NASA imagery indicates a dissipating Kalmaegi  

IMAGE: On Nov. 21, 2019, the MODIS instrument that flies aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite provided a visible image of Tropical Depression Kalmaegi as it was dissipating in the South China Sea…. view more  Credit: NASA Worldview NASA’s Aqua satellite captured an image of Tropical Depression Kalmaegi in the South China Sea as it was dissipating. On Nov. 20, Kalmaegi had crossed over Luzon, the northernmost island of the Philippines. The storm then moved into the South China Sea where it encountered stronger wind shear, winds that can tear a storm apart.…

Navy littoral combat ships in South China Sea to send message to China

Two US Navy Independence-class littoral combat ships — the USS Gabrielle Giffords and USS Montgomery — have been operating in the disputed waters of the South China Sea. US Defense Secretary Mark Esper says those operations have been stepped up to send a signal that China should “abide by international rules.” Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. The US Navy is strengthening its presence in the South China Sea by deploying two Independence-class ships specialising in near-shore operations. This deployment of the littoral combat ships suggested that the US…

Chinese magazine ‘accidentally’ reveals new top secret weapon

A state-run publication of the Chinese Communist Party’s People’s Liberation Army Navy has revealed a weapon that China likely did not want the world to see. The H-6N bomber featured in a centerfold portion of Modern Ships revealed a “carrier killer” missile often used by the hilariously acronym’d People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force, or PLARF. While China immediately claimed the missile is merely fantasy and computer-generated, Australian Strategic Policy Institute analyst Malcolm Davis and other defense analysts were quick to point out the threat such a missile poses to US…

[ANALYSIS] Will Vietnam take China to court?

In Hanoi, the buzz at the international conference on the South China Sea held first week of November was this: Will Vietnam do a Philippines and take China to court? The interest in this lingering question intensified as Vietnam’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Hoai Trung gave the strongest statement ever on a legal solution to its long festering maritime dispute with China. He said in his keynote address that “arbitration and international litigation” are options they are considering in the light of “serious violations” of its exclusive economic…

South China Sea not a place for super powers’ tussle

by BERNAMA/ pic by BERNAMA THE South China Sea should be turned into an area to strengthen cooperation, boost connectivity and firm up ties among regional communities, said Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu (picture). He said the South China Sea should not be a place of conflict and squabbles between the super powers of the world, but should continue to be safe, open and free to be travelled commercially by any quarter. “The South China Sea should not be seen as a source of conflict among nations. Any action which threatens…

US Offers Vietnam Coast Guard Ship to Help Patrol South China Sea

The United States will give Vietnam’s coast guard a second cutter vessel, U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced on Wednesday in the latest show of deepening security ties between Washington and Hanoi, who share a concern about China’s actions in the South China Sea. The offer of a cutter vessel, which will be delivered in 2020, follows Vietnam’s receipt of six patrol boats and equipment worth $12 million this year. The new security ship “represents another concrete symbol of our strengthening relationship”, Esper told students at the Diplomatic Academy of…