Sorry America (And Tom, Cruise), China’s Top Gun Is Just Better Than Yours

Key point: The navy in this video appeared high-tech, professional, a real navy rather than a mere coastal defense force I will make an unpatriotic confession. I like the Chinese version of “Top Gun” better. Or more specifically, a short Chinese navy video that resembles the 1986 Hollywood hit, for which a sequel is underway. Well, almost resembles. No smirking Tom Cruise. No fake love story (and no Kelly McGillis) to distract what everyone really came to see, which was the cool F-14 Tomcats zooming and booming through the skies. And…

Top Conflicts to Watch in 2020: An Armed Confrontation in the South China Sea

In this year’s Preventive Priorities Survey, foreign policy experts ranked an armed confrontation over disputed maritime areas in the South China Sea between China and one or more claimants as a top conflict to watch in 2020. As one of the world’s most strategically significant waterways, the South China Sea is home to three different types of enduring international disputes: disputes over claimed territory, disputes over claimed waters, and disputes over the types of maritime activities that are permissible in these waters under international law. For decades, Brunei, China, Malaysia,…

Indonesia boosts patrols after ‘trespass’ in its waters, SE Asia News & Top Stories

JAKARTA • Indonesia has increased patrols around islands near the disputed South China Sea after a Chinese coast guard vessel “trespassed” into Indonesia’s exclusive economic zone, the authorities said yesterday. The Chinese vessel entered waters off the coast of the northern Natuna Islands in mid-December, leading the Indonesian Foreign Ministry to issue a “strong protest” and summon the Chinese ambassador in Jakarta. Mr Nursyawal Embut, director of sea operations of Indonesia’s Maritime Security Agency, told Reuters that the agency had deployed more ships to the Natuna Sea. “We’re intensifying patrols…

Japan, Vietnam vow to uphold rule of law in South China Sea as top diplomats meet

HANOI – Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and his Vietnamese counterpart, Pham Binh Minh, on Monday underscored the importance of maintaining freedom of navigation and the rule of law in the South China Sea, taking aim at China’s militarization of outposts in disputed areas of the sea. In a meeting in Hanoi, Motegi and Minh also agreed to coordinate Japan’s push for a free and open Indo-Pacific with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ efforts to promote stable growth in the region, according to the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo. Motegi stressed…

One of the World’s Top Naval Experts Told Us All About a U.S.-Iran War

Key point: Iran knows how to make America hurt. That chronic pain gnawing at officialdom’s guts is bipartisan. Presidential administrations, Republican and Democratic alike, keep trying to draw down the U.S. military presence in the Middle East, the Persian Gulf region in particular, to attend to more pressing priorities. Back in 2012 the Obama administration vowed to “pivot” or “rebalance,” from the Middle East to the Pacific theater to counterbalance China. President Donald Trump and his lieutenants proclaim that an age of great-power competition is upon us. Like their Democratic forerunners, they…

Yields drop after U.S. kills top Iranian commander

By Karen Brettell NEW YORK, Jan 3 (Reuters) – U.S. Treasury yields fell sharply on Friday on safety buying after a U.S. air strike killed Iran Quds Force chief Qassem Soleimani, increasing tensions between the two countries. The Pentagon said on Thursday that Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack Americans in Iraq and the Middle East. Benchmark 10-year note yields US10YT=RR were last 1.821%, after falling as low as 1.795% overnight, which was the lowest since Dec. 12. They closed at 1.882% on Thursday. January 3 Friday 7:24AM New…

Sweater weather to carry on in Singapore in January, Singapore News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – Do not stash away your jackets and windbreakers just yet, as Singapore is expected to cross over into the new year on a wave of blustery weather. The year-end cold spell that saw some reaching for their sweaters and scarves in December is forecast to continue in January, the National Environment Agency’s Meteorological Service Singapore (MSS) said on Tuesday (Dec 31). This follows the windiest and wettest December Singapore has seen in the past 10 years. “The north-easterly winds over the South China Sea, including (in) Singapore, are…

More of the top stories you need to watch for in 2020!

Navy Times annually looks to the future in late December, not the past. We want to arm sailors and their families with insight into what we think might be the top trends or news events in the coming year. We chose 16 stories we think you should watch for in 2020. They were produced by Military Times Deputy Editor Leo Shane III, Senior Navy Times Reporter Courtney Mabeus, Senior Military Times Reporter Geoff Ziezulewicz, Military Times Overseas Operations/COCOM reporter Shawn Snow, Defense News Capitol Hill Reporter Joe Gould and Defense…

North Korea turmoil: Nuclear tests, new financial crisis among new decade’s top ten risks | World | News

And experts Robert A Manning and Mathew J Burrows have suggested the turmoil would be such that the coming decade will resemble the 1930s. Mr Manning – a resident senior fellow with the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security (SCSS), and Mathew J Burrows, the director of the Atlantic Council’s Foresight, Strategy, and Risks Initiative, also attached to the SCSS, revealed their predictions in an analysis published on the organisation’s website. They wrote: “2019 did not offer any great surprises or ‘Black Swans,’ but the fragile world order did move…