Saturday, April 10, 2021

Editor's Note

 Saturday is when I do all my chores around the house. Blogging will return later this evening.

Expect The Chinese Navy To Be Operating Full Time In The Indian Ocean Soon

Image: China Mil (Photo by the People’s Daily)  

Christopher Colley, War On The Rocks: A Future Chinese Indian Ocean Fleet? 

 The People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) is now the largest navy in the world. This development, announced in the U.S. Department of Defense’s 2020 annual report on the Chinese military, appears to demonstrate a determined strategy in Beijing to develop a powerful blue water fleet. Both Chinese and outside naval experts speculate that the PLAN may have an Indian Ocean fleet in the near future. Supporting this possibility, multiple Chinese sources have started to articulate an emerging Indian Ocean strategy for the PLAN. These writings are useful to understand evolving Chinese grand strategy. Furthermore, Beijing is actively laying the groundwork for such a fleet both in terms of potential bases and logistical centers, as well as naval hardware. However, beyond its anti-piracy missions and naval presence, for political and technical reasons, the PLAN is currently unable (and possibly unwilling) to officially establish an Indian Ocean fleet that could supposedly dominate the region.  

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WNU Editor: The Chinese are determined to have the world's largest blue navy fleet. That is why a Chinese naval fleet in the Indian Ocean is going to happen sooner rather than layer.

India Objects To U.S. Navy’s Assertion Of Navigational Rights Within India’s EEZ Sans Consent

India Tribune: US Navy sails in Indian Exclusive Economic Zone; asserts it is right, India’s claim wrong  

India conveys concerns to US 

In what could lead to serious questions on the India-US relations, the US Navy has announced that it has ‘asserted’ navigational rights in the Arabian Sea and inside India’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), without requesting India’s prior consent. 

The 7th Fleet of the US Navy has made an announcement about one of its warships saying “USS John Paul Jones (it) asserted navigational rights and freedoms approximately 130 nautical miles west of the Lakshadweep Islands.

This freedom of navigation operation (“FONOP”) upheld the rights, freedoms, and lawful uses of the sea recognised in international law by challenging India’s excessive maritime claims.” 

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WNU Editor: The U.S. does not have many supporters for what they are doing .... The 7th Fleet Commander Statement Shows Just One Thing—United States’ Stupidity (News 18). 

More News On India Objecting To The U.S. Navy’s Assertion Of Navigational Rights Within India’s EEZ Sans Consent  

India Objects to US Navy Ship's Patrol Without Consent -- Military.com/AP 

U.S. Navy Challenges Quad Partner India's 'Excessive' Claims at Sea, Met with 'Concerns' -- Newsweek  

US Navy conducts operation in India's EEZ: New Delhi conveys concern to Washington -- Times of India  

India irked by US 'freedom of navigation operation' near its border -- Express Tribune  

As US Warship Enters Indian Waters Sans Consent, is Biden Sending 'Unpleasant Message' Over S-400s? -- Sputnik

US Navy sends warship to India’s exclusive economic zone without permission, to challenge New Delhi's ‘excessive maritime claims’ -- RT

How Many Times Do President Biden And Former President Obama Talk To Each Other Each Week?

President-elect Joe Biden is greeted by former President Barrack Obama as he arrives during his inauguration as U.S. President in Washington, DC, U.S., Jan. 2021. (EPA Photo) 

NYPost: Psaki says Obama, Biden talk regularly but refuses to say how often  

White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Thursday said President Biden and former President Barack Obama talk “regularly” but refused to say how often to avoid “violating” the privacy of their friendship. 

The relationship between Biden and his boss of eight years has been a point of intrigue in Washington. Obama lives only about 2 miles from the White House, though Psaki appeared to indicate they speak primarily by phone.  

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WNU Editor: My gut tells me that they talk 2 to 3 times a week. And these are long conversations, not short ones.

New Leaked Video Footage Shows ‘Pyramid UFOs Swarming US Navy Destroyer' In 2019

 

FOX 8: Images leaked from Pentagon investigation show UFOs swarm above Navy destroyer 

Amazing images have been leaked from a secretive Pentagon investigation of UFOs. 

The Task Force has been gathering evidence for a comprehensive report for Congress which is due in June that includes photographs and videos of UFO encounters with U.S. military assets, including Navy destroyers off the southern California coast. 

Part of the report is to educate other military and intelligence officials about the nature of the UFO mystery. 

The new images were gathered by the Task Force and obtained by investigative filmmaker Jeremy Corbell, who confirmed their authenticity. Mystery Wire has independently confirmed that the visual materials are included in the briefing presentation prepared by the UAP Task Force. 

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Update: Astonishing new footage captures ‘pyramid UFOs swarming US Navy destroyer' (Daily Express)   

WNU Editor: I am underwhelmed. Another grainy video of something flashing bright in the sky.

China Report Says US History Is Littered With 'Humanitarian Disasters' Caused By Military Interventions

The Hill: China says US has caused humanitarian disasters through military interventions 

A Chinese state-backed human rights research organization is accusing the United States of a history of military interventions that it says have caused repeated humanitarian disasters. 

The China Society for Human Rights Studies said in a new report published Friday, titled "Severe Humanitarian Disasters Caused by U.S. Aggressive Wars against Foreign Countries,” that the U.S. has “waged 201 armed conflicts among the total 248 that occurred in 153 regions of the world from the end of World War II in 1945 to 2001.”  

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More News On China Saying US History Is Littered With 'Humanitarian Disasters' Caused By Military Interventions 

China report accuses US of causing humanitarian disasters -- AP  

China slams US history of 'humanitarian disasters' -- DW  

Article exposes humanitarian disasters caused by U.S. wars -- CGTN 

Severe Humanitarian Disasters Caused by US Aggressive Wars against Foreign Countries -- Global times (China)  

Report exposes US humanitarian-veiled war atrocities, as China takes proactive move to strip it of human rights high ground -- Global Times (China)  

US proclaims human rights as cover for hegemony wars -- Zhi Zhenfeng (Global Times)

Tweets Of The Day

Picture Of The Day

Prince Philip sits with the Queen as she delivers her speech in the House of Lords, during the State Opening of Parliament at the Palace of Westminster in London June 4, 2014. REUTERS/Carl Court/Pool  

WNU Editor: The above picture came from this photo-gallery .... Prince Philip: 1921 - 2021 (Reuters).

U.S. Sanctions 7 Chinese Supercomputer Centres

 

BBC: US blacklists seven Chinese supercomputer groups 

The US has blacklisted seven Chinese groups it accuses of building supercomputers to help its military. 

It is the first move by the Biden administration to make it harder for China to obtain US technology 

 On Thursday, three companies and four branches of China's National Supercomputing Center were added to the US blacklist. 

This bars American companies from exporting technology to the groups without proper approval.  

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Update #1: U.S. sanctions Chinese computer makers in widening tech fight -- NBC/AP 

Update #2: US sanctions on Chinese supercomputer centres ‘may have limited impact’ -- SCMP  

WNU Editor: China is not impressed with these sanctions .... US sanctions on 7 more Chinese tech firms just another 'mosquito' bite: expert (Global Times). According to US intelligence,, China is currently leading in some sectors of AI .... China Leads US In 3 Of 6 AI Areas: Bob Work (Breaking Defense).

Friday, April 9, 2021

China Warns Taiwan That Its Military Does 'Not Stand A Chance'

Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning sails through the Miyako Strait near Okinawa in this photo released by Japan's Defense Ministry on April 4, 2021.  

US News and World Report: China Issues New Threats to Taiwan: ‘The Island’s Military Won’t Stand a Chance’ 

New provocative language from Beijing comes amid heightened tensions in the region and new fears from the U.S. military about China’s willingness to invade the island nation. 

Beijing on Friday issued new threats against Taiwan at a time of near unprecedented tensions around the island nation, saying its military "won't stand a chance" if China chose to invade. 

The threat comes amid a series of provocative actions and warnings in recent days by the Chinese military – the People's Liberation Army or PLA – including a series of air and naval incursions into territory that Taiwan claims as its own. 

Beijing considers Taiwan a renegade province of mainland China, not a sovereign nation. "The PLA exercises are not only warnings, but also show real capabilities and pragmatically practicing reunifying the island, if it comes to that," an unnamed told the Chinese state news service Global Times in a fiery article it published Friday morning. 

It added that the people of Taiwan are "dashing into a war that they cannot win."  

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Update: China issues Threat to Taiwan amid rising tensions - ‘Military won’t stand a chance’ (Daily Express)  

WNU Editor: China is backing its threats with deeds .... China sends more jets; Taiwan says it will fight to the end if there's war (Reuters). More here .... China flanks Taiwan with military exercises in air and sea (CNN).