Friday, September 4, 2015

Taiwan Intelligence: China Is Building Two Aircraft Carriers

China's first aircraft carrier, a retrofitted Soviet-era aircraft carrier that China bought in 1998, is seen docked at Dalian Port, in Liaoning province, on Sept. 22, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

Reuters: China building two aircraft carriers: Taiwan defense ministry report

China is building two aircraft carriers that will be the same size as its sole carrier, a 60,000-tonne refurbished Soviet-era ship, according to a new Taiwanese Defence Ministry report on the capabilities of the People's Liberation Army (PLA).

Little is known about China's aircraft carrier program, which is a state secret, although Chinese state media have hinted new vessels are being built. The Pentagon, in a report earlier this year, said Beijing could build multiple aircraft carriers over the next 15 years.

One of the new vessels is being built in Shanghai and the other in the northeastern city of Dalian, said the Taiwanese report, which was obtained by Reuters.

It gave no estimate for when construction would be finished.

Update: China Building Two Aircraft Carriers, According to Taiwanese Intelligence -- Sputnik

WNU Editor: Details are sparse, but China has in the past indicated that their long term plans are to build two or more aircraft carriers.

22 U.A.E. Soldiers Killed While Serving With Saudi-Led Coalition Forces In Yemen

BBC

Wall Street Journal: U.A.E. Says 22 Military Personnel Killed Since Joining Saudi-led Coalition

Men died as part of bid to defeat Iran-backed rebels in Yemen, military officials said

The United Arab Emirates has lost 22 military personnel since it joined a Saudi Arabia-led coalition to defeat Iran-backed rebels in Yemen, military officials said Friday, as the battle widens from an air campaign to fighting on the ground.

The men died while “performing their national duty,” officials from the U.A.E.’s military headquarters said, in a statement on state-controlled news agency WAM. It didn’t disclose how the soldiers had died; nor when or where the deaths occurred.

More News On Reports That 22 U.A.E. Soldiers Were Killed While Serving With Saudi-Led Coalition Forces In Yemen

UAE says 22 soldiers killed in Yemen - WAM -- Reuters
Yemen crisis: UAE soldiers 'killed by blasts at camp' -- BBC
UAE says 22 Emirati soldiers killed in Yemen -- Al Jazeera
22 Emirati Troops in Saudi-Led Coalition Killed in Yemen -- AP
Yemen Conflict: 22 Emirati Soldiers Killed While Serving With Saudi-Led Coalition Forces -- IBTimes
22 UAE servicemen die in Yemen -- The National
U.A.E. Says 22 Troops Fighting for Coalition Killed in Yemen -- Bloomberg

Islamic State Video Footage Shows Missile Hitting Egyptian Navy Ship In The Mediterranean


Mirror: Astonishing ISIS footage shows heart-stopping moment missile hits navy ship in Mediterranean 

The militants fired a deadly rocket salvo at the Egyptian patrol boat which burst into flames as it patrolled the Mediterranean off northern Sinai. 

ISIS forces have released an astonishing video showing a dramatic rocket attack on a navy ship.

Jihadis loyal to the terror group fired a deadly rocket salvo at the Egyptian patrol boat which burst into flames as it patrolled the Mediterranean off northern Sinai in July.

A coastguard vessel just two miles out to sea had earlier opened fire on militants on the coast of northern Sinai, which borders Israel and Gaza. When heavily armed fighters fired back they opened up with suspected rocket propelled grenades which smashed into the boat’s side, exploding on impact.

WNU Editor: The Islamic State in Sinai also released video footage showing how well armed they have become .... Watch: New video shows ISIS in Sinai likely has advanced Russian weapons (Jerusalem Post). More here .... Daesh affiliate in Sinai shows off advanced weaponry in new video (Al Bawaba).

4 U.S. Soldiers And 2 Other Peacekeepers Injured In Sinai IED Attack


FOX News/AP: 6 peacekeepers, including 4 US soldiers, injured in Sinai explosions, Pentagon announces

The Defense Department announced late Thursday that four U.S. soldiers and two Multinational Force and Observers' peacekeepers were injured by improvised explosive devices in the northeast Sinai region of Egypt.

The Pentagon said the injured soldiers were airlifted to a medical facility, where they were being treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The department did not identify the wounded personnel.

Capt. Jeff Davis, Director of Press Operations, said in a statement "the safety and security of U.S. forces remains our top priority and we are committed to taking necessary steps for their protection."

More News On Today's Sinai IED Attack That Injured 6 Peacekeepers

Four U.S. troops, two international peacekeepers wounded in Sinai blasts -- Washington Post
Sinai blasts injure six peacekeepers, including four Americans: Pentagon -- reuters
Four American troops injured in IED attacks in Sinai -- Army Times

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Has Trouble Explaining Why There Is No Political Consensus For The Iranian Nuclear Deal



National Journal: John Kerry, Avoiding Iran Deal Victory Lap, Stays on Defense

In a speech Wednesday after the administration secured a crucial Senate vote, the secretary of State continued to decry a now-unlikely rejection.

The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion just got what it needed to en­sure the health of the Ir­an nuc­le­ar deal, but John Kerry isn’t tak­ing a vic­tory lap.

In a hour-long speech Wed­nes­day morn­ing, Kerry be­trayed none of the con­fid­ence the ad­min­is­tra­tion was likely feel­ing after se­cur­ing its cru­cial 34th Sen­ate vote in sup­port of the agree­ment.

Call­ing Con­gress’s up­com­ing vote on the deal one of the most im­port­ant for­eign policy de­cisions in re­cent his­tory, Kerry said any re­jec­tion of this agree­ment would show a lack of strength on the part of the Amer­ic­an people.

WNU Editor: There is no Republican support for this treaty, and even many Democrats are reluctant to support it. As I have mentioned in previous posts .... this is the first time that I have seen an important piece of U.S. legislation pertaining to a very important and critical foreign policy issue be implemented even though it is supported by only a minority in Congress .... and only from one party.

U.S. Troops In Iraq Warned To Be Prepare For A Chemical Attack From The Islamic State

July 20, 2015: U.S. Army soldiers look at a F-16 fighter jet during an official ceremony to receive four of these aircrafts from the U.S., at a military base in Balad, Iraq. (Reuters)

FOX News: US military ordering troops in Iraq to dust off chemical weapon suits

The U.S. military has ordered its nearly 3,500 troops stationed in Iraq to reacquaint themselves with their chemical weapons suits due to evidence that the Islamic State has obtained chemical weapons and used them on multiple occasions.

“It is a precautionary measure,” a defense official told Fox News, acknowledging the order.

During a briefing Thursday, the Pentagon would not publicly confirm the order but reassured reporters that the military is prepared to handle a chemical attack by ISIS.

WNU Editor: These warnings are prudent. ISIS has used chemical weapons in the past .... a chemical attack on a U.S. base in Iraq would be (in their eyes) a huge propaganda win.

The Case On Hillary Clinton's Emails Has Just Gotten Interesting

WHAT EMAILS? The Obama administration could have procured an unspecified cache of Hillary Clinton's emails durign the summer but its agents found their hands were tied

Daily Mail: EXCLUSIVE: Hillary's emails WERE for sale on the open market but the Obama administration didn't go after them, says US intelligence official

* A US intel agency knew during the summer that someone was marketing a tranche of Hillary Clinton's private emails
* But the Obama adinistration never cleared its spooks to obtain them
* 'Opportunities were missed,' an intelligence official told DailyMail.com
* Revelation is separate from debunked claims that a hacker had put Clinton's entire email collection on the market for $500,000

A U.S. intelligence agency was aware during the summer that a collection of Hillary Clinton's emails was available for sale, but never gave its agents permission to obtain them, DailyMail.com can reveal.

A well-placed official inside the agency told DailyMail.com about the U.S. government's interactions with an eastern European man who put them on the market, and said the U.S. could have obtained them.

That discussion was spurred by a dubious claim from the gossip website Radar Online that 32,000 messages from Hillary Clinton's now infamous private email account were for sale with an alleged asking price of $500,000.

Update: Hacker Threatens To Sell Hillary Clinton’s ENTIRE UNRELEASED Private Emails For $500K -- Radar Online

WNU Editor: It is hard to very any of these stories .... but if true it tells me that it is only a matter of time before most (if no all) of these emails will end up in the public domain.

Report: 307,000 U.S. Veterans Died Awaiting Veterans Affairs Health Care



CNN: 307,000 veterans may have died awaiting Veterans Affairs health care, report says

(CNN)Hundreds of thousands of veterans listed in the Department of Veterans Affairs enrollment system died before their applications for care were processed, according to a report issued Wednesday.

The VA's inspector general found that out of about 800,000 records stalled in the agency's system for managing health care enrollment, there were more than 307,000 records that belonged to veterans who had died months or years in the past. The inspector general said due to limitations in the system's data, the number of records did not necessarily represent veterans actively seeking enrollment in VA health care.

In a response to a request by the House Committee on Veterans Affairs' to investigate a whistleblower's allegations of mismanagement at the VA's Health Eligibility Center, the inspector general also found VA staffers incorrectly marked unprocessed applications and may have deleted 10,000 or more records in the last five years.

WNU Editor: As shocking as this story is .... what is even more shocking is how little this news story is being covered by the main stream media.

Iranian Military Plane Takes A 'Close-up' Of A U.S. Aircraft Carrier In The Strait Of Hormuz



Times of Israel: Iran military plane takes close-up film of US aircraft carrier

WATCH: Revolutionary Guards operation uses navy plane to film and identify American vessel in the Strait of Hormuz

Iranian plane took close-up video and photographs of a US aircraft carrier in the Strait of Hormuz, and the material was published by an Iranian government-affiliated news agency.

The clip shows an operation by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and was said to be filmed from a Harbin Y-2 plane. Accompanied by menacing music, the published video also shows the American vessel’s crew looking in the direction of the camera.

A report by the Iranian Tasnim news agency said that Iran has been carrying out reconnaissance work in the Persian Gulf for a while.

WNU Editor: I am sure that this Iranian reconnaissance plane was being watched very closely by the U.S. Navy as it filmed this U.S. aircraft carrier.

On a side note .... Gulf to be left without US aircraft carrier for first time in 7 years (The National).

Thursday, September 3, 2015

How One Man Destroyed A City In Five Minutes



Michael J. Totten, World Affairs: How to Destroy a City in Five Minutes

You don’t need a weapon of mass destruction to ruin a city.

Well, maybe sometimes you do. You’re not getting rid of New York City without one. But some of the world’s cities are so vulnerable, so precariously perched above an abyss, that a single bloodthirsty nutjob with a rifle can bring it to its knees in a matter of minutes.

Look at Tunisia’s resort city of Sousse on the Mediterranean. Two months ago, an ISIS-inspired nutcase named Seifeddine Rezgui strolled up the beach with a Kalashnikov in his hand and murdered 38 people, most of them tourists from Britain.

WNU Editor: Yup .... you do not need a weapon of mass destruction to ruin a city.

The U.S. Sends A Message To Russia From The North Pole

Lucas Jackson/Reuters

David Axe, Daily Beast: U.S. Sub Takes On Russia in Santa’s Backyard

USS Seawolf just finished a daring mission underneath the North Pole—and designed to send a signal to Moscow.

President Barack Obama was recently in Alaska for three days to highlight the dangers of global climate change. The presidential tour included a stopover in an Inuit town north of the Arctic Circle that’s slowly succumbing to the rising sea.

But another high-profile American visitor preceded Obama to the Arctic region… on a mission of military might. In a rare feat of high-tech prowess, the U.S. Navy nuclear-powered submarine USS Seawolf spent several weeks under the Arctic ice cap during a six-month deployment beginning in March and ending August 21.

WNU Editor: Did Russia pay attention .... or anyone else .... for some reason (just a gut feeling) .... such deployments/exercises do not carry the impact that they once did.

More Indications That Russia Is Now Directly Involved In The Syrian Civil War (Updated)

Russian President Vladimir Putin (right), Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (left) and Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem (back to camera) attend a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, June 29. Russia’s involvement in Syria is growing very fast, the author writes, and Putin appears to be doubling down on his support for the Assad regime. ALEXEI NIKOLSKY/RIA NOVOSTI/KREMLIN/REUTERS

Washington Post: Russia’s involvement in Syria might be ramping up

Recent open source reports and unverified images of Russian equipment in Syria indicate that the Kremlin may slowly be ramping up its presence in the war-torn country in support of the beleaguered regime of Syrian President Bashir al-Assad.

On Tuesday a Twitter account associated with the Syrian al-Qaeda spin-off group Jabhat Al-Nusra tweeted four images of what appears to be multiple Russian attack aircraft, including possible a SU-34 fighter jet and a Russian drone. Though the images are unverifiable, the account stated that the aircraft were seen over Idlib province—an area that has seen heavy fighting and steady advances by Syrian opposition fighters.

WNU Editor: A few weeks ago I discounted this analysis on why U.S. Patriot missiles were removed from Turkey a few weeks ago .... Why Did the United States Remove Patriots from Turkey? (Nick Ottens, Atlantic Sentinel) .... hmmmm .... I now have to wonder if there is some truth to it. More here .... 'Russian-Iran-Assad Nexus' Appeased by Removing Missiles (Newsmax).

More News On Russian Involvement In Syria's Civil War

Russia sends men and arms to prop up dying Assad regime in Syria -- The Australian/The Times
Russian jets 'spotted above Syria' after ISIS bomb attack on military base -- Daily Star
Russians filmed fighting alongside President Assad's forces -- The Independent
Russian troops 'fighting alongside Assad's army against Syrian rebels' -- The Telegraph
Russian Boots on the Ground in Syria? -- Arutz Sheva
Russia reinvigorates role in war-torn Syria -- Rudaw
"Russia has begun intervention in Syria," says Israeli site -- B92
Will Russia’s stance on Syria ever change? -- Maria Dubovikova, Al Arabiya
Everyone’s missing the really major development of the Syrian conflict -- Jeremy Bender, Business Insider
Why Is Putin Sending Troops to Syria? -- Elliot Abrams, Newsweek
Syria conflict: How far is Russia prepared to bolster Assad? -- Jonathan Marcus, BBC

President Obama To Reassure Saudi King On Iran



New York Times: Iran Deal Will Top Agenda When Saudi King Visits White House

WASHINGTON — In a sign of just how much the world has changed in recent years, King Salman of Saudi Arabia will visit President Obama at the White House on Friday, and the kingdom’s oil production will barely get a mention.

“I wouldn’t suggest that it was going to be foremost on the agenda,” Ben Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser, said in a conference call on Wednesday to discuss the king’s visit. He added that oil would be discussed as “a routine matter, as it frequently is in these meetings.”

Instead, the first order of business for King Salman is likely to be the Iran nuclear deal, analysts said. The White House meeting, which will come just days after Mr. Obama secured enough support in Congress to ensure that the accord will go into effect, represents the first major effort by the administration to reassure important Persian Gulf allies as the deal enters a new phase.

WNU Editor: Why does this not surprise me .... Saudi Arabia White House Visit: Growing Military, Regional Security Concerns Could Mean Boon For US Weapons Industry (IBTimes).

More News On Friday's Visit Between President Obama And Saudi King Salman

Obama to Reassure Saudi King on Iran -- VOA
Obama to assure Saudi King of U.S. help against Iran threat -- Arabiya/Reuters
Saudi King Salman meets Obama with aim to reaffirm ‘strategic’ partnership -- The National
King Salman goes to Washington -- Politico
Salman has issues to iron out in Washington -- Joseph A. Kechichian, Gulf News

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- September 3, 2015



The Atlantic: The Global Refugee Crisis

Tens of thousands of people are fleeing civil war and unrest to find new homes in Europe—sometimes with tragic consequences. The U.N. estimates that more people have been displaced than at any time since World War II. Scroll down to see the stories on this topic.

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- September 3, 2015

Father of drowned Syrian toddlers prepares to take bodies home -- Ece Toksabay, Reuters

Crisis a threat to EU’s existence -- Bill Jamieson, The Scotsman

How much for a spot on a rubber raft and a slim chance at a better life? -- Robert Young Pelton, Reuters

How to Buy a Slave Girl From ISIS -- Mat Wolf & Shira Rubin, Daily Beast

3 Takeaways From China's Military Parade -- Bo Zhiyue, The Diplomat

Malaysia and U.S. in Talks to Ramp Up China Spying -- Josh Rogin, Bloomberg

Why China is lending $5 billion to struggling Venezuela -- The Economist

Why North Korea Can’t Be the Next Cuba -- Sam Cho, The Diplomat

India and Pakistan’s Dialogue of the Deaf -- Mohammed Hanif, NYT

China, Japan, South Korea to Hold Long-Delayed Trilateral Summit -- Shannon Tiezzi, The Diplomat

Putin showcases Russia's pivot to Asia as he visits China for WWII parade -- Fred Weir, CSM

Putin in Syria -- Elliott Abrams, Council On foreign Relations

Russia has levers to cope with oil squeeze -- Neil Unmack, Reuters

Iran is a done nuclear deal -- Miami herald editorial

Will Hillary Clinton’s Emails Burn the White House? -- John R. Schindler, Daily Beast

World News Briefs -- September 3, 2015 (Evening Edition)



CBS: Europe faces worst migration crisis "since World War II"

European leaders are arguing over how to respond to the hundreds of thousands of people streaming across its borders. Austria claims people are being put on trains without any process to check if they are refugees or criminals. CBS foreign affairs analyst Pamela Falk calls it the most serious refugee crisis since World War II.

MIDDLE EAST

U.S., allies conduct 23 air strikes against Islamic State: U.S. military.

IS retakes part of Iraqi town of Baiji: Pentagon.

Pentagon confirms Islamic State use of chemical arms.

Head of UN panel on Syria calls IS 'desperate'.

Kerry confident regional powers will send troops to Syria.

Iran's Khamenei backs parliamentary vote on nuclear deal with powers: state TV. Khamenei says Iran parliament 'should not be sidelined' on nuclear deal. Iran's top leader: No nuclear deal unless sanctions lifted. Iranian official predicts heated debate on nuclear deal.

Obama to reassure Saudi King on Iran.

Middle East wars deprive 13m children of education - UN.

U.S. to offer families option of leaving Turkey base, consulate.

ASIA

Former Chinese president at war parade amid infighting rumors.

China's Xi urges resumption of North Korea nuclear talks.

'Militants' killed in Kashmir battle.

Pakistan, Afghanistan weigh resumption of Taliban talks.

Pakistani official to urge Afghans to stop blame for attacks.

China, Vietnam agree to ‘properly handle’ disputes.

Boat 'carrying 70 migrants' sinks off Malaysia.

Australia's Tony Abbott says decision on joining air strikes in Syria will be made 'next week'.

Sri Lanka names first Tamil opposition chief in decades.

France says wing part found on Reunion island definitely from MH370.

AFRICA

Libya peace talks resume in Geneva.

Military sources: Al-Shabaab attack in Somalia kills dozens of AU troops.

Leading Islamist party faces test in local Moroccan elections.

Boko Haram crisis: Cameroon blasts kill 19. Two suicide bombings kill at least 30 in north Cameroon.

7 suspected in Mali attacks arrested in Ivory Coast.

Special Report: In Egypt, jailed Islamists 'dying of neglect'.

DRC measles epidemic must be halted within 60 days: MSF.

Liberia declared Ebola-free again.

French soldier in Central African Republic accused of sexual abuse: U.N.

South Africa's Johannesburg tops Africa millionaires list.

EUROPE

Migrants cling to Hungarian train west, lawmakers debate sealing border.

Hungary's leader to migrants: ‘Please don't come.’. Migrants refuse to leave train near Hungary camp.

Hungary to deploy military to 'defend' border from migrants: PM.

Immigration into Germany in 2014 at highest level for two decades.

Half of Germans worried by refugee crisis: survey.

Putin's China visit fails to snag major project financing.

Ukraine Russia conflict: Russian threat will last decades, Ukrainian President Poroshenko says.

Street violence in Kiev dims prospects for peace effort in Ukraine's east.

Greek leftists put on brave face as poll shows conservatives pulling ahead.

ECB cuts growth and inflation outlook.

AMERICAS

FBI scours Clinton server for evidence of spying.

U.S. sanctions against Chinese firms could be next week: FT.

Iran nuclear deal poised to go ahead after key Democratic votes secured.

Guatemala's President Otto Perez Molina resigns. Guatemalan Congress swears in new president after Perez resignation.

Brazil indigenous leader's killing raises tension.

Mexico's president admits 'difficult' year has shaken confidence in government.

Venezuela announces $5 billion Chinese loan for oil sector.

Brazil's stock market may be eclipsed by Mexico's.

Canadian government under fire in case of drowned Syrian toddler. Drowned Syrian toddlers' family had not applied for Canada entry.

Kentucky clerk's resistance to gay marriage lands her in jail.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Terrorist threat level in Russia in decline - security chief.

Pentagon eyes more potential sites for Guantánamo detainees.

Civilian deaths claimed in 71 US-led airstrikes on Isis.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

China poses threat to global growth, IMF warns.

Shell President: ‘Oil will be required for a long time’.

Earth's trees number 'three trillion'.

More Threats And Warnings From Iran

Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Hossein Salami

Fars News Agency: Iran Warns to Set Fire to Enemy's Economic, Political Interests in Case of War

TEHRAN (FNA)- Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Hossein Salami in threatening remarks on Thursday warned Israel and the US that the Iranian Armed Forces will annihilate all their interests in case they take the slightest military move against Iran.

"We monitor their acts day and night and will take every opportunity to set fire to all their economic and political interests if they do a wrong deed," Salami said, addressing Basiji (volunteer) forces in Tehran on Thursday.

Alluding to the US and Israel, he warned that in case of enemy action, Iran will "cut off enemies' hands and fingers will then send its dust to the air".

WNU Editor: U.S. Vice President Biden says don't worry .... Joe Biden to Jewish Leaders: 'Read My Lips' on Iran Deal (Bloomberg) .... or maybe we should worry .... Biden: ‘Totally Legitimate Argument’ That Iran Can Use Sanctions Relief to Fund Terror (Washington Free Beacon).

More News On Threats And Warnings From Iran

US Remains No 1 Enemy of Iran, Islam: Commander -- Tasnim News Agency
Iran Promises to ‘Set Fire’ to U.S. Interests -- Washington Free Beacon
Iran Commander: We’re Getting Prepared to Overthrow Israel -- PJ Media
Iran’s Armed Forces Fully Prepared to Counter Threats: Commander -- Tasnim News Agency
Iran not to allow inspections beyond NPT: Defense chief -- Press TV

An Analysis On China's Growing Military Presence In The Pacific

The Chinese warships sail through the Tsushima Strait on August 17. Seven Chinese warships, on their way to participate in the China-Russian naval exercise codenamed Joint Sea-2015 (II) to be held in the Peter the Great Gulf, waters off the Clerk Cape, and the Sea of Japan from August 20 to 28, successively sailed through the Tsushima Strait connecting the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea on August 17, 2015. (Photo: Chinamil.com.cn/Ren Xu)

Deutsche Welle: After parade of power, attention turns to China's military presence in the Pacific

Chinese President Xi Jinping has asserted that his country is not seeking regional hegemony. But China's show of power during a military parade to mark Japan's WWII surrender does not correspond to these claims.

Since the beginning of the 21st century, China has increased its military spending substantially. The rise in military expenditure was also a result of the country's economic growth - at least until recently. But China's neighbors, especially those who share coastal borders with it - are worried about Beijing's motives. Moreover, the United States' traditional hegemony in the Pacific has been challenged by China's military assertiveness.

WNU Editor: Yup .... China is on the rise.

Five Chinese Navy Ships Spotted Off Alaska During President Obama's Visit (Updated)



Washington Post: China sends warships into Bering Sea as Obama concludes Alaska visit

On the last day of President’s Obama’s visit to Alaska, the U.S. military observed five Chinese warships plying the waters of the Bering Sea for the first time, but Pentagon officials said Thursday the foray was no cause for alarm.

“This is the first time we have observed [Chinese navy] ships in the Bering Sea,” said Cmdr. Bill Urban, a Pentagon spokesman. “We respect the freedom of all nations to operate military vessels in international waters in accordance with international law.”

The Chinese foray Wednesday in the frigid sea between Russia and Alaska came after the vessels participated in a naval exercise with Russia. At a military parade Thursday in Beijing marking the end of World War II, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced a reduction in the size of the country’s armed forces as part of moves to modernize the military and shift resources from ground forces to the Chinese navy and air force.

WNU Editor: China has responded that these naval manoeuvres are just normal drills .... China says naval ships in Bering Sea on normal drills (Reuters). but this analysis is probably more accurate .... Why Is the PLAN Near Alaska? (Ankit Panda, The Diplomat).

More News On Chinese Naval Vessels Operating Off The Coast Of Alaska

5 Chinese Warships Spotted Off Alaska Coast during Obama's Visit -- Military.com/FOX News
Five Chinese Navy Ships Are Operating in Bering Sea off Alaska -- WSJ
Five Chinese ships in Bering Sea as Obama visits Alaska -- Reuters
Five Chinese ships seen off Alaska coast, Pentagon says -- BBC
Chinese naval ships spotted off Alaska coast during Obama visit to state -- The Guardian/AFP
PLA fleet spotted in Bering Strait off Alaska -- Want China Times
Chinese Warships Maneuver Near Alaska Coast for First Time Ever -- Sputnik
In a First, Chinese Navy Sails Off Alaska -- NYT

10 Weapons Unveiled At China's Military Parade


South China Morning Post: From tanks to carrier killers: 10 weapons unveiled at China's military parade

Fuelled by booming defence spending, the People’s Liberation Army is expected to today showcase breakthroughs in missile technology and military aircraft that reflect its increasing focus on projecting force beyond its borders, especially adjacent seas where it competes with neighbours for territory and resources.

Here are 10 military hardware pieces that analysts and other nation’s defence experts will likely be watching out for.

WNU Editor: A good summary. Check it out.

U.S. Navy Put On Notice After Today's Chinese Military Parade



Defense News: China’s Parade Puts US Navy on Notice

TAIPEI — China showcased its growing capability to deny the US Navy access to the maritime domain of both the East China Sea and South China Sea during a celebratory parade Thursday commemorating the 70th anniversary of its victory over imperialist Japan.

Parade officials commented that 80 percent of the weapons on display had never been exhibited to the public before, and all the equipment was Chinese-made and operational. Though this is a fair statement, three fighter aircraft that took part in the parade are actually pirated copies of foreign fighter aircraft, including the J-11B (Sukhoi Su-27), carrier-borne J-15 (Su-33) Flying Shark, and the J-10 (Israeli Lavi).

The parade showcased for the first time a variety of ballistic missiles under the command of the Second Artillery Corps. Mark Stokes, a China ballistic missile specialist at the Project 2049 Institute, said that leading each parade formation were corps leader grade officers – chief of staff, chief engineer or deputy commander.

WNU Editor: The above video showcases China's DF-26 ballistic missile. This is why the US Navy should be concerned ....

China Military Expansion: Parade Unveils Ballistic Missile That Could Reach US Bases On Guam -- IBTimes
China showcases advanced ballistic missiles at military parade -- Washington Post
China shows off missile 'able to destroy aircraft carriers' at massive WW2 parade -- The Telegraph
China's New Ballistic Missile Puts Guam in the Crosshairs -- Popular Mechanics

President XI: China To Cut 300,000 Troops And To Continue Modernizing And Reforming Its Military



CBS: China to cut 300,000 troops from massive army

Against the backdrop of the largest military parade in modern China, President Xi Jinping announced a troop reduction of 300,000 and pledged peace, reports CBS News correspondent Seth Doane.

"The experience of war makes people value peace even more," Xi said.

China hosted a spectacular display of its armed forces Thursday at the parade, which celebrated the 70th anniversary of Japan's surrender in World War II, a war that cost tens of millions of Chinese lives.

WNU Editor: The announcement was made at the 0:40 second mark in the above video. I am surprised by this announcement .... this news shifted the focus away from the main story which is the parade that showcases China's military might.

More News On Chinese President XI Announcing Troop Cuts And The Modernizing/Reforming of China's Military

China says to finish military cuts by 2017 -- Xinhuanet
China to Slim Down Its Military -- WSJ
China to Trim Military by 300,000 -- WSJ Blog
China plans to downsize military by 300,000 -- AP
China to slim down military -- The Australian
China announces massive troop cuts at WWII anniversary -- Al Jazeera
China to Cut Military by 300,000 Troops, President Xi Says at Parade -- NBC
China will cut armed forces by 300,000, president says after massive military parade -- Globe and Mail
China says troop cuts by 2017, further military reforms on way -- Reuters
China to cut 300,000 soldiers, speed up military modernization -- Washington Post
Xi Says China No Threat, Announces Military Cuts at Parade -- Bloomberg
Why China decided to reduce military personnel by 300,000 -- Economic Times/NYT

Commentaries And Analysis On China's 70th Anniversary Military Parade



Wall Street Journal: 5 Takeaways from China’s Military Parade

China staged a grand military parade for the 70th anniversary of the allied victory over Japan in World War II. While the event’s primary audience was domestic, the projection of national strength the meticulously managed imagery conveyed also says a lot about the Chinese military — and how China’s leaders plan to use it. Here are five takeaways from the parade.

Commentaries And Analysis On China's 70th Anniversary Military Parade

Military Parade in China Gives Xi Jinping a Platform to Show Grip on Power -- Chris Buckley, NYT
Here's What You Need to Know About China’s Grand Military Parade -- Franz-Stefan Gady, The Diplomat
Analysis: China's Military Parade Can't Hide Xi's Battered Credibility -- NBC
The 12 military ‘hits’ and ‘misses’ of China’s historic parade -- Minnie Chan, South China Morning Post
The World’s Next Superpower Announces Itself With an Epic Parade -- Hannah Beech, Time
Pomp and circumstance in Beijing: The Chinese military flexes its muscles -- Philippe Le Corre, Brookings
Beijing: Xi Jinping Slams Japanese Aggression in Military Parade Speech -- The Diplomat
Chinese military parade's main message is not peace but power -- Tom Phillips, The Guardian
Hey, Look! Tanks in Tiananmen! -- Brendon Hong, Daily Beast
What is China trying to prove with military parade? -- Celia Hatton, BBC
China's military parade: What Beijingers thought -- CNN
Chinese social media reacts to military parade with patriotism and mockery -- The Guardian
Missing From Beijing’s WWII Victory Parade: Price Tag -- WSJ