Hong Kong’s Carrie Lam says she would ‘quit’ if she could, fears her ability to resolve crisis now ‘very limited’

HONG KONG: Embattled Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said she has caused “unforgivable havoc” by igniting the political crisis engulfing the city and would quit if she had a choice, according to an audio recording of remarks she made last week to a group of businesspeople. At the closed-door meeting, Lam told the group that she now has “very limited” room to resolve the crisis because the unrest has become a national security and sovereignty issue for China amid rising tensions with the United States. Advertisement Advertisement “If I have…

White House accuses China of ‘bullying tactics’ in South China Sea

August 20, 2019 – 8:59pm The White House accuses China of “bullying tactics” in the increasingly tense waters of the South China Sea and says it will resist Beijing on the dispute. “China’s recent escalation of efforts to intimidate others out of developing resources in the South China Sea is disturbing,” President Donald Trump’s national security advisor John Bolton tweets. “The United States stands firmly with those who oppose coercive behavior and bullying tactics which threaten regional peace and security.”   China’s recent escalation of efforts to intimidate others out of…

OVL seeks 2-year extension for exploring Vietnamese oil block

NEW DELHI: ONGC Videsh Ltd, the overseas arm of Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC), has sought yet another two-year extension to explore a Vietnamese oil block in the contested waters of the South China Sea. Officials said OVL has applied for a sixth extension to explore Block-128, the licence for which was valid till June 15, 2019. While India wants to maintain its strategic interest in the South China Sea, Vietnam wants an Indian firm to counter China’s interventions in the contested waters. The officials said OVL had in…

Marine, Army men awarded as outstanding Filipino soldiers – UNTV News

MANILA, Philippines – A joint operation conducted by units from the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has yielded the arrest of an alleged high-ranking official of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) in Quezon City. Authorities identified the suspect as Esterlita Suaybaguio, who was allegedly serving as secretary of CPP-NPA’s Metro Manila Regional Party Committee. By virtue of warrant of arrest and search warrant released by the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 89, government forces nabbed Suaybaguio in a…

Special Report: Hong Kong leader says she would ‘quit’ if she could, fears her ability to resolve crisis now ‘very limited’

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Embattled Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said she has caused “unforgivable havoc” by igniting the political crisis engulfing the city and would quit if she had a choice, according to an audio recording of remarks she made last week to a group of businesspeople. At the closed-door meeting, Lam told the group that she now has “very limited” room to resolve the crisis because the unrest has become a national security and sovereignty issue for China amid rising tensions with the United States. “If I have…

Duterte Was ‘Apologetic’ When He Brought Up Spratly Islands With China’s Xi

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is not a man who is easily intimidated but he seemed to have an almost apologetic tone in his words to Chinese President Xi Jinping over a United Nations arbitral ruling of 2016. That ruling went the way of the Philippines, denying China’s claims of sovereignty over the bulk of the South China Sea that includes the Spratly Islands located inside the Philippine’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ). One explanation is that Duterte felt obligated to raise the subject because he had promised to do so in…

Freighter carrying coal listed, contact lost, South China sea UPDATE – Maritime Bulletin

Post Views: 1,254 UPDATE: All crew rescued, ship’s status unclear, probably still afloat with heavy list. UPDATE: Latest reports said the ship sank, crew went into life rafts, still missing. Cargo ship with cargo of coal reported engine failure, developing list in South China sea in the afternoon Aug 29. According to local sources, contacts with vessel were lost, after receiving distress message, SAR under way. Annual subscription $750. For annual subscription, contact vmd@odin.tcSubscribe if you want to receive accidents news ASAP and in full. Comments comments Source link