George Weigel: thoughts on China-Vatican diplomacy

Reading Time: 4 minutes A man waves China’s flag as Pope Francis leads his general audience in May.Photo: CNS/Paul Haring Perserverance on a difficult but noble path is a virtue. Stubbornness when confronted by irrefutable evidence of a grave mistake is a vice. The latter would seem an apt characterisation of a letter sent on Ash Wednesday to the entire College of Cardinals by its new Dean, Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re. In that letter — his first official act as Dean — Cardinal Re reprimands the redoubtable Cardinal Joseph Zen,…

Drilling and Completion Fluid Market Growth is Driven by Rising Well Discoveries by 2023

Drilling and Completion Fluid Market Growth is Driven by Rising Well Discoveries by 2023 PUNE, India, March 12, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Increased successful explorations of the oil fields around the world are having a positive influence on the drilling and completion fluids market. Market reports associated with the energy and power industry have been presented by Market Research Future which makes reports on other industry verticals that aims to analyze the current market scenarios better. The market is estimated to achieve a CAGR of 7.5% in the course of…

New report urges consideration of submarine ‘plan B’

A report commissioned by Submarines for Australia and conducted by Insight Economics, which called for both Defence and the government to consider a viable ‘plan B’ for the Attack Class program, was launched by Professor Hugh White at the National Press Club. A report commissioned by Submarines for Australia and conducted by Insight Economics, which called for both Defence and the government to consider a viable ‘plan B’ for the Attack Class program, was launched by Professor Hugh White at the National Press Club. Gary Johnston of Submarines for Australia, who commissioned…

Atomic energy – Nuclear power plants are coming to the battlefield | Science and technology

Mar 14th 2020 WAR ZONES are dangerous places. Where better, then, for a nuclear reactor? On March 9th America’s government awarded a trio of firms $39.7m to design “microreactors” that can supply a few megawatts of power to remote military bases, and be moved quickly by road, rail, sea and air. The idea of small reactors is as old as nuclear power itself. In July 1951, five months before a reactor in Idaho became the first in the world to produce usable electricity through fission, America began building USS Nautilus,…

Trump’s postponed ASEAN summit exposes fragile truce with China

On March 14, leaders from ASEAN were supposed to meet U.S. President Donald Trump in Las Vegas, the first summit with Southeast Asian leaders on U.S. soil under the current administration. But the coronavirus shelved what was meant to be Trump’s big bounce-back after failing to attend the last two East Asia Summits. The U.S. was quick to recognize Southeast Asia’s value early on. It was the first non-ASEAN country to name an ambassador to ASEAN in 2008 and the first to deploy a dedicated diplomatic mission there in 2010.…

Trump administration considering doing away with America’s male-only draft system

As America gears up for possible military confrontations in the Middle East and South China Sea, the Trump Administration is considering doing away with the country’s all-male draft system.  Back in 1981, the Supreme Court ruled the male-only draft is constitutional, and it’s been in place ever since. Every year, millions of American men turn 18 and fill out their Selective Service card; it’s become something of a rite of passage.  But women are playing a greater role in today’s military, including serving in combat units since 2015. Now the…

How America’s China Policy Loses Friends and Strains Alliances

Since launching the trade war in 2018, U.S. President Donald Trump has tried to corral U.S. allies into joining a wider struggle against China. So far, few countries are willing to follow Trump’s lead. In January, the United Kingdom announced its decision to allow the Chinese telecommunications company Huawei to build part of its 5G wireless network—an investment that U.S. officials fear poses a security threat. The U.S. president was reportedly “apoplectic” in a phone call with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Weeks later, at the annual Munich Security Conference,…

The Asia-Pacific’s Huawei Conundrum – The Diplomat

Advertisement In January 2020, Britain decided that Huawei can play a restricted role in developing the country’s 5G wireless network. The company’s market share will be capped at 35 percent and its products will be excluded from security-critical core areas of Britain’s 5G wireless network. While the decision is pragmatic, it tests Britain’s relationship with its key Asia-Pacific allies; the United States and Australia. The British government also recently had to assuage the concerns of members of Parliament (MPs) who disagree with the decision and have attempted to stop Huawei’s…

Sunk: How China’s Man-Made Islands Are Falling Apart and Sinking Into the Ocean

Key point: Bejing quickly built human-made artificial islands to seize disputed territories. But now it looks like their greed and speed are coming back to haunt them. China’s island outposts in the China Seas might have a major weakness. Since 2013 the Chinese government has dredged and mostly destroyed ecologically delicate reefs in disputed waters in order to build seven major military bases complete with ports, airstrips and radar and missile installations. This first appeared in 2019 and is being reposted due to reader interest. The islands function as unsinkable aircraft…

Duterte says he might seek China’s help on COVID-19 outbreak

Duterte says he might seek China’s help on COVID-19 outbreak Ratziel San Juan (Philstar.com) – March 12, 2020 – 10:06pm MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday evening said he is open to accepting China’s offer of help amid the outbreak of COVID-19 if the situation in the country escalates. “You know, President Xi Jinping…wrote me a letter and said that he is willing to help. All we have to do is to ask,” the president said in a speech. “Ako ang tingin ko (In my opinion), maybe…