US Navy wants to build fleet of killer robot warships & subs — RT World News

Coming in medium, large and X-large, the US Navy is requesting hundreds of millions of dollars to develop and procure a whole fleet of unmanned sea-faring vehicles in order to “meet future challenges” from countries like China. In the event of a large-scale missile strike from a theoretical war-time opponent, Ronald O’Rourke, a naval expert with the Congressional Research Service, has proposed a novel solution: maritime drones, or “unmanned vehicles” (UVs). UVs are one of several new capabilities—along with directed-energy weapons, hypersonic weapons, artificial intelligence, big data analytics and cyber…

South China latest: Beijing rival Philippines purchases new patrol planes | World | News

The news is likely to inflame tensions with China, with whom Manila has disputes over the South China Sea. Despite an international tribunal siding with The Philippines, the Duterte administration has so far avoided enforcing the ruling, so not to jeopardise economic and diplomatic ties with China. The South China Sea dispute sees parts of the region and the islands within claimed by Brunei, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, The Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. The range for the P-3 Orion is 2,380 miles and has been in use by the…

South China sea: China and Philippines edge closer to conflict after latest event | World | News

The two countries have seen relations sour over the last few years as China has initiated its nine-dash line policy which has infringed on several foreign territories. Specifically, in the contested Scarborough Shoal area, a group of local Philippino fisherman have claimed that Chinese boats are damaging the local marine life. Moreover, In a damning indictment of the local relations with Beijing, Nards Cuaresman added that the Chinese Coast Guards are “always blocking and harassing” the local fisherman as reported in the South China Post. He also said: “If the…

South China Sea: World War 3 fears as Philippines diplomat snubs international support | World | News

Mr Locsin hit out at calls for support as he called the dispute “our fight”. His comments come after a Chinese vessel reportedly rammed a fishing boat in Reed Bank. A total of 22 crew members on the boat were rescued by a nearby Vietnamese vessel. Philippine politicians have claimed the alleged incident was a “hit and run”, the South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported. Mr Locsin wrote on Twitter afterwards: “F**k the international community. “It can be bought. “This is our fight and in the end ours alone.”  READ…

How the world is dealing with China’s military modernisation drive

China’s Defence minister Wei Fenghe made a speech on June 2 at the Shangri-La Dialogue forum in Singapore. Shangri-La Dialogue is one of the biggest track-one diplomacy security fora of Asia. Mr. Fenghe’s speech was monitored closely for three reasons. One, the Defence minister has not attended this forum since 2011. Two, his speech was a response to the statement made by Patrick Shanahan, the acting secretary of defence for the United States. Mr. Shanahan revealed details of the ‘new phase’ in the U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy. Third and most importantly,…

South China Sea: Germany ‘SPLIT’ on whether to back US or Beijing in disputed waters | World | News

Berlin is reported to be undecided in whether to side with US President Donald Trump for his “freedom of navigation” drills that also feature the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand and other allies. The EU power state is reported to be reluctant to stand up to China due to Germany’s coloured past of two world wards and decades of political division. A source in Berlin told the South China Morning Post: “Officials within the federal foreign ministry are split.” Walter Ladwig, of the department of war studies at King’s College…

South China Sea crisis: Australia rivals Chinese dominance with $2billion investment | World | News

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said last year that Australia would create a development fund which would offer countries in the region up to $3billion – approximately £1.6billion – in cheap loans and grants. Sources suggest that it will be operational by the end of next month, with a view to approving a plethora of loans immediately. The move is seen by experts as a way of countering Chinese influence in the area. A source said: “We haven’t finalised which projects will be approved first but the plan is to have…

South China Sea: US warship flexes muscles in drills as tensions with Beijing soa | World | News

The drills, which began on Monday and were due to finish today, include joint combat training in the waters and airspace of the huge stretch of sea. The joint exercises between the two global powerhouses are likely to be met with fury from Beijing, who will likely interpret the move as resisting moves of its own to extend its naval reach further into the Pacific. It is the latest alarming development in the South China Sea and comes just 24 hours after the Defence Ministry said China’s sole operating aircraft,…

World War 3 fears as Beijing vessels spotted in Philippines territory in South China Sea | World | News

As reported by The Diplomat, Philippine Coast Guard spokesman Commander Armand Balilo confirmed the sighting on Monday. The vessel was joined by two ships grin the China Coast Guard and two ships with the wartime militia, usually fishing vessels carrying irregular forces. The shoal is covered by both Philippine and Chinese claims on the South China Sea, with the Taiwanese claims also encompassing it. Since 2012, Beijing and Manila have been at a standoff with Chinese forces regular sending vessels to patrol the water. The former refers to the shoal…