Saturday, April 30, 2016

Scuffle in the South China Sea #42

In the tussle over the Chinese military plane flying to one of the disputed artificial islands, Russia is backing China. Definitely.

A-10s based in the Philippines have flown their first mission to dispute the Chinese claims in the South China Sea.  China objected to the flight.

The base the A-10s buzzed is a threat to Manila.

The US has challenged more than just China for Freedom of Navigation operations.  There were a total of 13 nations last year.

McCain says the operations in the South China Sea ought to be trumpeted, not hidden.

The American aircraft carrier in the South China Sea requested a port call in Hong Kong.  China did not allow the visit.

The US is selling weapons to...Vietnam.

Russia has launched Vietnam's first Gepard corvette/frigate.

China is risking becoming internationally isolated because of its actions in the South China Sea.

China is, on the other hand, joining the other claimants for the South China Sea in military exercises.

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