Rising Challenges for Maritime Order

Chinese maritime militia members at a review, Tanmen, China (file image) By CIMSEC 2019-07-05 17:21:21 [By Dr. Patrick M. Cronin] The United States is a “seapower” in all senses of the word. Its history, prosperity, and security are inseparable from the oceans. Even U.S. states without coastlines depend on global supply chains and markets that move primarily through the oceans. The United States neglects its Navy at its peril. But military power must be accompanied by other types of power, both hard and soft. In his analysis of five maritime…

Pikon talo: US tells South China Sea claimants to remain calm in face of China’s missile testing

POLITIKO – The bible of Philippine Politics United States Ambassador to Manila Sung Kim on Wednesday urged all parties involved in the South China Sea to refrain from “provocative” and “unilateral” actions that go against international practices amid China’s reported missile testing in the disputed waters. “We obviously urge all countries to refrain from provocative and unilateral actions that are inconsistent with international norms and practices,” he said during a press conference in Makati City. “We have stated our position very clearly for quite some time now and I believe…

US: China test-fired missiles into South China Sea

A US military official has told NHK that China has test-fired missiles from the mainland into disputed waters in the South China Sea for the first time. The official said that the Chinese military launched a total of six missiles from the mainland on Sunday, US Pacific Time, and they landed in two separate areas in the South China Sea. The official said the US military is now analyzing the types of missiles that were fired. NBC News reported that China tested anti-ship ballistic missiles that are believed to possess…

BFAR set to validate damaged reef ecosystems in Spratly Islands

According to the University of the Philippines’ Marine Science Institute, the Philippines loses about P33.1-billion every year due to the damaged coral reefs in the disputed area of the West Philippine Sea. PHOTO COURTESY OF DR. DEO FLORENCE ONDA OF THE UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES’ MARINE SCIENCE INSTITUTE MANILA – Malacañang said the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) should validate a reported destruction of reef ecosystems in Panatag or Scarborough Shoal and Spratly Islands. Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said BFAR is set to conduct a study on the…

US slams Beijing’s missile test in South China Sea

US slams Beijing’s missile test in South China Sea Washington, July 3 (IANS) The Pentagon has called China’s missile launch in the disputed South China Sea as “disturbing” and contrary to Chinese President Xi Jinping’s pledge that he would not militarize the contested waterway. In a notice to mariners released on Saturday, China said it would be conducting military exercises till Wednesday in a large area of the South China Sea, north of the Spratly Islands. The missile test was part of those exercises, the US media reported. Taiwan, the Philippines,…

Japan Holds Naval Drills in South China Sea as China Tests Missiles

Japan’s largest warship, the Izumo, completed joint drills with allies including the U.S., France, and Australia this week, demonstrating Japan’s improved ability to project power across the region – pointedly including ground actions on islands like the ones China has been militarizing. China just used those islands to conduct missile tests that a growing list of Asian powers found disturbing, as did the United States. The Izumo was designed as a helicopter carrier, but it will soon undergo renovations that will allow it to launch advanced F-35 fighters, which require…

Pentagon Slammed Missile Test In South China Sea

Washington : The Pentagon has called China’s missile launch in the disputed South China Sea as “disturbing” and contrary to Chinese President Xi Jinping’s pledge that he would not militarize the contested waterway. In a notice to mariners released on Saturday, China said it would be conducting military exercises till Wednesday in a large area of the South China Sea, north of the Spratly Islands. The missile test was part of those exercises, the US media reported. Taiwan, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam all make claims to parts of…

China denies U.S. accusations of South China Sea missile tests

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s Defense Ministry on Friday denied U.S. accusations that the Chinese military had recently carried out missile tests in the disputed South China Sea, saying instead that they had held routine drills that involved the firing of live ammunition. The Pentagon said on Tuesday the missile launch was “disturbing” and contrary to Chinese pledges that it would not militarize the strategic waterway. A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said on Friday that according to initial information, China appeared to have tested multiple anti-ship ballistic missiles…

AFP: No sightings of anti-ship ballistic missile test in West PH Sea – UNTV News

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the 72nd Philippine Air Force Anniversary at the Col. Jesus Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on July 2, 2019. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte’s appeal for the military and police not to stage a coup d’etat during his term was just a random remark, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said on Wednesday (July 3). “That was a random remark on the part of the President and Commander-in-Chief, in so far as the AFP is concerned,”…