CNO: Consistency Is Key To Dealing With China

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson meets with Chief of Staff of the Joint Staff Department under China’s Central Military Commission (CMC) Gen. Li Zuocheng and other senior Chinese defense officials in Beijing on Jan. 15, 2019. Navy photo. THE PENTAGON – Maintaining a consistent presence is the key to dealing with China on the high seas, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson told reporters. Given the frequent pace of U.S. Navy innocent passage and freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea lately, Richardson said the…

The Chinese Navy’s Marine Corps, Part 1: Expansion and Reorganization

Editor’s Note: This is the first part of a two-part article discussing organizational reforms and evolving missions for the PLA Navy (PLAN) Marine Corps. The first part focuses on the growing order of battle for the PLAN Marines. The second part, which will appear in our next issue, will focus on the creation of a service headquarters for the PLAN Marines, and their expanding training for expeditionary warfare and other missions. Taken as a whole, this two-part article provides significant new information and analysis to update the December 3, 2010…

Cranky China’s posturing puts its neighbours on edge

Welcome to The National Today newsletter, which takes a closer look at what’s happening around some of the day’s most notable stories. Sign up here and it will be delivered directly to your inbox Monday to Friday. TODAY: Canada isn’t the only country that’s feeling rattled by relations with China — the suddenly cranky superpower is also stirring things up with its South Pacific neighbours. Fifty-six million people in eight of the world’s poorest and least-secure areas are in urgent need of food assistance, says a new report to the UN Security Council. Missed…

China Counts the Costs of Its Big Bet on Venezuela

BEIJING—When China hatched the first of a series of oil-for-loans agreements with Venezuela in 2007, it seemed like a perfect match. Venezuela had the world’s biggest oil reserves; China was poised to become the biggest energy consumer. Twelve years and more than $50 billion in loans later, a political crisis in Venezuela is threatening China’s payout and drawing Beijing into a proxy standoff as it supports a Venezuelan leader the U.S. is intent on toppling. It is a conflict with Washington that Beijing could do without, amid… Source link

Chief of Naval Operations Visits China Amid Heightened Tensions

BEIJING — The U.S. Navy‘s top officer will visit China starting Sunday amid increasing frictions in the South China Sea, and other tensions underscoring their rivalry for dominance in Asia. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson will meet with his counterpart Vice Adm. Shen Jinlong and leaders of China’s Central Military Commission during his visit to Beijing and the eastern city of Nanjing lasting through Wednesday, the Navy said. The goal of the visit, Richardson’s second as head of operations, is to “continue a results-oriented, risk reduction focused dialogue”…

What the Berlin Airlift Can Teach Us About the South China Sea

The U.S. failure to counter China’s “gray zone” tactics stems from a lack of will, not a lack of options. By Ngo Di Lan for The Diplomat February 02, 2019 Although the Trump administration is taking an increasingly harder line vis-à-vis Beijing, there is little doubt that the United States has failed to counter Chinese expansion via salami-slicing in the South China Sea (SCS). Current debates imply that this failure is rooted in a lack of imagination or capabilities, as experts continue to propose approaches that the United States can…

China Builds Rescue Centers, Hospitals, And Observatories In Artificial Spratly Islands : China : Business Times

China continues its expansion in the South China Sea with additional facilities now being built. According to the country’s Ministry of Transport, a new maritime rescue center has now been completed on Fiery Cross Reef. The center was built to serve the entire Spratly Islands, or better known in China as the Nanshas. The area is being developed to become the biggest logistics hub for the country. The country has also stationed a number of rescue ships around the islands, including the Nanhaijiu-115 rescue ship. With the completion of the…

Now China pulls out from Venezuela contracts

As they say in the news industry, follow the money. And the money in Venezuela, like a lot of Venezuelans, is fleeing. Here’s a new one from Reuters: SINGAPORE (Reuters) – PetroChina Co plans to drop Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) as a partner in a planned $10 billion oil refinery and petrochemical project in southern China, said three sources familiar with the matter this week.The company’s decision adds to state-owned PDVSA’s woes after the United States imposed sanctions on the company on Jan. 28 to undermine the rule of…

One more post-panamax container ship troubled in South China sea – Maritime Bulletin

Post Views: 93 Post-panamax container ship interrupted her voyage in South China sea early in the morning Feb 1, reduced speed and turned to nearest coast. Later in the day she was met by a SAR tug, and proceeded to coastal waters, under tow or escorted. Condition and status unknown. Annual subscription $750. For annual subscription, contact vmd@odin.tcSubscribe if you want to receive accidents news ASAP and in full. Comments comments Author // Mikhail Voytenko My name is Mikhail Voytenko, I’m Russian, professional merchant marine navigator, by education and former…

Australia lobbying hard for Yang Hengjun but must respect China’s legal process: ex-minister Julie Bishop

Australia is making “very strong representations” on behalf of a Chinese-Australian writer detained by China on suspicion of espionage but must respect the country’s legal process, former foreign minister Julie Bishop said on Friday. Bishop, who resigned from her post last August, said there was no evidence linking the detention of Yang Hengjun to Canada’s arrest of Huawei’s chief financial officer, echoing a point made by Defence Minister Christopher Pyne on Monday. The detention of Yang, a novelist and ex-diplomat, has fuelled speculation that Beijing has widened a campaign of…