India China: Alarm over Chinese research ships in Indian Ocean Region

NEW DELHI: About four to six Chinese research vessels have been spotted in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) this month, while around 600 Chinese fishing boats are present in the IOR every year from 2015 till last year, according to government officials. While the Chinese fishing boats indicate China’s growing footprint in the Indian Ocean Region, the research vessels have raised security concerns as they could be surveying the characteristics of the sea water for improving submarine warfare capabilities. While the data is of those Chinese vessels that didn’t enter…

Photo: San Diego-Based Littoral Combat Ships Patrol South China Sea

Share This Article: The USS Montgomery (foreground) and USS Gabrielle Giffords in the South China Sea. Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chris Roys The Navy released a dramatic photo this week of two San Diego-based littoral combat ships patrolling the contested South China Sea. Support Times of San Diego’s growthwith a small monthly contribution The photo shows the trimaran-hull USS Montgomery and USS Gabrielle Giffords underway on Tuesday. The Navy didn’t say precisely where the ships were patrolling, but China has sought to extend its territorial sovereignty by…

The Navy is making big changes to the way it plans for future ships

Editor’s Note: This article by Gina Harkins originally appeared on Military.com, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community. The Navy and Marine Corps need to be a bit more short-sighted when assessing how many ships they need, the acting Navy secretary said this week. The Navy Department is in the middle of a new force-structure review, which could change the number and types of ships the sea services say they’ll need to fight future conflicts. But instead of trying to project what they will need three…

South China Sea: Chinese ships force their way into Indonesian waters

Their mission was to assert Chinese ownership over the nearby Spratly Islands. The islands are in a territorial dispute between China, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Vietnam. Shuang said China would welcome “bilateral dialogue” with Jakarta to manage the dispute, reports The Independent. But Indonesia says negotiation is not part of its plan. “There is no negotiation when it comes to our sovereignty,” Indonesian president Joko Widodo told reporters. Indonesia’s chief security minister for political, legal and security affairs Mahfud MD also rejected the idea of talks, telling media…

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…