US Considers Sending Jets near China Islands

That would be the next step," Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steven Warren told reporters on Thursday. US officials say American surveillance planes and naval vessels have not yet ventured within 12 nautical miles of the man-made islands--the standard territorial zone around natural land. Washington does not recognize China’s sovereignty in the disputed areas and is weighing sending surveillance aircraft and warships to test its territorial claims. The Pentagon’s announcement came as an Ame...
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US Holds Asian Military Summit & Excludes China

A first-of-its kind event, the United States hosted the PACOM Amphibious Leaders Symposium in Hawaii for Pacific nation commanders to discuss amphibious military capabilities. In attendance are representatives from Japan, Australia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, and many others. During the event, military leaders were flown aboard the USS Essex and given a demonstration of the US Marines amphibious assault capabilities. "I don’t think China can match the complexity," said...
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US Planning A ‘False Flag’ In S. China Sea?

Following weeks of scaremongering by American officials over China’s activities in the South China Sea, US Secretary of State John Kerry used his visit to Beijing last weekend to issue an ultimatum to Chinese leaders to halt land reclamation on islets and shoals. His Chinese counterpart Wang Yi bluntly refused, insisting that China would safeguard its sovereignty and territorial integrity “as firm as a rock.” Washington is not going to take no for an answer. In what is already an explosive si...
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China eyes Airspace above South China Sea

China has mooted the possibility of controlling the airspace over the disputed South China Sea, as it ratchets up rhetoric in response to a US overflight of an island claimed by China earlier this month. A senior foreign ministry official spoke on Wednesday about the possibility of implementing an Air Defence Identification Zone over the sea, a move that would be widely regarded as an effort to stamp its sovereignty over a series of islands it claims. An ADIZ requires all aircraft flying thro...
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China Builds New Airstrip in South China Sea

Recent satellite images published on Thursday show China has made rapid progress in building an airstrip suitable for military use in contested territory in the South China Sea's Spratly Islands and may be planning another, moves that have been greeted with concern in the United States and Asia. IHS Jane's Defense Weekly said March 23 images from Airbus Defence and Space showed work on the runway on reclaimed parts of Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly archipelago, which China contests with the ...
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