Is it time for a ‘new way of war?’ What China’s army reforms mean for the rest of the world

The ancient Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu once said, Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak. Looking at the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) today, it’s hard to say which of these tactics is most germane. Getting the answer right will have enormous consequences for the United States and the future of the Indo-Pacific region. Underestimating the PLA breeds complacency and risks costly overreach. Overestimating the Chinese military grants it unwarranted advantage. Similarly, for the Chinese leadership, miscalculating its military capability could lead to disaster.…

B-1B Bomber Brandishes A Belly Full Of Stealth Cruise Missiles While Deployed To Guam

The grim reality is that all of America’s runway-dependent airpower positioned from Guam west would have a huge target on it during the opening shots of a conflict with China. While Guam has a THAAD battery for ballistic missile defense, China would overwhelm any defenses with a massive barrage of ballistic missiles in an attempt to destroy any airpower there or at least neuter its effectiveness via denying it access to the runways and other support infrastructure it relies on. With this in mind, not being so predictable doesn’t seem…

Large Chinese Rocket to Crash Tomorrow

The core stage of the Chinese Long 5 Rocket is due to crash back on Earth sometime on Monday; it could fall beneath any blue or yellow line on this map. Currently, the best guess is within the circled area, but that could change significantly in the coming hours. Image: The Aerospace Corporation A large Chinese rocket is projected to crash somewhere around the Earth tomorrow; odds have increased that it would do so somewhere around the United States or its adjacent waters. Hainan Island is home to several high-end…

What does the US-China rift mean for the world? | Opinion – columns

The rhetoric between the world’s two largest political powers — the United States (US) and China — has heated up. The trend began several years ago, during Barack Obama’s presidency. But it grew under Donald Trump’s tenure, and intensified following in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Chinese diplomats have adopted a more strident tone, described as “wolf warrior” diplomacy after a popular Chinese action film. US officials like Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Deputy National Security Adviser Matt Pottinger have shot back. The blame game caters to the…

Navy vows more patrols in WPS – The Manila Times

The Philippine Navy will continue to patrol territorial waters, especially the highly volatile West Philippine Sea (WPS) to provide a reassuring presence to Filipino fishermen. The Navy feels that the patrols are one way to encourage the fishermen to continue fishing in waters where Chinese ships have shown aggressive behavior, Vice Adm. Giovanni Carlo Bacordo, the Navy’s flag officer in command said. The patrols will cover the exclusive economic zones of Manila in the West Philippine Sea. Bacordo also said the Navy would continue to rotate and replenish personnel in…

China gives more kits as infections near 11,000

A man went through swab testing for the coronavirus at a gym in Old Balara Annex in Quezon City on April 22. The local government has placed 34 of its villages under “extreme enhanced community quarantine.” — MICHAEL VARCAS/PHILSTAR CHINA has donated another set of COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) test kits and protective equipment to the Philippines, as local infections neared 11,000, the Chinese Embassy in Manila said on Sunday. These included 150,000 testing kits, 100 ventilators, 70,000 medical protective suits, 70,000 N95 medical masks, 1.3 million surgical masks and…

Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim backs COVID-19 origin probe

The interview came as Anwar and former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad said in a joint statement they were prepared to put their differences aside and team up to return the Pakatan Harapan coalition – which lost power in February – to government. Saturday marked the two year anniversary of Pakatan Harapan’s historic victory, the first change of government in Malaysia’s history. Australia has been at the forefront of a push for an international inquiry. Support for the move is growing in the US and Europe, and China has signalled it…