Arbitration tribunal’s most useless ruling, and its worst – The Manila Times

RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO Last of four partsTHE tribunal’s ruling that was most hailed by the Yellow regime as well by the United States government and media was its judgment that China’s so-called, even infamous “nine-dash line” has no legal basis under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos). Benigno Aquino 3rd’s Foreign Affairs secretary, Albert del Rosario, claimed, and continues to claim, that the Chinese therefore have no right to be occupying features within that line, which includes eight reefs in our Kalayaan Island Group (KIG)…

How did Trump convince Kim that a vase is a better idea?

The year 2019 has expired, along with Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnKim calls for ‘positive and offensive’ North Korea security protections WH national security adviser on North Korean ‘Christmas gift’: ‘We’ll have to wait and see’ North Korea holds political conference before year-end concessions deadline set for US MORE’s promise/threat to send President Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSchumer renews call for witnesses to testify in impeachment trial in wake of ‘game changer’ report Tulsi Gabbard: Impeachment has ‘greatly increased the likelihood’ of Trump reelection and GOP retaking House Susan Collins says…

Defence in 2019: Balakot airstrikes, CDS and military modernisation

India’s doctrinal policy shift in combating terror by carrying out the Balakot airstrikes inside Pakistan, the appointment of a Chief of Defence Staff and hastening work on military modernisation marked a new beginning in 2019 in dealing with complex security challenges. The strike by India’s warplanes on a Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist training camp in Pakistan on February 26 to avenge the killing of 40 paramilitary personnel in Kashmir and the Pakistani Air Force’s subsequent retaliation the next day triggered fears of a war between the two nuclear-armed neighbours. The most visible…

Economic Outlook for 2020 Is Good, but Risks Abound

A storm hits Southern California on Dec. 26. The economic outlook for next year is generally positive, but there are any number of metaphorical storms on the horizon. Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images After a rocky 2018 and truly rough patches in 2019, especially particular sectors such as global manufacturing and U.S. agriculture, the consensus outlook for the global economy next year is surprisingly sanguine. Most mainstream forecasters expect that the worst of the storms are past, and they are expecting global growth to rebound: the International Monetary Fund by 3.4 percent,…

Indonesia issues protest to Beijing over Chinese vessel trespassing in Natuna – World

Indonesia has filed a protest to Beijing for alleged territorial violation by a Chinese coastguard vessel around the disputed Natuna waters, saying the ship has trespassed into its exclusive economic zone (EEZ). The Chinese vessel was also suspected of having illegally fished in the waters. Indonesia has exclusive rights to the zone, meaning Jakarta has jurisdiction over the exploration and exploitation of marine resources in the area. This right has increasingly been violated by China. “The Foreign Ministry has summoned the Chinese ambassador in Jakarta and conveyed a strong protest…

A decade of global events that were visible from space

The Associated Press There has been no shortage of big news over the last decade. Spanning the globe, some stories were expected while others caught the world off guard. Some images were so massive the views were visible from space. The NOAA satellite <a href=”http://www.goes-r.gov/”>GOES-16</a> captured this geocolor image of Hurricane Irma passing the eastern end of Cuba at about 8:00 a.m. EDT on Sept. 8, 2017. I<em>mage Credit: NOAA/CIRA<br tml-linebreak=”true”></em> HURRICANES 2017 was the year America’s hurricane luck ran out. For much of the decade that began in 2010,…

Argentina agro-export chamber reports 17% jump in 2019 member sales

By Hernan Nessi BUENOS AIRES, Dec 30 (Reuters) – Argentine agro-industrial export chamber CIARA-CEC said on Monday its members exported $23.719 billion dollars of grains in 2019, up 17% over the previous year despite months of economic crisis in the South American nation. The chamber, whose members include global agro-giants such as Cargill Inc [RIC:RIC:CARG.UL] and Bunge LtdBG.N, accounts for about 45% of Argentina´s grain exports annually. “This year’s sales are among the highest of the past 17 years, and the highest taking into account the low international prices currently,”…

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang’s Regular Press Conference on December 31, 2019

Q: Do you have any update on when China and the US might sign the phase one trade deal? There was a report yesterday that the Chinese delegation might be going to Washington this week and perhaps sign the deal this Saturday. Is this true? A: I would like to refer you to the Ministry of Commerce. Q: On December 30 EST, another round of consultations were held in the UN Security Council on the draft resolution on political settlement of the Peninsula issue proposed by China and Russia. Can…

Indonesia Protests to China Over Border Intrusion Near South China Sea

JAKARTA — Indonesia said on Monday it had protested to Beijing over the presence of a Chinese coastguard vessel in its territorial waters near the disputed South China Sea, saying it marked a “violation of sovereignty”. The boat trespassed into Indonesia’s exclusive economic zone off the coast of the northern islands of Natuna, Indonesia’s foreign ministry said in a statement. It did not say when the incident occurred. “The foreign affairs ministry has summoned the Chinese ambassador in Jakarta and conveyed a strong protest regarding this incident. A diplomatic note…