Category Archives: China

China Issues Muted Response to U.S. Warships Near South China Sea Standoff

China Issues Muted Response to U.S. Warships Near South China Sea Standoff

USS America (LHA-6), left, and the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG-52) transit the South China Sea on April 18, 2020. US Navy Photo

Beijing is downplaying the presence of U.S. warships operating near an international maritime dispute between China and Malaysia in the South China Sea, Chinese officials said during a Tuesday briefing with reporters. Read More

USS America Now Steaming Near South China Sea Standoff

USS America Now Steaming Near South China Sea Standoff

A CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter assigned to 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265 takes off from the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6) on April 18, 2020. US Navy Photo

KUALA LUMPUR — USS America (LHA-6) is steaming towards waters in the South China Sea where a Chinese government survey ship and its China Coast Guard escorts are in an international maritime dispute with Malaysia. Read More

Panel: COVID-19 Exposes Weakness in Global Supply Chain, Chinese Global Expansion

Panel: COVID-19 Exposes Weakness in Global Supply Chain, Chinese Global Expansion

This illustration of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). CDC illustration

The COVID-19 pandemic underlines the importance of international cooperation to contain the deadly virus but also spotlights the dangers of over-reliance on global supply chains in manufacturing everything from cars to pharmaceuticals, three international relations scholars said on Tuesday. Read More

China Calls USS McCampbell Taiwan Strait Transit 'Provocative

China Calls USS McCampbell Taiwan Strait Transit ‘Provocative

U.S. Navy Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Logan Brown, from Joplin, Montana, scans the horizon from the bridge wing aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG-85) while underway conducting operations in the Taiwan Strait. Navy photo

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG-85) transited the Taiwan Strait earlier this week, eliciting a terse response from Chinese military officials.

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PACFLEET Commander Aquilino Adjusting to Operating Under Threat of Coronavirus

PACFLEET Commander Aquilino Adjusting to Operating Under Threat of Coronavirus

Adm. John C. Aquilino pays respect during the 78th Anniversary Pearl Harbor Remembrance Commemoration in 2019. US Navy Photo

Before COVD-19 restrictions gripped the U.S., the U.S. Pacific Fleet was already starting to become wary of the threat. Spread from India to California, Pacific Fleet is the largest Navy operating area containing more than half of the service’s warships at any given moment. Read More

New Marine Corps Cuts Will Slash All Tanks, Many Heavy Weapons As Focus Shifts to Lighter, Littoral Forces

New Marine Corps Cuts Will Slash All Tanks, Many Heavy Weapons As Focus Shifts to Lighter, Littoral Forces

An M1 Abrams Tank with mine plow attachment conducts fire and maneuver training operations with 2d Tank Battalion, 2d Marine Division at Fort Stewart, Ga., in 2018. US Marine Corps Photo

The Marine Corps will soon lay out its path to achieve a 2030 force optimized for conflict with China in the littorals – a force that will completely divest of its tanks and slash most of its artillery cannon battalions, instead focusing on developing light mobility options to get around island chains with the assistance of unmanned systems and mobile anti-ship missiles. Read More