‘Imaginary line in the ocean’ keeps the names of the Lost 74 off the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall

Gary Vigue died more than 50 years ago, but his brothers want his name to live forever. He earned it, they say. Glen and Scott Vigue want Gary’s name included on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., that somber, shiny black tribute with the names of 58,320 who died during the war. And they want the same for the other 73 men who were killed when the USS Frank E. Evans sank into the South China Sea minutes after it was accidentally rammed by an Australian aircraft carrier during nighttime training excercises.…

China is building a massive amount of warships

The U.S. Navy’s 2016 shipbuilding plan called for 355 ships needed to compete in an increasingly contested international environment. The acting Secretary of the Navy has promised the Navy’s new plan will be complete by Jan. 15, 2020, but by all accounts, the number of ships will be reduced to 304, allotting for the construction of 10 new ships per year, fewer than the 2016 assessment. Meanwhile, the Chinese Navy is increasing its naval presence – at a massive rate. The People’s Liberation Army Navy is gearing up for the…

China’s ‘dangerous’ South China Sea plan almost complete

The battle for the South China Sea is heating up. Vietnam. Malaysia. The Philippines. All have drawn lines in the sandbars against China. But it may already be too late. This past year, Vietnam stood its ground over the right to deploy an oil rig within its UN-mandated waters. Malaysia complained publicly of interference by the Chinese coastguard. The Philippines moved to secure its Scarborough Shoal islands. And, all the while, new nations have been joining the Freedom of Navigation pushback over Beijing’s claims to the South China Sea. China’s…

Indonesia Boosts Patrols After Chinese Boat ‘Trespasses’ in Its Waters

JAKARTA — Indonesia has increased patrols around islands near the disputed South China Sea after a Chinese coast guard vessel “trespassed” into Indonesia’s exclusive economic zone, authorities said on Friday. The Chinese vessel entered waters off the coast of the northern Natuna islands in mid-December, leading Indonesian foreign ministry to issue a “strong protest” and summon the Chinese ambassador in Jakarta. Speaking in Beijing on Tuesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang had said China had sovereignty over the Spratly islands and their waters and that both China and Indonesia…

China’s ‘dangerous’ plan almost complete

The battle for the South China Sea is heating up. Vietnam. Malaysia. The Philippines. All have drawn lines in the sandbars against China. But it may already be too late. This past year, Vietnam stood its ground over the right to deploy an oil rig within its UN-mandated waters. Malaysia complained publicly of interference by the Chinese coastguard. The Philippines moved to secure its Scarborough Shoal islands. And, all the while, new nations have been joining the Freedom of Navigation pushback over Beijing’s claims to the South China Sea. China’s…

M’sia not afraid of China retaliation over South China Sea claim

Malaysia is pushing ahead with its claim over sections of the South China Sea. Asked whether Malaysia feared retaliation from China, such as through tariff hikes, Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah did not budge. “If we feared that, we wouldn’t have submitted our claim,” he said at a press conference in Putrajaya today… To read the rest of the article, you need an active membership plan. Your membership expired on . Renew Membership Source link

Yields drop after U.S. kills top Iranian commander

By Karen Brettell NEW YORK, Jan 3 (Reuters) – U.S. Treasury yields fell sharply on Friday on safety buying after a U.S. air strike killed Iran Quds Force chief Qassem Soleimani, increasing tensions between the two countries. The Pentagon said on Thursday that Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack Americans in Iraq and the Middle East. Benchmark 10-year note yields US10YT=RR were last 1.821%, after falling as low as 1.795% overnight, which was the lowest since Dec. 12. They closed at 1.882% on Thursday. January 3 Friday 7:24AM New…

China releases footage of fighter jet ‘Flying Shark’ drilling on its second aircraft carrier

China‘s state broadcaster has released new footage of a warplane performing take-off and landing tasks from the country’s second aircraft carrier, which is based in the disputed South China Sea. Clips of the J-15 fighter jet, billed as the ‘Flying Shark’, drilling on the Shandong were shown by China Central Television Station less than three weeks after the domestically developed warship entered service in the southernmost part of China. The commission of the 50,000-tonne vessel came as Beijing faces tensions with self-ruled Taiwan as well as the US and regional…

Malaysia will continue its claims in disputed South China Sea area, says Saifuddin

PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): Malaysia will maintain its claim in the disputed South China Sea area despite China’s objection to Malaysia’s submission of the claim to the United Nations last month, says Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah. The minister said the ministry has expected Beijing’s move and described it as “normal”. “For China to object is something that we expect. This is normal. I’m not saying we are okay about it, but it is our claim and we will maintain that, ” he told a press conference at Wisma Putra here Friday…