Russian warship ‘Marshal Ustinov’ arrives in Cape Town for first-ever joint drill with Chinese, South African navies — RT World News

The Slava-class missile cruiser ‘Marshal Ustinov’ of the Russian Navy’s Northern Fleet has arrived at one of the world’s southernmost ports, South Africa’s Cape Town. It will take part in a joint exercise also involving China. The cruiser and two support ships reached South Africa’s co-capital after an almost five-month, 25,500-nautical mile (47,200 km) voyage from its home base in Severomorsk. The flotilla made stops in Algeria, Egypt, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Cape Verde and Equatorial Guinea, and took part in several sea exercises before reaching its South African destination on…

Asean-SoKor summit: Reg’l security up

President Rodrigo Duterte departed for South Korea Sunday night to attend the 2019 ASEAN-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit, where he is scheduled to hold talks with South Korean leader Moon Jae-in. READ: Duterte, Moon to meet in Busan From Davao City, the President headed to Busan, South Korea to participate in the commemorative summit from Nov. 25 to 27 that will be attended by other Southeast Asian leaders to discuss partnership and cooperation in areas of mutual concern. Duterte will hold talks with Moon in the afternoon on the sidelines of…

Chinese ambitions in the East China Sea

A few weeks ago, the Twitter account of the Chinese state-run newspaper ‘People’s Daily’ published a video showing Chinese students creating the shape of China in a choreography. The inclusion of the so-called nine-dash line and a few islands to the northeast of Taiwan raises questions about Beijing’s maritime ambitions again.  Currently, China claims vast territories of South East Asia, spanning virtually the entire South China Sea. Beijing symbolises these claims with a nine-dash line. Despite the ruling from the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, rendering the…

The South China Sea dispute in a state of turbulence

President Trump’s administration has increased the freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea region as a part of their dynamic force employment strategy. by Anwar A. Khan Lou Chan, deputy chief of the Chinese academy of military sciences, last month spoke at a military conference proposing an attack on two US aircraft carriers as a solution to the South China Sea crisis. The move would be a high casualty one claiming as many as 10,000 American sailors’ lives. Explaining his reasoning Lou said China’s anti-ship missiles are sufficient…

US says China trade talks threatened by violence at Hong Kong protests

The US wants to secure a trade deal with China by year’s end but can’t overlook violence in Hong Kong, a senior official has said. “We’re not going to turn a blind eye to what’s happening in Hong Kong,” Robert O’Brien, the head of the National Security Agency, said Saturday. Donald Trump said on Friday he warned Chinese President Xi Jinping that suppressing protests wil have “a tremendous negative impact” on attempts to end the trade war, now into its 16th month. Trump also said he could veto bipartisan US…

What exploded in the South China Sea?

“According to the information received from the Global environmental monitoring network, the South China sea recorded an increase in the level of background radiation in connection with the radiation incident. It is strengthened monitoring of the radiation situation in the adjacent border areas.” – According to the newspaper Ryukyu Simpo, on Monday evening, a resident of the Japanese island of Miyako found a cylinder on the shore with the inscription “uranium fuel rod.” The Governor of Okinawa Prefecture, Dani Tamaki, appealed for help from the self-defense forces. On Tuesday morning,…

Claims South China Sea rocked by ‘huge nuclear explosion’ dismissed by US

Reports a 10-20 kiloton nuclear explosion rocked the South China Sea have been dismissed by the US. Claims surfaced that oceanographic instruments had detected an explosion on a similar scale to when nuclear bombs were dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during the World War Two. Russian site Rospotrebnadzor reported it detected a “radiation incident” in the South China Sea. A statement from the organisation read: “Based on data received from the Global Environmental Monitoring System, there’s an increase in background radiation in the South China Sea…

U.S. warships sail in disputed South China Sea, angering China

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Navy warships twice sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea in the past few days, the U.S. military told Reuters on Thursday, at a time of heightened tension between the world’s two largest economies. FILE PHOTO: An aerial photo taken though a glass window of a Philippine military plane shows the alleged on-going land reclamation by China on mischief reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, west of Palawan, Philippines, May 11, 2015. REUTERS/Ritchie B. Tongo/Pool The busy waterway…