Let’s Talk About The U.S. Navy Poseidon Lased by Chinese Destroyer During a Routine Patrol in the Philippine Sea – The Aviationist

Conceptual image of a P-8A hit by a green laser: actually, the laser was not visible to the naked eye. (Image credit: U.S. Navy/The Aviationist) A U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon was hit by a weapons-grade laser during a routine patrol above international waters on February 17, 2020. The incident happened in the Philippine Sea approximately 380 miles west of Guam, where it was targeted by the laser belonging to a People’s Liberation Army Navy’s destroyer with hull number 161, according to the official statement, which should be the Type 052D…

Pentagon Canceling Exercises Due to Coronavirus

U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Damon Loveless The U.S. military has canceled two overseas exercises due to the spread of the coronavirus, and may cancel more. At the same time, an important exercise in Thailand and an aircraft carrier port visit will go on. As the virus continues to spread, countries hosting exercises could become reluctant to temporarily hosting thousands of troops, especially those based in other countries hard-hit by the virus. The U.S. Military is canceling military exercises around the world due to the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.…

UPDATED: Aircraft Carrier Roosevelt Will Visit Vietnam This Week

A U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to the “Tomcatters” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31, flies above the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) Feb. 27, 2020. Navy photo This post has been updated to include comments by Indo-Pacific commander Adm. Phil Davidson. USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) is expected to pull into Da Nang, Vietnam, for a port visit this week, U.S Indo-Pacific commander Adm. Phil Davidson confirmed on Tuesday. Theodore Roosevelt’s visit to Vietnam mark’s the second time a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier has visited the nation since…

Dissident Vietnamese Priest Recovering From Heart Attack, Still Issuing Critiques of Government

Vietnamese Catholic priest Nguyen Van Ly, a long-time critic of Vietnam’s one-party communist state, is recovering from a recent heart attack but remains in poor health at his home in Hue, according to his nephew, who lives in Florida. Speaking to RFA’s Vietnamese Service on Monday, Ly’s nephew Nguyen Van Viet—also a Catholic priest—said that Ly suffered a heart attack on Feb. 26 in Hue, where he has lived since his 2016 release from prison in advance of a state visit to Vietnam by then U.S. President Barack Obama. “He…

A China Belt And Road Project Becomes A Corridor To Nowhere

A development site near Gwadar Port, operated by China Overseas Ports Holding Co., in July 2018 The four-times-a-week propeller plane from Karachi whips up a cloud of dust as it lands on an arid airstrip. Passengers cross the tarmac in the scorching sun and enter an arrivals terminal not much larger than a tractor-trailer. Outside, soldiers carrying AK-47s are waiting. This is Gwadar, a remote scratch of land on Pakistan’s southwest coast. Its port is the last stop on a planned $62 billion corridor connecting China’s landlocked westernmost province to…

Coronavirus a catalyst for deciding on a new global manufacturing hub

By Siyabonga Hadebe 1h ago Share this article: ShareTweetShareShareShareEmail PRETORIA – The book ‘In the Eyes of Darkness’ (1981) by Dean Koontz details about the global rat race to see who has better weapons among the superpowers, China, Russia and the United States. It has always been known that biological warfare is real but very people understand what it entails. There are claims that that the coronavirus (or Covid-19) is part of biological warfare but it is unclear who is attacking whom as the crisis grows. No formal sources have…

Thousands of rarely seen jellyfish washed ashore

The beached jellyfish along Mawilla Beach. — Bernama photo LABUAN: Thousands of rarely seen red jellyfish have been washed ashore the popular Mawilla Beach here since last week. People might well wonder what exactly these strange-looking marine animals are, as the Labuan Fisheries Department has categorised their presence as a rare phenomenon. And this leads to the next question: should the people be afraid of them? Both the Fisheries Department and a marine expert from Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) said the jellyfish could cause skin irritation, allergy and discomfort. Thus,…

Is the South China Sea at a crossroads?

The South China Sea remains a focal concern within the international community, grabbing headlines and placed firmly on the agendas of many bilateral and multilateral political and academic summits. While likely to remain relatively stable in 2020, worrying developments and uncertainties are on the rise. Though negotiations over the text of the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea (COC) are progressing, substantial divergences over key points are emerging and competition for influence and leadership in regional institution building is heating up. In particular, as the United States takes…

How Asia′s official maps promote propaganda | Asia| An in-depth look at news from across the continent | DW

When children anywhere in the world are taught geography, they draw maps and learn the location of states, borders, cities and rivers. Indian schoolchildren drawing a map of India will draw the Ganges perhaps with a blue squiggle; the capital New Delhi with a big black dot. And when they draw northern India, they will be taught to include all of Kashmir, a territory that India, Pakistan and even China claim parts of. Indian schools will also avoid conveying the fact that large parts of supposedly “Indian” Kashmir are actually administered…

Trump’s Cut to Chinese Media Points to Wider U.S. Strategy Shift

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