Del Rosario: Suit vs Xi prompted HK ‘harassment’

NOW THERE ARE TWO. Former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales on Friday welcomes back to Manila former Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario who, like her, was not allowed to enter Hong Kong. —RICHARD A. REYES Another former high Philippine official who had filed a complaint against Chinese President Xi Jinping in the International Criminal Court (ICC) and a critic of Beijing’s aggressive actions in the South China Sea was denied entry to Hong Kong on Friday. Former Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said he was held for six hours inside an…

If We Do Nothing on Iran – N. Korea, China, and Russia Are Watching

Nationally syndicated radio talk show host, TV host, author and American lawyer (Screenshot) On his nationally syndicated radio talk show “The Mark Levin Show” on Thursday, host Mark Levin warned that if we do nothing on Iran – North Korea, China and Russia are watching. “So, what do we do?” asked Mark Levin. “Well, let’s say we do nothing. What happens if we do nothing? Iran will test us some more, but in more aggressive ways. North Korea – maybe they’ll test a few more missiles? China – maybe it…

Alberto Del Rosario decries harassment

Alberto Del Rosario decries harassment Alexis Romero (The Philippine Star) – June 22, 2019 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — What he experienced at the hands of Hong Kong immigration authorities “smacks clearly of harassment,” former foreign affairs chief Alberto del Rosario said yesterday as he stressed he is still allowed to use his diplomatic passport even if he is no longer in government. “No reason given for six-hour detention – smacks clearly of harassment. No regard as well for traveling with a diplomatic passport. Just landed,” Del Rosario said…

GE to build F/A-18 engines for Kuwait, U.S. Navy

June 21 (UPI) — General Electric Co. received a $24.8 million contract to build engines for F/A-18 fighter planes of Kuwait and the U.S. Navy, the Defense Department announced. The modification to a prior contract calls for 24 F414-GE-400 engines to be delivered to the Navy and 42 to the government of Kuwait by December 2020. Kuwait also will receive two spare and six test engines under the contract. Kuwait will underwrite 69 percent of the figure, or $17.5 million, under the Foreign Military Sales program. Work will be performed…

Fighter jets spotted on contested island in South China Sea

A satellite image obtained by CNN shows China has deployed at least four J-10 fighter jets to the contested Woody Island in the South China Sea, the first known deployment of fighter jets there since 2017. The image was taken Wednesday (local time) and represents the first time J-10s have been seen on Woody or any Chinese-controlled islands in the South China Sea, according to ImageSat International, which supplied the image to CNN. The deployment comes as tensions remain high in the South China Sea and Chinese President Xi Jinping…

Philippine Security Adviser Says Discussed South China Sea With Russias Patrushev

Philippine National Security Adviser and Director General of the National Security Council Secretary Hermogenes C. Esperon told Sputnik that he addressed the country’s dispute with China over the South China Sea at his talks with Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev on Friday MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – 21st June, 2019) Philippine National Security Adviser and Director General of the National Security Council Secretary Hermogenes C. Esperon told Sputnik that he addressed the country’s dispute with China over the South China Sea at his talks with Russian Security Council…

What Is the US Coast Guard’s Role in the Indo-Pacific Strategy?

The involvement of the United States Coast Guard (USCG) in Washington’s Indo-Pacific strategy is remarkably making headlines. For the first time, the USCG cutter Bertholf joined a U.S. Navy destroyer in crossing the Taiwan Strait last March to demonstrate U.S. commitment for a free and open Indo-Pacific. Relatedly, the same USCG vessel also conducted a maritime exercise with Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) vessels in the vicinity of Scarborough Shoal last month. Another vessel, USCGC Stratton, which is also of the same size and capability, is now deployed with the 7th Fleet…

US Media Claim Chinese Fighter Jets Landed on Disputed Island in South China Sea

The United States Navy has challenged Beijing’s claim to most of the South China Sea by sailing its vessels into what China considers its territorial waters. These ‘Freedom of Navigation’ operations were first launched in 2017 and have gradually become more frequent and met with censure from Beijing. CNN has published satellite imagery which appears to show that China has deployed fighter jets to the contested Woody Island in the Parcel Islands, in another apparent bid to assert its extensive maritime claims in the region. According to the images the…