Yang Hengjun: Chinese officials try to ‘break’ Australian writer with daily interrogations | Australia news

The detained Australian writer Dr Yang Hengjun is being subjected to daily interrogations with his arms and legs shackled, as Chinese security officials try to “break” him, his lawyers say, pushing for him to confess to unspecified allegations of espionage that potentially carry the death penalty. Yang, an Australian citizen and globally influential pro-democracy political blogger, has been held by China’s Ministry of State Security since being detained in Guangzhou in January. After months held in secret detention, Yang’s conditions of incarceration had eased, but sources with knowledge of his…

Indo-Japan fighter aircraft exercise in Japan in 2020

NEW DELHI: India and Japan have agreed to add a new element to their growing defence partnership by holding joint fighter aircraft exercise in Japan in 2020. This was decided at the maiden 2+2 Foreign and Defence Minister Dialogue held here on Saturday. India and Japan also in a subtle message to China on Code of Conduct (CoC) for Southern China Sea urged that CoC should be effective, substantive and consistent with international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. It should ensure freedom of…

All 16 leaders working to resolve India’s concerns over RCEP: Japan

New Delhi: Commenting on India‘s decision to not join the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), a spokesperson of the Japanese Foreign Ministry on Sunday said that all the countries of the grouping are working to resolve New Delhi‘s concerns over RCEP. “All the 16 leaders are working to resolve issues related to India on RCEP in a satisfactory way,” Atsushi Kaifu, Deputy Press Secretary in the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said here. His comments came a day after India and Japan held their first foreign and defence ministerial talks…

Depression alert in Arabian Sea as second low-pressure area forms

An anticipated second low pressure area has formed over the South-East Arabian Sea and adjoining Lakshadweep area, promising to send the North-East Monsoon to another peak over the next few days. The India Meteorological Department (IMD), New Delhi, has said the low could move to the West-North-West into East-Central Arabian Sea and gradually intensify into a depression over the next 3-4 days. Squally weather, high winds, heavy rain The IMD has warned of strong winds and squally weather over the Arabian Sea, the Lakshadweep-Comorin area and along and off the…

Sucking Sand To Save The Land (Or Make New Land)

November 30th, 2019 by Jennifer Sensiba  An artificial island built to be part of a bridge from Hong Kong to Macau. Image from Google Earth (used with permission). One day, there’s a ring of reefs in the ocean, or an atoll. Coral, fish, various invertebrates, and many types of plants call the place home. The next day, it’s raining sand. First, it starts to fill in the cracks and voids in the coral. Plants get buried, and then even some of the fish. As the…

India, Japan oppose China’s bid on South China Sea code

India has joined Japan to oppose China’s latest move to press the ASEAN hard to insert in the proposed Code of Conduct on the South China Sea certain clauses that would help it keep its rivals and other nations outside the region away from the disputed waters. New Delhi joined Tokyo to stress that the proposed Code of Conduct being negotiated by China and the 10 South East Asian nations “must not prejudice the rights and interests of the stakeholders using the South China Sea and freedoms of all states under international law”. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister S…