Chinese H-6J bombers train to drop naval mines

If the Chinese Navy is now solid in terms of surface fleet, with in the next few months a fleet composed of 5 Type 055 cruisers and 25 Type 052D destroyers in line, plus a hundred frigates and corvettes, it remains under threat American but also Japanese, South Korean or even Australian submarines (in the distant, very distant future…), as shown by the accident of the USS Connecticut in the China Sea two months ago. Although medium-term measures have been taken, such as the gradual arrival of new Type 039C submarines or the possible replacement of the first 20…

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US soldiers have been deployed for more than a year on the island of Taiwan

Since 1979, and the dissolution of the US Taiwan Defense Command on the altar of the normalization of relations between Washington and Beijing, the United States had officially withdrawn all of their forces present on the island of Taiwan since the rupture between the authorities of the island and the People's Republic of China in 1949. And if the United States had always respected, more or less zealously, the commitment made to Taipei to guarantee the security of the island, no American military had been deployed there since, in order to respect the commitments made to the Chinese authorities. Officially at least, since according to a Wall Street article…

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New tensions between the United States and China around Taiwan

Observing the evolution of tensions between the United States and China around Taiwan gives the impression of witnessing a series of events leading inevitably to a dramatic accident. And clearly neither Beijing nor Washington now intends to try to find an alternative to a potentially armed confrontation. Thus, since the beginning of 2021, the Chinese air and naval forces have multiplied demonstrations of force by organizing exercises near the island whose independence is not recognized by Beijing. On their side, the United States, with increasingly strong support from its direct Japanese, Australian and…

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After Taiwan, Chinese Navy tries to intimidate Japan

Clearly, Beijing seems very keen to show its new-found naval power to its neighbors, especially those who do not bow down enough to fulfill the ambitions of the Indo-Pacific superpower. Indeed, after having multiplied the major naval exercises near the island of Taiwan, it is now Japan's turn to take advantage of the force deployments of the Chinese fleet, in this case with a new deployment of the carrier battle group of the aircraft carrier Liaoning in the Miyako Strait, and around the island of Diaoyu (Chinese name) in the Senkaku archipelago, whose Beijing disputes the membership in Tokyo. This deployment of…

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US Air Force sends F-16s armed with active ammunition to China Sea

The rhetoric of diplomats and political leaders about the crises that are shaking the world today is one thing. But certain signs speak much more of the reality of these tensions. This is the case when the US Air Force sends on a mission in the China Sea, F16s from Misawa Air Base on the northern coast of Japan, patrolling the South China Sea for several hours, heavily armed for air-to-air missions with active munitions. This is precisely what was the case a few days ago, when 4 F16s from the Wild Weasel squadrons returned to their base in…

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China authorizes Coast Guard to use force even in "contested" waters

As media attention this weekend focused on the aftermath of the Covid crisis, Joe Biden's first steps as President and the pro-Navalny protests in Russia, tensions in the Western Pacific have returned to their level before the political crisis that hit the United States during the presidential election. At the same time, 18 People's Liberation Army planes, including several H-6K strategic bombers and J-16 fighter-bombers, entered the air defense zone of the island of Taiwan, causing the independent island air force alert. At the same time, the US Navy was deploying at sea...

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Beijing says US has crossed red line in Taiwan

Tensions between Washington and Beijing have crossed a new critical threshold in recent days, according to the Chinese state press. Indeed, according to information published by the Think Tank South China Sea Strategic Situation Probing Initiative (SCSPI), based in Beijing, a US Navy EP-3E reconnaissance aircraft would indeed have taken off from an air base located on the island of Taiwan, to then return to Japan, his mission accomplished. However, the deployment of military means, and in particular heavy military means, on the island of Taiwan is considered an impassable red line by the Chinese authorities, to the point that they have made it known,…

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Will the United States push Beijing to fault the China Sea?

If you regularly read Meta-Defense, you know how critical the tensions between Washington and Beijing are, especially around Taiwan and the China Sea. If China is stepping up military operations around the island of Taiwan, the threat of recourse to military intervention to bring the province back into the fold of the People's Republic of China being increasingly brandished, it is the States States which, according to the Chinese authorities, are intensifying their provocations in the China Sea by having US Navy ships sail very regularly near the islands unilaterally integrated into Chinese territory.…

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Beijing threatens US allies with military reprisals if conflict with China breaks out

The tone continues to rise in the Western Pacific, between the United States and China, which both multiply bravado and provocations, both on the seas and in the media. And the Chinese press, whether national or international, largely echoes it, much more than the American or Western press devotes itself to it. Faced with the lack of effectiveness of Chinese threats vis-à-vis the United States, which maintains pressure in the South China Sea and deploys more and more regularly US Navy buildings, provoking the anger of the Chinese authorities, Beijing decided to change strategy, and...

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China responds to American "provocations" in the China Sea

While the US Navy continues to conduct exercises in and around the South China Sea, the People's Liberation Army is responding by conducting naval gunnery exercises in the same area, as well as deploying combat aircraft on the artificial bases built on the islets and reefs of the Paracelles. If, for the time being, the two armed forces avoid each other and manage to avoid escalation, the confrontation between Beijing and Washington continues to intensify in this area, which has become one of the planet's geostrategic hotspots. In response to the exercises conducted in the China Sea by the carrier battle groups of the nuclear aircraft carrier USS Nimitz and…

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