UK’s Hammond: Talk of warship deployment complicates China ties, Europe News & Top Stories

LONDON (REUTERS) – Britain’s talk of deploying a warship in the Pacific has complicated its relationship with China, finance minister Philip Hammond said on Thursday (Feb 21).   As Britain prepares to leave the European Union at the end of next month, its biggest foreign and trade policy shift in more than 40 years, it is seeking to strengthen diplomatic relationships and trade ties with countries around the world.   Earlier this month defence minister Gavin Williamson said Britain would use military force to support its interests after Brexit and outlined plans to…

Navy Warship Passage Challenges Beijing Control of S. China Sea Islands

Guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell / Getty Images BY: Bill Gertz Follow @BillGertz January 7, 2019 1:25 pm A Navy warship conducted an operation to contest China’s claims of controlling international waters in the South China Sea, the Pacific Fleet said Monday. China responded by sending ships and aircraft to confront the vessel, the Chinese Foreign Minister said. Lt. Rachel McMarr, a Fleet spokeswoman, said the guided missile destroyer USS McCampbell conducted a freedom of navigation operation on Monday by sailing within 12 nautical miles of the Paracel Islands. The operation…

China May Have Put a Working Electromagnetic Gun on a Warship. Is This a Big Deal?

Photo taken from a high-speed video camera during a firing of an electromagnetic rail gun (EMRG) at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren, Virginia, on Jan. 31, 2008. Credit: U.S. Navy China appears to have beaten the U.S. in the race to mount a rail gun on a battleship, as Popular Mechanics reported Dec. 31. Does it matter? Sort of. Maybe. Rail guns are devices that use electromagnetism to hurl projectiles over long distances, speeding them on much faster than gunpowder-based weapons of similar size. They’re…

Canadian warship witnesses possible violations of North Korea sanctions – Nelson Star

The crew of a Canadian warship in the Pacific had front-row seats to potential violations of UN sanctions against North Korea during a recent patrol in the East China Sea — but was under orders not to intercept any suspicious vessels, the ship’s commander says. Crew members on HMCS Calgary instead took photos and collected other information, Cmdr. Blair Saltel said Tuesday. “We saw several ship-to-ship transfers at sea and by the markings — based on the intelligence that we had — some of those were associated with … potential…

China protests over U.S. warship sighting in South China Sea as trade talks kick off

BEIJING – Chinese and American officials began talks Monday aimed at ending a bruising trade battle between the world’s two biggest economies as Beijing complained over the sighting of a U.S. warship in what it said are Chinese waters. It was unclear if the ruckus over the warship might disrupt the working-level talks being held at the Chinese Commerce Ministry. The two sides have provided scant information about the discussions. Both sides have expressed optimism over the potential for progress in settling their tariff fight over Beijing’s technology ambitions. Yet…

US warship sails in South China Sea amid trade talks with Beijing | USA News

China has lodged “stern representations” with the United States over a US navy vessel sailing through the disputed South China Sea, as US officials joined trade talks in Beijing to seek a de-escalation in the Sino-US trade war. Lu Kang, spokesman for China’s foreign ministry, said on Monday that Chinese military aircraft and naval vessels were dispatched to identify the US vessel and warn it to leave the area near the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, claimed by China. “We urge the United States to immediately cease…

PressTV-Iran to send its most advanced warship to Atlantic

Iran’s navy says it is to dispatch a flotilla, including the country’s most advanced destroyer, to the Atlantic Ocean on a five-month mission.  The fleet will depart for the waters early next year on the Iranian calendar, which begins on March 21, Rear-Admiral Touraj Hassani-Moqaddam, the Navy’s deputy commander told IRNA on Friday. “The mission will take place in line with the order issued by the chain of command,” he noted, adding that the fleet will be going around the globe to reach the Atlantic. “[The course towards] the Atlantic Ocean…

Japan says footage ‘proves’ South Korean warship had weapons lock on one of its aeroplanes

A row between Seoul and Tokyo escalated on Friday after Japan released a video it said backed up its claim that a South Korean warship had locked a weapons targeting system onto a Japanese plane. South Korea condemned the release of the footage and reiterated its rejection of the Japanese allegations. Tensions have flared since Japan claimed a South Korean destroyer last week aimed its fire-control radar at a Japanese maritime patrol plane in the sea off the eastern coast of South Korea. Seoul has denied the allegations, saying the…