Naval Commander Seeks More Funding to Combat Chinese Threats in Pacific

A key Naval commander recently told lawmakers that U.S. Indo-Pacific Command needs more funding to help combat the growing threat posed by China. According to The Wall Street Journal, Adm. Phil Davidson wrote a letter to the Senate Armed Services Committee last month to plead his case. The 2020 budget, Davidson wrote, falls short on enough funding to support “immediate and necessary resources” for the Indo-Pacific Command, which covers more than 100 million square miles. Davidson said more funding would support Army units in Asia, air defense units, upgrading Navy…

Russias Pacific Fleet, Philippine Navy Hold Drills In South China Sea – Spokesman

Fahad Shabbir (@FahadShabbir) 12 minutes ago Sat 13th April 2019 | 04:48 PM Ships from the Russian Navy’s Pacific Fleet and the Philippine Navy are holding naval drills in the South China Sea, Russian Pacific Fleet spokesman Nikolai Voskresensky said on Saturday MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – 13th April, 2019) Ships from the Russian Navy’s Pacific Fleet and the Philippine Navy are holding naval drills in the South China Sea, Russian Pacific Fleet spokesman Nikolai Voskresensky said on Saturday. Earlier in the day, Russian Admiral Vinogradov and Admiral Tributs…

The west Pacific: a new arena of rivalry between China and the US

The three dozen men and women sitting under huge Poinciana trees listen intently to Joyce Konofilia. A candidate in last week’s general election in the Solomon Islands, she was campaigning in a squalid settlement on a hillside above the capital city of Honiara where few residents have access to electricity and even fewer have jobs. But when Ms Konofilia, an Australia-educated tourism consultant, had finished her stump speech, the first question from her audience was about foreign policy. A local elder rose and asked: “Do you support switching diplomatic relations…

U.S. and Chinese bombers soar over Western Pacific as area sees ramped-up military drills

Jesse JohnsonJapan Times, Tokyo B-52 bombers from Guam have trained with Air Self-Defense Force and Okinawa-based U.S. fighter jets in the Western Pacific, just days after China sent a total of six bombers and other aircraft through a key entryway into the Pacific for their own military exercises. “Two B-52H Stratofortress bombers took off from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, and conducted integrated training with Koku-Jieitai (Japan Air-Self Defense Force) fighters and 18th Wing F-15s from Kadena Air Base, Japan, in the vicinity of Western Japan” on Thursday, U.S. Air…

US, Chinese Bombers Soar Over Pacific Amid Ramped-Up Military Drills

B-52 bombers from Guam have trained with Air Self-Defense Force and Okinawa-based U.S. fighter jets in the Western Pacific, just days after China sent a total of six bombers and other aircraft through a key entryway into the Pacific for their own military exercises. “Two B-52H Stratofortress bombers took off from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, and conducted integrated training with Koku-Jieitai (Japan Air-Self Defense Force) fighters and 18th Wing F-15s from Kadena Air Base, Japan, in the vicinity of Western Japan” on Thursday, U.S. Air Force spokeswoman Monica Urias…

U.S., Chinese bombers soar over Western Pacific as area sees ramped up military drills

B-52 bombers from Guam have trained with Air Self-Defense Force and Okinawa-based U.S. fighter jets in the Western Pacific, just days after China sent a total of six bombers and other aircraft through a key entryway into the Pacific for their own military exercises. “Two B-52H Stratofortress bombers took off from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, and conducted integrated training with Koku-Jieitai (Japan Air-Self Defense Force) fighters and 18th Wing F-15s from Kadena Air Base, Japan, in the vicinity of Western Japan” on Thursday, U.S. Air Force spokeswoman Monica Urias…

Freedom-of-navigation ops will not dent Beijing’s South China Sea claims, experts say – Pacific

It’s too late to constrain China’s creeping militarization and sovereignty claims over dozens of islands and reefs in the South and East China seas, experts say. China’s island-building and militarization efforts began early this decade. It now claims dozens of islands and reefs in the Paracel and Spratly islands west of the Philippines. The United Nations does not recognize China’s territorial claims, which overlap claims in the same area by Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Taiwan. The U.S. regularly challenges Beijing’s claims by sailing warships within…

U.S. Military Refocuses on Pacific to Counter Chinese Ambitions

WASHINGTON—The U.S. is expanding its military presence on tiny but strategically important Pacific islands as part of its strategy to block Chinese expansion and cultivate neglected relationships across a broad swath of the Pacific. Much of the new focus centers on Micronesia, a group of islands with just over 100,000 inhabitants near the midpoint of the 5,000 miles of waters between Hawaii and the Philippines. The… Source link

US Army’s ‘Defender Pacific’ drill to focus on South China Sea scenario

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The U.S. Army’s major exercise in the Indo-Pacific theater in fiscal 2020 will focus on a South China Sea scenario, Gen. Robert Brown, the commander of U.S. Army Pacific, told Defense News in a March 26 interview at the Association of the U.S. Army’s Global Force Symposium. The service is funding two major exercises in FY20: one in the Pacific and one in Europe. The exercise is fueled by a rising China, characterized in the National Defense Strategy as a long-term, strategic competitor of the United States.…