South China Sea crisis: the 1979 war that saw thousands die in brutal fighting | World | News

On February 17, 1979, hundreds of thousands of Chinese troops crossed Vietnam’s northern border to invade the country, waging a bloody strike along the 370-mile border that the two nations share. From the standpoint of historians, China’s month-long invasion of Vietnam is understood to have been a response to what Beijing considered to be a collection of provocative actions and policies undertaken by Hanoi. Chinese forces captured several Vietnamese cities, provoked by their need to prevent Vietnamese influence in Cambodia, where Vietnam had invaded and occupied in 1978. Historically, China…

Beijing’s South China Sea Aggression Is a Warning to Taiwan – Foreign Policy

China’s increasingly assertive actions in the South China Sea have drawn plenty of attention. But its moves are important not just for Beijing’s ambitions there, but for its wider playbook for wielding power and influence in the Indo-Pacific—and what it might have in store for Taiwan. Beijing has set out expansive territorial claims in its “nine-dash line,” which lays claim to virtually all the South China Sea, and advanced them through an integrated, whole-of-government approach, including the use of aggressive diplomacy and quasimilitary as well as military forces. China has…

New Task Force 70 commander takes charge aboard USS Ronald Reagan in the South China Sea – Pacific

New Task Force 70 commander takes charge aboard USS Ronald Reagan in the South China Sea YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Command of the Navy’s largest group of warships changed hands Sunday aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan in the South China Sea, according to the Navy. Rear Adm. George M. Wikoff took charge of Task Force 70 from Rear Adm. Karl Thomas, who led the group, based in Yokosuka, through several tense operations and major multinational exercises in his 14 months at the helm. Task…

Progress made in South China Sea Code of Conduct as Beijing eases up on demands – Locsin

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 25) — China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have agreed on a draft of the Code of Conduct in the disputed South China Sea. Foreign Affairs Secretary Tedoro “Teddy Boy” Locsin, Jr. said this was made possible after Beijing “softened its insistence on controversial provisions” that earlier delayed the passage of the accord, which would outline what countries can and cannot do in contested waters. “Their objectionable provisions excluding the Western military presence… they’re not holding on to that anymore,” Locsin said…

US, Taiwanese Governments Cohost ‘Pacific Islands Dialogue’ to Discuss Closer Cooperation

TAIPEI, Taiwan—The threats posed by the Chinese regime and the importance of Taiwan in the Indo-Pacific region were spotlighted during a regional forum hosted by U.S. officials and Taiwanese government officials on Oct. 7. And for the first time, Taiwan’s foreign minister confirmed that the Chinese regime had plans to increase their military presence in two Pacific nations that recently cut diplomatic ties with Taiwan, warning that those projects could threaten U.S. security interests in the region. In September, Taiwan lost two of its Pacific allies, the Solomon Islands and…

World War 3: China show mystery supersonic cruise missile weapon – South China Sea latest | World | News

China have showcased a design unlike any other in the military’s arsenal in a shocking video which was quickly re-edited to emit the weapon, sparking speculation the weapon was unveiled accidentally. China’s military recently published a video containing a clip of what appeared to be the launch of a new type of supersonic cruise missile. The military later withdraw the film and replaced it with a version with that scene removed. The original footage was released on social media by the People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force as part of the…

South China Sea news: The secret plan the Philippines have employed to gain upper hand | World | News

Dr Namrata Goswami, Senior Analyst and Author, argues that Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte could be playing Russia against China, and both nations against the US. The aim for the president is to attempt to gain a foothold in the region, while also securing trade deals. According to Forbes, Dr Goswami said: “It is clear since 2016 when Duterte became President that he has shifted his focus to China as the pre-eminent partner. “This was obvious from his five visits to China and with none to the US to meet Trump.”…

Indo-Pacific partners should coordinate to stem China’s expansion, experts say – Pacific

YOKOHAMA, Japan — China’s growing economic might and its “destructive behaviors” in the South China Sea mean for the first time in history one country could control both the Asian mainland and the seas around it, a former Indian foreign secretary said Sunday. Amb Kanwal Sibal, a former Indian foreign secretary who spoke during a panel discussion on sea power, said China’s rise is intimidating. India sees China as its “greatest challenger,” he said. “Never in history has a country expanded at this rate.” Sibal and experts…

Paterson’s Damian Gonzalez Calling Signals in South China Sea for US Navy

SOUTH CHINA SEA – Paterson’s Damian Gonzalez is serving as a Naval Aircrewman 2nd Class  in the US Navy. Stationed on the USS Wayne E Meyer, Gonzalez is seen signaling information to pilots of an MH-60 Sea Hawk Helicopter, assigned to the “Easyriders” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 37, on the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer’s flight deck. The USS Wayne E Meyer is currently conducting operations in the Indo-Pacific region while assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, the Navy’s largest forward-deployed DESRON and the U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface force.…

Water Wars: Drill, Maybe, Drill

China and Vietnam are poised for confrontation over oil drilling in the southwestern portion of the South China Sea. Vietnam alleges that a Chinese survey vessel, Haiyang Dizhi 8, has been conducting an oil and gas survey within Vietnam’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) since July 2019. The Chinese survey vessel left the disputed Vanguard Bank west of the Spratly Islands on Sept. 23 and traveled to Fiery Cross Reef, a Chinese-occupied feature in the Spratlys.  However, it is unclear if Haiyang Dizhi 8 will return to the disputed waters, and…