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  • Are the U.S. and China Headed Towards a Naval War in Asia?

    09/29/2016 4:53:58 PM PDT · by cba123 · 11 replies
    The National Interest ^ | September 29, 2016 | Dave Majumdar
    The United States does not have a coherent strategy to deal with a rising People's Republic of China in the Western Pacific. Nor do foreign policy experts specializing in the Asia-Pacific region have a concrete set of ideas to coax an increasingly assertive Beijing into accepting the U.S.-led post-Second World War liberal-institutional world order or to reassert Washington's dominance in the region. It is becoming increasingly clear that China hopes to chart its own course independent of the existing Western frameworks as Beijing reaffirms its claims to the South China Sea and continues to build artificial islands in the region,...
  • Expert: China-Made Aircraft Carrier May Enter Water At Year End

    09/29/2016 6:11:34 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    China Military Online ^ | September 28, 2016
    BEIJING --- Photos about the progress of China's first home-made aircraft carrier were revealed online again lately. Britain's Jane's Defence Weekly claimed that the carrier island is already lifted in place, a milestone before China's second aircraft carrier enters water. Military expert Cao Weidong said in an interview that China's first home-made aircraft carrier is likely to have Active Phased Array Radar (APAR) and can carry 40-50 aircraft of various types at most. Laser weapon will probably find its way to future carriers and large vessels too. According to Cao, carrier island installation is the last step of building the...
  • US and Russia agree Syria peace plan

    09/09/2016 4:43:05 PM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 27 replies
    BBC News ^ | 9 September 2016∑
    Russia and the US have agreed to a "cessation of hostilities" in Syria from sunset on 12 September after intensive talks in Geneva. Under the plan, the Syrian government will end combat missions in specified areas held by the opposition. Russia and the US will establish a joint centre to combat so-called Islamic State and al-Nusra fighters. The plan follows a day of talks between US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov.
  • Trump's Plan for the Inner-City is Pitch Perfect

    09/09/2016 12:16:50 AM PDT · by Behind the Blue Wall · 19 replies
    Vanity | September 10, 2016 | Behind the Blue Wall
    In the last couple of weeks, we've seen Trump roll out his plan for reviving America's inner cities and other economically depressed areas. As someone who has in various capacities worked on this issue, I must say that Trump has brilliantly boiled down the question down to the three elements that would form the essential foundation of an effective federal urban policy: law and order, school choice and trade reform. In my 20 or so years of working on this issue, I've met with thousands of people who live in these communities, and I can guarantee you that the vast...
  • NHS crisis plan to cancel operations and appointments as winter draws in

    08/22/2016 7:15:17 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 8/22/16 | Laura Donnelly and Henry Bodkin
    Hospitals are to cancel thousands of operations and appointments in a desperate bid to stop the NHS "buckling" this winter, under Government plans. Health officials are drawing up contingency measures to attempt to safeguard emergency care by diverting senior doctors from operating theatres into wards and Accident & Emergency departments as winter sets in. The national plan, detailed in evidence to the Commons health select committee, comes amid concern that the NHS is already in the grip of the worst bed-blocking crisis on record. Last night, Britainís most senior A&E doctor said hospitals were under such strain that a bad...
  • Australia could play pivotal role in a US-China war, ex-Obama intelligence chief says

    08/15/2016 7:21:53 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 35 replies
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) ^ | 15th August 2016 | Andrew Greene
    A former top intelligence adviser to President Barack Obama predicts Australia could play a "very consequential" role if a war breaks out between the United States and China. David C Gompert was principal deputy director of National Intelligence from 2009 to 2010 and has just led a US Army-commissioned report examining the prospect of the two military powers going to war. The report War with China: Thinking Through the Unthinkable says war between the US and China would be long, destructive and could erupt if regional disputes already underway overheat. The 115-page document by the Washington-based RAND Corporation also suggests...
  • Prepare For "War At Sea" China Defense Minister Warns

    08/03/2016 9:52:12 AM PDT · by Former Proud Canadian · 13 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | Aug 3, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    In the latest escalation of bellicose rhetoric over the territorial dispute involving the South China Sea, Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan warned of "offshore security threats" and urged for a "substantial preparation for a people's war at sea" to safeguard sovereignty, China's Xinhua writes. The warning comes a day after China launched a massive naval drill which is set to prepare China for a "sudden, cruel and short" war.
  • China holds massive naval drills to prepare for Ďsudden, cruel & shortí modern war (VIDEO)

    08/02/2016 5:30:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    Russia Times ^ | August 2, 2016 | Staff
    The Chinese navy held a large-scale ďlive ammunitionĒ drill in the East China Sea, which involved hundreds of ships and submarines from all three fleets of the Peopleís Liberation Army. The exercise involving China's East Sea, North Sea and South Sea fleets practiced both offensive and defensive capabilities of the Chinese naval power. The exercise mobilized some 300 ships, dozens of fighter planes, and involved troops that are responsible for coastal defense radars, communications, and electronic warfare defense, daily newspaper The China Times reported.
  • Newly Built PLAN Type 052D Destroyers Getting Fitted with Larger H/PJ-11 CIWS

    07/25/2016 3:30:16 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 25 July 2016
    Based on pictures that have been just released by Chinese spotters, it appears that the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) next in-line Type 052D Destroyers (NATO reporting name Luyang III class) will be fitted with the H/PJ-11 close-in weapon system (CIWS) instead of the smaller H/PJ-12 currently fitted on existing vessels of the class. The H/PJ-12 seven-barreled 30mm CIWS (sometimes referred as Type 730 which is the export designation.) is present on the first four destroyers in the series already commissioned (as well as on a few other hulls currently at various stages of completion). It is...
  • ASEAN deadlocked on South China Sea after Cambodia blocks statement

    07/24/2016 5:03:32 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    reuters ^ | 07/24/2016 | Manuel Mogato and Simon Webb
    Southeast Asian nations failed to find common ground on maritime disputes in the South China Sea on Sunday after Cambodia stuck to its demand the group make no reference to an international court ruling against Beijing in a statement, diplomats said. Foreign ministers from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) met for the first time since the U.N.-backed Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague handed an emphatic legal victory to the Philippines in the maritime dispute earlier this month. The ruling denied China's sweeping claims in the strategic seaway, through which more than $5 trillion in global...
  • Cloudy with the chance of a passing Chinese frigateÖ

    06/17/2016 1:46:19 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Navy News ^ | 17 June 2016
    HMS Somerset escorted the brand-new Chinese frigate Xiangtan through the Dover Strait as the Far Eastern warship made for Germany. During the several hours in company together, the Brits provided the Xiangtan with a weather forecast to help them on their way to Kiel for that cityís annual maritime spectacular. Picture: LA(Phot) Guy Pool SO AS a Brit, what do you do when you encounter a stranger and need to pass the time? Thatís right, you chat about the weather. HMS Somerset met up with brand-new Chinese warship Xiangtan and escorted the frigate through the Dover Strait as it headed...
  • A Glimpse Inside an Ultra-Modern Chinese Guided Missile Destroyer

    06/09/2016 4:49:43 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | Jun 7, 2016 | Kyle Mizokami
    China Defense Blog has republished a series of photos depicting life on one of China's most modern ships. The photos show a world not too different from western navies, albeit with more spartan living conditions. Hefei, a Type 052D guided missile destroyer, is roughly the equivalent of the U.S. Navy's Arleigh Burke-class destroyers. Displacing 7,000 tons, Hefei has a Type 346 phased-array radar system for detecting aerial threats. It's equipped with 64 HQ-9 "Red Banner" missiles, roughly comparable to the SM-2 standard surface-to-air missile system, eight YJ-62 anti-ship missiles, a single 130-millimeter dual purpose ship gun, two close-in weapon systems,...
  • CHINA'S NEW CARRIER GETS A SKI RAMP

    05/27/2016 5:11:30 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    Popular Science ^ | May 20, 2016 | Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer
    cjdby.net Type 001A Takes Shape The Type 001A carrier, likely to be named after a Chinese province, already has most of its hangar bay installed, the next major parts are the ski ramp, control tower island, and flight deck. China's first domestically built carrier, "Type 001A", is making brisk progress in its Dalian drydock. Tracing its design to the Soviet Admiral Kuznetsov class of aircraft carriers, the Type 001A will displace around 60,000-70,000 tons, is powered by steam turbines, and will carry between 30 and 40 helicopters and J-15 fighter jets. Type 001A first began construction in late 2014, and...
  • CHINA REFITS OLDER WARSHIPS FOR A BIGGER PUNCH

    04/30/2016 11:20:45 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 28 replies
    Popular Science ^ | April 29, 2016 | Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer
    Pinzgauer, at China Defense Forum 167 Shenzhen The Type 051B Destroyer, "167" Shenzhen, is shown here in its original configuation, including the forward HQ-7 SAM launcher and four 37mm anti-air turrets around its stern hangar. Until the Type 052C, it was China's largest indigenous surface warship. The Chinese Navy (PLAN) has been expanding its power with a series of new, more capable surface warships like the 052D guided missile destroyers (DDG) and 054A frigates, while preparing its Type 055 cruiser for a launch at decade's end. but equally notable is how it is also spending big bucks to update its...
  • China's PLAN Upgrading its Project 956E Destroyers with VLS and YJ-12A Anti-Ship Missiles

    04/15/2016 6:26:38 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 15 April 2016
    Recent images from China are showing two People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Project 956E Sovremennyy destroyers undergoing major refit and upgrade. It appears that the PLAN is upgrading its class of four destroyers (two 956E followed by two improved 956EM) acquired from Russia with domestic systems. Hangzhou (136) and Fuzhou (137) moored at the PLAN naval shipyard 4806 in Zhoushan. Hangzhou has many of its systems removed including the main gun, sensor and masts, missile launchers (both SAM and ASM). The pictures show first ship of the class Hangzhou (136) and Fuzhou (137) moored at the PLAN naval shipyard 4806...
  • Donald Trump's Unusual Plan to Lower the National Debt: Sell Off 19 Trillion In Government Assets

    04/03/2016 2:28:33 PM PDT · by drewh · 524 replies
    NBC News ^ | 4 hours ago | by ANNE THOMPSON and CHRISTINA COLEBURN
    As president, Donald Trump would sell off $16 trillion worth of U.S. government assets in order to fulfill his pledge to eliminate the national debt in eight years, senior adviser with the campaign Barry Bennett said. "The United States government owns more real estate than anybody else, more land than anybody else, more energy than anybody else," Bennett told Chris Jansing Sunday on MSNBC. "We can get rid of government buildings we're not using, we can extract the energy from government lands, we can do all kinds of things to extract value from the assets that we hold." In a...
  • Obama Refused to Authorize Plan to Overthrow Assad in 2012

    04/03/2016 11:31:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    PJ Media ^ | April 3, 2016 | Rick Moran
    Hindsight is 20-20 and examining events from the perspective of what could have or should have happened is usually an exercise in futility.Except when the stakes are high and the path that wasn't taken could have altered our current history.We've known for years that the CIA was urging President Obama to arm the largely secular Free Syrian Army in 2012 to give them a chance to overthrow President Bashar Assad of Syria. This was before Syria's use of chemical weapons, before the Islamic State broke away from al-Qaeda, and before the refugee situation that led to a mass exodus from...
  • China's PLAN Received about 200 Kh-59MK Anti-Ship Missiles for Su-30MK2 by end-2015

    03/21/2016 6:39:51 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Tass, Russia ^ | 21 March 2016
    China had received about 200 Kh-59MK (NATO reporting name: AS-13 Kingbolt) anti-ship missiles (ASM) by end-2015, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute`s (SIPRI) arms trasnfer database. A Kh-59MK2 test round is launched from a Su-30MK Flanker G. KnAAPO picture. The deliveries of Russian Kh-59MK missiles intended for Chinese Su-30MK2 (Flanker-G) multirole fighters started in 2008. As of end-late, China got about 200 Kh-59MKs. SIPRI emphasizes, that Chinese Armed Forces may have received both Kh-59MK and Kh-59MK2 modifications of the missile. Kh-59MK is an anti-ship missile developed by the Tactical Missiles Corporation (Russian acronym: KTRV) for Su-30 Sukhoi fighters....
  • Can China's 'Dreadnought' Tip the Naval Balance?

    03/18/2016 8:54:29 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 30 replies
    The National Interest ^ | March 19, 2016 | Lyle J. Goldstein
    As the U.S.-China naval rivalry unfolds across the Asia-Pacific, Washington sails with significant confidence through these turbulent waters. After all, the U.S. Navy still far exceeds the Chinese Navy in gross tonnage, retains the advantage in key domains such as submarine quieting, has a huge network of bases, and possesses loyal, highly motivated and strong allies to boot. Still, as this Dragon Eye column has pointed out in several instances, Beijing also has some reasons for confidence in this nascent rivalry. With respect to the territorial disputes on China’s maritime flank, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has an enviable level...
  • Why Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz's Tax Plans Generate More Growth than Donald Trump's

    03/04/2016 11:42:01 PM PST · by JediJones · 104 replies
    Tax Foundation ^ | 2/26/2016 | Alan Cole
    ...our model shows more growth from the Rubio and Cruz plans than the Trump plan, even though Trump proposed a larger cut: While Donald Trump largely opted for big rate reductions across the board, Rubio and Cruz made improvements to the structure of taxes, while cutting taxes by less overall. Senators Rubio and Cruz both put thought into the nature of the taxes that businesses pay. They noticed that the current way businesses are asked to calculate taxes creates a bias in the code. When a business builds something new, like, say, a new industrial lathe, that decision actually has...
  • China plans aircraft carrier battlegroups to protect offshore interests

    03/04/2016 1:23:50 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 29 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | Thursday, 03 March, 2016 | Zhen Liu
    China is building aircraft carrier battlegroups and plans to deploy them not only in the disputed East and South China seas, but also to protect the countryís overseas ≠interests. Rear Admiral Yin Zhuo, who served as a national political adviser and sits on the navyís advisory board on cybersecurity, told the state-run Xinhua News Agency that building aircraft carriers served to ďdefend Chinaís sovereignty of the islands and reefs, maritime rights and overseas ≠interestsĒ. The defence ministry confirmed this year that China was building its second aircraft carrier, its first wholly home-made one. Xinhua mentioned Chinaís growing interests overseas, including...
  • Is this China's message to the US? Chinese missile frigate enters service in East China Sea

    02/25/2016 10:58:01 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | Thursday, 25 February, 2016 | Zhen Liu
    The Chinese navy has put into service a domestic-made advanced missile frigate in the East China Sea, upgrading the force‚Äôs combat capabilities amid rising maritime tensions. Xiangtan, named after Mao Zedong‚Äôs hometown, entered service with the East Sea Fleet on Wednesday in Zhoushan, Zhejiang province. The Type 054A frigate, which has a displacement of more than 4,000 tonnes, has long range surveillance and strong air defence capabilities, according to state news agency Xinhua. The news came a day after a senior US military official said China was ‚Äúmilitarising‚ÄĚ the South China Sea. Although the new ship will be stationed in...
  • What War With China Would Look Like

    02/10/2016 8:25:44 PM PST · by Zhang Fei · 61 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11:11 AM 01/28/2016 | David Archibald
    It will be a small-scale rerun of the island hopping of the Pacific campaign of World War 2. This campaign will start with the air base on Mischief Reef, 250 km west of Palawan. This puts it in range of ATACMS missiles with a range of 300 km. The United States has possibly some 2,000 of these in stock. The amphibious attack on Mischief Reef will be associated with the suppression of the airfields on Subi Reef and Fiery Cross Reef. From Mischief Reef, it is then on to the airfield on Subi Reef and then all the other island...
  • China's 2nd aircraft carrier to focus more on military operations

    01/04/2016 5:42:06 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    hina's second aircraft carrier, which is now under construction, will focus more on military operations training and technological experiments to improve its defence systems as the 2.3 million strong People's Liberation Army (PLA) undergoes massive revamp. "This aircraft carrier will have different missions than those for the Liaoning (the country's first aircraft carrier)," said Senior Captain Zhang Junshe with the PLA Naval Military Studies Research Institute. "We use the (the first carrier) Liaoning to test the reliability and compatibility of systems on carriers, and to train personnel. The second carrier will mainly do what a genuine aircraft carrier is supposed...
  • Analysis: Trump tax plan would cost $9.5 trillion ('unsustainable deficits')

    12/22/2015 4:29:36 PM PST · by Libloather · 64 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/22/15 | Naomi Jagoda
    Donald Trump's tax plan would lower federal revenue by $9.5 trillion in its first decade and benefit the wealthy the most, an analysis released Tuesday found. The Republican presidential candidate's plan, released in September, calls for lowering the top individual tax rate to 25 percent from 39.6 percent and the corporate tax rate to 15 percent from 35 percent. The plan would cut the amount of money coming into the federal government. Most of the revenue loss would come from the tax cuts for individuals, but $3.5 trillion of the loss would come from business income tax cuts, the Urban-Brookings...
  • First Details on Likely Future Type 75 LHD for PLAN Showed Up on China Government Website

    12/03/2015 4:41:02 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 03 December 2015
    The first details on a future landing helicopter dock (LHD) amphibious assault ship for the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) may have emerged on a government website in China. Poster showing an LHD design on CSOC (China Shipbuilding & Offshore International Company) stand during AAD 2014 in South Africa An article published on an official website of the Shanghai communist party mentions a company, Hudong Heavy Machinery Co., LTD (member of CSSC China State Shipbuilding Corporation, the largest shipbuilding group in China) that has been contracted to built "16PC2-6B" diesel engines for a new project of amphibious assault ship. The...
  • China Launched its 8th Type 052D Destroyer while the 4th Started Sea Trials with PLAN

    11/29/2015 8:37:22 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 29 November 2015
    Based on several pictures that have been released by Chinese spotters, it appears that the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) fourth Type 052D (NATO reporting name Luyang III class) destroyer started sea trials. In the meantime, another Type 052D was launched on November 28th. It is the 8th vessel in the class and the first one launched at the Dalian naval shipyard (Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company member of CSIC - China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation). The fourth Type 052D Destroyer seen during sea trials. Chinese spotter photo published November 22 2015. The first vessel of of the class,...
  • Ted Cruz releases immigration plan: Suspend issuance of H-1B visas for six months,

    11/13/2015 7:24:51 PM PST · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | November 13, 2015 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    I can't possibly summarize the whole thing, as there's lots of detail. You should read it yourself, with the promise that you'll find plenty to like. Border wall? Check. Biometric screening system at points of entry? Check. An end to sanctuary cities? Checkity check. Criminalizing visa overstays? Yep, that too. Strengthening E-Verify? Oh yeah. Nary an enforcement mechanism is left unmentioned. But it's not the provisions on illegal immigration that people are buzzing about on social media. It's what Cruz has to say about legal immigration. Isn't he the guy who called for vastly expanding the cap on H-1B visas...
  • Chinese naval ships to visit Florida port

    11/03/2015 7:46:35 AM PST · by PAR35 · 7 replies
    CNN ^ | November 2, 2015 | Heather Goldin
    Three Chinese naval ships are scheduled to visit Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville, Florida, Tuesday as part of a routine goodwill port visit. The ships are expected to arrive following visits to ports in Europe. ... Last month, Chinese navy ship Zheng He visited Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii.
  • Ted Cruz's Tax Plan: Creating Jobs And Economic Growth

    11/03/2015 6:04:03 AM PST · by St_Thomas_Aquinas · 25 replies
    IBD ^ | 11/02/2015 | LEWIS K. UHLER AND PETER J. FERRARA
    The tax-reform proposal unveiled by Ted Cruz last week is as transformative, intellectually dominating and economically and politically revolutionary for 2016 as Kemp-Roth was in 1980. Indeed, even more so. Cruz's plan would scrap the current income tax code and replace it with a simple, single, flat rate of 10%, to be paid by everybody on everything ‚ÄĒ wages, profits, capital gains, dividends, rent, interest and all forms of individual income. No one would be able to claim that billionaires pay lower tax rates than their secretaries or that the system is rigged to favor the rich over the middle...
  • Internal Memo: Bush Wins Because Voters Have ‚ÄėAttention-Deficit Disorder‚Äô

    10/31/2015 9:17:12 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 32 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | October 29, 2015 | J. Christian
    A leaked internal Jeb Bush campaign memo says Republican voters suffer from attention-deficit disorder. It offers 112 pages of reasons that Jeb Bush will survive recent problems and was aimed at wobbly supporters. In fact, the reference to Republican voters having A.D.D. appears multiple times in the leaked internal campaign memo. Another instance: The 112-page PDF document was leaked after the campaign released selective portions after meetings with supporters begging them to maintain support for Jeb Bush. The full memo can be read here. LEAKED FULL 112 PAGE INTERNAL MEMO http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/2490797-jeb.html#document/p112
  • Jeb Bush's Campaign Blueprint ("A 112-page internal document ...)

    10/29/2015 4:06:15 PM PDT · by maggief · 57 replies
    US News ^ | October 29, 2015 | David Catanese
    A 112-page internal document provided to U.S. News includes more dirt on Marco Rubio, Iowa vote goals and a January advertising plan. Even before Jeb Bush's uninspiring debate performance Wednesday night, his sputtering presidential campaign was working to prevent defections. Bush's top lieutenants convened with donors in sopping wet Houston on Monday to calm their fears and retrench for the unforgiving haul ahead. After the confab, Bush's team distributed a 45-page PowerPoint presentation to select reporters, summarizing an optimistic view of the race, touting the Republican candidate's cash and organization, and assuring supporters that early polls are rarely indicative of...
  • Chinese Warships To Visit Florida As U.S. Sailors Get A Tour Of China's Carrier

    10/23/2015 6:04:26 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | October 22, 2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    A trio of Chinese Navy vessels that are making an around-the-world trip will be visiting Mayport, Florida on November 3rd through the 7th. This visit comes as tensions are increasing between U.S. and China over the South China Sea, with the Navy ready to sail within Chinaís man-made islands claim on disputed territorial waters. The three ships involved with the visit include the Type 052C Luyang II class guided-missile destroyer named Jinan. The 052C Luyang II class is roughly analogous to an Australian Hobart Class destroyer, not necessarily in raw capability but in general configuration. The Hobart Class is roughly...
  • A new Chinese anti-ship ballistic missile is bad news for US aircraft carriers

    10/21/2015 6:32:15 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 50 replies
    Business Insider ^ | October 21, 2015 | Jeremy Bender
    No piece of hardware epitomizes US military might like an aircraft carrier. Capable of carrying over 60 planes, these hulking vessels allow the US to project power around the world while checking the potentially destabilizing behavior of rival governments. But that balance might be starting to shift in East Asia, an area of increasing strategic concern to the US. In a time when China wants full control of the disputed South China Sea, Beijing has developed a potential carrier-killer: an anti-ship missile called the Dong Feng-21 (CSS-5) that could deal catastrophic damage to US vessels. Because of the missiles, the...
  • What China Has Been Buildingin the South China Sea

    10/17/2015 8:39:14 AM PDT · by Baynative · 38 replies
    NYT interactive ^ | July 30, 2015 updated September 23, 2015 | Derek Watkins
    The speed and scale of Chinaís island-building spree have alarmed other countries with interests in the region. China announced in June that the creation of islands ó moving sediment from the seafloor to a reef ó would soon be completed. Since then, China has focused its efforts on construction. So far the country has built port facilities, military buildings and an airstrip on the islands, and recent imagery shows evidence of two more airstrips under construction. The installations bolster Chinaís foothold in the Spratly Islands, a disputed scattering of reefs and islands in the South China Sea more than 500...
  • India, U.S., Japan kick off naval drills likely to annoy China

    10/15/2015 4:05:22 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Oct 12, 2015 11:24am EDT | Sanjeev Miglani
    India, Japan and the United States will hold joint naval exercises each year, Indian government sources said on Monday, as the three countries kicked off the first such drills in the Bay of Bengal in eight years, a move likely to concern China.
  • Sailing in South China Sea not provocative, U.S. says

    10/15/2015 4:12:06 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Oct 15, 2015 4:28am EDT | Tim Kelly and Megha Rajagopalan
    U.S. naval vessels sailing through international waters in the South China Sea, including areas claimed by China, cannot be considered provocative, the U.S. Navy's most senior uniformed officer said on Thursday, while a Chinese newspaper called for a firm response to any "unscrupulous" U.S. behavior. China has overlapping claims with Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei in the South China Sea, through which $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year. Beijing has warned it will not stand for violations of its territorial waters in the name of freedom of navigation. The United States says international law prohibits claiming...
  • Chinaís Shoddy, Noisy Nuclear Submarines

    10/08/2015 10:48:08 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 32 replies
    THE NATIONAL INTEREST ^ | October 7, 2015 | Dave Majumdar
    Over the past two decades, the Peopleís Republic of China has made great advances in its military capabilities. However, it still lags woefully behind in developing nuclear-powered submarines. The problem for the Chinese is that they lack the necessary quieting and propulsion technologies to build anything remotely comparable to an American or Russian nuclear submarine. Even the newest Chinese Jin-class ballistic nuclear missile submarines and improved Shang-class nuclear attack submarines are louder than 1970s-era Soviet-built Victor III-class attack submarine or the Delta III-class boomer, according to the U.S. Navyís Office of Naval Intelligence. In fact, even Chinaís forthcoming Type 95...
  • The GOPe Plan If You Remove Donald TrumpÖ.

    10/07/2015 7:25:37 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 17 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | 10-7-2015 | sundance
    As the weeks go by it is becoming increasingly apparent that a profound disconnect exists amid a very large portion of the current year electorate regarding the goals and objectives of the apparatus we call the GOPe. ADVERTISEMENT The group within the Republican party apparatus affectionately known as the ďestablishmentĒ, or GOPe, does not now Ė nor do they ever Ė consider the progressive side of the political continuum, Democrats, as their enemy. The enemy of the GOPe is the conservative base within the republican party. If the GOPe lose a presidential election to a progressive democrat nothing amid their...
  • Lawmakers: U.S. plan for Internet may be unconstitutional

    09/29/2015 6:02:58 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 10 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 09/28/15 | Rudy Takala
    President Obama's plan to "internationalize" the Internet may be unconstitutional, key members of Congress are claiming. The group of lawmakers sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office last week, saying the plan to relinquish oversight of Internet domain name functions to a global, multi-stakeholder body raised questions about the administration's "authority to transfer possession and control of critical components of the Internet's infrastructure to a third party." The letter was signed by the chairmen of both congressional judiciary committees, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va; presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif....
  • Full Press Conference: Donald Trump Unveils His Tax Plan (9-28-15)

    09/28/2015 9:45:16 AM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 25 replies
    YouTube ^ | 150928 | Donald Trump
    Visit https://www.donaldjtrump.com/position... to see the full plan September 28, 2015: At Trump Tower in New York City
  • Five Chinese Ships

    09/12/2015 6:48:53 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 14 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/12/15 | Jim Emerson
    This week five Chinese navy ships have been spotted in the Bering Sea. In a bold and ambitious move, the Peopleís Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) sent five ships in a show of force off the waters of Alaska during Barack Hussein Obamaís visit. The Pentagon confirmed the PLA Navy presence in the narrow passage between Russia and Alaska. The sighting marks the first time the Chinese military was in the arctic region. (1) (2) The PLAN is the naval warfare branch of the Peopleís Liberation Army, the national armed forces of the Peopleís Republic of China. Established in 1950, it...
  • Chinese Animators Envision a Future Asia-Pacific Waróand Blow Up the Internet

    09/10/2015 6:19:12 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    COUNCIL on FOREIGN RELATIONS ^ | September 3, 2015 | Lauren Dickey
    An enemy surface ship, almost surely part of a U.S. carrier strike group, comes under Chinese attack in a newly released military propaganda film. (ďBattle to Capture an Island: a Full View of Chinese Military Strength,Ē Tencent and Visions Media, September 3, 2015) Alongside the military spectacle that passed through Tiananmen Square in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, the Chinese media conglomerate Tecent also released a new computer-generated video, ďBattle to Capture an Island: a Full View of Chinese Military Strength.Ē Available via the social media platform QQ, the five-minute video appears to...
  • New York Times Ė Top Republican / GOP Strategists Planning Coordinated Destroy Trump CampaignÖ

    09/04/2015 3:38:41 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 91 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | 9-4-2015 | sundance
    There is a solid argument to be made that forcing Donald Trump to sign the Republican Pledge was step one in this RNC/GOPe strategy. Heís now locked in the Thunderdome! When you fully understand the scope of how the Republican National Committee organized the entire road map to elect Jeb Bush, you begin to understand why Reince Priebus needed to lock the door behind Trump before unleashing the thugs upon him. Hundreds of millions will be spent on this RNC/GOPe effort to destroy Trump. It will be unlike any scorched earth campaign ever witnessed. The brutality of the intended targeting...
  • China Building 2 Aircraft Carriers in Secret Project: Report

    09/03/2015 10:37:14 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 03, 2015
    TAIPEI: China is building two aircraft carriers that will be the same size as its sole carrier, a 60,000-tonne refurbished Soviet-era ship, according to a new Taiwanese Defence Ministry report on the capabilities of the People's Liberation Army (PLA). Little is known about China's aircraft carrier programme, which is a state secret, although Chinese state media have hinted new vessels are being built. The Pentagon, in a report earlier this year, said Beijing could build multiple aircraft carriers over the next 15 years. One of the new vessels is being built in Shanghai and the other in the northeastern city...
  • Graham: Trump's immigration plan is 'stupid' and 'illegal'

    08/25/2015 12:34:08 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 98 replies
    Politico ^ | 08/25/15 | Nick Gass
    Lindsey Graham excoriated Republican presidential rival Donald Trump on Tuesday morning for his immigration plan, calling it both ďstupidĒ and ďillegal.Ē In an interview with ďFox & Friends,Ē Graham addressed Trumpís immigration proposal, which would call for the mass deportation of undocumented immigrants, revoke birthright citizenship from the children of immigrants who came to the United States illegally and call for the construction of a wall along the United Statesí 1,900-mile long border with Mexico. ďWell, Donald Trumpís plan on immigration is stupid,Ē the South Carolina senator said. ďItís illegal.Ē If you try to deport American-born children of immigrants who...
  • Photo report: 24 Hours Aboard a PLAN (Chinese Navy) Type 052C Luyang II class Destroyer

    08/07/2015 6:30:27 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 07 August 2015
    Journalists from a Chinese naval magazine were able to spent some time aboard People's Liberation Army Navy's (PLAN or Chinese Navy) Type 052C Destroyer Changchun (hull numer 150). They published an interesting photo report with one picture every hour during an entire day (24 hours) showing the life of the crew on board a PLAN destroyer. Pictures were taken in July 2015 while the vessel was deployed in the western Pacific ocean. Type 052C (Luyang II class) Destroyer Changchun (hull number 150) is the third vessel of the class The Type 052C destroyer (NATO designation Luyang II class) is a...
  • THE MAN WITH A PLAN: DONALD TRUMPíS 5-PART STRATEGY TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN

    08/05/2015 12:00:44 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 85 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 2015
    Excerpts: In Trump's 2011 bestseller, Time to Get Tough: Making America #1 Again, he explained in great detail the bills and reforms he says will revitalize the American economy, generate jobs, and strengthen and restore Americaís standing on the international stage. Five of Donald Trumpís solutions for turning the nation around. 1. Foreign Interventions Must Require Cost-Sharing Plans to Reduce U.S. Costs and Guarantee Veterans and Their Families Are Protected 2. Pass NOPEC Legislation to Break OPECís Grip on Energy Prices 3. Crack Down on Chinaís Currency Manipulation by Calculating Taxes on Imports Based on How Much a Manufacturing Countryís...
  • Report: Obamaís Climate Plan Will Shrink Coal Industry By 48 Percent Regulations to cost

    08/04/2015 2:44:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 32 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 8/4/15 | Elizabeth Harrington
    President Barack Obamaís plan targeting coal-burning power plants will cost a quarter of a million jobs and shrink the coal industry by nearly half, according to a new report by the American Action Forum (AAF). The president released final regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Monday, which require every state to meet strict emission standards for coal-burning power plants in the next 15 years. The so-called ďClean Power PlanĒ will cost the industry $8.4 billion, nearly 10 times more expensive than the most burdensome regulation released this year, according to AAF, a center-right think tank led by Douglas...
  • Living in the danger zone as ANZUS is re-evaluated (Australia-New Zealand-United States treaty)

    07/15/2015 3:59:59 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies
    The Australian ^ | 15th July 2015 | Brendan Nicholson
    Australians have been delivered a timely warning they may be entering an era of significant strategic shifts and they should not take for granted three crucial relationships. One is with our closest military ally, the US, which we presume will always be there to help defend us. Another is with the worldís most populous Muslim nation, ≠Indonesia, which is growing and changing fast on our doorstep. The third leg of what has been in recent history a sturdy triumvirate of friendships is China, but a new report suggests the possibility of an uncertain future with the unthinkable catastrophe of a...