China - and the dangerous drift to war in Asia

more worrying is the info later in the article of plans by the Philippines to increase its military presence in the disputed areas, which will only lead to more frequent encounters, with increased opportunity for someone to make a fatal mistake.
Maybe they've learned from the Guang Da Xing No. 28 incident. Well, God loves an optimist.
 
(...) The Philippines parliament is debating a significant increase in the nation’s small defence budget. It has already resolved to buy four new frigates and 12 corvettes before 2028. It will also procure 18 patrol vessels and 40 fast-attack craft. The current proposal is to build 12 new naval outposts throughout the Philippine archipelago. At least two of these are proposed for Palawan Island – the large Philippines island closest to the disputed Spratlys. (...)
Here's the Philippines naval plan, according to this source:
Philippine Navy Plans to build 50-Ship Maritime Force to strengthen its fleet

  • 6 OPVs are expected to be acquired for the Navy once the contract is approved. Austal plans to build the ships in its Balamban, Cebu shipyard.
  • 4 more frigates will be acquired until 2028 under the Navy’s force-mix plan.
  • 12 missile-capable corvettes will be acquired for anti-submarine warfare and are planned to be procured until 2023.
  • 8 Fast Attack Interdiction Craft armed with short-range missiles will be acquired from Israel.
  • 42 smaller Multi-Purpose Attack Craft will be acquired from Taiwan.
  • 2 strategic sealift vessels will be acquired from an Indonesian supplier.

The frigates appear to be mainly coming from South Korea. Part of the naval program is being postponed however, due to pandemic related budget problems. It's not clear where the corvettes were to come from, or if that had even been decided yet.
Corvette acquisition plan moved to RAFPMP's Horizon 3

There were also reports of the Philippines looking at buying submarines from Russia, but cost was making them hesitate (I guess submarines are expensive).

They are also buying 50 new jet fighters from South Korea. These are low end trainer/fighters, the FA-50 from Korea Aerospace Industries.
 
The French are reporting that a nuclear reactor which Électricité de France and Framatome jointly own and operate in China with a Chinese partner is having a bit of a hiccup. It's apparently nothing to get too concerned about yet, but is something to keep an eye on.
Chinese nuclear plant 'performance issue' reported by its French joint operator

"Framatome is supporting resolution of a performance issue with the Taishan Nuclear Power Plant in Guangdong province, China," Framatome said in a short statement Monday.

"According to the data available, the plant is operating within the safety parameters. Our team is working with relevant experts to assess the situation and propose solutions to address any potential issue."

Radiation levels 135 kilometres away in Hong Kong were normal on Monday.
Radiation levels in Hong Kong, 135 kilometres from the Taishan plant, were normal on Monday, according to the Hong Kong Observatory, which monitors radiation around the city.


The International Atomic Energy Agency say they are in contact with regulators in China but are not aware of any leaks so far.
The United Nation's nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, told The Associated Press that it was aware of the media reports and was in contact with its counterpart in China.

"At this stage, the agency has no indication that a radiological incident occurred," the Vienna-based IAEA said in a written response to questions.

The agency said it would share more information when it became available.
 
The world is not about to end after all. According to EDF the problem with the French reactor in China is a minor fuel rod issue which is fairly routine.
It's safe to leave your bunker: Blame that Chinese nuclear plant alarm on fuel rod faults

There is a leak in one or more fuel rods which is leaking xenon and krypton gas into the cooling system. According to US data, on average in a pressured water reactor there are 1.6 fuel rods with this sort of leak. The rods are normally left in the reactor until scheduled refuelling, at which time they are dealt with.

Framatome said "according to the data available, the plant is operating within the safety parameters."
 
The world is not about to end after all. According to EDF the problem with the French reactor in China is a minor fuel rod issue which is fairly routine.
It's safe to leave your bunker: Blame that Chinese nuclear plant alarm on fuel rod faults

There is a leak in one or more fuel rods which is leaking xenon and krypton gas into the cooling system. According to US data, on average in a pressured water reactor there are 1.6 fuel rods with this sort of leak. The rods are normally left in the reactor until scheduled refuelling, at which time they are dealt with.

Framatome said "according to the data available, the plant is operating within the safety parameters."
Well that's Superman screwed then. Better call somebody else
 
The Daily Wail has reported this charming outburst from the CCP.


How lovely....
It was reported on another thread that the "Chinese official" is a local council admin worker who posted something on her personal social media account.


I'm sure I could find equally fascinating official UK policy announcements on the Facebook page belonging to any number of local council workers in the UK.
 
It was reported on another thread that the "Chinese official" is a local council admin worker who posted something on her personal social media account.


I'm sure I could find equally fascinating official UK policy announcements on the Facebook page belonging to any number of local council workers in the UK. Posted on a Chinese Military group on their version of YouTube. Removed and then reposted on an official CCP page for a major city before being removed again.


Posted and removed twice on their version of YouTube. Once by a military fanboi group and once by an Offical CCP account.

Either it's deliberate provocation or CCP officials really believe threatening to nuke Japan is Rule One of 'How to Win Friends and Influence People'

Either way it's not a clever idea and could back fire spectacularly badly.
 
Either it's deliberate provocation or CCP officials really believe threatening to nuke Japan is Rule One of 'How to Win Friends and Influence People'
Or it's summer, some idiot got bored and not everything that happens in a country of 1.3bn people is controlled by their government.
 
Interesting development


Really; would you like to tell us all why it's interesting? A radar return from a 2nd generation aircraft is no less threatening, though generally considerably more visible, than a later generation aircraft. Why waste the flying hours on your shiny new toys when you can get the same reaction (and thereby measure the ability of your adversary) by using something that you can afford to expend.
 
Really; would you like to tell us all why it's interesting? A radar return from a 2nd generation aircraft is no less threatening, though generally considerably more visible, than a later generation aircraft. Why waste the flying hours on your shiny new toys when you can get the same reaction (and thereby measure the ability of your adversary) by using something that you can afford to expend.
Having a bad day old son?
 

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