We Asked an Expert To Simulate a U.S.-China War in the South China Sea

Key Point: War games give us a possible glimpse into future battle plays. The year is 2016, and two of the U.S. Navy’s latest ships are backing a key ally in the tinderbox of the South China Sea. They’re facing down the Chinese navy halfway across the world with the latest weapons and systems the United States can get its hands on. But is it enough? For more than a hundred years, the U.S. Navy has been using naval wargames to test ships, tactics and strategy. Today, thanks to the ability of computers…

The Navy and Marines Want a New Land-Based, Ship-Killing Missile

The U.S. Navy wants an anti-ship missile to protect friendly forces in coastal areas. The prime candidate is the Naval Strike Missile, already serving on U.S. Navy ships. The coastal defense mission is something the Pentagon hasn’t done for more than half a century, but is reviving as an option against countries like Russia or China. The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps want a land-based version of the new Naval Strike Missile. The two services envision using the missile to make adversaries stay away from U.S. and allied-held islands and…

US and China are in the same boat: Ezra Vogel

Photo: Wen Yan Editor’s Note: Ezra Feivel Vogel, Professor Emeritus at Harvard University, has written a number of masterpieces on Japan and China, such as Japan as Number One: Lessons for America, and Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China. Last summer, amid escalating tensions between the US and China, about 100 scholars, diplomats, business people and military experts of the US signed an open letter – “China is not an enemy,” calling for reexamination of US policy toward China. The 90-year-old professor was among them. How does he analyze…

While the West dawdles, China continues its global BRI projects – The Reporter

The People’s Republic of China is the new imperialist nation in the world, and has been for a long time. Perhaps this isn’t news to a considerable number of Americans and others across the planet, but I was still grateful to hear Secretary of Defense Mark Esper recently remind the nation that, despite other distracting news, particularly the Senate trial of President Donald J. Trump, U.S. intelligence and defense officials have kept their collective eye on China. In the last 10 years, I have visited Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, China, India…

South China Sea crisis: How Philippines could drag US into explosive war with China | World | News

The US has become an extremely important ally for the Philippines as the country aims to thwart China’s encroachment into the Manila economic exclusion zone. In 2016, the US reached an agreement with the Philippines to build five military installations located throughout the country. The base which infuriated Beijing more than any other was the Antonio Bautista Air Base on western Palawan island, which faces the hotly disputed Spratly islands directly. China has claimed ownership of the South China Sea and Spratly Island cluster that lies within it, infuriating the Philippines…

Is Singapore’s New Naval Addition A Threat to China?

Key point: Singapore might be small, but its used its wealth to invest in a capable military. On February 18, 2018, officials gathered to celebrate the launch of a new state-of-the-art submarine at a shipyard in Kiel, Germany. But unlike similar Type 212 submarines previously built there, the seventy-meter long diesel-submarine isn’t destined to shadow Russian submarines in the cold waters of the Baltic Sea. Instead, the Invincible will lurk in the warmer Pacific waters around the Straits of Malacca in the service of the Republic of Singapore Navy. In so…

China news: China orders school books destroyed – reprinted with ‘thoughts of Xi Jinping’ | World | News

The systematic deletion of literature has been instigated at every level, from primary and secondary schools and even in higher education departments, such as the prestigious Tsinghua University in Beijing. The order came from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP’s) ministry of education after they released a statement in October 2019 ordering the destruction of books “that damage the unity of the country, sovereignty or its territory; books that upset society’s order and damage societal stability; books that violate the Party’s guidelines and policies, smear or defame the party, the country’s…

As World Economy Shifts Gears, Trade Growth Slows

As the global business and political elite gather at Davos this year, the question remains open: Is the trade war on? Or is it off again? As far as China and the United States are concerned, a tenuous truce seems to have been declared. Phase 1, signed last week, eases some Trump administration sanctions on China in return for Beijing’s vow to step up its purchases of American farm products and other goods. But cheer not. Few experts believe that this opens a path to Phase 2 and beyond. The…