INTELDROP 25 Feb 2016 [East Asia]


East Asia Correspondent, David McDonald 

Beijing Places Missile Launchers On Disputed South China Sea Island

 17 February 2016

The Guardian (TOKYO) — Beijing deployed eight surface-to-air missile launchers on Woody Island.  Wang Yi, China’s foreign minister claimed that the numerous self-defense mechanisms located on the Paracel islands are consistent with the self-preservation that China views as their legal right.  In response, President Obama claimed that the U.S. would continue to navigate international waters freely and in accordance with international law. Source: (Reliability: Moderate)

New Addition Made To East China Sea Fleet

14 January 2016

UPI (BEIJING) — The People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) launched Tianmushan, a new tank landing ship, in the East China Sea with the ability to transport, load, and unload landing equipment.  This addition is the latest in a long line of additions to the Chinese fleet, including a supply vessel, espionage vessel, and a mine searching vessel.  No information is available on the intended use of the Tianmushan.  Source: (Reliability: Moderate)

Cambodia To Welcome Chinese Warships As Japan Navy Heads Home

17 February 2016

Reuters (PHNOM PEHN) — Cambodia and China began cooperating in joint military exercises a day after the completion joint Cambodian-Japanese exercises.  Chinese officials are sending three warships to the country on February 22, with the intent of conducting rescue exercises.  Given China’s military relationship with Cambodia, the U.S. stated concerns about the country becoming a puppet state of China in Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) talks.  Source: (Reliability: Moderate)

U.S. and European Union (E.U.) Warn China On Need To Respect South China Sea Ruling

19 February 2016

HKFP (BEIJING) — The U.S. and E.U. warned China that it should respect any future International Court ruling relating to a territorial dispute with the Philippines in the South China Sea.  U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Amy Searight, stated that the E.U. and U.S. allies in the pacific must be ready to enforce the court’s ruling on the issue.  She further stated that if China did not respect the court ruling, they would face consequences.  No information is available on the exact consequences.  Source: (Reliability: Moderate)

China PLAN Commissions New Warship For Identifying Mines

28 January 2016

IHS Jane’s 360 (LONDON) — The People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) commissioned a new mine countermeasures vessel (MCVM) with the intent of identifying mines hidden in the sea.  Commissioned in the North Sea fleet, the vessel is the fourth in class and equipped with mine finding capabilities including undersea cameras, a hydraulic crane, and a remotely operated vehicle with maneuvering thrusters and mine destruction capabilities.  Source: (Reliability: High)

China Warns Japan Against “Provocation” Around Disputed Islets

13 January 2016

Reuters (BEIJING) — China’s Foreign Ministry warned that Tokyo would face consequence if Japan took provocative action in the East China Sea.  China’s Foreign Ministry issued the warning in response to a similar warning from the Japanese navy that they would require all Chinese military vessels out of the region; accept in the case of innocent passage.  Hong Lei, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, asserted that China claimed the right to conduct patrol and navigation activities around the islands.  Source: (Reliability: Moderate)

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