South China Sea crisis: Beijing accused of laser attacks on Australian military aircrafts | World | News

Australian Defence Forces have been increasingly targeted by hand-held lasers and military insiders blame the attacks on small Chinese fishing vessels sailing in the seas below. Earlier this year Australia’s Defence Department confirmed one of their helicopters had been targeted while travelling over the South China Sea. The incident forced pilots to temporarily return to their ship for medical check-ups, Australia’s ABC News report. The Defence Department have said attacks of this kind are on the rise, particularly in the South China Sea. A spokesperson said: “ADF personnel operating on…

NASA analyzes Kammuri’s heavy rainfall

Instantaneous surface rain rates (mm/hr) associated with Typhoon Kammuri derived from the Dual-polarization Radar onboard the GPM core satellite at 18:27 UTC 29 November 2019 (3:27 am Palau Time, PWT, 30 November) when the storm was moving westward through the central Philippine Sea. GPM showed areas of moderate to heavy rain (shown in yellow, orange and red, respectively) organized into loose bands rotating around the northern and western side of the storm.   Image from NASA GSFC using GPM data archived at https://pps.gsfc.nasa.gov/. NASA provided analyses of Typhoon Kammuri’s heavy rainfall…

ICC junks ex-Philippines execs’ complaint vs China’s Xi

ICC junks ex-Philippines execs’ complaint vs China’s Xi Pia Lee-Brago (The Philippine Star) – December 6, 2019 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — Citing lack of jurisdiction, the International Criminal Court (ICC) has junked the case filed by two former Philippine government officials against China’s leader.In March, former foreign affairs secretary Albert del Rosario and former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales filed a complaint against Chinese President Xi Jinping over China’s environmentally destructive activities in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), particularly its building of artificial islands. Del Rosario and…

Chinese fishing vessels suspected of increasingly common laser attacks on Australian military

Posted December 06, 2019 01:20:33 Photo: Australian pilots of MHR90 helicopters were targeted with lasers earlier this year. (Airbus Australia Pacific, file) Hand-held lasers are increasingly being used against Australian Defence Force assets, with military insiders blaming small Chinese maritime militia vessels for the dangerous tactic. Key points: Pilots were targeted on a night-time flight over the South China Sea earlier this year But Defence said no “military-grade lasers” were used against Australian Navy or Air Force units in the past year One academic suspects fishing boats are being used…

Vietnam reiterates sovereignty over Spratly, Paracel archipelagoes

A satellite image depicts an aerostat-shaped object on Mischief Reef, November 18, 2019. Photo courtesy of ImageSat International (ISI). “Vietnam has full legal basis and historical evidence to affirm its sovereignty over the Spratly and Paracel Islands. Vietnam requests that relevant parties respect the sovereignty, sovereign rights and jurisdiction rights of Vietnam,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said at a press meet. She said Vietnam also asks all parties to seriously obey international law and make responsible contributions to maintaining security, safety, peace and stability in the East…

ICC says it cannot act on complaint vs China’s Xi over actions in South China Sea

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 5) — The International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor said it cannot act on a complaint filed by former Philippine officials against Chinese President Xi Jinping and other Chinese officials over Beijing’s alleged incursions in the South China Sea for lack of jurisdiction. In its report on its preliminary examinations released Thursday, the ICC prosecutor said it cannot act on the complaint because the alleged crimes against humanity committed by Chinese officials happened in the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ), which is not part of a…

US-Australia outfit launches bid to keep China out of Subic Bay

MANILA — U.S. private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management and Australian shipbuilder Austal have made a formal bid for the Philippines’ largest shipyard in Subic Bay, which has also attracted Chinese interest. Executives close to the deal have told the Nikkei Asian Review that the offer was still subject to negotiations with creditors of the shipyard, which collapsed earlier this year after its owner — the local unit of South Korea’s Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction — defaulted on $1.3 billion in loans. The initial offer was “reconfirmed this month,” a senior source close to…

China Is Deploying Airships in the South China Sea

China is deploying airships in the South China Sea. An Israeli satellite imagery company has posted a photo of an aerostat – a tethered balloon – floating over a Chinese island-base in the disputed region. “For the first time, #China‘s aerostat, probably for #military #intelligence-gathering purposes, seen by #ISI at #Mischief Reef,” tweeted Imagesat Intl. The use of #aerostat allows China a continuous situational awareness in this resource-rich region.” Mischief Reef is an atoll enclosing a lagoon to the east of the Spratly Islands. China has constructed an artificial island…

The Rise of Chinese Neo-Imperialism

In recent world history, there has been “colonialism” and then what was termed “neo-colonialism,” which was first coined by the Ghanaian leader Kwame Nkrumah. The first stage of colonialism was based more on the establishment of colonies which was to be for the economic benefit of the colonial power. The colonies would supply the colonial power with the raw materials which were used to manufacture those goods which were then sold to the colonies, creating a dependency between both the colonial power and the colonies themselves. In contrast to colonialism,…