New report says Sea 1000 ‘dangerously off track’

The $80 billion program for 12 French built submarines is already “dangerously off track” according to a report to be launched today by Professor Hugh White at the National Press Club. Gary Johnston of Submarines for Australia, who commissioned the report, said not only is Australia heading for an inevitable capability gap, but there is a “high risk” the project will fail. The report, prepared by Insight Economics and supported by a reference group that includes four retired admirals, notes that the budget jumped by 60 per cent in two years and that already…

Hun Sen Is Rewriting Cambodian History Under Xi Jinping’s Tutelage

Last month, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen met Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing in a show of solidarity amid the coronavirus crisis. Hun Sen was the first foreign leader to visit China after the outbreak began, calling Cambodia and China “steadfast friends” and criticizing other countries for restricting travel to China. The visit was another example of how Phnom Penh has grown closer to Beijing in recent years, while drifting further from the West. Cambodia appears increasingly like a Chinese vassal state. China is Cambodia’s biggest investor—best evidenced by…

Navy Waits on COVID Test Kits; INDO-PACOM Ships Self-Quarantine « Breaking Defense

Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel Kritenbrink, Adm. John Aquilino, commander, Pacific Fleet, Rear Adm. Stu Baker, commander, Carrier Strike Group Nine, and Capt. Brett Crozier, commanding officer of USS Theodore Roosevelt in Da Nang, Vietnam, March 5, PENTAGON: Sailors from the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt and cruiser USS Bunker Hill are being monitored for the coronavirus after they went ashore in Da Nang, Vietnam this month during a shore visit, Navy officials say. The ships don’t have testing kits so medical personnel are keeping a close eye on the sailors.…

Calling an audible for safety >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News

(March 10, 2020) – The fleet departed for the Leg 6 of the Clipper 2019-20 Round the World Yacht Race today from Subic Bay, Philippines. Race 9, the first of two races to make up the sixth stage, will see the fleet of eleven stripped out 70-foot yachts race offshore in the South China Sea. The second race will be the ‘big one’, the North Pacific Ocean crossing to Seattle. The course for Race 9, which was revised due to health concerns in China (see below), is short by Clipper…

Chinese vessels near Pag-asa nothing new — DND chief

Chinese vessels near Pag-asa nothing new — DND chief Jaime Laude (The Philippine Star) – March 11, 2020 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — The presence of Chinese vessels near Pag-asa Island, a fifth-class island town of Palawan located in the disputed Spratlys Island chain in the South China Sea, is not new to the Department of National Defense. DND Secretary Delfin Lorenzana also pointed out that the presence of these Chinese ships near the island town is not causing the delay in the construction of a beaching ramp on the…

Philippine Leader Rejects Calls to Reverse Stance on Military Pact with US

Basilio Sepe and Mark NavalesManila and Cotabato, Philippines2020-03-10 Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte has refused to reverse his stance on the termination of the decades-old bilateral visiting forces agreement with Washington, brushing aside a move by several senators including his allies to challenge his decision before the Supreme Court. Duterte made the statement a month after the Philippines formally relayed to Washington that Manila was withdrawing from the 1999 Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), despite tensions in the disputed South China Sea and a security threat from Islamic State-linked extremists in the…

The Liberty Times Editorial: China is looking for a scapegoat

Nouriel Roubini, a New York University economics professor who is sometimes called “Dr Doom,” has accurately predicted several financial crises. In a Feb. 20 interview with Der Spiegel, he predicted that the COVID-19 epidemic would lead to a global economic disaster, that stock markets around the world would fall by 30 to 40 percent and that US President Donald Trump would fail in his re-election bid. Roubini also said that the Chinese government “will need a scapegoat” to deal with the impact of the epidemic, and that he assumes “that…

French submarine program ‘dangerously off track’, report urges Australia to consider nuclear alternative – Politics

Posted March 11, 2020 02:28:06 Photo: Australia is being urged to buy nuclear-powered submarines when it replaces its fleet of Collins class subs. (ADF) Australia’s $80 billion Future Submarine Program is “dangerously off track” according to a new report that urges the government to ditch the controversial project and consider a nuclear option. Key points: The report indicates there are fears the current project is at a high risk of failing The Defence Minister denies those fears and maintains the project remains on track Under a proposed ‘Plan B’ scenario,…

This Is How a World War Could Start With China in the South China Sea

Key point: China and America don’t trust each other and tensions are still a problem. With each vying to long-term dominance in the South China Sea, here are three ways things could go bad. It’s easy to imagine an even more serious confrontation in the SCS.  Another accidental collision would be bad enough, but if a scenario developed similar to that of the downing of KAL 007, with a Chinese fighter jock actually opening fire on an American plane, the situation could get ugly very quickly.  And if an American pilot fired upon a…

China Pushes Back on US Accusation of Lasing P-8A Off Guam – The Diplomat

Flashpoints | Security | East Asia The Chinese side rejected U.S. accusations. Advertisement The Chinese Ministry of Defense has pushed back on a U.S. Department of Defense statement that a People’s Liberation Army Navy warship was involved in targeting a U.S. P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft with a laser in the Pacific Ocean. Following the release of a statement by the Pentagon on the incident, which took place last month, the Chinese side responded, with a Ministry of National Defense spokesperson, Ren Guoqiang, saying that the U.S. report did not “accord with the reality.”…