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The US has plans to employ thousands of drones if China invades Taiwan, the top US admiral in the Pacific said. The "unmanned hellscape" would buy the US time to come to the aid of Taiwan, he added.


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US to Turn Taiwan Strait into Unmanned Hellscape for China


Oh, bother!

#1 | Posted by censored at 2024-06-12 06:03 PM | Reply

China is causing a lot of angst in the area with their territorial claims, and not just regarding Taiwan.

Swedish defense chief says actions against Philippines in South China Sea threaten global security

... Sweden's defense chief has expressed alarm over Beijing's repeated dangerous maneuvers against Philippine vessels in the disputed South China Sea, saying such actions threaten local and global security, undermine regional stability and underscore the need to invest "for our security and freedom."

Defense Minister Pl Jonson spoke Thursday night in a diplomatic reception in Manila for Sweden's national day after meeting his Philippine counterpart, Gilberto Teodoro Jr., on expanding defense relations. Sweden is one of the possible sources of supersonic fighter jets that the Philippines plans to acquire as its military shifts focus from decades of fighting communist and Muslim insurgencies to territorial defense.

"Let me express my deep concern on the repeated dangerous maneuvers against Philippines vessels that have been taking place in the West Philippine Sea and the South China Sea," Jonson said. He did not mention China in his speech but drew applause from an audience that included top Philippine military and security officials and Western and Asian diplomats.

Jonson used the name the Philippines has adopted for the stretch of waters called the exclusive economic zone extending from its western coast to the South China Sea, which Beijing claims virtually in its entirety and guards closely with its coast guard, navy and other ships.

Confrontations between Chinese and Philippine government ships over two disputed shoals have flared alarmingly since last year, causing collisions. ...

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-06-12 07:06 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Imagine DDay, except there's a hundred thousand AI driven camera drones raining down on the invasion fleet, swarming fleets of unmanned suicide attack ships on the surface, a seabed littered with smart torpedo mines, and autonomous robots that crawl along the sea floor and shoot torpedoes upwards.

#3 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2024-06-12 09:38 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Snoofy doesn't like this at all.

#4 | Posted by willowby at 2024-06-12 10:55 PM | Reply

@#3 ... Imagine DDay, ...

Calls in US for NATO-like alliance in Indo-Pacific (December 2023)

... A group of conservative US politicians has proposed a bill to Congress that would establish a fact-finding panel as the first step in the creation of an Indo-Pacific version of NATO that could act as a deterrent against growing aggression in the region by China and North Korea.

While there are many who agree the proposal could bring together like-minded nations in a military alliance, the broader sense is that the proposal is doomed to fail.

The Indo-Pacific Treaty Organization Act was submitted by Republican Rep. Mike Lawler of New York. "Our adversaries " China, Russia, Iran and North Korea " have forged an unholy alliance to disrupt and destabilize the globe," he said in a statement released by his office in early December.

"A collective security agreement has the potential to deter aggression and protect the forces of democracy in the Indo-Pacific," the statement added. "It is crucial that the democracies of the region and the world work in unison to combat this rising threat." ...

#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-06-12 11:07 PM | Reply


Why not have our Pacific allies just ask to join NATO?

#6 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-06-12 11:10 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

so when does the cyber terrorism begin? summertime in the south and west and they shut down portions of the power grid. foreign agents starting forest fires. those 100 dollar drones with a little C-4 attached. we're probably the most vulnerable country in the world

#7 | Posted by brerrabbit at 2024-06-12 11:28 PM | Reply

3. Gamers to the rescue. What a world.

#8 | Posted by Dbt2 at 2024-06-12 11:29 PM | Reply

Why not have our Pacific allies just ask to join NATO?

That would get pretty complicated. Geopolitical interests and concerns don't match up very well.

That, and the "NA" part of NATO.

#9 | Posted by REDIAL at 2024-06-12 11:36 PM | Reply

@#9 ... That would get pretty complicated. ...

I didn't say it would be easy. :)

... the "NA" part of NATO. ...

"New Allies Treaty Organization"

Spitballing it here.


#10 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-06-12 11:47 PM | Reply

"New Allies Treaty Organization"

Give that man a promotion!

#11 | Posted by Danforth at 2024-06-12 11:54 PM | Reply

Can you say Skynet?

#12 | Posted by Hughmass at 2024-06-13 07:34 AM | Reply

blah blah blah... oh great... hope they televise it... we haven't televised a war in a long @$$ time... got some conquering to do... save the whirled from red commie job-eating smog makers with all them 'lectrical cars ...

#13 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2024-06-13 08:21 AM | Reply

China won't invade Taiwan unless they are 99% sure they can win. That certainty does not exist. Failure of invasion would assure Taiwan's status as an independent nation.

#14 | Posted by Zed at 2024-06-13 08:35 AM | Reply

I thought Taiwan was part of China? The "One China" policy.

If Taiwan IS part of China what's the problem with China reasserting control over their own province?

Somebody is lying. Is Taiwan China or not?

If the Taiwanese were to vote to rejoin China voluntarily would the US still fight to prevent it?

Askin' for a Friend.

#15 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2024-06-13 10:50 AM | Reply

Askin' for a Friend.


You have friends?

#16 | Posted by Zed at 2024-06-13 11:18 AM | Reply

"I thought Taiwan was part of China? The "One China" policy."

Back when that happened, China was a communist dictatorship and Taiwan was a military dictatorship. In the interim, Taiwan has become a free democracy while China has remained a communist dictatorship.

"If the Taiwanese were to vote to rejoin China voluntarily would the US still fight to prevent it?"

I can predict the chances of that happening with a propane torch and a snowball. For one, the Taiwanese aren't that stupid and communist China would probably invade if they held such a vote, knowing they'd be overwhelmingly rejected. Is your friend Wumao?

#17 | Posted by willowby at 2024-06-13 08:48 PM | Reply

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