We need bigger ships to face ‘giants’ in South China Sea, says Saifuddin

Foreign Affairs Minister Saifuddin Abdullah says Malaysian warships are ‘fewer and smaller in size’ compared to others patrolling the South China Sea. (Reuters pic) KUALA LUMPUR: Foreign Affairs Minister Saifuddin Abdullah conceded today that Malaysia needs more naval assets to face the “giants” involved in disputes over the South China Sea. He said Malaysia has placed boats to safeguard its waters but they are “fewer and smaller in size” compared to those of other nations. “Our warships are a lot smaller than those from China’s Coast Guard,” he told Ismail…

Deadly Combo: The Navy Has Combined F-35s with Helicopter Assault Ships

Key point: The F-35 is very capable and can turn smaller flattops that would normally carry helicopters and U.S. Marines into serious aircraft carriers. Were the USS America to cruise alongside the French nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, the average Joe might struggle to distinguish their purposes. Both flat-tops measure longer than two-and-half football fields in length and carry jet fighters and helicopters. But the America and her sistership Tripoli are technically “Landing Helicopter Assault” vessels numbered LHA-6 and LHA-7 respectively: super-sized members of the “gator navy” of amphibious assault ships…

Vietnam accuses Chinese ships of ramping up tensions – South China Morning Post

Vietnam accuses Chinese ships of ramping up tensions  South China Morning Post China is resorting to new forms of bullying in the South China Sea  The Economist South China Sea panic: ‘Region on the brink’ as Beijing’s real mission in area revealed  Express.co.uk Vietnam says Chinese ships escalating tension in South China Sea  The Straits Times Vietnam Reasserts South China Sea Claims Amid Chinese Ship Onslaught  Radio Free Asia View full coverage on Google News Source link

Chinese ships reveal truth about Xi’s mission

President Putin may have become the unwitting meat in a South China Sea sandwich. His cash-strapped oil company is drilling there for Vietnam. But Beijing’s getting pushy. Chinese Coast Guard vessels have been harassing the Russian-owned oil rig near Vanguard Bank, part of the South China Sea just off the coast of Vietnam. It’s been there since June. It’s been contracted by Seoul. Now it could be the first significant test of the “bromance” between President Putin and Chairman Xi. Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh has warned the United…

Philippines to protest Chinese ships’ presence in Ayungin Shoal

MANILA, Philippines – Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. has ordered the filing of a diplomatic protest over the presence of Chinese vessels in Ayungin (Second Thomas) Shoal in the West Philippine Sea. Responding to Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff  Noel Clement’s confirmation that a Chinese Coast Guard vessel was spotted four to five nautical miles away from Ayungin Shoal, Locsin tweeted Wednesday: “@DFAPHL Fire off another diplomatic protest, Igor. Now.” @DFAPHL Fire off another diplomatic protest, Igor. Now. https://t.co/pKP7ZHnXGy — Teddy Locsin Jr. (@teddyboylocsin) October…

Locsin orders fresh protest vs Chinese ships in Ayungin Shoal

MANILA—Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. early Wednesday ordered his department to file another diplomatic protest against China over the unannounced entry of Chinese ships in Ayungin Shoal. “Fire off another diplomatic protest, Igor. Now,” he wrote on Twitter. The top diplomat was reacting to a BusinessWorld report that Chinese ships passed through Ayungin Shoal (Second Thomas Shoal) without prior clearance. The Philippines and China have long been involved in a maritime dispute as Beijing continues to assert its sweeping claims over the South China Sea. The Philippines calls its…

Chinese Coastguard Ships Scream Out Their Presence In Disputed South China Sea Waters

Chinese Coast Guard (CCG) vessels that regularly patrol the South China Sea are trying a new tactic in what may be an attempt to assert sovereignty over some disputed areas rich with oil and natural gas reserves. That “tactic” is to make themselves deliberately visible to onshore observers and other ships by turning on their internal tracking signals. This is different from previous actions by Chinese boats and warships that have regularly passed through the Sibutu Straight near the Philippines under a veil of stealthiness with no notification to coastal…

Chinese ships ‘deliberately seen’ in Ayungin, Panatag ‘to assert power’

Photo from Asia maritime Transparency Initiative MANILA, Philippines — China Coast Guard (CCG) ships are purposely switching on its tracking signals for long periods of time in some areas claimed by the Philippines in the West Philippine Sea as part of its efforts to project power. A report released by Washington-based think tank Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative said Chinese Coast Guard ships patrolling Luconia Shoals, Ayungin (Second Thomas) Shoal and Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal appear to broadcast its automatic identification system (AIS) far more frequently. “There was at least one ship…

Chinese coastguard ships ‘deliberately visible in South China Sea to assert sovereignty’

Some Chinese coastguard vessels deployed in the South China Sea have deliberately made themselves visible to rival claimants of the contested waters by turning on tracking signals – a move analysts described as an attempt to assert sovereignty. A report released by the Washington-based Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative said it had identified 14 Chinese coastguard vessels broadcasting automatic identification system (AIS) signals while patrolling the Luconia Shoals, Second Thomas Shoal and the Scarborough Shoal over the past year. Commercial vessels over 300 tonnes are required to broadcast AIS signals for…