China could win military conflict in Indo-Pacific region even ‘before America can respond’, think tank warns

A new study by a think tank warns the U.S. has lost its military supremacy in the Indo-Pacific region, with China being able to launch and win a military conflict even before American forces are able to respond. The University of Sydney’s United States Study Center released a study on Friday detailing the profound changes it claims is happening in the region, paving way for China to exert more influence. CHINESE DIPLOMAT WARNS BEIJING ‘WILL NOT SIT ON ITS HANDS’; MILITARY RUNS DRILLS NEAR HONG KONG BORDER The report, titled “Averting Crisis:…

How China’s Military Is Becoming Stronger

Continued Evolution of PRC “Core” Interests The PRC claims that its policy for national defense is inherently defensive. However, the scope and scale of what the PLA may be called upon to defend is expanding, motivated by the “fundamental goal” of “resolutely safeguarding China’s “sovereignty, security, and development interests.” This phrasing has replaced, and is tantamount to, earlier assertions of China’s “core interests” (核心利益, hexin liyi). There have been changes and a degree of consistency in the framing of these interests over time. [2] However, the characterization of the tasks of the Chinese military…

China & N. Korea ‘to boost military ties & provide security in Asia-Pacific’ amid tensions with US — RT World News

China and North Korea will boost military cooperation and work together to assure security in the Asia Pacific, a high-ranking Chinese commander has said. Both Beijing and Pyongyang view US activities in the region as a threat. Days after North Korea made headlines with fresh missile tests, a delegation from Pyongyang has met with Chinese officials in Beijing. It was headed by a high-ranking military official, Kim Su-gil, director of the General Political Bureau of the Korean People’s Army. Quoted by the media after the meeting, the Chinese general who…

US to spend $305 million on military aircraft upgrades in the Northern Territory

Updated August 15, 2019 20:24:08 Photo: The money will got to ramps for MV-22 Osprey aircraft. (ABC News: Isabella Higgins) The United States’ armed forces will spend more than a quarter of a billion dollars upgrading their air defence capabilities in Darwin, the Northern Territory’s Chief Minister has revealed. Key Points: The ABC revealed in July this year that a draft US Congressional bill had $US211.5 million allocated for new “Navy Military Construction” in Darwin NT Chief Minister has confirmed he reached out and established that the money would be…

The Chinese Military Reforms and Transforms in the “New Era”

Introduction The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has been undergoing a far-reaching transformation with strategic implications for the military balance in the region and beyond. Starting in 2015, the PLA has been undertaking historic reforms that have involved extensive restructuring of the force. [1] The 2015 People’s Republic of China (PRC) national defense white paper (NDWP), titled “China’s Military Strategy,” had confirmed revisions to the PLA’s military strategic guidelines, while previewing the direction that Chinese military reforms have since taken (China Brief, July 2, 2015; Ministry of National Defense, May…

Unmanned Military Craft Raise Risk of War

The U.S. Navy’s Sea Hunter (or ACTUV) autonomous vessel prototype (USN) By Lt. Cmdr. Evan Karlik 2019-08-12 15:58:00 The immediate danger from militarized artificial intelligence isn’t hordes of killer robots, nor the exponential pace of a new arms race. As recent events in the Strait of Hormuz indicate, the bigger risk is the fact that autonomous military craft make for temping targets – and increase the potential for miscalculation on and above the high seas. While less provocative than planes, vehicles, or ships with human crew or troops aboard, unmanned systems…

Chinese project in Cambodia raises alarms of military build-up

While Cambodia welcomes an ongoing influx of Chinese tourists, investment and development, the world at large increasingly suspects that China is launching a military buildup in the country for stronger Chinese influence in Southeast Asia. Dara Sakor, a new China-backed coastal resort in Koh Kong province, located some 400 kilometers southwest of Phnom Penh by road, covers almost 20 percent of the country’s coastline. Having obtained a 99-year land lease from the Cambodian government, the Chinese developer was allowed to develop on 36,000 hectares of land in the province, raising…

US military mightier than ever

US military mightier than ever At the advent of the Trump administration, the US president launched what he described as “the greatest rebuilding of the US Armed Forces,” promising to increase the size of the US Army to about 540,000 active duty soldiers; build up the Marine Corps to 36 battalions; provide the Air Force with new 1,200 fighter planes; beef up the Navy with 350 surface ships and submarines; and upgrade the US nuclear arsenal.  Last week, the US Senate passed a two-year budget deal that would increase…

Is Beijing Readying a Military Crackdown in Hong Kong?

Editor’s Note: Every Wednesday, WPR Newsletter and Engagement Editor Benjamin Wilhelm curates the week’s top news and expert analysis on China. Hong Kong experienced its most widespread antigovernment demonstrations yet Monday, as protests and a citywide strike led to road closures, disruptions to public transit systems and hundreds of flight cancellations. Riot police responded by volleying tear gas at demonstrators and arresting at least 82 people. Amid the chaos, the Chinese government warned “all the criminals to not wrongly judge the situation and take restraint for weakness.” That statement, Beijing’s…