Marianas Variety – Guam base commander: Competition with China ‘is real’

22 Apr 2019 By Kevin Kerrigan – For Variety HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — “We are in a competition, and the competition is real,” Naval Base Guam commander Capt. Jeffrey Grimes declared, and the competition is with China. Grimes spoke about the growing regional influence of China in remarks to the Rotary Club of Guam on Thursday at the Outrigger Guam Beach Resort. U.S. Navy Capt. Jeffrey Grimes speaks during a Rotary Club of Guam meeting Thursday at the Outrigger Guam Beach Resort in Tumon. Photo by David Castro/The…

China’s massive underwater blasts at Djibouti military base pose huge risk to environment

Satellite imagery showing an underwater blast | Col. Vinayak Bhat (retd) /ThePrint Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: China’s first overseas military base, in the east African nation of Djibouti, is a mega fortress that has been in the works for some years now. The main base is now complete, with a heliport, ammunition depot and an automated chain supply system in place. But now, the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) is trying to build seven piers to the north-west of the base, with one to be…

Britain to deploy F-35Bs for first time, sending them to Cyprus air base

April 8 (UPI) — Britain announced that it plans to deploy its F-35B aircraft for the first time later this year, sending them to Cyprus. The aircraft will leave from the home station of Royal Air Force Marham in Norfolk, Britain announced Monday, on their way to Royal Air Force Akrotiri in Cyprus. Britain plans for the jets to hit targets in Syria this summer, The Times reported last December. Britain currently owns 17 F-35B aircraft, and plans to procure 138 over the life of the program. The plane, manufactured…

China plans to build “national logistics base” in disputed waters – News

22 March 2019 | By GCR Staff China is planning to build an “island city” on three neighbouring islands in a disputed area of the South China Sea. The announcement, made by Zhang Jun, the Communist Party secretary of Sansha, said the development would be a “key national strategic service and logistics base” on Woody Island (Yongxing, in Chinese) and the two nearby islets of Tree and Drummond (Zhaoshu and Jinqing). He said in a press statement: “We need to carefully plan the overall development of the islands and reefs…

Report: China to fortify South China Sea island with ‘logistics base’

SEOUL, March 19 (UPI) — China is adding more facilities to Woody Island, the largest of the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea. The construction of a “strategic service and logistics base” on Woody Island, composed of two islets, will be undertaken by Sansha city on China’s Hainan Island, the South China Morning Post reported. Sansha was established in 2012. President Xi Jinping had said in 2018 he wants to establish an international free-trade zone on Hainan, which would require a “special free-trade zone port.” China has expressed support…

China Pushes Ahead With New South China Sea Base Despite Trump Administration’s Accusations of ‘Illegal Island-Building’

China plans to push forward with the development of a new “island city” in the disputed waters of the South China Sea, despite growing international concern and harsh criticism from the administration of President Donald Trump last week. Sansha, which China claims as its southernmost territory located in the disputed waterway, has announced plans to transform Woody Island (Yongxing in Chinese) and two smaller islets – Tree and Drummond (Zhaoshu and Jinqing) – into a “national key strategic service and logistics base,” the South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported Monday.…

MH370 SHOCK: How White House discussed if plane LANDED at US military base | Weird | News

MH370, which had been travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, disappeared on March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board. The Boeing 777 aircraft last communicated with air traffic control at 1.19am when the plane was flying over the South China Sea, before vanishing from civilian radar screens. This week marks the fifth anniversary since the jet went missing and conspiracy theories are rife. Some have outrageously claimed the US military base on Diego Garcia could be linked to the disappearance.  The site – located in the middle of the Indian Ocean – was set…

Diego Garcia: Why This Base Is About To Get Much More Important to the U.S. Military

The U.S. military might need to build up its base on the British island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean, one American expert advised. Andrew Erickson, a professor at the Naval War College in Rhode Island, summarized years of his own research on Diego Garcia in a Feb. 26, 2019 explainer. Erickson re-published his research the same day Indian warplanes bombed Pakistani territory in retaliation for Feb. 14, 2019 terror attack by a Pakistan-based terror group. The terror and air raid sharply have escalated tensions in the Indian Ocean…

UN court ruling puts future of US military base Diego Garcia into question

The islands, which are home to US military base Diego Garcia, were separated from the former British territory of Mauritius during decolonization in 1968. The international Court of Justice (ICJ) has ruled that act was illegal under international law. For years, the US base has been vital to the military, serving as a landing spot for bombers that fly missions across Asia, including over the South China Sea. The UN ruling raises questions about its future. The decision by the ICJ is merely advisory. The matter of who holds sovereignty…

Okinawa referendum rejects new US military base but Abe likely to press on | World news

Voters on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa have rejected the controversial relocation of a US military base in a referendum, according to local media, but the result is likely to be ignored by the prime minister, Shinzo Abe. Kyodo news agency said its projection based on exit polls indicated that more than a quarter of Okinawa’s 1.16 million eligible voters had opposed the plan: a threshold that requires the island’s governor, Denny Tamaki, to “respect” its outcome. The public broadcaster NHK said a majority of voters had come out…