Tropical Weather-Pacific | National | wdrb.com

Tropical Weather-Pacific for Wednesday, December 25, 2019 ————— Eastern Pacific: There is no Eastern Pacific tropical discussion at this time. Western Pacific: Typhoon Phanfone moving farther away from west-central Philippines As of midday Wednesday, EST, Typhoon Phanfone, known as Ursula in the Philippines, is moving west-northwestward away from Calauit Island and is heading over the South China Sea. Phanfone has remained well organized in spite of land interaction and is still comparable to a Category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale. Leftover showery rain and gusty winds will continue…

The Weakness of U.S. Navy Intelligence and Surveillance in the South China Sea

News Analysis WASHINGTON—The Pacific forces of the United States and her allies face their greatest threat since the Soviet Union. That threat comes from China, which has been undermining the U.S.-backed global order for 20 years. But the United States is under-equipped for great powers competition, analysts said on Dec. 13 at the Hudson Institute.  In the western Pacific, in particular, America is not ready. In the space of the last two decades, China has transformed its military from a weak and limited force into one that can project power…

China releases first pictures of Shandong Chinese-made aircraft carrier a naval port in Sanya

The official website of the Chinese Ministry of Defense has published first pictures of the Shandong Chinese-made aircraft carrier a naval port in Sanya, China. China’s first domestically-made aircraft carrier Shandong (Hull 17) was officially commissioned to the PLA Navy at a military port in Sanya, South China’s Hainan Province, on the afternoon of December 17, 2019. Shandong Chinese-made aircraft carrier a naval port in Sanya. (Picture source China MoD) China is now one of the few countries in the world that have multiple carriers. Chinese President Xi Jinping attended the…

Duterte grapples with Chinese Golden Goose’s illegal eggs

Chinese workers illegally working at an unlicensed online gambling firm are arrested by authorities at an office building in Quezon City in this Dec. 19 photo. — BUREAU OF IMMIGRATIONS/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS By Norman P. Aquino Special Reports Editorand Arjay L. Balinbin Reporter WANG HONG, 29, was hooked on gambling. It came to a point that he had to borrow money from loan sharks — a couple of Chinese nationals like himself — so he could continue betting while at the Solaire Resort and Casino, the tallest hotel in the…

China shatters the illusion of a global order based on rules

When the Cold War ended, many pundits anticipated a new era in which geoeconomics would determine geopolitics. As economic integration progressed, they predicted, the rules-based order would take root globally. Countries would comply with international law or incur high costs. Today, such optimism looks more than a little naive. Even as the international legal system has ostensibly grown increasingly robust — underpinned, for example, by UN conventions, global accords like the 2015 Paris Agreement and the International Criminal Court — the rule of force has continued to trump the rule…

South China Sea standoff: US vs China naval power compared | World | News

The South China Sea is host to lucrative shipping lanes and trading ports, provoking President Xi Jinping to enforce a controversial Nine-Dash Line demarcation of what China deems to be its territory. The demarcation enforces a claim over all of the island clusters in the region and 90 percent of the South China Sea as a whole, but is deemed illegal by UNCLOS (United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea). This has angered smaller nations in the region such as Vietnam and the Philippines, both of whom are…

Kenya: The Next Nation to Fall Into China’s Debt-Trap Diplomacy?

With the stroke of a pen, United States President Donald Trump shut down the most significant energy project in the world. On Friday, Mr. Trump signed into law the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act. As soon as he did so, Allseas, the Swiss-Dutch engineering company laying pipe for the Russian-German Nord Stream 2 gas line project, stopped work. It’s an impressive demonstration of the massive economic power America only rarely uses. The law placed sanctions on any company involved in laying the pipes under the Baltic Sea between Germany and…

India must try to join the Vietnam-Australia party

Vietnam in Southeast Asia is one of the best growing economies in the region. The country has become an attractive destination for investments from all over the globe. The trade wars between the US and China have certainly contributed to this outcome. Since the US has stopped cooperating with China in a number of industries, the profitability of manufacturing in China has come down. As the general living standard has also increased, labour is cheaply available in other regions. This has motivated the manufacturers to find cheaper destinations, such as…

Storm Phanfone set to hit East Sea Wednesday night

If it does, it would be the eighth storm to hit the East Sea, internationally known as the South China Sea, this year. As of 1 p.m. Wednesday, the storm’s center was located directly above the central regions of the Philippines, with maximum wind speeds of between 115 and 135 kph. In the next 24 hours, the storm is expected to move west-northwest at about 15-20 kph, and hit the East Sea within this time frame. Phanfone’s center is expected to be around 420 km to the east-northeast of the…

Philippines typhoon brings Christmas Day misery | World news

Typhoon Phanfone has pummelled the central Philippines on Christmas Day, bringing a wet and miserable holiday season to millions. Thousands were stranded at shuttered ports or evacuation centres while others sheltered in rain-soaked homes as Phanfone crossed from one island to another for the second day. The typhoon toppled houses and trees and blacked out cities in the Philippines’ most storm-prone region. More than 10,000 people spent the night in schools, gyms and government buildings hastily converted into evacuation centres as the typhoon made landfall on Tuesday, civil defence officials…