That, of course, is its own problem. Without exception, Japanese officials and analysts I spoke to here over a week believe China has not moderated its ambition to replace the United States as the dominant power in Asia. But it aims to avoid the sort of crisis — and Western pushback — Russia has provoked [...]
Malaysia has offered the use of a base in East Malaysia on the island of Borneo to the United States as a site for detachments of Navy P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft.
Speaking Sept. 8 about the Asia-Pacific strategic rebalance to an audience at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, Chief of Naval [...]
And Hanoi isn’t the only Asian government buying submarines. Malaysia has also purchased two. Thailand just built a new submarine headquarters — now it just needs the actual subs. South Korea is doubling its undersea fleet, while Japan is growing its sub force by more than a third. [And Australia too.]
Those countries finding [...]
Vietnam will soon have a credible naval deterrent to China in the South China Sea in the form of Kilo-class submarines from Russia, which experts say could make Beijing think twice before pushing its much smaller neighbour around in disputed waters.
The Vietnamese are likely to run so-called area denial operations off its coast [...]
China’s proactive campaign to claim most of the South China Sea has taken another step forward after satellite images revealed that six reefs in the disputed Spratly Islands have been effectively turned into islets through land reclamation activities over the last six months, reports our Chinese-language sister paper Want Daily.
Since February, China has been [...]
The Navy is sending a second aircraft carrier strike group to the Asia Pacific region amid new tensions with China over a dangerous aerial encounter between a Chinese interceptor and Navy P-8 surveillance craft.
The strike group led by the USS Carl Vinson departed San Diego for the Pacific on Friday, the Navy said in [...]
“However, the Japanese government will want to keep the [Senkaku] islands out of Chinese hands for security purposes in light of the latter’s actions to secure disputed territory in the South China Sea, if nothing else.”
The Senkaku Islands have only minimal economic value to Japan with regard to the seabed resources in the surrounding [...]
“the great revival of the Chinese nation includes the revival of the militaristic spirits worshiped by our ancestors, as well as the promotion of the revolutionary heroism of the Red Army.”
He ended the interview by saying that it is “entirely a misconception” by outsiders that China is passively adhering to the famous Deng Xiaoping [...]
The Philippines on Monday warned China that what it described as the frequent presence of Chinese ships in a disputed area of the South China Sea could potentially spark renewed tensions between the neighbors.
Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose said that Chinese vessels are regularly seen in an area [...]
What was not apparent in Wang’s remarks is that the dispute between the U.S. and China is not about commercial ships, but military ones. According to Beijing’s interpretation of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), military activities within a country’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) – which extends 200 nautical miles seaward [...]