War over Scarborough ‘not worth it’ for the US, says Duterte

MANILA – The United States knew that a war “about something so small” like the Scarborough Shoal in the disputed South China Sea was “not worth it”, President Rodrigo Duterte said Sunday, as he again conceded that the Philippines cannot rely on its long-standing Pacific ally to defend Manila’s interests in the vital sea lane. Scarborough, called by Filipinos as Panatag Shoal and by the Chinese as Huangyan Island, was the site of a 2012 standoff between the Philippines and China. The standoff erupted when Manila sent its biggest warship…

South China Sea: World War 3 FEARS as Vietnam secretly builds ten islands in disputed sea | World | News

The country has placed its construction in the Spratly Islands near its mainland coast to prevent criticism, the New Delhi Times reported. They have slowly added buildings on 10 major islets since 2017, according to the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative. The US Centre for Strategic and International Studies also tracked new communications equipment, a sports field and the extension of a runway from 750 metres to 1,300 metres. Vietnam’s construction is widely seen as defensive, the New Delhi Times reported. The country, which belongs to the Association of Southeast Asian…

Could The U.S. Navy’s War Plan Orange (For Fighting Japan) Be Used Against China?

Everyone says it: Newport, as in where the U.S. Naval War College is located and where yours truly works, underwent a golden age of strategy-making during the interwar decades. It must usher in a new golden age to prevail in strategic competition against the likes of China and Russia. Revisiting the service’s and Naval War College’s roots will shed light on the new, old dilemmas besetting them. Indeed it may—if posterity understands that long-ago age. Here’s the legend. Godlike figures such as W. S. Sims bestrode Naval War College game…

Philippine Navy sends war vessel to join in China Navy founding anniversary » Manila Bulletin News

Published April 16, 2019, 7:30 PM By Aaron Recuenco  The Philippine Navy has sent 400 of its personnel on board a recently-acquired amphibious war vessel to participate in the founding anniversary of China’s naval force next week. Capt. Jonathan Zata, head of the Naval Public Affairs Office, said the BRP Tarlac is expected to arrive at Qingdao, China and will join the other naval forces of Asia and other foreign countries for the main celebration of the 70th Founding Anniversary of the People’s Liberation Army-Navy (Chinese PLA-Navy). The delegation, according…

Battleship War in 2026: Should the U.S. Navy Bring Back the Ultimate Warship?

Here is an idea.  Imagine this fictional showdown: It’s July 2026, and the United States and China are on the brink of war in the South China Sea. Despite years of negotiations and what amounts to a ‘frozen conflict’ on the water, China, the Philippines and Vietnam are more deadlocked than ever before when it comes to various claims and counterclaims in this hotly contested sea. Tensions are now near the boiling point as Beijing has finally begun reclamation work at Scarborough Shoal, blockaded once again Second Thomas Shoal and placed multiple oil rigs…

The Accident That Could Spark a U.S.-China War in the South China Sea

The Black Sea bumping incident amounted to little as diplomatic fracases go. In part that’s because the setting differed markedly from the Western Pacific today. The U.S. task force cruised along mainland Soviet shores where no one disputed Moscow’s sovereignty. This was not contested turf like China’s South China islands—ground wrested from China’s neighbors or manufactured wholesale. That muted tempers. So did the slight damage to Yorktown. Nor was there any loss of life. There was little to fire a public outcry in either capital. What would happen should a…

US Deploys Amphibious Ship, Fighter Jets to War Games with Philippines

In an apparent show of force, Washington deployed its massive amphibious warship USS Wasp on Thursday for an annual joint training exercise with the Philippines in the South China Sea, days after Manila protested the presence of Chinese vessels near a Filipino-claimed island. Stealth fighter jets roared overhead and dropped bombs as amphibious assault vehicles landed on the beach in San Antonio, a town in Zambales province northwest of Manila. The exercise was part of a war game meant to sharpen skills and test inter-operability between the two longtime military…

US warship cruises disputed sea in Philippine war games

MANILA: A US warship laden with hi-tech fighter planes took centre stage at key war games in the Philippines Thursday (Apr 11), 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. Advertisement The vessel was in the area for long-running US-Philippine military drills, which come as Manila pushes back against the…

How a War in the South China Sea Could Start

Kerry K. Gershaneck, James E. Fanell China vs. America: How a War in the South China Sea Could Start Thus, China began its war for the South China Sea. China’s claims of South China Sea (SCS) ownership are illegal, but Beijing’s hyper-nationalistic officials increasingly encourage its forces to attack U.S. Navy ships operating lawfully there. The People’s Republic of China (PRC) appears to be calling for war—a war it may well get. But it is a war that will not stay confined to that body of water, and a war…