US Eyes Singapore Base

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  1. lambu

    lambu Regular Member

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    The US Navy will establish a new presence in Singapore as a staging location for its latest class of warship.

    Defence Secretary Robert Gates announced plans for the presence during his visit to Singapore last week. Gates’ current Asian tour is his last. After five years heading the world’s most powerful military, he will step down on June 30.

    ‘We’ve taken a number of steps towards establishing a defence posture across the Asia-Pacific that is more geographically distributed, operationally resilient and politically sustainable,’ Gates said.

    According to the Singaporean Defence Ministry, those steps include deploying to Singapore ‘one or two’ of the new Littoral Combat Ships current under construction in the United States. The 400-foot-long, high-speed warships, optimized for shallow-water operations, would be the first US military vessels permanently stationed in the tiny Southeast Asian country, although the Navy for many years has maintained a support facility there.

    The Littoral Combat Ships are short-range vessels compared with the destroyers, cruisers and aircraft carriers that make up the bulk of the Navy's 280-strong battle fleet. Typically, US warships on deployment in the Pacific sail from California or Japan and periodically receive supplies from supply vessels while on the move. The Littoral Combat Ships would require far more frequent resupplying than other vessels, making forward deployment to Singapore particularly attractive for them.

    Perhaps coincidentally, the Singapore basing announcement comes at a time when China could be planning for its first overseas naval base -- in Gwadar, western Pakistan. ‘We have asked our Chinese brothers to please build a naval base at Gwadar,’ Pakistan Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar said.

    Beijing denied Mukhtar's assertion.

    Regardless, China's rapid naval modernization, including nuclear submarines and a refurbished aircraft carrier, now has a clear US response. The US Navy is meeting China’s naval expansion with an expansion of its own.

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  3. asianobserve

    asianobserve Elite Member Elite Member

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    I wonder why Singaporeans are not crying foul...?
     
  4. SHASH2K2

    SHASH2K2 New Member

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    because having an USA base means guarantee against chinese attack and they can sleep without any worry about chinese military.
     
  5. Oracle

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    We often hear about Chinese pearl of strings, trying to encircle India. Do the Chinese know that they are already surrounded by US from all sides? It only needs a diplomatic push from India to get into US tent, after which all Chinese plans will automatically get neutralized.
     
  6. asianobserve

    asianobserve Elite Member Elite Member

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    Actually only these Che romanticists cry foul whenever Uncle Sam takes a deep breath... wonder why? For one they love siding with the challenged groups (a.k.a. losers) ala Mexican soap operas.
     
  7. nimo_cn

    nimo_cn Senior Member Senior Member

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    No, we really didn't know that. Your post is like a wakeup call to us, and I appreciate that.
     
  8. asianobserve

    asianobserve Elite Member Elite Member

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    Actually we should thank China for early on showing its true colors, and the whole of Asia has taken notice...
     
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  9. Ray

    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    The US has said that it will not come in the defence of Philippines, in spite of a Defence Pact, over their recent spat with China over the issues on the South China Sea.

    Therefore, how far is the US a reliable partner?
     
  10. LETHALFORCE

    LETHALFORCE Moderator Moderator

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    Now US will have Chinese cornered in the Pacific, South China sea and Malacca strait.
     
  11. LETHALFORCE

    LETHALFORCE Moderator Moderator

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    This is not entirely true

    US, Philippines to hold war games amid tension in South China Sea

    Read more: US, Philippines to hold war games amid tension in South China Sea

    The United States and the Philippines are set to hold naval exercise amid heightened tension in Western Philippine Sea following allegations of intrusion by Chinese Naval personnel in the Philippine-occupied area of the disputed Spratly Islands.

    Philippine military authorities said though the the joint naval exercise has nothing to do with the reported Chinese incursions in Philippine territories, according to Armed Forces spokesman Commodore Jose Miguel Rodriguez.

    Philstar.com reports, “It has been programmed since last year,” Rodriguez added. There has been no announcement yet of the specific location of the military exercises but Navforwest operates mainly in the Sulu Sea and nearby waters.

    Earlier the Philippines said it has documented at least six intrusions by China's naval boats into Philippine sea lanes. China denied the allegations and said they were based on rumors.

    The report said, "The planned naval exercise, called “Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training” or CARAT, is in accordance with the Mutual Defense Treaty between the Philippines and the US, officials said."

    The Philippines said it is preparing a diplomatic protest to the United Nations on the alleged intrusion by China's naval boats in the disputed islands.

    A day after the exchange of heated diplomatic notes in Manila, Vietnam has joined the already tense situation by accusing China of their presence in a Vietnam-occupied island where a seismic operation is being conducted. Vietnam claims a Chinese naval boat has caused damage to their seismic equipment and facilities in the area.

    Vietnam, in an apparent move to flex its muscle on the disputed sea lanes said it will conduct a live ammunition drill in the area on Monday. The planned military exercise by Vietnam is similar to the scheduled US-Philippine war games in the West Philippine Sea on June 28.

    The Spratly Islands are being claimed in whole or in part by several countries in Southeast Asia including China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan, Brunei and the Philippines.

    Meanwhile the US has expressed its desire to pursue a peaceful resolution of the on-going tension in the Spratlys involving six claimant countries.

    “We’ve been troubled by some of these reports about the South China Sea and believe they only serve to raise tensions and don’t help with the peace and security of the region,” said State Department spokesman Mark Toner.

    “We support a collaborative diplomatic process... and call on all claimants to conform all of their claims, both land and maritime, to international law,” he said.


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  12. utubekhiladi

    utubekhiladi The Preacher Elite Member

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    In this so geo-political games, no one is your friend... absolutely no one.... you should not count on others for help.
     
  13. LETHALFORCE

    LETHALFORCE Moderator Moderator

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    It is not a matter of trust but more so of national interests. If USA does not contain China now it maybe to late in the future. US has the whole Pacific fleet allies and bases all over the Pacific and around the clock nuclear submarine patrols solely for one reason to neutralize China.
     
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    The Chinese were always cornered maritimely .They live in the toughest maritime neighbourhood
     
  15. Ray

    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    The US is finally doing something constructive.
     
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