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America’s South China Sea operation a sign of support to Philippines


The move of the US Navy to sail near Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands shows Washington’s support for the Philippines‘ claims over the South China Sea. US officials earlier confirmed that guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey sailed within six nautical miles of Mischief Reef, one of China‘s artificial islands in the disputed waters. Beijing has … Continue reading

Chinese jets intercept US aircraft over East China Sea, US says


Two Chinese Sukhoi Su-30 jets have conducted an “unprofessional” intercept of a US aircraft, the US military said. One of the Chinese jets came as close as 150ft (45m) to the US WC-135 plane and flew upside down above it, according to US officials cited by CNN. The US says the plane was on a … Continue reading

China to send nuclear-armed submarines into Pacific amid tensions with US


The Chinese military is poised to send submarines armed with nuclear missiles into the Pacific Ocean for the first time, arguing that new US weapons systems have so undermined Beijing’s existing deterrent force that it has been left with no alternative. Chinese military officials are not commenting on the timing of a maiden patrol, but … Continue reading

Japan’s master plan to destroy the Chinese navy in battle


It seems that Japan is developing plans to craft its own Anti-Access/Area-Denial (A2/AD) strategy—or what one former Japanese official describes as “maritime supremacy and air superiority”—against the Chinese Navy. The plan itself, detailed by Reuters, makes a tremendous amount of good sense: “Tokyo is responding by stringing a line of anti-ship, anti-aircraft missile batteries along … Continue reading

China wants long-range strategic bomber to strike adversaries farther away


China needs to develop a long-range strategic bomber to strike adversaries farther away from its coast in the event of conflict, state media reported Tuesday, quoting defence experts. Beijing has been steadily beefing up its military through years of double-digit increases in defence spending, rapidly expanding its naval power, commissioning its first aircraft carrier and … Continue reading

Why China will never be Asia’s dominant power


China may be Asia’s economic powerhouse but it won’t become the region’s dominant power, according to a new report. “In examining the factors that go towards the development of Chinese national power-and its ability to use it to achieve national objectives-predictions about a Chinese superpower with the ability to dominate Asia would be premature, if … Continue reading

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, October 6


Last’s week’s misunderstanding quickly transformed to rage with images of police, out of harm’s way, calmly reaching to pepper spray non-threatening bystanders, one at a time. Hong Kongers’ support for Occupy Central soared from “geek” to “peak” within a day. China opposes interference. Beijing backs the CEO of “China’s Hong Kong”, with no comment on … Continue reading

India, Japan and U.S. conduct naval drills; seen as a signal to China


Traffic at the Maritime Self-Defence Force base at Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, is typically dominated by Japanese and U.S. warships, but in July it saw an unusual variety of vessel. An Indian frigate and destroyer docked en route to joint exercises in the Western Pacific. The INS Shivalik and INS Ranvijay’s appearance at the port near … Continue reading

U.S. – China Security Perceptions Survey; a prelude to the Great War of 2014?


This is a mistake since internal public opinion can vector the range of options available to government and national elites in reaction to incidents such as the recent close encounter between the USS Cowpens and the escorts of China’s carrier Liaoning in international waters. Continue reading

Russian expert: China to defeat broke America by 2020


Russian expert Vassily Kashin foresees a war between the United States and China in the East Pacific within the next six years out of which Beijing will emerge victorious due to America’s inability to fund its expanding empire. “It’s highly probable that China, after the completion of the current cycle of reforming and rearming its … Continue reading

China to explore for seabed mining, develop deep-sea tourism


China has recruited six trainees of deep-sea submersible operators and been building its State Deep Sea Base in Qingdao. The six trainees will take a 2-year course and be certified operators after passing the examination. By that time, China will have eight deep-sea submersible operators. There are two female trainees among the six. It is … Continue reading

China-U.S. military ties grow as they eye each other at sea


China’s official People’s Daily newspaper lambasted the U.S. when it led the most recent RIMPAC naval drill, the Pacific Ocean military simulation held every other year. The 22-nation exercise reflected Washington’s bid to “contain the military rise of another country,” it said. Next year, Chinese ships will join the Rim of the Pacific exercise for the first time. During a … Continue reading

China races foreign rivals to mine seabed for valuable minerals


China can now explore the seabed for up to three valuable minerals but it faces a major challenge to close the mining technology gap with the West With China recently achieving its long-held desire to exploit untapped underwater resources, a new method of sustaining its rapid economic development appeared to be secure. The award of … Continue reading

Joint China-Russia exercise more political than military


China and Russia made headlines this past weekend when they participated in the rather blandly titled Joint Sea 2013. Despite the name, Joint Sea was China’s  largest ever joint naval exercise, and one of the more noteworthy bits of naval activity in the past several years. Eighteen surface ships, one submarine, three airplanes, five ship-launched helicopters … Continue reading

China deploys navy ships to patrol Senkaku Islands


A day after asking Japan to stop encroaching its territory, Chinese military deployed its naval ships to patrol the islands disputed with Tokyo in the East China Sea. This is the first time in recent months China deployed its naval vessels for patrols in the islands waters replacing the marine surveillance vessels, even though some naval ships … Continue reading

China developing drone fleet against U.S.


This is an interesting report from ‘World Bulletin’ which is both scary and yet comforting. Without getting too political, whether China wishes to provide evidence of military superiority in order to bluff the Western powers, or to be a real adversary in case of an outbreak of war [Heaven forbid], it seems to me to … Continue reading

Australia fears having to choose between China and US


Australia does not want to be put in the position where it has to choose between the US and China, the new head of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has declared. In his first major public speech since taking over as DFAT secretary, Peter Varghese said: “The challenge for all of us is to … Continue reading

China draws suspicion from west as it seeks control in Micronesia


SCMP reports that China has been pouring money into Micronesia since 1989. “Since Beijing established diplomatic relations with the Federated States of Micronesia in 1989, it has provided more than US$80 million for construction and economic and technical co-operation. “And while that may not be a huge amount in global terms, it is for these … Continue reading

After orbiting space lab, China wants an undersea lab for deep sea mining


Imagine, for a moment, that the year is 2034, and China has just declared ownership of a massive copper mine deep below the surface of the Western Pacific. Although the site was first discovered and repeatedly explored by robotic submersibles from other countries, China is the first to send a manned vessel to the depths. … Continue reading

China’s manned submersible dives 7,020 meters deep


China News Services says, according to news from the Sea Test Land-Base Safeguarding Centre, on June 24, China’s submersible the Jiaolong set China’s new record of manned diving depth at test sea area of Mariana Trench, West Pacific. The submersible broke the 7,000-meter barrier to reach a depth of 7,020 meters. It is a historical … Continue reading

China’s counter attack will be horrible, says Chinese military leader


In potential confrontation, the weaker one tends to resort to bluffing, while the stronger one tends to conceal its enmity. According to Sun Tzu’s teaching, when you want to retreat, pretend that you are going to attack, while when you want to attack, pretend that you are going to retreat. “The art of war is … Continue reading

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