CNOOC Ltd sets course to double its reserves

CNOOC Ltd, the exploration and production division of China National Offshore Oil Corporation, is poised to double its proven oil and gas reserves within seven years — a target that will require the company to make massive discoveries similar to its Lingshui gas find in the South China Sea, with proven reserves of more than 100 billion cubic metres. To achieve this, the company will have to take on riskier and more expensive exploration work, going into deeper waters farther from shore to tap complex reservoirs with extremely high temperatures…

Vietnam asks China and Philippines to restrain in South China Sea

The parties involved need to comply with the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) and not to complicate the situation in the waters, foreign ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang told the press Thursday. She asked countries not to further tension and not to take over unoccupied structures in the waters. “Behave responsibly and contribute practically and positively to peace and stability in the region,” Hang said. She affirmed that these are necessary actions while countries are looking for peaceful solutions to disputes in…

Everett Alvarez Jr. trained in Kingsville. Then he was a POW

CLOSE Retired Navy Cmdr. Everett Alvarez Jr. was only 26 when he became a POW. A grandson of Mexican immigrants, he said he would still enlist. Rachel Denny Clow, Corpus Christi Caller-Times KINGSVILLE — Everett Alvarez Jr. enlisted in the United States Navy at 22 because he wanted to fly. He had no idea that four years later in 1964 he would be shot down from an aircraft and be captured and tortured by Vietnamese soldiers. “You think you know everything, and then you quickly realize you don’t know much at…

Today in History: March 14

Today in History: March 14 by Staff Reports | March 14, 2019 12:29 am Last Updated: March 14, 2019 at 4:30 am 44 BC – Casca and Cassius decide, on the night before the Assassination of Julius Caesar, that Mark Antony should live.313 – Emperor Jin Huaidi is executed by Liu Cong, ruler of the Xiongnu state (Han Zhao).1381 – Chioggia concludes an alliance with Zadar and Trogir against Venice, which becomes changed in 1412 in Šibenik.1489 – The Queen of Cyprus,…

Why America is re-engaging with the Pacific

Our strategic interests in the Pacific Basin are both historic and undeniable. Yet for many years they have been sorely neglected. Let us first look at what has brought us collectively to this point on the world time clock. In 1776, the same year the U.S. Declaration of Independence from the British Crown was being signed in Philadelphia, Captain James Cook set out from England on a voyage that would take him to a group of islands in the North Pacific in January 1778. The archipelago we now know as…

China’s growing presence in Indian Ocean a challenge for India: Navy chief Lanba | India News

LONDON: China’s growing presence in the northern part of the Indian Ocean is a challenge for India but New Delhi is keeping a close eye on the deployment of Chinese ships and submarines in the region, Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba has said. Admiral Lanba, who is on a four-day visit to Britain, also said that no nation has invested as much as China in shipbuilding. The growing presence of the Chinese navy in the Indian Ocean where it already acquired a logistic base at Djibouti has aroused concerns in…

U.S. sends bombers over disputed South China Sea for second time in 10 days

The U.S. has sent B-52 bombers near disputed islands in the South China Sea, the U.S. Pacific Air Forces said Thursday, the second such mission over the contested waterway in 10 days. The Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) said in a statement that the two B-52s had taken off from Andersen Air Force Base on the U.S. island territory of Guam, and participated in “routine training missions.” “U.S. aircraft regularly operate in the South China Sea in support of allies, partners, and a free and open Indo-Pacific,” the statement said. The…

The class act that is Vigan

The class act that is Vigan Luckily, or shall we say, serendipitously, I have had the chance to visit the city of Vigan as often as I could because of my shared interest with former Mayor Eva Singson Medina on culture and heritage. My love for history and culture is no secret as I always say which explains why I keep coming back to this beautiful city. But there is one more very important component that I purposely combine with this love for history and culture and that is…

DFA chief Locsin to visit China

DFA chief Locsin to visit China Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) – March 14, 2019 – 3:58pm MANILA, Philippines — Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro “Teddy” Locsin Jr. will undertake a four-day official visit to China next week, the Department of Foreign Affairs announced Thursday. This will be his first visit to China since assuming the top DFA post in October last year. Upon the invitation of Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Locsin will be in China from March 18 to 21. “Secretary Locsin and his Chinese counterpart will…