South China Sea: Fears of ‘nuclear bombs’ as Beijing sparks messy naval confrontations | World | News

As Beijing’s tension with Hanoi continues to soar, Philippine President Rodrigo Durterte has had to contend with growing unrest after a Chinese vessel rammed and sunk a Philippine fishing vessel and left behind the 22 crew members, who were eventually rescued by a Vietnamese vessel. Manila regards the waters the clash took place in as theirs. Claimants in the region have encouraged fisherman to fish in the waters. Mr Durterte called for US protection: “I’m calling now America. I am invoking the RP-US pact, and I would like America to gather…

China’s Future Naval Base in Cambodia and the Implications for India

Introduction At the 2019 Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, People’s Republic of China (PRC) Defense Minister Wei Fenghe dismissed a question on whether the PRC is seeking a future military presence in Cambodia (VOA Cambodia, June 3). This question arose following an assessment by the U.S. intelligence community that autocratic developments in Cambodia—particularly the single-party dominance of Cambodia’s legislature, which has extended Prime Minister Hu Sen’s tenure and made possible a constitutional amendment permitting a foreign military presence in the country—had increased the possibility of a Chinese military presence on Cambodian…

Naval Mines Could Be Iran’s Secret Weapon in a War Against the U.S. Navy

Hypersonic missiles and fast attack boats may dominate the headlines as the primary threats to the U.S. Navy, but the naval mine remains one of the deadliest threats to the modern warship. Mine technology has advanced significantly in recent years, with advances in networking and sensing allowing mines to become more lethal. With recent tensions stepping up with Iran, the need for effective minesweepers is rapidly rising. But a recent report by ProPublica suggests that the American minesweeper fleet is hardly ready to be deployed, and the replacement ships are…

Chinese tourists caught taking photos in Palawan naval facility — report

Chinese tourists caught taking photos in Palawan naval facility — report Patricia Lourdes Viray (Philstar.com) – July 31, 2019 – 9:42am MANILA, Philippines — Two groups of Chinese tourists were caught taking photos inside a naval facility at Parola in Palawan last week, according to a report. According to a report from Palawan News in Puerto Princesa, the Chinese nationals were seen roaming and taking photos inside the Philippine Navy’s Tide Pole naval facility in Parola on July 23. A new naval ship was berthed at the facility where the Chinese nationals…

Cambodia’s PM Hun Sen Dismisses Reports of ‘Secret Deal’ to Host Chinese Military Assets at Naval Base

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday dismissed reports that China has signed a secret agreement to use a naval base on the outskirts of the coastal port city of Sihanoukville, saying such an arrangement had never been discussed because it would be in violation of national law. “No such thing [has] happened, since a foreign military base will be in full contradiction to Cambodia’s constitution,” Hun Sen said, according to a statement released by Cambodia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in response to a Sunday report by The Wall Street…

Deal for Naval Outpost in Cambodia Furthers China’s Quest for Military Network

SIHANOUKVILLE, Cambodia—China has signed a secret agreement allowing its armed forces to use a Cambodian navy base near here, as Beijing works to boost its ability to project military power around the globe, according to U.S. and allied officials familiar with the matter. The pact—signed this spring but not disclosed by either side—gives China exclusive rights to part of a Cambodian naval installation on the Gulf of Thailand, not far from a large airport now being constructed by a Chinese company. Details of the final deal were unclear, the officials…

Naval Deployments, Exercises, and the Geometry of Strategic Partnerships in the Indo-Pacific

By David Scott From March to June 2019 naval diplomacy and an underlying strategic geometry was on show as India, Australia, France, and Japan deployed across and around the Indo-Pacific. All of them were involved in operating with each other, with the U.S., and with other actors in the region like Singapore, Vietnam, and the Philippines. Anti-submarine warfare (ASW) in particular was a recurring theme throughout the exercises. Indian Deployments India carried out significant deployments in the Indian Ocean, in the shape of the AUSINDEX exercises with Australia in April…

Japan Holds Naval Drills in South China Sea as China Tests Missiles

Japan’s largest warship, the Izumo, completed joint drills with allies including the U.S., France, and Australia this week, demonstrating Japan’s improved ability to project power across the region – pointedly including ground actions on islands like the ones China has been militarizing. China just used those islands to conduct missile tests that a growing list of Asian powers found disturbing, as did the United States. The Izumo was designed as a helicopter carrier, but it will soon undergo renovations that will allow it to launch advanced F-35 fighters, which require…