Seas around Taiwan to be center of military movements: defense analyst

Taipei, May 31 (CNA) The seas around Taiwan, including the Miyako Strait, the Bashi Channel, the East China Sea, the South China Sea and the Philippine Sea, are expected to become the focus of increased military movements, according to a Taiwanese defense analyst. Su Tzu-yun (蘇紫雲), a senior analyst at the government-funded Institute for National Defense and Security Research, made the observation in a paper titled “U.S. Strategic Mobility in Deployment to Ensure Regional Security.” In the article, Su said the Indo-Pacific region is facing tensions from the COVID-19 pandemic…

China’s planned military exercise in South China Sea worries neighbors

May 27 (UPI) — China’s two aircraft carriers will be deployed in August near Taiwanese waters for military exercises, according to reports. The aircraft carriers Liaoning and Shandong will be deployed together in the Yellow Sea’s Bohai Bay for combat readiness drills which could include a simulation of a future assault on Taiwan’s Dongsha, or Pratas, Islands, according to the Global Times, Taiwan News and reports from Australia. The islands consist of three atolls controlled by Taiwan. China has claimed all of the South China Sea as its own, despite…

Austin Bay: What tasks does Xi have for China’s military?

On May 26, Chinese President Xi Jinping told senior officers of the Peoples Liberation Army and Peoples Armed Police Force to increase “preparedness for armed combat” as well as other military tasks. It is a chilling thought, but Xi may have several “tasks” in mind, for both the PLA and the PAP. Throttling Hong Kong immediately comes to mind. Beijing’s communist government is on the verge of breaking the 1984 Sino-British treaty that guaranteed Hong Kong’s autonomy through 2047. Austin Bay Another round of armed imperial bullying in the South…

No Sign of Military Presence, Says IFS Researcher

No registered military activity Øystein Tunsjø, Professor at the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies (IFS), says it is right that Chinese activity increases in the High North on a general basis, amongst others through investments and infrastructure projects, and that this has not been sufficiently mapped by Norway. Professor at the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies Øystein Tunsjø. Photo: IFS Tunsjø says there are no signs of Chinese military operations in the region and in Norway’s northern neighborhood. Are we currently viewing a genuine escalation from Russia and China in Norway’s northern…

How China Has Used COVID-19 To Escalate Military Conflicts & Crush ‘Democratic’ Voices?

COVID-19 has brought the entire world to a standstill except for China which is finding it a perfect time to escalate military conflicts, intensify border disputes and curtail democratic freedom.  Experts talking to the EurAsian Times agree that many nations are using the cover of the coronavirus to take advantage of the situation and forwarding their political agenda as the world remains distracted. China has been the most active in promoting its regional interests during COVID-19 pandemic with Hong Kong and India facing the brunt of Chinese hostilities. China was…

Scale-up battle preparedness, Xi Jinping tells Chinese military

BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday ordered the military to scale up the battle preparedness, visualising worst-case scenarios and asked them to resolutely defend the country’s sovereignty. Xi, 66 who is also the General Secretary of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) and head of the two-million-strong military with prospects of lifelong tenure in power, made the remarks while attending a plenary meeting of the delegation of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and People’s Armed Police Force during the current parliament session being held here. Xi ordered the…

Scale-up battle preparedness, Xi tells Chinese military : The Tribune India

Beijing, May 26 Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday ordered the military to scale up the battle preparedness, visualising the worst-case scenarios and asked them to resolutely defend the country’s sovereignty. Xi, 66, who is also the General Secretary of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) and head of the two-million-strong military with prospects of lifelong tenure in power, made the remarks while attending a plenary meeting of the delegation of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and People’s Armed Police Force during the current parliament session being held here.…

China’s expanding military reach – Taipei Times

Israel-based geo-intelligence data provider ImageSat International on May 13 released a satellite photograph of the Chinese-controlled Fiery Cross Reef (Yongshu Reef, 永暑礁) on Twitter. The image gave a clear view of Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force Shaanxi KJ-500 airborne early-warning aircraft, KQ-200 anti-submarine maritime patrol aircraft and a suspected Changhe Z-18 anti-submarine helicopter, showing that the PLA has advanced its deployment in the South China Sea. Only last month, China established Xisha District (西沙) on Woody Island (Yongxing Island, 永興島) and Nansha District (南沙) on the reef,…

China’s bold military move against US

Chairman Xi Jinping has lost patience. His nation’s economy is suffering. COVID-19 has strained the seams of his credibility. He needs a win. So he’s doing what strongmen do best – upping the military ante. Both of Beijing’s new aircraft carriers are deploying together for the first time. They’ve been warming up in the secure Yellow Sea. Soon, they’ll be headed south. The People’s Liberation Army navy (PLAN) Liaoning and Shandong are engaged in combat readiness training in the tightly controlled Bohai Bay. It’s just the second week of an…

Military Confrontation in the South China Sea

Introduction The risk of a military confrontation in the South China Sea involving the United States and China could rise significantly in the next eighteen months, particularly if their relationship continues to deteriorate as a result of ongoing trade frictions and recriminations over the novel coronavirus pandemic. Since 2009, China has advanced its territorial claims in this region through a variety of tactics—such as reclaiming land, militarizing islands it controls, and using legal arguments and diplomatic influence—without triggering a serious confrontation with the United States or causing a regional backlash.…