South China Sea news: Japan sends Beijing dire warning with war ship deployment | World | News

Tokyo has revealed its plan to send a warship on a three month tour through the contested waters of the South China Sea. Reports suggest the fresh bearing of teeth comes as Beijing attempts to buff-up its claim to sovereignty over the region, of which some seven nations claim a degree of ownership. China’s increasing military presence in the sea has sparked fears among western powers, as well as Japan, who has famously tried its hand at pacifism, though now seems to be moving towards a strongman position. The US…

World War 3 warning: China’s ‘game-changing’ military technology putting UK ships at risk | World | News

Beijing is in the process of developing intermediate and long-range ballistic “carrier killer” missiles, with analysts suggesting at least one variant has already been tested in the region in the last six months. To compound matters, China is also thought to be in the process of improving its surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, consisting of satellites, drones and aircraft, which improve chances to hit a moving target on water. Specifically, China is thought to have tested its Dong Feng 21D anti-ship ballistic missile, which has a range of 932 miles, on a…

Russia war games: Black Sea Fleet fires terrifying cruise missiles in warning to ‘enemies’ | World | News

The crew of two Su-24M attack aircraft from the Black Sea Fleet’s naval aviation and air defence force simulated the enemy in the drills. These frigates are aimed at destroying the enemy surface ships and vessels, submarines and ground installations. They are armed with missiles which are able to strike targets from a distance of 2,600 km. The US defence officials have expressed concern about Kalibr’s long reach in the past. The fleet’s press office said: “In accordance with the combat training plan, the crew of the Black Sea Fleet…

From Trade War to Strait War: China Warn U.S. Stop Stretching its Muscles in the Contested Waters

Germany recently announced it will not join the French-led mission in the Strait of Hormuz. This is while, not long ago, Berlin’s lack of support for Paris’s position on “the brain death of NATO” became a hot issue. Berlin’s stance against Paris reinforces the assumption that maybe Germany, on the eve of Brexit, is trying to prevent France to become the dominant power in Europe. The assumption is largely reasonable, provided one does not forget that Germany, in a parallel action, benefits from the cooperation with France to challenge U.S.…

World War 3 – China’s new wonder weapon that could destroy the west | World | News

The weapon is the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) most powerful multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) ever, capable of firing eight 370mm rockets 350km or two 750mm ballistic missiles 500km. A leading American military magazine, ‘Modern Ships’, has made the claim after examining footage of the parade where the weapon passed by largely anonymously. A commentator for state broadcaster Chinese CCTV described it only as a “self-propelled rocket launcher with precision strike capability”. But ‘Modern Weapons’ challenged that statement stressing the systems impressively destructive capabilities. Whilst it remains unknown how many…

Could China and America Fight a War in the South China Sea? Here’s Three Ways How

Key Point: Neither side wants war, but China’s behavior—and America’s response—makes it possible to fight on accident. It’s easy to imagine an even more serious confrontation in the SCS.  Another accidental collision would be bad enough, but if a scenario developed similar to that of the downing of KAL 007, with a Chinese fighter jock actually opening fire on an American plane, the situation could get ugly very quickly.  And if an American pilot fired upon a Chinese plane, the reaction of the Chinese public could become too much for Beijing to reasonably…

World War 3: Nuclear missile panic as Israel fires mystery rocket ‘aimed at Iran’ | World | News

Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif argued Israel’s latest military test was more concerning than they had let on and hinted at it being a nuclear missile warning. Israel’s Ministry of Defence wrote on their Twitter page yesterday: “A few minutes ago, the defence establishment conducted a test of a rocket propulsion system, from a base in central Israel. The test was pre-determined and took place according to plan.”  Mr Zarif said: “Today tested a nuke-missile, aimed at Iran.” He also lamented that the West does not complain “about the only nuclear…

Field notes from the foothills of the new cold war

The growing pace of strategic change means that every week brings more data points charting the Indo-Pacific’s slide towards a riskier, more dangerous reality. Tokyo More than 300 attendees of the 1st Tokyo Global Dialogue—hosted by the excellent Japan Institute of International Affairs on its 60th anniversary—watched with concern and amusement the performance of Liu Mingfu, professor at China’s National Defence University and ‘an outstanding Chinese Communist Party member of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army’. Liu is a type of celebrity PLA colonel, something of a media star and author…

A Cold War With China Is Purely Optional

Read more: The unpredictable rise of China The Chinese today are not seeking to destroy Americans’ way of life, as the Soviets were said to be doing in the 1940s. Indeed, the Chinese accept fundamental aspects of our capitalist marketplace, and they have similar interests in halting climate change, fighting terrorists, and combatting pandemics. China should be regarded as a serious rival as well as a crucial partner. But despite recent tensions, the rivalry is entirely less dangerous than the one with the U.S.S.R. after World War II—and the potential…