Tag Archives: Naval Exercises

US Freedom of Navigation ops in 2013 targeted PHL, China, Iran

WASHINGTON – The US military carried out freedom of navigation operations challenging the maritime claims of China, Iran and 10 other nations last year, asserting its right to use the seas in defiance of their restrictions, a Pentagon report said Thursday. The Defense Department’s annual Freedom of Navigation Report to Congress for the 2013 fiscal […]

‘Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick’: What is Malaysia Playing At?

For the past two years China has dispatched a flotilla of People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) warships to the farthest reaches of the South China Sea to assert Beijing’s claim to “indisputable sovereignty” over the waters and features lying within its nine-dashed line. Beijing’s ambitious claim covers an estimated eighty percent of the South China […]

China’s assertiveness hardens Malaysian stance in sea dispute

KUALA LUMPUR: The submerged reef would be easy to miss, under turquoise seas about 80 km (50 miles) off Malaysia’s Borneo island state of Sarawak. But two Chinese naval exercises in less than a year around the James Shoal have shocked Malaysia and led to a significant shift in its approach to China’s claims to […]

Is China Preparing for a “Short, Sharp War” Against Japan?

The current dispute focuses on the Senkakus (known by China as the Diaoyus), a group of small uninhabited islands approximately equidistant between mainland China and the Japanese island of Okinawa. Beijing and Tokyo both claim sovereignty over the islands. But Japan has exercised continuous administrative control over the islands since the U.S. returned control to […]

Tensions Set To Rise In The South China Sea

Over the last month and a half, seven significant developments indicate that tensions in the South China Sea are set to rise in both the short and long term. The five short-term trends include: Philippine defiance of China’s fishing ban; continued inaction by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN); the Chinese navy’s repeated assertions […]

China’s naval exercise: Jakarta Post story raises new questions

China’s Indo-Pacific naval exercise, which I first analysed in this post, is continuing to make waves, with David Wroe of the Sydney Morning Herald providing this good wrap-up on the implications for Australia. But what are we to make of the latest twist being reported in the Jakarta Post? The report quotes an Indonesian military […]

Australia scrambles planes in response to Chinese warships near Australian waters

Australia scrambled an air force surveillance plane earlier this month to monitor an unannounced Chinese military exercise that took the emerging superpower’s ships closer to Australian territory than ever before. In what observers say is a significant strategic development, China carried out combat simulations at the beginning of the month between Christmas Island and Indonesia […]

Russia Warns US-China-Japan Pacific War “Just Weeks Away”

According to this report, the recent decision by Chinese leader Xi Jinping to prosecute retired security tsar Zhou Yongkang’s son Zhou Bin for corruption is the “leading impetus” that has led to a fracturing of loyalties in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) between those advocating immediate strikes against Japan and those cautioning a more strategic […]

Chinese warships patrolling contested waters in South China Sea PETALING JAYA: Press in China recently reported that the China’s Armed forces had sent warships to patrol the South China Sea with its personnel taking oaths to protect the sovereignty of their nation. The report by China Military Online, showed a picture of armed forces members from three warships from the South China Sea Fleet of the Navy of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLAN) at a sovereignty oath taking ceremony on Sunday morning. The three warships named ‘Changbai Mountains’, ‘Haikou’ and ‘Wuhan’ was seen forming a triangle at the waters of the Zengmu Reef, while the officers lined up and held a sovereignty oath-taking and signing ceremony on the rear decks of the warships.

PETALING JAYA: Press in China recently reported that the China’s Armed forces had sent warships to patrol the South China Sea with its personnel taking oaths to protect the sovereignty of their nation. The report by China Military Online, showed a picture of armed forces members from three warships from the South China Sea Fleet […]

China is playing dangerous game with the US in the South China Sea

By Benjamin Carlson, GlobalPost Posted: 01/30/14, 1:37 PM EST | HONG KONG — As anyone who has seen “Rebel Without a Cause” knows, playing chicken is dangerous for California teenagers in hot-rods. But playing chicken with warships, cruisers, and fighter jets — well, that’s just another level of crazy. Unfortunately, vessels from the U.S. military […]