Why Pacific nations would host a Chinese military base

Their value to China is in showing the world, including the US and its allies and friends in Asia, how serious China is about defying US power and asserting itself as a maritime player in the western Pacific – showing that this is no longer America’s lake, and is fast becoming China’s instead. So how hard would it be for China to find a military base in the south Pacific? We can perhaps exclude, for the time being, the question of whether it could acquire one by force, and focus…

The PLARF’s New Hainan Island Base and China’s Recent Anti-Ship Ballistic Missile Tests

The first-known Chinese tests of an anti-ship ballistic missile into the South China Sea may have inaugurated a new PLARF base. This week, U.S. officials have told media here that China has, for the first known time, conducted tests of unspecified anti-ship ballistic missiles into its near seas—specifically the South China Sea this time. The development marks an important new kind of Chinese military activity in the area. Amid this development, it’s important to ascertain where exactly the People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force may have conducted its latest test launches.…

US official suggests Cambodia may host Chinese military assets at naval base

Updated July 02, 2019 09:38:37 Photo: A Cambodian spokesman said changes to the Ream Naval Base would not include hosting Chinese forces. (Reuters: Tyrone Siu) A senior Pentagon official has suggested Cambodia may be planning to host Chinese military assets at one of its naval bases after it suddenly rejected a US offer to fund repairs at the port. Key points: Washington is concerned about the Chinese military presence in South-East Asia A US Defence official said America had offered funding help at Cambodia’s request Cambodia, a Chinese ally in…

South China Sea crisis: Australia plans new base to combat Beijing’s influence | World | News

Anonymous Australian government officials confirmed that the development would act as a military base for the US as well as a commercial port. Located 40 kilometres north-east of Darwin’s existing port, it has been earmarked by the government for years due to its deep waters. The move is likely to put China on high alert as President Xi Jinping looks to expand Beijing’s influence in the region. The port will be able to accommodate US marines for various military activities in nearby waters. Though the Darwin port already houses military…

Chinese base allegation is a war-mongering prophecy

The reheating allegations on possible Chinese naval base in Koh Kong province, Cambodia, is nothing but a warmongering prophecy. It shows no sign of receding and one can foresee such media attack against Cambodia to loom large in the run-up to the upcoming ASEAN-related meetings. Recently, on 9 May 2019, US-based media War on the Rocks published article entitled “Hiding in Plain Sight: Chinese Expansion in Southeast Asia.” They wrote, “It appears long enough to support military aircraft and matches the length of the runways built on the Spratly Islands…

The U.S. Is Opening a Diplomatic Base in Greenland

“A majority of us noted with concern” last year’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, which warned of mass suffering if the world warmed by 1.5 degrees Celsius, Soini added. And the other members of the council “emphasized” the importance of both fighting climate change and preparing for it in order to limit the damage to Arctic communities. These are some of the most blandly accurate statements about climate change imaginable. They are supported by reams of research from federal agencies. It seems from public reporting that even Russia, normally…

Defence Ministry denies Chinese naval base rumour

The Defence Ministry has once again denied allegations made in a report saying that Cambodia is allowing China’s Union Development Group to construct a military base in Koh Kong province. On May 9, US-based media War on the Rocks published “Hiding in Plain Sight: Chinese Expansion in Southeast Asia”, on its website. In the article, it said that China is building a naval base in the Kingdom, an allegation government officials have always denied by saying that according to the constitution, no foreign armed forces will ever be stationed in…

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…