Naval Resupply Advance Gives China New Edge in Maritime Disputes | Voice of America

A Chinese military supply ship has made its first transfer from a civilian vessel, Chinese media say. Routine though that may sound, China’s official Xinhua News Agency reported that the mid-November operation near the southeast coast kicks off a bigger program to resupply naval ships without requiring a return to shore. Improved at-sea resupply capacity in turn will enable the People’s Liberation Army Navy better to control tracts of disputed waterways in East Asia and operate in other parts of the world, particularly the Indian Ocean, analysts believe. Leaders from Vietnam to…

Tony Abbott says ‘it’s time’ for Australian naval exercises in the South China Sea

“It would not be possible for a credible Australian government to ignore any abrogation of the ‘one country, two systems’ arrangement for Hong Kong. That would have to be met with targeted sanctions at least as significant as those imposed on Russia for its proxy invasion of western Ukraine.” Beijing on Thursday reacted furiously to US President Donald Trump signing legislation designed to support pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, summoning US ambassador Terry Branstad to lodge a protest over American “meddling” in China’s internal affairs. Mr Abbott also said any…

Photos: China’s Newest Aircraft Carrier Spotted by Satellites at Hainan Naval Base

Just days after transiting the Taiwan Strait, China’s newest aircraft carrier, the Type 001A, was spotted by satellites moored at pier on Hainan Island, on the northern coast of the South China Sea. The ship is anticipated to join the fleet before the end of the year. New photos released by private satellite imaging firm Maxar Technologies show China’s Type 001A aircraft carrier docked alone at Hainan’s Yulin Naval Base with a flight deck full of aircraft ready to go. The ship embarked from Dalian on its latest sea trials…

Resist And Reward: Vietnam’s Naval Expansion – Analysis

By Felix K. Chang* (FPRI) — Without a doubt, the Southeast Asian country most willing to challenge Chinese claims in the South China Sea has been Vietnam. Its government and people have long resisted China. Vietnam famously fought its most recent war against China in 1979. But what is often forgotten is that the two sides continued to intermittently fight pitched battles over the next 12 years. Though Vietnam fared well on land, it did not at sea. In 1988, China and Vietnam skirmished over then-Vietnamese-occupied Johnston South Reef in…

Resist and Reward: Vietnam’s Naval Expansion

Without a doubt, the Southeast Asian country most willing to challenge Chinese claims in the South China Sea has been Vietnam. Its government and people have long resisted China. Vietnam famously fought its most recent war against China in 1979. But what is often forgotten is that the two sides continued to intermittently fight pitched battles over the next 12 years. Though Vietnam fared well on land, it did not at sea. In 1988, China and Vietnam skirmished over then-Vietnamese-occupied Johnston South Reef in the South China Sea. When the…

1% of US Pacific Fleet-China naval encounters are near-mishaps, and a worry: US commander, Singapore News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – While 99 per cent of the United States Pacific Fleet’s interactions with the Chinese navy are safe and professional, the remaining 1 per cent worries the fleet’s commander, Admiral John Aquilino. Responding to a question on whether incidents in the South China Sea he was worried about are on the rise, he said the No. 1 priority for the fleet is force protection, adherence to the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS), as well as operating safely on the sea. “We do use Cues, which was…

Malaysia needs ‘naval boost to deal with possible S. China Sea conflict’, SE Asia News & Top Stories

KUALA LUMPUR • Malaysia needs to boost its naval capabilities to prepare for possible conflict in the South China Sea, its foreign minister said yesterday, even as South-east Asia’s third-largest economy pursues non-militarisation of the disputed waterway. Tensions have escalated in recent weeks, especially after a US Navy destroyer last month sailed near islands claimed by China as a challenge to what the US Navy described as excessive Chinese territorial claims in the region. Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah said Malaysia could issue protest notes if a major power were to…

South China Sea: US flexes its muscles in South China sea in joint naval exercises | World | News

The exercises were meant to send a clear message to China, which has increasingly been involved in multiple territorial disputes with its smaller neighbours in the region. The joint exercises involved ships from the US 7th fleet and included maritime strike operations, air defence and anti-submarine warfare operations. Rear Admiral George Wikoff, commander of the Task Force 70 told reporters that “our operations in the Indo-Pacific are focused on maintaining regional stability and security”. He added: “Our presence reflects our commitment to the values we share with the many partners…

Littoral Combat Ship: America’s Secret Naval Weapon Against China Or Waste Of Money?

Key point: In a wargaming simulation against China, the Littoral Combat Ship performed worse than expected. The U.S. Navy in late 2019 or 2020 expects to select a shipyard to build the fleet’s new guided-missile frigate. The 20 heavily-armed frigates will replace roughly half of the 50 or so Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) that the Navy had planned to buy before realizing that the lightly-armed LCS likely couldn’t survive in a major shooting war. Just how vulnerable is the LCS? In 2013 journalist Kyle Mizokami put the speedy, 3,000-ton-displacement vessel to…

Chinese Naval Training Ship Spreads Goodwill While Flexing Maritime Muscle | Voice of America

TAIPEI, TAIWAN – A Chinese military vessel is touring the contested South China Sea and beyond to meet foreign peers and train its own sailors, spreading goodwill while tightening its claim to a disputed sea and disrupting Australia’s traditional sphere of influence. Beijing has upset a swathe of Asia since 2010 by landfilling small islets in the contested South China Sea for military use. Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan, Vietnam and the Philippines all overlap China’s claim to the 3.5 million-square-kilometer waterway. China calls about 90% of the sea its own. The…