Pence warns of aggressive China, wants end to unfair trade practices

WASHINGTON (Kyodo) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday warned that China has become “even more aggressive and destabilizing” over the past year, while expressing a desire to end what Washington sees as unfair trade practices by the world’s second largest economy. In a speech at a Washington think tank, Pence criticized China on a range of issues, including its actions to “curtail” the rights of Hong Kong residents amid protest movements, its military assertiveness in the East and South China seas, and its failure to take…

US Army developing 1,000 mile ‘supercannon’ to counter Chinese military capabilities in the Pacific

The U.S. Army is working on what it believes could be a “game-changing” weapon in its efforts to counter advanced adversaries like China. The Strategic Long-Range Cannon (SLRC) project is aiming to deliver an artillery piece that can enable precision strikes from beyond a 1,000 miles away. The technology is still in its development stages but the Army hopes to test this artillery piece by 2023, according to the Washington Times. The technology behind the SLRC remains in development but is just one effort led by the Pentagon to equip its…

The tale of Jackson County’s (sort of) missing ship | History

By Jim Buchanan   In 1944 a ship bearing Jackson County’s name appeared. And then it seems to have disappeared. Of course, it didn’t actually disappear, but records of it have, if not disappeared, hidden themselves very, very well. As such, we don’t know what became of the ship. During World War II, bond drives helped fuel the war effort, and towns and counties were rewarded as best they could be by the government for their efforts. By surpassing its quota for the fifth bond drive of the war, Jackson…

SUB.CO to launch new subsea cable between Oman and Australia

2h | Natalie Bannerman SUB.CO has announced it has selected Subcom to build a new international subsea cable system that will directly connect Muscat, Oman to Perth, Australia. The new system, called Oman Australia Cable (OAC), will be the only express cable continental Australia and EMEA, delivering the first secure, diverse and low latency route between the two continents. Designed as a three fibre pair system, OAC has th option to upgrade to four fibre pairs based on demand and will span approximately 9,700km with additional branching units designed…

Chinese vessel leaves Vietnamese waters

A Chinese oil survey vessel that has been embroiled in a tense standoff with Vietnamese vessels in the South China Sea yesterday left Vietnamese-controlled waters after more than three months. The Chinese vessel, the Haiyang Dizhi 8, was speeding away from Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone toward China under the escort of at least two Chinese ships, according to data from Marine Traffic, a Web site that tracks vessels. China claims almost all of the energy-rich South China Sea, but Taiwan, Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam also have claims to…

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying’s Regular Press Conference on October 24, 2019

  Q: US House Speaker Pelosi tweeted on October 22 a photo with Jimmy Lai and Martin Lee and said that her “full support and admiration goes to those who have taken to the streets week after week in non-violent protest to fight for democracy and the rule of law in Hong Kong”. What’s your response? A: I don’t know if you have noticed that a few days ago, an American living in HK wrote an open letter to US Senators, saying that the Western world is not seeing the…

Malaysia bans a pro-China comic book. Is it really that dangerous?

A comic book has drawn the ire of many Malaysians. As a result, the Malaysian government has decided to ban it. Titled Belt & Road Initiative for Win-Winism, the comic book was a collaboration between a curator from the Asian Comic Cultural Museum Hew Kuan Yau and Malaysian comic artist, Tomato. But is it really that dangerous? It’s to do with China. Malaysian prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad had initially called off several Chinese mega-projects. Unless you’ve been living under a coconut shell, you would’ve probably heard of China’s Belt…

Chinese ship leaves Vietnam’s waters after disputed South China Sea surveys

HANOI (Reuters) – A Chinese oil survey vessel that has been embroiled in a tense standoff with Vietnamese vessels in the South China Sea left Vietnamese-controlled waters on Thursday after more than three months, marine data showed. FILE PHOTO: A general view shows JDC Hakuryu-5 drilling rig and supply vessels in the South China Sea off the coast of Vung Tau, Vietnam April 29, 2018. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov The Chinese vessel, the Haiyang Dizhi 8, was speeding away from Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone towards China on Thursday under the escort of…