Category Archives: China

U.S. Pacific Fleet’s Swift Calls for Military Transparency in China Visit

U.S. Pacific Fleet’s Swift Calls for Military Transparency in China Visit

Adm. Scott Swift, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, addresses attendees during a news conference at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii at Rim of the Pacific 2016 on July 5, 2016. US Navy Photo

Adm. Scott Swift, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, addresses attendees during a news conference at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii at Rim of the Pacific 2016 on July 5, 2016. US Navy Photo

The head of U.S. naval forces in the Pacific emphasized the importance of military-to-military transparency to his Chinese counterparts in a visit to the Qingdao headquarters of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) North Sea Fleet on Tuesday, according to a readout of the meeting from the Navy. Read More

Chinese RIMPAC Delegation Snubs Japanese Sailors

Chinese RIMPAC Delegation Snubs Japanese Sailors

Chinese sailors aboard the People's Liberation Army Navy destroyer Xi'an pose on the flight deck in route to RIMPAC 2016 after crossing the International Dateline. Xinhua Photo

Chinese sailors aboard the People’s Liberation Army Navy destroyer Xi’an pose on the flight deck in route to RIMPAC 2016 after crossing the International Dateline. Xinhua Photo

The Chinese naval delegation to the Rim of the Pacific exercises barred at least some Japanese sailors from touring their ships and only reluctantly invited members of the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force to a reception aboard a People’s Liberation Army Navy warship, USNI News has learned. Read More

U.S. Plans to Send Destroyer for New Zealand Port Call

U.S. Plans to Send Destroyer for New Zealand Port Call

USS William P. Lawrence (DDG-110) transits the Pacific Ocean during Rim of the Pacific 2016 on July 18, 2016. US Navy Photo

USS William P. Lawrence (DDG-110) transits the Pacific Ocean during Rim of the Pacific 2016 on July 18, 2016. US Navy Photo

This post was updated with additional information from the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

After more than 30 years without a port call, the U.S. is set to send a guided missile destroyer to New Zealand in a one-off visit later this year, two senior U.S. defense officials confirmed to USNI News on Thursday. Read More

RIMPAC 2016: LCS-4 Exercises With Chinese Navy Ahead Of First Deployment To Asia

RIMPAC 2016: LCS-4 Exercises With Chinese Navy Ahead Of First Deployment To Asia

USS Coronado (LCS 4), an Independence-variant littoral combat ship, launches the first over-the-horizon missile engagement using a Harpoon Block 1C missile. US Navy photo.

USS Coronado (LCS 4), an Independence-variant littoral combat ship, launches the first over-the-horizon missile engagement using a Harpoon Block 1C missile. US Navy photo.

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii – The Littoral Combat Ship USS Coronado (LCS-4) has had an opportunity to work with Chinese ships and naval crews during the Rim of the Pacific 2016 exercise and develop an understanding with their counterparts ahead of the ship’s maiden deployment to U.S. 7th Fleet, which will almost certainly include spending time patrolling the South China Sea. Read More

Analysis: What’s Next for Manila Following South China Sea Ruling?

Analysis: What’s Next for Manila Following South China Sea Ruling?

Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr.

The Philippines’ Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr.

The long-awaited tribunal ruling on China’s territory grab of the Western Philippine Sea finally emerged on July 12. As expected it was a mostly clean sweep for the Philippines government—judging that the claims under the PRC’s Nine-Dash Line vision were invalid, and its current activities of island reclaiming and resource grabbing were both illegal and harmful to the environment. Read More