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US Destroyer Carrys Out Trump’s 4th “Freedom Of Navigation” Operation In South China Sea

In a provocation that’s sure to raise eyebrows in Beijing, a US Navy destroyer on Tuesday sailed within 12 miles of Parcel islands in the South China Sea in what appears to be the first US “Freedom of Navigation” operation in two months. Reuters reports that the USS Chafee, a guided-missile destroyer, challenged “excessive maritime […]

China’s Maritime Strategic Realignment

Authored by Brian Kalman, Daniel Deiss, Edwin Watson via SouthFront.org, China has begun construction of the first Type 075 Class Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD). Construction most likely started in January or February of this year, with some satellite imagery and digital photos appearing online of at least one pre-fabricated hull cell. The Type 075 will […]

“We Will Go To War; We Will Fight You”: China’s Xi Threatens Duterte If Philippines Drills For Oil

The Philippines’ outspoken president Rodrigo Duterte got a glimpse of the true snarling, belligerent Chinese dragon hiding behind the cheerful, globalist Panda facade earlier this week, when in response to a claim that his country was prepared to drill for oil in a disputed part of the South China Sea, China’s president Xi told him […]

Trump Wades Into the South China Sea

financialsense.com / GLOBAL RISK INSIGHTS / 03/07/2017 The new administration’s South China Sea policy is taking shape — and could send ripples through international markets. The sea is dotted with reefs and shoals claimed by neighboring states but occupied by China. Beijing uses these reefs to make sweeping territorial claims – claims that are invalid under international law. […]

Chinese Warships Draw the Line At Sea: “Barring U.S. Ships Through Territorial Waters”

Public Domain, DoD image of Chinese Luhu Class Destroyer, HARIBING on the first ever Chinese “visit” of a warship to U.S. naval station in San Diego, 1997 This article was written by Tyler Durden and originally published at Zero Hedge. Editor’s Comment: If a trade war there will be, China is more than ready to […]

US, China Military Aircraft Have “Unsafe, Close Encounter” Over Contested Islands

After years of 'close encounters' of the Russian-kind, it appears the US military has found a new nation to fly close to. Nine months after China demanded US "immediately cease" spying near its borders… "It must be pointed out that U.S. military planes frequently carry out reconnaissance in Chinese coastal waters, seriously endangering Chinese maritime […]

South China Sea News: Defense Secretary Mattis Downplays Need for U.S. Intervention

wallstreetexaminer.com / by Jack Delaney • February 7, 2017 In South China Sea news this week, tensions between the U.S. and China over the South China Sea appear to be less hostile. At least for now… According to Business Insider, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis downplayed the need for U.S. military intervention in the disputed waters on Feb. […]

China Responds To Trump – “We Don’t Like The Word ‘Steal'”

While negotiations are ongoing regarding China’s return of the undersea US drone that was confiscated by China last week, China has pushed back against U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s claim that its military stole an American naval drone last week, even as the Philippines called the seizure off its coast, and which took place outside of […]

Duterte Visit To China: Obama’s Pivot Has Failed

zerohedge.com / by Tom Luongo via PlanetFreeWill.com / Oct 18, 2016 2:50 PM Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte arrived in China to meet with Chinese Premier Xi Xinping. Duterte has become a very controversial figure in Asian politics as he has publicly excoriated U.S. President Barack Obama’s treatment of him and his country. Duterte has pursued a frank and […]

Duterte Turns Back On US, Orders Philippines To Buy Weapons From Russia And China

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Sep 14, 2016 1:55 PM While until now the verbal outbursts of the outspoken, “vulgar” Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte, who last week called president Obama a “son of a whore” (before he  were mostly bark, and no bite, something changed yesterday. In an abrupt departure from his nation’s longstanding military reliance on […]