China's island-building now totals 800 hectares, U.S. says

May 9, 2015

China's island-building now totals 800 hectares, U.S. says

China’s rapidly expanding campaign to construct artificial islands, potentially for military use or airstrips, now totals about 2,000 acres (800 hectares) and could far increase as the year goes on, a senior U.S. defense official said Friday. The new estimate, disclosed for the first ...

Chinese advances threaten erosion of U.S. edge, Pentagon says

May 9, 2015

Chinese advances threaten erosion of U.S. edge, Pentagon says

China’s rapid military modernization “has the potential to reduce core U.S. military technological advantages,” the Pentagon said in its annual report on that nation’s military strategy. One example cited in the report is China’s “extraordinarily rapid” development of its conventionally armed missile capabilities. China ...

Apr 24, 2015

Russia carries out military drills on disputed islands

Russia has conducted military anti-landing drills in a Pacific island chain, parts of which are also claimed by Japan, Interfax news agency reported the Russian Defense Ministry as saying on Thursday. “Units were scrambled as part of large-scale anti-landing drills … (they) worked on ...

Apr 21, 2015

Manila panned by Chinese media as 'cute little submissive' of U.S.

The Philippines is nothing more than the “cute little submissive” of the United States, a Chinese tabloid with close ties to the ruling Communist Party said on Tuesday, criticizing Manila for military exercises with Washington. The English-language editorial came a day after the Philippines ...

Launching drills, Philippines voices alarm at China island activity

Apr 20, 2015

Launching drills, Philippines voices alarm at China island activity

The Philippines voiced alarm Monday about Chinese “aggressiveness” in disputed regional waters as it launched major war games with the United States. Philippine military chief General Gregorio Catapang released what he said were satellite photos of intense recent Chinese construction over seven reefs and ...