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Warning that Beijing’s military bases in South China Sea are ready for use

China has largely completed three major military bases in the South China Sea that have naval, air, radar and missile-defence facilities, according to a US thinktank.

Related: South China Sea images reveal impact on coral of Beijing’s military bases

“Beijing can now deploy military assets, including combat aircraft and mobile missile launchers, to the Spratly Islands at any time,” said the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI), part of Washington’s Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Construction on Mischief Reef, in the Spratly Islands, the disputed South China SeaConstruction is shown on Mischief Reef, in the Spratly Islands, the disputed South China Sea in this March 11, 2017 satellite image released by CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Inititative at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) to Reuters on March 27, 2017. MANDATORY CREDIT: CSIS/AMTI DigitalGlobe/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE: Construction on Mischief Reef.© Reuters Construction on Mischief Reef.

The thinktank published images taken this month of what it calls the “Big 3” island air bases – Subi, Mischief, and Fiery Cross Reefs – which it has analysed via commercial high-resolution satellite imagery for two years.

“China’s three air bases in the Spratlys and another on Woody Island in the Paracels will allow Chinese military aircraft to operate over nearly the entire South China Sea,” AMTI said. “The same is true of China’s radar coverage.”

Construction on Mischief Reef. Photograph: CSIS/AMIT/DigitalGlobe/Reuters Construction on Subi Reef. Photograph: CSIS/AMTI/DigitalGlobe/Reuters

China denies it is militarising the South China Sea, which is thought to have significant oil and gas reserves and is a route for half of the world’s commercial shipping. The reclamation of the islands has also had a devastating impact on some of the world’s most biodiverse coral reefs.

Beijing asserts sovereignty over maritime areas that span 3.5m square kilometres but are also claimed by Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia, Brunei, the Philippines and Japan. China’s military build-up has become one of US president Donald Trump’s most explosive foreign policy challenges.

Under Barack Obama’s administration, Washington claimed it was neutral on the question of sovereignty over the South China Sea islets, reefs and shoals, but also conducted regular air and naval patrols to assert its rights of passage.

Related: Steve Bannon: ‘We’re going to war in the South China Sea … no doubt’

But US secretary of state Rex Tillerson said in January that the US should go further by blocking Chinese access to the islands. Last week Chinese premier Li Keqiang said defence equipment had been placed on islands to maintain “freedom of navigation”.

Chinese warships frequently radio US aircraft in the region, warning them not to approach. And last month, a Chinese military aircraft had an “unsafe” encounter with a US navy surveillance aircraft over the area, the US Pacific command announced.

AMTI said China had installed HQ-9 surface-to-air missiles at one island as well as anti-ship cruise missiles. It has also built enough hangars for 72 combat aircraft and several larger bombers, AMTI said.

The group’s director, Greg Poling, said the images showed new radar antennas on Fiery Cross and Subi: “So look for deployments in the near future.”

Reuters contributed to this report

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Russia builds ‘unstoppable’ 4,600mph missile that could destroy Royal Navy’s new carriers

Personally I’d call this propagandist saber – rattling, or at least Russia simply evening out the playing field. Scramjet technology and hypersonic ramjets have been around for decades in the West. Nevertheless, I thought this worthy of interest from a military/Defence point of view:

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Russia has developed an “unstoppable” hypersonic missile capable of destroying the Royal Navy’s most sophisticated warships, the Sunday People can reveal.

Kremlin military chiefs claim they have built an anti-ship cruise missile capable of travelling at between five and six times the speed of sound – 3,800 mph to 4,600mph.

Now experts fear the missile, called the Zircon, could sink the Royal Navy ’s two new £6bn state-of-the air aircraft carriers in a single strike.

Credits: PA© Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: PA The missile flies more than twice the speed of a sniper’s bullet and is almost impossible to stop.

The cruise missile is powered by a “scramjet” – an air-breathing jet engine that can reach incredible speeds.

A swarm attack involving a dozen missiles against the world’s most modern warships would be devastating, experts believe.

The Zircon missile is believed to have a range of up to 500 miles and can be fitted with a series of warheads from high explosive to nuclear.

It can be fired from land, sea and submarines and could prove to be the most important and deadly weapon of the 21st century.

One senior defence source last night described the Zircon as a “potential game changer”.

© Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc The missile can be programmed in flight to search out and attack a target while at the same time avoiding anti-missile missiles.

The Zircon is so fast that it can out run the Royal Navy’s Sea Ceptor which is designed to shoot down missiles travelling at 2,300 mph, much slower than the estimated speed of a Zircon.

Now some military experts believe that hypersonic missiles could make massive aircraft carriers redundant.

Aircraft carriers need to be positioned so that their planes can attack targets at a range which allows them to return to the ship before they run out of fuel.

But the only protection against hypersonic cruise missile would be for carriers to stay out of range – the Russians call this strategy “area denial”.

One senior Naval source said: “Hypersonic missiles are virtually unstoppable. The whole idea of the carrier is the ability to project power.

“But with no method of protecting themselves against missiles like the Zircon the carrier would have to stay out of range, hundreds of miles out at sea.

“It’s planes would be useless and the whole basis of a carrier task force would be redundant.”

© Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Testing of the Zircon hypersonic cruise missile began this year and they could be fitted to a nuclear-powered cruiser by 2022.

The Kremlin is believed to have restarted a programme initiated by the Soviet Union in the 1980s.

Pete Sandeman, a naval expert, said: “Defence against hypersonic missiles presents a huge challenge to surface ships.

“There is so little time to react that even if detected, existing defences may be entirely inadequate.

“Even if the missile is broken up or detonated by close-in weapons, the debris has so much kinetic energy that the ship may still be badly damaged.”

A Royal Navy spokesperson said: “We keep threats under constant review but do not comment on Force Protection measures”.

Earthquakes: Natural or Manmade?

From New Dawn Magazine

By Jason Jeffrey

Precautions against unconventional arms must be intensified as potential terrorists develop chemical and biological weapons and electromagnetic methods that could create holes in the ozone layer or trigger earthquakes or volcanoes.
Former US Secretary of Defense William Cohen speaking at the University of Georgia, 1997

The devastating tsunami created December 26, 2004 by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake that killed more than 300,000 people on the shores of the Indian Ocean caught the world off guard. It was the largest earthquake since the 9.2 magnitude Good Friday Earthquake off Alaska in 1964, and ties for fourth largest since 1900.

The earthquake that struck the Indonesian island of Sumatra occurred in a location geologists know is susceptible to powerful earthquakes. The quake occurred along a “subduction zone,” in which the Indian tectonic plate is being subducted, or pulled beneath, the Burma tectonic platelet. The overlying plate jumped upward more than 4.5 metres, lifting the water above it and setting off the tsunami.

For some, the finger of blame doesn’t point squarely at nature but at top secret military testing in the waters of the Indian Ocean.

The Egyptian weekly magazine Al-Osboa claimed the earthquake that triggered the tsunami “was possibly” caused by an Indian nuclear experiment in which “Israeli and American nuclear experts participated”.

An Australian researcher, Joe Vialls,1 in his article “Did New York Orchestrate The Asian Tsunami?” analyses how easy it would be to deliver “a multi-megaton thermonuclear weapon to the bottom of the Sumatran Trench, and then detonate it with awesome effect.”

Days after the disaster, Canadian Professor Michel Chossudovsky wrote an article titled “Foreknowledge of A Natural Disaster: Washington was aware that a deadly Tidal Wave was building up in the Indian Ocean”.2 He noted “the US Navy was fully aware of the deadly tidal wave, because the Navy was on the Pacific Warning Centre’s list of contacts. Moreover, America’s strategic Naval base on the island of Diego Garcia had also been notified. Although directly in the path of the tidal wave, the Diego Garcia military base reported ‘no damage’.”

“With modern communications, the information of an impending disaster could have been sent around the world in a matter of minutes, by email, by telephone, by fax, not to mention by live satellite television,” he adds.

Others see the catastrophe as a ‘sign of the times’ in which we live, and a portent of what is to come as the Earth and humanity experience even more changes as part of the end of a world cycle.

For the rest of the article, go here.

Artwork by Brocke Lever

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Thai protesters prepare for ‘last stand’ against military

Anti-government protesters were preparing for their final stand in Thailand as thousands of troops encircled about 5,000 diehards still out on the streets.

By Thomas Bell in Bangkok
Last Updated: 6:40PM BST 13 Apr 2009

Red Shirt anti government demonstrators face off the army lines outside the Pattaya Exhibition and Convention Hall Photo: EPA

It followed a day of chaos in Bangkok as soldiers moved in to end the protests and demonstrators responded by setting fire to barricades at junctions around the capital.

Live rounds and tear gas were fired towards the crowds and demonstrators responded with petrol bombs and rigged buses with weighted pedals to drive unmanned towards ranks of security forces.

For the rest of the article, go here.

Military People Joining The American Resistance To Protect The US Constitution

Military Are Joining The American Resistance To Protect The US Constitution.  This is Freedom of Speech at it’s best! As Protected and Guaranteed by The US Constitution.

Watch video (7.28 mins)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGHlvnqPdH0

At Digg.com here:

https://digg.com/world_news/Military_Joining_The_American_Resistance_To_Protect_The_US_C

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