Category Archives: China

Navy admiral says Russia and China are going against the ‘global operating system’ – Business Insider

The former vice chair of the Joint Chiefs warned on Wednesday that Russia and China were going against what he called the “global operating system” of order, rules, and alliances.

“This system is under attack,” Adm. James Winnefeld (Ret.) told attendees of the AFCEA West 2017 conference. “They’ve thrown away the rules, and we’re not ready for it.”

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Navy admiral says Russia and China are going against the ‘global operating system’ – Business Insider

Are China and America Destined for War? | The National Interest Blog

Ultimately, what could drive conflict between Xi’s China and Trump’s America is a similarly held perception in both countries being somehow victims. Beijing has long promoted the idea that it has been oppressed and constrained by foreign powers, and that this therefore entitles it to special consideration. An “official narrative” of humiliation by Western powers is particularly driving a new Chinese populist-nationalist foreign policy.

But now the US, under Trump, is playing a similar victimhood card. Trump won election by arguing that the US has been made a sucker by foreign powers, and his response is to raise the country’s military profile and be more intransigent and demanding when it comes to trade and international relations.

Are China and America Destined for War? | The National Interest Blog

If both China and America are victims, then the outcome of war looks more likely than not.

Chinese legal draft could pose challenge for Navy in South China Sea – News – Stripes

China is considering maritime law changes that could clash with U.S. Navy views on freedom of navigation in the South China Sea and other international waters.

Revisions to China’s 1984 Maritime and Traffic Safety Law would require foreign ships to request permission to enter “China’s waters,” according to Global Times, an English-language daily newspaper tied to the Chinese Communist Party.

The draft also requires submarines and other submersible boats to surface, fly a flag and report to Chinese authorities, the newspaper reported.

The revisions to the law, announced Tuesday, are still in their formative stages and wouldn’t take effect until 2020, Global Times reported.

Chinese legal draft could pose challenge for Navy in South China Sea – News – Stripes

China Looks to Wage “Hybrid” Electronic War – Warrior – Scout

China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is looking to up the ante on electronic warfare by mating EW and computer networks in a whole new way to launch cyber-attacks, the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) says in a recently released report.

“The PLA believes that EW is one of the best ways to counter stronger military powers, CSBA notes in its report, “Reinforcing the Front Line U.S. Defense Strategy and The Rise of China.

In addition to developing a variety of dedicated EW platforms, CSBA says, the PLA “has embraced the concept of Integrated Network Electronic Warfare (INEW), which seeks to meld EW and computer network into a ‘hybrid capability.’”

China Looks to Wage “Hybrid” Electronic War – Warrior – Scout

Did North Korea Just Launch a Chinese Missile? | The National Interest

“Bechtol thinks it unlikely Pyongyang obtained Western technology, so the leading candidates for the source of this missile are Russia and China.”

As Bechtol points out, the North Koreans are adept at stealing weapons tech, buying it, and getting it with the help of rogue scientists and engineers. “All that is certain today is that the North Koreans did not develop this missile system completely on their own,” he told me, “and the missile fired Sunday as a land-based missile and several months ago as an SLBM has almost exactly the same appearance and capabilities as the Chinese JL-1.”

“This is truly dangerous,” Fisher tells me. North Korea has “crossed the line from failure-prone, liquid-engine, long-range missiles to long-range, solid-fuel ones.” And now, having made it to the other side of the threshold, it can make rapid improvements: “We can now expect the North will soon produce solid-fuel, intermediate- and intercontinental-range ballistic missiles and space launch vehicles.”

Moreover, to make matters worse, the Pukguksong-2 is carried on a transporter-erector-launcher, essentially a truck. That means the North Koreans can hide missiles before shooting them.

Did North Korea Just Launch a Chinese Missile? | The National Interest

Given that North Korea and Iran are working together on missiles and nuclear weapons, it won’t be long before Iran has the same technology if it doesn’t have it already.

U.S. Navy Planning More ‘Freedom of Navigation’ Operations in South China Sea – Breitbart

The plan would see U.S. warships conducting more “Freedom of Navigation Operations,” or FONOPs, within 12 nautical miles of the islands.

The U.S. Navy routinely conducts FONOPs in waters considered to be part of the international domain which would otherwise be claimed by some countries to be within their territorial waters, or a 12-nautical mile distance from their shores.

The plan has already been approved by U.S. Pacific Command, led by Adm. Harry Harris. If approved by Mattis, it will next go to the National Security Council, and then to the president, the official told Breitbart News.

The San Diego-based USS Carl Vinson strike group is in the Pacific Ocean on its way to the East Asian region. It left U.S. Naval Base Guam on Monday after a several-day visit.

U.S. Navy Planning More ‘Freedom of Navigation’ Operations in South China Sea – Breitbart

China warns U.S. against fresh naval patrols in South China Sea | Reuters

China’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday warned Washington against challenging its sovereignty, responding to reports the United States was planning fresh naval patrols in the disputed South China Sea.

On Sunday, the Navy Times reported that U.S. Navy and Pacific Command leaders were considering freedom of navigation patrols in the busy waterway by the San Diego-based Carl Vinson carrier strike group, citing unnamed defense officials.

China warns U.S. against fresh naval patrols in South China Sea | Reuters

China considering making foreign submersibles travel on surface | Reuters

“Foreign submersibles, passing though territorial waters of the People’s Republic of China, should travel on the surface, raise their national flag, and report to Chinese maritime management administrations,” the news service cited the draft revision as saying, without giving details.

The draft will also allow Chinese maritime authorities to stop foreign ships entering Chinese waters if the ships are judged to be a possible cause of harm to navigational safety and order, the China News Service said.

China considering making foreign submersibles travel on surface | Reuters

Don’t Be Fooled: We Are Getting Tougher With China

However, in private multiple sources told the paper Mattis said the U.S pledged

to take an active role in protecting freedom of navigation, suggesting a more aggressive stance than the previous administration in an effort to restrain military buildup. Specifically, the U.S. is set to increase the frequency of patrols within 12 nautical miles of man-made islands China has constructed in the sea.

In other words, Trump’s “One China” comments might just be a carrot while the new administration promises the big stick of U.S. naval power in a way far more active than what President Barack Obama originally set forth.

Don’t Be Fooled: We Are Getting Tougher With China

Manila Predicts Beijing Will Build Base On Scarborough Shoal

This week the Philippine defense secretary predicted China would start building an artificial island on the bones of Scarborough Shoal.

If unopposed, China would likely attempt to build an installation like the several bases Beijing has constructed in the Spratly Island chain to the south of Scarborough, Delfin Lorenzana said in a Tuesday interview with AFP.

“If we allow them, they will build,” he told the wire.
“That’s very, very disturbing. Very much (more) disturbing than Fiery Cross because this is so close to us.”

Manila Predicts Beijing Will Build Base On Scarborough Shoal