Raja Mandala: China at sea

Written by C. Raja Mohan | Updated: December 10, 2019 12:10:52 am Beijing’s expansive investment in marine scientific research is very much part of its rise as a great maritime power and dovetails into its regional strategies. (File) Recent reports that the Indian Navy “chased out” a Chinese vessel — Shiyan 1— from the Andaman Sea should draw Delhi’s attention to Beijing’s growing maritime scientific capabilities and its ambitious research agenda for distant waters. Shiyan 1 is operated by the Chinese Academy of Sciences and is part of Beijing’s growing…

India, France to sign pact on securing military communication

NEW DELHI: India and France are to sign a pact on securing communication links between their top military officials, a sign of their deepening defence partnership especially in the Indian Ocean region that comes against the backdrop of an increased Chinese footprint and the persistence of threats like the Islamic State. In New Delhi for talks with his Indian counterparts, his fourth in 14 months, Didier Maleterre, the joint commander of the French Forces based in the Indian Ocean and based in Abu Dhabi, told reporters that the pact with…

India expels Chinese ship

BEIJING — Here’s your weekly look at recent developments in the South China Sea (and Indian Ocean) where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and are rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. INDIAN NAVY EXPELS CHINESE SHIP India’s navy says it expelled a Chinese research ship that was conducting illegal activities within Indian waters. The incident was reported earlier this month, although Indian reports said the expulsion…

Opinion | Don’t Let China Win the Green Race

How? Just think about the options we could explore. We could expand the electric vehicle tax credit, making it fully refundable at the time of purchase. That means a person wouldn’t have to wait a year for their tax refund but would receive money back immediately when buying an electric vehicle. If these credits are tied to domestic manufacturing, private sector jobs will return to auto industry towns. We could add two zeros to the end of the budget for ARPA-E, the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, taking it from a…

Fake news of a Chinese nuclear explosion got Russian attention

A Russian government agency helped amplify a US radio host’s fake news that the Chinese had detonated a nuclear device. Credit: Bulletin. (Putin image via www.kremlin.ru / Creative Commons) After nighttime AM radio host, white supremacist, and former US federal convict Hal Turner posted the shocking “news” on his website last month that China may have exploded a nuclear weapon in the ocean, conspiracy theorists and supposed news sources alike pushed the story hard on Twitter. But it turns out they weren’t the only ones following this false report. The…

South China Sea crisis: How US submarines could clash with Chinese vessels | World | News

The presence of Chinese submarines does not match the US, in the same way Washington enjoys military superiority in all areas. But as Beijing begins to invest heavily in its development of weaponry, submarine presence could be another area of intense contest as both the US and China look to assert their dominance. The US has sought to disrupt China‘s grip over the key Spratly Islands chain, but some analysts have suggested that this could spark retaliation from Beijing. This could involve the Chinese Navy pushing its submarines further out…

South China Sea: We often go to South China Sea as international ‘law of the sea’ is at risk there:French Navy Chief

NEW DELHI: The French Navy goes to South China Sea multiple times in a year as international ‘law of the sea‘ is at risk there and it wants to support freedom of navigation, its chief said on Monday. China claims the South China Sea as its sovereign territory, but these claims overlap with those of other Asian governments. Meanwhile, China on Monday urged the US military to “stop flexing muscles” in the disputed South China Sea, a point of persistent friction between both the sides. French Navy Chief Admiral Christophe…