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  • China launches live-fire drills in Gulf of Tonkin despite rising tensions in South China Sea

    08/23/2016 7:59:20 PM PDT · by Sawdring · 5 replies
    IBT ^ | August 22, 2016 | Nandini Krishnamoorthy
    Adding to the latest in a series of military drills, Beijing has said a branch of its coast guard is holding live-fire exercises from Monday to Wednesday (22 - 24 August). The drill is being staged at the Gulf of Tonkin, the northern arm of the South China Sea, home to several territorial disputes among Asian countries. Despite fresh tensions in the disputed waters, China's Maritime Safety Administration said it was banning vessels from entering the area between China's southern island province of Hainan and the northern coast of Vietnam. The Tonkin Gulf has historical significance over the Vietnam War...
  • US vs China war would be ‘intense, destructive, protracted’ (RAND)

    08/17/2016 4:07:52 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 27 replies
    news.com.au ^ | AUGUST 17, 2016
    CHINA could match the military might of the US in a decade and any conflict between them would rock the entire world economy. That is the frightening warning issued by research organisation, Rand Corporation, which highlights how the US and China remain at loggerheads over several regional disputes with large military forces operating closely together. In its new report War With China, Thinking Through the Unthinkable, Rand warn any conflict would ultimately be intense, destructive and protracted. “If an incident occurred or a crisis overheated, both have an incentive to strike enemy forces before being struck by them,” the report...
  • Japan plans to 'go on offense' with 300 km-range missiles

    08/14/2016 7:44:33 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    Ecns.cn ^ | 2016-08-15
    Japan's decision to develop surface-to-sea missiles with a range of 300 kilometers to cover the disputed islands shows the country may be eyeing a shift to an offensive posture, analysts said. The Japanese government has decided to develop the missiles to "protect the nation's isolated islands," including the disputed Diaoyu Islands, the Yomiuri newspaper reported. Development costs will be part of the Defense Ministry's budget request for the fiscal year ending March 2018, and the weapons are set to be deployed on islands, such as Miyako, in Japan's southernmost Okinawa prefecture by 2023. "Japan is trying to use the missile...
  • Report: China Could Make a Big Move in the South China Starting Next Month

    08/14/2016 4:15:25 PM PDT · by Mariner · 39 replies
    The National Interest ^ | August 14th, 2016 | Harry J. Kazianis
    It seems if the People’s Republic of China is going to make a push to radically alter the status-quo in the South China Sea—by reclaiming the hotly disputed Scarborough Shoal that is clearly within the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the Philippines—we now have a good idea of when that might happen: sometime between early September, after the G-20 summit being hosted in China, and the U.S. presidential election on November 8th. The idea was laid out in a recent article in the South China Morning Post in an article dated August 13th. The report, quoting “a source familiar with...
  • Exclusive: Vietnam moves new rocket launchers into disputed South China Sea - sources

    08/09/2016 4:44:16 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | Aug 9, 2016 | BY GREG TORODE
    Vietnam has discreetly fortified several of its islands in the disputed South China Sea with new mobile rocket launchers capable of striking China's runways and military installations across the vital trade route, according to Western officials. Diplomats and military officers told Reuters that intelligence shows Hanoi has shipped the launchers from the Vietnamese mainland into position on five bases in the Spratly islands in recent months, a move likely to raise tensions with Beijing.
  • ‘Paper cat’ Australia will learn its lesson (Red China threatens)

    08/05/2016 6:47:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Global Times ^ | 2016/7/30 0:23:01
    Around the announcement of the arbitration tribunal over the South China Sea, Australia was one of the most delirious countries. Canberra immediately supported the arbitration result and claimed China “must” abide by it, and also signed a joint declaration with the US and Japan. Australia has inked a free trade agreement with China, its biggest trading partner, which makes its move of disturbing the South China Sea waters surprising to many. Australia is a unique country with an inglorious history. It was at first an offshore prison of the UK and then became its colony, a source of raw materials,...
  • 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.
  • Why Islands Still Matter in Asia (The enduring significance of the Pacific 'island chains')

    07/26/2016 1:25:38 PM PDT · by Sawdring · 5 replies
    The National Interest ^ | February 5, 2016 | Andrew S. Erickson, Joel Wuthnow
    The Western Pacific “island chains” are a persistent feature of Asia’s maritime geography. While their underlying fundaments remain constant, their specific strategic importance has evolved over time. Different major powers have thus interpreted, then re-interpreted and re-evaluated, the value of particular islands, the role they play in national military strategy, and their operational significance in a warfighting context. Chinese naval strategists such as former naval commander Admiral Liu Huaqing have devoted considerable attention to the island chains since the mid-1980s, examining how and where the island chains can hinder or support China’s maritime goals. Yet Chinese strategists are hardly unique...
  • World's Largest Amphibious Aircraft Made In China

    07/25/2016 5:21:31 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 40 replies
    Xinhua ^ | July 23, 2016
    The first AG600 amphibious aircraft rolls off a production line in Zhuhai, in south China's Guangdong Province. The aircraft will be used to fight forest fires and perform marine rescue missions. (Xinhua photo) GUANGZHOU, Xinhua --- China has completed production of a massive amphibious aircraft that it plans to use to fight forest fires and perform marine rescue missions. The AG600 rolled off a production line in the southern city of Zhuhai on Saturday, in what aviation observers see as a milestone for the country. The aircraft has a maximum take-off weight of 53.5 tonnes, a maximum cruising speed of...
  • UN Law of the Sea Arbitration Tribunal Sinks the Rule of Law

    07/19/2016 10:32:03 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/19/16 | Joseph Klein
    The decisions of the UNCLOS “compulsory” arbitration tribunal are not enforceable in the conventional legal sense The international arbitration tribunal, constituted under Annex VII to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (“UNCLOS”), issued its final Award on July 12th in the so-called “compulsory” arbitration instituted by the Republic of the Philippines against the People’s Republic of China. The Philippines had sought rulings on a number of issues, including the source of the parties’ rights and obligations in the South China Sea and the effect of UNCLOS on China’s claims to historic rights within its claimed ‘nine-dash...
  • Beijing sends nuclear capable H-6K bomber over Scarborough Shoal in new South China Sea escalation

    07/18/2016 6:05:02 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 38 replies
    News Corp Australia Network ^ | JULY 18, 2016 | Jamie Seidel
    BEIJING has sent the US a message in the skies above the South China Sea: Anything you can do, we can do too. It’s just flown a nuclear-capable bomber over Scarborough Shoal. The United States has conducted several B-52 bomber ‘freedom of navigation’ flights over the contested waterway in recent months, along with flights by surveillance and patrol aircraft. Beijing on Friday returned the favour. The People’s Liberation air force (PLAAF) at the weekend released photographs of one of its newest H-6K long-range nuclear-capable bombers overflying Scarborough Shoal on China’s Weibo social media service. The aircraft, based on a 1950s...
  • China Orders Military To "Prepare For Combat" (with US) Over Hague Ruling on South China Sea

    07/12/2016 2:37:42 PM PDT · by drewh · 34 replies
    Chinese President Xi Jinping has ordered the People's Liberation Army to prepare for combat. This comes after an international tribunal on Tuesday issued an unfavorable ruling against China's claims over the South China Sea. U.S.-based Boxun News said Tuesday that the instruction was given in case the United States takes provocative action in the waters once the ruling is made. The U.S. and China have been expanding their military activities across the sea, stoking heavy tension between the two superpowers. China controls roughly 90 percent of the South China Sea, a critical waterway that handles some five trillion U.S. dollars...
  • China loses South China Sea claim in ruling at The Hague

    07/12/2016 2:50:01 AM PDT · by Dundee · 44 replies
    The Australian ^ | JULY 12, 2016
    China has no legal basis to claim “historic rights” to islands in the South China Sea, an international tribunal ruled on Tuesday in a bitter dispute that risks stoking further tensions in Southeast Asia. “The Tribunal concluded that there was no legal basis for China to claim historic rights within the sea areas falling within the ‘nine-dash line’,” the Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration said in a statement. It has dealt a setback to Beijing that the US fears could intensify moves to establish its control by force. How Beijing responds to the ruling in the case filed by US...
  • The US Navy just flexed its muscles in the world's most contested region

    06/21/2016 2:37:14 PM PDT · by Mariner · 38 replies
    Business Insider ^ | June 21st, 2016 | Produced by Graham Flanagan
    The US Navy is making its presence known in the heavily disputed South China Sea. It recently deployed two aircraft carriers along with about 140 aircraft and additional ships to conduct training exercises. This action comes as China and the Philippines await a decision from The Hague about whether or not the former can legally claim sovereignty over the South China Sea.
  • Vietnam breaks up protests as anger seethes over fish deaths

    06/05/2016 3:01:50 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 44 replies
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 6/4/16 | AFP
    Dozens of activists were detained in Vietnam's two biggest cities Sunday as they tried to hold protests calling for greater government transparency over a recent spate of mass fish deaths. Tonnes of dead fish and other marine life began washing up on central Vietnamese shores two months ago and continued to appear for two to three weeks, sparking widespread anger. Frustration has been further fuelled by a perceived lack of clarity from the communist leadership about what caused the deaths. Major streets in central Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City were temporarily deserted on Sunday morning as security forces blanketed...
  • Kerry warns Beijing over air defense zone for South China Sea

    06/04/2016 9:20:04 PM PDT · by Mariner · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 4th, 2016 | by Yeganeh Torbati
    ULAANBAATAR (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday the United States would consider any Chinese establishment of an air defense zone over the South China Sea to be a "provocative and destabilizing act". U.S. officials have expressed concern that an international court ruling expected in coming weeks on a case brought by the Philippines against China over its South China Sea claims could prompt Beijing to declare an air defense identification zone, or ADIZ, as it did over the East China Sea in 2013. "We would consider an ADIZ...over portions of the South China Sea as...
  • US defense secretary offers closer security ties to China

    06/03/2016 8:23:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 3, 2016 10:24 PM EDT | Robert Burns
    Striking a notably positive tone, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Saturday offered closer U.S. cooperation with China in pursuit of a deeper and broader Asian security network. He said he intends to visit Beijing this year. In a speech to an international security conference in Singapore, Carter repeated frequent U.S. complaints about China unnerving its neighbors with expansive moves to build up reefs, islets and other land features in the disputed South China Sea. But he did not explicitly accuse China of militarizing those areas. He emphasized possibilities for cooperating with China while stating that the U.S. will remain...
  • Will there be war in the South China Sea?

    05/28/2016 4:11:53 AM PDT · by originalist_1776 · 20 replies
    Podcast Reuters and War College on Soundcloud.com via War is Boring ^ | May 21, 2016 | U.S. Naval War College professor James Holmes
    <p>As China continues to posture in the South China Sea, tensions rise between China, Vietnam, Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia and other regional powers such as Japan and India.</p> <p>At the defense blog War is Boring, US Naval War College Professor James Holmes discusses recent developments in the South China Sea and the risk of regional conflict.</p>
  • Case Study of Out-of-Control Transnational Adjudicative Body

    05/23/2016 6:16:47 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/23/16 | Joseph Klein
    Tribunal’s conduct serves as a case study of the dangers in delegating too much ill-defined juridical power to an unaccountable, non-democratic transnational institution Multilateral treaties have become a bedrock of international law, especially since the end of World War II. More than 600 multilateral treaties have been sponsored by the United Nations out of the approximately 8,000 multilateral treaties entered into since World War II. In setting out the parties’ rights and obligations, norms of behavior and dispute resolution mechanisms, carefully written treaties that have buy-in from the member countries can reduce the potential for resort to armed conflict or...
  • China plans fleet of floating nuclear power plants to provide energy to South China Sea islands

    04/25/2016 7:49:27 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 34 replies
    shanghaiist.com ^ | Apr 25, 2016 | Alex Linder
    Yet again, China is floating around the idea of building floating nuclear plants, but this time they are planning on an entire flotilla -- in the South China Sea. To provide power to the cozy artificial islands it has built up from reefs just sticking over the surf, China announced on Friday that it will construct a fleet of 20 power plants floating over the hotly disputed waters, People's Daily reports.
  • China just ran into a problem with its only friend in the South China Sea [ Indonesia ]

    03/29/2016 5:55:26 PM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies
    yahoo ^ | March 23, 2016 | Jeremy Bender
    China has just had a run-in with its only friend in the South China Sea, and that could complicate matters for Beijing as it continues to try to take a more aggressive stance in the region. On March 19, an official Indonesian vessel detained a Chinese fishing trawler that was operating in Indonesia's exclusive economic zone (EEZ) off the coast of the Natuna islands. The islands are on the periphery of the South China Sea, and their EEZ abuts China's self-declared Nine-Dash Line, which Beijing uses to mark its claims in the region. In the past, Indonesia has not had...
  • South China Sea: Indonesia summons Chinese ambassador as fishing dispute escalates

    03/20/2016 11:25:32 PM PDT · by JPX2011 · 5 replies
    The Guardian ^ | March 21, 2016 | N/A
    China’s ambassador to Indonesia is being summoned over a standoff involving a trawler in the South China Sea, an incident an international expert described as so serious it could alter Indonesia’s foreign policy. Susi Pudjiastuti, Indonesia’s minister for fisheries and maritime affairs, told reporters he would summon the Chinese ambassador, Xie Feng, on Monday to discuss a Chinese fishing trawler accused of illegally fishing in Indonesian waters. Indonesian authorities attempted to capture the trawler on Saturday and arrest the Chinese crew. But they were stopped by a Chinese coast guard boat that reportedly “rammed” the trawler and pushed it back...
  • China takes Philippine atoll

    03/01/2016 6:17:32 PM PST · by ch.man · 130 replies
    Philstar ^ | March 2nd, 20016 | Jaime Laude
    MANILA, Philippines – The Chinese have taken over another traditional Filipino fishing ground near Palawan where they have stationed up to five ships to keep local fishermen at bay, sources said. Now effectively under Chinese control is Quirino or Jackson Atoll, which has been a rich source of catch for a long time for fishermen from Palawan, Southern Luzon, Western Visayas and even Manila. Gray and white Chinese vessels have not left the atoll, which Filipino fishermen also call Jackson Five, because of the existence of five lagoons in the area. The Chinese are claiming almost the entire South China...
  • China downplays reports of anti-aircraft missile deployment on contested island

    02/17/2016 2:36:20 AM PST · by deks · 6 replies
    FOX News ^ | February 17, 2016 | Associated Press & Fox News
    Fox News reported that China had moved surface-to-air missiles to the Paracels, identifying them as two batteries of the HQ-9 system, along with radar targeting arrays. The missiles have a range of about 125 miles, making them a threat to all forms of civilian and military aircraft. The move would follow China's building of new islands in the disputed sea by piling sand atop reefs and then adding airstrips and military installations. They are seen as part of Beijing's efforts to claim virtually the entire South China Sea and its resources, which has prompted some of its wary neighbors to...
  • Exclusive: U.S. and India consider joint patrols in South China Sea - U.S. official

    02/10/2016 1:49:07 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb 10, 2016 | SANJEEV MIGLANI
    The United States and India have held talks about conducting joint naval patrols that a U.S. defence official said could include the disputed South China Sea, a move that would likely anger Beijing, which claims most of the waterway. Washington wants its regional allies and other Asian nations to take a more united stance against China over the South China Sea, where tensions have spiked in the wake of Beijing's construction of seven man-made islands in the Spratly archipelago. India and the United States have ramped up military ties in recent years, holding naval exercises in the Indian Ocean that...
  • Ocean Search for Malaysian Airliner Finds 2nd Shipwreck [MH370]

    01/14/2016 4:13:34 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 28 replies
    Voice of America ^ | January 13, 2016 | Associated Press
    story from AP, so, not risking an excerpt.
  • Hong Kong pilot spots debris in Vietnamese waters

    03/11/2014 3:51:38 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 243 replies
    CCTV English ^ | 03-11-2014 0617 bjt | James
    The Civil Aviation Department of Hong Kong has received a pilot’s report that a large amount of debris was spotted in Vietnamese waters. The pilot, flying a Hong Kong to Kuala Lumpur plane, says the debris is located about 60 kilometres southeast of Vietnamese city Vung Tau, some 500 kilometers from where the Malaysian jetliner lost contact with air traffic controllers. The department has submitted the message to the relevant authorities.
  • My Theory on the Malaysian Airliner

    03/14/2014 5:24:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | March 14, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Now, the Malaysian airline. I've got a theory. Let me try this theory on you. Of all the search teams, which do you think is the best, has the highest available tech? Well, you got a ChiCom search team; you got the Malaysian airline search team; you got a US search team. Which team do you think probably -- (interruption) It is us. If you want to find out where the plane is, my theory is look at where the US is searching. How about this? How about this theory? How about the jet is flying along...
  • Beijing Builds ‘Monster’ Ship for Patrolling the South China Sea

    01/14/2016 5:38:39 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | January 13, 2016 | Franz-Stefan Gady
    China has finished construction on a second 10,000-ton China Coast Guard (CCG) cutter destined for patrols in the South China Sea, Chinese state media reports. The ship, designated CCG 3901, “has been completed recently and is ready to start protecting China’s maritime rights,” The Global Times announced. A sister ship, the CCG2901, already deployed to the East China Sea in 2015. The CCG 3901, constructed at Shanghai’s Jiangnan Shipyard, has been dubbed the ‘monster’ by the media due to its unusual large size for a coast guard vessel. According to some sources, the vessel could have a displacement 12,000 to...
  • Chinese Submarine Practiced Missile Attack on USS Reagan

    12/15/2015 5:29:44 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | December 15, 2015 | Bill Gertz
    A Chinese attack submarine conducted a simulated cruise missile attack on the aircraft carrier USS Reagan during a close encounter several weeks ago, according to American defense officials. The targeting incident near the Sea of Japan in October violated China's 2014 commitment to the multinational Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea, known as CUES, designed to reduce the risk of a shooting incident between naval vessels, said officials familiar with details of the encounter they described as "serious." A section of the non-binding 2014 agreement states that commanders at sea should avoid actions that could lead to accidents or mishaps....
  • Abe raises South China Sea dispute at ASEAN

    11/22/2015 6:28:31 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 8 replies
    The Japan Times ^ | Nov 22, 2015 | Reuters, AP
    KUALA, LUMPUR – Asia-Pacific leaders gathered Sunday for an annual summit where they condemned terrorism but remained apart on growing tensions in the disputed South China Sea.
  • Commentary: No more fuss about free navigation in South China Sea

    11/14/2015 2:09:02 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    Xinhua, english.news.cn ^ | 2015-11-14 15:04:19 | Xinhua writer Tian Sulei
    BEIJING, Nov. 14 (Xinhua) -- Exchanges of blame in past months have drawn attention to the South China Sea. At least one thing is now certain: There is no issue with freedom of navigation in the South China Sea. [....] Meanwhile, China's rights and interests in the South China Sea, backed by abundant historical evidence, should be respected. Using freedom of navigation and flight as an excuse to damage China's sovereignty and security is an unwise and dangerous move. [....] Meanwhile, China's rights and interests in the South China Sea, backed by abundant historical evidence, should be respected. Using freedom...
  • US Flies [Nuclear Capable] B-52 Bombers Near Disputed Islands Claimed By China

    11/12/2015 3:01:36 PM PST · by Southack · 82 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/12/15 | Kristina Wong
    The United States flew two B-52 bombers over the weekend near man-made islands constructed by China in the South China Sea, a U.S. official told The Hill, in a clear challenge to China's territorial claims to the area. The bombers made one pass within 12 nautical miles of the islands...
  • China Setback: International Court to Hear Dispute Over South China Sea

    10/30/2015 1:01:19 PM PDT · by amorphous · 8 replies
    TruNews.Com ^ | 30 Oct 2015
    In a legal setback for Beijing, an arbitration court in the Netherlands ruled on Thursday that it has jurisdiction to hear some territorial claims the Philippines has filed against China over disputed areas in the South China Sea. Manila filed the case in 2013 to seek a ruling on its right to exploit the South China Sea waters in its 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ) as allowed under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration rejected Beijing’s claim that the disputes were about territorial sovereignty and said additional hearings...
  • ‘Mentally Unstable’ Obama Looking To Start A War With China?

    10/29/2015 9:53:24 AM PDT · by amorphous · 52 replies
    The Economic Collapse Blog.com ^ | October 28, 2015 | Michael Snyder
    This week, Barack Obama sent a guided missile destroyer into disputed waters in the South China Sea to see if the Chinese would start shooting at it. Yes, this is what he actually did. Fortunately for us, the Chinese backed down and did not follow through on their threats to take military action. Instead, the Chinese have chosen to respond with very angry words. The Chinese ambassador to the United States, Cui Tiankai, says that what Obama did was “a very serious provocation, politically and militarily.” And as you will see below, a state-run newspaper stated that China “is not...
  • US naval chief asserts navigation rights in contested South China Sea

    10/15/2015 11:47:35 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 13 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | October 15, 2015 | By Robert Marquand
    A newly contentious phase appears to be under way in the South China Sea, where China has made expansive territorial claims, after the head of US naval operations said today in Tokyo that US vessels are free to travel “wherever international law allows." Echoing earlier remarks by US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, John Richardson, the US chief of naval operations, stated that, "It should not come as a surprise to anybody that we will exercise freedom of navigation wherever international law allows.” He added that "I don't see how this can be interpreted as provocative." A Chinese spokesman responded by...
  • Teen’s Discovery of Skeleton-Filled Fuselage in Jungle Could Be MH370

    10/12/2015 6:02:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 69 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 12, 2015 | Emily Saul
    A teenager hunting for birds in the jungle of a Philippine island claims to have stumbled upon a fuselage “full of skeletons” and a Malaysian flag, and authorities believe it could be from missing Flight MH370. The coastal wreckage in Tawi Tawi was under investigation by local authorities in Malaysia’s Sabah region Monday. The finding was reported by Jamil Omar of Borneo, 46, who says his nephew made the grim discovery in September, but didn’t realize what it was as he has no access to television or newspapers.
  • MH370: Man reports 'plane wreckage containing human remains and Malaysian flag found on Philippines'

    10/12/2015 5:11:51 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 22 replies
    Mirror ^ | 12 OCT 2015 | SAM ADAMS , SAM RKAINA
    MH370 speculation has been sparked again after reports of plane wreckage containing human remains and a Malaysian flag - on the Philippines. Audio and visual technician Jamil Omar went into a police station on Saturday to lodge the report after a relative spotted wreckage on the Tawi Tawi island in the south of the country, it has been reported. The Philippines is thousands of miles east of the last known radar location of the missing Malaysian Airlines flight, which vanished in March last year. And Tawi Tawi is 4,700 miles from Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean, where confirmed MH370...
  • Can the United States Defeat the Combined Military Power of Russia and China?

    10/12/2015 9:34:55 AM PDT · by pinochet · 109 replies
    America's power is being tested to a greater extent, than in the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1961. Russia is attacking the Al-Qaeda linked terrorist organization, the Free Syrian Army, which is a so-called ally of America. China indicated that it will join the military strikes against the anti-Assad forces, because China considers Assad as an ally: http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/100915-774990-china-joining-russia-to-humiliate-us-weakened-by-obama.htm China is now ready to fight to defend its unilateral control of the Spratley Islands in the South China Sea. Does America have enough military power to defeat a combined force of Russia and China?
  • Obama Won't Back Down After Chinese Threat, Sends U.S. Warships [Trunc]

    10/12/2015 10:04:25 AM PDT · by amorphous · 105 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12 Oct 2015 | Tyler Durden
    On Friday, we reported the latest provocation in what has truly become a very dangerous, if largely pointless, staring contest between Beijing and Washington over China’s reclamation of land in The South China Sea. Responding to suggestions that the US was set to sail warships around the islands Beijing has constructed atop reefs in the Spratlys, China served noticed that it would “never allow any country to violate China's territorial waters and airspace in the Spratly Islands, in the name of protecting freedom of navigation and overflight.” This was simply a formalized version of the more concise phrasing the PLA...
  • U.S. Sends Warships to South China Sea in an Apparent Attempt to Kick Off WW III

    10/12/2015 5:23:26 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 71 replies
    Free Thought Project ^ | 10/10/2015 | Jay Syrmopoulos
    As if poking the Russian bear wasn’t enough, the Obama administration has now chosen to rile the Chinese dragon. In a move meant to project U.S. military power to the Chinese government, American officials announced that U.S. Navy warships will sail directly through a Chinese claimed 12-nautical mile zone in the disputed region of the South China Sea. The contested waters around the Spratly Islands, which China claims as its own sovereign territory, have been the cause of intense controversy. The U.S. has refused to recognize China’s territorial claims and believes the disputed area resides in international waters. Last month,...
  • China Threatens The U.S., Says Will "Not Tolerate Violations Of Its Territorial Waters"

    10/09/2015 9:33:37 AM PDT · by amorphous · 35 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 9 Oct 2015 | Tyler Durden
    While the geopolitical posturing between the US and China over the South China Seas is nothing new, the latest and most dramatic installment started just one month ago, when as part of its celebration to commemorate the successful victory over Japan in World War II, China sailed five warships to the Bering Sea, off the coast of Alaska, just as Obama was quite literally taking selfies of himself a few hundred miles away. ... China's response was quick, clear and unequivocal: "We will never allow any country to violate China's territorial waters and airspace in the Spratly Islands, in the...
  • China 'extremely concerned' by proposed U.S. challenge to claims

    09/18/2015 10:47:49 PM PDT · by Mariner · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 18th, 2015 | Reporting By Ben Blanchard; Writing By Megha Rajagopalan
    BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Friday it was "extremely concerned" about a suggestion from a top U.S. commander that U.S. ships and aircraft should challenge China's claims in the South China Sea by patrolling close to artificial islands it has built. China's increasingly assertive action to back up its sovereignty claims in the South China Sea have included land reclamation and the construction of ports and air facilities on several reefs in the Spratly Islands. The work has rattled China's neighbors, in particular U.S. ally the Philippines, and raised concern in the United States. China says it has irrefutable...
  • Is this MH370? US pilot believes he's found wreckage of missing airliner

    05/09/2014 11:26:33 AM PDT · by Renfield · 51 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 4-28-2014 | Lydia Warren
    (Poster's note: I searched by title and keyword and didn't find this already on FR) A pilot from New York believes he has found the wreckage of the missing Malaysia Airline Flight 370 off the coast of Thailand after searching thousands of satellite images online. Michael Hoebel, 60, spent hours trawling through the images made available to the public on a crowd-sourcing website, TomNod.com, before coming across what he believes is the doomed plane. The recreational pilot from Tonawanda said he was shocked to discover that the aircraft, which vanished two months ago, appeared to be in one piece beneath...
  • Woman Claims She Saw Missing Malaysian Air Flight While Sailing In Indian Ocean

    06/04/2014 11:40:27 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 25 replies
    British woman Katherine Tee is saying she spotted what she believes is the missing Malaysian Air flight MH370 while she was sailing. She saw in early March, but is only now coming forward because she did not believe her eyes at the time. Tee said that while she and her husband Marc Horn were sailing across the Indian Ocean from India to Thailand, she spotted what looked like a plane on fire during the night of March 7. She thought she was hallucinating, but after the media coverage, she looked up the flight plan of the aircraft and discovered their...
  • MH370: Plane Deliberately Set on Autopilot 'West of Sumatra' When it Ran Out of Fuel and Crashed

    06/26/2014 9:53:10 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 61 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | June 26, 2014 | Lydia Smith / IB Times
    Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 was "highly likely" on autopilot when it ran out of fuel and crashed into the Indian Ocean, Australian researchers have said. A new search area for the missing Boeing 777 plane has been announced by the Australian government .... Deputy Prime Minister Warren Trust confirmed the search will move further south to an area 1,800km (1,100 miles) off the western coast of Australia.... An expert group has reviewed the existing information on MH370, revealing that is it probable that the plane was on autopilot when it ended its flight. Truss said it was "highly, highly likely...
  • Former Airline CEO Claims US Military Shot Down MH370 Near Diego Garcia

    12/22/2014 7:24:23 PM PST · by Nachum · 26 replies
    zero headge ^ | 12/22/14 | tyler durden
    A second senior airline industry source has revealed his belief that there is some sort of conspiracy behind the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. As The Herald Sun reports, Emirates president and CEO Sir Tim Clark made world headlines in October when he revealed his doubts about the fate of the missing plane, which disappeared early in the morning of March 8 this year. Now a second senior airline industry source has voiced his doubts about the fate of the plane, with the even wilder claim that the Boeing 777 may have been shot down by US military personnel...
  • Navy official: Pings not thought to be from Flight 370's black boxes

    05/28/2014 7:43:21 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    CNN ^ | 10:26 PM EDT, Wed May 28, 2014 | Rene Marsh and Mike M. Ahlers,
    The four acoustic pings at the center of the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 for the past seven weeks are no longer believed to have come from the plane's black boxes, a U.S. Navy official told CNN. The acknowledgment came Wednesday as searchers wrapped up the first phase of their effort, having scanned 329 square miles of southern Indian Ocean floor without finding any wreckage from the Boeing 777-200. Authorities now almost universally believe the pings did not come from the onboard data or cockpit voice recorders, but instead came from some other man-made source unrelated to the jetliner...
  • 'Pings' may NOT have been from MH370 after all: Doubts grow over signals detected during search ...

    05/20/2014 6:31:56 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 40 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | May 19, 2014 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Audio recordings of the 'ping' signals believed to have come from the black box of Flight MH370 will now not be released as doubt grows over whether they are connected with the missing plane. The Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) headed by Angus Houston told the Herald Sun that the search group's original confidence the four accoustic 'ping' signals were from the plane had waned and the recordings would not be made public. The decision is a blow to the families of some of the MH370 passengers who issued a plea earlier this month to make the recordings public. A...
  • Malaysia Airlines Flight 370:Doubts Raised Over Some Pings Thought to Be From Plane

    05/12/2014 1:25:11 PM PDT · by Theoria · 14 replies
    WSJ ^ | 12 May 2014 | Daniel Stacey
    Searchers Focus on April 5 Signals as Confidence Fades Over April 8 Detections Searchers preparing to resume the underwater hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 increasingly suspect that some of the electronic signals detected last month didn't come from the jetliner's black-box flight recorders, a senior Australian naval officer said. The doubts—based on further acoustic analysis of the transmissions by Australian authorities over recent weeks—represent another potential setback in the two-month-old operation. An initial underwater search in the southern Indian Ocean has already failed to find any sign of the missing plane, while a costly air-and-ship search of the ocean's...