China’s New Transport Ship Not a Game Changer in South China Sea

Sansha No.2 is civilian and relatively small compared to military logistics vessels. News that China launched a new supply and transport vessel this summer for service in the South China Sea has prompted analysis that the ship will be used to fortify and strengthen China’s militarized island bases. But, while the ship will likely provide some military logistics, it appears to be a primarily civilian vessel and lacks the capacity to sustain China’s island bases in a conflict. In August, Xinhua reported the Sansha No. 2’s maiden voyage from Hainan…

Colossal New Ship To Help Beijing Strengthen South China Sea Claims

China is set to use a huge new supply transport ship to ferry supplies to natural and artificial islands it has built in the South China Sea. Named the Sansha No. 2, it can “cover the whole South China Sea”, according to China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency. The ship passed tests in August. With a displacement of over 8,000 metric tons (more than double the 2,540 metric tons of a ship that was used 11 years ago), the vessel can travel 6,000 km without refueling and can be used for…

China’s New Transport Ship Will Help Fortify Islands in Disputed Sea

TAIPEI —  A new large supply transport ship will help the Beijing government ferry supplies to its holdings in the disputed South China Sea, a resource-rich waterway contested by other countries. China has alarmed the other countries since 2010 by landfilling small islets for military use. Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan, Vietnam and the Philippines contest all or parts of the 3.5 million-square-kilometer sea with China. China claims about 90% of it. The Sansha No. 2 transport ship that passed trial in August can “cover the whole South China Sea,” Chinese state-run…

China’s New Ship Helps Strengthen Claim in South China Sea

A new large supply transport ship will help China get supplies to the islands it controls in the disputed South China Sea. China is one of six governments with territorial claims to the 3.5 million-square-kilometer waterway. Since 2010, the others have expressed concern about Chinese efforts to build up islets, or small islands, for military purposes. Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan, Vietnam and the Philippines claim all or parts of the South China Sea. China claims about 90% of it. The waterway is rich in natural resources. Extra-large ship The Sansha No.…

China’s New Transport Ship Will Help Fortify Islands in Disputed Sea | Voice of America

TAIPEI – A new large supply transport ship will help the Beijing government ferry supplies to its holdings in the disputed South China Sea, a resource-rich waterway contested by other countries. China has alarmed the other countries since 2010 by landfilling small islets for military use. Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan, Vietnam and the Philippines contest all or parts of the 3.5 million-square-kilometer sea with China. China claims about 90% of it. The Sansha No. 2 transport ship that passed trial in August can “cover the whole South China Sea,” Chinese state-run…

US Navy sails ship close to islands claimed by China

China has placed surface-to-air missiles on Woody Island in the Paracels, which is also being claimed by Vietnam, as it insists it has a right to build “self-defense” systems in the South China Sea. AFP WASHINGTON–The US Navy said that one of its destroyers had sailed close to the Chinese-controlled Paracel Islands in the South China Sea on Friday, asserting international freedom of navigation rights in the contested waters. The USS Wayne E. Meyer guided-missile destroyer passed through the area of the Paracels east of Vietnam and South of China’s…

US Navy ship is carrying a powerful new missile near South China Sea

The USS Gabrielle Giffords is carrying a powerful new missile to help U.S. forces in the Pacific region, a disputed region of the world over which China wants to control. The ship left San Diego earlier in September equipped with the U.S. Navy’s new Naval Strike Missile and a drone helicopter that helps aim it, CNN reported Wednesday. According to Raytheon, the primary contract for the new Naval Strike Missiles, the weapons system is designed to skim over the sea, making it difficult to spot on radar. It is also…

China threatens Britain with military response if ‘hostile’ Royal Navy ship carrying US fighter jets sail near disputed South China Sea islands

CHINA has warned Britain that sailing warships through the disputed South China Sea will be viewed as a “hostile action”. The Royal Navy is reported to be considering the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth close to the contested Spratly Islands. 4 China’s claim that large parts of the South China Sea are part of its territorial waters is hotly disputed and several countries sail warships through the area to assert rights of passage. The UK is keen to join the United States and Australia and is reported to be considering…