China Deploys Surveillance Ships to Waters off Hawaii

China has started deploying maritime surveillance vessels to the waters off the coast of Hawaii, according to reports by the Nihon Keisha Shimbun. The Tokyo-based publication says the provocative Chinese move is a countermeasure against United States activities in the South China Sea. Continue reading

China puts weapons on its new artificial islands

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China has moved weaponry onto artificial islands that it is building in contested areas of the South China Sea, adding to the risks of a confrontation with the United States and its regional security partners including Australia.

Australian officials are concerned that China could also introduce long-range radar, anti-aircraft guns and regular surveillance flights that will enable it to project military power across a maritime expanse which include some of Australia’s busiest trading lanes. Continue reading