Japan envoy slams militarisation of South China Sea

It may be recalled that Japan has serious maritime disputes with China. New Delhi: Making clear his country’s unease with Chinese military assertiveness in the South China Sea without naming Beijing,  a top Japanese diplomat in New Delhi has said Japan “remains seriously concerned about the situation on the ground attempts to unilaterally alter the status quo and militarisation of disputed features”, adding that Japan “considers India as an indispensable strategic partner to work hand-in-hand to realise a free and open Indo-Pacific.   Speaking in the national capital on “Maritime…

US freedom-of-navigation operation in Caribbean off Venezuela coast

A US warship sailed along the Venezuelan coast in a freedom-of-navigation operation, the top US military commander in the region told lawmakers this week. Such operations by the US are not uncommon, but US military activity around Venezuela has gotten more scrutiny amid talk by US leaders of military intervention in the South American country. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. The US Navy littoral combat ship USS Detroit conducted a freedom-of-navigation operation off of Venezuela’s Caribbean coast, the US’s top military command in the region said Thursday. At…

Japan uneasy about China’s SCS movement

New Delhi: Making his country’s unease clear in a veiled manner about Chinese military assertiveness in the South China Sea (SCS) without naming Beijing,  a top Japanese diplomat posted in New Delhi has said Japan “remains seriously concerned about the situation on the ground attempts to unilaterally alter the status quo continue, and militarisation of disputed features”. He added that Japan “considers India as an indispensable strategic partner to work hand-in-hand to realise a free and open Indo-Pacific “.     Speaking in Delhi on “Maritime Security in the South…

Asia’s governments struggle to quash virus rumors

Mounting anxiety surrounding the coronavirus epidemic has governments in Asia scrambling to tamp down social media falsehoods that may fuel fear and lead to a breakdown in security or spread of dubious health information. With global cases touching 9,825 across as many 19 countries, theories and news — mostly unverified — have flourished online across the world. They range from miracle cures and prevention to racist tropes and big-pharma conspiracy theories. The struggle to stem the tide of bad information about the virus is a global one. But shutting down…

As China pushes into Pacific, Japan unveils long game in the region

Japan, like Australia, has watched anxiously as China offers to lay an undersea communications cable to the strategically sensitive Solomon Islands, or to build critical roads within PNG. China is focused on the Pacific islands as it seeks to extend its domain of power outward from its own shores, as part of its ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to reshape global trade and influence in Beijing’s favour. Japanese soldiers watch a march-past by Papua New Guinea’s military band.Credit:Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs The People’s Republic has ploughed investment into…

Asia governments struggle to crack down on Wuhan virus rumours

SINGAPORE/KUALA LUMPUR/BANGKOK (Jan 31): Mounting anxiety surrounding the coronavirus epidemic has governments in Asia scrambling to tamp down on social media falsehoods that may fuel fear and lead to a breakdown in security or spread of dubious health information. With global cases touching 9,825 across as many 19 countries, theories and news — mostly unverified — have flourished online across the world. They range from miracle cures and prevention to racist tropes and big pharma conspiracy theories. The struggle to stem the tide of bad information about the virus is…

China Coast Guard entering foreign waters via artificial islands

China Coast Guard entering foreign waters via artificial islands Jaime Laude (The Philippine Star) – February 1, 2020 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — China is now capitalizing on its artificial island military bases in the West Philippine Sea to advance its massive maritime and territorial claims deeper into Indonesian, Malaysian and Brunei waters in the South China Sea, a US-based think tank reported. In its latest report, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) said that Chinese Coast Guard (CCG) ships monitored last month…

South China Sea crisis: Beijing’s chilling Soviet Union style military plan revealed | World | News

Chilling for Washington however, is the fear that Chinese forces are mimicking the Soviet Union’s Cold War tactics in the escalating dispute. The island fortresses built by China in the South China Sea, also described as ‘bastions’ by some observers, resemble a similar tactic used by the Soviets in 1988. As international affairs magazaine National Interest highlights, Moscow’s ballistic missile armed submarines operated from bastions in the Barents Sea, located north of Norway and Russia. There, submarines could be concealed from enemy aircraft by land-based air and naval forces, ships…

China locked down 50 million people and has to keep them fed China

Beijing, Jan 31 (AP) Carrying permits demanding “fast passage,” truck drivers rushed a 560-ton shipment of disinfectant from eastern China to Wuhan, the locked-down city of 11 million people at the center of a vast effort to contain a new viral disease. Outside the metropolis in central China, the cargo was shifted to local trucks with drivers in masks and protective suits, part of a tightly controlled flow of food and other supplies through checkpoints that have blocked most access to Wuhan since Jan 23. As global anxiety about the…

Young Sailor Forges Path |

SOUTH CHINA SEA (NNS) — Aboard the Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Montgomery (LCS 8), Culinary Specialist Seaman Dustin Fontenot’s fingerprints are everywhere. Fontenot can be found in the galley preparing the crew’s dinner, walking through the passageways with black bags full of trash slung over his shoulder, or even in the helicopter control tower scanning the horizon for other ships and aircraft while standing lookout. Fontenot has made himself a vital part of Montgomery’s crew, albeit a unique one. Fontenot is the only seaman in a crew of more…