18 Nov 2021

Philippines accuses Chinese Coast Guard of firing water cannons on its supply boats

The Philippines has condemned the actions of the Chinese Coast Guard following an incident in which three vessels blocked Manila supply boats on Thursday. The vessels reportedly used water cannons on Manila boats on their way to a Phillippine-occupied atoll in the South China Sea. The Phillippines’ top diplomat, Foreign

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12 Jul 2021

China military ‘drove away’ US warship in South China Sea

Earlier this week, China alleged that its military drove away a United States warship that they claimed to have illegally entered Chinese waters near the disputed Paracel Islands. The incident occurred on Monday, on the anniversary of a landmark international court ruling that China has no claim over the South

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02 Jun 2021

Malaysia accuses China of breaching airspace

In the latest development to conflict in the South China Sea, Malaysia has accused China of breaching airspace off the coast of the eastern state of Sarawak. Malaysia stated that it plans to summon China’s ambassador after the incident, which consisted of 16 Chinese military aircraft breaching airspace in the

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05 Apr 2021

With Swarms of Ships, Beijing Tightens Its Grip on South China Sea

According to local reports, an influx of Chinese ships has populated the South China Sea. For strategic context on the meaning of this activity and what business leaders should do about it see: C-Suite Considerations Regarding Current Geopolitical Tensions Although the boats appear to be fishing boats, they are not

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21 Jun 2019

South China Sea: Satellite image shows Chinese fighter jets deployed to contested island

One week before Chinese President Xi Jinping is set to meet United States President Donald Trump at a G-20 summit in Japan, a satellite image has emerged that shows the presence of 4 Chinese J-10 fighter jets on Woody Island, a disputed territory in the South China Sea. The island

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20 May 2019

U.S. warship sails in disputed South China Sea amid trade tensions

In the midst of escalating trade tensions between the US and China, the US military on Sunday stated that the US destroyer Preble sailed “within 12 nautical miles of Scarborough Reef,” a disputed territory in the South China sea claimed by China, Taiwan and the Philippines. The US army said

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01 Mar 2019

Pompeo assures Philippines of U.S. protection in event of sea conflict

Chinese aggression in the South China Sea directed at the Philippines would result in a military response from the US, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said at a Friday press conference in Manila. Pompeo warned the US ally that “China’s island-building and military activities in the South China Sea threaten your

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16 Jan 2019

US Navy moves toward unleashing killer robot ships on the world’s oceans

The U.S. Navy is entering a paradigm shift on ship building, a shift emerging out of its “distributed lethality” and “distributed maritime operations” ideas. According to the Surface Warfare Director Rear Admiral Ronald Boxall, this mindset is moving away from “putting as much stuff on the ship for as much

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04 Jan 2019

Taiwan boosting cyberwar readiness to ‘strike back’

Taiwan is investing in cyberwar talent and capabilities amidst escalating tensions with mainland China. With its ministry of defense allocating several millions to universities and institutes for the developing of defense and asymmetric cyber-warfare capabilities, employees are being incentivized with salaries more than double the country’s average. Taiwan has accused

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20 Dec 2018

South China Sea and Taiwan among flashpoints for armed conflict in 2019, survey warns US policymakers

The South China Sea and Taiwan have made Council of Foreign Relations’ Centre for Preventative Action list of hotspots for potential armed conflict in 2019. While the issue of the South China Sea has been on the list before, it marks the first time that Taiwan has been included. North

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