Thunberg’s radicalism won’t save planet and other commentary

Climate take: Thunberg’s Radicalism Won’t Save Planet The far-left environmental group Extinction Rebellion’s worldwide protests are a “first test” of whether political leaders will tolerate the radical turn demanded from Greta Thunberg and her allies, notes Bloomberg’s Leonid Bershidsky. The protesters demand that governments “treat climate change as an emergency and to take urgent action to cut greenhouse gas emissions.” World leaders have largely cheered Thunberg to date, but now her recent radical shift shows that many — like UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French…

U.S.-China Trade Talks Begin on Positive Note

WASHINGTON—U.S.-China trade talks kicked off amid expectations that Beijing’s emissaries are ready to offer compromises aimed at getting President Trump to hold off on tariff increases set to take effect next week and in December. Financial markets rose on prospects of any headway after five months of stalemate, and on the news Mr. Trump would meet on Friday with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He at the White House. Speaking to reporters Thursday evening, the president said, “We had a very, very good negotiation.” The meetings were conducted behind closed doors,…

New Philippine Military Chief Expects No ‘Shooting War’ Over South China Sea

The Philippine military backs diplomatic efforts to resolve tensions with Beijing over the South China Sea, the new commander of the armed forces said Thursday, casting doubt that war would break out despite Chinese forays into contested waters. While troops are expected to secure or defend Philippine sovereignty, “war is not a primary instrument in resolving international conflict,” Lt. Gen. Noel Clement told the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP) in Manila. “We support the government’s strategy in resolving this conflict through peaceful and diplomatic means, so as to…

ESPN Uses Illegal Communist Map of ‘China’ in NBA Report

The Disney-owned sports network ESPN aired the Communist Party’s preferred map of China during a broadcast Wednesday morning – a map an international legal tribunal ruled illegal in 2016 that violates the sovereignty of five different countries. The map is typically known as the “nine-dash line” version of the map of China due to its dubious dotted lines deep into the South China Sea, claiming parts of the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, and the entirety of Taiwan for the Communist Party. Reuters noted ESPN’s version included ten dashes and that…

How pollution is making lightning >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News

If your sailing course crosses shipping channels during inclement weather, this report on WIRED.com may give you a shock… literally. For all the progress humanity has made since Odysseus had a spot of trouble on a long voyage home, life on the high seas remains a largely joyless affair. Twenty-first-century sailors spend weeks away from home. The hours are long, the pay mediocre, the risk of calamity never quite over the horizon. And, researchers have recently learned, these men and women face a problem not even the King of Ithaca…

Taiwan’s national day highlights tensions with China

Taiwan’s first female president, Tsai Ing-wen, asserted yesterday in a speech marking the island’s national day that opposition to China’s “one country, two systems” solution — the same solution now proving so incendiary in Hong Kong — is “the overwhelming consensus among Taiwan’s 23 million people… regardless of party affiliation or political position.” This is not what China wants to hear. As the world nervously watches Hong Kong’s unraveling, a far bigger crisis is brewing in Taiwan, only a few hundred kilometers away. After decades of relative stability, tensions are…

China’s Threat to Free Navigation – Jewish Policy Center

USS Stethem sailing less than 12 nautical miles from Triton Island, which is claimed by China as well as Taiwan and Vietnam. (Photo: U.S. Navy) How did we go from assessments like “Beijing is a seriously overrated power,” and “China is a second-rate military power…in no position to matter much as a source of international political power” (“Does China Matter?” Foreign Affairs, September/October 1999) to the view that “the vast South China Sea has become one of the world’s most dangerous hotspots” (“Limits of Law in the South China Sea,”…

Building from Scratch: Rebirth of the Philippine Navy

In many respects, the navy that the Philippines is now building is a new one. By the 1990s, its old navy had fallen into such a state of obsolescence that it had no ships capable of fighting a modern naval battle. Indeed, with the exception of a single World War II-era destroyer escort, the navy had no vessel bigger than a 62-meter offshore patrol boat. But in the coming years, the Philippine navy will for the first time acquire the full spectrum of contemporary anti-air, anti-ship, anti-submarine, and electronic warfare…

Amphibious Ops, Air Defense Key in Philippines Exercise With U.S., Japanese Forces

Marine Lance Cpl. David Lancheros shares his knowledge about the engagement process of a FIM-92 stinger missile with Philippine Airman 2nd class Sherwin Faoeranga during a subject matter expert exchange as part of exercise KAMANDAG 3 at Colonel Ernesto P. Ravina Air Base, Philippines on Oct. 9, 2019. US Marine Corps Photo U.S. Marines are sharpening their amphibious skills right alongside amphibious assault vehicle crews of Philippine Marines and Japanese sea soldiers in a series of exercises that aim to tighten cooperation between the three nations. The Philippine-led exercise, known…