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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

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Colombia Seizes $265 Mln Worth of Cocaine at Port of Buenaventura

Colombian police on Tuesday seized cocaine with an estimated value of $265 million in shipping containers at the Pacific port of Buenaventura, a city on the Andean country's Pacific coast, a senior official reported.Some 4.9 tonnes of the drug were seized in two containers at Colombia's most important Pacific port, anti-narcotics police director General Jorge Luis Ramirez said.While there were no arrests, the operation represents the largest cocaine seizure in Colombia this year.Authorities did not disclose the owner of the seized cocaine.Colombia is a leading producer of cocaine…

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US Imposes New Restrictions on Exports to China

The United States on Monday posted rule changes that impose new restrictions on exports to China, including aircraft components and many items related to semiconductors.The new rules will require licenses for U.S. companies to sell certain items to military entities, even if they are for civilian use, and do away with a civilian exception that allows certain U.S.

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Indo-US-Japan Naval Exercise Irks China

The joint military drill by Japan, the US and India being held near the waters of the East China Sea will create more frictions in the disputed area, warns China. The first phase of the drill kicked off on Friday in Japan’s southwestern city of Sasebo, with the second stage due to start on June 14 off the Okinawa Island, Press TV said. The tri-country began their marine war games, Malabar Exercise, near Okinawa Island - about 400 kilometres from the contested Senkaku Islands - hunting for Chinese submarines…

Guang Hua Kou. Photo: COSCO Heavy Transport

China Launches New 98,000-ton Heavy-lift Mega Ship

The Guang Hua Kou, one of the world's largest heavy lift semi-submersible ships, was launched last month at Guangdong Shipyard International. At 98,000 tons, it's one of the largest vessels of its size, anywhere in the world. Though the ship is formally built for COSCO Heavy Transport, a state-owned civilian firm, it will likely be made available for the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) for peace and wartime operations, reports Popular Science. A shipping line owned by the Chinese government, Cosco Heavy Transport specializes in handling heavy cargo.

China's Maritime Expansion Big Worry for the World, Says Japan

Japan says its concerns over China's military buildup in the South and East China Seas are shared by many other countries. The issue is expected to be discussed at upcoming talks between the two countries, says a report in Reuters. "Honestly speaking, not only the Japanese people but also states of the Asia-Pacific region and the international community have big worries," Kishida said. Ties between China and Japan, the world’s second- and third-largest economies, have long been plagued by a territorial dispute, regional rivalry and the legacy of Japan’s World War Two aggression.

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Maiden Voyage for China's First Self-Propelled Floating Dock

China's first self-propelled floating dock Huachuan I began its inaugural sailing recently, which opens a new era, the official People's Liberation Army Daily said. With it, large ships can be repaired at sea instead of only on the shore. It can meet repair demand of all Chinese main battle ships except aircraft carrier. The Huachuan No. 1, would enable the navy to return damaged ships to fighting capability "in very rapid time" and was designed to be sent into combat zones. "The…

South China Sea disputes increasing demand for US security presence: Pentagon

Chinese Navy Ramps up Drills in Disputed Sea

The Chinese navy has conducted live-fire exercises in the disputed South China Sea , reports Reuters. China claims almost all of the energy-rich waters, through which more than US$5 trillion of maritime trade passes each year. The Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam, Malaysia and Taiwan have overlapping claims. China's defence ministry said the drills were routine, even though other countries have made claims over various parts of the disputed territory. "The People's Liberation Army Navy in recent days organised a fleet to go to relevant seas in the South China Sea…

People welcome the Chinese naval fleet at the United States' Naval Station Mayport. Photo: Xinhua

Chinese Naval Ships Dock in US

Three Chinese naval vessels have arrived at a US Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville,  in the US state of Florida, reports Xinhua. The "goodwill" visit will help build trust and increase understanding, according to the Mayport Public Affairs Office. Their friendly visit is part of a world tour showcasing the advances in China's maritime capabilities. It comes at a time of tensions between the two countries over the South China Sea, but it is aimed at uniting rather than dividing.

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Chinese Ships Spotted off Alaska

Five Chinese Navy ships are sailing in international waters in the Bering Sea off Alaska coast, coinciding with President Barack Obama’s visit to the the U.S. state. US defence officials have spotted three Chinese combat ships, a supply vessel and an amphibious ship moving toward the Aleutian Islands which is split between Russian and US control, according to the Wall Street Journal. Its for the first time the U.S. military has seen them in the area. The U.S. has been tracking the flotilla – made up of three combat ships, a resupply ship and an amphibious ship – for days.

Chinese amphibious warship Changbaishan deploys several ZBD-05 infantry fighting vehicles as part of Joint Sea 2015 on Aug. 25, 2015. Chinese MoD Photo

Russian-Chinese Naval Drills End

The second phase of the Russian-Chinese Joint Sea-2015 naval maneuvers has officially ended outside the port of Vladivostok in Russia’s Far East, says spokesman for the Eastern Military District Roman Martov. "Today, the exercise commanders from the Chinese and Russian sides announced in their joint headquarters the end of the Joint Sea-2015 (II) drills," he said in an official statement. "The exercise marks not only the first time People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) and Russian…

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China Conducts 8-day Naval Drills in Yellow Sea

China has launched regular military exercises in the Yellow Sea and the Bohai Strait, says the Chinese People's Liberation Army's Daily, the Chinese military's official newspaper. The China's military newspaper reported that eight days of "military missions" had begun on Friday in the northern parts of the Yellow Sea and the Bohai Strait, adjacent to the Korean Peninsula. Until next Friday, China's maritime authorities have banned ships from sailing in the affected areas. The brief report did not give details, including the purpose of the drills or how many troops were mobilized.

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China Says Indian Ocean Not Backyard of India

The perception that Indian Ocean is India's "backyard" may result in clashes, Chinese military officials and experts have cautioned. The Indian Ocean cannot be a backyard of India which navies of other countries could not visit, according the Chinese ministry of defence said. The People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy expands its profile in the Indian Ocean with recent submarine visits to Sri Lanka and more recently Pakistan. Chinese officials rejects India's concerns by emphasizing its motivations were driven by trade and security and not aimed at India…

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Chinese Submarine Docked in Karachi ?

The intervention of China in the Arabian Sea is increasing with each passing day. China's deadliest attack submarine crept past Indian waters and docked in Karachi. China had made similar visits to Colombo over the last one year, sparking further concerns in the Indian security establishment. According to India Today, China's Yuan Class 335 submarine crossed the Arabian Sea and entered Karachi port on May 22. The submarine with at least 65 crew members reportedly spent at least a week in Karachi refuelling and restocking before sailing back to China.

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Russia, China Hold Joint Naval Exercises

The second stage of Russia-China "Joint Sea 2015" maritime exercises are taking place on June 8-11 in Russia’s Far Eastern Primorsky Territory, according to a statement from the Russian Defense Ministry’s Eastern Military District press service. The joint exercise will include troop landing practices and reconnaissance missions. "As part of the upcoming joint Russian-Chinese naval drills, Joint Sea 2015 [II] at the firing range at Cape Klerk the airborne and amphibious landing will be practiced," Pacific Fleet’s spokesman Captain 1st Rank Roman Martov said.

Indian Navy Ship. Photo: Indian Navy

Indian Navy Monitoring Activities of China

Amid increasing Chinese presence in the Indian Ocean region, Navy Chief Admiral R.K. Dhowan said that Indian Navy “minutely” monitors the activities of its Chinese counterpart in the region, reports PTI. Underlining that India's maritime resources are directly linked to country's economy, Dhowan said the Chinese Peoples Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) ships have been deployed in anti-piracy operations in Indian Ocean since 2008 along with some submarines. "PLA Navy's activities are…

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China Builds-up Naval Power

China has outlined a first ever "white paper" on military strategy that outlined a more robust posture for its blue-water navy, and warned of threats to its security from "still smouldering" boundary disputes over land. The paper comes a day after an editorial (link in Chinese) in the state-run Chinese tabloid Global Times said conflict between China and the US will be unavoidable if the Washington doesn’t lay off Beijing for building islands and military facilities in disputed parts of the South China Sea.

The RSN's RSS Valiant (left) and RSS Intrepid (right) participating in a manoeuvring exercise with the PLA(N)'s Yulin (middle). (Photo Courtesy of PLA[N])

Singapore and China Conclude Naval Drill

The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) and the People's Liberation Army (Navy) (PLAN) concluded the inaugural Exercise Maritime Cooperation, a new bilateral naval exercise series on Tuesday (May 26). The exercise comprised conventional naval warfare serials such as gunnery firings and manoeuvring drills. Personnel from the two navies also engaged in exercise planning and combined simulator training ashore, the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) said in a statement. Singapore's Fleet commander…

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New Stealth Frigate for China

China's first Type 056 stealth frigate delivered to the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (PLA Navy) in Shanghai. The new generation of frigate, which is about to be put into service on a large scale, features good stealth performance and electromagnetic compatibility, according to a news item in the PLA Daily reported by Xinhua. The new frigate requires only one-third of the crew needed by its predecessor, the Type 053, and it is expected to be deployed primarily for escort missions and anti-submarine operations, said the report.

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Russian, Chinese Navies Grow Even Closer

Russian “joint maritime -2015 (1)” today (May 11) officially launched a joint military exercise, the exercise will continue until 21 May, reports Chinese state news agency Xinhua. It is the first time the two countries have held joint military exercises in the area and will also the furthest conducted by PLA Navy vessels from their home ports, although the scale of the drills is limited. China has deployed three ships and two shipboard helicopters for the exercises, led by the Russian Navy. Russia has sent six vessels to the exercises that conclude on May 21.

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Report: Chinese Aircraft Carrier Completes Trials

According to a report on www.chinadaily.com.cn, China's first aircraft carrier finished its sea trials this weekend, and returned to port in Dalian. The carrier nicknamed for now "Varyag" when at the Black Sea Shipyard in Ukraine, broke through a thick fog and appeared about 3 km east of the docks of the Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co Ltd, which refitted the ship, according to the Beijing-based Mirror Evening News. At least seven tugboats guided the vessel to the dock, the report said.

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China, Russia Conclude Naval Drill

Russia and China naval forces concluded their first-ever joint military exercise in the Mediterranean Sea this morning, according to an online news briefing from the Chinese Defense Ministry. The naval drill code-named “Joint Sea 2015” was held from May 17 to 21 and involved nine ships from both countries. On Wednesday, the two navies conducted replenishment and escort exercises. "Naval forces of both countries made concerted efforts to explore new formats of joint exercises, and learn valuable experience from each other…

China Launch Passenger RoRo Ship with Military Capability

China's largest RoRo 'Bohai Emerald Bead' with the longest reach leaves Yantai Port in East China. Different from ordinary ships, the 36,000 displacement civilian passenger and roll-on/roll-off ship was constructed in accordance with national defense requirements in mind in its design and construction so that it can carry organic troop units and heavy equipment. The 178-meter-long and 28-meter-breadth ship can carry 2,000-plus persons and be loaded with over 300 vehicles of various sizes simultaneously.

EU NAVFOR, PLA Anti-Piracy Cooperation

On 7/8th November EU NAVFOR was invited to participate in a meeting organized by the Chinese Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) to discuss clarifying areas of responsibility in the gulf of Aden and “to find the best formula of international cooperation” for escorting vessels through the Gulf of Aden. Other representatives were Combined Maritime Forces, NATO, India, Russia and Japan. Currently EU, NATO and CMF all lead specialized anti piracy task forces, covering the security and protection of shipping in the Internationally Recognized Transit Corridor (IRTC)…

PLA Destroyer 'Qingdao': Photo credit Wik CCL

China Navy Beefs Up South China Sea Presence

A People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy fleet has entered territorial waters in the South China Sea for patrol and training missions. Comprising the missile destroyer Qingdao and the missile frigates Yantai and Yancheng, the fleet entered the South China Sea after a five-hour passage through the Bashi Channel (between Taiwan and the Philippines' Luzon Island). The three ships, all from the North China Sea Fleet of the PLA Navy, are scheduled to carry out patrol missions and multi-type training exercises in the South China Sea over the next few days.