U.S. Destroyers Active in 2 Separate South China Sea Operations

U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence (DDG-110), transits through international waters with the Indian Navy destroyer INS Kolkata (D 63) and tanker INS Shakti (A-57), Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter-carrier JS Izumo (DDH-183) and destroyer JS Murasame (DD-101), and Republic of Philippine Navy patrol ship BRP Andres Bonifacio (PS-17) through the South China Sea. Photo courtesy of Japan Maritime Self Defense Force During the past week, three U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyers were active in the South China Sea in two separate operations intended to support unfettered access to…

As China Trade Talks Stall, Xi Faces a Dilemma: Fold? Or Double Down?

BEIJING — As Chinese and American officials try to reach a trade deal, Xi Jinping faces a painful, possibly damaging, choice: to try to protect his aura of indomitability or retreat after President Trump accused China of reneging on the terms of a draft agreement and threatened to raise tariffs. The stakes rose sharply for the Chinese leader this week after Mr. Trump and his chief trade representative, Robert Lighthizer, publicly accused China of backing down on commitments. The sticking point appeared to be a late decision by Mr. Xi…

Two US warships sail near islands in South China Sea, angering China

“The relevant moves by the US ships infringed upon Chinese sovereignty, and damaged the peace, security and good order of the relevant seas. China is strongly dissatisfied with this and resolutely opposed to it,” he told a daily news briefing. Loading “China urges the United States to stop such provocative actions,” Geng said, adding that China would continue to take the necessary steps to defend its sovereignty and security. The operation was the latest attempt by Washington to counter what it sees as Beijing’s efforts to limit freedom of navigation…

PHL joins historic 4-navy group sail in South China Sea

SIX ships from four navies—including the Philippine Navy—which are participating in the Asean-Plus Defense Ministers’ Meeting Maritime Security Field Training Exercise (ADMM-Plus MARSEC FTX) in Busan, South Korea have carried out a “cooperative” sail in the South China Sea. The cooperative sail by the BRP Andres Bonifacio (PS17) of the Philippine Navy, the JS Izumo and JS Murasame of the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force vessel, INS Kolkata and Shakti of the Indian Navy and the USS William P. Lawrence of the US Navy’s Pacific Fleet was carried out by…

South China Sea flotilla challenges China

news, world In a fresh show of naval force in the contested South China Sea, a US guided missile destroyer has conducted drills with a Japanese aircraft carrier, two Indian naval ships and a Philippine patrol vessel in the waterway claimed by China, the US Navy says. While similar exercises have been held in the South China Sea in the past, the combined display by four countries represents a fresh challenge to Beijing as US President Donald Trump threatens to hike tariffs on $US200 billion worth of Chinese goods. “Professional…

South China Sea: US ANGERS Beijing by sailing two warships near Spratly Islands | World | News

Missile destroyers called Preble and Chung Hoon were guided by the US within 12 nautical miles of Gaven and Johnson Reefs in the Spratly Islands two days ago, US military confirmed. Commander Clay Doss said the “innocent passage” aimed “to challenge excessive maritime claims and preserve access to the waterways as governed by international law”. Beijing’s foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said: “The relevant moves by the US ships infringed upon Chinese sovereignty, and damaged the peace, security and good order of the relevant seas. China is strongly dissatisfied with…

Vietnam calls for respect for international law as US ships sail near Spratly Islands

“As a party to the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and a nation bordering the East Sea, Vietnam always respects the rights to freedom of navigation and overflight in the East Sea in accordance with the regulations of international law, specifically UNCLOS,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said Thursday, using the Vietnamese name for the waterway. Her statement was a comment on an incident that happened on Monday as the U.S. guided-missile destroyers Preble and Chung Hoon traveled within 12 nautical miles…

Would China’s South China Sea Bases Be Wiped Out In A War?

The islands of the SCS have some military relevance, but are more important as a political claim to waterways and undersea resources. Militarily, they represent a thin crust on China’s A2/AD system. Under certain conditions this crust could disrupt U.S. freedom of action, but it won’t be hard for the United States’ Air Force and Navy to punch through. China has built some islands in the South China Sea. Can it protect them? (This first appeared last year and is being republished due to reader interest.) During World War II Japan…