A New Front In The Narrative ‘War’ Over The South China Sea – Analysis

A new front has opened up in the contest to control the narrative regarding actions in the South China Sea. This is evidenced by a recent flurry of contested revelations and explanations concerning concentrations of Chinese and Vietnamese fishing vessels in other countries’ waters. Of course many countries’ fishing vessels fish illegally in others’ waters and have done so for many years—some more egregiously than others.  What is new is the allegations that some concentrations of vessels are ‘state controlled’ and have even more nefarious intentions.  Moreover, there are indications…

Yes China’s Nuclear Missile Subs Are a Danger (But That’s the Point)

Key Point: ICBM submarines are a vital part of any country’s nuclear triad. Here’s why they matter. China for decades has struggled to develop nuclear ballistic-missile submarines. The country finally might be on the cusp of deploying reliable boomers. This piece originally appeared in October 2018 and is being republished due to reader’s interest.  An effective Chinese ballistic-missile submarine fleet over the long term could have a stabilizing influence on the world’s nuclear balance. But in the short term, it might heighten tensions. Especially if Beijing lets popular fervor drive its build-up.…

Chinese expert says ‘viable option’ to attack US warships with EMP in South China Sea

The Chinese state media outlet Global Times published an article on Tuesday in which Chinese military experts discussed the viability of using an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack to paralyze U.S. warships transiting the disputed South China Sea. The Chinese outlet appeared to refer specifically to the USS Roosevelt aircraft carriers strike group’s recent passage through the South China Sea. “This is the third time in just a week US warships are known to have trespassed into the South China Sea,” the Chinese outlet wrote, referring to the Roosevelt carrier group’s…

China Remains Unfazed by Warming US-Vietnam Security Ties – The Diplomat

Advertisement For the second time in the last three years, the U.S. on March 5 sent an aircraft carrier to Da Nang, Vietnam, in a further display of goodwill and deepening security ties between the former adversaries. Upon the arrival of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, U.S. Ambassador Daniel Kritenbrink noted that “Visits like these not only strengthen the United States’ partnership with Vietnam, but they also continue to ensure peace and stability and freedom of commerce across the region.” Of course, parenthetically, Ambassador Kritenbrink was referring to securing the Indo-Pacific from…

The return of the interceptor

Every year, the International Institute for Strategic Studies publishes a thorough assessment of the capabilities and defence economics of militaries around the globe. The 2020 edition of The military balance covers 171 countries and provides a disconcerting deep dive into Chinese military technology. The IISS’s sober analysis of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force’s stealthy new fifth-generation J/H-XX jet adds substance to what had been only educated guesswork in a number of forums. So, what does the development of this sophisticated aircraft mean for Australian operations risks in the 2020s?…

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The Wuhan virus and regime change in Washington

The novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 — or the Wuhan virus, after the Chinese city from which it emerged — could not have come at a more advantageous time for China’s communist government. Not for the Chinese people, of course, thousands of whom have perished because of Beijing’s lack of transparency, disinformation and cruel refusal to cooperate with international public health organizations.   No, the advantage goes exclusively to Xi Jinping and the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP), whose deceptive practices unleashed the deadly virus to the world. To understand how Beijing…

HKU marine biologist and international team unveil impacts of heatwave on reef fishes

The marine heatwave of 2016 was one of longest and hottest thermal anomalies recorded on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, influencing multiple species of marine ectotherms, including coral reef fishes. Dr Celia Schunter from School of Biological Sciences and the Swire Institute of Marine Science (SWIMS), The University of Hong Kong (HKU) and a team of international scientists conducted a study attempting to understand the molecular response of five species to the 2016 heatwave conditions that killed a third of the Great Barrier Reef corals. This is the world-first…

DVIDS – News – Machinist’s Mate 3rd Class Griffin Brown Recognized as USS Blue Ridge Sailor of the Week

SOUTH CHINA SEA – Machinist’s Mate 3rd Class Griffin Brown was honored as USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) Sailor of the Week, March 13. Brown, a native of White House, Tennessee, joined the Navy to gain life experience and see all the world has to offer. “I wanted to join the service for as long as I can remember and knew the Navy was my best option to be able to grow and learn,” said Brown. Brown, who believes serving in the Navy is about being part of something…