Philippines At Odds Between Chinese Investment and Maritime Security

YouTube screen grab Following the closure of Hanjin Heavy Industries (HHI) during the start of 2019, the Philippine government is faced with a dilemma that goes beyond the plight of 3,000 Filipino workers who were laid-off. The South Korean ship-building firm is in dire straits. It currently owes creditors around $1.3 billion of which $400 million of is to be paid to Philippine banks. Since starting its operations back in 2006 at the former US naval base in Subic where it occupied around 300 hectares of land, HHI has emerged…

China slams Pompeo over South China Sea claims

Outlook March 13, 2019 19:52 IST China slams Pompeo over South China Sea claims outlookindia.com 1970-01-01T05:30:00+0530 Beijing, March 13 China on Wednesday slammed as “irresponsible” claims by the top American diplomat that Beijing was blocking access to energy beneath the South China Sea. China’s Ministry of Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said that Beijing had started consulting Southeast Asian nations about resolving disputes in the South China Sea, and called on non-claimant nations to keep out of the discussions. “Nations in the region are capable of resolving and…

Phuket, Andaman coast issued ‘Summer Storm Warning’

PHUKET: The Thai Meteorological Department Southern Meteorological Center (West Coast), based near Phuket International Airport, has issued as “Summer Storm Warning” for all provinces along the Andaman coast. The warning, issued for tomorrow through next Monday (March 14-18) is for Ranong, Phang Nga, Phuket, Trang and Satun. “A high pressure system from China will cover upper Thailand and the South China Sea. In Thailand, temperatures will be hot, which can cause summer storms in many areas,” the warning said. “The Southern West Coast region (along the Andaman coast) will have…

China Says It’s Not the Reason Countries Are Buying the F-35 (It Totally Is)

A mockup of a Japanese F-35 at Hyakuri Air Base, Japan, 2014.Image: Eugene Hoshiko (AP) Foxtrot AlphaTech and news from the world of modern defense.   Countries across the Asia-Pacific are not—repeat not—buying the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter because of China. That’s from China’s hawkish Global Times—an arm of the newspaper run by the Communist Party of China—which assured readers this week that, while they may read stories that Australia, Japan, South Korea, and now Singapore are all purchasing America’s newest stealth fighter, it has totally nothing to do with them.…

US, U.K. and Japan scheduled to conduct submarine hunting exercise – News

US, U.K. and Japan scheduled to conduct submarine hunting exercise The U.S. Navy, Royal Navy and Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force are scheduled to start anti-submarine warfare drills Thursday for only the second trilateral exercise of its kind in the western Pacific. Patrol Squadron 16 will send a P-8A maritime patrol aircraft to operate alongside the Royal Navy frigate HMS Montrose and from the JMSDF the destroyer JS Murasame, a P-1 aircraft and a submarine, according to a Navy statement Tuesday. “The Royal Navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force,…

Beijing Calls US Behavior In South China Sea Irresponsible After Pompeos Remarks

The behavior of some faraway countries that undermine the situation in the South China Sea is irresponsible, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said on Wednesday, reacting to a statement by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo regarding recent developments in the region BEIJING (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – 13th March, 2019) The behavior of some faraway countries that undermine the situation in the South China Sea is irresponsible, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said on Wednesday, reacting to a statement by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo regarding…

Pair of US destroyers sail near disputed artificial islands in South China Sea – Navy

Pair of US destroyers sail near disputed artificial islands in South China Sea FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii — Two U.S. Navy warships sailed this week close to disputed islands militarized by Beijing in the South China Sea, the Navy said Monday. The guided-missile destroyers USS Spruance and USS Preble passed “within 12 nautical miles” of the Spratly Islands while conducting “freedom of navigation operations (FONOPS),” U.S. Pacific Fleet said in a statement. The operations came as the U.S. and China were set to begin trade negotiations Tuesday in…