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Chinese Navy Deploys Drones in South China Sea Missile Drills

In this undated photo released by China’s Xinhua News Agency, a carrier-borne J-15 fighter jet lands on China’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning. © AP Photo/ Xinhua, Zha Chunming

  • Chinese Navy Deploys Drones in South China Sea Missile Drills
    by Laura Zhou, http://www.scmp.com/frontpage/hk
    Report comes after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ‘reaffirmed deep concerns about building and militarising outposts’ in the contested waters.

    China has carried out drills in the South China Sea to simulate fending off an aerial attack, state media said on Friday, in the latest show of military muscle amid rising tensions between Beijing and Washington over the strategic waterway.

    The drills, which involved three target drones making flyovers of a ship formation at varying heights and directions, are part of ongoing efforts by China’s navy to improve its real-life combat ability, the official PLA Daily said in a report.

    It said the drones were used to “precisely verify the feasibility and effectiveness to ensure a close stimulation of an aerial attack target”. The drones had already been sent out several hundred times during more than 30 previous drills, according to the newspaper.

    It did not give details of the drills – including when and where in the South China Sea they were held and which PLA Navy base was involved – but the report came after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Beijing on Thursday to brief the Chinese leadership on this week’s summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

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June 19, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , | Leave a comment

US B-52 Nuclear Bomber Flew Within 2 Miles of South China Sea Island

A KC-135 Stratotanker from RAF Mildenhall, England, refuels a B-52 Stratofortress from Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, in support of Operation Polar Roar over Scotland, Aug. 1, 2016 © © U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kate Thornton

  • Looks like the western Illuminati is desperate to ignite WW3.
  • US B-52 Nuclear Bomber Flew Within 2 Miles of South China Sea Island
    by https://sputniknews.com/
    Pentagon officials reportedly admitted that that a B-52 strategic nuclear bomber on a routine mission unintentionally flew within two miles of an island in the South China Sea.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Senior US Department of Defense officials have admitted that a B-52 strategic nuclear bomber on a routine mission unintentionally flew within two nautical miles of an artificial island in the South China Sea last week, media reports said.

    “Pentagon officials are investigating why one of two B-52s on the mission last week flew closer than planned to Cuarteron Reef in the Spratly Islands, an area where China and its neighbors have competing territorial claims,” the Wall Street Journal said in a report.

    The report cited a senior US defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, as saying that bad weather had been involved, causing the pilot to lose his bearings and stray into air space claimed by China.

    The newspaper noted that the Chinese government brought the incident to the attention of Washington when it filed a formal diplomatic complaint with the US Embassy in Beijing.

    China’s Defense Ministry said two B-52s had trespassed into Beijing’s airspace on December 10 around the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, and People’s Liberation Army forces kept them under close surveillance and warned them to leave.

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June 6, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , | Leave a comment

U.S. Sends B-52 Bombers ‘in Vicinity’ of South China Sea Amid Row Over Militarization of Islets

B52 Strategic Bomber

  • U.S. Sends B-52 Bombers ‘in Vicinity’ of South China Sea Amid Row Over Militarization of Islets
    by JESSE JOHNSON, https://www.japantimes.co.jp/
    The U.S. military sent two B-52 heavy bombers for a “routine mission” in the contested South China Sea on Tuesday, just days after Defense Secretary Jim Mattis lambasted Beijing’s continued militarization of its outposts in the strategic waterway.

    The U.S. Pacific Air Forces, which oversees operations in the region, told The Japan Times that the two nuclear-capable bombers departed a navy facility on Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean for training “in the vicinity of the South China Sea” prior to returning to Diego Garcia.

    The exact location of the training mission was unclear, as the U.S. military does not discuss specifics for operational security reasons, but Aircraft Spots, a Twitter account that tracks aircraft and U.S. Air Force flights, showed that the bombers had passed near or over the disputed Spratly island chain.

    CNN, quoting a a U.S. government source with knowledge of the flyover, said both B-52s had been instructed to fly about 20 miles (32 km) from the islands.

    Beijing has built up a series of military outposts in the South China Sea, which includes vital sea lanes through which about $3 trillion in global trade passes each year. The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei have overlapping claims.

    As part of what experts call a concerted bid to cement de facto control of the South China Sea, Beijing has built up seven man-made islets in the Spratlys, with three — Fiery Cross, Subi and Mischief reefs — all boasting military-grade airfields. Last month, the Chinese Air Force landed bombers on Woody Island in the disputed Paracel archipelago, north of the Spratlys, as part of a training exercise. Satellite images taken May 12 showed China also appeared to have deployed truck-mounted surface-to-air missiles or anti-ship cruise missiles at Woody, while anti-ship cruise missiles and anti-air missiles were also placed on its largest bases in the Spratlys.

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June 6, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , | Leave a comment

France, Britain Sending Ships to Challenge Beijing’s Claims in South China Sea

The French Mistral high-tech amphibious helicopter carrier assault and command ship is moored on February 18, 2011 in the bay of Toulon, southern France

  • Is this on the path towards war or peace? Clearly WAR! Has China denied any vessel freedom of navigation in the disputed territory? NO! France, Britain and USA do not have any territorial claims in the South China Sea. So what is this BS about? The western Illuminati want to trigger their Satanic WW3 to lay the foundation for their Man of Sin, bringer of false peace, white horseman of Revelation 6.
  • France, Britain Sending Ships to Challenge Beijing’s Claims in South China Sea
    by https://sputniknews.com/
    The French and British navies are planning to follow in the footsteps of the US Navy with their own wayfinding mission through the disputed South China Sea, specifically, into areas London and Paris argue are illegally claimed by Beijing.

    A seaborne task force comprising French and British ships and naval aircraft will make its way through the South China Sea next week, French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parley said Sunday. The force will go “into certain areas” where the world’s fastest growing navy — the People’s Liberation Army-Navy — is expected to be present.

    “At some point a stern voice intrudes into the transponder and tells us to sail away from supposedly ‘territorial waters.’ But our commander then calmly replies the he will sail forth, because these, under international law, are indeed international waters,” Parley said Sunday.

    The South China Sea is notable for the trillions of dollars’ worth of commercial cargo passing through the waterway every year and for the possibility it contains large untapped oil and gas fields. A slew of nations in the region have overlapping claims on islets and sections of water, including China, Taiwan, Brunei, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines.

    France does not have any conflicting territorial claims in the waterway, said Parley, but it intends to contribute to a “rules-based” order in the South China Sea “on a regular basis with allies and friends,” she noted, the South China Morning Post reported Monday.

    “By exercising our freedom of navigation, we also place ourselves in the position of a persistent objector to the creation of any claim to de facto sovereignty on the islands,” the armed forces minister noted, adding that she believes the French Navy “should broaden this effort even further.”

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June 6, 2018 Posted by | EndTimes, GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

US Plans “Significantly More” South China Sea War-Drills To Counter China’s “New Reality”

060305-N-0490C-005 Atlantic Ocean (March 05, 2006) The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers USS Mason (DDG 87), USS Ramage (DDG 61) and the Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS Anzio (CG 68) sail in formation in the Atlantic Ocean. IKE and embarked Carrier Air Wing Seven, along with ships from the Eisenhower Strike Group, are underway conducting training for a future deployment. US Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Angel Contreras

  • US Plans “Significantly More” South China Sea War-Drills To Counter China’s “New Reality”
    by Tyler Durden, https://www.zerohedge.com/
    After an exciting weekend of comments from U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis and Chinese People’s Liberation Army Lieutenant General He Lei at the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue, a civilian and military defense summit in Singapore, it appears the United States had to have the last word.

    On Sunday, two U.S. officials told Reuters that the Pentagon is considering increased naval war drills in the South China Sea near China’s heavily disputed militarized islands. The officials, who are working jointly with Asian diplomats — declined to comment about the Pentagon’s progress in finalizing the plan for the new drills.

    Such a move could further increase geopolitical tensions in one of the world’s most volatile regions. Officials explained to Reuters that the naval drills could involve more extensive patrols, ones involving a large number of warships or operations including closer surveillance of the Chinese military bases on the islands, which now includes anti-ship cruise missiles, radar-jamming equipment, and strategic bombers.

    U.S. officials said they are not doing this alone. They are aligning international allies and strategic partners to increase “naval deployments through the vital trade route as China strengthens its military capabilities on both the Paracel and Spratly islands.”

    “What we have seen in the last few weeks is just the start, significantly more is being planned,” 
    said one Western diplomat, referring to a freedom of navigation patrol late last month that used two U.S. ships for the first time. “There is a real sense more needs to be done.”

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Ever since President Trump introduced tariffs on Chinese products, the Chinese have greatly increased their naval presence in the South China Sea. Countries from Vietnam, to the Philippines, to Taiwan and Australia are fearful of China’s next move. China is in a similar position as to what Japan was in during the period from 1929-1941. They need natural resources to cover their expanding industrial base and the US is blocking them at every turn just like the US did in the 1930’s. Prior to WW II, the US created something called the 8 point plan (MCollum Memo). Eventually, this caused Japan to respond to the interference with its trade and attack Pearl Harbor. Is this what the Trump administration is doing? Is Trump still in charge of his administration. A decided shift occured when Bolton joined the Trump adminisration. Source: http://www.thecommonsenseshow.com/

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June 6, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

British Navy and French Military to INFURIATE China by Launching South China Sea Mission

HMS Dragon is the fourth ship of the Type 45 or Daring-class air-defence destroyers built for the Royal Navy. (Wikipedia)

  • British Navy and French Military to INFURIATE China by Launching South China Sea Mission
    by CAITLIN DOHERTY, https://www.express.co.uk/
    THE BRITISH Navy could follow the US and launch a mission into the South China Sea, an area of international waters China and a number of other Asian countries argue to have a claim to.

    British and French ships and naval aircraft will make their way through the South China Sea next week, French Minister of the Armed Forces, Florence Parley, said on Sunday. The boats will sail into areas of international waters where China’s navy is expected to be. The People’s Liberation Army Navy is the world’s fastest growing navy. Ms Parley said on Sunday: “At some point a stern voice intrudes into the transponder and tells us to sail away from supposedly ‘territorial waters’.

    “But our commander then calmly replies the he will sail forth, because these, under international law, are indeed international waters.” She went as far as saying that the French Navy “should broaden this effort even further.” The South China Sea is home to trillions of dollars worth of cargo traffic every year. It is also thought to contain plentiful untapped oil and gas fields.

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June 5, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , | Leave a comment

France, Britain to Sail Warships in Contested South China Sea to Challenge Beijing

  • France, Britain to Sail Warships in Contested South China Sea to Challenge Beijing
    by Liu Zhen, http://www.scmp.com/frontpage/hk
    Defence ministers tell security forum they are contributing to rule-based order.

    France and Britain will sail warships through the South China Sea to challenge Beijing’s expanding military presence in the disputed waters, their defence ministers said on Sunday.

    The two countries, both permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, made the remarks at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, echoing the latest US plan to ramp up its freedom of navigation operations to counter Beijing’s militarisation in the region and its stance that territorial disputes should be a matter between China and its Asian neighbours.

    A French maritime task group, together with British helicopters and ships, will visit Singapore next week and then sail “into certain areas” of the South China Sea, French armed forces minister Florence Parly told the annual defence forum.

    Without naming China, she suggested the warships will cross into “territorial waters” claimed by Beijing and envisioned a potential encounter with its military. “At some point a stern voice intrudes into the transponder and tells us to sail away from supposedly ‘territorial waters’,” she said. “But our commander then calmly replies that he will sail forth, because these, under international law, are indeed international waters.”

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June 5, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

U.S. Weighs More South China Sea Patrols to Confront ‘New Reality’ of China

US-Pentagram message to China from the USS Stennis armada in the South China Sea: “Stop militarizing the South China Sea. Stop your military activities in the South China Sea. You are destabilizing Asia!” – Ironic propaganda!
USS Stennis Aircraft Carrier.

  • U.S. Weighs More South China Sea Patrols to Confront ‘New Reality’ of China
    by Greg TorodeIdrees Ali, https://www.reuters.com/
    SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The United States is considering intensified naval patrols in the South China Sea in a bid to challenge China’s growing militarization of the waterway, actions that could further raise the stakes in one of the world’s most volatile areas.

    The Pentagon is weighing a more assertive program of so-called freedom-of-navigation operations close to Chinese installations on disputed reefs, two U.S. officials and Western and Asian diplomats close to discussions said.

    The officials declined to say how close they were to finalizing a decision. Such moves could involve longer patrols, ones involving larger numbers of ships or operations involving closer surveillance of Chinese facilities in the area, which now include electronic jamming equipment and advanced military radars.

    U.S. officials are also pushing international allies and partners to increase their own naval deployments through the vital trade route as China strengthens its military capabilities on both the Paracel and Spratly islands, the diplomats said, even if they stopped short of directly challenging Chinese holdings.

    “What we have seen in the last few weeks is just the start, significantly more is being planned,” said one Western diplomat, referring to a freedom of navigation patrol late last month that used two U.S. ships for the first time.

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June 4, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , | 1 Comment

US Accuses China of ‘Intimidation’ in South China Sea. China Parries US Threats of Attack in South China Sea

  • PressTV Published on Jun 2, 2018
    The United States has once again accused China of militarizing the South China Sea to intimidate and coerce neighbors. The Pentagon chief said Washington will compete vigorously with China’s actions if needed. The remarks come amid growing discord between China and the U-S over the disputed waters and islands. Last week, two U.S. Navy warships reportedly sailed near South China Sea islands over which China has territorial disputes with its neighboring countries. Beijing has dismissed the US official’s claims of militarization. It says military activities on the islands have been for self-defense purposes. Beijing has repeatedly warned the United States against sending warships to patrol the South China Sea.

  • PressTV Published on Jun 1, 2018
    The Chinese government is calling on the United States to stop interfering in China’s affairs. This, after the U.S. accused Beijing of militarizing the South China Sea. Steven Ribet reports from Beijing.

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June 4, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , | Leave a comment

Mattis: US Will Confront China With “Steady Drumbeat” Of American Ships Over Weaponized Islands

  • Mattis: US Will Confront China With “Steady Drumbeat” Of American Ships Over Weaponized Islands
    by Tyler Durden, https://www.zerohedge.com/
    U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis vowed on Tuesday that American ships will continue to confront China over its militarization of man-made islands in the South China Sea, where Beijing has established an extensive military presence despite its promise not to do so.

    Mattis said that U.S. forces are maintaining a “steady drumbeat” of naval operations around the disputed Spratly islands, adding that “only one country” seems to be bothered by the maneuvers.

    We are going out of our way to cooperate with Pacific nations, that’s the way we do business in the world,” Mattis told reporters. “But we are also going to confront what we believe is out of step with international law, out of step with international tribunals that have spoken on the issue.”

    Mattis’s comments follow Beijing voicing “strong dissatisfaction” on Sunday after two US warships sailed past the Paracel Islands, which lie north of the Spratlys.

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May 31, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , | Leave a comment

Mattis: US to Confront China Militarization

  • PressTV Published on May 29, 2018
    US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says Washington will continue to confront China’s militarization of man-made islands in the South China Sea. Mattis says Beijing hasn’t abided by its promise not to put weapons on the Spratly Islands. He says American ships are maintaining a “steady drumbeat” of naval operations around disputed islands, and “only one country” seems to be bothered by the vessels’ activities. Mattis says the US will confront “what we believe is out of step with international law.” During the weekend, two US warships sailed close to the Paracel Islands, north of the Spratlys, drawing protests from China. Mattis spoke to reporters traveling with him to a national security conference in Singapore. He is stopping in Hawaii to mark a change in leadership at US Pacific Command.

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May 30, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , | Leave a comment

US War Party Scuttles Korean Peace Prospects

  • PressTV Published on May 24, 2018
    Both US political parties and their representatives from the military–industrial complex have scuttled efforts to establish peace on the Korean peninsula because they want to keep the embers of conflict alive in order to maintain American imperialism’s position in East Asia, says Dennis Etler, an American political analyst who has a decades-long interest in international affairs.

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May 25, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Beijing Lands Bombers on Disputed South China Sea Islands for Drill

  • PressTV Published on May 20, 2018
    China says it has landed bombers on islands and reefs in the disputed South China Sea as part of a training exercise. Beijing has made the announcement in a notice published on its air force micro blogging website. The notice describes the exercise as preparation for the QUOTE battle for the South China Sea. It does not, however, mention the exact location of the drill. Meanwhile, the United States has dispatched warships to disputed areas of the South China Sea to challenge China’s extensive sovereignty claims in the territory. Washington says it’s committed to what it calls a free and open Indo-Pacific. Similarly, Philippine opposition lawmakers condemned what they called China’s militarization of the region.

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May 22, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , | Leave a comment

White House Threatens Beijing With “Consequences” Should Missiles Remain In South China Sea

  • US-Pentagram on the China Threat: “Happy Days are here again!”
  • White House Threatens Beijing With “Consequences” Should Missiles Remain In South China Sea
    by Tyler Durden, https://www.zerohedge.com/
    In what sounds eerily like a re-run of the Cuban Missile Crisis (though admittedly not nearly as dire), the US has threatened Beijing with unspecified “consequences” if China doesn’t remove missiles from islands in the South China Sea that are also claimed by Vietnam and the Philippines.

    According to the South China Morning Post, the US is seeking to verify a CNBC report from last week that China had installed anti-ship and air-to-air defenses on some of these disputed islands over the last 30 days. The missiles are reportedly stationed on Fiery Cross Reef, Subi Reef and Mischief Reef. China, for its part, has neither confirmed nor denied the existence of the missiles.

    At a regular briefing on Thursday, Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying neither confirmed nor denied the deployment.

    “China’s peaceful construction in the Spratly archipelago, including the deployment of necessary national defence facilities, is aimed at protecting China’s sovereignty and security,” she said. “Those who don’t intend to violate [this sovereignty] have no reason to worry.”

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May 8, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , | Leave a comment

Chinese Navy Conducts Its Largest Military Drills in South China Sea (More Than 50 Warships)

  • CGTN Published on Apr 12, 2018
    The Chinese navy has sent its Liaoning aircraft carrier and some 50 warships into the South China Sea for its largest military drills. The multi-program sessions are centered on Liaoning, with warships and fighters from the North, East and South Sea Fleets.

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April 15, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , | Comments Off on Chinese Navy Conducts Its Largest Military Drills in South China Sea (More Than 50 Warships)