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  • China close to finishing airstrip on reclaimed South China Sea island

    Runway could be used for military purposes, US think tank says Johnson South Reef features a small port and two helipads. China has nearly finished building an airstrip that could be used for military purposes on one of its biggest artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea, according to satellite images released by a US think tank yesterday. The Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) said images taken on June 28 by DigitalGlobe showed China had almost completed the construction of a 3,000-metre airstrip at Fiery Cross Reef, which China calls Yongshu Reef. The defence ministry refused to...
  • China's "Ancestral" Claim to South China Sea Islands (Video)

    07/01/2015 1:31:49 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 6 replies
    China Uncensored ^ | Jul 1, 2015
    China has vowed to never back down from its aggressive territorial expansion into the South China Sea because it would shame their ancestors. What their ancestors would say about angering all their neighbors by building fake islands in the middle of the ocean is still unknown. China is locked in territorial conflicts with the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, and Malaysia over what amounts to $5 trillion dollars a year in shipping lanes. And sharing does not seem to be an option.
  • Why China has the upper hand in the South China Sea

    06/03/2015 9:21:25 AM PDT · by Theoria · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | 03 June 2015 | Barry C. Lynn
    Washington’s failure in recent years to keep careful watch over what goods are made where — especially when it comes to such vital items as electronics and drugs — means the United States now depends far more on China than vice versa. Back in the 1990s, advocates of liberalizing U.S. trade with China said economic interdependence would inevitably lead to peaceful coexistence. But one-sided dependencies invite adventurism, as China’s growing belligerence today proves. Washington must now address the fundamental flaws in the international trade system that gave China such a big advantage. The White House claims the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership...
  • Why China’s Air Force Needs Russia's SU-35

    05/31/2015 10:12:33 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | June 01, 2015 | Jesse Sloman and Lauren Dickey
    Last April, Chinese airplane manufacturer Shenyang Aircraft Corporation surprised military observers by test flying its new J-11D fighter jet, an upgraded version of the J-11, China’s indigenous copy of the Russian Su-27. The D-model J-11 is believed to include such advanced features as an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, a relocated infrared search and track (IRST) system, and the expanded use of composite materials to reduce the plane’s weight and radar signature. This first flight indicates that the J-11D is further along in its development cycle than many experts predicted and is poised to provide a new and deadly...
  • China Says It Could Set Up Air Defense Zone in South China Sea

    05/31/2015 8:27:53 AM PDT · by McGruff · 11 replies
    NY Times ^ | MAY 31, 2015 | Edward Wong
    A Chinese admiral said on Sunday that Beijing could set up an air defense zone above disputed areas of the South China Sea if it felt it was facing a large enough threat, according to Chinese news media. Adm. Sun Jianguo, deputy chief of staff of the People’s Liberation Army, told a regional security forum in Singapore that China had not said it would defintely create a so-called air defense identification zone, but that any decision would be based on an aerial threat assessment and the general security situation. He also said other nations should not overemphasize the issue.
  • Beijing’s Top Envoy Warns U.S. Against ‘Anti-China’ Alliances

    05/29/2015 5:48:43 AM PDT · by McGruff · 11 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | May 29, 2015 | ADAM Z. HORVATH
    China’s ambassador to the U.S. warned Washington against “anti-China” alliances and a “Cold War mentality” as Beijing continued to ramp up its objections to U.S. military activity in the South China Sea in advance of a weekend meeting of defense chiefs from the U.S. and Asia.
  • US Senator McCain wants to arm Vietnam in case of 'crisis' with China

    05/29/2015 11:31:18 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 35 replies
    CNA/kk ^ | 30 May 2015 | Jack Board
    US Republican Senator John McCain has called for the gradual removal of the country's lethal arms embargo on Vietnam "as soon as possible". Senator McCain made the remarks on Saturday (May 30) on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Dialogue, arguing that Vietnam needs to be given the means to further deter "assertive behaviour" by Beijing in the South China Sea. "We'd like to see them have great capability, particularly with weapons that are defensive in nature, that could be used in the case of a crisis situation between Vietnam and China," he said.
  • China is putting weapons on its artificial islands in the South China Sea

    05/28/2015 1:02:18 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 47 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/28/15 | John Garnaut, David Wroe
    Diplomatic tensions surrounding disputed territories in the South China Sea could escalate dramatically following reports China is now putting weapons on its artificial islands in the area. Australia’s defence force is considering joining the U.S. in flying and sailing “freedom of navigation” missions over the disputed territory, where China has been building islands by dragging sand from a reef and piling it up to create structures now being monitored by satellites. Fairfax Media reports the Australian fly-over expeditions may occur as a result of heightened concerns that China is enhancing its military capabilities and reach across the maritime expanse.
  • In Other News, China Warns War Is Inevitable

    05/28/2015 9:37:26 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 28, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    The power vacuum created by the Obama administration’s withdrawal from world leadership and resistance to tyranny is not only being filled by the Islamic State and its terrorist affiliates like Boko Haram and state sponsors of terror like soon-to-be nuclear Iran but also by an increasingly belligerent and resurgent China. China’s State Council, the Communist giant’s version of our cabinet, has issued a policy paper declaring that Beijing is facing “a grave and complex array of security threats” that forces it to switch its strategy from defense to offense and that as a result China will increase its “open seas...
  • China Warns of ‘Inevitable’ War with US Over South China Sea

    05/27/2015 9:58:38 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 27 replies
    Defense One ^ | 5-26-2015 | lily Kug
    After Chinese state media warned that war with the United States may be “inevitable,” Beijing has published a policy paper detailing how the military will shift its focus from land and coastlines to the open seas. China’s State Council released a white paper today that criticizes “external countries…busy meddling in South China Sea affairs” and sets out an “active defense” military strategy for the country. The paper comes a day after an editorial (link in Chinese) in the state-run Chinese tabloid Global Times said conflict between China and the US will be unavoidable if the Washington doesn’t lay off Beijing...
  • China Predicts War with US over Spratly Islands

    05/27/2015 10:08:15 PM PDT · by Altenkrug · 76 replies
    yournewswire.com ^ | May 26, 2015
    A Chinese state owned newspaper warns of a conflict with the US, unless Washington stops demanding that China halts land reclamation and construction projects in the South China Sea. The Global Times says ‘War is inevitable’ unless the US backs down on Chinese land reclamation and the consequent rights to territorial boundaries of such man made islands. The islands that are man-made are in disputed waters of several regional nations. Some of these nations have close ties with the United States. The US maintains that it is also maintaining the free passage of the waters of the South China Sea for all...
  • US affirms ‘ironclad’ promise to defend Philippines

    05/27/2015 7:03:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told his Philippine counterpart on Wednesday that Washington's pledge to defend the Pacific nation remains "ironclad" and called for an end to land reclamation in the South China Sea, officials said. In talks in Hawaii with Voltaire Gazmin, Philippine secretary of national defense, the Pentagon chief "reaffirmed" the strong ties between the two countries and discussed territorial disputes in the contested waters of the South China Sea, where Beijing has been at loggerheads with the Philippines and other states in the region. Citing Washington's mutual defense treaty with Manila, Carter "stressed that the US commitment...
  • Vietnam, Japan vow to enhance air defense cooperation

    05/27/2015 6:45:48 PM PDT · by Army Air Corps · 17 replies
    Tuoi Tre News ^ | 26 May 2015
    Visiting Chief of Staff of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force General Harukazu Saito and his Vietnamese host have agreed to intensify air defense cooperation between their two countries. The agreement was made between General Saito and Senior Lieutenant General Do Ba Ty, Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army, at their talks in Hanoi on May 25, according to the Vietnam News Agency. The Vietnamese official told his guest that the bilateral cooperation can be strengthened through sharing experience in aviation safety, disaster response, and rescue, as well as thorough exchanges of delegations at all levels. He...
  • Vietnam to receive two more Gepard-class warships soon: gov’t site

    05/27/2015 5:39:02 PM PDT · by Army Air Corps · 27 replies
    Tuoi Tre News ^ | 25 May 2015
    The Vietnam People's Navy will soon get their hands on two new Gepard-class 3.9 frigates, the third and fourth of their kind which Russia has built for the Southeast Asian country, as the shipbuilder has just completed them, government website chinhphu.vn reported, quoting Russian media. >> An audio version of the story is available hereRussia has finished the construction of the two frigates for the Vietnamese navy, Russian news website Sputnik quoted Rafi Fatychow, spokesman for the Zelenodolsk shipyard, as saying last week. Weapons will be installed on the two warships soon, Fatychow said at a forum on the maritime...
  • Who Would Win A Conflict In The South China Sea: The Infographic

    05/27/2015 12:02:55 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 63 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 05/27/15
    Now, with Beijing set to enforce what is effectively a no-fly zone over its new sovereign ‘territory’ we bring you the following graphic from WSJ which shows that when it comes to sheer size, China’s air force and Navy are beyond compare. China’s promise to beef up its naval capabilities to prevent further “meddling” and “provocative actions” by rivals in the South China Sea is a daunting prospect for most of its neighbors, which already view Beijing’s fast-improving armed forces with trepidation... As a recent Pentagon review of China’s military modernization drive noted, “China is investing in capabilities designed to...
  • Behind the scenes: A secret Navy flight over China's military buildup

    05/26/2015 11:01:06 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | Updated 8:09 AM ET, Tue May 26, 2015 | Jim Sciutto, Chief National Security Correspondent
    Above the South China Sea (CNN)Take-off is swift on the U.S. Navy's P8-A Poseidon -- there's no slow roll down the runway on military flights -- and within minutes, the turquoise blue of the South China Sea comes into view from the window of America's most advanced surveillance and sub-hunting aircraft. The P8 crew, composed of more than a dozen naval aviators, invited me into the cockpit to watch and to listen. CNN last week first reported on this secret surveillance mission, which eight times received warnings from the Chinese navy to leave the contested area. This is a behind-the-scenes...
  • Philippines to fly over disputed South China Sea: Aquino

    05/25/2015 7:29:31 AM PDT · by DFG · 10 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 05/25/2015 | AFP
    Philippine military and commercial aircraft will keep flying over disputed areas in the South China Sea despite Chinese warnings over the airspace, President Benigno Aquino said on Monday. "We will still fly the routes that we fly based on the international law from the various conventions we entered into," Aquino told reporters when asked whether the Philippines accepted China's position. The Chinese military last week ordered a US Navy P-8 Poseidon surveillance plane away from airspace above the disputed Spratly islands in the South China Sea.
  • China state paper warns of war over South China Sea unless U.S. backs down

    05/25/2015 6:24:13 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 18 replies
    A Chinese state-owned newspaper said on Monday that "war is inevitable" between China and the United States over the South China Sea unless Washington stops demanding Beijing halt the building of artificial islands in the disputed waterway. The Global Times, an influential nationalist tabloid owned by the ruling Communist Party's official newspaper the People's Daily, said in an editorial that China was determined to finish its construction work, calling it the country's "most important bottom line".
  • U.S.-China Dispute Heats Up in South China Sea

    05/20/2015 4:31:43 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 7 replies
    Yahoo . com ^ | 2:48 minutes | WSJ Live
    China has condemned a U.S. military plan to send aircraft and Navy vessels to the South China Sea in light of China’s territorial claims. WSJ’s Julian Barnes explains. Photo: Getty Images https://screen.yahoo.com/u-china-dispute-heats-south-132704933.html
  • Turning a New Leaf in Relations: Russia’s Renewed Arms Sale to China

    01/29/2011 4:44:05 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Jamestown Foundation ^ | January 28, 2011 | Stephen Blank
    Turning a New Leaf in Relations: Russia’s Renewed Arms Sale to China Publication: China Brief Volume: 11 Issue: 2January 28, 2011 By: Stephen Blank Tensions in the arms sales relationship between Russia and China have been visibly on the rise in recent years. Yet, in November 2010, Moscow and Beijing announced a large new package of arms sales that appear to have turned a new leaf in this relationship. Much of the tension stemmed from the Chinese defense industry's practice of reverse engineering Russian weapons technology, indigenizing it and then reselling it in third party markets in competition with Moscow....
  • U.S. vows to continue patrols after China warns spy plane

    05/21/2015 11:44:16 PM PDT · by shove_it · 12 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | 21 May 2015
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States vowed on Thursday to keep up air and sea patrols in international waters after the Chinese navy repeatedly warned a U.S. surveillance plane to leave the airspace over artificial islands China is creating in the disputed South China Sea. The Chinese navy issued eight warnings to the crew of a U.S. P8-A Poseidon, the U.S. military's most advanced surveillance aircraft, when it conducted the overflights on Wednesday, according to CNN, which was aboard the U.S. aircraft. When the American pilots responded by saying the plane was flying through international airspace, a Chinese radio operator...
  • China cautions U.S. Navy on patrols in South China Sea

    05/21/2015 8:27:27 PM PDT · by iowamark · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | May 14, 2015 | Brad Lendon and Jim Sciutto
    The U.S. is considering deploying aircraft and ships to contest Chinese claims to disputed islands in the South China Sea, U.S. officials said Wednesday. Options are on the table to fly surveillance aircraft and sail Navy ships nearby in a move that puts the U.S. directly into a contentious territorial contest in East Asia, in which, until now, the U.S. has avoided overtly taking sides. The South China Sea is the subject of numerous rival -- often messy -- territorial claims, with China, Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam disputing sovereignty of several island chains and nearby waters. China...
  • Exclusive: China warns U.S. surveillance plane

    05/20/2015 3:22:06 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 32 replies
    CNN ^ | 05-20-2015 | By Jim Sciutto, Chief National Security Correspondent
    Above the South China Sea (CNN)The Chinese navy issued warnings eight times as a U.S. surveillance plane on Wednesday swooped over islands that Beijing is using to extend its zone of influence. Seeking to further challenge China's military build-up in the South China Sea, the plane conducted a reconnaissance mission over a contested military installation being constructed on a manmade series of islands. A CNN team was given exclusive access to fly onboard the P8-A Poseidon, America's most advanced surveillance and submarine-hunting aircraft, as it flew over the islands. READ: China cautions U.S. Navy on patrols The U.S. is considering...
  • FOREIGN OWNERSHIP OF US DEBT RISES; CHINA RECLAIMS TOP SPOT

    05/16/2015 5:28:04 AM PDT · by 9thLife · 16 replies
    AP ^ | May 15, 4:26 PM EDT | BY CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Foreign holdings of U.S. debt rose in March as China ramped up its purchases and displaced Japan as the leading owner of U.S. Treasury securities. The Treasury Department says overseas ownership of U.S. debt rose 2.1 percent in March to $6.18 trillion. That is below January's record of $6.22 trillion. China added $37.3 billion ... bringing its stockpile to $1.26 trillion... ahead of Japan, which added just $2.5 billion...to $1.23 trillion. ... The U.S. deficit topped $1 trillion from 2009 through 2012. Foreign governments...account for two-thirds of the foreign holdings...rose 1 percent from the previous month to...
  • China Retakes Top Spot as the Biggest Foreign Owner of U.S. Debt

    05/16/2015 7:45:29 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 6 replies
    Wall St. J ^ | May 16, 2015 | IAN TALLEY
    China Retakes Top Spot as the Biggest Foreign Owner of U.S. Debt By IAN TALLEY It was a short-lived domination. After just a month of being the top holder of U.S. Treasury debt, Japan has once again been pushed into the No.2 slot as China bulked up on Uncle Sam’s bonds and notes. As we noted last month – and several times before that – Treasury’s data is a rough guesstimate. That makes it hard for analysts sifting through the obscure sheaves of digital data to glean anything but rough trends. It also makes it difficult to draw precise conclusions....
  • China urges Pentagon to 'rationally' view military strength

    05/16/2015 6:37:09 PM PDT · by robowombat · 19 replies
    China Daily ^ | 2015-05-11 09:08
    BEIJING - China's Foreign Ministry on Sunday voiced strong opposition to a Pentagon report on China's military development and security, calling on the US to have "an objective and rational understanding" of China's military strength. "We urge the US to abandon its Cold War mindset, take off its colored glasses, and have an objective and rational understanding of China's military development," spokeswoman Hua Chunying said, referring to a report released on Saturday by US Department of Defense. She called on the US to stop issuing such biased report and refrain from any words and deeds that undermine bilateral relations and...
  • China expected to send 'clear message' over South China Sea

    05/16/2015 6:33:23 PM PDT · by robowombat · 7 replies
    World Affairs Journal ^ | 2015-05-15 20:37 | MO JINGXI
    China expected to send 'clear message' over South China Sea Updated: 2015-05-15 20:37 By MO JINGXI Observers said China should send a clear message over its stance on the South China Sea issue during weekend talks with visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry, after Washington's increasingly tough approach towards China. They made the suggestion against the background of growing tensions in the South China Sea. Kerry is due to visit China Saturday and Sunday to prepare for the annual US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, which will be held in Washington in late June, and for President Xi Jinping's September...
  • MH370 search discovers a shipwreck not the missing plane

    05/13/2015 1:46:03 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 18 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 13th May 2015
    THE $90 million search for MH370 has discovered “man made objects” almost four kilometres under the surface of the southern Indian Ocean, but they are not the missing Boeing 777. Instead the debris is thought to be from an ancient shipwreck, comprising an anchor and other items. Australian Transport Safety Bureau Operational Search Director Peter Foley said they were “obviously disappointed” the discovery was not the missing aircraft.
  • US says China is expanding its outposts in South China Sea

    02/26/2015 9:15:51 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 26, 2015 11:58 AM EST
    The director of national intelligence for the United States says China is expanding and accelerating its buildup of outposts in the South China Sea. James Clapper tells the Senate Armed Services Committee that those outposts now include stationing for ships and potential airfields. …
  • What is China Building in the South China Sea?

    02/24/2015 7:39:01 AM PST · by CMB_polarization · 37 replies
    Bellingcat ^ | ea? February 22, 2015 | Ethan Rosen
    "...Over the past year, China’s Spratly outposts have been systematically undergoing a process known as “land reclamation,” where dedicated dredging vessels dig up sediment from the sea and dump it on top of submerged reefs to make islands. China has already built five islands through reclamation, and at least two additional islands are in the early stages of development. China is not the first claimant to reclaim land – Malaysia’s Swallow Reef and several Vietnamese islands have been artificially built or extended – but China’s reclamation efforts are operating at a larger scale than any previous project. Already, the artificial...
  • Chinese Approaching Arms Dominance, Pentagon Warns

    01/30/2015 10:55:57 AM PST · by raptor22 · 55 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 30 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Arms Buildup: A senior weapons developer tells Congress that Beijing's massive defense buildup, emphasizing precision-guided and other advanced weapons, has placed the U.S. and its shrinking military at serious risk. 'I am very concerned about the increasing risk of loss of U.S. military technological superiority," Frank Kendall, deputy undersecretary for acquisition, said Wednesday. "We're at risk, and the situation is getting worse." He was testifying before the House Armed Services Committee at a hearing on the subject of defense and technological change. The Chinese were paying attention to U.S. military dominance in the early 1990s after we won the arms...
  • New ‘Tuo Jiang’ corvette beefs up naval firepower

    12/27/2014 4:30:19 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Taipei Times ^ | Dec 27, 2014 | Jason Pan
    Senior naval officials hinted earlier this week that the new-generation Tuo Jiang-class corvette (沱江艦) could be dispatched to beef up security measures around the disputed Spratly Islands (Nansha Islands, 南沙群島) in the South China Sea if the need arises. Responding to enquiries from legislators, Navy Chief of Staff Hsiao Wei-min (蕭維民) said the recently commissioned Tuo Jiang stealth missile corvette would able to reach Taiwan’s military outpost on Itu Aba Island (Taiping Island, 太平島) within one day. Taiping, spanning 46 hectares, is the largest island in the Spratlys, and has permanent troops from Coast Guard Administration units stationed there. The...
  • 'U.S. military shot down MH370 because they thought it had been hackedused in terror attack'

    12/22/2014 10:40:25 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 47 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | Decemner 22, 2014 | Sam Webb for MailOnline
    'U.S. military shot down MH370 because they thought it had been hacked and was about to be used in terror attack', claims former airline boss Marc Dugain says U.S. Navy in Indian Ocean attacked the plane He claims that islanders saw the plane fly close to a U.S. base Also alleges that a spy told him to back away from his probe into MH370 A former airline boss and writer claims the U.S. downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 because the military feared it had been taken over by hackers and was about to be used in a 9/11-style attack. Marc...
  • The 35 Most Powerful Militaries In The World

    12/20/2014 4:04:53 AM PST · by iowamark · 21 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Dec. 10, 2014 | Amanda Macias, Jeremy Bender and Skye Gould
    There's only one real way to compare military strength, and thankfully the world hasn't had many opportunities lately. Despite the potential powder keg in the South China Sea, standoffs in Ukraine, and proxy wars throughout the Middle East, inter-state warfare between the world's military powers has been all but banished from the global scene (for the time being, at least). For a simpler evaluation of military power, we turned to the Global Firepower Index, a ranking of 106 nations based on more than 50 factors including overall military budget, available manpower, and the amount of equipment each country has in...
  • "Ripped our guts again": Family that lost relatives in Flight 370 loses another in Ukraine crash

    07/18/2014 2:35:37 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 6 replies
    CBS/AP ^ | 07/18/2014
    Relatives, friends and colleagues paid tribute Friday to Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash victims even before the airline released their names as it scrambled to contact the next of kin of the victims. For one Australian family, the crash represented an almost unbelievable double tragedy. Kaylene Mann's brother Rod Burrows and sister-in-law Mary Burrows were on board Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 when it vanished in March. On Friday, Mann found out that her stepdaughter, Maree Rizk, was killed on Flight 17. "It's just brought everyone, everything back," said Greg Burrows, Mann's brother. "It's just ... ripped our guts again."
  • Mystery as Ł20,000 cash is withdrawn from accounts of four passengers who went down with...MH370

    08/15/2014 1:38:48 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 03:42 EST, 15 August 2014
    Money moved from accounts of 3 passengers into 4th passenger's accounts Five months after the Malaysia Airlines flight went missing, mysterious withdrawals totaling 111,000 RM (Ł20,916) have been recorded, reports claim. A bank in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, reported the apparent discrepancies in their accounts on July 18, before lodging a police complaint, Assistant Commissioner to the crime investigation department Izany Abdul Ghany revealed. According to reports, the transactions were made on July 18 when money from the accounts of three passengers was transferred to the account of a fourth passenger before it was removed. 'We are investigating the case as...
  • Eternal Mystery? MH370 Hunt Takes New Course After Six Months

    09/08/2014 5:28:39 AM PDT · by null and void · 24 replies
    NBC ^ | September 8 2014, 1:51 AM | By Bill Neely
    Not since the American aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart disappeared without a trace over the Pacific 77 years ago has there been a mystery like it. And in so many respects the disappearance of Flight MH370 exactly six months ago today is a far more profound puzzle. When Earhart went missing her plane was equipped with radio navigation systems, a Morse code receiver and a voice transmission system, all of which she used until her plane vanished into the sea. But this is rudimentary equipment compared to the highly sophisticated location devices on board the modern Malaysian Airlines jet. Earhart’s last...
  • Search for Missing MH370 Uncovers Sea Floor Terrain That May Better Predict Tsunamis

    10/09/2014 6:36:14 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 6 replies
    Accuweather.com ^ | 9 October 2014 | Katy Galimberti
    The continuing search for a commercial plane missing for more than six months has led to new ocean discoveries that could save countless lives in the event of catastrophic tsunamis.While conducting the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 jet that disappeared in March with more than 200 souls on board, Australian scientists have uncovered underwater volcanoes and ridges within the depths of the Southern Indian Ocean.Before being prompted by the search efforts, radars and other technologies had yet to delve that deep into the area of the ocean off the western coast of Australia. However, the region is not...
  • MH370 conspiracy theories: So, what happened to the missing plane?

    12/17/2014 7:48:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    The Week ^ | Dec. 4, 2014
    Was Flight MH370 captured by aliens? Stolen by Israeli agents? Or did it crash in Ukraine? A round-up of the best conspiracy theories LAST UPDATED AT 12:06 ON Thu 4 Dec 2014 See related:  Flight MH17: new footage shows aftermath of crash – video MH370: search for missing plane could be over by May The mystery of flight MH370: 7 other planes that vanished In the ongoing absence of firm evidence about the fate of missing flight MH370, the world's conspiracy theorists have weighed in with explanations of their own for the disappearance of the Malaysia Airways plane.The susbsequent...
  • Taiwan’s Largest and Most Advanced Research Vessel Has Sunk

    10/10/2014 11:46:41 AM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    gCaptain ^ | October 10, 2014 | Mike Schuler
    the Taiwanese-flagged ocean research and survey vessel, RV Ocean Researcher V, has sunk. The 2,700-ton Ocean Researcher V, or OR V, is the flagship research vessel of the Taiwan Ocean Research Institute (TORI), part of the National Applied Research Laboratories operating under the Ministry of Science and Technology for the Republic of China. The vessel is officially owned by National Science Council. ... the ship sank Friday night in the vicinity of the Penghu Islands, located in the Taiwan Strait between Taiwan and the China mainland ... The vessel was only delivered in August 2012 and had its maiden voyage...
  • China tells U.S. to stay out of South China Seas dispute

    07/15/2014 9:09:45 AM PDT · by mojito · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/15/2014 | Ben Blanchard
    China told the United States on Tuesday to stay out of disputes over the South China Sea and leave countries in the region to resolve problems themselves, after Washington said it wanted a freeze on stoking tension. Michael Fuchs, U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state for Strategy and Multilateral Affairs, said no country was solely responsible for escalating tension in the region. But he reiterated the U.S. view that "provocative and unilateral" behaviour by China had raised questions about its willingness to abide by international law. China claims 90 percent of the South China Sea, which is believed to contain...
  • Radar Shows Plane Deliberately Flew Toward Indian Ocean: Reports

    03/14/2014 9:03:51 AM PDT · by SatinDoll · 236 replies
    NBC News ^ | March 14, 2014 | Alastair Jamieson
    Military radar evidence suggests the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner was deliberately flown west toward the Indian Ocean’s Andaman Islands, sources told Reuters on Friday as mounting evidence pointed to a criminal inquiry into Flight MH370. Two sources told Reuters that an unidentified aircraft – believed by investigators to be the missing Boeing 777 - was following a route between navigational way-points, indicating it was being flown by someone with aviation training when it was last plotted on military radar off the country's northwest coast.
  • Israel Deploys 3 Nuclear-Armed Subs Off Iran Coast; Iran Warns Of Forceful Response To "Evil Acts"

    06/28/2014 9:39:28 AM PDT · by Renfield · 25 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 5-31-2014 | Tyler Durden
    With tear-gas flying in the streets of Turkey, Ukraine's civil-war raging in the south and east, US drones based in Japan to oversee the South China Sea, and Europe's extremist parties gaining significant traction, today we get one more piece of considerably worrisome geopolitical news that global stock markets must ignore. The Sunday Times reports that Israel is to deploy three submarines equipped with nuclear cruise missiles in the Persian Gulf that are meant to act as a deterrent, gather intelligence and potentially to land Mossad agents. Iran is not happy, warning that "anyone who wishes to do an evil...
  • Historical Fiction: China’s South China Sea Claims

    06/27/2014 11:47:30 AM PDT · by robowombat · 4 replies
    World Affairs Journal ^ | MAY/JUNE 2013 | Mohan Malik
    MAY/JUNE 2013 Historical Fiction: China’s South China Sea Claims Mohan Malik The Spratly Islands—not so long ago known primarily as a rich fishing ground—have turned into an international flashpoint as Chinese leaders insist with increasing truculence that the islands, rocks, and reefs have been, in the words of Premier Wen Jiabao, “China’s historical territory since ancient times.” Normally, the overlapping territorial claims to sovereignty and maritime boundaries ought to be resolved through a combination of customary international law, adjudication before the International Court of Justice or the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, or arbitration under Annex VII...
  • Confrontation in the South China Sea

    06/27/2014 11:52:54 AM PDT · by robowombat · 3 replies
    World Affairs Journal ^ | 19 April 2012 | Gordon Chang
    Confrontation in the South China Sea 19 April 2012 A tense standoff between China and the Philippines continued this week, as Beijing demanded that Manila withdraw a coast guard vessel from the waters around Scarborough Shoal, which both countries claim. China maintains that the entire South China Sea is an internal Chinese lake and asserts sovereignty over all the islands, islets, and rock outcroppings in that massive waterway through which one third of the world’s trade passes. Scarborough, which Beijing calls Huangyan Island and Manila has renamed Panatag Shoal, is about 125 nautical miles off the Philippine coast but at...
  • To bolster its claims, China plants islands in disputed waters

    06/25/2014 12:56:56 PM PDT · by Thistooshallpass9
    The Times of India ^ | 17 June 2014 | Edward Wong & Jonathan Ansfield
    “In principle, Ukraine does not independently exist,” said Russian Orthodox Church leader Kirill i during a June 18 address. Ukraine is instead part of “the historical territory of Russia,” the patriarch said, according to a report by the Kiev-based Espreso tv. Such a stance on Ukraine mirrors that of Russian President Vladimir Putin. In 2005, Mr. Putin said the demise of the Soviet Union was “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the [20th] century.” Ever since, his prime objective has been the rebuilding of Russia’s influence in its former Soviet periphery—especially in Ukraine. Although Putin never tried to hide what he...
  • Australia says missing Malaysia plane not where 'pings' heard

    05/29/2014 5:01:13 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 28 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | May 29, 2014 | Lincoln Feast
    The search for a missing Malaysia Airlines MASM.KL jetliner suffered a further setback on Thursday after Australian officials said wreckage from the aircraft was not on the seabed in the area they had identified.... The search was narrowed last month after a series of acoustic pings thought to be from the plane's black box recorders were heard near where analysis of satellite data put its last location, some 1,600 km (1,000 miles) off the northwest coast of Australia. "The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has advised that the search in the vicinity of the acoustic detections can now be considered...
  • MH370 pilot 'chief suspect' in case of foul play: Report

    06/22/2014 6:45:22 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 48 replies
    Times of India ^ | June 22, 2014 | PTI
    KUALA LUMPUR: The captain of Flight MH370 has been identified as the prime suspect by a Malaysian police investigation into the disappearance of the plane after checks cleared all other people on board, a media report said today. The criminal inquiry does not rule out the possibility the Boeing 777-200 plane was lost due to mechanical failure or terrorism, but the police view is that if it was the result of human action, the captain was the most likely perpetrator, The Sunday Times reported. Malaysia's special branch focused the inquiry on Captain Zaharie Shah, 53, after intelligence checks failed to...
  • MH370 Captain Plotted Route To Southern Indian Ocean On Home Simulator

    06/22/2014 11:27:59 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 28 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | June 22, 2014
    MH370 Captain Plotted Route To Southern Indian Ocean On Home Simulator Detectives investigating the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 three months ago discover new evidence which has renewed suspicions about its pilot 22 Jun 2014 The pilot of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane which disappeared in March with 239 people on board had plotted a flight path to a remote island far into the southern Indian Ocean where the search is now focused, investigators have discovered. The route, which was deleted before MH370 disappeared on March 8, was made on a home flight simulator machine used for practice by...
  • Chinese vessel rams and sinks a Vietnamese fishing boat

    06/06/2014 9:50:59 AM PDT · by Jeff Head · 20 replies
    Video of event ^ | 6 June 2014 | Jeff Head
    What follows is a riveting video and set of pictures regarding the increasing tensions in the South China Sea. We are not likely to know what went on before what is shown in the video that may have provoked the Chinese. But this is what happened in the South China Sea last month when a couple of Veitnames fishing vessels came too close to a Chinese operation: Chinese vessel rams and sinks a Chinese fishing vessel - Youtube Video Let's take a hard look at several of the frames of the video itself. Large Chinese vessel chasing Down a small...