China ‘puts wartime command system to test’ in South China Sea drills

China has conducted a month of drills in the South China Sea and the western and central Pacific involving its navy, air force and missile unit. Military observers said the exercises indicated the People’s Liberation Army wanted to put its wartime command system to the test and also strengthen its missile defences in the South China Sea. The waterway is one of the world’s busiest and is subject to overlapping territorial disputes involving China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei. Former top Chinese general Fang Fenghui jailed for life…

Indonesia to open fishing zone near disputed S. China Sea

JAKARTA – Indonesia plans to open a fishing zone within its exclusive economic zone at the southern edge of the disputed South China Sea, most of which is claimed by China, later this year, to prevent foreign encroachment, a Cabinet minister said Wednesday. Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Pandjaitan told a press conference the fishing zone is located in the Natuna Sea, a section of the South China Sea, which is within Indonesia’s EEZ but which China claims to be part of its “traditional fishing grounds.” “We have now…

China drills in the South China Sea to test wartime command system

China has conducted a month of drills in the South China Sea and the western and central Pacific involving its navy, air force and missile unit. Military observers said the exercises indicated the People’s Liberation Army wanted to put its wartime command system to the test and also strengthen its missile defences in the South China Sea. The waterway is one of the world’s busiest and is subject to overlapping territorial disputes involving China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei. Several of China’s newest warships took part in the…

World War 3: South China Sea confrontation as Donald Trump sending in US warships | World | News

The visit, which took place last Monday, was made by guided missile destroyers USS Spruance and USS Preble. American warships have been conducting so-called ‘freedom of navigation’ patrols through the South China Sea in defiance of Beijing. Admiral Phil Davidson told the US Senate Armed Services Committee that China is seeking to dominate the region adding the country is “our greatest long-term strategic threat” rather than North Korea. He commented: “Through fear and coercion, Beijing is working to expand its form of ideology in order to bend, break and replace…

Vietnamese Intellectuals Call On Trump For Support in South China Sea Dispute

A group of 100 Vietnamese intellectuals and activists penned a letter to U.S. President Donald Trump urging him to help thwart China’s gradual takeover of the South China Sea, where Hanoi and Beijing are embroiled in maritime territorial disputes. In an appeal launched as Trump prepares to meet next week in Hanoi, Vietnam, with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the group praised recent tough speeches about China by Trump administration officials and called for U.S. support in the dispute over islands and reefs. “China as an aggressive and unfettered ambitious…

Ep. 38: Beyond South China Sea tensions, part two: The CCP vision and the future of Chinese history

How the world’s greatest 15th-century navy is linked to the game-playing robot that put Beijing’s AI visions into overdrive. Google Play Apple Podcasts This week on the program, we’re going to continue our exploration of the U.S.-China relationship, which we began last week with our investigation into the history of tensions between the U.S. and Chinese navies in and around the South China Sea.  This week we turn our attention to the future. Specifically the how the Chinese Communist Party views its future. Because the more we spoke with analysts and observers…

Britain’s Empty South China Sea Gesture

Sending an aircraft carrier to the region, amid the turmoil of Brexit, is likely seen in China as empty posturing. The rumors that the planned visit of British Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond to China is being postponed due to Chinese displeasure at the deployment of a Royal Navy aircraft carrier in the South China Sea area on February 16 had an ominous feel to them. Britain is well used to being in the doghouse with Beijing. After all, former Prime Minister David Cameron had enraged Chinese leaders in the…