MH370 SHOCK: UK aviation expert makes ‘remarkable discovery’ | World | News

MH370, which had been travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, disappeared on March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board. The Boeing 777 aircraft last communicated with air traffic control at 1.19am when the plane was flying over the South China Sea.Minutes later, it completely disappeared from civilian radar screens during a routine handover from Malaysia to Vietnamese radio channels. Analysis of radar and satellite data shows it suddenly changed course and flew back across Malaysia before turning south of Penang and then towards the southern Indian Ocean. Many theories have…

US shift on South China Sea ‘grey zone’ aggression signals stronger response ahead

The United States is expected to take more planned and pre-emptive measures in response to China’s “grey zone tactics” in the Asia-Pacific region, according to analysts from the US and Australia. The assessment follows a call on Wednesday by US Navy chief Admiral John Richardson for tougher action against “grey zone” aggression from Russia and China, as a way to prevent maritime tensions from escalating into full-blown conflicts. A conceptual space between peace and war, grey zone tactics involve coercive actions below a threshold that could typically prompt a conventional…

Spec Ops launches ‘secret surrogate’ missions in new counter-terror strategy

U.S. counter-terrorism missions will soon place more emphasis on a little-known Pentagon program designed to help “surrogate forces,” rather than traditional allied units that are dependent on U.S. training, advice and assistance. The shift comes as the Defense Department implements the 2018 National Defense Strategy, which prioritizes near-peer adversaries like China and Russia ahead of violent extremist organizations like the Islamic State. “This evolving counter-terrorism [CT] operation construct will place even greater emphasis on successful programs, such as the 127 Echo program, which provides us viable surrogate forces designed to…

Manila Undeterred by Chinese Ships Near South China Sea Isle

The Philippines said Friday it would persevere with construction work on a minuscule isle it claims in the South China Sea’s disputed Spratly chain, despite reports about a heavy presence of Chinese militia ships and forces in the area. Runway repairs and projects to improve safety facilities on Pag-asa Island were part of the Philippine government’s mandate, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said. “Having undergone careful planning and consideration, with full respect to international law and rules-based order governing civilized states, implementing these improvements is a legitimate undertaking, and well within…

China sent ships near Philippine-administered island, think tank says

Feb. 8 (UPI) — China may have been quietly responding to new Philippine construction in the South China Sea with deployments of ships from Subi Reef, according to the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, a project of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. According to AMTI this week, China has previously deployed a “large fleet” of ships from Subi Reef, more than 12 nautical miles southwest of Thitu Island, which the Philippines has been developing. Thitu Island was recently in the news. On Monday, Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin…

Cargo ship sinking in South China sea, towed to safety – Maritime Bulletin

Post Views: 209 General cargo ship DUC PHAT 66 issued distress signal at 0800 Hanoi time (UTC +7) Feb 8 in position 17 24N 107 04E, some 15 nm off Vietnam coast, reporting water ingress and asking for assistance. Two nearest fishing vessel were ordered to standby and assist if possible, later the ship, loaded with 1853 tons of rice, was towed to Cua Viet port, either by Vietnamese SAR ship, or by fishing vessel, not clear.General cargo ship DUC PHAT 66, IMO 8665533, dwt 1950, built 2008, flag Vietnam,…

Uruguay changes posture and calls for elections in Venezuela

Feb. 8 (UPI) — Uruguay officials have changed posture toward solving a crisis in Venezuela, and signed a declaration Thursday calling for Caracas to hold new elections as soon as possible. The support for immediate elections “with full guarantees” was a surprise because Uruguayan Foreign Minister Rodolfo Nin had earlier ruled out any conditioning to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to start dialogue, Uruguay’s El Pais reported Friday The International Contact Group said it will work with Venezuelan officials and other partners to “establish needed guarantees for a credible electoral process”…

What you’re not being told — RT Op-ed

Darius Shahtahmasebi is a New Zealand-based legal and political analyst, currently specializing in immigration, refugee and humanitarian law. A Republican senator has accused China of preparing for World War III. Like most of Washington’s statements concerning China, the lawmaker has completely ignored the US’ role in creating such a scenario in the first place. Just last week, Republican Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma made the allegation that China’s military was preparing for World War III. “It’s like you’re preparing for World War III,” he said during a Senate hearing focused…

Global tour by emerging designers projects China’s soft power through fashion

The southern Chinese city of Zhuhai is not your typical setting for an international fashion show. The port city in Guangdong province only began making global headlines last year with the opening of the world’s longest sea crossing – a mixture of bridges and a tunnel connecting Hong Kong with Macau and Zhuhai. Chinese traditional fashion has a makeover for Made in China 2025 That may be exactly why it was a fitting site for a recent fashion catwalk show featuring looks by designers from four continents. The designers did…