australia joined dozens of nations in condemning China’s human rights abuses of Uighur Muslims earlier this year and has also rejected China’s maritime claims in the South China Sea. Meanwhile China recently slapped huge tariffs on Australian wine imports and has spoken out about a report linking Australian soldiers to civilian murders in Afghanistan. The state-run Global Times newspaper recently referred to Australia as a “savage accomplice of US suppression…

China slaps 200% tax on Australia wine amid tensions

BEIJING (AP) — China on Friday added wine to the growing list of Australian goods barred from its markets in a trade war against Australia over disputes including its support for a probe into the origin of the coronavirus. The Ministry of Commerce imposed import taxes of up to 212.1 percent, effective Saturday, which Australia’s trade minister said make Australian wine unsellable in China, his country’s biggest export market. China increasingly is using its populous market as leverage to extract political concessions and increase its strategic influence. Earlier, China stopped…

China tensions with US explode as Washington ‘sends warning’ by shooting down mock missile | World | News

On Tuesday, the US shot down a mock ICBM over the Pacific Ocean after reports of Chinese missiles successfully hitting a moving shop in the disputed South China Sea surfaced. But military experts have said Washington sent a clear warning to Beijing after shooting down the mock war weapon. Beijing-based military expert Zhou Chenming said: “[It wanted to show its] Asian allies that Washington is still able to protect them. “The SM-3 Block IIA interceptor test could be seen as a response to China launching two ‘aircraft carrier killer’ missiles…

Amid China Tensions, Malaysia, Philippines and Vietnam Pin Hopes on Biden | Voice of America

TAIPEI, TAIWAN – Projected U.S. president-elect Joe Biden will energize Southeast Asian countries that spar with the more powerful China over the disputed South China Sea by siding with them without inviting armed conflict, analysts believe. These analysts are looking to the record of former U.S. president Barack Obama’s administration – in which Biden served as vice president – for clues to what Biden might do in the region. Obama pursued what his government described as a “pivot to Asia” from 2011 as the region became more vital to U.S. economic interests.…