Senators to pursue VFA case before SC

MANILA, Philippines — Senators are pushing through with their bipartisan plan to question before the Supreme Court (SC) President Duterte’s decision to terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) between the Philippines and the United States without the concurrence of the chamber. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon over the weekend said he would join Senate President Vicente Sotto III and other administration senators in filing a petition that will question in the SC the President’s move to abrogate the military pact that lawmakers and defense officials have warned could seriously undermine…

US reveals warship that transited Taiwan Strait

The US warship that sailed through the Taiwan Strait on Saturday was likely the USS Chancellorsville. “The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville CG-62 conducts normal underway operations transiting from the East China Sea to the South China Sea,” the US Seventh Fleet said on Facebook late on Saturday. The post has four photographs showing the warship and its crew. However, it did not specify when the transit was made and if it was made via the Strait. The information was made public after the Ministry of National Defense said on…

South China Sea: Taiwan scrambles jets as Chinese military planes encircle island | World | News

China has often infringed on the territories of several countries in the South China Sea under its ‘nine-dash line’ policy. Under the policy, China claims several islands and waters that are within the territorial boundaries of states such as Taiwan, the Philippines and Indonesia. According to Taiwan’s Defence Ministry, the jets shadowed the Chinese aircraft out of the airspace. In a statement, the ministry said: “The Chinese Communist Party’s long-range far-out-at-sea missions have impacted regional security and stability and endanger the peace and welfare shared by all parties in the…

Coronavirus causes Greenburgh couple to be stuck on cruise ship near Asia

CLOSE Instead of touring Asia, a married couple from Greenburgh have been stranded at sea for 12 days. Glenn Eisen and Barbara McNear are two of 1,455 guests aboard Holland America’s MS Westerdam cruise ship, which departed from Hong Kong on Feb. 1, and has been barred from docking anywhere in the region due to concerns over the coronavirus. Their 14-day cruise was scheduled to visit Japan, the Philippines and Taiwan, but has been turned away from each.  The pair, who have lived in Hastings-on-Hudson since 2008 and take frequent cruises, wrote…

Ottawa couple stuck on cruise ship in South China Sea because no port will accept them over coronavirus fears

OTTAWA — What started as an “ideal vacation” for an Ottawa couple on a cruise from Hong Kong has come to an abrupt end with the ship “wandering” the South China Sea because several countries have denied disembarkation to the more than 1,400 passengers on board. “A lot of passengers are anxious,” says Pierre Boucher. “Anxious to go, concerned about their health…anxious really to get a final answer about what could happen.” The 14-day cruise left Hong Kong on Feb. 1 and was scheduled to arrive in Yokohama, Japan on…

Myanmar’s support amid epidemic solidifies its deep China ties

Chinese research vessel Xiangyanghong 06 arrives at Myanmar’s Thilawa port in Yangon on Thursday to conduct a joint research in Myanmar’s waters. Photo: Xinhua As China goes all out to contain the novel coronavirus epidemic and some countries had evacuated their citizens, suspended flights and exaggerated the crisis, a launch ceremony for the China-Myanmar 2020 joint scientific survey of Myanmar’s waters was held on Thursday, at Myanmar’s Thilawa port in Yangon. This is the first major bilateral cooperation project launched by the two sides since President Xi Jinping’s successful visit…

once-a-year enthusiasts | Daily Express Online

once-a-year enthusiasts Published on: Sunday, February 16, 2020 By: R Gonzales Open sea fishing enthusiasts: The Sunsuri Gipan Anglers. FOR extreme fishing enthusiasts, a long once-a-year leave is the most anticipated time to sail to the open sea. However, weather forecasts do not provide a guarantee for any planned trip as there are times anglers have to struggle with unforgiving weather conditions. Recently, this writer had the opportunity to join the Sunsuri Gipan Anglers group for the third time for three days and two nights to catch fish at…

Meet China’s New JH-7A ‘Flying Leopard’ Supersonic Fighter Bomber

Key Point: China will find a use for its new plane. On August 8, Chinese media reported that the People’s Liberation Army Air Force had unveiled a new variant of its JH-7A maritime strike jet at the Russian Aviadarts aviation competition. The new model, called the JH-7AII, was not visibly different from the base model, but is believed to possess improved radar and cockpit avionics. The JH-7 “Flying Leopard”—codenamed “Flounder” by NATO—is an old-school design conceived before the advent of stealth technology. The bomber manufacturer Xi’an Aircraft Industrial Corporation began working…

Canada is waking up to China’s quest for a ‘new world order’, says Japanese observer

One of Japan’s top academics says China is trying to create its own new world order — and leading Western democracies, Canada included, have started to look at their relationship with the rising superpower through that lens. For the last several years, Junya Nishino’s research has been focused on his country’s relationship with South and North Korea. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s outbursts gave him plenty to work on. But it has been hard for the demure, precise professor of political science to ignore an increasingly assertive Beijing, its provocative…

The Claim That A New Cambodian Airfield Is Actually A Chinese Base Is Dubious At Best

A widely circulated report from News.com.au, a division of News Corp Australia, was published on Feb. 8, 2020, and was subsequently parroted and shared all around the national security and defense online community. The story claims that an airfield that is under construction near Cambodia’s Dara Sakor Seashore Resort is actually a Chinese Air Base that will give China’s military greater reach throughout a critical and increasingly tense region. This all sounds fairly ominous and intriguing, but there is one problem, high-resolution satellite imagery exclusively obtained by The War Zone does…