US military flights over South China Sea common but not publicized, Pacific Air Forces commander says – News

US military flights over South China Sea common but not publicized, Pacific Air Forces commander says While the press regularly covers Navy warships passing through disputed territory in the South China Sea, U.S. military aircraft operating there often fly under the radar. Pacific Air Forces commander Gen. Charles Q. Brown noted the differing treatment during a recent teleconference from Hawaii. “We’ve been flying in and around the South China Sea for really about the past 15 years, and I would probably tell you we’ve done some as…

India, France to sign pact on securing military communication

NEW DELHI: India and France are to sign a pact on securing communication links between their top military officials, a sign of their deepening defence partnership especially in the Indian Ocean region that comes against the backdrop of an increased Chinese footprint and the persistence of threats like the Islamic State. In New Delhi for talks with his Indian counterparts, his fourth in 14 months, Didier Maleterre, the joint commander of the French Forces based in the Indian Ocean and based in Abu Dhabi, told reporters that the pact with…

China warning: USA military expansion in Asia ‘fraught with tension’, says expert | World | News

Tensions in the region have increased in recent years, with the Chinese fortifying a large number of uninhabited islands in the South China Sea, over which the country asserts a territorial claim. The US has on a number of occasions sailed warships through the waterway, much to the annoyance of Beijing. Eugene Gholz, an associate professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, who recently participated in a seminar hosted by the US-based Stimson Centre looking at possible ways forward, told Express.co.uk: “I think there is…

Neighbors worried about China’s military, economic might – poll

MUSCLE. File photo of Chinese troops marching during a military parade in Tiananmen Square in Beijing on October 1, 2019, to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP BEIJING, China – China’s neighbors feel threatened by the country’s overseas investments and military might, even though people in many countries around the world view the Asian power’s economic growth positively, a poll showed Thursday, December 5. While just over half of people in Japan agreed that China’s economic growth was a…

China’s neighbors fret over Beijing’s military and economic might: poll

BEIJING – China’s neighbors feel threatened by the country’s overseas investments and military might, even though people in many countries around the world view the Asian power’s economic growth positively, a poll showed Thursday. While just over half of people in Japan agreed that China’s economic growth was a good thing, a huge 75 percent perceived investment from China in their country negatively, a survey by Washington-based Pew Research Center found. Responses in Australia, South Korea and the Philippines followed a similar pattern, according to the survey of more than…

South China Sea crisis: Beijing accused of laser attacks on Australian military aircrafts | World | News

Australian Defence Forces have been increasingly targeted by hand-held lasers and military insiders blame the attacks on small Chinese fishing vessels sailing in the seas below. Earlier this year Australia’s Defence Department confirmed one of their helicopters had been targeted while travelling over the South China Sea. The incident forced pilots to temporarily return to their ship for medical check-ups, Australia’s ABC News report. The Defence Department have said attacks of this kind are on the rise, particularly in the South China Sea. A spokesperson said: “ADF personnel operating on…

Chinese fishing vessels suspected of increasingly common laser attacks on Australian military

Posted December 06, 2019 01:20:33 Photo: Australian pilots of MHR90 helicopters were targeted with lasers earlier this year. (Airbus Australia Pacific, file) Hand-held lasers are increasingly being used against Australian Defence Force assets, with military insiders blaming small Chinese maritime militia vessels for the dangerous tactic. Key points: Pilots were targeted on a night-time flight over the South China Sea earlier this year But Defence said no “military-grade lasers” were used against Australian Navy or Air Force units in the past year One academic suspects fishing boats are being used…

South China Sea crisis: How Beijing’s military plan could fall apart amid Trump clashes | World | News

Chinese President Xi Jinping has been determined to assert his country’s dominance over the waters and has subsequently tried to enforce the controversial Nine-Dash Line claim in the region. At the centre of the disagreements are various island clusters such as the Spratly Islands and the Paracel Islands. Beijing has had particularly tense relations with Vietnam and the Philippines over islands in the region. China has destroyed natural land in the region and filled the void with colossal aircraft carriers, an environmental cost deemed worth it by Beijing as the…

South China Sea crisis: How Beijing is using tracker airships to monitor US military | World | News

Satellite imagery obtained by ImageSat shows China, seemingly in an effort to defend the contested Spratly Islands from opposing militaries, has deployed light airships to monitor the surrounding waters. The airships were pictured floating above the Mischief reef, forming one of the central areas of political grappling in the Spratly Islands. The use of these ships has the capacity to provide numerous advantages to China in the region, as their low cost surveillance can alert Beijing’s People’s Liberation Army to foreign presence in the region. While the airship has been…

Three Russian military police injured in bomb attack on Syrian border

MOSCOW, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Three Russian military police officers were hurt in a blast from a home-made bomb on Monday as they carried out a routine patrol in Syria near the border with Turkey, the RIA news agency cited Russia’s Defence Ministry as saying. The bomb went off near the town of Kobani in Syria’s northern Aleppo province, the ministry was quoted as saying, adding that it did not believe the lives of the injured servicemen were in danger. Russia and Turkey have been carrying out joint patrols along…