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…

Tanker with 15500 tons of petroleum aground, Luzon South China sea – Maritime Bulletin

Post Views: 284 Product tanker CHEMITEC with 15471 tons of petroleum on board ran aground at night Dec 10 on Pangasinan province coast, western Luzon, Philippines, while en route from Brunei to Ningbo China. Grounding was caused by engine failure. Tug MTUG PROCYON (IMO 9005936) at her side as of 1730 UTC Dec 10. No info yet on hull breaches, leaks.Product tanker CHEMITEC, IMO 9446257, dwt 16976, built 2008, flag HK, manager SHANGHAI ANRITA SHPG CO LTD. Comments comments Source link

Why Mongolian Democracy Is Worth Defending

Peripheral Vision Why Mongolian Democracy Is Worth Defending Ellen Bork America’s allies in Asia will draw lessons from how Mongolia fares in the new era of U.S.-China competition. Published on: December 10, 2019 Ellen Bork is a visiting fellow at The Project 2049 Institute and a contributing editor at The American Interest. tweet facebook google+ email print Source link

HMS Prince of Wales joins Royal Navy • The Register

Now, about the history with the South China Sea… HMS Charlie Boy rocks up in Pompey. Crown copyright HMS Prince of Wales, second of the Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers, has been commissioned today at Portsmouth Naval Dockyard. Digitaries gathered in Portsmouth for the warship’s formal commissioning ceremony, the vessel having been formally handed to the Royal Navy by her builders yesterday. The Prince of Wales himself, Prince Charles, attended along with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. Captain Darren Houston, HMS Prince of Wales’s first commanding officer, read the commissioning warrant to…

Storm Kammuri hits South China Sea, rough seas expected

As of 7 a.m. on Wednesday the storm lay centered 480 km east-northeast of Southwest Cay Islet in Vietnam’s Spratly Islands with wind speeds of up to 115 kph, according to the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting. In the next 24 hours it is expected to move west-northwest at around 15 kph, centered 400 km to the north of Southwest Cay with winds of 90 kph on Thursday morning. In the next 48 hours the storm, the seventh to affect Vietnam this year, will turn south-southwest at 10-15 kph and weaken…

Fraudster or spy? Australia gets the jitters over China

Is Wang Liqiang a spy for Chinese military intelligence? Or is he a fraudster who cheated someone out of 4.6 million renminbi (£500,000) through a car import investment scheme and was trying to get away with it? That’s the question the Australian government and its intelligence agencies must confront. The story is being followed with intense interest not only by the public in Australia, but worldwide, amid rising concern about the spread of Chinese influence and the infiltration of universities, politics and business. Western diplomats say that Beijing’s long-term aim…

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying’s Regular Press Conference on December 10, 2019

Premier Li Keqiang will chair the 8th China-Japan-ROK leaders’ meeting in Chengdu, Sichuan on December 24. ROK President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will attend the meeting. This year marks the 20th anniversary of China-Japan-ROK cooperation, which witnesses fruitful outcomes. This meeting is aimed to improve bilateral cooperation for the decade to come and promote regional and world peace, stability, development and prosperity. Q: Will China hold bilateral meetings with ROK and Japanese leaders during the 8th China-Japan-ROK leaders’ meeting? A: As the host for this China-Japan-ROK…

Year of rough seas for PH in the face of belligerent China

MANILA, Philippines – Yes, the Chinese have been sneaking in and around the West Philippine Sea before, but in 2019, Filipinos faced empirical and visceral proof of China’s constant, widespread, and belligerent presence in Philippine waters. A Chinese ship that had all the markings of a military vessel sank a Filipino boat in the West Philippine Sea in June, abandoned the distressed fishermen in the cold of the night, and took time to apologize for it. Off the Mindanao backdoor, in the same month, an unauthorized Chinese aircraft carrier and…