Scrap submarines project before it’s too late says former public service boss

In addition to some very serious problems with progress with the SEA 1000 program, there are some more fundamental questions to be addressed in the longer term. The first of these is whether the Attack class will embody the technologies required to be successful in its operations in the mid-2030s and beyond. In other words, will it be fit for purpose? An associated question is around the submarine’s cost effectiveness. The escalating cost of this acquisition means that the opportunity cost is also going up. With the submarines being designed mainly for…

China locked down 50 million people and has to keep them fed | CFJC Today | Kamloops, British Columbia

Few governments could attempt such drastic restrictions on a population bigger than South Korea’s or Australia’s. They are made possible by the ruling Communist Party’s extensive controls on society and experience combating the 2002-03 SARS epidemic. Some trucks are allowed to leave the 17 locked-down cities to collect food. Photos in state media show them lined up at checkpoints, their drivers wearing face masks. Police, shrouded in white protective suits, examine the drivers for the virus’s telltale fever. Those without passes are turned back. Schools, cinemas and restaurants are closed…

China slams U.S. provocative acts in South China Sea

Chinese military monitored a U.S. warship that entered Chinese territorial waters without permission and warned it to leave on Saturday, senior colonel Li Huamin, spokesperson for the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Southern Theater Command, said in a statement on Tuesday. In response, the PLA organized naval and air forces to track, verify, identify, and warn the ships away, noted Li. “The Chinese military is determined to safeguard national sovereignty and security as well as maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea, no matter what tricks are played by U.S. ships,” added the…

Anti-China sentiment spreads along with coronavirus

JAKARTA/HANOI (Reuters) – The coronavirus outbreak has stoked a wave of anti-China sentiment around the globe, from shops barring entry to Chinese tourists, online vitriol mocking the country’s exotic meat trade and surprise health checks on foreign workers. People wearing face masks carry their luggage as they walk outside Beijing Railway Station as the country is hit by an outbreak of the new coronavirus, in Beijing, China January 30, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins The virus, which originated in China, has spread to more than a dozen countries, many of them…

Anti-China Sentiment Spreads Abroad Along With Coronavirus

JAKARTA/HANOI — The coronavirus outbreak has stoked a wave of anti-China sentiment around the globe, from shops barring entry to Chinese tourists, online vitriol mocking the country’s exotic meat trade and surprise health checks on foreign workers. The virus, which originated in China, has spread to more than a dozen countries, many of them in Southeast Asia which has sensitive relations with China amid concerns about Beijing’s vast infrastructure spending and political clout in the region and sovereignty disputes in the South China Sea. But as far away as France,…

238 Indonesians quarantined after arriving from Wuhan

JAKARTA (Bernama): Indonesia has evacuated 238 of its citizens from Hubei, China, and placed them under quarantine for 14 days at Natuna Island. The Batik Air commercial aircraft carrying them from Wuhan landed at the Hang Nadim Airport, Batam Island, about 8.45am West Indonesian time on Sunday (Feb 2). According to local media, all of them were flown by three military aircraft to Natuna Island, a province of Riau Islands, located in the South China Sea. They are placed at the Indonesian military base on the island, which is reported…

Quieter Response to Coronavirus in Countries Where China Holds Sway

Mr. Hun Sen, the prime minister, who has tethered his country close to China, has said he will not ban flights from China. Nor will he organize an effort to evacuate Cambodians from Wuhan, as other nations have done, he said, because they “have to continue staying there and joining with Chinese to fight this disease.” “Is there any Cambodian or foreigner in Cambodia who has died of the disease?” the prime minister asked. “The real disease happening in Cambodia right now is the disease of fear. It is not…

The head of the UN fears a ‘great fracture’ will split the world in two. Is he right?

The liberal international order faces an existential threat, warns the UN Secretary-General, and the world is in grave danger of splitting in two. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres fears the creation of two “competing worlds”. Photo: CRISTINA QUICLER / AFP “I fear a great fracture with the two largest economies on Earth creating two separate and competing worlds with their own dominant currency, trade and financial rules, their own internet and artificial intelligence capacities and their own zero-sum geopolitical and military strategies,” Antonio Guterres recently told UN delegates. “We must do…