Iran reaches out to China with visa-free entry offer ‘within weeks’ amid tensions with US | World | News

Officials are targeting a groundbreaking increase to two million Chinese visitors per year, up on the 52,000 that visited the Middle Eastern nation last annum. Tehran has been plunged into economic crisis after sanctions were imposed by US President Donald Trump in the wake of the Iran nuclear deal fallout. The US has denied Iran access to financial resources which has plunged the country within inches of debt and recession.  Iran’s GDP is set to shrink by six percent this year and the deal with China is a brazen attempt to build…

Hainan to create artificial reefs for fishing in South China Sea – Society & Culture

HAIKOU, July 16./TASS/. The Hainan ocean technology company Pusheng has begun setting up fishing reefs southwest of the island’s coast. According to the company representatives, these artificial objects are made of stainless steel frames. To implement the project, a sea area of ​​350 hectares is allocated approximately 15 km off the coastline, where small islands for fishing will appear, the total area of ​​which will be 200,000 square meters. The program is aimed at forming a new type of economy in the region by applying the latest technologies and introducing innovative business practices.…

Chimera: The hegemonic transition to China

The hegemonic transition from the UK to the US was peaceful and promised normative continuity. The hegemonic transition to China will be conflictual and accompanied by a shift in the normative paradigm. On Feb. 17, 1941, Henry Luce published his essay, “The American Century,” in Life Magazine. He meant, of course, the 20th century, during which the US established the basis for its international leadership in all areas, and called on the government to end its isolationism, assume leadership and get involved in the war to defeat fascism. Now, 80…

Beijing builds a huge ship to ‘safeguard’ its largest outpost in disputed South China Sea

Beijing builds a huge ship with 8,000 tonnes of displacement to ‘safeguard’ its largest outpost in disputed South China Sea The vessel was built for Chinese city of Sansha on contested Woody Island 220 miles off China’s Hainan, the island is also claimed by Vietnam and Taiwan The ship is designed by Beijing to transport supplies to the far-flung settlement State-owned manufacturer says the ship will help guard the waters for Beijing By MailOnline Reporter Published: 12:53 EDT, 16 July 2019 | Updated: 13:16 EDT, 16 July 2019 China has built a…

Vietnam Doesn’t Threaten U.S. Interests as China Does

July 16, 2019 1:58 pm ET A woman sells rice at a street side shop in Hanoi, Vietnam, April 5. Photo: luong thai linh/Shutterstock Regarding your editorial “Why Vietnam Loves Donald Trump” (July 11): You correctly point out that while the bilateral trade deficit will decrease with China because of the focused tariffs, the total trade deficit is not being affected. The deficit is just being redirected to other low-cost producers like Vietnam, Taiwan, South Korea and Mexico. However, that should be acknowledged to be a positive. The latter nations…

US to aid Philippines in ‘evidence-based’ drug war

US to aid Philippines in ‘evidence-based’ drug war MANILA, Philippines — The United States remains committed to working with the Philippines on “evidence-based” approaches to reducing drug demand and sharing information to address the drug problem in ways that will respect human rights and the rule of law, the US State Department’s top diplomat for East Asia said yesterday. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs David Stilwell said the Philippines and the US face the same challenge of illicit drug use. “We remain committed to…

Mint boss saysTrump’s debts a big factor in gold surge

The ETF listed last August just as the gold price fell below $US1200 an ounce for the first time since January 2017, but in June it broke through the $US1400 mark for the first time since 2013.  Money printing Mr Hayes said it appeared entrenched at that higher level for the time being in a great boost for the Australian gold sector, and exchange rates were helping to push the local price past $2000 an ounce for the first time. The mint, which refines more than 3000 tonnes of gold…

More rainy days expected for the rest of July: Met Service

SINGAPORE: Expect more rain in the second half of July compared to the previous fortnight, said the Meteorological Service Singapore on Tuesday (Jul 16).  In its media advisory, the Met Service said that widespread thundery showers, at times heavy, are expected on two to three days over the next two weeks due to “large scale wind convergence over Singapore and the surrounding region”. Advertisement Advertisement READ: ‘They ask us if we can make it stop raining or make it rain’: Life as a weather forecaster in Singapore There could also be a few days of short thundery…

Army Green Berets busy working with partners in China’s neighborhood

The United States wants to be the preferred military partner for the countries surrounding China, and the Army’s 1st Special Forces Group has been working that angle for decades. But this year has seen new lines of effort. From deploying a response team to Sri Lanka after the Easter Sunday bombings, to kickstarting a new Mongolian trainer force, to training with Philippine troops to retake islands from a peer adversary in the South China Sea, 1st Group has been busy. “The fundamentals remain the same,” Col. Owen Ray, commander of…

Vietnam says will defend sovereignty in its waters with determination

“Vietnam holds sovereignty and jurisdiction over areas in the East Sea as defined by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, signed in 1982. Therefore, all activities of other countries in Vietnam’s waters must comply with the convention and Vietnam’s laws,” Le Thi Thu Hang, spokeswoman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said Tuesday, referring to recent developments in the waterway. Hang said all activities by foreign countries in Vietnamese waters without Vietnam’s permission are worthless and a violation of the nation’s waters, international laws and the…