Profit over principle: Apple appeases the Kremlin

An armed man, believed to be a Russian soldier, stands on guard outside a military base in Perevalnoye, near the Crimean city of Simferopol, March 21, 2014. Russian shares fell sharply on Friday as investors took fright at tougher than expected U.S. sanctions against President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle over Moscow’s seizure of Crimea from Ukraine. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov (UKRAINE – Tags: POLITICS MILITARY) Apple recently altered the labeling on its weather and map apps to show Crimea as part of the Russian Federation for users inside Russia. An outcry duly…

Francis Joyon arrives in Vietnam >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News

(December 4, 2019) – Francis Joyon and his crew on the 31.5m IDEC SPORT maxi-trimaran completed Act 2 of the IDEC SPORT ASIAN TOUR, establishing a reference time for the 3975nm route between Mauritius and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. After setting a new solo record time for the Mauritius Route last month, the holder of the Jules Verne Trophy and winner of the last Route du Rhum arrived in Vietnam this morning after 12 days, 20 hours, 37 minutes and 56 seconds at sea. Francis Joyon left Mauritius…

South China Sea crisis: How Beijing’s military plan could fall apart amid Trump clashes | World | News

Chinese President Xi Jinping has been determined to assert his country’s dominance over the waters and has subsequently tried to enforce the controversial Nine-Dash Line claim in the region. At the centre of the disagreements are various island clusters such as the Spratly Islands and the Paracel Islands. Beijing has had particularly tense relations with Vietnam and the Philippines over islands in the region. China has destroyed natural land in the region and filled the void with colossal aircraft carriers, an environmental cost deemed worth it by Beijing as the…

China news: How Beijing’s ties with Putin could see US power crumble | World | News

This week, a new gas pipeline running 1800km between China and Russia commenced operation as the five year old project is finally completed. Also known as the ‘Power of Siberia’ pipeline, the new development brings President Donald Trump‘s two biggest political adversaries yet closer together as China and Russia confide in one another amid their own ongoing tensions with the West. Russia President Vladimir Putin described the new gas link as a “genuinely historical event….for us, for Russia and China”. He added that the project “takes Russia-China energy cooperation to…

WION Edit: India vs China – battle for influence in Indian Ocean, Opinions News

The power game in the seas is a challenging arena and India must realise the changing dynamics.  Strategic influence and trade supremacy – these battles will be fought on the Indian ocean. And the question is simple – is India ready for the final frontier? How does India compare with other countries, especially China? As always, numbers give perspective. According to the Global Firepower Index, the US tops the list, followed by Russia, China and India, but on the seas, China’s navy is the clear leader. One can check any…

China Tests New Undersea Vehicle for Marine Environment Monitoring

In November the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) announced that it had performed a 37-day trial in the South China Sea with the indigenously developed Haijing 2000 (Sea Whale 2000) AUV and covered a total distance of approximately 2,000 kilometres. The prototype Sea Whale 2000 autonomous underwater vehicle seen during at-sea trials in November (Picture source: Chinese Academy of Sciences) China has tested a new autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) for monitoring the marine environment in the South China Sea, according to the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The AUV, Haijing 2000, was…

China challenge could be just the thing to pull NATO together

Speaking this week during a two-day meeting in London to mark the organization’s 70th anniversary, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance needed to start taking “into account that China is coming closer to us.” “We see them in the Arctic, we see them in Africa, we see we see them investing heavily in European infrastructure and of course investing in cyberspace,” Stoltenberg said of China, adding that this was not “about moving NATO into the South China Sea.” His comments come as a dispute between French President Emmanuel Macron…

Edgardo Gomez, national scientist, dies at 81

NATIONAL SCIENTIST. Edgardo Gomez, a national scientist, died at 81 on Sunday (Dec. 1, 2019). Gomez was able to steer the world’s first national-scale assessment of damage to coral reefs that led to the widespread concern over the status of coral reefs. (Photo courtesy of DOST) MANILA — National scientist (NS) Edgardo Gomez, founder-director of the University of the Philippines’ Marine Science Institute (UPMSI), died at 81 on Sunday. “The UPMSI announces with deep sadness the demise of our beloved founder, who established the field of marine science in the…

Are China’s ‘Unsinkable Aircraft Carriers’ in the South China Sea In Trouble?

China’s island outposts in the China Seas might have a major weakness. Since 2013 the Chinese government has dredged and mostly destroyed ecologically delicate reefs in disputed waters in order to build seven major military bases complete with ports, airstrips and radar and missile installations. The islands function as unsinkable aircraft carriers and help to cement Beijing’s claims on waters rich with fish and minerals, waters that neighboring countries also claim. “If the terraforming no longer makes headlines, it is because it is largely complete,” The Economist stated. Perhaps the…