Vietnam’s Fishing Trawlers Entering Chinese Waters, Claims Beijing

In what may be a case of the abuser claiming to be the victim of abuse, Chinese diplomatic observers are claiming that Vietnamese fishing trawlers, some with armed militia, are entering into Chinese waters in the South China Sea. A think tank at Peking University named the South China Sea Strategic Situation Probing Initiative, issued a report that between Jan. 19 and 31, about 34 Vietnamese fishing boats sailed near the island of Hainan with some entering a 12 nautical mile territorial limit. The group of fishing vessels was described by…

Defense secretary raises concern over Chinese laser targeting in Pacific

As militaries increasingly adapt lasers to warfare, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper “raised concern” with China’s minister of national defense over the Asian power’s recent targeting of a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon with a weapons-grade laser while the maritime patrol aircraft flew in international airspace 380 miles west of Guam, the Pentagon said today. “The incident underscores the need for the two militaries to enhance bilateral crisis communication mechanisms to ensure incidents like this do not escalate or lead to miscalculation,” according to the Pentagon statement. Esper spoke Tuesday with…

America’s F-35 Is Already Outdated: What About a 6th Generation Fighter?

Key point: A U.S. aircraft that doesn’t have an airbase within range of the target, or even an airbase to operate from, is useless. The scenario goes like this: In 2030, Russia invades the Baltic States. As the U.S. sends forces to Europe, China seizes the opportunity to seize disputed islands in the South China Sea. American airpower flies to the rescue, only to discover that sophisticated Russian and Chinese fighters and anti-aircraft defenses have rendered the skies too deadly for older American planes to conduct missions. If this scenario were…

China rejects report it fired laser at US Navy plane

China’s Defense Ministry says a report one of its navy ships fired a laser at a U_S_ Navy surveillance plane circling overhead does not “accord with reality.” March 7, 2020, 4:53 AM 2 min read BEIJING — China’s Defense Ministry says a report one of its navy ships fired a laser last month at a U.S. Navy surveillance plane circling overhead does not “accord with reality.” The report last month was the latest accusation that Chinese forces have used lasers to harass and potentially damage U.S. and other nations’ military…

US Pacific Fleet commander values alliance with Philippines

US Pacific Fleet commander values alliance with Philippines Jaime Laude (The Philippine Star) – March 8, 2020 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — The United States Navy may be disappointed with Manila’s move to abrogate the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), but it still values its alliance with the Philippines, the commander of the US Pacific Fleet said Friday. Admiral John Aquilino, speaking through a teleconference with local and foreign media from Da Nang, Vietnam, said the US Navy will continue to operate together with the Philippine Navy. “It’s a little disappointing…

US Navy issues warning to China on Instagram: ‘You don’t want to play laser tag with us’

The U.S. Navy issued a warning to China’s Navy over Instagram this week, telling China that it doesn’t want to “play laser tag” with the U.S. Navy with their destroyer-based laser weapons. Last month, a Chinese People’s Liberation Army-Navy destroyer pointed a military grade laser weapon at a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon, which is an aircraft designed specifically for various types of sea-based warfare, including anti-submarine operations. According to Defense Department reports, the P-8A was flying approximately 380 miles west of Guam when it encountered a Chinese destroyer believed to…

Darwin couple home safe after two weeks stranded in South China Sea | Local

When Steve and Pam Ahlgren of Darwin began planning a 30-day Asian cruise last winter, they hoped to visit some of the places Pam’s father and mother had worked as missionaries many years ago. They never imagined a viral outbreak of global proportions might disrupt their plans, but that’s exactly what happened. The Ahlgrens were passengers aboard the Holland America Westerdam cruise ship that in February was stuck at sea for two weeks as they were denied entry by multiple ports for fear of COVID-19 contamination, or novel coronavirus. This…

Australia reaches breakthrough deal to buy US emergency oil supplies

The need to bulk up oil supplies has grown increasingly acute recently because of the volatility in key shipping routes such as the Strait of Hormuz off Iran and the South China Sea. The deal, which involves leasing US storage facilities, means the government will not need to spend billions of dollars building expensive new storage facilities in Australia. Australia will now be able to tap fuel reserves in the United States in case of shortages.Credit:Bloomberg The oil stored in America will count towards Australia’s overall supply, allowing the government…