Is China using its South China Sea strategy in the South Pacific?

ASPI’s three recent reports on the Pacific—by Richard Herr; Graeme Dobell; and John Lee—reflect the widening discussion in Australia of the region’s shifting dynamics. As Dobell put it, Canberra’s deep strategic denial instinct is roused. None of them, however, considers how Beijing might use its success in occupying the South China Sea as a template for expansion into the South Pacific. Although China’s growing presence in the South Pacific is multi-faceted and a natural reflection of its global power, Beijing’s efforts ‘left of launch’ could nonetheless erode allied access to…

As one cutter departs, another deploys to maintain Coast Guard presence in Western Pacific – News

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — As the Coast Guard cutter Bertholf concluded six months deployed in the Western Pacific, its sister ship, the cutter Stratton, left its homeport in California on Wednesday to take its place, according to the Coast Guard. While operating in the Pacific, under the aegis of the 7th Fleet, the Bertholf sailed with a Navy guided-missile destroyer through the Taiwan Strait, the first Coast Guard cutter to do so. It also sailed through contentious waters of the East China Sea and exercised with ships…

As one cutter departs, another deploys to maintain Coast Guard presence in Western Pacific – Pacific

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — As the Coast Guard cutter Bertholf concluded six months deployed in the Western Pacific, its sister ship, the cutter Stratton, left its homeport in California on Wednesday to take its place, according to the Coast Guard. While operating in the Pacific, under the aegis of the 7th Fleet, the Bertholf sailed with a Navy guided-missile destroyer through the Taiwan Strait, the first Coast Guard cutter to do so. It also sailed through contentious waters of the East China Sea and exercised with ships…

As one cutter departs, another deploys to maintain Coast Guard presence in the Western Pacific – News

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — As the Coast Guard cutter Bertholf concluded six months deployed in the Western Pacific, its sister ship, the cutter Stratton, left its homeport in California on Wednesday to take its place, according to the Coast Guard. While operating in the Pacific, under the aegis of the 7th Fleet, the Bertholf sailed with a Navy guided-missile destroyer through the Taiwan Strait, the first Coast Guard cutter to do so. It also sailed through contentious waters of the East China Sea and exercised with ships…

Pacific News Minute: Chinese Fishing Vessel Rams & Sinks Philippine Boat In The South China Sea

Another incident in the South China Sea. Yesterday, the Philippines Secretary of Defense said that a Chinese fishing vessel rammed and sank a Philippine boat, and then left 22 crewmen to “the mercy of the elements,” as he put it. In a statement, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said, “We condemn in the strongest terms the cowardly action of the Chinese fishing vessel and its crew for abandoning the Filipino crew.” A Vietnamese ship picked up the fishermen and returned them safely to shore. The incident happened near Reed Bank, which…

‘Western Pacific’: U.S. messaging in the South China Sea includes recommitment to Taiwan

Politics Trump poses with U.S. Air Force Academy graduates with Taiwan’s flag in the background. Jeremy GoldkornJune 11, 2019 Washington, D.C., is signaling its commitment to the Western Pacific — a favored umbrella term for any part of the Pacific Ocean that China claims as its own — more and more frequently, and in a number of ways. Here are two that made the news today: U.S. Marines release photo of Taiwanese major general at Indo-Pacific military talks The U.S. Pacific Marine Corps released photos showing Taiwanese Major General Liu…

As China looms, Australia’s military refocuses on Pacific neighbours

Video Above: America and China are fighting over far more than trade. If this growing rivalry is managed badly, both parties and many other countries stand to lose. For years, the graduating classes of Australia’s military training programs studied Dari and Pashto, the languages of distant war-torn lands, eschewing the Bahasa and the Pijin of Asia-Pacific nations close to home. But as Australian forces wind down their presence in Afghanistan and Iraq, where they have served alongside US troops since the early 2000s, they are renewing their focus on Australia’s…