No plans for missions to Mali, South China Sea

BERLIN Germany on Friday rejected media reports about proposed plans to send military missions to Mali and the South China Sea. There are “currently no concrete plans” for military operations, said Christian Thiels, a spokesman for the Defense Ministry in response to a question by Anadolu Agency. Thiels was referring to a report by the Hamburg-based Spiegel news magazine which referred to plans by the German army for two new foreign military missions in Africa and Asia. According to the news report, France has asked Germany to participate in setting…

South China Sea crisis: How the US could help Vietnam stop Beijing | World | News

China recently brought to and end a months-long standoff between themselves and Vietnam in the Vanguard Bank region, where a Chinese oil vessel had entered Vietnam’s economic exclusion zone. The Haiyang Dizhi 8, was speeding away from Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone towards China last month under the escort of at least two Chinese ships, according to data from Marine Traffic, a website that tracks vessels. It appeared to represent a victory for Vietnam, but Derek Grossman highlights that this actually could indicate that China have freer rein to transgress in…

Asia Times | China, Vietnam will never agree on South China Sea

China is ratcheting up pressure on Vietnam in the South China Sea, urging Hanoi to back away from its legal threat to pursue international arbitration over their festering territorial disputes. Geng Shuang, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman, said on November 8 that Vietnam “needs to avoid taking actions that may complicate matters or undermine peace and stability in the South China Sea as well as our bilateral relations.” Geng also stated that Vietnam would have to “face up to the historical fact”, by which he presumably meant that China’s claims…

South China Sea crisis: How US military overpowers China in the region | World | News

While the Chinese Navy continues to aggressively assert its authority upon other smaller nations in the South China Sea, military combat is something that Beijing is desperately trying to avoid as Beijing looks to build the ever-growing Chinese economy. Asian politics expert Professor Kerry Brown told Express.co.uk: “China doesn’t want an escalation with the US, they do not want any military fight.” “This is because they know they wouldn’t easily win. ore likely they couldn’t win because the capacity difference between their militaries is huge. “Secondly, China is still developing…

NDRRMC Update: Situational Report No. 13 re Preparedness Measures and Effects of Typhoon “Quiel” (I.N. Nakri) and Tail-End of a Cold Front (TECF), 15 November 2019, 6:00 AM – Philippines

l. SITUATION OVERVIEW On 05 November 2019, the Tropical Depression West Southwest of Iba, Zambales has entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) and was named “Quiel”. It has intensified into a Tropical Storm on the same day while moving eastward. “Quiel” and the Tail-End of a Cold Front brought moderate with occasional heavy rains over Northern Luzon particularly in Ilocos Region, Batanes, Cagayan and Apayao. On 07 November 2019, “Quiel” has intensified into a Severe Tropical Storm (STS) while moving slowly eastward. It became a Typhoon on 08 November…

Suspend Hong Kong status if China intervenes with forces: US panel

A protester tries to remove plastic items from a fire burning amid debris placed to block a road leading to the Cross-Harbour Tunnel in Hong Kong, on Nov. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan) WASHINGTON (Kyodo) — Congress should enact legislation to suspend the special economic status of Hong Kong ensured under U.S. law if China sends forces to crack down on protests in the territory, a congressional advisory panel said Thursday. Such legislation would apparently be meant to deter China from further…

Federal Thrift Savings Board Insists on Investing in China Stock

WASHINGTON—Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is taking action in the wake of the Thrift Savings Board’s (TSB) refusal to reverse its decision earlier this year to invest billions of dollars saved by federal employees and members of the U.S. military in Chinese firms connected to Beijing’s military research and development. “It’s unconscionable that the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board did not reverse their short-sighted—and foolish—decision to transfer the retirement savings of our service members and federal employees to the Chinese Communist Party,” Rubio told The Epoch Times on Nov. 14. “The…