Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Obama visits Dillingham today

Alaska Dispatch News is running a live blog to track the president's travels in Western Alaska.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Looks like the Chinese are going to Dillingham also.

By JEREMY PAGE in Beijing and GORDON LUBOLD in Washington
Updated Sept. 2, 2015 7:33 p.m. ET

"Five Chinese navy ships are currently operating in the Bering Sea off the coast of Alaska, Pentagon officials said Wednesday, marking the first time the U.S. military has seen them in the area.

The officials have been tracking the movements in recent days of three Chinese combat ships, a replenishment vessel and an amphibious landing ship after observing them moving toward the Aleutian Islands, which are split between U.S. and Russian control.

“This would be a first in the vicinity of the Aleutian Islands,” one defense official said of the Chinese ships, which have been operating in international waters. “I don’t think we’d characterize anything they’re doing as threatening,” the official said.

A spokesman for the Chinese embassy in Washington couldn’t immediately be reached to comment….

“We respect the freedom of all nations to operate military vessels in international waters in accordance with international law,” said Cmdr. Bill Urban, a Pentagon spokesman, noting: “This is the first time we have observed [People’s Liberation Army Navy] ships in the Bering Sea.”