Hong Kong doctors mull medical strike amid coronavirus outbreak — Quartz

From our Obsession Even small changes in China have global effects. Benjamin So is a 27-year-old doctor in Hong Kong. He usually works in the internal medicine department of Queen Mary Hospital, located on the southern coast of the city with sweeping views of the South China Sea. Right now, however, he’s holed up in a hotel room nearby in self-imposed quarantine—and preparing for a strike. The coronavirus epidemic is unfolding in Hong Kong at a volatile time. After months of large-scale protests, public trust in the government is at…

The Mekong Delta is in danger as waters dry up

For months now, a single, rare Irrawaddy river dolphin, apparently entangled in a fishing net and disoriented, has been spotted in Southeast Asia’s struggling Mekong River, far from its normal habitat in northern Cambodia. Conservationists are scrambling to come up with a plan to help the critically endangered animal before it’s too late, but time is running out. Dolphins sometimes play metaphorical roles in Cambodian folklore. This one, astray and fading, could be an analogy for how the Mekong has lost its way. As the fate of the dolphin hangs…

Navy No. 1 stresses improved IT, cybersecurity on ships in Navy of the future

Written by Jackson Barnett Jan 30, 2020 | FEDSCOOP Acting Sectary of the Navy Thomas Modly said Wednesday he plans in a “couple days” to submit to the sectary of Defense his plan to build the Navy of the future, which will rely heavily on improved IT communications and cybersecurity on ships. Modly stressed the need to think beyond just ships in the Force Structure Assessment, the Navy’s plan to grow its fleet to 355 vessels up from the roughly 290 it has today. Cybersecurity is an emerging domain of warfare that Modly said he is focused on, particularly…

Japan’s quick action on Dr M’s oil spill request | Daily Express Online

Japan’s quick action on Dr M’s oil spill request Published on: Friday, January 31, 2020 By: Bernama Kuala Lumpur: Japan has taken quick action on a request by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe for joint collaboration between the two countries in oil spill response, especially in the South China Sea. This manifested in a five-day workshop held in Port Klang last week between the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) and the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) that saw the concurrent deployment for the first…

Is This Picture How China Takes Over the South China Sea?

Key point: The bases constitute a threat to U.S. military dominance in the Pacific.  In recent years the People’s Republic of China has laid claim to ninety percent of the South China Sea, buttressing this claim by creating artificial islands with dredging equipment. These claims run roughshod over Beijing’s neighbors, which have competing claims. The discovery in 2016 that China had militarized these artificial islands was not exactly surprising, but just how useful are these islands in defense of China’s strategic goals? China’s campaign to militarize the South China Sea began…

China Locked Down 50 Million People and Has to Keep Them Fed

BEIJING — Carrying permits demanding “fast passage,” truck drivers rushed a 560-ton shipment of disinfectant from eastern China to Wuhan, the locked-down city of 11 million people at the center of a vast effort to contain a new viral disease. Outside the metropolis in central China, the cargo was shifted to local trucks with drivers in masks and protective suits, part of a tightly controlled flow of food and other supplies through checkpoints that have blocked most access to Wuhan since Jan. 23. As global anxiety about the new virus…

Germany identifies fifth case of coronavirus

BERLIN, Jan 30 (Reuters) – German health officials said on Thursday they had identified the country’s fifth case of the coronavirus in an employee working at the same firm as the other four infected individuals in the southern state of Bavaria. “This concerns an employee at the company in Starnberg at which the other four known cases work,” said Bavaria’s health ministry in a statement, adding further details would be made available on Friday. (Reporting by Madeline Chambers Editing by Chris Reese) Source link

Philippines retires former US minesweeper that earned five battle stars in the Korean War – Pacific

Philippines retires former US minesweeper that earned five battle stars in the Korean War The Philippine Navy has decommissioned a former U.S. minesweeper that was built during World War II and earned five battle stars in the Korean War. The corvette BRP Rizal was retired Wednesday by the Philippines as part of a move to save money on maintenance costs and to make way for new ships, according to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper. It is among several “aging vessels” that Philippine Vice Adm. Robert Empedrad said are…

Understanding Australia’s evolving and competing strategic priorities

Stephan Frühling’s second piece in a series of analyses delves into Australia’s role in an evolving geostrategic paradigm and the need for Australia’s next Defence White Paper and supporting Force Structure Review to identify and account for shifting strategic priorities in a period of regional disruption. Australia as both a continent and a nation is unique in its position, enjoying relative geographic isolation from the flashpoints of global and regional conflagration of the 20th century. Blessed with unrivalled resource wealth and industrial potential, the nation has been able to embrace vastly different…

Change South China Sea to Asian Sea

We are happy that the brilliant Justice Antonio Carpio is back with his column “Crosscurrents.” Ordinary lawyers, including those in government, should read his Jan. 23 column, “Why great powers comply with arbitral rulings,” and understand that asserting our national rights will not necessarily lead to war. I suggest that we initiate moves to change “South China Sea” to “Asian Sea” so that the world will know that it does not belong to China but to all the countries in the region. If our national leaders will not help us,…