Tag Archives: China

Geographer: China’s Claim to South China Sea Not Rooted in History

Geographer: China’s Claim to South China Sea Not Rooted in History

A map of China's shifting definition of the so-called Nine-Dash Line. US State Dept. Image

A map of China’s shifting definition of the so-called Nine-Dash Line. US State Dept. Image

A British geographer and journalist described China’s claims to large swaths of seas and land formations off its coast are based on 20th-century events — from the Boxer Rebellion to the defeat of Japan in World War II — and not deeply rooted in its history. Read More

Experts Advocate Harder Stance Against Illegal Claims In South China Sea

Experts Advocate Harder Stance Against Illegal Claims In South China Sea

The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) conducts routine patrols in international waters of the South China Sea near the Spratly Islands as the People’s Liberation Army-Navy [PLA(N)] guided-missile frigate Yancheng (FFG 546) sails close behind, on May 11, 2015. US Navy photo.

The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) conducts routine patrols in international waters of the South China Sea near the Spratly Islands as the People’s Liberation Army-Navy [PLA(N)] guided-missile frigate Yancheng (FFG 546) sails close behind, on May 11, 2015. US Navy photo.

Three South China Sea and maritime law experts advocated a tougher stance against illegal Chinese actions, calling for more freedom of navigation operations, possibly with regional allies, that are aimed at Chinese territorial claims that have not previously been challenged. Read More

China Experimenting With Catapult Launched Carrier Aircraft

China Experimenting With Catapult Launched Carrier Aircraft

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Shenyeng J-15 Flying Shark on the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning. PLAN Photo

Shenyang J-15 Flying Shark on the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning. PLAN Photo

China has stepped up development of Catapult-Assisted Take-Off But Arrested Recovery (CATOBAR) operations for its carriers, with the appearance of a Shenyang J-15 Flying Shark carrier-borne fighter with CATOBAR apparatus and continued construction of supporting land-based infrastructure. Read More

Analysis: Russian Military Activities from South China Sea to Sevastopol

Analysis: Russian Military Activities from South China Sea to Sevastopol

Russian troops participating in the Kavkaz-2016 exercise.

Russian troops participating in the Kavkaz-2016 exercise

Russia is simultaneously conducting operations along the eastern Ukraine border, participating in large bilateral naval exercises with China in the South China Sea and conducting large-scale amphibious exercises in the Black Sea around the Crimean peninsula. The Russian Navy has subs operating in the Baltic Sea off Latvia, continues to professionalize its force, and is attempting to sustain a large upgrade in force capabilities matched with no-notice military inspections in most military districts. At the same time, it continues operations in Syria and the eastern Mediterranean, demonstrating resolve and constancy there. Read More

CNO Calls for New Rules with Iranians, Russians to End Harassment at Sea

CNO Calls for New Rules with Iranians, Russians to End Harassment at Sea

A screen shot of an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy patrol boat from a video taken by the crew of USS Nitze. US Navy Image

A screen shot of an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy patrol boat from a video taken by the crew of USS Nitze. US Navy Image

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Chief of Naval Operations called for a set of rules to guide at-sea interactions between the U.S. Navy and Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy, calling recent harassment from IRGCN small boats “not helpful.” Read More

Stennis CO Talks Deployment: Dual Carrier Ops, Chinese Interactions

Stennis CO Talks Deployment: Dual Carrier Ops, Chinese Interactions

Vice President Joe Biden meets with Capt. Greg Huffman, USS John C. Stennis’ (CVN 74) commanding officer, on the bridge aboard USS John C. Stennis during the Rim of the Pacific maritime exercise on July 14, 2016. US Navy photo.

Vice President Joe Biden meets with Capt. Greg Huffman, USS John C. Stennis’ (CVN 74) commanding officer, on the bridge aboard USS John C. Stennis during the Rim of the Pacific maritime exercise on July 14, 2016. US Navy photo.

Last month the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) returned home from a seven-month deployment to the Western Pacific – the first time in several years a carrier from the continental United States had deployed specifically to that region rather than simply passing through on the way to and from the Middle East.

In addition to highlighting a shift in focus to the Pacific, the deployment featured an opportunity to practice high-end warfighting skills with another U.S. carrier strike group, several exercises with allies and partners in the region, and persistent but professional contact with Chinese ships sent to shadow Stennis.

Stennis Commanding Officer Capt. Greg Huffman detailed the highlights of the deployment in an interview with USNI News. Read More

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