PH, China Coast Guard to hold joint maritime exercises next week – UNTV News

The Black Nazarene is taken on a procession as Catholic devotees flock around to mark its feast day in Manila, Philippines, 09 January 2020. EPA-EFE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG MANILA, Philippines — This year’s Traslacion of the Black Nazarene moved faster than in previous years, according to authorities. From the starting point at Quirino Grandstand in Luneta, devotees were able to cross and reach Ayala Bridge and Palanca Street for almost five hours only specifically from 4:00am to 7:00am. This year, the Andas was escorted and surrounded by police personnel forming the…

South China Sea: Beijing set to unleash huge $100m spying vessel as conflict fears rise | World | News

According to the South China Morning Post, the boat will cost around $100m, or 676m yuan. It has been commissioned by the Guangdong Maritime Safety Administration and will weigh a staggering 10,700 tonnes. Reports suggest it will be able to carry out a series of vital operations, including emergency reduces and help tackle pollution. The vessel will also be large enough to have different types of helicopters on board. It has been estimated that the ship will be completed by September 2021. Song Zhongping, a Hong Kong-based military commentator, said:…

Indonesia will not negotiate its sovereignty in South China Sea

Arys Aditya, Philip J. Heijmans and Rieka Rahadiana, Bloomberg Published 9:47 am CST, Wednesday, January 8, 2020 Indonesian President Joko Widowo oko Widodo, Indonesia’s president, stands after reciting the oath of office during the presidential inauguration at the parliament in Jakarta on Oct. 20, 2019. Indonesian President Joko Widowo oko Widodo, Indonesia’s president, stands after reciting the oath of office during the presidential inauguration at the parliament in Jakarta on Oct. 20, 2019. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Dimas Ardian. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Dimas Ardian. Indonesian President Joko Widowo oko Widodo,…

Jokowi plays down stand-off with China in the Natunas

  JAKARTA (The Straits Times/ANN) – Indonesian leader calms fears over China’s actions while maintaining ties with country President Joko Widodo has played down the stand-off between Indonesian and Chinese vessels in the abundant fishing waters off the north-western coast of Borneo, prompting analysts to say he is trying to reduce tensions and maintain ties between the two countries. “I asked the Indonesian military commander, are there foreign ships entering Indonesian territorial sea? As it turns out, none,” the President wrote on Facebook on Wednesday, after visiting a military base on…

The Pacific must mean more than Korea rotations for the Army to counter China

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The first hurdle Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy has to clear when talking about his service in the Pacific is that there’s a bigger focus than the Korean Peninsula. While that always tense situation will remain an Army priority, the force has more troops dedicated to the Indo-Pacific Command than any other, including Europe, McCarthy told an audience of more than 100 at the Brookings Institution Friday. That’s all part of larger efforts to team with allies and partner militaries to better compete with China as…

Sea-going robot designed to deploy equipment in remote oceans

The new vessel was developed by AutoNaut, a Chichester-based firm that designs and builds wave-propelled unmanned surface vessels (USV). The robot has been specially adapted to carry and release an underwater Seaglider. These gliders carry a range of sensors to collect data for research on ocean processes that are important for the climate. These Seagliders are approximately the same size as a human diver, but can reach depths of up to 1,000m and travel the ocean by themselves for months on end, covering thousands of kilometres. However, they are difficult…

Indonesia asks Japan to invest in islands disputed by China

In this photo released Indonesian Presidential Office, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, center, inspect troops during his visit at Indonesian Navy ship KRI Usman Harun at Selat Lampa Port, Natuna Islands, Indonesia, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. (Agus Soeparto, Indonesian Presidential Office via AP) OAN NewsroomUPDATED 8:59 AM PT — Friday, January 10, 2020 Indonesia is asking Japan to increase its investment in fisheries and energy in islands near the disputed South China Sea. On Friday, Indonesian President Joko Widodo specifically requested Japan put more resources into its Natuna islands. This comes…

Chinese Ships Leave Contested Waters After Indonesia Sends Warships, Fighter Jets

The head of Indonesia’s armed forces’ information center told local reporters that Chinese ships have vacated the waters around the Natuna Islands located off the coast of Borneo, about 600 miles north of Jakarta. Major General Sisriadi said, “The Chinese vessels that have conducted illegal fishing have exited the [exclusive economic zone], after our president’s arrival in Natuna.” Indonesian President Joko Widodo had paid a visit to the area Wednesday where he had sent warships and fighter jets to assert Indonesia’s sovereignty in the region. The Islands have been an…

The 97km that frustrate China’s mastery of the Mekong

The Mekong nations — China, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam — are struggling to ensure sustainable development, jeopardising hundreds of millions of lives. (Photo: AFP) CHIANG KHONG: Ninety-seven kilometres of rocks in Thai waters stand between Beijing and dominance over the Mekong, a mighty river that feeds millions as it threads south from the Tibetan plateau through five countries before emptying into the South China Sea. China has long wanted to dredge the riverbed in northern Thailand to open passage for massive cargo ships — and potentially military vessels. Ultimately a…