US defence strategy in Indo-Pacific region faces ‘unprecedented crisis’ | Australia news

America’s military authority is waning and it is ill-prepared to go to war with China in the Indo-Pacific region, a new report from the United States Studies Centre has warned, arguing Australia must move towards a shared reliance on a network of allies, in particular Asian militaries such as Japan, for its security. The report, Averting Crisis, says America’s defence strategy in the Indo-Pacific region is in “the throes of an unprecedented crisis”, created by a mismatch between its ambition to remain the region’s dominant military power, and an overstretched…

‘Irritant’ maritime survey issue ‘important’ to raise in Duterte-Xi meeting: Panelo

MANILA – It is important for President Rodrigo Duterte to raise with his Chinese counterpart the maritime surveys being conducted by Beijing in Philippine waters without consent from Manila.  Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said this Saturday, in the wake of Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana’s statements Friday hitting the secrecy of the passage of 9 Chinese warships through the Sibutu Strait in Tawi-Tawi this year.  Duterte is set to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing later this month.  “That’s the call of the president whether he wants to raise…

Department warns of possible floods and landslides for 12 provinces

FILE PHOTO Officials and emergency responders in 12 provinces have been instructed to be prepared, and put equipment on standby, to cope with possible floods and landslides until August 20 (Tuesday). Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation director-general Chayaphol Thitisak says the alert was issued because of heavy downpours in the North, the Central and southeastern coastal areas. Officials were told to monitor weather conditions, as well as rainfall and river levels around the clock while also preparing fast-moving teams and equipment to be stationed at disaster-prone areas, ready to…

Labor says government failing to lead on China as more backbenchers speak out | Australia news

MPs and senators should receive foreign affairs and national intelligence briefings about China to remedy the government’s failure to discuss Australia’s relationship with the emerging superpower, Penny Wong has suggested. Labor’s shadow foreign affairs spokeswoman made the call on Sunday, citing the growing number of Coalition backbenchers raising concerns about China and free speech at Australian universities as evidence the government has failed to lead the conversation. Last week the Liberal chair of the intelligence and security committee, Andrew Hastie, warned the belief that China will liberalise leaves the West…

How ‘Adaptable Deck Launchers’ Could Turn Almost Any Ship into a Missile-Firing Warship

Over at The Drive, the redoubtable Tyler Rogoway relates the feel-good story of the summer, an instant classic: the defense firm BAE Systems says it has developed an “adaptable deck launcher” (ADL) that can be bolted onto any ship of war with deck space to spare. Weaponeers can load up the four-cell launcher with the same missile canisters used in the Mk 41 vertical launch system (VLS), the standard launcher installed aboard U.S. Navy cruisers and destroyers and ships from a handful of allied navies. BAE’s add-on deck launcher is…

US freedom of navigation operations in SCS mere deterrent to those who disobey int’l laws » Manila Bulletin News

Published August 18, 2019, 6:00 PM By Roy Mabasa The purpose of the freedom of navigation operations (Fonops) being conducted by the United States in the Indo-Pacific region, including the South China Sea, is to “highlight” and deter those that do not follow rules-based international order following reports that Chinese warships were recently spotted making unauthorized passage in the southern part of the Philippines. An aerial view of uninhabited island of Spratlys in the disputed South China Sea, April 21, 2017.(REUTERS/Erik De Castro / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) “We have…

Barnaby Joyce gives speech on army, South China Sea

news, latest-news, IT MIGHT only be a small, stone memorial carved out of hill in front of the Tamworth train station. But New England MP Barnaby Joyce regarded Tamworth’s Vietnam war monument, and the people it acknowledges as a foundation of the nation. Mr Joyce was the guest speaker on the city’s Vietnam Veterans’ Day service, which fell on the 53rd anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan. READ MORE: The former deputy prime minster used the opportunity to compare the threat of communism on the west in the 1960s,…

Taiwan earthquake: Massive magnitude of 5.0 rocks islands locked in the Ring of Fire | World | News

According to reports, the quake hit the city of Hualien on the east coast. The earthquake struck the island at 12.05pm local time (5.05am BST). According to the China Earthquake Networks Centre, the quake hit a depth of 6km (3.7 miles). As of yet, there have been no reports of damage or injuries. The quake caused “mild shocks” throughout central Taiwan according to Taiwan News. Today’s latest quake comes 12 hours after the island was struck by an initial earthquake. The magnitude 4.5 quake struck in the same area on…