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FPI / June 9, 2019 Geostrategy-Direct.com China has slowed down its military buildup in the South China Sea not because it has had a change of heart but because it believes its work is done, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff said. U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford. / AFP Beijing clearly “walked away” from a commitment it made to former U.S. President Barack Obama not to militarize the South China Sea, Dunford said in a May 29 address to the Brookings…

South China Sea dispute affecting marine life: analyst

MANILA – The Philippines and other claimants to the South China Sea must soon find an immediate agreement to address environmental issues amid China’s militarization activities. “We need to see something give. There has to be some progress made to build confidence, to create momentum toward a peaceful resolution or at least management. Fisheries management and environmental conservation is the most likely place for that to happen. It’s not going to happen at oil and gas or demilitarization,” said Gregory Poling, Director of the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative. In an…

Six sea turtles released into sea on World Ocean Day in south China

A total of six sea turtles were released into the sea after five months’ of intensive care at a protection center in Sanya City, south China’s Hainan Province, on Saturday to mark World Ocean Day.  “After our treatment and examination, including gastroscopy and b-ultrasound examination, we confirmed that they are in good condition. They can eat the bait in the sea and have no problem to eat live fish. So we released them. We need to make sure that they can live a normal life after returning to nature,” said…

The Pentagon’s Spoiling for a Fight, But With China, Not Iran – LobeLog

by Michael T. Klare The recent White House decision to speed the deployment of an aircraft carrier battle group and other military assets to the Persian Gulf has led many in Washington and elsewhere to assume that the U.S. is gearing up for war with Iran. As in the lead-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, U.S. officials have cited suspect intelligence data to justify elaborate war preparations. On May 13th, acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan even presented top White House officials with plans to send as many as…