How the world is dealing with China’s military modernisation drive

China’s Defence minister Wei Fenghe made a speech on June 2 at the Shangri-La Dialogue forum in Singapore. Shangri-La Dialogue is one of the biggest track-one diplomacy security fora of Asia. Mr. Fenghe’s speech was monitored closely for three reasons. One, the Defence minister has not attended this forum since 2011. Two, his speech was a response to the statement made by Patrick Shanahan, the acting secretary of defence for the United States. Mr. Shanahan revealed details of the ‘new phase’ in the U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy. Third and most importantly,…

Japan’s largest warship joins U.S. carrier for military exercises in disputed South China Sea

The Maritime Self-Defense Force’s Izumo, Japan’s largest flat-topped helicopter carrier, has joined the United States’ sole forward-deployed aircraft carrier, the USS Ronald Reagan, in joint military exercises in the disputed South China Sea, the MSDF and U.S. 7th Fleet said in separate statements Wednesday. The drills, which included joint combat training in the waters and airspace of the South China Sea, kicked off on Monday and were due to wrap up Wednesday, the Japanese Defense Ministry said in a statement. The joint exercises, which were the latest in a spate…

As China looms, Australia’s military refocuses on Pacific neighbours

Video Above: America and China are fighting over far more than trade. If this growing rivalry is managed badly, both parties and many other countries stand to lose. For years, the graduating classes of Australia’s military training programs studied Dari and Pashto, the languages of distant war-torn lands, eschewing the Bahasa and the Pijin of Asia-Pacific nations close to home. But as Australian forces wind down their presence in Afghanistan and Iraq, where they have served alongside US troops since the early 2000s, they are renewing their focus on Australia’s…

As China Looms, Australia’s Military Refocuses on Pacific Neighbors

SYDNEY, Australia — For years, the graduating classes of Australia’s military training programs studied Dari and Pashto, the languages of distant war-torn lands, eschewing the Bahasa and the Pijin of Asia-Pacific nations close to home. But as Australian forces wind down their presence in Afghanistan and Iraq, where they have served alongside American troops since the early 2000s, they are renewing their focus on Australia’s island neighbors, which have become a different kind of battleground as China seeks to expand its influence in the region. Australia has always tried to…

China begins South China Sea military training exercises

BEIJING (AP) — China began two days of military training in the South China Sea yesterday, as its Defence Minister warned that China’s armed forces would “resolutely take action” to defend Beijing’s claims over the area. The China Maritime Safety Administration announced the drills were held all day yesterday and for half a day tomorrow in an area near China’s holdings in the Paracel island group. China claims virtually the entire South China Sea as its own territory and strongly objects to naval activity in the area by other nations.…

World War 3: China military close to MATCHING America warns SHOCK report | World | News

Robert Work co-authored a chilling report with former special assistant Greg Grant, warning of the threat China poses. The report explained: “The Chinese People’s Liberation Army has been patiently stalking the US military for two decades. It has studied the preferred American way of war and devised a strategy to exploit its weaknesses and offset its strengths—particularly its military-technological strengths.” It added China “appears increasingly close to achieving technological parity with US operational systems and has a plan to achieve technological superiority”. As Newsweek reported, the report examined a three-stage…