U.S. Blasts Chinese Missile Launches in South China Sea As ‘Meant to Intimidate’

The Pentagon has condemned what it called “disturbing” Chinese missile drills in the contested South China Sea, claiming the action was “meant to intimidate” other nations. U.S. military officials on Tuesday confirmed anonymous tips sent to NBC News that Chinese forces conducted anti-ship ballistic missile drills in the South China Sea this weekend. Pentagon spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Dave Eastburn said the military “was aware of the Chinese missile launch from the man-made structures in the South China Sea near the Spratly Islands,” Reuters reported. “I’m not going to speak on…

US criticises Chinese ‘missile launches’ in South China Sea

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The US accuses China of militarising the South China Sea (file photo) The US has accused China of conducting missile launches in the South China Sea, describing Beijing’s actions as “meant to intimidate”. US media first reported the launches citing unnamed Pentagon officials. Beijing had announced military drills but did not confirm the allegations that it launched missiles in the disputed waters. Taiwan, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam all make claims to parts of the sea. China however claims a huge area known as…

China Missile Tests in South China Sea Highlights Beijing’s Ambitions in Region

Beijing’s recent testing of missiles in the South China Sea has intensified concerns over the Chinese military activities in the hotly contested waters. Over the past weekend, China tested multiple anti-ship ballistic missiles in the disputed waters, said a U.S. official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, according to Reuters. The Pentagon on July 3 condemned the tests, saying it was a “disturbing” act that contradicted Chinese pledges not to militarize the region. “Of course the Pentagon was aware of the Chinese missile launch from the man-made structures in…

Cost of China damage to PH reefs: P33B a year

SHATTERED CORALS Fragile corals, living organisms that also provide shelter to fish and other marine creatures, take decades to grow but can be destroyed in mere seconds through harmful fishing methods by poachers and illegal fishermen. Scientists say declining fish catch is a sign of continuing reef destruction resulting in lostmarine resources valued at about P33 billion yearly.—PHOTO COURTESY OF DR. DEO FLORENCE ONDA OF THE UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES’ MARINE SCIENCE INSTITUTE MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines is losing about P33.1 billion annually from the damaged reef ecosystems at…

China missile test in South China Sea ‘disturbing’, says Pentagon

“Of course the Pentagon was aware of the Chinese missile launch from the man-made structures in the South China Sea near the Spratly Islands,” Pentagon spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Dave Eastburn said. “I’m not going to speak on behalf of all the sovereign nations in the region, but I’m sure they agree that the PRC’s behaviour is contrary to its claim to want to bring peace to the region and obviously actions like this are coercive acts meant to intimidate other (South China Sea) claimants,” Eastburn added. (PRC is an acronym…

Philippines to Probe US Report of Chinese Missile Test in South China Sea

Manila will investigate what U.S. officials described as a “disturbing” report that Beijing had tested anti-ship ballistic missiles in the disputed South China Sea, the Philippine defense chief said Wednesday. The Philippines has not monitored such activity, but the report came as both Manila and Beijing were trying to smooth a row caused by the ramming last month of a Filipino fishing boat by a bigger Chinese trawler off Recto Bank, an area within the Philippine exclusive economic zone. “We have no first-hand knowledge about this missile launch except this…

Pentagon seeks ideas for small military space station

July 3 (UPI) — The Defense Innovation Unit of the Pentagon announced a call for ideas for a small, autonomous military space station this week. The “solicitation brief,” known in civilian circles as a request for proposal, seeks “solutions for a self-contained and free flying orbital outpost. The solution must be capable of supporting space assembly, microgravity experimentation, logistics and storage, manufacturing, training, test and evaluation, hosting payloads, and other functions.” It specifies no more than 35 cubic feet of available experimentation space, indicating it is inappropriate for human habitation.…