The Marines want a missile to chase down moving ships in the South China Sea and other contested waterways

As it shifts its focus toward a potential fight with another great power, the Marine Corps wants to be able to strike an adversary hard at sea. The Corps is looking for missiles that it can fire against enemy ships while they’re on the move. “That is what matters in a contested environment in the South China Sea,” Lt. Gen. Eric Smith, commander of Marine Corps Combat Development Command, told lawmakers Thursday. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. The US Marine Corps says it needs ground-launched missiles that can…

South China Sea: Brink of war over waters as China continues to flex military muscle | World | News

Warships, coastguard vessels, militia boats and oil rigs in the contested waters have doubled as Malaysia, Vietnam and China fight for their claim to the sea. Chinese military aircraft have conducted anti-submarine drills in the contested waters in recent weeks. This was in response to the USS Mc Campbell sail through the contested region. China conducted joint exercises in mid–March despite knowing the risk of aggravating other claimant countries. China has also activated its fishermen militia which have outnumbered all countries fishing boats in the SCS, in a bid to…

China’s Military Modernization Is Becoming A Real Problem For America

Key point: Since the fall of the Soviet Union, the U.S. shipbuilding industry has experienced a tremendous decline. China is modernizing every element of its military. It has announced plans to field a world-class military by 2035 and a dominant military by mid-century.1 Consistent with its goal of regional hegemony, China is building Navy, Coast Guard, and merchant ships faster than any other nation. Its Navy now directly commands China’s Coast Guard, adding hundreds of ships to its fleet. China’s fleet of warships now outnumbers U.S. warships in the Indo-Pacific by…

Beijing is at a Pax Sinica moment post Covid-19

China has to strategize on how not to fracture its long-held relationships. With Covid-19 becoming a pandemic, Beijing has entangled itself in several foreign policy challenges. Around the world, political reservations and strategic objections on China and Chinese sponsored schemes will grow. China’s “charm-offensive” of reaching out to countries by building goodwill through “developmental partnerships” and flooding them with Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) projects will not be easy to carry out from here on. The debate might also persist over whether it is a “Chinese virus” for which Beijing…

Preparing to fight China, the new imperial Japan, Marines look for victory in 1940s roots

How does the Marine Corps plan to defeat an enemy that has the same ambition as Imperial Japan — seizing control of the far western Pacific Ocean and then using that control to deny the free political and trade choices of other nations. By doing sort of what my grandfather did on Okinawa. Secure control of forward territory. As reported by the Wall Street Journal and formalized by Marines Corps guidance this week, the Marines are returning to their Pacific roots. The brainchild of the Marine Corps’ relatively new Commandant…

Angry US-China rivalry intensifies despite Trump talk with Xi Jinping

President Trump has enraged the Chinese Communist Party by signing legislation Thursday that will help American diplomats fight Beijing’s attempts to isolate Taiwan, a sign that antagonism between China and the United States continues to ramp up. “We strongly urge the US to correct its mistake, refrain from implementing this act and obstructing other countries’ pursuit of relations with China,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Friday. “Otherwise, it will be met with resolute countermeasure from the Chinese side.” Trump signed the bill into law on the very same…

The Strategic Value And Vulnerability Of China’s South China Sea Bases – Analysis

Recent US freedom of navigation operations (FONOPs) challenging China’s claims in the South China Sea have re-raised the questions of purpose and vulnerability of China’s bases there.     One argument has it that the bases are not significant either strategically or tactically; and in any case can be easily neutralized in a conflict.  But others argue that the bases are a critical part of China’s strategy to dominate the South China Sea and Southeast Asia. They also argue that these bases serve as command, control, communications, computers, intelligence surveillance and…

Breaking With China Is Exactly the Wrong Answer

Once again, these joint efforts saved lives. From 2014 to 2016, 28,000 people in West Africa contracted Ebola, far fewer than the 1.4 million the U.S. CDC had predicted near the beginning of the outbreak. In August 2014, 40 percent of Americans told pollsters that they expected a “large outbreak” of Ebola in the United States. Ultimately, only a single American died. On Obama’s final trip to China in 2016, the two governments agreed to jointly finance a headquarters for the African Union’s Centres for Disease Control and Prevention so…

Commentary: A cat-and-mouse game between pirates and Southeast Asian maritime security authorities

SINGAPORE:  “A lion never dies; it sleeps”, says an African proverb. The same can be said for Southeast Asian pirates and sea robbers, long neglected after the academic and diplomatic world chose to refocus on illegal fishing in the South China Sea in recent years given rising tensions in those disputed waters. Advertisement Advertisement Like the phoenix, regional pirates and sea robbers may rise from the ashes. The Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) Information Sharing Centre, based in Singapore, rang the…

Editorial: Stealthy as ever | Eleven Media Group Co., Ltd

MANILA (Philippines Daily Inquirer/ANN) – As the Philippines battles the spread of COVID-19 among its people, another malignancy continues to cast a shadow in a specific part of the country—the West Philippine Sea, where last week the Chinese Academy of Sciences launched two research stations on Fiery Cross (Kagitingan) and Subi (Zamora) Reefs in the Spratly Islands, ostensibly to “help scientists expand their research into deep sea ecology, geology, environment, material sciences and marine energy.” According to China’s state news agency Xinhua, the research stations “play a part in monitoring ecological…