World briefs: ‘Serious divergence’ between Britain, EU, World News & Top Stories

‘Serious divergence’ between Britain, EU BRUSSELS • There is “serious divergence” between Britain and the European Union on their future relationship, the bloc’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said yesterday, after the first round of talks between the two sides on a new deal after Brexit. The differences include robust provisions on the so-called “level playing field” which guarantees fair competition between the EU and British companies after Brexit, he said. He added that London was seeking a series of separate deals, while the bloc wanted one overarching agreement. Mr Barnier,…

Trelleborg to protect Lingshui flowlines

Offshore staff STOCKHOLM, Sweden – CNOOC has contracted Trelleborg’s offshore operation to supply 18 km (11 mi) of Tri-Strakes (vortex induced vibration strakes) for the risers and flowlines on the Lingshui 17-2 gas development off China.  Tri-Strakes are a riser and pipeline ancillary in free spans, where current cross flows can cause vortex induced vibration (VIV), in turn causing fatigue failure of the pipeline or its connections. The strakes will protect the pipelines from future VIV failure and prolong their lifespan. The strakes will be placed on various sizes of…

Ship-sinking missile for Marines headed to test fire

One of the main weapons that Marines need to stay in the future fight, an anti-ship missile, is scheduled for a test fire in June. The push for a way for Marines to strike and sink ships ― shooting from land to sea ― has been a recent priority for the Corps. That’s because, as of right now, the Marines can fire from a ship to the shore using the long-running High Mobility Artillery Rocket System. It’s a weapon designed for land fires, but being used a ship deck. But…

Top Canadian general calls out Russia and China for ‘antagonistic actions’ – Red Deer Advocate

OTTAWA — The head of the Canadian military called out Russia and China on Wednesday for their “antagonistic actions” even as he revealed that work has begun on identifying the scope and price of upgrading North America’s defences, including the North American Aerospace Defence Command. Chief of the defence staff Gen. Jonathan Vance would not provide a timeline or other details on upgrading Norad, but said they have to happen “relatively quickly” as the threat posed by Russia, China and others continues to grow. Russia and China figured prominently during…

Crimes Committed by Chinese in Philippines ‘Isolated Incidents,’ Embassy Says

Dennis Jay Santos and Jeoffrey MaitemDavao and Cotabato, Philippines2020-03-05 China has downplayed as “isolated incidents” cases of crimes involving its nationals in the Philippines, as a Senate committee launched a probe Thursday into allegations of a large-scale smuggling of foreign currencies into the Southeast Asian nation by suspected syndicates, including a Chinese group. Beijing’s embassy in Manila said in a statement that criminal activities attributed to some of its citizens did not reflect bilateral ties with Manila, which had “maintained a good momentum.” “Individual illegal and criminal cases involving Chinese…

Gen. Vance calls out Russia, China for ‘antagonistic actions,’ reveals NORAD defences upgrade being studied

OTTAWA — The head of the Canadian military called out Russia and China on Wednesday for their “antagonistic actions” even as he revealed that work has begun on identifying the scope and price of upgrading North America’s defences, including the North American Aerospace Defence Command. Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. Jonathan Vance would not provide a timeline or other details on upgrading NORAD, but said they have to happen “relatively quickly” as the threat posed by Russia, China and others continues to grow. Russia and China figured prominently during…

US aircraft carrier makes port call in Vietnam

A US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier has arrived in Vietnam amid China’s military buildup in the South China Sea. The commander of the US Pacific Fleet, Admiral John C. Aquilino, commented on the visit by the USS Theodore Roosevelt at a news conference in Vietnam on Thursday. Aquilino described the relationship between the United States and Vietnam as “extremely important.” He noted that the port call marks 25 years since the two countries established diplomatic relations. Aquilino said, “We are committed to a free and open Indo-Pacific and the Vietnamese relationship…

Virus fears prompt schools near Seattle to close

BANGKOK – The Latest on the virus outbreak (all times local): 10:30 p.m. A school district north of Seattle with 22,000 students will close for up to two weeks because of coronavirus concerns. All 26 schools in the Northshore School District will be closed for up to two weeks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and protect vulnerable staff members, the district’s superintendent said in a letter to parents. The district is largely in Bothell, Washington, 20 miles north of Seattle. There have been at least 39 confirmed COVID-19…

Is Vietnam Sending Its Maritime Militia to China’s Coast? – The Diplomat

Advertisement The South China Sea Probing Initiative (SCSPI) a project of the Peking University Institute of Ocean Research, recently released Automatic Identification System (AIS) data showing more than 300 Vietnamese fishing boats gathering in the near seas of China’s Guangdong, Guangxi, and Hainan provinces in February — while China is busy fighting the coronavirus. Illegal fishing from Vietnam is a long-standing problem. Even with a nearly 3,500 kilometer coastline, fish stocks in Vietnam’s near sea are depleting, and its fishermen have been trying to venture farther away to catch fish…

SWS survey: Majority of Pinoys believe AFP can quell foreign threats, rebels, terrorists

Members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines-Northern Luzon Command sing the Philippine national anthem at the peak of Mavulis island in Batanes in commemoration of National Flag Day, May 28, 2019. Jeff Canoy, ABS-CBN News MANILA – Most Filipinos believe the country’s military can defend the Philippine territory, including the West Philippine Sea, against foreign threats and quell communist rebels and terrorists, a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released Thursday showed. This as the military got an “excellent” satisfaction rating, with at least 79 percent of Filipinos content with…