Stratofortresses fly sorties over South China Sea, first since November

Two B-52H Stratofortress bombers flew a mission over contested islands in the South China Sea Monday, U.S. Pacific Air Forces said in a statement this week. The bombers took off from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, on what the statement called a “routine training mission.” One bomber conducted training in the vicinity of the South China Sea before returning to base on Guam. The other aircraft conducted training in the vicinity of Japan alongside Japanese air force counterparts, and in coordination with the U.S. Navy, before returning to Guam as…

One Belt-One Road and the South China Sea: Xi Jingping’s Priorities

In 2018, the sums allocated for funding the whole cybersecurity industry in Israel amounted to 1.03 billion US dollars, with a 22% increase compared to the previous public-private funds budgeted.  Again in 2018, 66 new companies in the cybersecurity sector were set up, with a 10% increase as against to 2017. In 2016, however, they were 88.  The higher the rate of technological innovation, the greater the mortality rate of companies.  A fast and significant increase in turnover and investment in the Israeli cybersecurity, which, however, has been going on…

US Sends B-52 Bomber Over Disputed South China Sea

A U.S. B-52 bomber was sent near disputed islands in the South China Sea and another circumnavigated Japan, conducting joint military exercises with the Air Self-Defense Force, the U.S. Pacific Air Forces said Wednesday. Monday’s mission in the contested South China Sea was the first reported flight in the area by a B-52 since November. The Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) said that the two B-52s had taken off from Andersen Air Force Base on the U.S. island territory of Guam, and participated in “routine training missions.” “One bomber conducted training…

Alejano presses gov’t to protest Chinese intimidation of Filipino fishermen

Alejano presses gov’t to protest Chinese intimidation of Filipino fishermen Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) – March 4, 2019 – 5:13pm MANILA, Philippines — Following reports that Chinese vessels have been denying access to Filipino fishermen on Pag-asa Island sandbars, Rep. Gary Alejano (Magdalo party-list) urged the Duterte administration to protest China’s actions. Kalayaan Mayor Roberto del Mundo confirmed that the presence of Chinese vessels near Pag-asa Island, one of the largest features in the Spratly Islands, have been affecting their fishing activities, according to a report from Inquirer.net. Alejano,…

China ‘checking’ if its ships drove away PH fishers

MANILA, Philippines — Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua on Wednesday said China had started verifying the incident that Chinese vessels were driving away Chinese fishermen from a string of sandbars close to Philippine-occupied Pag-asa Island in the South China Sea. “We are checking and we are in close coordination with DFA [Department of Foreign Affairs] and we will be checking whether it is true or not. But rest assured China is committed to peacefully settle the disputes we have and we are working very well in managing our differences,” Zhao said…

The U.S. withdrawal decision and the risks of a future foggy intelligence vision

In 2018, the sums allocated for funding the whole cybersecurity industry in Israel amounted to 1.03 billion US dollars, with a 22% increase compared to the previous public-private funds budgeted.  Again in 2018, 66 new companies in the cybersecurity sector were set up, with a 10% increase as against to 2017. In 2016, however, they were 88.  The higher the rate of technological innovation, the greater the mortality rate of companies.  A fast and significant increase in turnover and investment in the Israeli cybersecurity, which, however, has been going on…

Chinese defense spending to grow 7.5% in 2019 as Beijing seeks ‘world-class’ military

China’s defense budget will jump 7.5 percent this year, down slightly from last year’s 8.1 percent, as Beijing grapples with ongoing territorial disputes and seeks to create a “world-class” military, a draft budget from the annual session of the country’s rubber-stamp parliament showed Tuesday. The rate is slower than last year but will still outpace the economic growth target for the year, which Beijing set at 6.0 to 6.5 percent, a separate report showed. The 2019 draft defense budget, submitted to the annual session of the National People’s Congress (NPC),…

PHL’s strong defense must remain in the West Philippine Sea, expert says – UNTV News

President Rodrigo Duterte meets United States Secretary of State Michael Pompeo at Villamor Airbase in Pasay City. | Photo credits: MPC POOL The United States has always assured the Philippines of aid amid sea dispute with China, according to defense expert and Institute for Policy, Strategy, and Development Studies member, Jose Antonio Custodio. Custodio said there is nothing new with this statement because even previous American officials have said it before. “Kung ano iyong sinabi ni [Mike] Pompeo, it’s what exactly mentioned also by earlier American officials, Thomas Hubbard to…

China-Based Hacking Group Goes After US Military Secrets, Political Targets: Reports

Hackers based in China have targeted at least 27 universities in the United States in search of maritime military secrets, security research firm iDefense has found as part of ongoing research. According to a threat report by iDefense, the security research arm of Accenture, Chinese hacking groups have targeted 27 U.S. universities, and the number may rise as their research continues. The hackers use spear phishing, meaning that they pose as partner universities to the target. If the e-mails are opened, they unleash malware that allows hackers based in China…

China risking military conflict in the South China Sea

Chinese President Xi Jinping is risking a military clash through “aggressive actions” in the international shipping lanes of the South China Sea, according to a top Republican senator. “The United States wants ‘a shooting war’ with no nation,” Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, a member of the Armed Services Committee, told the Washington Examiner. “In that region in particular, the only nation that risks that kind of military action is China, through aggressive actions in the South China Sea or towards Taiwan, or some of its other neighbors.” Cotton offered that…