China Could Solve the South China Sea Challenge by Sinking U.S. Navy Aircraft Carriers

Key Point: Sinking U.S. carriers would be an act of war. Not a warning shot across the bows. Not a spy plane downed for crossing into Chinese territory. Not an accidental collision between an American patrol plane and a Chinese fighter. Admiral Lou Yuan is China’s Curtis LeMay. LeMay, the U.S. Air Force general who torched Japanese cities and later headed Strategic Air Command, was notorious for his bellicosity. In the 1950s and during the Cuban Missile Crisis, he tried to get the U.S. to launch a nuclear first strike…

Maritime continent weakens Asian Tropical Monsoon rainfall through Australian cross-equatorial flows

IMAGE: A new study reveals how maritime continent weakens Asian tropical monsoon rainfall through Australian Cross-equatorial Flows. view more  Credit: Moran Zhuang Cross-equatorial flows (CEFs) north of the Australia in the lower atmosphere play a pivotal role in mass, moisture and energy transport between the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, and serve as one of the crucial components of the Asian monsoon system. “CEFs have a profound effect on the weather and climate anomalies in Asia.” Said Moran Zhuang, a Ph.D. candidate from the Institute of Atmospheric Physics under the Chinese Academy…

South China Sea crisis: Beijing defied by Philippines in power move as tensions rise | World | News

PXP Energy Corporation in the Philippines has requested permission from the country’s Department of Energy to capitalise on the resource rich Malampaya gas facilities located in the South China Sea. However, Manila could also permit the company to exploit other gas prospects in the region, including the Sampaguita field located at Reed Bank, which lies in China‘s controversial waters claim known as the Nine-Dash Line. Malampaya fuels power plants with a combined capacity of 3000 megawatts, but resources in the region are expected to become increasingly scarce over the next…

Vietnam’s war on China’s South China Sea map has turned to apps — Quartz

Vietnam has fought Chinese territorial claims over the South China Sea on t-shirts and in a movie. Its latest battleground is phones and cars. Hanoi plans to inspect pre-installed navigation apps on Chinese smartphones such as Huawei and Xiaomi to make sure the maps used by their navigation apps do not include China’s controversial ”nine-dash line,” Bloomberg reported recently, citing Vietnam’s Tuoi Tre newspaper. Since October, Vietnam has also been barring models of Chinese cars for sale that come with navigation apps displaying that line, which China uses to lay claim to…

Asia Times | Vietnam drops a legal gauntlet in South China Sea

Vietnam has signaled it may take China to international arbitration over their South China Sea disputes, a move that would inevitably exacerbate Hanoi’s maritime tensions with Beijing and shift its stance more closely in line with the United States. Deputy Foreign Minister Le Hoai Trung, speaking at a conference in Hanoi, said last week that Vietnam was considering alternative measures apart from bilateral dialogue, including “mediation, negotiation, arbitration and litigation measures.” “The UN Charter and UNCLOS [the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea] 1982 have sufficient mechanisms…

China rules the waves and waives the rule

New Delhi [India], Nov 12 (ANI): China likes to assure neighbours and the rest of the world that it will never interfere with civilian freedom of navigation in the South China Sea. However, that hard-to-believe stance has been shown to be totally duplicitous as China’s naval and paramilitary forces stamp their authority over international waters and passageways. This became most apparent on 30 October when a Chinese warship accosted the oil tanker Green Aura as it sailed near the disputed Scarborough Shoal. The Greek-owned tanker, flying a Liberian flag, was…

Philippines’ PXP eyes Malampaya facilities for South China Sea gas project

MANILA (Reuters) – PXP Energy Corp said on Tuesday it has submitted an unsolicited proposal to the Philippines’ Department of Energy to develop and utilize the Malampaya natural gas facilities in the South China Sea for a planned integrated gas hub venture. The Malampaya gas-to-power project, developed and operated by Shell Philippines Exploration BV on behalf of joint venture partners Chevron Malampaya LLC and state-owned PNOC Exploration Corp, began commercial operations in 2001. Malampaya, which fuels power plants with a combined capacity of more than 3,000 megawatts, is expected to…

Confront Beijing in South China Sea: Top Defence and DFAT bureaucrat

HMAS Stuart conducts officer of the watch manoeuvres with HMAS Parramatta and HMAS Hobart while in transit (Source Dept of Defence) The transformation of the Indo-Pacific provides the opportunity to develop a range of productive relationships with emerging great powers, enhancing Australia’s own economic, political and strategic capability. This recognition has sparked a flurry of Australian engagement with major regional partners, including Japan, Malaysia and Indonesia – supported by an increased operational tempo for the Royal Australian Navy as it seeks to promote both a renewed and continuous Australian presence…

China’s Earth-Moon space economic zone venture

  China’s growth in space includes plans to build a space station by the early 2020s, a step towards more ambitious plans for the 2030s and beyond. (credit: CNSA) by Ajey LeleMonday, November 11, 2019 More than a decade ago, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, a scientist also known as the Missile Man of India who was also the 11th President of India, articulated the concept of Earth-Moon-Mars economy. His broad argument was that the Earth, Moon and Mars should be considered as single economic entity. At the 97th Indian Science…