Report on China Naval Modernization and Implications for the U.S. Navy

The following is the Aug. 30, 2019 Congressional Research Service report, China Naval Modernization: Implications for U.S. Navy Capabilities — Background and Issues for Congress. From the report In an international security environment characterized as one of renewed great power competition, China’s military modernization effort, including its naval modernization effort, has become thetop focus of U.S. defense planning and budgeting.China’s navy, which China has been steadily modernizingfor roughly 25 years, since the early to mid-1990s, has become aformidable military force within China’s near-seas region, and it is conducting a growing…

Special Report: Hong Kong leader says she would ‘quit’ if she could, fears her ability to resolve crisis now ‘very limited’

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Embattled Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said she has caused “unforgivable havoc” by igniting the political crisis engulfing the city and would quit if she had a choice, according to an audio recording of remarks she made last week to a group of businesspeople. At the closed-door meeting, Lam told the group that she now has “very limited” room to resolve the crisis because the unrest has become a national security and sovereignty issue for China amid rising tensions with the United States. “If I have…

‘Let’s wait’: Lorenzana says yet to receive report on alleged Chinese ship sighting

  MANILA – Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Tuesday the defense department has yet to receive an official report on the Chinese Coast Guard ship reportedly spotted in the vicinity of Ayungin Shoal in the West Philippine Sea. “We haven’t received the official report so we’re trying to get from Wescom (Western Command), requiring them to send the report to us. I cannot comment on that yet,” Lorenzana said. Wescom earlier said they spotted the Chinese ship at the small group of islets and reefs, where a handful of Philippine…

Trump v China: Beijing could win Indo-Pacific conflict before US even responds – report | World | News

The University of Sydney’s United States Study Centre has warned the US has lost its military presence in the Indian Ocean, the western and central Pacific Ocean, and the seas connecting the two in the general area of Indonesia, also known more commonly as the Indo-Pacific. In a report called “Averting Crisis: American strategy, military spending and collective defence in the Indo-Pacific”, the document claims “America no longer enjoys military primacy in the Indo-Pacific and its capacity to uphold a favourable balance of power is increasingly uncertain”. The report warns…

China May Win Fight ‘Before America Can Respond’ in Pacific, Report Says

The United States’ military posture in the Indo-Pacific region has eroded due to political infighting, costly engagements elsewhere and other debilitating factors, giving a rapidly-rising China the upper hand in the event of a conflict, according to a new report. The University of Sydney’s United States Study Center published on Friday a comprehensive, 104-page document entitled “Averting Crisis: American strategy, military spending and collective defence in the Indo-Pacific” that explained how “America no longer enjoys military primacy in the Indo-Pacific and its capacity to uphold a favorable balance of power…

US Warship Sails Into Disputed S.China Sea Waters as Beijing Announces Regional War Games – Report

US Navy ships have repeatedly carried out so-called freedom of navigation missions in the South China Sea, where the majority of islands are controlled by Beijing. Other territories are claimed by countries, including Vietnam, Cambodia, Brunei and the Philippines. The US aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan has sailed through the disputed South China Sea, a few days after Pentagon chief Mark Esper accused Beijing of destabilising the Indo-Pacific. The AP news agency quoted Rear Admiral Karl Thomas, the USS Ronald Reagan’s commanding officer, as saying on Tuesday that the American military…

China launches exercises on disputed Paracel Islands, report says

Aug. 6 (UPI) — China continues to engage in exercises in the South China Sea despite recent protest from ASEAN member states, according to a Vietnamese press report. VN Express reported Tuesday the Maritime Safety Administration of Hainan Province, China, said it would engage in training on the Paracel Islands, also claimed by Vietnam. The exercises that began Tuesday took place every two to three hours and are to conclude on Wednesday. China has banned all ships from traveling in nearby waters during training. The unilateral Chinese decision to engage…

Chinese tourists caught taking photos in Palawan naval facility — report

Chinese tourists caught taking photos in Palawan naval facility — report Patricia Lourdes Viray (Philstar.com) – July 31, 2019 – 9:42am MANILA, Philippines — Two groups of Chinese tourists were caught taking photos inside a naval facility at Parola in Palawan last week, according to a report. According to a report from Palawan News in Puerto Princesa, the Chinese nationals were seen roaming and taking photos inside the Philippine Navy’s Tide Pole naval facility in Parola on July 23. A new naval ship was berthed at the facility where the Chinese nationals…