China Wins: I Lost the (Simulated) Battle for the South China Sea Thanks to 1 Thing

Worst of all, in order to bring what meager firepower each had to bear against the enemy, the LCS had to bring itself within range of multiple Chinese weapon systems. The year is 2016, and two of the U.S. Navy’s latest ships are backing a key ally in the tinderbox of the South China Sea. They’re facing down the Chinese navy halfway across the world with the latest weapons and systems the United States can get its hands on. But is it enough? (This first appeared several years ago.) For…

India does a balancing act between ‘Quad’ and China

India just had yet another round of consultation with United States, Japan and Australia on Indo-Pacific, but refrained from joining them in not-so-subtly criticizing China – once again signalling its keenness to avert irking the communist country. The diplomats of India, United States, Australia and Japan met in Bangkok on Friday, indicating a continuation of the ‘quad’ – as the consultation mechanism launched by the four nations in 2017 to counter China in Indo-Pacific is popularly known. New Delhi, however, did not join Washington, Canberra and Tokyo to stress on…

Top Asian News 9:41 a.m. GMT

BEIJING (AP) — China issued a report Sunday blaming the United States for a trade dispute and said it won’t back down on “major issues of principle,” but offered no clarification about what additional steps it will take to up the ante. The statement from the Cabinet spokesman’s office said that China has kept its word throughout 11 rounds of talks and will honor its commitments if a trade agreement is reached. It accused the U.S. of backtracking three times over the course of the talks by introducing new tariffs…

US says Chinese defence minister’s tough words on Taiwan, South China Sea were for home audience, Singapore News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe’s tough words on Taiwan and its military activities in the South China Sea were directed primarily towards the audience back home, a top United States official attending the Shangri-La Dialogue said on Sunday (June 2). Providing the first official US response to General Wei’s speech at the Dialogue, Ms Andrea Thompson, the Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, said: “As I took it, it seemed very tailored towards his leadership.” In his speech, Gen Wei warned Washington not to interfere…

Asia Times | China’s Wei threatens ‘fight to the end’ with US

China’s top security official articulated today (June 2) an uncompromising defense of his country’s stance on the contested South China Sea and threats to invade Taiwan in an anticipated address at a top security conference in Singapore. “Building facilities on one’s own territories is not militarization,” Lieutenant General Wei Fenghe said, responding to accusations that China has militarized islands in the sea as a means of taking effective control of what the US and others regard as international waters. Wei also warned of a “fight to the end” with the…

South China Sea latest news: US-Beijing tensions ERUPT over defence weapons | World | News

In the US Department of Defence’s annual report to Congress on the military and security developments involving China, officials found new radar and anti-ship and aircraft missile systems had been placed at key spots around the hotly disputed waters. The report comes as tensions over the water, dubbed the richest in the world, continue to escalate between China, the US and other neighbouring nations of the sea. It reads: “China has ceased South China Sea land reclamation and completed major military infrastructure at three outposts. “However, it has continued militarisation…

China announces South China Sea military training exercises

BEIJING – China has closed off an area of the South China Sea this week for military training. The China Maritime Safety Administration says drills are being held all day Sunday and half a day Tuesday in an area near China’s holdings in the Paracel island group. China claims virtually the entire South China Sea as its own territory and strongly objects to naval activity in the area by other nations. Another five governments exercise overlapping claims, particularly in the Spratly islands to the east. The waterway rich in fishing…

Chinese general tells US to stop using Taiwan, South China Sea to stir up trouble – South China Morning Post

Chinese general tells US to stop using Taiwan, South China Sea to stir up trouble  South China Morning Post China says U.S. actions on Taiwan, South China Sea threaten stability  Reuters Defense chief calls out China on tech theft, South China Sea  Washington Post Rival South China Sea visions in spotlight as Washington, Beijing front Shangri-La Dialogue  CNN Shanahan: China’s militarization of South China Sea ‘excessive’ | TheHill  The Hill View full coverage on Google News Source link