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Chinese aircraft carrier can sail into Indian Ocean at will, says top US commander


In a direct assessment of the increasing presence of the Chinese Navy in waters off the coast of India, Admiral Harry Harris Jr., the Commander of the United States Pacific Command has said, “I believe India should be concerned about the increased Chinese influence. If you believe there is only a finite amount of influence … Continue reading

India, US, Japan kick off naval drills likely to annoy China


India, Japan and the United States will hold joint naval exercises each year, Indian government sources said, as the three countries kicked off the first such drills in the Bay of Bengal in eight years, a move likely to concern China. The last time New Delhi hosted multilateral drills in its waters in 2007 prompted … Continue reading

China concerned that India shows no clear interest in the New Silk Road initiative


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: A report on news.sohu.com expresses China‘s concern that India, the largest country in South Asia, still fails to show any clear interest in China’s Silk Road economic Belt and 21st century maritime Silk Road, despite China’s repeated invitations. The projects, … Continue reading

China building two aircraft carriers before 2017, as part of plan to infiltrate Indian Ocean


The following is based on reports in Chinese media: China’s qianzhan.com quoted a Russian military industry news website as saying that in early October, the Chinese shipyard at Changxing Island installed radar, electronic system and weapons on the aircraft carrier it is making. The ship is scheduled to be launched before 2017, according to China’s … Continue reading

China to build 18 naval bases in Indian Ocean


The following is based on reports in Chinese media: Sri Lankan website Colombo Page quoted a namibian.com.na report that China planned to build 18 naval bases in areas of the Indian Ocean including Sri Lanka, where China has built Hambantota Port as its naval base. China also plans to build naval bases in Pakistan and … Continue reading

China plans nuclear submarines near US coast, miltary bases in South China Sea


The following is based on translations from Chinese media: So far there has been no news about Chinese nuclear submarine cruising near the US. There has been official confirmation from China that a Chinese nuclear submarine operated in the Indian Ocean for a short period of time. US nuclear submarine commander Benjamin Person (transliteration from … Continue reading

China wants a military base on Maldives in Indian Ocean


When China’s President Xi Jinping visited Indonesia last year, he raised his idea on reviving the maritime silk road running from China through Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean to Europe. His true intention may well be to obtain trade related shipping facilities along China’s trade lifelines linking the Middle East and Europe. The US … Continue reading

Malaysia Airlines staff assaulted, held hostage for 10 hrs by angry relatives in China


Tensions between grieving Chinese families in Beijing and Malaysian Airlines staff boiled over this week when airline staff were held inside a hotel for 10 hours by angry family members and a security officer was allegedly assaulted. Malaysian Airlines released a statement about the two incidents which occurred late on Thursday and early yesterday as … Continue reading

China has no official role in plane investigation


As the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 enters its second month, an all-too-rare glimmer of good news has been found: On Sunday, an Australian navy vessel reported signals “consistent” with those emitted by an airplane’s black box in the South Indian Ocean. These aren’t the only signals, or “pings,” that have been heard. At … Continue reading

China ship detects “pulse” signal in plane search; fails to notify Australian search coordinators


Searchers looking for the data recorders from missing Malaysian Airlines flight 370 said Sunday that they were investigating underwater “acoustic events” in two distinct areas of the Indian Ocean – one picked up by an Australian vessel and two others recorded by a Chinese patrol ship. The Australian military vessel Ocean Shield, towing a sophisticated … Continue reading

A Chinese netizen’s speculation about what might have happened to Flight MH370


The following is speculation on the part of a Chinese netizen, and reflects the growing concern about this issue by Chinese Internet users. The post was made on March 15 2014. The opinions expressed do not reflect those of China Daily Mail. I watched the live speech of the prime minister of Malaysia. The ambiguous … Continue reading

Australia’s diplomatic dilemma as China intervenes in Indian Ocean plane search


The Australian government faces a potentially delicate diplomatic balancing act as China seeks a greater role in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Under pressure from the families of the 153 Chinese citizens onboard, China has sent three navy vessels to join the Australia-led search in the so-called southern corridor, according to state … Continue reading

China refused permission to search for missing plane in Indian waters


India has declined China’s proposal to allow four of its warships to join the hunt for the MH370 jetliner near the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago, even as it is now dispatching two aircraft to Malaysia to join the international search force that is now scanning southern Indian Ocean off Australia for the missing 777-200ER aircraft. … Continue reading

China to bypass Malacca Strait by Kra Isthmus Canal in Thailand


The following article was translated from Chinese media: The trade route to the Indian Ocean through the Malacca Strait has the problems of pirates, shipwrecks, haze, sediment and shoals. Its rate of accidents is twice as high as the Suez Canal and four times higher than the Panama Canal. An alternative shorter route is to build … Continue reading

Australia’s defence forces must gear up for South China Sea, says expert


Naval tensions over territorial disputes in northeast Asia and the South China Sea are nearing the dangerous point where serious incidents or armed conflict could become inevitable, one of Australia‘s most respected strategists says. Paul Dibb, key architect of the defence of Australia strategy, will warn in a speech to a naval conference this week … Continue reading

China to lend $580 million to Sri Lanka


China Development Bank Corporation (CDB) will lend $580 million to Sri Lanka to help carry out key infrastructure projects. The loan will bring CDB’s total lending to Sri Lanka to more than $1.4 billion. China‘s increasing influence in the island nation has stoked concerns in neighboring India. According to the document, $300 million of the loan … Continue reading

The ‘Christopher Columbus of China’ may have visited Kenya


An explorer from medieval China may have visited an island off the coast of Kenya, archaeologists say. A joint expedition by The Field Museum and the University of Illinois at Chicago unearthed a 15th-century Chinese coin on the Kenyan island of Manda, according to a Field Museum press release. Starting around 200 A.D., Manda was a trading hub and … Continue reading

International Energy Agency’s view of China’s energy future


The World Energy Outlook is the International Energy Agency‘s annual report on the state of the international energy market, and the current report is remarkable for its analysis of the tectonic shift centred around China.  As the Chinese demand for fossil fuels grows, it will control the pricing of key commodities and dominate the market … Continue reading

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