After Two Months, Carrier USS John C. Stennis Returns to Persian Gulf

An MH-60S Knight Hawk, assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 14, takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) during a transit through the Strait of Hormuz on Dec. 21, 2018. US Navy Photo USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) entered the Persian Gulf on Friday, returning to the region after spending roughly two months operating in the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea. Stennis spent early 2019 participating in the Cobra Gold exercise in Thailand and operated off the coast of Vietnam during…

Govt to register protest if China harasses fishermen

By Catherine S Valente /Manila Times The Philippine government would file a protest against China if reports that Filipino fishermen were being driven away from the Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal) by Chinese Coast Guards were confirmed, Malacanang said yesterday.Palace spokesman Salvador Panelo made the statement after Senate candidate Neri Colmenares released a short documentary on the alleged harassment of local fishermen by Chinese coast guard personnel.The six-minute clip showed fishermen from Masinloc, Zambales detailing how the Chinese Coast Guard would seize their catch and drive them away from the area.…

Domestic issues of big powers have global consequences: Experts, East Asia News & Top Stories

The trans-border political whirlwinds of today, including China’s militarisation of the South China Sea and its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) infrastructure push, have been driven primarily by domestic concerns, experts told the Japan Symposium organised by the Milken Institute think-tank yesterday. China’s leaders have seen how Brexit and the French “yellow vest” protests resulted from a segment of the population being alienated by capitalism, the forum heard. In this regard, China’s power play in defying and rewriting global norms, panellists added, is the Chinese Communist Party’s way of safeguarding…

Is China ready to mine the deep sea?

China’s most famous manned deep-sea submersible, recently upgraded at great expense, is named after the legendary aquatic dragon Jiaolong. Another mythical dragon, the Dragon King, also frequents the seabed, in a palace filled with unimaginable treasures. While the palace may be legendary, the Jiaolong could soon be set to find real treasures, 7,000 metres deep. In 2020, it will commence its first round-the-world voyage and one of its key tasks will be to investigate seabed minerals. China is the world’s largest manufacturer of electronics, solar panels and wind turbines. That…

Should The Royal Navy Bring Back Mines?

The Royal Navy currently has no offensive mine capability (Picture: MOD). By David Hambling, technology expert After years of neglect, the US Navy is upgrading its minelaying capability with a new generation of high-tech weapons. Should the Royal Navy follow suit? The UK leads the world in mine warfare, but only when it comes to finding and destroying mines safely. We currently have no offensive capability and the Royal Navy has not had live mines in its inventory since 1992, though some dummy mines are on hand to practice minelaying.…

China shooing away PH fishermen from Panatag Shoal? ‘What can we do?’ – Panelo

The claims of Zambales fishermen interviewed in a video for senatorial bet Neri Colmenares question the effectiveness of the Duterte administration’s bilateral talks with China on the West Philippine Sea Published 4:36 PM, March 25, 2019 Updated 4:36 PM, March 25, 2019 ROUTINE. Fishermen in Masinloc, Zambales have been fishing in Panatag Shoal or Bajo de Masinloc (Scarborough) for decades. File photo by Randy V. Datu/Rappler MANILA, Philippines – For Malacañang, the Duterte administration can’t do much about the harassment by Chinese vessels of Filipino fishermen trying to enter Panatag…

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: March 25, 2019

USNI News Graphic These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of March 25, 2019, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship. Total U.S. Navy Battle Force: Ships Underway Deployed Ships Underway Non-deployed Ships Underway Total Ships Underway 55 26 81 Ships Deployed by Fleet Fleet Forces 3rd Fleet 4th Fleet 5th Fleet 6th Fleet 7th Fleet Total…

China building ‘floating nuclear power plants’ to power ocean colony of artificial islands in ‘sinister military sea grab’

CHINA is developing a fleet of floating nuclear plants as part of plans to tighten its grip on the South China Sea. The shipborne stations will bring clean energy, heat and even water to remote islands and oil rigs – costing Beijing £300million a pop. CGN China is developing a fleet of floating nuclear power stations. Pictured is an artist’s impression of one of the barges, which will hold one or more nuclear reactors to power remote outposts But that’s far cheaper than transmitting power from mainland China across the…

No request to renegotiate PH-US Mutual Defense Treaty » Manila Bulletin News

Published March 25, 2019, 10:37 PM By Roy Mabasa United States Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Patrick Murphy has clarified that there is no request from either Manila or Washington to renegotiate the provisions of the Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) despite “many voices” in the Philippines who are making observations about the accord. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs W. Patrick Murphy(Credit: kh.usembassy.gov / MANILA BULLETIN) “There is no request from either side to renegotiate the treaty. That said, we have…

China’s Scare Tactics Prompt U.S. Fears of a Clash Over Taiwan – Foreign Policy

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii—U.S. military forces in the Pacific are alarmed by what they see as an increasingly capable China using military intimidation and economic coercion to bully its smaller neighbors. So far, these tactics fall short of actual armed conflict. But U.S. defense officials here and in Washington, most of whom spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive topic, say if the United States does not stay on alert in the region, Beijing could use force to advance its interests—and Taiwan in particular is a major…