Warfare’s next frontier might be the ocean floor — here’s why

Posted October 19, 2019 06:02:24 Photo: Currently militaries of all stripes are vulnerable on the ocean floor, but that could soon change. (US Navy) The Earth’s resources have long been a trigger for armed conflict — be it over oil, water, or food. Key points: The ocean floor is rich in minerals prized by the modern world Only 9 per cent of the seabed is mapped in high resolution This has been a blind spot for military strategists in the past But in the coming decades, conflicts over resources may…

MTRCB: ‘Abominable’ off Philippine theaters since Tuesday

MTRCB: ‘Abominable’ off Philippine theaters since Tuesday MANILA, Philippines — Due to a controversial scene depicting China’s disproven territorial claim, DreamWorks film “Abominable” has been pulled out of Philippine cinemas since Tuesday, the Movie and Tele­vision Review and Classification Board said in a statement sent to Pilipino Star Ngayon Thursday. “MTRCB understands the situation brought about by the movie ‘Abominable. We wish to assure the public that the said movie is already off the Philippine market effective October 15, 2019,” chair Rachel Arenas said. The said map shown in…

Carpio vows to continue fighting over South China Sea despite retirement

Last updated Oct 18, 2019 Supreme Court (SC) Justice Antonio Carpio on Friday (Oct. 18) has vowed to continue to fight China’s claims over the West Philippine Sea. Though he will miss being in the SC, Carpio said the issue will take up his time once he retires this October 26. “I will miss that but we have a bigger foe, we have China,” he told reporters. “So I think that will consume my time and I don’t think I will be longing to do other things,” he added. Once…

South China Sea news: Beijing’s secret deal sparks military fears | World | News

China has secured the rights to develop Tualagi commercially, leaving residents shocked and concerned about future use of the island. An agreement between a Chinese company and the Solomon Islands government has been reported to have been reached secretly by the New York Times. The company in question The China Sam Enterprise Group, is a state-owned enterprise with strong ties to the ruling Communist Party. The company is said to have secured a renewable 75-year lease with a focus on commercial development. However, the move has raised fears among residents…

Foreign Minister: More security funding needed to protect South China Sea from superpowers | Malaysia

Saifuddin said Malaysia lacks sufficient maritime assets to patrol its waters and watch out for incursions by foreign powers. — Bernama pic KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 17 — The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) needs more funds to protect the country’s marine interests from encroachment in light of escalating tensions between the US and China, the foreign minister said in Parliament today. Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said Malaysia lacks sufficient maritime assets to patrol its waters and watch out for incursions by foreign powers. “We have always called upon Asean countries to…

Malaysia considers boosting navy amid tensions in South China Sea

Malaysia’s Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah says his country needs to boost its naval capabilities to prepare for possible conflict in the South China Sea. ANDREA VERDELLI/AFP/Getty Images Malaysia needs to boost its naval capabilities to prepare for possible conflict in the South China Sea, its foreign minister said on Thursday, even as Southeast Asia’s third-largest economy pursues non-militarisation of the disputed waterway. Tensions have escalated in recent weeks, especially after a U.S. Navy destroyer sailed near islands claimed by China last month as a challenge to what the U.S. Navy…

We need bigger ships to face ‘giants’ in South China Sea, says Saifuddin

Foreign Affairs Minister Saifuddin Abdullah says Malaysian warships are ‘fewer and smaller in size’ compared to others patrolling the South China Sea. (Reuters pic) KUALA LUMPUR: Foreign Affairs Minister Saifuddin Abdullah conceded today that Malaysia needs more naval assets to face the “giants” involved in disputes over the South China Sea. He said Malaysia has placed boats to safeguard its waters but they are “fewer and smaller in size” compared to those of other nations. “Our warships are a lot smaller than those from China’s Coast Guard,” he told Ismail…

Henry Kyle Frese: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Facebook/Kyle Frese Frese pictured on his Facebook page in 2015. Henry Kyle Frese is the Petagon counter-terrorism analyst who is accused of leaking documents related to North Korea and China to CNBC’s Amanda Macias and another reporter. Macias was his girlfriend, according to court documents and social media posts. Matthew Keys was the first to identify Macias as “Journalist 1” in the complaint and MSNBCs’ Courtney Kube as the other. Keys also named North Korea as the country in question in the criminal complaint. A criminal complaint filed on October…

Nuclear submarine surfaces in ’embarrassing’ South China Sea incident

An enormous Chinese nuclear submarine has been involved in an “embarrassing” incident in the South China Sea. The 11,000-tonne Type 094 Jin Class sub emerged suddenly among a Vietnamese fishing fleet operating off the Paracel Islands, around 300km from its home base at Sanya on the Chinese island of Hainan. It is a highly unusual event that has sparked speculation over whether it was a deliberate act of intimidation or an accident. The ballistic-missile carrying nuclear submarine is designed to remain underwater for months on end without detection, and deter…