Beijing to show new warships on navy anniversary

Pu Haiyang | VCG | Getty Images The marines of the China’s navy participate in the annual military training on January 3, 2018 in Zhanjiang, Guangdong Province of China. China will show off new warships including nuclear submarines and destroyers at a parade next week marking 70 years since its navy’s founding, a senior commander said on Saturday, as Beijing flexes its increasingly well-equipped military muscle. President Xi Jinping is overseeing a sweeping plan to refurbish the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) by developing everything from stealth jets to aircraft carriers…

South China Sea: Beijing unveils world’s first drone boat amid growing tensions | World | News

The Marine Lizard could be used to take on land assault operations according to military analysts. The 14-tonne vessel is capable of reaching speeds of 50 knots in the water, GlobalTimes reported. When approaching land, the boat releases four tank treads which allow it to travel at 20km/h (12.4mph). However, the maximum land speed can be increased, the manager of the company which builds the vessel told Hubei Daily. The military expert told the Global Times: “This amphibious drone boat is suitable for island assault operations as a swarm of…

Disputed Drilling: Beijing Announces First South China Sea Deepwater LNG Site

The first Chinese-manufactured and operated offshore drilling platform has started operations in the South China Sea in recent days, according to the China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC). The deepwater rig, drilling down to 4,660 meters, will be used to supply liquified natural gas (LNG) to the Greater Bay Area, referring to a megalopolis of nine cities and two administrative regions in South China: Hong Kong and Macau connected to the southern Chinese cities of Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Zhongshan, Dongguan, Huizhou, Jiangmen and Zhaoqing.  According to Han Xiaoping, chief of industry website China5e.com, speaking recently with the South China Morning…

Duterte threatens “suicide mission” if Beijing oversteps in South China Sea

Duterte’s speech at a rally in the city of Puerto Princesa in Palawan came days after the Philippine government claimed as many as 275 Chinese boats and ships had been spotted in recent months around Manila’s Thitu Island in the Spratly Island chain. “Let us be friends, but do not touch Pagasa Island and the rest,” Duterte said, according to CNN Philippines, using the Philippine word Pagasa for Thitu. “If you make moves there, that’s a different story. I will tell my soldiers, ‘Prepare for suicide mission’.” “I will not…

US ship carrying 10 F-35s has entered South China Sea waters amid increased tensions with Beijing

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 A.M.) – The US military has been eyeing the possibility of transforming their amphibious ships into light carriers amid the Pentagon’s plans to reduce the number of their “bigger brothers”. A US amphibious assault ship, the USS Wasp, carrying 10 F-35 fighter jets on board has sailed through disputed waters of the South China Sea amid ongoing tensions with China, the National Interest reported. The ship was heading toward Subic Bay in the Philippines. The ship was carrying twice the usual number of fighters on board, allegedly…

USS Wasp Carrying F-35s Sails in S China Sea Amid Tensions With Beijing – Report

The US military has been eyeing the possibility of transforming their amphibious ships into light carriers amid the Pentagon’s plans to reduce the number of their “bigger brothers”. A US amphibious assault ship, the USS Wasp, carrying 10 F-35 fighter jets on board has sailed through disputed waters of the South China Sea amid ongoing tensions with China, the National Interest reported. The ship was heading toward Subic Bay in the Philippines. The ship was carrying twice the usual amount of fighters on board, allegedly testing the American military’s theory that Wasp-class ships can serve as small aircraft carriers amid plans…

China is becoming an election issue in Asia. And that’s bad news for Beijing

Yet now, as Jokowi seeks re-election, he appears to be distancing himself from Beijing and downplaying the importance of Chinese-funded projects in Indonesia. It’s a pattern emerging across southeast Asia and beyond, and one that will be of great concern for Beijing as Chinese investment and ties become an awkward — if not downright toxic — election issue. The growing skepticism over Xi’s signature Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) risks exacerbating existing tensions many countries in the region have with Beijing over territorial disputes, as both China and the US…

Manila accuses Beijing of violating its sovereignty in South China Sea – South China Morning Post

Manila accuses Beijing of violating its sovereignty in South China Sea  South China Morning Post Philippines hits out at China’s ‘swarming’ South China Sea ships  Nikkei Asian Review Freedom-of-navigation ops will not dent Beijing’s South China Sea claims, experts say  Stars and Stripes South China Sea on a precarious strategic edge | Article  Asia Times The US and Philippines are reportedly discussing deploying a rocket system in the South China Sea to fend off China  INSIDER View full coverage on Google News Source link