China issues warning to US after warships pass disputed islands

BEIJING — This is your recent look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and are rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. CHINA ISSUES WARNING TO US NAVY SHIPS China’s foreign ministry has protested the presence of U.S. Navy ships in waters it claims and says it has warned them to keep away. Spokesman Geng Shuang said Friday that…

Philippines, Viet navy officials tackle maritime security

Philippines, Viet navy officials tackle maritime security Jaime Laude (The Philippine Star) – November 30, 2019 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — Key Philippine and Vietnamese navy officials met in Hanoi last Tuesday to discuss and address peacefully the two countries’ overlapping maritime claims in the hotly disputed Spratlys archipelago in the South China Sea (SCS). The meeting, dubbed as Staff-to-Staff Talks (STST) and the sixth of its kind held at the Vietnamese People’s Navy (VPN) headquarters in Hai Phong city, highlighted the strengthening of ties between the navies amid…

Typhoon Kammuri forecast for direct hit on Philippines with 150mph winds and 16in of rain | World | News

A super typhoon is a cyclone reaching winds of at least 150mph and is the equivalent of a major hurricane. Kammuri, called Tisoy by locals, is expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) by Sunday. The intense storm may bring continuous heavy rains over Luzon and eastern Visayas which could cause flooding and landslides in coming days. In an advisory, NDRRMC said Kammuri will bring “heavy damage to high-risk structures, unroof houses made of medium-strength materials, damage shrubbery, break or uproot large trees, and topple electric posts”. Source…

Goading the country to go to war

“The ship captain set a dangerous precedent.”   A Greek-owned tanker carrying a Liberian flag on its way to Longkou, China passed though the South China Sea on Sept. 30, 2019. The ship named Green Aura is owned by the Aegean Company and manned by a Filipino ship captain named Manolo Ebora with 22 Filipino crew members on board. Ebora is a reserve officer of the Philippine navy with the rank of lieutenant commander. According to Ebora, he purposely opted to pass close to the disputed Scarborough Shoal because of…

Expect more rain, 22 deg C temperature in the first 2 weeks of December, Singapore News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – More wet weather can be expected in the first two weeks of December with  temperatures falling to as low as 22 deg C, the weatherman said on Friday (Nov 29). This comes as the north-east monsoon conditions over the island since early this month are expected to continue till March next year, said the National Environment Agency’s Meteorological Service Singapore (MSS). In the first week of December, Singapore can expect a monsoon surge lasting from two to four days, bringing cloudy and occasionally windy conditions with periods of moderate to…

South China Sea fury: Beijing blasts ‘disruptor of peace’ US for ‘highly dangerous’ moves | World | News

A spokesman for China’s Ministry of National Defence accused the US of trespassing into the adjacent waters and airspace of China’s islands and reefs in the contested South China Sea. Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, the spokesman said the patrols were detrimental to regional peace and “highly provoking”. He warned the Chinese military remained on high alert and said Beijing would “take any necessary means” to safeguard national sovereignty and security. Ren Guoquiang said: “The United States is a violator of international laws and rules, a disturber of…

Asia Times | South China Sea tensions hot and getting hotter

The United States and China have doubled down on their struggle for dominance of the South China Sea and broader Indo-Pacific, as recent sea confrontations and fiery rhetoric threaten to escalate into conflict. Bolstered by its ever-expanding and rapidly modernizing Peoples Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), China has shown diminishing restraint in deterring, intercepting and seeking to exclude American naval assets from its claimed adjacent waters. Boasting one of the world’s largest maritime fleet, with an armada of para-military forces and vessels increasingly acting as force multipliers, the PLAN recently deployed…

China news: Killer attack drone in fearsome test as US arms race continues | World | News

A successful air-to-ground firing test was completed by a technology firm in China, marking progress in their development of the attack drone called Tianyi. Developer Tianjin Zhongwei Aerospace Data System Technology revealed the drone’s multi-purpose capabilities, stating that the device could be used to observe the surrounding areas from the sky as well as launch explosive close range assaults. Despite its small size, it can be used against armoured vehicles, as well as opposing personnel while being controlled by soldiers on the ground. The developers of the drone believe that…