South China Sea crisis: Beijing’s monstrous ‘island fortresses’ sparking US fury exposed | World | News

Described by many as “island fortresses”, China has engulfed the South China Sea with man made island bases, and has been accused of forming them specifically for military purposes. The key issue for other Asian neighbours is the placement of these bases in archipelagos that are under sovereignty claims by multiple countries. The Spratly Islands are claimed by China, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia, the Philippines and Brunei – and have become the cornerstone of China’s quest for dominance in the region. A leaked set of photos given to a Filipino newspaper…

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…

Russia war games: Black Sea Fleet fires terrifying cruise missiles in warning to ‘enemies’ | World | News

The crew of two Su-24M attack aircraft from the Black Sea Fleet’s naval aviation and air defence force simulated the enemy in the drills. These frigates are aimed at destroying the enemy surface ships and vessels, submarines and ground installations. They are armed with missiles which are able to strike targets from a distance of 2,600 km. The US defence officials have expressed concern about Kalibr’s long reach in the past. The fleet’s press office said: “In accordance with the combat training plan, the crew of the Black Sea Fleet…

South China Sea news: Beijing will not back down over territorial claims as tensions rise | World | News

The People’s Republic says that the entire waterway up to the coasts of the Philippines, Malaysia and Taiwan belongs to them, a claim rejected by an international court of arbitration in 2016. However, Beijing has never recognised this court ruling, saying the court’s resolution runs counter to international law. On Tuesday China’s deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, Wu Haitao underlined Beijing’s potion during a speech at the UN General Assembly. He said: “China’s territorial claims and claims to marine rights and interests in the South China Sea are…

China vs USA: China orders all American computers to be trashed | World | News

The aim of the move is reportedly to increase China’s reliance on home-made technologies. But this is likely to hit US companies such as HP, Dell and Microsoft hard. Analysts at Jefferies say that US technology companies generate as much as $150bn a year in revenues from China. Paul Triolo of consultancy Eurasia Group told the FT: “The goal is clear: getting to a space largely free of the type of threats that ZTE, Huawei, Megvii, and Sugon now face.” This comes after US President Donald Trump’s administration banned US…

South China Sea: Washington admits antagonised Beijing closely monitoring US air force | World | News

Bombers, U-2 reconnaissance aircraft and RQ-4 Global Hawk drones conduct regular “freedom of navigation” operations in the skies above the disputed waters despite China’s deployment of air defence facilities on artificial islands and reefs in the area. General Charles Brown, commander of US Pacific Air Forces, said: “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 recently as this week.” General Brown said the warplanes were deployed alongside the US Navy’s anti-submarine…

Fake news of a Chinese nuclear explosion got Russian attention

A Russian government agency helped amplify a US radio host’s fake news that the Chinese had detonated a nuclear device. Credit: Bulletin. (Putin image via www.kremlin.ru / Creative Commons) After nighttime AM radio host, white supremacist, and former US federal convict Hal Turner posted the shocking “news” on his website last month that China may have exploded a nuclear weapon in the ocean, conspiracy theorists and supposed news sources alike pushed the story hard on Twitter. But it turns out they weren’t the only ones following this false report. The…

South China Sea crisis: How US submarines could clash with Chinese vessels | World | News

The presence of Chinese submarines does not match the US, in the same way Washington enjoys military superiority in all areas. But as Beijing begins to invest heavily in its development of weaponry, submarine presence could be another area of intense contest as both the US and China look to assert their dominance. The US has sought to disrupt China‘s grip over the key Spratly Islands chain, but some analysts have suggested that this could spark retaliation from Beijing. This could involve the Chinese Navy pushing its submarines further out…

South China Sea crisis: How US-Vietnam boat deal signals devastating blow to China | World | News

US Defence Secretary Mark Esper confirmed that the boat would be granted to Vietnam in a bid to help the Asian country combat China’s recurring entry into the country’s economic exclusion zone, resulting in standoffs and political fallout. Mr Esper also called out Beijing for “bullying” smaller nations in the region, adding that “China’s unilateral efforts to assert illegitimate maritime claims threaten other nations’ access to vital natural resources, undermine the stability of regional energy markets, and increase the risk of conflict.” While the rhetoric remains typically fraught with hostile…