Russia`s Defense Missile Systems Hit Enemy; Saudi Downed a Houthi Drone; NATO-China Council
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on August 27 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
Russia’s Bastion coastal defense systems wipe out enemy warships in Baltic drills
The combat teams of the Baltic Fleet’s Bastion coastal defense missile systems practiced striking enemy surface ships in drills on the Baltic coast of Russia’s westernmost Kaliningrad Region, TASS reported according the Fleet’s press office statement.
“The combat teams of Bastion coastal defense missile systems practiced assignments to detect and track notional targets, and also performed electronic missile launches, notionally destroying precision weapon ‘carriers’ represented by the simulated enemy’s surface ships,” the press office said in a statement.
The drills involved over 100 personnel and 10 items of military and special hardware, the statement reads.
Saudi downed a houthi drone fired at the kingdom -statement
Saudi-led coalition forces intercepted and downed a Houthi drone launched toward the kingdom from Yemen, state TV and state news agency quoted coalition spokesman Turki al-Maliki as saying early on Tuesday, Reuters reported.
The drone was downed in the Yemeni airspace while Houthi’s AL MASIRAH TV did not announce any attacks on Tuesday.
It’s Time for a NATO-China Council
Such a group would help to collectively engage Beijing, which prefers to deal with countries in isolation, Defense One analyzes.
On a recent visit to Australia, NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg said that China is a growing concern for NATO not because NATO wants to go to the Pacific but because China is coming to Europe. He is right. The Alliance should establish a “NATO-China Council,” a structural mechanism for dialogue with China to increase transparency and mutual understanding, raise concerns, avoid miscalculations and foster, where possible, cooperation. Here’s why.
The striking growth in Chinese activities in and around Europe over the last two years has propelled the Asian giant to the top of U.S. and European security officials’ agendas. Such activities include Huawei’s efforts to increase its share of European and North American digital infrastructure; predatory economic activity as part of its globe-spanning Belt and Road Initiative, which includes Europe and its environs; massive cyber espionage and theft of Western intellectual property; increasing activity in Arctic areas, including those adjacent to NATO borders; joint exercises with the Russian military, not just in the Pacific and Central Asia but also in the Nordic-Baltic region; increasing ownership of major European seaports (e.g., Trieste) and investment in maritime facilities critical to NATO and the U.S. Navy (e.g., Naples); and much more.
For these and other reasons, the European Commission named China a “systemic rival” in an important policy document earlier this year. In short, Europe and the United States have woken up to the growing, global, multi-dimensional Chinese political, economic, technological, and security challenge. Now they are working together to find the best way to manage it.
NATO needs to do its part to dissuade Beijing from undermining the security of Europe and North America and to shape a more cooperative and constructive relationship between China and the West. Seventeen years ago, the alliance established a NATO-Russia Council for similar purposes. It’s time to propose a NATO-China Council. The advantages would be many.
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Source: TASS, Reuters, Defense One