Russia war games: Black Sea Fleet fires terrifying cruise missiles in warning to ‘enemies’ | World | News

The crew of two Su-24M attack aircraft from the Black Sea Fleet’s naval aviation and air defence force simulated the enemy in the drills. These frigates are aimed at destroying the enemy surface ships and vessels, submarines and ground installations. They are armed with missiles which are able to strike targets from a distance of 2,600 km. The US defence officials have expressed concern about Kalibr’s long reach in the past. The fleet’s press office said: “In accordance with the combat training plan, the crew of the Black Sea Fleet…

Locsin jokes rising sea levels are the solution to China’s ‘illegal’ structures

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 11) — Foreign Affairs Secretary Tedoro “Teddy Boy” Locsin, Jr. on Wednesday shared how he once poked fun at the country’s sea dispute with China in one of the meetings of the United Nations Security Council. “[The Philippines] is way ahead of whites on climate change although at the UN Security Council I said the Philippines is ambivalent about climate change raising sea levels; it may be the final solution to the repeated taking of our reefs by China because the sea will swallow their…

South China Sea news: Beijing will not back down over territorial claims as tensions rise | World | News

The People’s Republic says that the entire waterway up to the coasts of the Philippines, Malaysia and Taiwan belongs to them, a claim rejected by an international court of arbitration in 2016. However, Beijing has never recognised this court ruling, saying the court’s resolution runs counter to international law. On Tuesday China’s deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, Wu Haitao underlined Beijing’s potion during a speech at the UN General Assembly. He said: “China’s territorial claims and claims to marine rights and interests in the South China Sea are…

Comprehension of the S-400 Crisis

Germany recently announced it will not join the French-led mission in the Strait of Hormuz. This is while, not long ago, Berlin’s lack of support for Paris’s position on “the brain death of NATO” became a hot issue. Berlin’s stance against Paris reinforces the assumption that maybe Germany, on the eve of Brexit, is trying to prevent France to become the dominant power in Europe. The assumption is largely reasonable, provided one does not forget that Germany, in a parallel action, benefits from the cooperation with France to challenge U.S.…

China vs USA: China orders all American computers to be trashed | World | News

The aim of the move is reportedly to increase China’s reliance on home-made technologies. But this is likely to hit US companies such as HP, Dell and Microsoft hard. Analysts at Jefferies say that US technology companies generate as much as $150bn a year in revenues from China. Paul Triolo of consultancy Eurasia Group told the FT: “The goal is clear: getting to a space largely free of the type of threats that ZTE, Huawei, Megvii, and Sugon now face.” This comes after US President Donald Trump’s administration banned US…

China watching US Air Force activity in South China Sea

US Navy missions in disputed waters may get more public attention but flyovers have important role to play, senior military officials say. US warplanes — including bombers, U-2s, and RQ-4 Global Hawk drones — regularly conduct “freedom of navigation” operations over the disputed waters. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. The US Air Force’s frequent activities over the South China Sea might not attract the same attention as the US Navy’s, but they still played an important role in negotiations with China, according to American air force officers. Gen. Charles Brown,…

From Trade War to Strait War: China Warn U.S. Stop Stretching its Muscles in the Contested Waters

Germany recently announced it will not join the French-led mission in the Strait of Hormuz. This is while, not long ago, Berlin’s lack of support for Paris’s position on “the brain death of NATO” became a hot issue. Berlin’s stance against Paris reinforces the assumption that maybe Germany, on the eve of Brexit, is trying to prevent France to become the dominant power in Europe. The assumption is largely reasonable, provided one does not forget that Germany, in a parallel action, benefits from the cooperation with France to challenge U.S.…

Dr. Edgardo Gomez (1938-2019) | Inquirer Opinion

National Scientist Dr. Edgardo Gomez was a man of many causes, and therefore many barkadas, rubbing shoulders with the world’s most respected marine scientists, but also always making time for generations of students whom he mentored and who are now renowned, in their own right, as scientists.At his funeral last Saturday, one of his former students and now professor, Dr. Gil Jacinto, recalled how Dr. Ed had visited when Gil was doing postgraduate work overseas. Dr. Ed insisted on staying at Gil’s tiny room… and sleeping on the floor! Let…