Abilene Sailor featured in photo fixing fighter jet | KTAB

Posted: Aug 9, 2019 / 03:00 PM CDT / Updated: Aug 9, 2019 / 03:02 PM CDT Aviation Electronics Technician Airman Kimberly Caldwell, from Abilene, Texas, installs a radar beacon transmitter into an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 on the flight deck of the Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan, the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 5, provides a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of its allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy…

Philippines to protest against Chinese ships’ presence amid troubled ties, SE Asia News & Top Stories

MANILA • The Philippines will lodge a protest over the unannounced presence of two Chinese research vessels in its exclusive economic zone (EEZ), one of at least three diplomatic challenges in recent weeks amid a souring of relations. The protest comes ahead of President Rodrigo Duterte’s planned visit to Beijing this month, during which he has promised to raise Manila’s South China Sea international arbitration victory over Beijing with President Xi Jinping, having avoided confronting the thorny issue for three years. Historically frosty bilateral relations had warmed under Mr Duterte,…

Chinese ships have left disputed sea, says Hanoi | World | thenews.com.pk

Chinese ships have left disputed sea, says Hanoi HANOI: A fleet of Chinese ships has left Vietnam´s exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea, Hanoi said on Thursday, ending a tense month-long stand off in the resource-rich waterway claimed by both sides and others. A Chinese survey vessel and several accompanying ships entered the waters around the Spratly Islands early last month, drawing ire from Hanoi, the US and the EU over Chinese increasing aggression in the resource-rich seas. Hanoi on Thursday confirmed the vessels had left its exclusive…

Senator Calls for Probe into Possible Chinese Investments in Philippine Islands

A Philippine senator is seeking an investigation into potential Chinese investments on three islands in the northern Philippines, including one near a former U.S. naval base, saying this has “strategic security implications” for the country. Meanwhile on Friday, the Philippine foreign secretary said his department lodged a diplomatic protest against Beijing after fresh reports emerged that Chinese survey ships and warships were spotted sailing through waters considered as Philippine territory. The protest was the second one lodged by the Department of Foreign Affairs in less than two weeks over alleged…

What happens when the world cannot rely on the US?

The watchword of the American security establishment since the cold war has been “credibility”. The idea is that if America is to maintain its status as a superpower and a world policeman, then its international commitments must be clear and believable. Anything less, it is argued, would leave America’s friends and foes confused. And confusion could lead to miscalculation, raising the risk of conflict. That prediction may now be coming true, as a number of regional conflicts flare up around the world — against a background of an incoherent and…

Chinese ships leave Vietnam waters

Chinese ships leave Vietnam waters HANOI: A fleet of Chinese ships has left Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone in the South China (West Philippine) Sea, Hanoi said Thursday, ending a tense month-long stand off in the resource-rich waterway claimed by both sides and others. A Chinese survey vessel and several accompanying ships entered the waters around the Spratly Islands early last month, drawing ire from Hanoi, the United States and the European Union over Chinese increasing aggression in the resource-rich seas. Hanoi on Thursday confirmed the vessels had left its exclusive…

World War 3: Australia urged to develop nuclear weapons or risk China invasion | World | News

Former high court judge Michael Kirby may have pleaded to the Australian government this week to sign up to a nuclear weapon ban treaty – but one prominent academic has suggested that Canberra will not survive without them. He puts Australia’s need for nuclear weapons down to China’s alleged growing aggression in the South China Sea and a recent lack of support from the US. Hugh White, who wrote Australia’s Defence White Paper in 2000, released a manifesto on what his country needs to do to survive amid growing tensions…

Palace wants ‘courtesy’ amid China ships’ illegal passage in Sibutu Strait |

Sibutu Strait, the Philippines’ southern tip. MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang on Friday demanded “courtesy” after Chinese warships reportedly passed through Philippine territory earlier this year without proper clearance from authorities. “We’re friends. We’re friends, (and) we provide each other with courtesies required of friendship,” Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said in an interview on the sidelines of the 118th Police Service Anniversary Celebration in Camp Crame, Quezon City. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana earlier said China did not ask for clearance before some of its warships passed through Sibutu Strait in the Philippines’…