US-ASEAN Wrap Up First Combined Naval Drills

The United States and 10 Southeast Asian countries have concluded their first combined naval exercise in the Gulf of Thailand and contested South China Sea, with officials from both sides saying it was a success and would help them address security threats more efficiently. At least eight warships, four aircraft and more than a thousand personnel from 11 countries took part in the five-day Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-U.S. Maritime Exercise (AUMX), which ended on Friday and was co-led by Thailand and the United States. “The ASEAN-U.S. Maritime Exercise…

Our National Interest and the South China Sea

It’s difficult to explain how a country goes about defining its national interests. Sure, we know the policy processes. We know the considerations. Interests in borders, war, and peace are easy to understand. But why are other, more abstract interests, such as American concern for the freedom of navigation in a far-flung place like the South China Sea, so enduring? I could make a wonky argument around the free flow of trade and the global commons, the need to maintain access for warships required in the defense of American allies,…

International community condemns China’s illegal activities in East Sea

There has been widespread international condemnation of China’s illegal activities in the Vietnamese Tu Chinh reef. (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – There has been widespread international condemnation of China’s illegal activities in the Tu Chinh reef, international known as Vanguard Bank, in Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the East Sea (internationally known as South China Sea). In his writing posted on Eurasia Review, Indonesian senior journalist Veeramalla Anjaiah voiced objection to China’s recent activities in the Vietnamese waters, saying they are clear violations of the United Nations Convention on…

GPM satellite finds heavy rainfall on northern side of typhoon Lingling

IMAGE: The GPM core satellite passed over Typhoon Lingling in the South China Sea on Sept. 6 at 2:16 a.m. EDT (0616 UTC). GPM found the heaviest rainfall (pink) at a… view more  Credit: Credit: NASA/JAXA/NRL The Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM core satellite analyzed the rainfall rates happening within Typhoon Lingling and found the heaviest precipitation on its northern side. The GPM core satellite passed over Typhoon Lingling in the South China Sea on Sept. 6 at 2:16 a.m. EDT (0616 UTC). GPM found the heaviest rainfall at a…

The United States Must Work with China to Ensure Freedom of Navigation in the Arctic

During his visit to the Arctic Council ministerial meeting in Finland in May, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo outlined his concerns for the rapidly changing Arctic region. As the Arctic is quickly becoming a center for great power competition, top among Pompeo’s worries is China’s increased influence in the region. But Pompeo should not be so quick to demonize China’s role in the Arctic. Even though China poses a risk to some American interests in the Arctic, American and Chinese interests are aligned on the issue of freedom of…

Europe should be wary of China, US Defense Secretary Esper cautions

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper is cautioning Europe to be wary of China, asserting that the nation is seeking to expand its influence at the expense of others. In London on Friday, during his first major policy speech since becoming defense secretary, Esper argued that Beijing seeks greater global influence by leveraging economic power and stealing technology. His speech comes amid a more than yearlong trade war between the U.S and China that is shaking up supply chains all over the world. “I would caution my friends in Europe — this is not a problem in some distant…

Nuclear watchdog chief to meet top Iranian officials in Tehran on Sunday

VIENNA, Sept 6 (Reuters) – The acting chief of the U.N. nuclear watchdog policing Iran’s nuclear deal with major powers, Cornel Feruta, will meet senior Iranian officials in Tehran on Sunday, a spokesman for the International Atomic Energy Agency said on Friday. “The visit is part of ongoing interactions between the IAEA and Iran,” the spokesman said. The trip comes before a quarterly meeting of the IAEA’s 35-nation Board of Governors next week and after an IAEA report suggested Iran’s cooperation with the agency was less than ideal, saying: “Ongoing…

US Navy sends new ship-killer Naval Strike Missile to China’s backyard

WASHINGTON — It can travel more than 100 nautical miles, passively detect an enemy through imaging stored in its computer brain and can kill a target so precisely that an operator can tell it to aim for a specific point on a ship — the engine room or the bridge, for example. And it’s heading to China’s stomping grounds. The US Navy littoral combat ship Gabrielle Giffords deployed Tuesday from San Diego, California, packing the service’s new Naval Strike Missile, transforming the LCS from an under-gunned concept ship gone awry…

China’s Supersonic JH-7A Fighter-Bomber Is A Blast From the Past

China has also been developing a supersonic YJ-12 anti-ship missile, which it claims the JH-7 will carry. This would prove much more difficult to defend against than the YJ-83, as it would be able to race up to four times the speed of sound and attack vessels up to 250 miles away.  On August 8, Chinese media reported that the People’s Liberation Army Air Force had unveiled a new variant of its JH-7A maritime strike jet at the Russian Aviadarts aviation competition. The new model, called the JH-7AII, was not…