China kicks off showcase of military might

This is a weekly look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves: CHINA SHOWING LATEST MILITARY HARDWARE China’s first aircraft carrier will take part in a naval review Tuesday marking the People’s Republic navy’s 70th anniversary, joined by latest-generation nuclear submarines, destroyers and fighter jets. Deputy navy commander Qiu Yanpeng said Saturday that 32 Chinese vessels and…

China-Japan military exchange promotes mutual trust

Editor’s note: Hong Yuan is an associate director of the Center of World Politics at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. The article reflects the author’s views, and not necessarily those of CGTN. April 23, 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) announced on April 11 that it would send the destroyer “Suzutsuki” to attend the event celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Chinese navy. This is the first time in seven years that MSDF has…

Locsin backs military modernisation

By Bernadette E Tamayo /Manila Times Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr said China’s policy in the contested Spratly Islands in the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea or WPS) should compel the Philippine government to invest more on military modernisation.He made the remark after Sen. Panfilo Lacson called his attention to an article published in a Chinese newspaper in 2013 which elaborated China’s “cabbage strategy” in seizing Huangyan Island or Panatag Shoal from the Philippines.In the article, a Chinese military expert boasted of the so-called cabbage strategy to recover…

China Conducts Military Drills Involving Long-Range Bombers Near Taiwan, Japan

Chinese military aircraft flew over the Bashi Channel and Miyako Strait on April 15 as part of a military exercise. The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) conducted a long-range military drill involving Xian H-6K bombers, a Shaanxi KJ-500 airborne early warning and control (AWAC) aircraft, a Shaanxi Y-9JB (GX-8) electronic warfare and surveillance plane, as well as Su-30 and J-11 fighter jets near Taiwan and Japan on April 15. The PLAAF aircraft reportedly passed through the Bashi Channel, a strategically pivotal waterway between the Philippines and the Taiwanese island…

America Must Counter China’s Great Power Threat with Military Strength

Obama talked of pivoting to Asia. Donald Trump made Asia pivot to America. In the last two years, Trump has done much to increase U.S. influence in the Indo-Pacific region. But much more needs doing. A fast start is well and good, the Indo-Pacific contest is a marathon, not a sprint. Washington needs to seriously think how the United States can sustain the regional strategy over the long term—well past 2020. The goal is simple. Beijing has to respect America as a formidable Asian power—and concede that the United States…

US, Filipino and Aussie forces conduct premier military exercise, but don’t mention China

Officials have said that the major U.S., Filipino and Australian exercise known as Balikatan isn’t aimed at China, but given Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s recent words of warning, observers can be forgiven for thinking that. Balikatan 2019 is running from April 1-12 and taking place on the islands of Luzon and Palawan. This year’s 35th iteration of the exercise includes about 4,000 Filipinos, 3,500 Americans and 50 Australians, according to local media. The focus, according to official statements, is showcasing and developing maritime security, amphibious capabilities and multinational interoperability.…