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China Installs Rocket Launchers on South China Sea

China Installs Rocket Launchers on South China Sea

Beijing continues to inflame tensions with its neighbors along the South China Sea after installing rocket launchers along the Fiery Cross Reef, according to state-run newspaper Defense Times. The publication reports China installed Norinco CS/AR-1 55mm anti-frogman rocket launcher defense systems to protect itself against military combat divers from Vietnam, a neighbor that also lays claims […]

China Investing in U.S. AI with Military Implications

China Investing in U.S. AI with Military Implications

Chinese firms owned by the government and its leaders have been investing billions of dollars in United States startups producing products that could have military implications such as artificial intelligence for defense robots, a recent New York Times article reports. A CB Insights blog post reported that China pumped $9.9 billion into Silicon Valley firms […]

U.S. Refuses to Recognize China’s Air Defense Zone

U.S. Refuses to Recognize China’s Air Defense Zone

The Pentagon has refused to acknowledge China’s proclaimed Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) over the East China Sea after Beijing warned a U.S. B-1 bomber it had been flying there illegally this week. Washington maintained it would continue its operations in the region. China claimed that area in 2013, a statement the U.S. and Japan […]

Japan Sends Largest Warship into South China Sea

Japan Sends Largest Warship into South China Sea

The Izumo helicopter carrier, Japan’s largest warship, is set to navigate the disputed South China Sea in a move that has been dubbed the largest show of naval force the region has seen since the end of World War II. According to three sources familiar with the matter, who spoke with Reuters on condition of […]

Tillerson to China: Island Building Stops Here

Tillerson to China: Island Building Stops Here

For years, China has been enraging its neighbors by building and militarizing artificial islands across disputed waters. Now, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state says it’s time for the U.S. to draw a hard line. “We’re going to have to send China a clear signal that first, the island-building stops and second, your […]

China’s People’s Liberation Army Reveals New Weapons on State Television

China’s People’s Liberation Army Reveals New Weapons on State Television

In this tension-filled period following an international tribunal hearing in the Hague, which ruled that China has no rightful claim to almost all of the South China Sea, China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) unveiled a series of weapons for air and sea combat during a visit by prominent officers. It is uncharacteristic and rare for […]

Anti-US Protests Outside KFCs in China, State Media ‘Calling for Rational Patriotism’

Anti-US Protests Outside KFCs in China, State Media ‘Calling for Rational Patriotism’

Chinese citizens are at it again: they’ve taken expressing their anger over the unfavorable decision at an international tribunal over territorial maritime disputes in the South China Sea to a new bizarre level. Last week it was smashing iPhones. This week it’s anti-US protests at KFC outlets. Yes, you read that correctly. KFC. As in […]

South China Sea Ruling Is In: Philippines Win, China Loses

South China Sea Ruling Is In: Philippines Win, China Loses

The contentious situation in the South China Sea reached a turning point Tuesday when the long-awaited and much-publicized international tribunal hearing at the Hague came back with its ruling. The Permanent Court of Arbitration backed the Philippines, who brought the case forward, overwhelmingly ruling against Chinese claims to rights in the South China Sea. Nations […]

China Prepares Air Defense Identification Zone in South China Sea, Sources Say

China Prepares Air Defense Identification Zone in South China Sea, Sources Say

Conflict in the South China Sea continues to rise as China prepares an air defense identification zone (ADIZ) in the region, sources close to the People’s Liberation Army say. Some of you – definitely including myself – may be wondering “what the heck is an air defense identification zone??”  Well, here it is: ADIZ is […]

Obama Lifts Embargo on Vietnam Arms, Sparks Fury from China

Obama Lifts Embargo on Vietnam Arms, Sparks Fury from China

President Obama made a high-profile trip this week, visiting Vietnam for the first time. During his visit, he announced that the U.S. will be lifting a long-standing embargo on lethal arms sales in the country. The president’s announcement Monday sparked fury from another communist nation, China. In fact, China warned Obama Tuesday “not to start […]

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