Milley: China Challenge Placing Pressure on International Behavior

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Mark A. Milley testifies before the House Appropriations Committee-Defense on the Fiscal 2022 Department of Defense Budget in the Pentagon Press Briefing Room, Washington, D.C., May 27, 2021. Defense Department Photo

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said “China is coming at us rapidly” – economically, diplomatically and militarily, and that challenge is putting existing international behavior “under tremendous...

https://news.usni.org/2021/08/02/milley-china-challenge-placing-pressure-on-international-behavior

COVID threatens Chinese exports as US struggles to restock inventories

COVID

U.S. import demand is stronger than ever as inventory-to-sales ratios remain painfully low. But there’s rising risk to shipping volumes on the supply side of the equation: Most American containerized imports come from China and elsewhere in Asia, where the delta variant is spreading.

There were two big plunges in trans-Pacific volume last year: one supply-side driven, when China locked down in the first quarter; another demand-side driven, when the U.S. locked down in the second quarter.

There...

https://www.freightwaves.com/news/covid-threatens-chinese-exports-as-us-struggles-to-restock-inventories

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Aug 2, 2021

USNI News Graphic

These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of Aug. 26, 2021, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship.

Total U.S. Navy Battle Force:296Ships Underway

Deployed Ships UnderwayNon-deployed Ships UnderwayTotal Ships Underway
572582

Ships Deployed by Fleet

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https://news.usni.org/2021/08/02/usni-news-fleet-and-marine-tracker-aug-2-2021

Inflation concerns in Asia, CBDC programmable payments, and more

Inflation concerns in Asia, CBDC programmable payments, and more

THE WEEKEND REVIEW  – OMFIF

Latest opinion and analysis from OMFIF around the world
26-30 July 2021, Vol.12 Ed.30

Most-Read Commentary

Inflation concerns take back seat in Asia: With a few exceptions, economies in Asia are facing slow vaccination progress, modest fiscal support and steep contractions to the travel and tourism sectors. The challenges faced by policy-makers in the region include capital flow management and faltering...

https://allaboutshipping.co.uk/2021/07/31/inflation-concerns-in-asia-cbdc-programmable-payments-and-more/

Lawmaker Calls for New U.S. Maritime Strategy with Pacific Focus

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) transits the Pacific Ocean on Dec. 18, 2020. US Navy Photo

To counter threats from China, a top U.S. lawmaker Friday called on the U.S. Navy to develop a new maritime strategy that would rebalance how it deploys and strategically scattered persistent deterrent force in an arc throughout the Indo-Pacific region.

Two decades of focus on the Middle East has strained U.S. naval forces and worn out its fleet of carriers, said U.S. Rep Elaine Luria (D-Va.), a retired...

https://news.usni.org/2021/07/30/lawmaker-calls-for-new-u-s-maritime-strategy-with-pacific-focus

Philippines Reverses Course and Commits to U.S. Visiting Forces Agreement

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin meets with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in Manila, July 29, 2021. DoD Photo

MANILA – The Duterte administration has re-committed to the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) basing deal that would let U.S. forces operate from the Philippines after a meeting with U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.

The decision to take back its pending notice with the U.S. government scuttling the security agreement was announced by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana during a...

https://news.usni.org/2021/07/30/philippines-reverses-course-and-commits-to-u-s-visiting-forces-agreement

Admiral: Talisman Sabre Proves U.S., Allies Can Create Pacific Naval Force in Days

USS America (LHA-6) conducts a fueling-at-sea with the Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Ballarat (FFH155) in support of flight deck operations during Exercise Talisman Sabre 21 on July 27, 2021. US Navy Photo

KUALA LUMPUR – The latest the Talisman Sabre exercise proved that the U.S. and its Pacific allies could form a unified and capable naval force in a matter of days, the commander of the U.S. Navy’s Japan-based expeditionary strike group said this week.

In a media call on July 28...

https://news.usni.org/2021/07/29/admiral-talisman-sabre-proves-u-s-allies-can-create-pacific-naval-force-in-days

Panel: Taiwan Needs More Capacity to Defend Itself as China’s Military Modernizes

Taiwan’s indigenous fighter. CNA Photo

Taiwan must take the necessary steps to ensure its own defenses – from upgrading air and missile defenses and raising reserve forces’ readiness to protecting vital infrastructure like its water supply – to keep China at arm’s length, three experts on Pacific security said Wednesday.

“Taiwan is nowhere where it needs to be” in beefing up its own defenses, Michael Mazzarr, associate director of the strategy and doctrine program at RAND’s Arroyo Center, said...

https://news.usni.org/2021/07/29/panel-taiwan-needs-more-capacity-to-defend-itself-as-chinas-military-modernizes

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