How should China respond to melting glaciers and rising sea levels? | News | Eco-Business

The ocean in peril Rising sea levels are one of the main dangers of climate change. According to the IPCC, if greenhouse gas emissions continue, sea levels will rise a further 60-110 centimetres over and above the 15-centimetre rise seen in the 20thcentury. That would see large expanses of land lost in low-lying regions, forcing coastal communities from their homes and causing huge economic losses. Some island nations may be lost. Major cities threatened by rising sea levels include Mumbai, Shanghai, New York, Miami, Bangkok and Tokyo. A rise in…

Did Chinese Warships Surround USS Ronald Reagan In The South China Sea?

A user of the social media site Sina Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter, has published a satellite image that appears to show U.S. aircraft carrier, the USS Ronald Reagan, surrounded by at least seven Chinese warships. Normally, U.S. carriers are escorted by other warships in a carrier battle group that will include guided-missile cruisers, destroyers, frigates, a supply ship and even a couple of submarines. This image shows that the USS Ronald Reagan was alone near the contested waters of the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. A spokesperson for the U.S.…

Diplomacy should settle this problem someday

  SCARBOROUGH Shoal – also known to us as Panatag and Bajo de Masinloc – keeps popping up in news about disputes and conflicts in the South China Sea. It is a group of reefs and rocks around a lagoon, a rich fishing area long frequented by fish­ermen from many nations. China claims the shoal by virtue of a 1279 Yuan Dynasty map. The Philippines claims it with a 1734 map showing it under the sovereignty of Spanish Philippines. In 1949, China produced a map claiming as its territory…

Global Hong Kong protests ahead of October 1

Tomorrow marks a crucial event for China — the 70th anniversary of the communist rule. Beijing is planning one of the most grand and tightly choreographed military parades in its history, all part of President Xi Jinping’s desire to showcase China as an almighty global superpower of the 21st century. But to the country’s south, millions-strong protests in Hong Kong — sparked by a controversial extradition law — have morphed into a 17-week demonstration against the very image China is trying to project. It’s the last thing the Chinese government…

Vietnam justified in defending its rights in Vanguard Bank in South China Sea

New Delhi: Vietnam has rightfully protested Chinese aggression in Vanguard Bank in the South China Sea region and Hanoi has alleged that Chinese ships have violated sovereignty, sovereign rights and jurisdiction of Vietnam under United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Vanguard Bank, the westernmost reef in the resource-rich Spratlys, sits within Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf, but Beijing says it falls within the “nine-dash line” it uses to claim sovereignty over more than 80 per cent of the South China Sea (SCS). On July…

Taiwan orders markets, schools closed as strong typhoon approaches

YILAN, Taiwan: A typhoon will hit northern Taiwan later on Monday (Sep 30), meteorologists said, shutting financial markets and schools as airlines cancelled dozens of flights amid warnings of floods and high winds on the island. Typhoon Mitag, categorised by Taiwan’s weather bureau as the second-strongest typhoon level, was expected to approach the coast of the northeastern county of Yilan with maximum winds of 162kmh. Advertisement Advertisement It was moving across the ocean in a north-northwesterly direction at 27kmh, weather officials said, and could gain strength as it approaches the…

Cooperation source of prosperity and stability in SE Asia

Government officials from China and ASEAN countries pose at the opening ceremony of the 16th China-ASEAN Expo in Nanning, capital of South China’s Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn] The white paper, China and the World in the New Era, released on Friday describes how throughout its rapid economic development, China has interacted with the rest of world and proves that China’s development is a boon to the regional as well as global economies. Cooperation between China and Southeast Asian countries has played a significant role in China’s…

New challenges confront China’s Communists at 70

BEIJING (AP) — President Xi Jinping has an ambitious goal for China: to achieve “national rejuvenation” as a strong and prosperous nation by 2049, which would be the 100th anniversary of Communist Party rule. One problem: Donald Trump wants to make the United States great again too. The emerging clash between a rising power and the world’s dominant one is front and center in a new set of challenges that the Chinese Communist Party faces as it celebrates 70 years in power on Tuesday. The party is all but sure…

China anniversary: Military parade brings out the big guns

Image copyright Getty Images China will hold one of its biggest ever military parades on Tuesday as part of its celebrations for 70 years of Communist Party rule, and Beijing is promising to show off a host of new home-grown weaponry. What equipment might we see on display, and why does China now have the second biggest military budget in the world? What is planned for 1 October? The military parade – part of a huge day of celebrations – will take place in Tiananmen Square in front of officials,…