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  • 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, ^ | 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 ^ | 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...
  • Teens 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 Malaysias Sabah region Monday. The finding was reported by Jamil Omar of Borneo, 46, who says his nephew made the grim discovery in September, but didnt 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: 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 Chinas 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 wasnt 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 Chinas 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,, 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 doubtsbased on further acoustic analysis of the transmissions by Australian authorities over recent weeksrepresent 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...
  • Debris in Indian Ocean Examined for Connection to Flight 370

    07/29/2015 11:27:24 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    ktla ^ | CNN wire
    Apparent airplane debris found off the coast of Reunion island, a French department in the western Indian Ocean, is being examined to see if it is connected to the 2014 disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, a member of the French Air Force in Reunion said Wednesday. The debris was found off the coast of St. Andre, a community on the island, according to Adjutant Christian Retournat. It is way too soon to say whether or not it is MH370. We just found the debris this morning, Retournat said. He said the debris what appears to be a wing...
  • MH370: wreckage found on Reunion 'matches Malaysia Airlines flight'

    07/29/2015 3:45:55 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 07/29/2015 | Harriet Alexander
    A French aviation expert believes he may have found the wreckage of MH370 the Malaysia Airlines flight which disappeared off the coast of Malaysia in March 2014. Xavier Tytelman, a former military pilot who now specialises in aviation security, was contacted on Wednesday morning by a man living on the island of Reunion, in the Indian Ocean. The man sent Mr Tytelman a series of photos showing wreckage of a plane, which the Frenchman said could possibly be the missing jet. "I've been studying hundreds of photos and speaking to colleagues," Mr Tytelman told The Telegraph. "And we all...
  • Authorities study plane debris found off Madagascar for links to missing MH370

    07/29/2015 6:30:46 PM PDT · by lbryce · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 29, 2015 | Paris Syndey
    France's air crash investigation agency is studying a piece of plane debris found on Reunion Island off the east coast of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean for possible links to missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, a spokesman said on Wednesday. A person familiar with the matter told Reuters the part was almost certainly from a Boeing 777 but that it had not yet been established if it came from MH370. A U.S. official said air safety investigators had a "high degree of confidence" the debris was from the same model as MH370, the Associated Press reported. No trace has been...
  • MH370 Found? Debris on Reunion Island.

    07/29/2015 9:08:07 AM PDT · by chuck allen · 100 replies
    Breakingnews ^ | 7/29/2015 | News Sources
    MALAYSIA AIRLINES FLIGHT MH370 MISSING 36m Editor's note: Numerous tweets are noting the discovery of airline debris off the coast of La Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean and speculating about a possible link to the missing Malaysia jet MH370. Jon Ostrower, the Wall Street Journals aerospace reporter, says the debris appears to be an airline flap. - Tom The airline debris found on Reunion Island was discovered on the coast of St. Andrew by trail maintenance workers - @clicanoore read more on MALAYSIA AIRLINES FLIGHT MH370 MISSING 9m Local report: Investigators say the debris found on Runion Island...
  • US official: Plane debris in Indian Ocean same type as MH370

    07/29/2015 10:00:00 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 28 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 7/29/15 | JOAN LOWY, LORI HINNANT and ROD McGUIRK
    Air safety investigators have a "high degree of confidence" that aircraft debris found in the Indian Ocean is of a wing component unique to the Boeing 777, the same model as the Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared last year, a U.S. official said Wednesday. Related Stories US official: Debris in photo belongs to Boeing 777 Associated Press Searcher says wing find won't change MH370 seabed search Associated Press Australia Official: Too Early to Say If Plane Debris from MH370 The Wall Street Journal Authorities study plane debris found off Madagascar for links to missing MH370 Reuters Investigators believe debris found...
  • 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
    Washingtons 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 Chinas 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 Chinas 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, Chinas 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 planes 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 Peoples 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.
  • Beijings 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
    Chinas 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. Australias 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 administrations 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. Chinas State Council, the Communist giants 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. Chinas State Council released a white paper today that criticizes external countriesbusy 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 doesnt lay off Beijing...
  • China Predicts War with US over Spratly Islands

    05/27/2015 10:08:15 PM PDT · by Altenkrug · 76 replies ^ | May 26, 2015
    A Chinese state owned newspaperwarnsof 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 Peoples 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: govt 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 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, Chinas air force and Navy are beyond compare. Chinas 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 Beijings fast-improving armed forces with trepidation... As a recent Pentagon review of Chinas 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 Chinas territorial claims. WSJs Julian Barnes explains. Photo: Getty Images
  • Turning a New Leaf in Relations: Russias 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: Russias 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...

    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 $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 Sams bonds and notes. As we noted last month and several times before that Treasurys 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....