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  • China Launched its First Home-Made Aircraft Carrier for PLAN: Type 001A

    04/26/2017 2:53:50 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | Wednesday, 26 April 2017
    The launching ceremony of China's second aircraft carrier was held at the Dalian Shipyard of the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) on the morning of April 26, 2017. Gen. Fan Changlong, member of the political bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission (CMC) attended the ceremony and delivered a speech. China Launched its First Home-Made Aircraft Carrier for PLANFive years after commissioning the Liaoning (its first aircraft carrier) China launched this morning its second carrier – the Type 001A. Unlike the Liaoning, Type 001A was fully built in China....
  • Japan gets real: what to do when the 10-minute missile warning comes

    04/25/2017 6:35:48 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 27 replies
    Japan Times ^ | APR 24, 2017 | ERIC JOHNSTON
    Japan gets real: what to do when the 10-minute missile warning comes BY ERIC JOHNSTON STAFF WRITER APR 24, 2017 OSAKA – With fears growing that North Korea could hold a nuclear or missile test as early as Tuesday, municipalities and prefectures nationwide are responding to a government request to provide information on what to do in the event Japan is targeted. The moves come as the Cabinet Secretariat Civil Protection Portal Site on what to do in case of a North Korean missile attack has seen a surge to about 2.6 million views this month from 450,000 in March,...
  • Last Doolittle Raider to toast to his comrades Tuesday (Today)

    04/18/2017 4:41:46 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 50 replies
    The State ^ | April 18, 2017 | Jeff Wilkinson
    On April 18, 1942 - 75 years ago Tuesday - 80 incredibly brave men in 16 bombers took off from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet to bomb Tokyo and other Japanese cities in retaliation for the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. It was called the Doolittle Raid, after the group’s charismatic leader, Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle, a renowned avaiator even before the war. Doolittle’s B-25 was the first to take off from the Hornet. Sitting beside him was a quiet, lanky young man from Dayton, Ohio, named Dick Cole. On Tuesday, the 101-year-old will be at the National Museum of...
  • How the U.S. Assassinated the Japanese Admiral Who Planned Pearl Harbor

    04/17/2017 7:37:05 AM PDT · by SpeedyInTexas · 137 replies
    The National Interest ^ | 04/16/2017 | Michael Peck
    Some sixty-eight years before U.S. special forces killed Osama bin Laden, America conducted an assassination of another kind. This time, the target wasn’t a terrorist. It was the Japanese admiral who planned the Pearl Harbor operation. But the motive was the same: payback for a sneak attack on the United States.
  • Japan Weighs Plans for S. Korea Evacuation Over Nuclear Crisis

    04/14/2017 6:37:33 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 10 replies
    TOKYO — Japan's National Security Council has discussed how to evacuate its nearly 60,000 citizens from South Korea in the event of a crisis, a government official said Friday amid rising concern over North Korea's nuclear weapons program. North Korea denounced the U.S. on Friday for bringing "huge nuclear strategic assets" to the Korean peninsula as a U.S. aircraft carrier group headed for the region ahead of a feared sixth nuclear missile test. Besides commercial ships and planes, Japan would want to send military aircraft and ships to assist in the evacuation if the South Korean government agreed, the official,...
  • Is North Korea nuclear crisis reaching a showdown?

    04/12/2017 11:27:14 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 23 replies ^ | 2017/4/12 0:18:39 | Chinese Mouthpiece
    US President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday that "North Korea is looking for trouble. If China decides to help, that would be great. If not, we will solve the problem without them!" North Korea's Supreme People's Assembly convened on Tuesday. A few days later, North Korea will mark the birth anniversary of the late leader Kim Il-sung on April 15, also known as the Day of the Sun. Pyongyang likes to launch nuclear activities as a political salute around this date. Therefore, April is widely seen as a high-risk period for new nuclear tests by North Korea. The US aircraft carrier...
  • Japanese, U.S. navies plan joint show of force toward North Korea

    04/11/2017 9:47:51 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | Apr 12, 2017 | Nobuhiro Kubo
    Japanese, U.S. navies plan joint show of force toward North Korea By Nobuhiro Kubo | TOKYO Japan's navy plans a joint show of force with the U.S. Navy's USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group as it steams toward the Korean peninsula aimed at deterring secretive North Korean regime from further missile tests, two sources said. With tension growing markedly, the Korean peninsula is the closest it has been to a "military clash" since Pyongyang's first nuclear test in 2006, an influential state-run Chinese newspaper said on Wednesday. (To view a graphic on the Carl Vinson strike group, click
  • North Korea state media warns of nuclear strike if provoked as U.S. warships approach

    04/11/2017 6:39:04 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 13 replies ^ | April 11, 2017 | By Sue-Lin Wong
    PYONGYANG, April 11 (Reuters) - North Korean state media on Tuesday warned of a nuclear attack on the United States at any sign of U.S. aggression as a U.S. Navy strike group steamed towards the western Pacific. U.S. President Donald Trump, who has urged China to do more to rein in its impoverished neighbour, said in a Tweet North Korea was "looking for trouble" and the United States would "solve the problem" with or without China's help. Tension has escalated sharply on the Korean peninsula with talk of military action by the United States gaining traction following its strikes last...
  • Toshiba files results unapproved by auditor; warns of 'going concern' risk

    04/11/2017 5:57:28 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 11, 2017 | By Makiko Yamazaki and Taiga Uranaka
    oshiba Corp filed twice-delayed business results on Tuesday without an endorsement from its auditor and warned its very survival was in doubt, deepening a prolonged crisis at the Japanese conglomerate. "There are material events and conditions that raise substantial doubt about the company's ability to continue as a going concern," Toshiba said in announcing bigger than previously estimated losses. The filing carried a disclaimer from auditor Pricewaterhouse Coopers that it was unable to form an opinion of the results, increasing the likelihood that shares in the nuclear-to-TVs company will be delisted from the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
  • Russia turns iffy on Japan gas future as Abe heads to Moscow

    04/11/2017 5:36:31 AM PDT · by blueplum · 7 replies
    Bloomberg via Japan Times ^ | 10 April 2017 | Stephen Stapczynski and Elena Mazneva
    Russia’s Gazprom PJSC isn’t confident in Japan’s future as a growing natural gas user, which may damp prospects of a proposed pipeline between the countries as Premier Shinzo Abe travels to Moscow later this month. [snip] Abe, seeking to deepen economic ties with Russia in an effort to resolve a 70-year-old dispute over islands off Hokkaido, is set to visit Moscow on April 27. Russian gas supplies to Japan, including the possible pipeline between the nations, could be discussed during the visit, Russia’s Kommersant newspaper reported last month. [snip] Russia has turned to Asia as a growth market for its...
  • Midday Update: Stocks Return Gains on Reports of Chinese Troop Deployments on N. Korea Border

    04/10/2017 10:46:09 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 25 replies ^ | April 10, 2017, 01:07:28 PM EDT | Staff
    The benchmark averages have surrendered earlier gains on news that China has deployed 150,000 troops to the North Korean border, and the U.S. is considering further sanctions against Russia. The reports caused the S&P 500 to falter at trendline resistance at 2,370 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average to fall back to support at the 50-day moving average. Stocks were cautiously higher before Monday's open amid geopolitical pressures and jitters ahead of Q1 earnings from the country's largest banks. As the morning progressed, the averages gained altitude before running into a wall of resistance that was exacerbated by reports of...
  • Toyota Announces $1.3 Billion Investment In Major Kentucky Plant

    04/10/2017 9:18:21 AM PDT · by kevcol · 15 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | April 10, 2017 | Ted Goodman
    The money will be used to upgrade assembly technology at the Kentucky plant — the largest Toyota factory in the world. “This is more about job retention and setting up for the future,” Rick Hesterberg, a Toyota spokesman, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “We’ve got 8,200 people working here and we build over half a million vehicles. We’re a thirty year old plant, and we needed the upgrades. The new technology will allow us to be much more flexible to adapt to market forces in the future.”
  • China Reveals How Many Fighter Jets the New Aircraft Carrier Can Dock

    04/07/2017 9:52:54 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 05.04.2017
    <p>Chinese media has revealed that the new Chinese aircraft carrier will be able to dock 36 Jian-15 fighters [J-15].</p> <p>According to Chinese news portal Sina, “At the moment, the aircraft carrier being prepared for launch is optimized in terms of load which compared to the Liaoning aircraft carrier can reach from 28 to 36 units of J-15 fighters.” Currently, the Chinese Navy arsenal consists of the Liaoning aircraft carrier, created on the basis of the Soviet cruiser Varyag. Liaoning can base 24 J-15 fighters.</p>
  • Kim Jong-un declares he’s on ‘the brink of a war’ with US as Donald Trump is urged to assassinate

    04/07/2017 7:31:51 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 31 replies ^ | 7th April 2017, 2:22 pm | By Emma Foster and Paul Harper
    KIM Jong-un has placed his country on the “brink of war” as a high-profile defector urged US President Donald Trump to assassinate the despot North Korean leader before he fires his nuclear weapons at America and the UK. Yesterday Trump pledged to ramp up defences against Pyongyang as he met China’s president Xi Jinping for crunch talks in Florida.
  • China building navy’s biggest amphibious assault vessel, sources say

    03/31/2017 11:10:30 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | March 29, 2017 | Minnie Chan
    China has started building a new generation of large amphibious assault vessels that will strengthen the navy as it plays a more dominant role in projecting the nation’s power overseas, military sources said. The 075 Landing Helicopter Dock is now under construction by a Shanghai-based shipbuilding company, the sources said. The amphibious vessel is far larger than similar ships previously constructed for the PLA Navy. The 075 can serve as a form of aircraft carrier and military experts said it would give China’s navy the ability to launch various types of helicopters to attack naval vessels, enemy ground forces or...

    03/27/2017 11:23:31 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 108 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 3/27/17 | TOM O'CONNOR
    JAPANESE POLITICIANS WANT THE ABILITY TO BOMB NORTH KOREA FIRST BEFORE BEING 'DESTROYED' BY TOM O'CONNOR ON 3/27/17 AT 1:58 PM Top Japanese lawmakers have begun arguing for the capability to launch a preemptive missile strike on North Korea in the face of Pyongyang's increasingly active ballistic and nuclear weapons programs. In response to militant rhetoric from North Korea, a group of influential Japanese legislators has announced a public campaign to end the World War II-era restrictions, imposed on Tokyo by the U.S., that prevent Japan from initiating military action. The post-war scheme tasked the U.S. with defending Japan from...
  • As overseas ambitions expand, China plans 400 per cent increase to marine corps numbers, sources say

    03/23/2017 7:06:06 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | March 13, 2017 | Minnie Chan
    China plans to increase the size of its marine corps from about 20,000 to 100,000 personnel to protect the nation’s maritime lifelines and its growing interests overseas, military insiders and experts have said. Some members would be stationed at ports China operates in Djibouti in the Horn of Africa and Gwadar in southwest Pakistan, they said. The expanded corps is part of a wider push to refocus the world’s largest army away from winning a land war based on sheer numbers and towards meeting a range of security scenarios using highly specialised units. Towards that end, Chinese President Xi Jinping...
  • Japan is Asia's naval powerhouse with two aircraft carrier-sized warships

    03/23/2017 6:49:41 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 50 replies
    Business Standard ^ | March 24, 2017 | Ajai Shukla
    Japan now has Asia’s only navy with two aircraft carrier-sized warships — the Kaga (pictured) The state-controlled Chinese media has sharply criticised the commissioning of Japan’s powerful new warship, which has the same name --- Kaga --- as one of the Imperial Japanese Navy’s aircraft carriers in World War II. The original Kaga, which Beijing’s English language daily, Global Times, terms a “notorious warship”, was sunk by the US Navy in the Battle of Midway in 1942. With Japanese Ship (JS) Kaga’s rebirth on Wednesday as a “helicopter destroyer”, Japan now has Asia’s only navy with two aircraft carrier-sized warships...
  • N. Korea fails in attempted missile launch

    03/22/2017 2:23:11 AM PDT · by ARGLOCKGUY · 17 replies
    North Korea attempted to launch a missile on Wednesday morning but failed, according to authorities in several countries including South Korea and the United States. The South Korean Defense Ministry said North Korea appeared to have unsuccessfully tried to launch one missile, adding that it is still determining the type. A U.S. Pacific Command spokesman said the U.S. military detected a launch attempt, with the missile appearing to have exploded seconds after launch.
  • Crazed North Korean despot Kim Jong-un’s troops blow up US aircraft carrier and shoot down bomber

    03/21/2017 6:06:47 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 28 replies ^ | Updated: 21st March 2017, 12:39 pm | By Ellie Flynn and Tom Michael
    NORTH Korean tyrant Kim Jong-un has released a propaganda video showing a US aircraft carrier being blown up and a bomber shot down in flames. Snaps from the secretive state’s recent ballistic missile launches are shown alongside the haunting message: “A knife will be stabbed into the throat of the carrier.” It comes days after Kim Jong-un threatened the US with nuclear destruction