US, India, Japan Hold Massive Naval Drills Amid Rising China-Vietnam Dispute in South China Sea

Experts in both the US and India firmly believe that a full-fledged alliance between New Delhi and Washington is unlikely, the two countries can still reach a general an agreement to counter the rise of China since it is in their collective interest.  Despite Military Drills Near Chinese Border, Delhi Cannot Afford To Upset China: State Media In an article titled “The India Dividend: New Delhi Remains Washington’s Best Hope in Asia,” which was published in the September/October edition of Foreign Affairs magazine, authors Robert D. Blackwill, a Henry A.…

Hell: 3 Ways China and Japan Could Find Themselves in a Shooting War

Key point: Although it would be a bad idea to fight, flashpoints that trigger national interests and honor could still be triggered. China and Japan have gone to war three times since 1894. At the end of the Second World War, with Japan in ruins and under Allied control, it seemed unlikely the two countries would ever fight again. War between the two countries seemed even more unlikely after the adoption of Japan’s pacifist constitution, which disavows war as an instrument of national policy. At the time, China was a poor,…

Little tricks will not affect China and Chinese military’s development: MOD spokesperson

Ren Guoqiang, MOD spokesperson at the Thursday press conference Photo: MOD China firmly opposes the US fleet’s muscle flexing actions in the South China Sea and its attempts to militarize the region, Chinese Ministry of National Defense spokesperson Ren Guoqiang said at a routine press conference on Thursday.  He said satellite images show the US aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan was cruising in South China Sea waters, and Chinese naval vessels were seen nearby. “We urge the US side to respect the safety concerns of countries in the region and…

China has ‘greater stake’ in ensuring peace, stability in South China Sea — envoy

Ambassador Zhao Jianhua (Photo from the Facebook account of the Chinese Embassy in Manila) MANILA, Philippines — China has a “greater stake” in ensuring peace and stability in the South China Sea than any other nation, its top envoy to Manila said. In a speech at the celebration 70th founding anniversary of the People’s Republic of China in Makati City on Thursday, Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua expressed his country’s commitment to maintain regional peace and stability. “More than 60 percent of China’s foreign trade and energy supplies…

Philippines map breaks Essex auctioneers’ record

Image copyright Reeman Dansie Auctions Image caption The Murillo Velarde map details trading routes between islands and mainland China A 300-year-old map described as “the Holy Grail” for collectors has broken an auction house’s record after changing hands for £260,000. Just 15 copies of the 1734 Murillo Velarde map of the Philippines are believed to have survived. The sale price was the highest for a single lot in the 138-year history of Reeman Dansie Auctions in Essex. Auctioneer Daniel Wright said: “For collectors in this niche field, this map is…

China vows peace, stability with PH

MANILA – China is committed to maintaining peace and stability with the Philippines, saying the South China Sea is not the sum total of Philippine-China relations. During the reception marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua said China wants to work with the Philippines in existing mechanisms such as the bilateral consultation mechanism and joint coast guard committee in dealing with maritime issues.  Ambassador Zhao Jianhua offers toast during 70th China national day reception pic.twitter.com/tSkK4cLyGZ — Willard Cheng (@willardcheng) September…

Australia’s China policy dilemma

At stake are not only Australia’s prosperity and living standards – its record trade surplus of $49.89 billion for the 2018-19 financial year was buttressed by China’s demand for mining commodities – but also Canberra’s strategic room for manoeuvre. This China Matters Policy Brief first examines the debate over China in the United States and challenges the assumption that US policy is settled. Second, it shows that despite the broadly shared views of the difficulties posed by a rising China, US and Australian interests and approaches to China are not…

China news: Beijing unveils amphibious warship amid South China Sea disputes | World | News

The ship is the first in a new model of Type 075 class of amphibious assault ships as described on the Chinese People’s Liberation Army’s English language website. Analysts said the launch is yet another indication of the growing power of the Chinese fleet. Carl Schuster, a former United States Navy captain and Hawaii Pacific University instructor said: “It highlights China’s growing maritime power projection and the expansion of its amphibious warfare ambitions and forces.” Amphibious assault ships, sometimes called helicopter landing docks, can be described as small aircraft carriers…

China Is Building Supersonic Drones to Spy on Navy Aircraft Carriers

A new, apparently very fast drone type made its first public appearance at a rehearsal for a national celebration in Beijing on Sept. 21, 2019. The long, narrow unmanned aerial vehicle, reportedly designated DR-8, appears to be configured for supersonic flight. It likely is a reconnaissance craft. The DR-8 appeared on a trailer during a rehearsal for Oct. 1, 2019 celebrations commemorating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. “The DR-8 would be expected to play a key role should there be a conflict with…