Natural Gas Discoveries Could Add to Chinese Claims in South China Sea

China has reportedly discovered a rare form of natural gas in the South China Sea. The substance is known as flammable ice. It is a frozen mixture of gas and water that comes from under the sea floor. China’s Xinhua News Agency reported last week that China had removed at least 861,400 cubic meters of flammable ice as part of operations that began in February. International observers say the discovery could give China a new source of energy for its 1.4 billion people and another reason to support its claims…

Japanese Destroyer Is Damaged by Chinese Fishing Boat After Collision in East China Sea

News Analysis A Chinese fishing boat and a Japanese guided-missile destroyer reportedly collided in the East China Sea, causing a three-foot long gash that could have sunk the $646 million warship. The JS Shimakaze guided-missile destroyer was on regular patrol on Monday night in the East China Sea, about 350 nautical miles west of Japan’s Yakushima Island, when the collision with the Chinese fishing boat occurred, according to Japan Defense Minister Taro Kono. Kono confirmed the collision left a hole of about three feet long by three-quarters of an inch…

Japanese destroyer holed after collision with Chinese trawler | World

China accused Japan of sailing a warship in its waters after a collision with a fishing boat in the East Sea. Beijing’s foreign ministry criticised the activities of the JS Shimakaze, a Hatakaze-class guided missile destroyer, which was left with a one-metre hole in its hull after the accident about 120 miles southeast of Shanghai and 400 miles west of Japan’s Yakushima island. “The collision occurred in the coastal waters of China,” Hua Chunying, a ministry spokesman, claimed. “The Chinese side has expressed concern to the Japanese over the warship…

Chinese Coast Guard Patrols Near Philippine-occupied Second Thomas Shoal

A Chinese Coast Guard ship that was deployed during recent pressure campaigns in the South China Sea in Malaysian and Indonesian waters is now patrolling near land features claimed by the Philippines, ship-tracking data shows. The deployment of the ship, which has the call-sign “Chinacoastguard 5302,” near the Philippine-occupied Second Thomas Shoal and two other features claimed by Manila underscores China’s willingness to press its expansive territorial claims, despite a diplomatic détente with the Southeast Asian nation. It also comes as China provides medical aid to the Philippines to help…

Chinese freighter sank after collision with fishing vessel, East China sea – Maritime Bulletin

Post Views: 510 Cargo ship XINDA 9 collided with fishing vessel ZHEPUYU 34197 at around 0230 Beijing time Mar 29 in Zhoushan waters, south of Shanghai, East China sea. XINDA 9 sank some 3 hours later, all crew rescued by joint efforts of rescue ships and fishing vessels in the area. ZHEPUYU 34197 remained afloat and reached nearest port. XINDA 9 was en route from Ningbo, her laden status unknown.Cargo ship XINDA 9, MMSI 412517321, length 103 meters, flag China.Fishing vessel ZHEPUYU 34197, MMSI 412422874, length 40 meters, flag China.…

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…

Chinese military expert advocates using lasers to paralyze US warships in South China Sea

The Chinese military should consider using non-lethal lasers on U.S. Navy warships to discourage their transits through the South China Sea, a state-run newspaper in China said Tuesday. Chinese military expert Song Zhongping told Global Times that the use of electromagnetic weapons, such as low-energy laser devices, could “send a strong warning” by temporarily paralyzing weapon and control systems on U.S. ships — all done “without visible conflict.” Song’s recommendation came just days after U.S. Navy and Marine units arrived Sunday in the South China Sea for expeditionary strike force…

Satellite image shows Chinese military plane on Kagitingan Reef

KAGITINGAN REEF. This satellite image dated January 1, 2018, shows Kagitingan Reef (Fiery Cross Reef) in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI/DigitalGlobe MANILA, Philippines – A Chinese military plane landed on Kagitingan Reef (Fiery Cross Reef) in the West Philippine Sea on Saturday, March 28, a satellite image showed. In a tweet on Sunday, March 29, the Israel-based satellite imaging service company ImageSat International said a Chinese military Y-8 transport aircraft landed on the artificial island, “probably bringing supplies.” “Routine operation of transport aircraft in…

Here’s Everything We Know About the Torpedoes Used by the Chinese Navy

Key point: Beijing’s fleet is improving and so are its armaments. Let’s look at what they’ve done with their “fish.” The current fleet of Chinese sub-launched torpedoes represents an interesting blend of Soviet, American and commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) technology. From the Yu-4, a domestic completion of an incomplete Soviet design, to the Yu-6, which uses an Intel microprocessor to power its guidance components, the torpedoes of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) show significant traces of reverse engineering. But how capable are they? Do they really improve on the designs on…