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…

World War 3: China ramps up presence in South China Sea as a warning to US

The tensions China has with the United States over several issues could lead to a conflict of world war 3 proportions. With tensions rising over the highly-disputed South China Sea, China has recently increased its presence over the waters in a warning to the US. The China Maritime Safety Administration released a notice (via Express) confirming the month-long military drill in a three-mile radius area, west of the Leizhou Peninsula in Guangdong. The notice added that other ships are not allowed to enter the area for the meantime as the…

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…

South China Sea: US strategy makes ‘Biden look soft’ as Australia erupts at rival | World | News

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s willingness to infuriate China, particularly in his latest move to escalate the row over Taiwan, are part of a strategy to ensure that Mr Biden will be perceived as weak, Mr Rudd claimed. He argued that this could see already tense relations hit a new low, leaving many rivals – including Australia – upset at Mr Pompeo’s decisions ahead of Mr Biden’s inauguration later this month. Mr Rudd, leader of Australia in two spells between 2007 and 2013, argued that Mr Pompeo had created “strategic…

South China Sea: Major US boost for furious Philippines amid ‘unlawful’ Beijing move | World | News

South China Sea: Military exercises ‘must continue’ says expert Countries including the Philippines and Brunei, have seen their fishing industries decimated as a result of restrictions placed on the highly valuable South China Sea. China lays claim to around 80 percent of the seas, and puts pressure on neighbouring countries on the areas they are allowed to fish in, while simultaneously threatening others that enter their territory. This had led to dwindling numbers of fish being caught, as well as fierce competition between rival nations, leading to unrest. US Secretary…

South China Sea: US warned Beijing of ‘major military breakthrough’ in bid to secure area | World | News

The US and Beijing have been embroiled in a war of words over the South China Sea for years, and more recently major fears of conflict over the area, dubbed the most expensive waters in the world, have arisen. Should conflict occur, the US says it will be ready as it begins to use drones to work alongside unmanned technology to help its combat scenarios from 2021. The importance of its inclusion was raised by Rear Admiral Robert Gaucher, a director of maritime headquarters with US Pacific Fleet. He said:…

Biden’s burden: can he save the free world?

Joe Biden talks a lot about restoring America’s standing in the world. But the truth is that if he now has the chance to reshape America’s relationships for a new era, it’s because Donald Trump has already done the awkward stuff. The question is: can Biden and his team swallow their collective pride and build on Trump’s legacy, or will vanity and partisanship send the American Atlas tumbling to his knees? Trump won the 2016 election by forcing the difficult questions on to the national agenda. In office, he developed…

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…