South China Sea standoff: How UK warned China ‘we will intervene’ amid US clash | World | News

The warning was issued by the then-Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson amid increasing concerns that the South China Sea region could be plunged into accidental conflict. In February 2019, Mr Williamson indicated in a speech that the UK “may have to intervene” in the future to confront China as it continues to “flout international law” and is “resurgent” in rebuilding its armed forces. He also said that the first operational mission of the HMS Queen Elizabeth would include the Pacific region. While the region is primarily contested by the US and…

Your Wednesday Briefing – The New York Times

Is the coronavirus ricocheting back to Asia? Cities and countries that seemed to have brought their outbreaks under control are tightening their borders as they face worries about a new wave of infections from abroad. A surge in cases tied to international travelers led China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan to close their borders to foreigners in recent days. They also imposed measures like steep fines for leaving home and tracking bracelets to monitor quarantines. It’s a troubling sign for the United States, Europe and other places still battling their…

Who are the key players in China’s coronavirus propaganda war with US?

Get all the latest news on coronavirus and more delivered daily to your inbox. Sign up here. While the world struggles to cope with the spike in the number of people infected with the coronavirus, China’s ruling Communist Party has turned to its massive propaganda machine to rebrand itself and its leader Xi Jinping as humanity’s only hope. China has launched a three-pronged attack using its network of state-run newspapers, television and radio stations to change the narrative that Beijing covered up cases of COVID-19 when they first surfaced in Wuhan — a catastrophic…

Maritime Bulletin Daily Mar 30 – 31 – Maritime Bulletin

Post Views: 370 Accidents• COSCO bulk carrier Captain died on board, reportedly from coronavirus• Bulk carrier aground, Parana river• Bulk carrier aground, South America• Chinese freighter sank after collision with fishing vessel, East China sea• General cargo ship missing in South China sea, contacts lost since Mar 27• Chinese bulk carrier disabled, anchored, Japan• CMA CGM mega container ship stranded, waiting for virus test result• Aground and Not Under Command vessels Worldwide Alerts (3+3 ships) Details for subscribers only.For annual subscription, contact [email protected] Comments comments Author // Mikhail Voytenko My…

US warship captain seeks crew isolation as virus spreads

The captain of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier facing a growing outbreak of the coronavirus is asking for permission to isolate the bulk of his roughly 5,000 crew members on shore, which would take the warship out of duty in an effort to save lives. The ship is docked in Guam. In a memo to Navy leaders, the captain of the USS Theodore Roosevelt said the spread of the disease is ongoing and accelerating, and said that removing all but 10% of the crew is a “necessary risk” in order…

Rain, lower temperature to hit parts of Kingdom, ministry says

Parts of Cambodia are expected to experience medium to heavy rain from April 2-7 with temperatures ranging from 24 o 37C across the country, the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology said. A ministry notice said Cambodia would experience low pressure systems and winds from the South China Sea from April 1-7, which will likely bring rainfall to the central plains, the northeastern highland and the coast. The central plains and northwest region are expected to see medium to heavy rainfall from April 2-6, while the northeastern highland area can…

The Reemergence of the State in the Time of COVID-19

Once upon a time, there was an illusion that the state would disappear. It was the fiction Marxists told each other at bedtime, and it was the lie of the Communists, once they had seized state power. For even as they built up their police apparatus and their archipelago of gulags, they kept promising that one day the state would eventually disappear.  Of course, in a sense, they were right because Communism ended and so did the Communist states in Russia and Eastern Europe. Yet the death of those regimes…

PTAS Aker Solutions to provide offshore M&M services to BSP

Shell selects Aker Solutions for brownfield services work in Brunei. Credit: Aker Solutions. A joint venture between Norwegian oilfield services firm Aker Solutions and Malaysia’s PTAS has agreed to provide offshore maintenance and modification (M&M) services to Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP). Under the five-year agreement, joint venture PTAS Aker Solutions will maintain and upgrade more than 200 offshore assets to maintain production levels. PTAS Aker Solutions will ensure continuous service delivery to BSP. It will manage work from its premises in Kuala Belait, Brunei. Aker Solutions has accounted the NOK4bn…