China steps up maritime activity with eye on post-pandemic order

BEIJING/NEW YORK — In April, the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning passed between two Japanese islands, Okinawa’s main island and Miyakojima, in the East China Sea with a full fleet. This marked the carrier group’s first time sailing to and from the Pacific Ocean via the passage and was seen as yet another sign of China’s stepped-up military activity in neighboring seas. In addition to increased activity near the Japanese-administered Senkaku Islands, which China claims as the Diaoyu, Beijing is revising a law to enlist People’s Armed Police Force personnel —…

China Uses Pandemic to Boost Military Pressure on Taiwan, U.S. Congressional Report Says

China has intensified a campaign of military and diplomatic pressure against Taiwan as the spread of the coronavirus pandemic has intensified around the world, according to a congressional report provided to Foreign Policy, as Republicans are pushing the Trump administration to support a closer alliance with the island nation.  The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, a two-decade-old board made up of members appointed by both Democrats and Republicans, is warning that Chinese military forces are engaging in repeated aggressive actions, buzzing the median line of the Taiwan Strait, and…

U.S. Increases Firepower And Military Exercises Over South China Sea

On Thursday May 7th, two B-1B supersonic heavy bombers were reported cruising the skies to the northeast of Taiwan. According to Aircraft Spots, this was the fourth U.S.-led bomber mission in the Indo-Pacific region since the United States Airforce brought B-1 bombers back into rotation at Andersen Airforce base in Guam earlier this month. The previous three missions took place on May 1st, May 4th, and May 6th. B-1 bombers can carry the largest conventional payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the U.S. Air Force. They were last…

Philippines-China Cooperation In South China Sea During Pandemic

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the Philippines filed diplomatic protests on April 22, 2020 against China for including parts of the Kalayaan Island Group (KIG) in the South China Sea (SCS) as one of the districts of Sansha City of Hainan Province and for the incident on mid-February 2020 where a Chinese navy ship pointed its fire control radar at a Philippine navy ship conducting routine patrol at the Commodore Reef.    These protests were additions to a statement released by the Philippine government expressing deep security and political concerns over…

South China Sea: Beijing staging takeover of Pratas islands in military drill | World | News

The Chinese military is reportedly preparing to carry out a landing exercises on the strategically located Islands situated north of the South China Sea. Taiwan News reports the Chinese Southern Theatre Command will conduct a beach landing exercise involving marines, landing ships and helicopters on the Island in August. The Pratas Islands also known as the Dongsha Islands consist of one island, two coral reefs and two banks, and are located about 170 nautical miles southeast of Hong Kong. The Taiwanese occupied territory, which is a huge 353,668 acres, is strategically…

Chinese Choppers Spotted Near Ladakh LAC Prompt Alert, IAF Fighters Rushed In: Report

Air Force frequently flies its Sukhoi 30MKI fighter aircraft fleet from Leh air base in Ladakh (File) After the scuffle between the Chinese People’s Liberation Army troops and Indian troops along the LAC in North Sikkim which led to injuries on both sides, China appears to be continuing on the path of belligerence towards India, this time along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh. In what appears to be a multi-front deliberate ploy by China to keep India on its toes the Indian Air Force was forced to rush…

Ubisoft’s ‘E3-style’ showcase will stream July 12th

On July 12th, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla publisher Ubisoft will host its first-ever “digital conference” to give fans a look at its latest games. Dubbed Ubisoft Forward, the company says the “E3-style showcase” will feature “exclusive game news, exciting reveals and much more.” The Sunday stream will start at 3PM ET / 12 PM PT. Ubisoft is now one of several companies that plans to make up for the cancellation of E3 2020 with a digital event. The timing of Ubisoft Forward will likely put it in close proximity to Microsoft’s July Xbox 20/20 showcase where we’ll see…