World War 3: US B-52 bombers fly over South China Sea despite warnings from Chinese | World | News

Both aircrafts, which are heavily-armed, conducted training in the area before returning to Guam. The bombers are stationed in support of the US Air Force’s Continuous Bomber Presence (CBP) mission intended to deter any country with adversarial intentions. While the flights are seen as “challenges to China”, the flights on Monday were in accordance with international law, according to the Air Force. US Pacific Air Forces told ABC News: “Two B-52H Stratofortress bombers took off from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, and participated in routine training missions, March 4, 2019.…

Duterte tells China to ‘lay off’ island in South China Sea – South China Morning Post

Duterte tells China to ‘lay off’ island in South China Sea  South China Morning Post Freedom-of-navigation ops will not dent Beijing’s South China Sea claims, experts say  Stars and Stripes Philippines hits out at China’s ‘swarming’ South China Sea ships  Nikkei Asian Review The US and Philippines are reportedly discussing deploying a rocket system in the South China Sea to fend off China  INSIDER Manila blasts China over ‘swarming’ flotilla  NavyTimes.com View full coverage on Google News Source link

Does China Have Feet of Clay? by Joseph S. Nye

No one knows what China’s future holds, and there is a long history of faulty predictions of systemic collapse or stagnation. Neither outcome is likely, though the country is facing several challenges that are far more serious than many observers seem to think. CAMBRIDGE – Chinese President Xi Jinping seems to be on a roll. He has sent a rocket to the dark side of the moon, built artificial islands on contested reefs in the South China Sea, and recently enticed Italy to break ranks with its European partners and…

Collision with US spy plane near Hainan causes China military advances

Few people would remember the name Wang Wei — the 33-year-old Chinese pilot who was killed 18 years ago when his fighter jet collided with a US spy plane in mid-air near Hainan Island. But the incident was a key reason China’s military modernisation — especially of its air force and navy — was accelerated, according to analysts. The collision happened on April 1, 2001, when the US reconnaissance aircraft was challenged by two People’s Liberation Army fighter jets. Wang’s J-8II jet crashed into the sea after it hit the…

Bolton Warns China Against Limiting Free Passage in South China Sea

SINGAPORE—National security adviser John Bolton said the U.S. would oppose any agreements between China and other claimants to the South China Sea that limit free passage to international shipping, and that American naval vessels would continue to sail through those waters. Mr. Bolton’s remarks served as a warning to Southeast Asian leaders, who are preparing for a regional summit in Singapore this week, and particularly for the Philippines, which is now in talks with Beijing about jointly exploring natural resources in the… Source link

South China Sea news: US Navy ship spotted carrying F-35 fight jets | World | News

The amphibious assault ship USS Wasp was on its way to the annual Balikatan exercises in the Philippines, according to reports. The ship was carrying at least 10 F-35B Lightning II stealth fighters, the National Interest reported. They noted the ship usually carried sixth of the aircrafts. The US Navy said in a statement: “US and Philippine forces will conduct amphibious operations, live-fire training, urban operations, aviation operations, and counterterrorism response. “The ship and its fighters represent an increase in military capability committed to a free and open Indo-Pacific region.”…

Manila accuses Beijing of violating its sovereignty in South China Sea – South China Morning Post

Manila accuses Beijing of violating its sovereignty in South China Sea  South China Morning Post Philippines hits out at China’s ‘swarming’ South China Sea ships  Nikkei Asian Review Freedom-of-navigation ops will not dent Beijing’s South China Sea claims, experts say  Stars and Stripes South China Sea on a precarious strategic edge | Article  Asia Times The US and Philippines are reportedly discussing deploying a rocket system in the South China Sea to fend off China  INSIDER View full coverage on Google News Source link

Senate probe into Chinese vessels in West Philippine Sea sought

Senate probe into Chinese vessels in West Philippine Sea sought Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) – April 4, 2019 – 12:04pm MANILA, Philippines — Sen. Risa Hontiveros on Thursday said she will file a resolution to urge the Senate to look into the presence of Chinese vessels in Philippine waters. Hundreds of Chinese ships, assumed to be part of Chinese maritime militia, have reportedly been surrounding Pag-asa Island, one of the largest features in the Spratly chain in the West Philippine Sea. Hontiveros said the public should know what the…