Does A Foreign ‘Expert’ Have The ‘Solution’ To The Philippines Quandary With China In South China Sea? – Analysis – Eurasia Review

Most observers of South China Sea issues could not help but notice the recent public exchange between Bill Hayton, an “expert and scholar on the region”, and the Foreign Minister of the Philippines, Teodoro Locsin Jr. https://news.abs-cbn.com/spotlight/09/22/19/the-face-of-defeat-s-china-sea-scholar-urges-ph-to-raise-arbitral-win-before-un  The exchange focused on what the Philippines should do regarding China’s policies and actions in the South China Sea.  Hayton, a relative newcomer to these issues, is sure he has the answer.  ‘The Philippines should stand up to China.’ But his ‘solution’ is both arrogant and—according to Locsin—”ignorant”. Hayton argued that “Manila has…

China gives away over 620,000 TVs ahead of big military parade — Quartz

China wants images from its upcoming military parade to be inescapable. To that end, it’s given away over 620,000 TVs. The Communist Party of China will celebrate the 70th anniversary of its rule on Oct. 1, most notably with a parade expected to showcase some of the world’s most advanced missiles, drones, and other weapons. But what good is a massive display of power if not everyone sees it? With that in mind, authorities are donating the 32-inch LCD TVs—made by a domestic brand, of course—to ensure that poor Chinese…

Chinese parade a glimpse into military ambitions

BEIJING (AP) — A parade Tuesday by China’s secretive military will offer a rare look at its rapidly developing arsenal, including possibly a nuclear-capable missile that could reach the United States in 30 minutes, as Beijing gets closer to matching Washington and other powers in weapons technology. The Dongfeng 41 is one of a series of new weapons Chinese media say might be unveiled during the parade marking the ruling Communist Party’s 70th anniversary in power. Others include a supersonic drone and a robot submarine. The parade will highlight Beijing’s…

Possibility of war in SCS ‘totally remote’ — Teddy Locsin

Possibility of war in SCS ‘totally remote’ — Teddy Locsin Janvic Mateo (The Philippine Star) – September 30, 2019 – 12:00am UNITED NATIONS – President Duterte may have repeatedly warned that raising the arbitral ruling favoring the Philippine claim in the South China Sea may lead to a war with China. But for Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., the possibility of an armed confrontation between countries in the region, as well as those involving outsiders, is “totally remote.” Speaking before the United Nations General Assembly here in New…

China urges ‘calm and rational’ resolution to U.S.-Sino trade war

BEIJING (Reuters) – China hopes Beijing and Washington will resolve their trade dispute “with a calm and rational attitude”, Vice Commerce Minister Wang Shouwen said on Sunday, ahead of talks in two weeks between the two sides. The United States and China have been locked in an escalating trade war for over a year. They have levied punitive duties on hundreds of billions of dollars of each other’s goods, roiling financial markets and threatening global growth. A new round of high-level talks between the world’s two largest economies is expected…

Who Owns Underwater Internet Cables? – MIR

Deep below the sea rest the veins of modern life: internet cables. Over 750 miles of undersea cables anchored to the sea floor connect the world. These cables cross seas and oceans, traversing international waters and national boundaries. But in this era, more so than any other, knowledge is power. Ultimately, those who own these cables will be able to control and monitor the information that passes through them. Not bound to any one territory, who has the right to control these cables? Digital Gold Internet cables are protected as though they…

“The Outlaw Ocean” Plunges Us into a Sea of Crises

Coral reefs were not Ian Urbina’s thing. He got that they were colorful, that divers loved them, and that certain species needed them to survive. But, as the journalist writes in his new book, The Outlaw Ocean: Journeys Across the Last Untamed Frontier (August, 2019), “There was a time when I saw corals as little more than glamorized rocks.” That changed in 2017, when Urbina was reporting on a fierce effort to stop three oil companies from drilling off the coast of Brazil. Afraid that the drilling would endanger a 621-mile-long reef,…

China’s Navy To Unveil Large Underwater Robot

Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin The Fourth Industrial Revolution is unleashing a new generation of autonomous underwater robots that will fundamentally change the way future naval wars are fought. The U.S. Navy surely has an advantage, being slightly further along the development and doctrinal path than other less well-funded navies. But as is the nature of AI and robotics, it is a space where others can disrupt the established order of things. The New Chinese underwater robot is similar in size to the US Navy’s LDUUV.…