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Navy’s New High Altitude Drones Ready for Pacific

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The deployment comes as Beijing and Washington race to keep tabs on one another in the South China Sea.

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China Base Sparks ‘Very Significant Security Concerns’

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: For the first time, an important United States military base, one where a great deal of highly classified communications, intelligence and operations occur, sits within a few miles of a military competitor, China. Where? Djibouti, the tiny African state that sits on the Horn of Africa across from Yemen and sits astride the Bab el-Mandeb Strait. It… Keep reading →

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Few Choices For US As China Militarizes South Pacific

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: Leading Republicans hastened today to denounce China’s deployment of anti-aircraft missiles to the South China Sea. But what can the US actually do about it? The arrival of the sophisticated HQ-9 missiles in the Paracel islands — claimed by Vietnam and Taiwan but occupied by China — is just the latest step in Beijing’s steady extension… Keep reading →

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McCain, Forbes Praise New Navy Challenge To China In Paracel Islands

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


[UPDATED with experts’ analysis; “innocent passage” confirmed] WASHINGTON: Just two days after the head of US Pacific Command, Adm. Harry Harris, pledged to push harder on Chinese territorial claims in the South China Sea, the destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur sailed within the 12 nautical mile limit around Triton Island. Situated in the Paracels, which are claimed… Keep reading →

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