I ‘Fought’ at the Battle for the South China Sea (the U.S. Navy Was Crushed)

Key Point: Freedom catches fire. The ship begins flooding. Her gun are destroyed. I’m pulling her away, speed 41 knots, and praying Halsey’s helicopter arrives in time to cover her withdraw. The year is 2016, and two of the U.S. Navy’s latest ships are backing a key ally in the tinderbox of the South China Sea. They’re facing down the Chinese navy halfway across the world with the latest weapons and systems the United States can get its hands on. But is it enough? For more than a hundred years, the U.S. Navy…

Colossal New Ship To Help Beijing Strengthen South China Sea Claims

China is set to use a huge new supply transport ship to ferry supplies to natural and artificial islands it has built in the South China Sea. Named the Sansha No. 2, it can “cover the whole South China Sea”, according to China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency. The ship passed tests in August. With a displacement of over 8,000 metric tons (more than double the 2,540 metric tons of a ship that was used 11 years ago), the vessel can travel 6,000 km without refueling and can be used for…

US seeks to intimidate Beijing in the South China Sea

  US seeks to intimidate Beijing in the South China Sea By James Cogan 19 September 2019 Military tensions over the territorial disputes in the South China Sea are being deliberately inflamed by the United States, amid an escalating trade war and broader geostrategic rivalries with China. Over the past weeks, it has twice deployed a warship on a “freedom of navigation operation” (FONOP) within Chinese-claimed waters, while encouraging regional allies and “partners” to step up their own actions against Beijing. On September 13, the US Navy sent the destroyer…

Malaysia Seeks Non-Militarization of South China Sea

Malaysia called Wednesday for non-militarization of the South China Sea, as Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad unveiled his Pakatan Harapan government’s first comprehensive foreign policy document since it took power last year. The 80-page document, described by Mahathir as a “guiding framework,” said the nation would also adopt a non-aligned stance in its relations with major powers. The document did not specifically mention China or the United States, but it formally laid out the Southeast Asian nation’s foreign policy on the South China Sea under the new government. Last year, months…