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Japan scrambles jets after China plane flies by southern islands

Japan scrambles jets after China plane flies by southern islands

(Reuters) - Japan scrambled fighter jets on Wednesday after a Chinese military aircraft flew for the first time through international airspace near its southern islands out over the Pacific, in a move seen by Japan as underlining China’s maritime expansion. Ties between China and Japan have been strained by a territorial dispute over uninhabited East China Sea islets and hawkish Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won a decisive victory in… Read more →

Snowden Releases Statement, Rips Obama on Human Rights

Snowden Releases Statement, Rips Obama on Human Rights

Wikileaks released this statement today from Edward Snowden. In the letter, Snowden rips Obama for rejecting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, revoking his passport, and claims Obama is afraid of a constitutional government and informed public.   One week ago I left Hong Kong after it became clear that my freedom and safety were under threat for revealing the… Read more →

China to join Russia for largest naval drills with foreign partner

China to join Russia for largest naval drills with foreign partner

China will join Russia later this week for its largest-ever naval drills with a foreign partner, underlining deepening ties between the former cold war rivals along with Beijing’s desire for closer links with regional militaries. China has long been a key customer for Russian military hardware, but only in the last decade have their militaries begun taking part in joint exercises. China’s defence… Read more →

Obama says shouldn't have to talk to Xi, Putin about Snowden

Obama says shouldn’t have to talk to Xi, Putin about Snowden

(Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Thursday he had not yet spoken to Chinese President Xi Jinping or Russian President Vladimir Putin about the U.S. request to extradite former American spy agency contractor Edward Snowden. Speaking at a news conference in Senegal at the start of an African tour, Obama said normal legal channels should be sufficient to handle Washington’s request… Read more →

US whistleblower 'defending liberty'

US whistleblower ‘defending liberty’

An ex-CIA employee has said he acted to “protect basic liberties for people around the world” in leaking details of US phone and internet surveillance. Edward Snowden, 29, was revealed as the source of the leaks at his own request by the UK’s Guardian newspaper. Mr Snowden, now believed to be in Hong Kong, said he had an “obligation to… Read more →

China's navy accepts RIMPAC: "China is the only large power in the world preparing to shoot Americans"

China’s navy accepts RIMPAC: “China is the only large power in the world preparing to shoot Americans”

(Photo: Wikipedia) This spring, China’s navy accepted the Pentagon‘s invitation to participate in the 2014 Rim of the Pacific — RIMPAC — naval exercise to be held off Hawaii. This will be the first time China takes part in the biennial event. Our allies should signal their intent to withdraw from the exercise if China participates. Failing that, the invitation should be withdrawn. RIMPAC is for… Read more →

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(Photo: AFP) China is to test its modern ‘digitized’ military units in an exercise next month. The Chinese military says developing such units is among its priorities for modernizing the armed forces.

‘Digitized’ troops are taking advantage of modern information technology to succeed on the battlefield. Integrated computerized systems are used to gather intelligence, assess the combat situation, provide communications and control the status of a unit. China sees upgrading its People’s Liberation Army (PLA) with such systems as crucial for making it a smaller, yet more capable force.

In late June, two combined corps of the Beijing Military Area Command will be conducting drills at the Zhurihe training base in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, reports Xinhua news agency.

The general staff said the exercise will focus “on combat forces including digitalized units, special operations forces, army aviation and electronic counter forces.” It would be the first publicly-announced field training of the IT-enhanced troops by China.

While military experts have long said that digitizing its soldiers is likely to be high on China’s priorities, the PLA first admitted it to be true in April in its white paper entitled ‘The Diversified Employment of China’s Armed Forces’. The document provides an overview of the country’s military capabilities and Beijing’s policies regarding their use.

Beijing is investing heavily into upgrading its military, buying or developing new types of hardware, including aircraft carriers, strategic missile submarines and advanced aircraft. The modernization is part of China’s building up political clout corresponding to its economic development.

China is also accused by some nations, including the US, of conducting hacker operations to steal military technology. The Pentagon recently pointed fingers to Beijing, reporting that it acquired blueprints for some of America’s most sophisticated weaponry. The classified report was leaked to the media.

Beijing denies the allegations, saying that PLA’s cyber-warfare unit created in 2011 is purely defensive in nature.

 

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Philippine Military Academy (PMA) cadets leave their boat and go ashore during a joint field training exercise at the Marines' training centre in Ternate, Cavite city, south of Manila May 29, 2013. REUTERS-Romeo Ranoco

(Photo: REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco) – A wrecked navy transport ship perched on a remote coral reef could be the next flashpoint in the South China Sea, where China and five other claimants bitterly dispute territory.

The Philippines is accusing China of encroachment after three Chinese ships, including a naval frigate, converged just 5 nautical miles from an old transport ship that Manila ran aground on a reef in 1999 to mark its territory.

Philippine officials say they fear the Chinese ships will block supplies to about a dozen Filipino marines stationed in abject conditions on the rusting ship, raising tensions over one of Asia’s biggest security issues.

The area, known as Second Thomas Shoal, is a strategic gateway to Reed Bank, believed to be rich in oil and natural gas. In 2010, Manila awarded an Anglo-Filipino consortium a license to explore for gas on Reed Bank but drilling stalled last year due to the presence of Chinese ships.

Manila says Reed Bank, about 80 nautical miles west of Palawan island at the southwestern end of the Philippine archipelago, is within the country’s 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone.

Beijing says it is part of the Spratlys, a group of 250 uninhabitable islets spread over 165,000 square miles, claimed entirely by China, Taiwan and Vietnam and in part by Malaysia, Brunei and the Philippines.

“China should pull out of the area because under international law, they do not have the right to be there,” said Raul Hernandez, a spokesman for the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs, noting the area’s proximity to Palawan, the country’s largest province. He said the Chinese ships were a “provocation and illegal presence”.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said on Tuesday the Second Thomas Shoal was part of the Spratly Islands, over which China had “indisputable sovereignty”.

“It is beyond reproach for Chinese boats to carry out patrols in these waters,” Hong said, adding China called on all parties to “refrain from taking actions that complicate the situation”.

CHINA REPORT WARNS OF CRISIS AHEAD

The tension illustrates how a decades-old territorial squabble over the South China Sea is entering a more contentious chapter as claimant nations spread deeper into disputed waters in search of energy supplies, while building up navies and alliances with other nations.

Vietnam this week again accused China of endangering the lives of its fishermen with the ramming of a trawler in the South China Sea.

“The actions of the Chinese vessels have seriously violated Vietnam’s sovereignty, sovereign rights and jurisdiction in the East Sea, threatening lives and property damage of Vietnam’s fishermen,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Luong Thanh Nghi said in a statement posted on Tuesday. Vietnam handed a diplomatic note the Chinese Embassy in Hanoi to protest the incident.

China said it was merely acting to prevent illegal fishing in Chinese waters, adding that Vietnam’s accusations “did not accord with the facts”.

A report issued on Tuesday by Chinese military think tank the Centre for National Defence Policy said it was the U.S. “pivot” back to Asia which had “shattered” the relative calm of the South China Sea, warning of crisis ahead.

“While the conditions do not yet exist for a large-scale armed clash, the dispute is becoming normalized and long-term … and ineffective management may lead to a serious crisis,” the report said, according to the China News Service.

The tension comes just before U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel meets his Asia-Pacific counterparts at the so-called Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore at the weekend. The South China Sea is on the agenda of the regional security forum.

Second Thomas Shoal is one of several possible flashpoints in the South China Sea that could force the United States to intervene in defence of its Southeast Asian allies.

 

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(Photo: FOXNEWS.COM / DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE) More than two dozen top weapons systems — including the Patriot missile defense program, the V-22 Osprey, the Black Hawk helicopter and the Navy’s new Littoral Combat Ship — were compromised by a widening Chinese cyber espionage campaign, according to a new military report.

A portion of the confidential Defense Science Board report, titled “Resilient Military Systems and the Advanced Cyber Threat,” was obtained by the Washington Post. The confidential portion detailed the various weapons that had been compromised.

It includes the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the most expensive weapons system ever built at $1.4 trillion, the Post reported.

Experts questioned about the breach were astounded by the scale of the espionage.

“That’s staggering,” said Mark Stokes, executive director of the Project 2049 Institute, a think tank that focuses on Asia security issues. “These are all very critical weapons systems, critical to our national security. When I hear this in totality, it’s breathtaking.”

The report stopped short of saying that China stole the designs, but senior military officials with knowledge of the breaches told the paper that the vast majority of the compromises were the result of a growing Chinese espionage campaign against U.S. defense contractors and government agencies.

“The Department of Defense has growing concerns about the global threat to economic and national security from persistent cyber-intrusions,” a spokesman for the Pentagon told the Post. He said they were “aimed at the theft of intellectual property, trade secrets and commercial data, which threatens the competitive edge of U.S. businesses like those in the Defense Industrial Base.”

 

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