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…

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…

Rescuers free South African baby from storm drain

Feb. 11 (UPI) — Authorities in South Africa rescued a newborn baby that had been trapped in a storm drain for several hours Monday afternoon. The newborn girl, whom doctors believe is no more than 3 days old, was diagnosed with mild hypothermia at a local hospital after she was freed from the drain in the city of Durban. Hospital staff declared her survival a “miracle,” as she was discovered after passersby heard the faint sounds of her crying. People used their cupboard doors to form makeshift barriers to hold…

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…