US nuclear sub struck uncharted seamount in West Philippine Sea

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A US Navy nuclear submarine that was severely damaged in an accident while submerged in the West Philippine Sea last month struck an uncharted underwater seamount, the US Navy said Monday. The US 7th Fleet, which operates in the western Pacific, said an investigation had concluded that the USS Connecticut smashed into a geological formation… Continue reading US nuclear sub struck uncharted seamount in West Philippine Sea

Beijing demands end to US operations in West Philippine Sea

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China’s defence ministry has demanded an end to US military operations in the West Philippine Sea, saying they pose a threat to regional security and increase the risks of collisions and even nuclear leaks in the strategic waterway. Ministry spokesman Tan Kefei also repeated China’s demand for an explanation of what happened to a US… Continue reading Beijing demands end to US operations in West Philippine Sea

BFAR to lodge new protest against ‘illegal, unreported, and unregulated’ foreign vessels in West Philippine Sea

The Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) is collaborating with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on new diplomatic protests against foreign vessels’ continued presence and activity in the West Philippine Sea (WPS). The DA-BFAR expressed “severe concern” in a statement on Tuesday about the continued presence of foreign vessels conducting… Continue reading BFAR to lodge new protest against ‘illegal, unreported, and unregulated’ foreign vessels in West Philippine Sea

US nuclear sub damaged in underwater collision in West Philippine Sea

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A US nuclear submarine was damaged after hitting an unidentified object while operating underwater in Asia, the US Navy said Thursday. The USS Connecticut, a nuclear-powered fast-attack submarine, “struck an object while submerged on the afternoon of October 2, while operating in international waters in the Indo-Pacific region,” the navy said in a statement. It… Continue reading US nuclear sub damaged in underwater collision in West Philippine Sea

British Navy’s most powerful warship ignores China’s warnings

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Despite China’s warnings, Her Majesty’s Ship (HMS) Queen Elizabeth and her escorts of submarines, destroyers, and attack cruisers have penetrated the contested West Philippine Sea. The warships comprise the UK’s Carrier Strike Group 21, the UK’s largest and most powerful strike group. The HMS Queen Elizabeth and its escorts are in the region to uphold… Continue reading British Navy’s most powerful warship ignores China’s warnings

Malaysia summons Chinese envoy to protest West Philippine Sea incursion

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Malaysia late Monday summoned Beijings’s envoy to the Southeast Asian country in protest after Chinese vessels entered its maritime economic zone in the disputed West Philippine Sea. Kuala Lumpur summoned Chinese ambassador Ouyang Yujing “to convey Malaysia’s position and protest against the presence and activities of Chinese vessels, including a survey vessel, in Malaysia’s Exclusive… Continue reading Malaysia summons Chinese envoy to protest West Philippine Sea incursion

Drones and jets: China shows off new air power

China on Tuesday showed off its increasingly sophisticated air power including surveillance drones and jets able to jam hostile electronic equipment, with an eye on disputed territories from Taiwan to the West Philippine Sea and rivalry with the United States. The country’s biggest airshow, in the southern coastal city of Zhuhai, comes as Beijing pushes… Continue reading Drones and jets: China shows off new air power

Concerns about Chinese vessels overfishing on the high seas growing amidst AUKUS row

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Amid concerns about China’s aggressive actions in the West Philippine Sea, sources claim there is rising concern about Chinese vessels engaged in high-seas overfishing. Last year, several hundred Chinese fishing trawlers were spotted in the Galapagos Islands, with the vessels apparently traveling hundreds of miles each year in search of squid. There have also been… Continue reading Concerns about Chinese vessels overfishing on the high seas growing amidst AUKUS row

Philippines supports Australia nuclear sub pact to counter China

The Philippines is backing a new defense partnership between the United States, Britain, and Australia, hoping it can maintain the balance of power in the Indo-Pacific region, a view that contrasts sharply with some of its neighbors. Known as AUKUS, the alliance will see Australia get technology to deploy nuclear-powered submarines as part of the… Continue reading Philippines supports Australia nuclear sub pact to counter China

Malaysia warns new Indo-Pacific pact may trigger nuclear arms race

Malaysia on Saturday, September 18, expressed concerns that Australia’s plan to build nuclear-powered submarines under a new pact with Britain and the United States could catalyze a nuclear arms race in the Indo-Pacific region. Australia will build eight nuclear-powered submarines under an Indo-Pacific security partnership that has riled China. “It will provoke other powers to… Continue reading Malaysia warns new Indo-Pacific pact may trigger nuclear arms race