Scientists discover new ‘cold vent’ on ocean floor

Chinese scientific research ship Haiyang 6 returns to Guangzhou, Guangdong province, after completing its deep sea exploration on Thursday. [Photo by Xiao Xiong/For China Daily] Chinese scientists discovered an active “cold vent” in the South China Sea during a research voyage that concluded on Thursday. Cold vents are areas where methane, hydrogen sulfide and other hydrocarbons seep out off the ocean floor, providing a unique environment for organisms or the development of topographic features. Samples and data of organisms, water, gas and sediments were collected to further the study of…

Here’s A (Military) Solution to China’s Vast Claims in the South China Sea

Here’s another American solution to China’s claims over the South China Sea: offer long-range rockets to the Philippines. The United States and the Philippines have been discussing whether the Filipino military should buy the High-Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), a multiple rocket launcher used by the United States and other nations, according to the South China Morning Post. “If deployed, the long-range, precision-guided rockets fired by the system would be able to strike Chinese man-made islands on reefs in the Spratly chain,” the newspaper said. HIMARS is a lighter, more…

Heated power game plays out for Arctic Ocean resources

TOKYO — As the chill of the Arctic Ocean subsides and resources there become more accessible, countries are vying to exploit this largely untapped region. Fishing and energy top the list, with Japan, the U.S., China, Russia and the European Union already moving toward regulating the former. But the dynamics between the players is shaping up into a power struggle that reflects other events far from the Arctic. In a speech on May 6 during the 11th Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council in Finland, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stressed the need…

Indo-Pacific: US, Lanka to work together for peace, security in Indo-Pacific region

WASHINGTON: The US and Sri Lanka have resolved to work together to ensure a safe maritime domain in the Indian and Pacific oceans through a rules-based order that ensures respect for international laws and norms, amid the increasing Chinese influence over the strategically important region. The US and Sri Lanka’s joint statement came a day after US Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale and visiting Sri Lankan Foreign Affairs Minister Tilak Marapana held third US-Sri Lanka Partnership Dialogue in the American capital. “The United States and Sri Lanka…

China Has More Leverage Thank You Think in the Trade War

Chinese officials can twist laws and regulations to turn up the heat too. For example, they have used anti-monopoly law against foreign companies in ways that inhibited their business. In one famous case in 2013, Mead Johnson, Danone, and other foreign firms were heavily fined for supposed pricing infractions. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce at the time argued that the anti-monopoly probes “often appear designed to advance industrial policy and boost national champions” and “rely insufficiently on sound economic analysis.” Chinese regulators have already claimed one victim in the current…

Elderly fisherman lost at sea for six days found alive 150km away – Nation

MIRI: An elderly fisherman was found alive near the shores of Kuala Sibuti in northern Sarawak after being lost at sea for six days and having drifted 150km away. Aziz Jaffar Atahar (pic), 69, went missing on Monday (May 13) after he went fishing in the South China Sea from the fishing village of Kampung Jepak in Bintulu district. On Wednesday (May 15), his family lodged a police report after he did not return from sea. A search-and-rescue operation was deployed, with the Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department, Civil Defence…