US Navy Deploys MQ-4C Triton Drones to Guam – The Diplomat

Asia Defense | Security | East Asia The high altitude, long endurance drone will add to U.S. intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities in the Indo-Pacific. Advertisement For the first time, the U.S. Navy has deployed two MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial system (UAS) to Andersen Air Force Base on the U.S. territory of Guam in the western Pacific. The MQ-4C is currently in limited service with the U.S. Navy and the deployment to Guam marks the first time the system has been available for missions in the western Pacific. “The inaugural deployment of Triton UAS…

5 ASEAN leaders to attend ‘olive branch’ summit with US

SINGAPORE — Leaders from Vietnam, Laos, Singapore, Cambodia and Thailand will attend a summit between the U.S. and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations next month, diplomatic sources told Nikkei. Southeast Asian officials regard the meeting, set for March 14 in Las Vegas, as an olive branch from Washington after President Donald Trump skipped the annual ASEAN summit in November. The five other ASEAN members also intend to participate in the March meeting, though they have not decided whom to send. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will not attend. The Trump administration said it will discuss…

China hit by racist backlash as coronavirus spreads

Anti-China sentiment surges as coronavirus spreads (Picture: AP) The spread of the coronavirus has triggered a growing tide of anti-Chinese sentiment across the globe. There have been calls for full travel bans on Chinese visitors and other Asians while posters have appeared in restaurants in South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong and Vietnam saying they will refuse to serve customers from the centre of the virus’ outbreak. In Indonesia a mob marched on a hotel calling for its Chinese guests to leave while newspapers in France and Australia have been criticised…

South China Sea warning: How China’s dominance ‘cannot be reversed’ as tensions soar | World | News

China’s forces have engulfed the region with military bases, weapons installations and asserted its controversial Nine-Dash Line territory claim despite anger from other Asian nations. And now, it appears even the military efforts of the US have failed to stop Beijing’s forces from becoming the superior presence in the region. According to the Council of Foreign Relations, China’s dominance “cannot be reversed” because of the relentless aggression from Beijing accompanied by huge resources. The nonprofit think tank said: “The United States cannot reverse China’s militarisation of the South China Sea;…

Army news: How US could use UK ships to bolster its fleet as Defence concerns grow | UK | News

According to reports in recent months, the British Army is said to be pushing for one of the Royal Navy’s brand new super carriers to be leased out to the US in a bid to garner extra cash for military funding. A Sunday Times’ report revealed that decision makers in the UK’s military brass could flog either HMS Prince of Wales or HMS Queen Elizabeth. The US, which is currently embroiled in a huge naval standoff in the South China Sea, could take on one of the ships in yet…

Yield-curve inversion is sending a message

The most recent yield-curve inversion invites the question: What might trigger the next recession and what might it look like? Let’s look at a few things cited by pundits and commentators: Geopolitical events: A recession triggered by geopolitical events is so random and highly variable that it’s almost impossible to see it coming — an escalation in the Middle East tensions sends oil prices spiralling; miscalculations in the South China Sea lead to open conflict; North Korea goes off its rocker. Then there are the unforeseen random events such as…

Philippines’ Duterte says xenophobia against Chinese must stop

MANILA (Reuters) – President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday urged Philippine citizens to stop stirring up anti-Chinese xenophobia related to the outbreak of a coronavirus that emerged in Wuhan, China, in December and has since killed more than 300 and infected more than 17,000. FILE PHOTO: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures during his fourth State of the Nation Address at the Philippine Congress in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines July 22, 2019. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez/File Photo The coronavirus outbreak has stoked a wave of anti-China sentiment around the globe, from shops barring…

PH will show flag ‘at all times’ in West Philippine Sea – Navy chief

MANILA, Philippines — The new flag officer in command of the Philippine Navy has vowed to continue to assert the country’s rights in the West Philippine Sea. Rear Adm. Giovanni Carlo Bacordo, who took the helm of the Philippine Navy on Monday, said that they would continue to establish their presence in the West Philippine Sea, which refers to the part of the South China Sea that is claimed by the Philippines. “We will continue to maintain the nine occupied features in the West Philippine Sea. We will continue to…

Amid Chinese ‘threat,’ senators warn NGCP to allow audit or face franchise revocation

Amid Chinese ‘threat,’ senators warn NGCP to allow audit or face franchise revocation Ian Nicolas Cigaral (Philstar.com) – February 3, 2020 – 8:14pm MANILA, Philippines — Senators on Monday warned the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines to submit itself to an audit or risk having its franchise revoked amid fears that China has access to the Philippines’ power grid. China, through state-run State Grid Corporation, owns 40% of the Philippines’ national grid since 2009, prompting lawmakers to call for a probe into NGCP’s operations due to concerns that Beijing…