Chinese coastguard ships sail as tensions with Indonesia build

Two Chinese coastguard ships left Fiery Cross Reef in the disputed South China Sea and sailed in the direction of the Indonesia-controlled Natuna Regency islands on Monday, amid renewed tensions between Beijing and Jakarta. One of the two ships, CCG 35111, put in at Fiery Cross – where China has refuel and resupply facilities – on Saturday, according to Marine Traffic, a ship tracking and maritime intelligence provider. The stopover on the artificial islands, part of the Spratly group, showed that China had created outposts for so-called grey zone operations…

How Indonesia drove away Chinese ships in the South China Sea

How Indonesia drove away Chinese ships in the South China Sea MANILA, Philippines — While the Duterte government refuses to invoke the Philippines’ legal victory in the South China Sea arbitration, Southeast Asian neighbor Indonesia has successfully defended its sovereignty against China. The latest report from Indonesia’s armed forces indicates that Chinese vessels encroaching on the vicinity of the Natuna Islands in the South China Sea have left the area. Indonesia’s exclusive economic zone from the Natuna waters overlap with China’s so-called nine-dash line, which the Hague-based arbitral tribunal…

Chinese Ships Leave Contested Waters After Indonesia Sends Warships, Fighter Jets

The head of Indonesia’s armed forces’ information center told local reporters that Chinese ships have vacated the waters around the Natuna Islands located off the coast of Borneo, about 600 miles north of Jakarta. Major General Sisriadi said, “The Chinese vessels that have conducted illegal fishing have exited the [exclusive economic zone], after our president’s arrival in Natuna.” Indonesian President Joko Widodo had paid a visit to the area Wednesday where he had sent warships and fighter jets to assert Indonesia’s sovereignty in the region. The Islands have been an…

After Coast Guard Ship’s Intrusion, Indonesia Rebukes China Over South China Sea Claim

KEY POINTS China says it has sovereignty over the Spratly Islands and their waters Indonesia countered the statement by saying China’s claims have no legal basis Indonesia has had a military presence in the island chain since 2018 Another Chinese Coast Guard vessel has entered Indonesia’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) making Indonesia the fourth Asian country to protest a naval encroachment against the Communist superpower. And once again, an island group in the oil-and-gas-rich waters is the “bone” of contention. Indonesia has rejected China’s claims over the northern Islands of Natuna…

South China Sea chaos: How Beijing is using civilian militia to HARASS US rival ships | World | News

The People’s Armed Forces Maritime Militia (PAFMM) are linked to and backed by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army and Navy, and have proved to be an aggravating presence in the South China Sea. The militia group uses the status of ‘civilian vessel’ to venture into contested areas and mount challenges to rival navies, including Vietnam and the Philippines. The group target countries who have rival sovereignty claims over island clusters and shipping lanes in the South China Sea. But due to their status as a civilian vessel, official militaries are…

How China Could Use Civilian Ships and Quantum Computing to Fight America at Sea

0545 Shenzhen, China The building was drab on the exterior; a nondescript office complex on the fringe of Shenzhen outside of Hong Kong. Li Zhou opened the door and got out of her small car. She eyed the revolving door and made her way to the entrance as the vehicle moved along to its next user. She had reached the pinnacle of her career. It all started with an acceptance to MIT, the job in Silicon Valley, a high paying research fellowship with DARPA and IBM then her eventual return…

Chinese research ships to get permits only when exploring undisputed seas

Chinese research ships to get permits only when exploring undisputed seas Patricia Lourdes Viray (Philstar.com) – December 12, 2019 – 5:15pm MANILA, Philippines — China has expressed its willingness to abide by international law after issuing a new policy on marine scientific research in foreign countries. Earlier this week, the Chinese Foreign Ministry (FMPRC) released a notice to Chinese groups or individuals seeking to conduct marine scientific research in other countries’ territory to get an “explicit statement of consent.” “In the course of conducting scientific research, scientific research task units…

World War 3 warning: China’s ‘game-changing’ military technology putting UK ships at risk | World | News

Beijing is in the process of developing intermediate and long-range ballistic “carrier killer” missiles, with analysts suggesting at least one variant has already been tested in the region in the last six months. To compound matters, China is also thought to be in the process of improving its surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, consisting of satellites, drones and aircraft, which improve chances to hit a moving target on water. Specifically, China is thought to have tested its Dong Feng 21D anti-ship ballistic missile, which has a range of 932 miles, on a…