China accuses US Navy of ‘deliberate provocations’ in South China Sea – South China Morning Post

China accuses US Navy of ‘deliberate provocations’ in South China Sea  South China Morning Post Navy warship steams near contested Spratly Island reefs militarized by China  Stars and Stripes US Navy sails warship near disputed islands in South China Sea for first time in 2020  The Japan Times Navy conducts year’s first FONOP in South China Sea  NavyTimes.com USS Montgomery Conducts First 2020 FONOP in South China Sea  USNI News View full coverage on Google News Source link

US demonstrates unprecedented maritime patrol and surveillance system

Northrop Grumman and the US Navy have celebrated the first deployment of the MQ-4C Triton, providing military commanders in the Pacific greater maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance data to inform critical decision making in one of the most strategically important regions in the world. Northrop Grumman and the US Navy have celebrated the first deployment of the MQ-4C Triton, providing military commanders in the Pacific greater maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance data to inform critical decision making in one of the most strategically important regions in the world. Getting unmanned…

Bubbling carbon dioxide vent discovered on the seafloor off the Philippines

Diving hundreds of feet below the surface of the ocean off the coast of the Philippines, scientists came across a bubbling hotspot of carbon dioxide. And this newly discovered vent might help us predict how coral reefs will deal with climate change, according to a new study.  Bayani Cardenas, a professor in the Department of Geological Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin, accidentally discovered this carbon dioxide fountain while researching the effect of groundwater runoff into the ocean environment in the Philippines’s Verde Island Passage. This strait that…

The 3 real issues behind the Wuhan Virus

There are 3 things we need to think about in regards to the Wuhan virus. 1: Is China telling the truth? At this stage we simply can not know for sure the true level of infection or death rates. The panic the truth could cause in a country already under economic stress is too dangerous for Officials to acknowledge so we simply can’t know how dangerous or how transmittable this novel virus is yet. Without knowing that it makes effectively countering a possible pandemic much more difficult. 2: The impact…

Reassessing Australia’s defence policy (part 1): What is the ADF for?

Four years have now passed since the release of the 2016 defence white paper, the most recent comprehensive review of Australia’s defence policy and capability. The main contours of that document were set down as early as 2014, which was arguably too early to take full account of the geostrategic implications of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and China’s island-building in the South China Sea. Since that time, the defence policy of Australia’s friends and allies in the northern hemisphere has changed dramatically and now focuses on major-power conflict with Russia…

Coronavirus: Celebrity, Holland America Line and Seabourn Cruises Refuse to Cancel or Refund Cruises to China

Several major cruise lines, including Celebrity Cruises, Holland America Line and Seabourn Cruises, are refusing to cancel voyages out of China as concerns grow about the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus. The New York Times published an article this morning that Hong Kong has restricted travel from mainland China due to the deadly outbreak as infections reportedly exceed 4,500. As of this morning, these companies have also decided not to refund their customers’ cruise fare for cruises scheduled to call on Chinese ports.  A regular commentator on our firm’s Cruise Law News Facebook Page…

USS Montgomery Conducts First 2020 FONOP in South China Sea

The Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Montgomery (LCS 8) operates in the South China Sea. Navy photo Over the weekend, Littoral Combat Ship USS Montgomery (LCS-8) conducted a freedom of navigation operation through waters near the Spratly Islands claimed by China, Taiwan and Vietnam, the Navy said. Montgomery, an Independence-variant LCS, steamed past the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea on Saturday, according to a statement released by U.S. 7th Fleet. Montgomery’s FONOP is believed to be the first of 2020 in the South China Sea. China, Vietnam, Taiwan,…

Huawei Wins the 5G Battle for Britain (But America and China’s 5G Fight Is Not Over)

British politics have been upended by Brexit ever since that fateful day in June 2016, when the British public surprised the world and voted to leave the European Union. The last three years and seven months have consisted of two British prime ministers, Theresa May and Boris Johnson, trying to figure out how to implement the Brexit separation with the least amount of damage to the UK’s economic and diplomatic power as possible.   Brexit, however, has moved over as of late to make room for another important issue—whether Huawei,…

What’s Next for Vietnam’s Maritime Militia? – The Diplomat

ASEAN Beat | Diplomacy | Security | Southeast Asia Vietnam’s development of so-called maritime militias continues to surface in the headlines within its wider range of capabilities. Advertisement Last week, reports surfaced that Vietnam was looking to build up so-called maritime militias across several provinces in the country. The development spotlighted one aspect of Vietnam’s continued inroads with respect to its maritime capabilities amid the range of challenges that Hanoi faces. As I have observed before, Vietnam possesses one of the most robust defense capabilities in the Asia-Pacific region, and this extends into the maritime realm…

Esper warns of tough decisions in Pentagon budget due out next month

‘IT’S GOING TO BE HARD’: Defense Secretary Mark Esper is telling anyone who will listen that next year’s FY 2021 Pentagon budget, due out next month, will be a marked departure from the past two years. The days of big increases in defense spending are ending, and the era of hard choices is beginning, as the U.S. military refocuses to meet new geopolitical realities and emerging technological threats — in particular countering Russia and China, and defeating hypersonic weapons. “That requires again, a whole new way of thinking, new warfighting…