Planned joint oil, gas exploration more favorable to China’

Planned joint oil, gas exploration more favorable to China’ Lawrence Agcaoili (The Philippine Star) – November 11, 2019 – 12:00am WASHINGTON – The planned joint oil and gas exploration between Manila and Beijing in the West Philippine Sea is more advantageous to China, an influential defense think tank said. RAND Corp. senior defense analyst Derek Grossman said in a meeting with visiting Filipino journalists that the planned joint activity would not work due to sovereign issues. “The joint exploration for energy resources is probably not gonna work out. It…

Transcript: Robert O’Brien on “Face the Nation,” November 10, 2019

The following is a transcript of an interview with National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien that aired Sunday, November 10, 2019, on “Face the Nation.” MARGARET BRENNAN: Joining us now to weigh in on Syria and more is the President’s National Security Adviser, Robert O’Brien. Good morning to you, Mr. Ambassador.  NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER ROBERT O’BRIEN: Good morning, MARGARET.  MARGARET BRENNAN: You just heard Charlie lay out a very complicated landscape. Diplomacy means talking to your friends and to your enemies and having difficult conversations. But you just heard everything Charlie…

Stealth Fighters, Hypersonic Missiles and Aircraft Carriers: China’s Military Has Arrived

Key point: America’s technological advantage is decreasing. Aircraft carriers, stealth fighters, anti-satellite weapons, drones, cyber attack technology and a growing arsenal of ballistic missiles are all among a series of Chinese weapons said to present serious concerns for Pentagon leaders and weapons developers, according to DoD’s annual China report. The Pentagon 2018 report, called “Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China,” details a broad spectrum of risks to include global economic expansion, massive military modernization and breakthrough weapons technology able to threaten US superiority. While of course…

South China Sea likely to be high on Asean agenda when Vietnam takes chair – South China Morning Post

South China Sea likely to be high on Asean agenda when Vietnam takes chair  South China Morning Post South China Sea fury: Secretive Beijing in new drone tests – but won’t reveal why or where  Express.co.uk Jackie Chan cancels Vietnam trip over China sea row  The Independent South China Sea: Top secret underwater drone tested in disputed waters by Beijing  Infosurhoy View full coverage on Google News Source link

Should China Police the Strait of Hormuz?

Through the course of 2019, the United States has been to the brink and back with Iran more than once. First, several oil tankers came under attack. Next, a (rather expensive) U.S. drone was shot down by the Iranians in late June. Then came the attacks against the Saudi oil facilities in September. Washington’s myriad hawks are hopping mad that the Pentagon has not been permitted to teach Tehran a devastating lesson in response to its mischief. American credibility the world over, they contend, has been jeopardized. Doves and non-interventionists,…

South China Sea news: Beijing tests out new drone in waters but won’t reveal why or where | World | News

The autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) Sea-Wahle weighs 200kg and is 3m (9.8ft) long. The mission path has not been revealed but the drone travelled over a distance of 1,250 miles, enough to cover the Paracel and Spratly Islands, which make up  part of China’s territorial claims, and return to the naval base in Sanya. An announcement by the programme team led by Dr Huang Yan of the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ robotics institute said: “Sea-Whale 2000’s development is to meet the long-term deep-sea mobile survey needs in the South China Sea. He…

Celebrate Asia: North Borneo Railway steam train in Sabah

Fancy stepping back into the colonial charm of British North Borneo? A distinctly memorable way to enjoy Borneo’s verdant greenery is to indulge in the luxury of steam train travel aboard the North Borneo Railway.  You would be enjoying the views from the vintage Vulcan steam engine, manufactured by the Vulcan Foundry Ltd, in Lancashire, UK – the last of a fleet of locomotives that have travelled across Borneo since the 1880s. Advertisement Advertisement A distinctly memorable way to enjoy Borneo’s verdant greenery is to indulge in the luxury of…

Jackie Chan cancels Vietnam trip over China sea row – The Independent News

– Advertisement – A row regarding Beijing’s expansive claims in the disputed South China Sea has affected martial-arts film star Jackie Chan’s trip to Vietnam for a charity. The visit which is due 10 November is for the support of Operation Smile, where children with facial disfigurements are given free surgery. Thousands of angry Facebook users flooded the charity’s official page after Chan’s visit was announced last week, causing the plans to be cancelled. Netizens accused Chan of supporting China’s historic justification for its territorial claims in the resource-rich sea,…