China’s Far Seas Naval Operations, from the Year of the Snake to the Year of the Pig

By Ryan D. Martinson Every year, about this time, the leaders of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) send their regards to Chinese sailors deployed overseas during the Lunar New Year. Every year these messages are covered by the Chinese press. Few in China pay attention to these reports. Fewer foreign observers even know of them, but they should. This annual ritual tells the story of China’s emergence as a global naval power. A Tradition is Born PLAN leaders made their first Lunar New Year’s call in the second year…

Pakistan and China build friendship ties at Aman-19 multinational naval exercise but no room for India on the guest list

Pakistan’s multinational naval drill involving 46 nations has wrapped up in the Indian Ocean and, once again, India was not invited. The Pakistan Navy has hosted the Aman – which means “peace” – exercises every two years since 2007 to promote regional cooperation and stability. India has never been invited, in a sign of the long history of strained ties between the neighbours. China, Japan and the United States were among the countries taking part in Aman-19, from February 8 to 12, which included maritime conferences, seminars and cross-ship visits,…

US vows to continue naval operations in WPS

US vows to continue naval operations in WPS Jaime Laude (The Philippine Star) – February 14, 2019 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — Following last Monday’s Freedom of Navigation Operations (FONOPS) 12 nautical miles from the now Chinese-occupied man-made island on Panganiban (Mischief) Reef in the West Philippine Sea, the US Navy vowed to continue naval operations to keep the disputed Spratlys open to all ocean-going vessels. US Indo-Pacific Command commander Admiral Phil Davidson told the US Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday that the freedom of navigation operations will push…

The chief of naval operations talks technology, China, and more

The National Security Strategy and National Defense Strategy call for an increased focus on great power competition, and as experts discussed at a recent event, the U.S. Navy will play a crucial role in that regard. On January 28, Admiral John Richardson—the 31st chief of naval operations—delivered a keynote at Brookings on the Navy’s new operational guidance and outlined the Navy’s goals to grow and modernize its fleet, as well as address shortfalls in operational readiness. Afterwards, Senior Fellow and Director of Research for the Foreign Policy program Michael O’Hanlon…

China naval gun ready for warfare by 2025: US intelligence

The development comes at a moment when tensions between China and the U.S. are already high, underscored by crucial trade talks that were scheduled to move to Washington on Wednesday. Railguns use electromagnetic energy instead of gunpowder to propel rounds, and China’s is capable of striking a target 124 miles away at speeds of up to 1.6 miles per second, according to the people who have knowledge of the intelligence report. For perspective, a shot fired from Washington could reach Philadelphia in under 90 seconds. Railguns have long appeared on…

Cambodia’s Government Denies Reports it Will Amend Constitution to Allow Chinese Naval Base

Cambodia’s government on Friday denied reports that the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) plans to amend the constitution to allow China to build a naval base in the country, amid growing influence from Beijing in the Southeast Asian nation. On Jan. 29, U.S. Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats submitted a Worldwide Threat Assessment to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence that warned of Cambodia’s “slide toward autocracy” after its Supreme Court dissolved the main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) in November 2017, paving the way for the CPP…

Chief of Naval Operations Visits China Amid Heightened Tensions

BEIJING — The U.S. Navy‘s top officer will visit China starting Sunday amid increasing frictions in the South China Sea, and other tensions underscoring their rivalry for dominance in Asia. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson will meet with his counterpart Vice Adm. Shen Jinlong and leaders of China’s Central Military Commission during his visit to Beijing and the eastern city of Nanjing lasting through Wednesday, the Navy said. The goal of the visit, Richardson’s second as head of operations, is to “continue a results-oriented, risk reduction focused dialogue”…

CHINA JUST TESTED THE WORLD’S MOST POWERFUL NAVAL GUN AND U.S. INTELLIGENCE SAYS IT WILL BE READY FOR WARFARE BY 2025

China tested the world’s most powerful naval gun earlier this month and it’s expected to enter China’s arsenal by 2025, according to sources with direct knowledge of a U.S. intelligence report. The warship-mounted electromagnetic railgun was first seen in 2011 and underwent testing in 2014. The Chinese are expected to complete at-sea testing by 2023. Amanda Macias WASHINGTON — China tested the world’s most powerful naval gun earlier this month, and it is expected to be ready for warfare by 2025, according to people with direct knowledge of a U.S.…

Fears Chinese may take over old US naval base

Subic Bay, which lies around 100 kilometers northwest of Manila Bay, is an area around the size of Singapore. It was previously operated by the navies of Spain and the United States, and was one of the world’s largest U.S. naval facilities. After closing in the early 1990s, it was transformed into a special economic zone by the Philippine government. Two Chinese firms have expressed interest in taking the shipyard off Hanjin Philippines’ hands, prompting swift action from Manila officials who indicated they were unsettled by that idea as Beijing…

US naval chief: American and Chinese navies in talks to reduce risk of South China Sea miscalculation

The US naval chief said on Monday that the US and Chinese navies are engaged in “continuous dialogues” to reduce the risk of a military miscalculation in the South China Sea. Admiral John Richardson told an audience at the Washington-based Brookings Institute that the interchanges between the two navies aim to build communication to avoid a potentially disastrous blunder. The discussions are a positive sign that China and the US are moving forward with a plan to reduce tensions in the disputed waters. Concerns about the chances of an incident…