Japanese Naval Ship Involved in Collision With Chinese Fishing Vessel in East China Sea – The Diplomat

Flashpoints | Security | East Asia The incident resulted in damage to JS Shimakaze. Advertisement A Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) warship was involved in a collision with a Chinese fishing vessel, the Japan Coast Guard said on Tuesday. The incident took place on Monday in international waters off the coast of Shanghai in the East China Sea. According to Japanese authorities, no crew were injured in the incident. The Self-Defense Forces’ Joint Staff added that the incident took place at approximately 8:30 p.m. on Monday. The MSDF vessel involved was JS Shimakaze, a Hatakaze-class…

China Chases Indonesia’s Fishing Fleets, Staking Claim to Sea’s Riches

NATUNA ISLANDS, Indonesia — Dedi knows where the fish run strongest in Indonesian waters off the Natuna islands. The Chinese know, too. Backed by armed Chinese Coast Guard ships, Chinese fishing fleets have been raiding the rich waters of the South China Sea that are internationally recognized as exclusively Indonesia’s to fish. While Mr. Dedi catches the traditional way, with nets and lines, the steel Chinese trawlers scrape the bottom of the sea, destroying other marine life. So not only does the Chinese trawling breach maritime borders, it also leaves…

General cargo ship missing in South China sea, contacts lost since Mar 27 – Maritime Bulletin

Post Views: 51 General cargo ship missing, contacts lost since Mar 27, South China sea, last known position dated Mar 27. The ship left port on Mar 25.Details for subscribers only.For annual subscription, contact [email protected] Comments comments Author // Mikhail Voytenko My name is Mikhail Voytenko, I’m Russian, professional merchant marine navigator, by education and former experience. I own and run Maritime Bulletin website for more than 10 years. I’ve been involved in solving a number of piracy hijack cases, including the hijack of ro-ro FAINA, loaded with tanks. It…

China Ramps Up South China Sea Provocations as US Battles CCP Virus

News Analysis China has sent its marine militia into the South China Sea to engage in a series of military provocations as the United States battles the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as the novel coronavirus. The People’s Armed Forces Maritime Militia (PAFMM), referred to as “little blue men,” began in January to move vessels through the 34-mile-long Union Banks, a sunken atoll in the center of the South China Sea’s Spratly Islands chain, according to vessel-tracking and satellite imagery reviewed by Radio Free Asia (RFA). Despite the…

Marine Corps cuts helicopters, tanks for possible China conflict

The Marine Corps plans to give up its tanks, dramatically remake its artillery batteries, cut its helicopter fleet and take a host of other “radical” steps in arguably the most sweeping American military overhaul in a century — all with the goal of preparing for a potential 21st-century conflict with China. And a little global pandemic hasn’t stopped the Corps from hitting a very different beach. Seventy-five years after storming beaches at Iwo Jima, Marine Corps leaders unveiled a blueprint this month concluding that the branch’s traditional approach no longer…

South China Sea: US military operations bringing China to brink of war – shock claim | World | News

The South China Sea Strategic Situation Probing Initiative’s annual report claims the United States has intensified its military operations in the region’s waters. It claimed American forces had conducted eight so-called freedom of navigation operations – in which US vessels sail within 12 nautical miles of land claimed or occupied by China – last year, which was three more than in 2018. The report, which tracks US activity in the South China Sea, also said America had engaged in at least 50 joint and multiple exercises with countries from Southeast…

West ‘Reaping the Whirlwind’ for Policy of Kow-Towing to China: IDS

Former Conservative Party leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith has said the West is “reaping the whirlwind” for a policy of kowtowing to China and allowing supply chains to become dependant on the communist country. “There are a whole range of problems with China that grow and grow the more we feed it,” the MP told Maajid Nawaz on LBC on Sunday. “[Kowtowing] is what the West has essentially been doing now for some time, and now we’re beginning to reap the whirlwind,” he said, pointing not just to the present…

China Won’t Be the Chief Beneficiary of the Coronavirus Pandemic

According to the experts, this was supposed to be the “Chinese century.” For some of those experts, it will be China’s century still. In their eyes, the unique coronavirus that the People’s Republic incubated and, as a result of myopia, paranoia, and old-fashioned autocratic lethargy, loosed upon the world hasn’t slowed China’s ascension. The pandemic may have even accelerated it. “The Chinese are in a much stronger position,” said Eurasia Group President Ian Bremmer. “They’ve basically contained the virus through technology-powered, authoritarian surveillance,” he added, “and they’ve leveraged this success…

China Produces Record Amount Of “Fire Ice”

In a world awash in oil and gas, you’d think it couldn’t get any worse. Well, it can: China just announced that it had extracted a record amount of what has been poetically called fire ice.  It is, however, a form of natural gas trapped in frozen water.  At 861,400 cubic meters, this record might not be a whole lot of gas, but it may well be the start of something new, and gas producers may not like this ‘something’. Gas hydrates don’t garner a lot of media attention as…