Fresh water shows Taiping Island is not just rock: military | Politics | FocusTaiwan Mobile

Taipei, June 5 (CNA) A military official has reiterated that Taiping Island is an island, not just a rock, as he welcomed three Taiwanese naval ships that visited the island in the disputed South China Sea in late May, according to a Military News Agency report. Led by Rear Admiral Wang Kuo-chiang (王國強), the vessels moored at the Taiwan-controlled island, where they were invited by Captain Feng Yun-sheng (鳳運昇), the commander of Nansha Command, to drink fresh water drawn from the island’s Well No. 5. Feng said that the…

US prepares to sell $2B in weapons to Taiwan, testing China: sources

Female soldiers of an artillery unit take part in the live fire Han Kuang military exercise, which simulates China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) invading the island, in Pingtung, Taiwan May 30, 2019. Tyrone Siu, Reuters WASHINGTON – The United States is pursuing the sale of more than $2 billion worth of tanks and weapons to Taiwan, 4 people familiar with the negotiations said, in a move likely to anger China as a trade war between the world’s 2 biggest economies escalates. An informal notification of the proposed sale has been…

Asia Times | Is a cold war brewing in the South China Sea?

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that the administration of President Donald Trump is working on an Indo-Pacific strategy to guarantee the free passage of ships and cargo in the South China Sea. In a recent interview on Fox News, Pompeo indicated that the US was determined to protect its interests and those of its allies in the region. The dispute over sea borders between China and five other countries has now turned into a power tussle between the US and China. China is claiming more than 80%…

France seeks larger Asia presence while avoiding problems with China

Jean-Pierre Cabestan: France’s recent naval deployments in the South China Sea and the Taiwan Strait show its willingness to promote and defend international norms—in this particular case, the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, or UNCLOS. Like the United States and most other naval powers, France is attached to freedom of navigation in all international waters. France’s Pacific fleet is very small, comprising only two frigates and three patrol ships. As a result, the French navy has relied on its ships anchored in France, usually in Toulon,…

Exclusive: U.S. preparing to sell over $2 billion in weapons to Taiwan, testing China – sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is pursuing the sale of more than $2 billion (1.6 billion pounds) worth of tanks and weapons to Taiwan, four people familiar with the negotiations said, in a move likely to anger China as a trade war between the world’s two biggest economies escalates. FILE PHOTO: A U.S. M1A2 “Abrams” tank fires during U.S. led joint military exercise “Noble Partner 2016” in Vaziani, Georgia, May 24, 2016. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili/File Photo An informal notification of the proposed sale has been sent to the U.S. Congress,…

Asian countries fear China, but many won’t side with America

WHAT DO YOU buy the Asian defence minister who has everything? How about a “beautiful” photo-book of North Korean ships illegally transferring oil at sea? Patrick Shanahan, America’s acting defence secretary, presented the collection of grainy aerial shots to his Chinese counterpart, General Wei Fenghe, at the Shangri-La Dialogue, an annual gathering of military bigwigs in Singapore from May 31st to June 2nd. It was an emollient gesture in fractious times. When Banyan asked Mr Shanahan what he planned to say to General Wei in private, the answer was not…

Is China about to give America a ‘bloody nose’?

China is likely planning to give the United States a “bloody nose” in Asia — economically and militarily. This would be a turnabout of the tactic Washington openly considered in late 2017: launching a limited military strike to give the Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnKim Jong Un’s sister reappears in public Kim Jong Un’s sister reappears in public North Korean official reappears days after reported hard labor sentence MORE regime a taste of the consequences it would suffer if it persisted in its nuclear and missile testing and threats.   Aside…

These US partners in the Asia-Pacific are to receive ScanEagle drones

MELBOURNE, Australia — The U.S. Department of Defense has announced a contract award for 34 Insitu ScanEagle drones under the Foreign Military Sales program to partners in the Asia-Pacific region. Under the $47.9 million contract, announced May 31, the UAVs are for the governments of Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam. Respectively, they will take delivery of twelve, eight, eight and six ScanEagles. The manufacturer is a Boeing subsidiary.T The announcement marks the first time that military equipment will be transferred to Vietnam following the end of a U.S. arms…

Trump to Sell 34 Surveillance Drones to South China Sea Allies

U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration will sell 34 surveillance drones to four American allies in the South China Sea, Reuters reported Tuesday. The original announcement, made on Friday, came a few days before Gen. Wei Fenghe, China’s defense minister, warned during an annual security conference in Singapore that Beijing’s military will “resolutely take action” to defend Chinese claims over sovereign Taiwan and disputed South China Sea waters. China claims control over all of Taiwan’s territory and waters, according to the Associated Press (AP). The Chinese defense chief did not explicitly…