Military And Intelligence News Briefs — August 12, 2020

A Chinese marine corps armored vehicle fires during a drill in Taonan, Jilin province, China, January 25, 2015. REUTERS/China Daily

SCMP: South China Sea: Chinese military told not to fire first shot in stand-off with US forces

* Sources say that troops have been given orders not to escalate situation as both sides step up their activities in the disputed waters
* Beijing said to be keen to cool the ‘tense and dangerous situation’ and agreed to a conversation between defence ministers after initially snubbing the request

China has told its service personnel “not to fire the first shot” as Beijing looks to de-escalate tensions with the United States in the South China Sea, sources familiar with the situation told the South China Morning Post.

Both sides have stepped up their operations in the disputed waters, increasing the risk of incidents that spiral out of control, but Beijing does not want to give American hawks the opportunity to escalate things further.

The sources said Beijing had ordered pilots and naval officers to exercise restraint in the increasingly frequent stand-offs with US planes and warships.

Meanwhile, further details have emerged about a phone conversation between the two countries’ defence ministers last week.


Military And Intelligence News Briefs — August 12, 2020

China increases military drills as tensions with US heat up — CNN

China counters its fighter jet pilot shortage by recruiting extra cadets — SCMP

PLA forces hold landing drills amid US military provocations — Global Times

Videos: China Conducts Live-Fire Drill With Z-10A Choppers, New Air-to-Surface Missile — Sputnik

Deception Is Key to Chinese Military Strategies — Aaron Jensen, The Diplomat

David and Goliath: China and Taiwan’s military mismatch — Bangkok Post

In a first, Taiwan’s missile systems track PLA fighter jets — SCMP

China and Japan are building forces to fight it out on Pacific islands — here’s how they stack up — Business Insider

US spy planes in South China Sea ‘creating risk’ for civilian aircraft — SCMP

Air Force’s Hypersonic Weapon Hits ‘Major Milestone’ in New Test —

Stunning photo of a B-52 raining bombs during training exercise in Jordan — Business Insider/Aviationist

First B-21 test aircraft starting to ‘look like a plane’ — FOX News

US Navy commissions another Littoral Combat Ship amid renewed push to fix the program — Defense News

Carney, Churchill guided-missile destroyers headed to Florida for repairs, upgrades — UPI

DoD Details $11B For COVID Costs, Warns ‘At Least One’ Shipyard May Close — Breaking Defense

Army testing new air defense system, laser weapons — UPI

Spacepower Is ‘Catastrophically Decisive’ In War: New Space Force Doctrine — Breaking Defense

US Cyber Command is using unclassified networks to fight election interference — C4ISRNet

Lawmakers Want More AI for Military — National Defense

U.S., Japanese militaries conduct training exercise with B-1 bomber — UPI

Here’s the current US plan to build up Syrian proxies, including an oilfield guard force — Army Times

State Department did not consider civilian casualties when sending arms to the Middle East, report finds — Politico

US Troops May Not Get Priority for COVID-19 Vaccine After All —

Russian Navy’s Mighty ‘Ekranoplan’ May Have Been Wrecked — Forbes

Putin is reportedly looking to expand Russia’s presence in Africa with new bases in 6 countries — Sofrep

Japan, Vietnam Ink Maritime Patrol Ship Deal As SCS Row Heats Up — Japan Times

Second Israeli Air Force ‘Custom’ Stealth F-35 Squadron Declared Operational — National Interest

Where Can Turkey Buy Stopgap Fighter Jets For Its Aging Air Force? — Paul Iddon, Forbes

India Approves Proposals Worth $1.1 Billion to Strengthen Armed Forces Amid Border Tensions — Spuntik

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