US military flights over South China Sea common but not publicized, Pacific Air Forces commander says – News

US military flights over South China Sea common but not publicized, Pacific Air Forces commander says While the press regularly covers Navy warships passing through disputed territory in the South China Sea, U.S. military aircraft operating there often fly under the radar. Pacific Air Forces commander Gen. Charles Q. Brown noted the differing treatment during a recent teleconference from Hawaii. “We’ve been flying in and around the South China Sea for really about the past 15 years, and I would probably tell you we’ve done some as…

South China Sea news: Beijing will not back down over territorial claims as tensions rise | World | News

The People’s Republic says that the entire waterway up to the coasts of the Philippines, Malaysia and Taiwan belongs to them, a claim rejected by an international court of arbitration in 2016. However, Beijing has never recognised this court ruling, saying the court’s resolution runs counter to international law. On Tuesday China’s deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, Wu Haitao underlined Beijing’s potion during a speech at the UN General Assembly. He said: “China’s territorial claims and claims to marine rights and interests in the South China Sea are…

China watching US Air Force activity in South China Sea

US Navy missions in disputed waters may get more public attention but flyovers have important role to play, senior military officials say. US warplanes — including bombers, U-2s, and RQ-4 Global Hawk drones — regularly conduct “freedom of navigation” operations over the disputed waters. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. The US Air Force’s frequent activities over the South China Sea might not attract the same attention as the US Navy’s, but they still played an important role in negotiations with China, according to American air force officers. Gen. Charles Brown,…

Tanker with 15500 tons of petroleum aground, Luzon South China sea – Maritime Bulletin

Post Views: 284 Product tanker CHEMITEC with 15471 tons of petroleum on board ran aground at night Dec 10 on Pangasinan province coast, western Luzon, Philippines, while en route from Brunei to Ningbo China. Grounding was caused by engine failure. Tug MTUG PROCYON (IMO 9005936) at her side as of 1730 UTC Dec 10. No info yet on hull breaches, leaks.Product tanker CHEMITEC, IMO 9446257, dwt 16976, built 2008, flag HK, manager SHANGHAI ANRITA SHPG CO LTD. Comments comments Source link

Storm Kammuri hits South China Sea, rough seas expected

As of 7 a.m. on Wednesday the storm lay centered 480 km east-northeast of Southwest Cay Islet in Vietnam’s Spratly Islands with wind speeds of up to 115 kph, according to the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting. In the next 24 hours it is expected to move west-northwest at around 15 kph, centered 400 km to the north of Southwest Cay with winds of 90 kph on Thursday morning. In the next 48 hours the storm, the seventh to affect Vietnam this year, will turn south-southwest at 10-15 kph and weaken…

Countering Beijing’s South China Sea strategy

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) possesses overwhelming military capabilities in the South China Sea. And it is clear that no single nation in this region, Japan included, is able to match those capabilities. For the littoral nations of the South China Sea — Vietnam and the Philippines in particular — China’s robust military capabilities and its many controversial and militarized/fortified artificial islands have been casting much darker clouds over their policy planning toward China. In addition to these security elements, every nation in the region has economic ties with…