China using fishing fleets to expand maritime claims: US official

When all is said and done, and war breaks out, China will be able to mobilize over 172,000 civilian vessels for war (See also HERE and HERE). If the Russians are capable of loading freight vessels with cruise missile launchers disguised as shipping containers, it couldn’t be hard to imagine their Chinese partners being capable of the same.

 

Manila (AFP) – China is using its fishing fleets with armed escorts to bolster maritime claims in disputed territory, a senior US State Department official warned Wednesday, calling China’s behaviour “disturbing”.

The comments came after Indonesian warships fired warning shots and detained a Chinese-flagged fishing boat and seven crew near the Natuna Islands in the South China Sea last week, in actions slammed by Beijing. Continue reading

Retired General: Iran Deal Encourages Allies to Align With Russia, China

Retired Air Force Gen. Chuck Wald, who co-chairs the Iran Strategy Council at the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, testified before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on the implications of the nuclear agreement being pushed by the Obama administration.

Wald, who served as deputy commander of United States European Command, explained that the agreement “undermines U.S. credibility” from the perspective of both allies and enemies in the Middle East by making U.S. commitment to alliances appear “weakened.” Continue reading