Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Rumors of War - Kings of the East

China warns United States after Gray Eagle drone deployment - UPI.com
UPI reports: "China issued a message of warning to the United States after the U.S. military recently deployed its new Gray Eagle attack drone in South Korea. [...] The MQ-1C Gray Eagle is a medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aircraft system that can fly at a maximum speed of 170 mph for 30 hours without stopping. The aircraft is capable of continuous 24-hour flight and surveillance of the entire Korean peninsula."

Taiwan says Chinese military threat grows, U.S. regional strategy unclear | Reuters
Reuters reports: "China's accelerated military development and recent activity by its military aircraft and ships around Taiwan pose an increased threat to the self-ruled island, according to a Taiwanese government defense report draft reviewed by Reuters. The 2017 Quadrennial Defence Review (QDR) also highlights the uncertainty over the future strategic direction of the United States in the region, the impact of Japan flexing its military capabilities and "conflict crisis" potential in the disputed South China Sea."

Exclusive: Japan plans to send largest warship to South China Sea, sources say | Reuters Reuters reports: "Japan plans to dispatch its largest warship on a three-month tour through the South China Sea beginning in May, three sources said, in its biggest show of naval force in the region since World War Two. China claims almost all the disputed waters and its growing military presence has fueled concern in Japan and the West, with the United States holding regular air and naval patrols to ensure freedom of navigation."

Comment: The potential for armed conflict in Asia is increasing on an almost daily basis. The great danger is that these discreet problems (North Korea missile tests, China's claims to the South China Sea, Taiwan independence) could all easily merge onto one conflagration involving all the major powers in Asia.  

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