U.S. Sends Warships on Patrol Near South China Sea Standoff

USS Montgomery (LCS-8) conducts routine operations near Panamanian flagged drillship, West Capella, on May 7, 2020 in the South China Sea. US Navy Photo KUALA LUMPUR — The U.S. Navy sent a pair of ships to patrol in the vicinity of a mineral rights dispute between Malaysia and China in the South China Sea for the second time in a month, U.S. officials told USNI News. Littoral Combat Ship USS Montgomery (LCS-8) and replenishment ship USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE-14) conducted a presence operation in the South China Sea on Thursday…

Navy ships head into South China Sea to counter Beijing ‘bullying’

Two U.S. Navy ships sailed into the South China Sea Thursday in a show of support for a Malaysian drill ship that’s been getting hassled by Chinese vessels as Beijing continues its attempts to claim the resource-rich sea as its own. The littoral combat ship Montgomery and the dry cargo ship Cesar Chavez each steamed near the Malaysia-contracted West Capella, which has been harassed by Chinese fishing vessels and coast guard ships in recent months, according to the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative. The West…

Construction Begins in Croatia on First New Cruise Ship Since Covid-19

Scenic Eclipse 2019 – courtsey of Scenic Group By The Maritime Executive 05-08-2020 05:24:00 Work began in Croatia on the first new cruise ship ordered since the shipbuilding and passenger shipping industries were impacted by the global pandemic. Being built at the 3.Maj facilities in Rijeka, the luxury yacht-style cruise ship is being constructed by MKM Yachts, a subsidiary of Scenic Group, an operator of ocean and river cruises and escorted land tours. The construction program, which will also be the first new ship built at the yard in…

China vs. the US is no Cold War

Insults and accusations over the coronavirus crisis are accelerating an already steep decline in the world’s most crucial relationship. US President Donald Trump sees China as a scapegoat for his own failure in containing the pandemic and as a campaign trail whipping boy. Beijing is deflecting internal discontent by standing up to the US, and has propagandized the botched American coronavirus response to imply the superiority of its own political system. But political saber rattling could irreparably damage a fragile geopolitical balance and is sharpening fears of miscalculations in hot…

US and China: edging towards a new type of cold war?

Matt Pottinger, a senior White House official, delivered a searing message to China this week in a video later posted on YouTube. Speaking in pitch-perfect Mandarin, he praised Chinese historical figures who supported democratic ideals and helped in the 1940s to write the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which remains a bedrock for liberal values today. “The cliché that Chinese people cannot be trusted with democracy was . . . the most unpatriotic idea of all,” said Mr Pottinger, the US deputy national security adviser. He lauded the Chinese who keep the flame of…

China’s Tech Stocks Are ‘Great Long-Term’ Plays

Photograph by Noel Celis/AFP via Getty Images Text size Chinese tech stocks have rallied over the past six weeks. They may push even higher despite resurgent U.S.-China political tension. Shares in social-networking provider Tencent (ticker: 700.Hong Kong), online merchant JD.com (JD), and food deliverer Meituan Dianping (3690.Hong Kong) have surged more than 20% from their mid-March nadir, into positive territory year to date. E-commerce giant Alibaba (BABA) has lagged behind due to logistical snafus while China was locked down by Covid-19. That could be a buying opportunity. “There are not…

US Ships Aid Malaysia As China Tries ‘Bullying’ In South China Sea « Breaking Defense

The Littoral Combat Ship USS Montgomery conducts operations near Panamanian flagged drillship, West Capella. WASHINGTON: Two Navy ships sailed into the middle of a simmering dispute between China and a neighbor in the South China Sea on Thursday, shrugging off a shadowing Chinese warship in Washington’s latest effort to show presence in an increasingly contested waterway.   The Littoral Combat Ship USS Montgomery and supply ship USNS Cesar Chavez sailed close to a Malaysian drillship, the West Capella on Thursday, signalling to Chinese warships who have spent weeks harassing the commercial…

COVID-19 is increasing strategic uncertainty in Southeast Asia

An official wearing a face mask looks on as Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc attends a special video conference with leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Hanoi April 14, 2020. Manan Vatsyayana/Pool via REUTERS A great deal of ink is being spilled trying to divine whether China or the United States will emerge with more influence and prestige in a post-COVID world, not least in Southeast Asia, a key battleground in the increasingly hard-edged strategic competition between the world’s two…

The PLAN: China’s Navy Just Conducted Drills in the South China Sea

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) is ready to respond to potential “U.S. military provocation” in the South China Sea and according to China Central Television (CCTV), has been conducting drills in the region in preparation. China’s Liaoning aircraft carrier task force wrapped up its South China Sea exercises in late April—the longest conducted since the PLAN resumed all-large scale military drills in March—while additional warships from the PLAN’s 35th Escort Task Group also conducted anti-piracy and live-fire training. Among the warships engaged in the recent exercises in the…

NRL does not deserve special border access | The Canberra Times

comment, Are we so desperate for sport we have allowed our international borders to open for one flight? An NRL team from New Zealand. Surely we should be looking at our own backyard. Not all families live in the same towns or cities. We are desperately waiting for the internal borders to open so people can see their relatives. What a slap in the face then to have the borders opened to the select few who are able to travel (after isolation) to play sport. Obviously money talks. What happened…