South China Sea: Brink of war over waters as China continues to flex military muscle | World | News

Warships, coastguard vessels, militia boats and oil rigs in the contested waters have doubled as Malaysia, Vietnam and China fight for their claim to the sea. Chinese military aircraft have conducted anti-submarine drills in the contested waters in recent weeks. This was in response to the USS Mc Campbell sail through the contested region. China conducted joint exercises in mid–March despite knowing the risk of aggravating other claimant countries. China has also activated its fishermen militia which have outnumbered all countries fishing boats in the SCS, in a bid to…

China’s Military Modernization Is Becoming A Real Problem For America

Key point: Since the fall of the Soviet Union, the U.S. shipbuilding industry has experienced a tremendous decline. China is modernizing every element of its military. It has announced plans to field a world-class military by 2035 and a dominant military by mid-century.1 Consistent with its goal of regional hegemony, China is building Navy, Coast Guard, and merchant ships faster than any other nation. Its Navy now directly commands China’s Coast Guard, adding hundreds of ships to its fleet. China’s fleet of warships now outnumbers U.S. warships in the Indo-Pacific by…

US and Israel alter military focus

Both the United States and Israel are in the middle of reassessing and reworking their war fighting capability. In the US the shift is linked to the growing importance of the Pacific theater of operations. In Israel the focus is on countering new generations of weapons supplied by Iran to different terrorist groups, and to a rising crisis with Iran itself. The first sign of major change is in the US Marines, who are reducing numbers, shifting to smart weapons, and reducing support for heavy weapons including eliminating all main battle tanks. …

Taiwan displays military preparedness with exercise that sees tanks on the streets – Taiwan English News

Taiwan staged drills around the nation today, on the third day of a large-scale military exercise designed to test combat readiness to repel an invasion. There were tanks on the streets, but no citizens felt threatened: there was no Tank Man attempting to stop the soldiers from carrying out their mission. “The drills were designed to test the combat readiness of our forces and their responses to an all-out invasion by the enemy,” the Ministry of Defense (MOD) said. The tank maneuvers were implemented in Yilan County, where four M60A3…

US military aircraft activity near Taiwan increasing

ON THE LOOKOUT: A Lockheed EP-3 reconnaissance plane was yesterday seen flying southwest of Kaohsiung, according to Twitter account ‘Aircraft Spots’ By Aaron Tu and William Hetherington / Staff reporter, with staff writer A Twitter account that tracks military aircraft movements has indicated an increase in US military activity near Taiwan, coinciding with an increase in Chinese military activity in the area. Planes from the US Seventh Fleet have been sighted frequently above the South China Sea in the past several days, and a US Navy EP-3 reconnaissance plane was…

Will the Philippine-US military alliance survive Duterte and Trump?

MANILA — In mid-March, Philippine and American military officials met at Camp Aguinaldo in Manila to confront the biggest question currently facing their alliance: What to do after Aug. 9? The date marks the official termination of their Visiting Forces Agreement, 180 days after Manila served the notice of repeal to its lone mutual-defense treaty ally. “The unilateral abrogation of the VFA has triggered a major crisis in the alliance,” said Renato De Castro, a regional security expert and professor at De La Salle University in Manila, during a recent…

Chinese military to potentially use new weapons to stop US: expert

Chinese Navy’s 055-class guided missile destroyer Nanchang takes part in a naval parade off the eastern port city of Qingdao, to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy, China, April 23, 2019. REUTERS/Jason Lee Chinese military experts on Tuesday suggested the use of non-lethal electromagnetic weapons, including low-energy laser devices, in expelling US warships that have been repeatedly intruding into the South China Sea in the past week. Ships from the Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier strike group and America amphibious assault ship expeditionary strike…

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

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…

Shrugging off COVID-19 Fears, China, Cambodia Hold Joint Military Drills – The Chosun Ilbo (English Edition): Daily News from Korea

China and Cambodia bucked the global trend of event cancellations this week by starting joint military exercises as a way to show the world they’re over the coronavirus outbreak and getting friendlier despite apprehension in other countries.   The two old friends that often chafe against neighboring Vietnam and the United States began their fourth annual joint military drill on Sunday. The activities in Cambodia’s Kampot province will focus on humanitarian rescue work and counterterrorism work before ending April 1, the Chinese official Xinhua News agency reported.   China and…