Satellite photos show Chinese maritime militia near Kota, Panata Islands

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 18) — Photos released by a U.S. based think tank showed vessels believed to be part of China’s maritime militia in the vicinity of Philippine-occupied island features in the South China Sea. A report by the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) on Tuesday showed the vessels drawing as close as less than a kilometer (km) away from Kota and Panata Islands, which are part of the hotly-contested Spratly Island group. The two features are around 44 km away from Pag-asa Island, where a Chinese flotilla…

LOOK: Satellite images show Chinese maritime militia near 2 PH islands

MANILA – New satellite images from the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative-Center for Strategic and International Studies reveal Chinese maritime militia drawing near Kota Island and Panata Island in Philippine territory in March and April this year.  The AMTI-CSIS report said satellite images collected on March 12, 16, and 29, and April 7 confirm the presence of Chinese vessels in the area, most of which show every indication of belonging to the maritime militia. “In almost every instance, the vessels are riding at anchor, many in large clusters, and without fishing…

Maritime Race At Crossroads Of 21st Century – OpEd – Eurasia Review

History revolves around two things – actions and ideas. If we take into account ideas, then the name of Alfred Thayer Mahan is worth mentioning. Mahan, a 19th-century naval strategist and author of the book Influence of Sea Power upon History, argued that “national prosperity and power depended on control of the world’s sea-lanes. Whoever rules the waves rules the world.” Putting the above into action, one can conclude that it was imperative for the United States to become a naval power in order to be successful. And, to achieve…

Asia Times | Maritime race at crossroads of 21st century

History revolves around two things – actions and ideas. If we take into account ideas, then the name of Alfred Thayer Mahan is worth mentioning. Mahan, a 19th-century naval strategist and author of the book Influence of Sea Power upon History, argued that “national prosperity and power depended on control of the world’s sea-lanes. Whoever rules the waves rules the world.” Putting the above into action, one can conclude that it was imperative for the United States to become a naval power in order to be successful. And, to achieve this goal, it required two things – the acquisition of overseas naval bases and coaling stations. Thus one of the key factors in achieving its superpower status was its maritime presence around the world and its successful maintenance. China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy…

The Advent of Unmanned Distributed Maritime Operations

Read Part One on the Battle of Locust Point. Read Part Two on the Nanxun Jiao Crisis. By David Strachan TOP SECRET/NOFORN The following classified interview is being conducted per the joint NHHC/USNI Oral History Project on Autonomous Warfare. Admiral Jeremy B. Lacy, USN (Ret.) December 3, 2033 Annapolis, Maryland Interviewer: Lt. Cmdr. Hailey J. Dowd, USN Good morning. We are joined again today by Admiral Jeremy B. Lacy, widely considered the father of autonomous undersea conflict, or what has come to be known as micronaval warfare. Admiral Lacy spearheaded…

China’s assertive maritime policy is older than Xi

Author: Andrew Chubb, Columbia-Harvard China and the World Program The toughening of China’s policies in the South and East China Seas is widely regarded as a defining characteristic of Xi Jinping’s foreign policy. But while it is true that the PRC has become more assertive in its maritime disputes under Xi, China had already been on such a trajectory since 2006. Many changes in China’s maritime dispute behaviour under Xi may be better understood as continuities. States’ maritime dispute policies comprise three levels of actions: publicly declared policies (declarative), unilateral…

G7 Foreign Ministers Address Maritime Asia, North Korea in Communiqué

The G-7 continues to express concern about the East and South China Seas and the Korean Peninsula. Over the weekend, the foreign ministers of the Group of Seven (G-7) gathered in Saint Malo, France, for their annual meeting and released a wide-ranging communique addressing, among other issues, maritime security in the Asia-Pacific and North Korea’s disarmament. “We reiterate our commitment to promoting cooperative, international oceans and seas governance and to maintaining a rules-based maritime order based on international law,” the extended joint communiqué released by the ministers noted. “In this context,…

China maritime militia threatens PH sea, air access

Chinese fishing vessels at Subi Reef on August 12, 2018. (Photo from Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative) MANILA — The presence of Chinese maritime militia near Pag-asa Island (Thitu Island) in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) threatens the Philippines’ aerial and sea routes to the island, an analyst said. Maritime expert Dr. Jay Batongbacal said that if China would maintain its constant presence near the island, the Philippine control of Pag-asa and the sandbars close to it would be completely lost eventually. Dozens of Chinese vessels have been maintaining…

China May Deploy New Maritime Surveillance Platforms in South China Sea

Networked platforms could aid Chinese enforcement against regional fishermen. China’s Ministry of National Defense has publicized new lightweight, remote sensing platforms, hinting that they may be deployed for military application in the South China Sea to aid protecting island construction and monitoring contested areas. The platforms were debuted recently at the 2019 Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition, a major regional defense exposition hosted in Malaysia. They are built by the China Electronics Technology Group Corporation, a state-owned enterprise specializing in high-technology defense and security products, especially sensors, communications, and…