Category Archives: China

Pentagon’s Chief Indo-Pacific Strategist Resigns

Pentagon’s Chief Indo-Pacific Strategist Resigns

U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs Randall G. Schriver speaks to reporters. DoD photo

The Pentagon’s chief Indo-Pacific strategist who is known for being tough on China is leaving the Department of Defense after nearly two years on the job.

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CMC Berger Wants to Retool Kit for Leaner, Lethal Marine Corps

CMC Berger Wants to Retool Kit for Leaner, Lethal Marine Corps

Gen. David H. Berger addresses an audience of senior enlisted Marines and Sailors about Force Design at the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Symposium in Quantico, Va. on Oct. 17, 2019. US Marine Corps Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. David Berger previewed a shift in focus for the Marine Corps soon after taking over the job this summer, with his Commandant’s Planning Guidance. Now, he’s previewing what that shift will mean for the gear the Marines use and how they spend their money, writing in an essay in War on the Rocks that the service is over-invested in gear to support traditional land wars and under-invested in naval expeditionary capabilities. Read More

U.S. Indo-Pacific Diplomacy Efforts Hinge On FONOPS, Humanitarian Missions

U.S. Indo-Pacific Diplomacy Efforts Hinge On FONOPS, Humanitarian Missions

Ships from Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group and Boxer Amphibious Ready Group sail in formation while conducting security and stability operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in October. Navy photo.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Navy’s stepped-up freedom of navigation transits in the South China Sea sends an unmistakable message to China and other nations in the region, a State Department official said this week.

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U.S. Navy Has Been Shut Out of Hong Kong Since July

U.S. Navy Has Been Shut Out of Hong Kong Since July

Two aviators assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 look out onto the Hong Kong skyline as the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73) in 2013. US Navy Photo

This post was updated with additional information about USS McCampbell (DDG-85), which in August was denied permission to visit the Chinese port of Qingdao. 

Shortly after protests began rocking Hong Kong over a controversial extradition bill, the Chinese government quietly started denying U.S. Navy ships permission to visit the port city. Read More

Report: U.S. Shoulders Steep Price to Protect Merchant Ships in Strait Of Hormuz

Report: U.S. Shoulders Steep Price to Protect Merchant Ships in Strait Of Hormuz

USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) transits the Strait of Hormuz on May 7, 2019. US Navy Photo

The Navy pays a steep price keeping an aircraft carrier with escorts on station to deter attacks on oil tanker traffic operating in and around the Persian Gulf as part of the United States’ “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran, according to a new report. The ongoing carrier operations in the region are not only pricey for the U.S. Navy but also creates the potential to disrupt energy markets if a confrontation escalates. Read More