India plans 5,000-km range ballistic missile – india news

With the K-4 submarine-launched ballistic missile completing the development stage and ready for induction, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has gone back to the drawing board to develop a 5,000km-range submarine-launched platform that matches the surface-to-surface Agni-V missile, according to senior officials. The 5,000km-range submarine-launched ballistic missile will carry the same K-series label and will cover all of Asia, parts of Africa, Europe and Indo-Pacific including South China Sea, the officials added. While the details remain classified and the DRDO tight-lipped, the officials said that after testing the…

United States is on the brink of losing our long time friend and ally to China and Russia unless we act very soon

WHY MANILA MATTERS On March 12, 2019, I wrote: The Philippines and the United States have a very special and unique long-term relationship. Current President Rodrigo Duterte who is from Davao on the island of Mindanao has had a very different experience from previous Philippine presidents. Many Philippine leaders, both civilian and military, have studied in the United States. Pres. Duterte has indicated that members of his own family are Muslim and he has developed an adversarial relationship with the predominant Catholic Church in his nation. He has courted closer…

Vietnam Explores Increasing Foreign Military Cooperation to Resist China | Voice of America

TAIPEI, TAIWAN – Vietnam indicates in a recent defense white paper it will pursue stronger military ties abroad as China challenges its maritime sovereignty claims, and analysts expect that to mean more exercises with Western-leaning foreign powers and brisker purchases of foreign weapons. The Southeast Asian country will “promote defense cooperation” abroad to handle mutual security challenges, the Ministry of National Defense paper released in November says. As conditions are right, the English-language paper says, “Vietnam will consider developing necessary, appropriate defense and military relations with other countries … for…

‘Philippines-US relationship, truly special’ | Philstar.com

‘Philippines-US relationship, truly special’ THIS WEEK ON PEOPLEASIA – Babe Romualdez (The Philippine Star) – January 26, 2020 – 12:00am I can proudly say that Filipino-Americans estimated at 4.3 million are well appreciated all over the United States and in the communities where they live and work. The deep people-to-people ties that have grown stronger over the years make the relationship between the United States and the Philippines truly special.” This was the opening statement for my presentation titled “Philippines-US Relations in a Changing Indo-Pacific” at the lecture forum…

Race to exploit the world’s seabed set to wreak havoc on marine life | Environment

The scaly-foot snail is one of Earth’s strangest creatures. It lives more than 2,300 metres below the surface of the sea on a trio of deep-sea hydrothermal vents at the bottom of the Indian Ocean. Here it has evolved a remarkable form of protection against the crushing, grim conditions found at these Stygian depths. It grows a shell made of iron. Discovered in 1999, the multi-layered iron sulphide armour of Chrysomallon squamiferum – which measures a few centimetres in diameter – has already attracted the interest of the US defence…

With Its New Aircraft Carrier, Is China Now a Blue Water Navy? – The Diplomat

Advertisement On a cold bright morning in December 2019, the naval base in the city of Sanya in the Chinese southern island province of Hainan hosted an event that signaled a significant shift in the power projection capability of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). In a ceremony watched over by President Xi Jinping, China’s first indigenously produced aircraft carrier, the Shandong (Type 002), was commissioned into the fleet. Its development, construction, and acceptance into service took place at a frighteningly fast pace — the carrier was only launched in…

Duterte highlights Philippines-China ties in Chinese New Year message

Duterte highlights Philippines-China ties in Chinese New Year message Ratziel San Juan (Philstar.com) – January 25, 2020 – 12:43pm MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte said he hopes for stronger ties between the Philippines and China in his Chinese New Year 2020 message released on Saturday. “The fact that we are celebrating this event and embracing it as one of our own reflects the strong and inseparable bond that has been forged through centuries of friendly and beneficial relations between the Philippines and China,” read the president’s message published…

Readers critique The Post: What are these popular children’s books really about?

Although we read to our children and then encourage them to read independently, I suspect we adults are finding less and less time to read to ourselves. There’s work, and then more work, and, when we’re finally done, there’s the endless glow from our smartphones, devices that are portals to a bottomless web of information and disinformation from which we emerge both richer and poorer but decidedly less well-read. Yosef Lindell, Silver Spring In his article on the New York Public Library’s list of the 10 most checked-out books in…

Duterte Is Turning Philippines Into A More Corrupt And Less Democratic State

QUEZON, Dec. 17, 2019 — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks during the celebration of the … [+] 84th anniversary of the Armed Forces of the Philippines inside Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City, the Philippines, Dec. 17, 2019.(Photo by Rouelle Umali/Xinhua via Getty) (Xinhua/ROUELLE UMALI via Getty Images) Xinhua News Agency/Getty Images The Philippines is getting a more corrupt and less democratic state under President Rodrigo Duterte. That’s according to recent rankings published by international agencies. The Philippines is the 113 least corrupt nation out of 180 countries, according to the…