China to Display New and Upgraded Naval Vessels Amid S China Sea Tensions

Over the past couple of years, Beijing has announced the launch of several new military vessels, as well as upgrades of ones already in service amid ongoing tensions with the US over the status of the disputed South China Sea. The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) is planning to showcase its top tier vessels along with the newest additions to the fleet during a military parade set to take place between 22 and 25 April, Chinese Vice-Admiral Qiu Yanpeng said on Saturday. “At this naval parade the PLA Navy ships and aircraft to be revealed are the…

Behind the Increasing Vietnam-China Tensions in the South China Sea : Politics : Chinatopix

Politics Just last month, it was reported that a Vietnamese fishing boat sank after colliding with a Chinese vessel. The strike happened near the disputed Parcel Islands in the South China Sea, amid tensions between the two countries. Like Us on Facebook The five victims and crew members of the crash clung to the sinking boat for their lives, but it wasn’t until two hours later when rescue finally came in the form of another Vietnamese fishing boat. Instead of extending a hand, the Chinese vessel reached…

South China Sea: Beijing unveils world’s first drone boat amid growing tensions | World | News

The Marine Lizard could be used to take on land assault operations according to military analysts. The 14-tonne vessel is capable of reaching speeds of 50 knots in the water, GlobalTimes reported. When approaching land, the boat releases four tank treads which allow it to travel at 20km/h (12.4mph). However, the maximum land speed can be increased, the manager of the company which builds the vessel told Hubei Daily. The military expert told the Global Times: “This amphibious drone boat is suitable for island assault operations as a swarm of…

China Unveils ‘Marine Lizard’ Amphibious Assault Drone Amid S China Sea Tensions

The stealthy vessel, named the ‘Marine Lizard’, has a maximum range of 1,200 km, a maximum speed of up to 50 knots, and can be controlled remotely via satellites, according to its creators. The first production Marine Lizard amphibious assault drone boat was delivered to the military last week, the Global Times has reported, citing the vessel’s developers. Created by the Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group, a subsidiary of the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation, the 12-metre-long vessel, powered by a twin diesel hydro jet, can be used as part of a combat triad working in conjunction with aerial drones…

Amid South China Sea tensions, Duterte urged to ‘unshelve’ arbitration win

Former foreign affairs secretary Albert Del Rosario (left) and former ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales want the President to “sit down with China” and discuss reinforcing the arbitral outcome. File/Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News; King Rodriguez, Presidential Photo; Joseph Vidal, Malacañang Photo Bureau MANILA—The country’s former top diplomat and ombudsman consider the tension brewing in the South China Sea as the perfect time to finally “unshelve” Manila’s arbitration win.  The government, which has been favoring Beijing for some time, has recently denounced the presence of Chinese vessels in the Spratlys chain, while the…

Latest South China Sea tensions could rekindle Manila-Washington alliance – South China Morning Post

Latest South China Sea tensions could rekindle Manila-Washington alliance  South China Morning Post US ships to continue sailing in South China Sea despite warning  Gulf Times Philippines Warns China on `Irritant’ Acts as Sea Row Simmers  Bloomberg Spratly Islands ours—China  manilastandard.net China insists ‘Spratlys ours,’ asserts Sino fishers’ ‘rights’  INQUIRER.net View full coverage on Google News Source link

US, Philippines Training To Repel Island Invasion Amid China Tensions

U.S. and Philippine troops have reportedly been training for a potential island invasion scenario, which is a real possibility as tensions rise in the disputed South China Sea. On Wednesday, U.S. and Filipino forces conducted a joint airfield seizure exercise on a Lubang Island, located adjacent to the sea, in what was a first for the allies, Channel News Asia reported Thursday. The drill was practice for a real-world situation in which a foreign power has seized control of an island in the Philippines, taking over the its airfield, GMA…

Tensions bubble in South China Sea: American warship cruises disputed sea | World | thenews.com.pk

Tensions bubble in South China Sea: American warship cruises disputed sea MANILA: A US warship laden with hi-tech fighter planes took centre stage at key war games in the Philippines on Thursday, brandishing military might as fresh tensions bubble in the contentious South China Sea. The amphibious assault ship USS Wasp, with at least 10 F-35B stealth jets on deck, stood guard as amphibious tanks rolled onto a Philippine beach located a short sail from islands also claimed by China. The vessel was in the area for long-running US-Philippine military…