Forget the SR-71 Blackbird, the AR-12 Oxcart Was Way Faster

Key point: The AR-12 was faster and yet came before the better-known SR-71. But what happened to the CIA’s secret Oxcart spy plane? Analysis of Week’s photos located the USS Pueblo near Wonsan anchored next to two patrol boats—and also revealed that Pyongyang had not mobilized its troops for war. This led Johnson to rule out plans for a preemptive or punitive strike in favor of diplomatic measures which eventually saw the ship’s abused crew released nearly a year later. This first appeared in June 2019 and is being reposted due…

China Threatens EMP Attacks Against U.S. in South China Sea

Chinese state media on Tuesday rather unsubtly decided this would be a good time to chat with a panel of “experts” about the possibility of using an electromagnetic pulse weapon (EMP) against American ships that enter portions of the South China Sea illegally claimed by Beijing. The timing suggests it was a bit of saber-rattling by a Communist Party nervous about its power and prestige after the Wuhan virus disaster, but some degree of escalation in the South China Sea has long been a concern for the U.S. Navy and…

China announces failure in first launch of new Long March 7A rocket – Spaceflight Now

This image of the Long March 7A rocket was posted on Weibo, the Chinese social media platform. A Chinese Long March 7A rocket failed to place a secret payload into orbit Monday, casting doubt on planned flights by the country’s other launchers that use similar engines. Chinese state media confirmed the launch failure Monday, but officials offered no details on when in the Long March 7A’s flight sequence the accident occurred. The Long March 7A rocket is a new variant of China’s Long March 7 launcher. Monday’s mission was the…

China’s Belt and Road Initiative and its strategic intent

As Sri Lanka is a key player in the maritime component of BRI, it is imperative to seek a way to harness its geopolitical importance to bring about growth and prosperity to the land and its people   By Lim Tai Toon Introduction In Sept 2013, the Chinese President Xi Jinping gave a speech in Astana (the capital city of Kazakhstan and renamed as Nur-Sultan in 2019) calling for the building of a ‘modern’ “Silk Road Economic Belt”. However, the speech offered scant details about its intent, purpose and implementation…

US intrusions in S.China Sea can be stopped by electromagnetic weapons: experts

Photo: military.cnr.cn     Chinese military experts on Tuesday suggested the use of non-lethal electromagnetic weapons, including low-energy laser devices, in expelling US warships that have been repeatedly intruding into the South China Sea in the past week. Ships from the Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier strike group and America amphibious assault ship expeditionary strike group sailed together in the South China Sea on Sunday for expeditionary strike force drills, the US Pacific Fleet said on its Twitter account on Monday. This is the third time in just a week US…

Re-Examining the UK’s Priorities in the Asia-Pacific Region

While the UK is giving increased priority to the Asia-Pacific region, developing a more active and strategic engagement across the area will not be without challenges. The Asia-Pacific region has its own historical and political complexities. The region is also caught between an increasingly assertive China that views the region as its sphere of influence and a US administration that seeks to maintain supremacy in the area, but views regional allies in transactional terms and has withdrawn from multilateral initiatives like the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The UK’s aim of finding a…

US, China engage in war of words

NEW DELHI: The US and China were engaged in a war of words on Tuesday with both sides demanding that the other stop smearing their reputation over the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. While US President Donald Trump referred to the pathogen as the “Chinese Virus”, Beijing strongly objected to the description. The exchange comes at a time of high tensions between the US and China on a range of issues — from trade and human rights to China’s military muscle flexing in the South China Sea. After warning of…

Clipper 2019-20 Race is postponed >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News

Ever since the 11 teams of the Clipper 2019-20 Round the World Yacht Race had been on course from Australia to China, the Clipper Race Organizing Committee has been dodging bullets. Expected to arrive by mid-February, the coronavirus outbreak has since required a series of course revisions to avoid Sanya, Zhuhai, and Qindao. But a month later, with nowhere to go, the committee was forced to make an unprecedented decision: With the ongoing global outbreak of COVID-19 and the enormous impact it has created on world travel, the Clipper 2019-20…

CNOOC Makes Large Bohai Bay Discovery  | Rigzone

CNOOC Ltd. has made a large-sized discovery in Bohai Bay. Located in the Laizhou Bay in southern Bohai Basin, the Kenli 6-1 structure is in Laibei lower uplift with an average water depth of about 19.2 meters. The discovery well KL6-1-3 was drilled and completed at a depth of 1,596 meters, and encountered oil pay with a thickness of 20 meters. The well was tested to produce around 1,178 barrels of oil per day. The successful exploration of Kenli 6-1 further proved the huge exploration potential of the Neogene lithologic…