UK and China cut ribbon on joint offshore wind research centre

New £2m joint venture in Yantai City aims to help accelerate expansion of global offshore wind industry The UK and China will today formally open a new £2m offshore wind research centre in the Chinese city of Yantai City, in a move that seeks to strengthen co-operation between two of the world’s largest offshore renewables markets. The UK government and industry backed Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult has teamed up with Beijing’s TUS Wind Technology Co Ltd and TUS Mingshi Science and Innovation Co Ltd, which is based in Yantai, to…

US, U.K. and Japan scheduled to conduct submarine hunting exercise – News

US, U.K. and Japan scheduled to conduct submarine hunting exercise The U.S. Navy, Royal Navy and Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force are scheduled to start anti-submarine warfare drills Thursday for only the second trilateral exercise of its kind in the western Pacific. Patrol Squadron 16 will send a P-8A maritime patrol aircraft to operate alongside the Royal Navy frigate HMS Montrose and from the JMSDF the destroyer JS Murasame, a P-1 aircraft and a submarine, according to a Navy statement Tuesday. “The Royal Navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force,…

US, UK, Japan to Kick Off Submarine Hunting Drills in Western Pacific

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – A submarine-hunting exercise featuring warships from the United States, United Kingdom and Japan will begin on Thursday in support of open navigation in the Indo-Pacific region, the US Navy announced in a press release. “Focused on anti-submarine warfare, a US Navy P-8A maritime patrol aircraft from the “War Eagles” of Patrol Squadron (VP) 16 will participate in the drills”, the release said Tuesday. The United Kingdom will provide two frigates, and Japan will send a destroyer, maritime patrol aircraft and a submarine to join the US 7th Fleet for the second exercise of its…

South China Sea: Beijing SCOLDS UK Defence Secretary Williamson over ‘gunboat diplomacy’ | UK | News

Liu Xiaoming warned that following through on a threat to deploy the UK’s new aircraft carrier to disputed waters “risks disrupting the progress of China-UK relations”. Without mentioning Mr Williamson by name, he accused “a certain British politician” of “hyping up of the ‘China threat’” His criticism comes after the Defence Secretary announced HMS Queen Elizabeth could be sent to the Pacific for its maiden operational voyage. In a speech to the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London, Mr Williamson said Britain must be prepared to use “hard power”…

China’s tech giants are a security threat to the UK, says Brit spy bigwig • The Register

The world must “understand the opportunities and threats from China’s technological offer”, GCHQ director Jeremy Fleming said today as he observed that there are “no clear norms or behaviours” for state-on-state cyber-squabbling. Speaking at an International Institute for Strategic Studies event in Singapore, Fleming called for the world’s “cyber powers” to “converge on agreed definitions, on regulatory frameworks, industry standards and norms of ethical behaviour” (PDF). Huawei hasn’t yet fixed its security vulns, says UK’s NCSC overseers READ MORE He also commented on Britain’s oversight of Chinese mobile network equipment…

UK to send new aircraft carrier into South China Sea

The United Kingdom will deploy its new aircraft carrier, loaded with two squadrons of F-35 aircraft into the politically-fraught South China Sea, CNBC reported. British Defense Minister Gavin Williamson confirmed in a speech Monday morning that the Royal Navy’s HMS Queen Elizabeth will sail into waters that are the subject of dispute between China and other nations. According to Williamson, Britain was the second largest investor in the region and it must display “hard power” and “lethality” to help protect interests. On Sunday, United…

UK-China row: Philip Hammond undermines Gavin Williamson’s warship carrier plans | UK News

By Alistair Bunkall, defence and security correspondent The row between the chancellor and defence secretary has worsened after Philip Hammond tore into his cabinet colleague during a radio interview. Asked on the Radio 4 Today programme about Gavin Williamson’s recent announcement to deploy the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth to the China region, Mr Hammond dismissed it as “entirely premature”. “The aircraft carrier isn’t going to be at full operational readiness for a couple of years,” the chancellor told the presenter John Humphreys. “No decisions have been made or even…

US, UK hold second South China Sea joint drills in 2 months

US, UK hold second South China Sea joint drills in 2 months Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) – February 22, 2019 – 12:30pm MANILA, Philippines — For the second time this year, the American and British navies recently concluded maritime security drills in the South China Sea. The US Navy deployed replenishment oiler USNS Guadalupe while the Royal Navy deployed frigate HMS Montrose last February 18 for a maritime security and logistics training. Last January, the US Navy’s guided missile destroyer USS McCampbell and the Royal Navy’s frigate HMS Argyll…

‘Ambitious’ Gavin Williamson criticised for having ‘oversold’ UK capabilities in China row | Politics News

By Greg Heffer, political reporter Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has been criticised for risking trade talks with China by announcing the deployment of an aircraft carrier to the Pacific region. The “ambitious” cabinet minister was accused of having “oversold” the capability of HMS Queen Elizabeth this week, when he announced the carrier’s first operational mission. Mr Williamson revealed on Monday the £6.2bn craft will head to the Mediterranean, the Middle East and the Pacific region, which includes the Spratly Islands where China holds disputed territorial claims. The defence secretary claimed…