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The South China Sea's Gathering Storm

Old 18th Mar 2024, 09:36
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Not sure you are all comparing apples with apples.
A Gurkha battalion would be in a different league to almost any other option, in terms of demonstrated loyalty, esprit, fighting spirit, tenacity, and courage.
They were recognised since 1814 when British had a war with them, as being almost unique.
Pacific island troops are rugged and tough but not always as biddable as the Gurkha troops seem to be.
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Taiwan Confirms US Troops on Front-Line Islands Near China (newsweek.com)

Taiwan has confirmed there are U.S. troops stationed on its islands in the Taiwan Strait on a permanent basis, including an island just over a mile off China's southeast coast.

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in 2023 paved the way for their arrival to conduct training programs for troops on Taiwan's front line.
For sure, this won't trigger more rhetoric and bombast.

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Old 21st Mar 2024, 12:10
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And the signaling continues alongside the arms race.
The US Air Force tested a new hypersonic missile on one of its oldest bombers, the B-52H, in the Pacific this past weekend, a major moment for the weapon. The recent test is the first of its kind by the US in the Western Pacific, a demonstration of strength in an often-tense region, particularly due to increasingly aggressive behavior by China. An Air Force spokesperson told Business Insider on Wednesday, that "a B-52 Stratofortress conducted a test of the All-Up-Round AGM-183A Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon."

"This test," the spokesman said, "launched a full prototype operational hypersonic missile and focused on the ARRW's end-to-end performance. The test took place at the Reagan Test Site with the B-52 taking off from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, on March 17, 2024, local time."
Andersen Air Force Base in Guam is a key US military position in the Pacific and regularly hosts Air Force bombers for regional operations. This launch of the ARRW marks the first time the US has tested a hypersonic weapon in the Pacific.
Anderson Air Force Base is also a recently declared target by Mr. Kim's government as they conducted their latest rocket tests.
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Old 21st Mar 2024, 17:10
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Note all. Many users cannot see hyperlinks if they are using Firefox, Edge or Google as their browser. If you put the hyperlink inside a quote, it appears. It's a feature of the website that has been reported but not fixed.
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Old 22nd Mar 2024, 05:24
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Originally Posted by Ninthace
Note all. Many users cannot see hyperlinks if they are using Firefox, Edge or Google as their browser. If you put the hyperlink inside a quote, it appears. It's a feature of the website that has been reported but not fixed.
Pardon my ignorance, but I must confess I am unsure what a "hyperlink" is, and wiki definition not helping.
Is it the link to a YouTube video?
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Old 22nd Mar 2024, 09:27
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Originally Posted by Ninthace
Note all. Many users cannot see hyperlinks if they are using Firefox, Edge or Google as their browser. If you put the hyperlink inside a quote, it appears. It's a feature of the website that has been reported but not fixed.
YouTube videos are best linked using the tags that PPRuNe provides for that purpose:


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Old 27th Mar 2024, 12:10
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https://www.twz.com/air/first-known-...r-sea-of-japan

China’s WZ-7 High-Altitude Drone Makes First Known Flight Over Sea Of Japan

The WZ-7 joined-wing drone very possibly flew through Russian or North Korean airspace to get to the Sea of Japan and back.
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Old 8th Apr 2024, 22:28
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The Prime Minister of Japan announced a "turning point" against the backdrop of Russia's war against Ukraine.

He said that the events on the international arena are pushing the world and Tokyo to decisive and unexpected actions. In particular, Japan decided to change its defense position.

"As we witness Russia's aggression against Ukraine, the ongoing situation in the Middle East, as well as the situation in East Asia, we are facing a historic turning point," PM said.
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Buff Barksdale to South China Sea and back

https://www.cnn.com/2024/04/10/polit...ion/index.html

good video with reporter on board 33hr flight
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https://www.cnn.com/2024/04/10/polit...ion/index.html

good video with reporter on board 33hr flight
The reporter missed out on calling it the “dreaded 7 engine approach”.
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The Prime Minister of Japan announced a "turning point" against the backdrop of Russia's war against Ukraine.

He said that the events on the international arena are pushing the world and Tokyo to decisive and unexpected actions. In particular, Japan decided to change its defense position.

"As we witness Russia's aggression against Ukraine, the ongoing situation in the Middle East, as well as the situation in East Asia, we are facing a historic turning point," PM said.
Historic turning point is a euphemism for approaching WW3.
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Old 30th Apr 2024, 17:40
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Currency devaluations??

https://www.newsweek.com/china-may-p...option-1894985

stockpiling resources and potential currency devaluation, another factor in a global economy as tensions rise.
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Economic warfare, perhaps. It's one tool in the kit. (currency devaluation).
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It has been revealed that over the weekend there was an incident involving an Australian Navy Seahawk Helicopter and a Chinese Air Force Plane. The Chinese plane dropped flares, which the helicopter had to take “evasive action” to avoid.

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Old 6th May 2024, 13:29
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Only a matter of time before either the Chinese or the Russians do something stupid and cause an escalation. Missile fired at an RAF AWACS. Russian fighter hits US drone etc. It does highlight the lack of discipline on China and Russia's part.
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Marles knows full well the PLA pilot was carrying out orders so the act wasn’t “unprofessional” - orders and the mission were well executed and typical of CCP grey zone warfare.
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Originally Posted by Gnadenburg
Marles knows full well the PLA pilot was carrying out orders so the act wasn’t “unprofessional” - orders and the mission were well executed and typical of CCP grey zone warfare.
Whether ordered or not endangering an aircraft from another nation is not only poor airmanship but unprofessional in my opinion.
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Originally Posted by DogTailRed2
Whether ordered or not endangering an aircraft from another nation is not only poor airmanship but unprofessional in my opinion.
I think that's an inaccurate remark.
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Old 7th May 2024, 14:38
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China has always played it rough - remember the EP-3 with the midair…

U.S. Navy EP-3 forced down by Chinese


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They shot down a Cathay Pacific DC-4 airliner back in 1954, off Hainan.

Nice people.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1954_C...DC-4_shootdown
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