As reported by Reuters on July 26, Jung Pak, deputy assistant secretary for East Asia at the U.S. State Department, told a U.S. think tank event “There is a clear and upward trend of PRC provocations against South China Sea claimants and other states lawfully operating in the region.”

Jung Pak said that China’s aircraft had increasingly carried out unsafe intercepts of Australian aircraft in international airspace above the South China Sea. She added that China had also challenged marine research and exploration activities within the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the Philippines.

China claims the entirety of the South China Sea, citing ancient claims, and Jung Pak called the claims “expansive and unlawful.”

She said Washington had a “very complicated relationship with Beijing”, which is why the U.S. was not trying to counter all of China’s actions in Southeast Asia and the rest of the developing world.

Chinese ‘twin-tailed scorpion’ discovered on the east coast of Taiwan

Japan’s Ministry of Defense Joint Staff on July 25 reported that the “Twin-Tailed Scorpion,” flew from the East China Sea area through the Miyako Strait between the islands of Okinawa and Miyakojima. The “Twin-Tailed Scorpion” is an unmanned Chinese TB-001 reconnaissance and strike aerial vehicle (UAV). It gets is mame from its twin-engines and double-tail.

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Taiwan News reported that the UAV headed northwest toward the Bashi Channel and northeastern Taiwan. The last report by Japan’s defense ministry showed it flying southwest off the coast of Taiwan’s Hualien County, deep inside the eastern sector of Taiwan’s ADIZ.

NHK reported that Japan’s Defense Ministry sources believe China may have sent the drone to gather intelligence on Taiwan’s annual military exercises, and China wanted to “give a warning to Taiwan.”

2 Chinese warships appeared on two consecutive days of Taiwan’s exercise

According to CNA, the Chinese underwater acoustic monitoring ship “Tianyuanxing” and the missile frigate “Huanggang” appeared off the coast of Ludao Township, Taitung, on the morning of July 26.

The Huanggang appeared 41 miles southeast of Green Island, sailing south at 7:00 am. “Tianjixing” appeared 45 miles northeast of Green Island at 8:00 am, sailing southeast.

These two ships appeared on two consecutive days of Taiwan’s Han Kuang exercise. Taiwan Ministry of National Defense stated that the national military use of joint intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance methods could effectively grasp and respond appropriately to the dynamics around the Taiwan Strait.

China sends troops to Russia for the first time to attend international military games 

According to Chinese state media CCTV, on July 25, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army sent troops to Russia to participate in Moscow’s International Army Games next month. This is the first time the event has been held in the context of Russia invading Ukraine.

CCTV footage showed that the train was loaded with tanks and some military vehicles and left the port of Manzhouli in Inner Mongolia. 

The Chinese team is expected to compete against counterparts from 37 countries and regions at the event. The international military games are organized by the Russian Ministry of Defense. It is also known as the “War Olympics,” which was held for the first time in 2015 to improve combat skills.

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