Chinese warships cause surprise in Sydney Harbour

first_imgSydney: Australians enjoying a sunny winter morning were surprised by the sight of three Chinese warships steaming into to Sydney Harbour Monday, forcing the prime minister to reassure jittery residents. Amid heightened concern about Beijing’s growing clout and military muscle flexing, the appearance of a Chinese flagged task group and around 700 sailors came as a surprise. “It may have been a surprise to others, but it certainly wasn’t a surprise to the government,” said Prime Minister Scott Morrison, trying to dampen concerns. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests'”We have known about that for some time,” he said of the visit during a trip to the Solomon Islands. Morrison described it as a “reciprocal visit because Australian naval vessels have visited China.” “They were returning after a counter drug trafficking operation in the Middle East.” The vessels appeared to be the Kunlun Shan, a Yuzhao class landing ship; the Luoma Lake replenishment ship and Xuchang, a modern frigate that is believed to be fitted with surface-to-air and anti-submarine missile systems. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaThe timing of their visit has also been questioned. It comes on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the violent suppression of Tiananmen protests. Then, the regime gunned down hundreds of its own citizens and jailed thousands for demanding political change and an end to state corruption. The sailing also comes just days after it was revealed that a Chinese warship had recently confronted an Australian vessel in the South China Sea and Aussie helicopter pilots had been targeted with lasers. “I think any reading into timing could be subject to a bit of overanalysis,” said Morrison. Since coming to power, President Xi Jinping has invested heavily in the People’s Liberation Army Navy — in a bid to project Chinese influence across the Pacific and beyond. “Chinese naval visits to Australia have more typically been a lone frigate, not a task group with an amphibious assault ship and 700 personnel,” Rory Medcalf, head of the National Security College at Australian National University, tweeted. “Sydney is hardly a convenient stopover on their way home from the Gulf of Aden. What’s the story here?”last_img read more

Moosman Continues to Climb World Standings

Photo courtesy of Jessica MoosmanLocal Kache Moosman continues to make his way up the world standings. Moosman placed fifth in Binford, North Dakota on June 22 when he scored 87 points on Big Show. He finished among the best riders in the world that weekend.Recently, Moosman traveled through Canada while competing in the Canadian PBR division. He scored an 84 on Catch of the Day in Calgary at the Ranchman’s PBR Charity Classic on July 2, good enough for 13th place. On July 5, he took second in Edgerton, Alberta, scoring an 83 in the first round and an 86 in the championship round.In the western/rodeo community, July is known as Cowboy Christmas due to the number of events and close locations for riders. Moosman will look to keep his momentum going as the month continues. read more