Can Singapore’s Anti-Virus Measures Work in Other Countries?

Singapore, home to less than 6 million people, is being praised for its efforts to fight the new coronavirus. Observers say East Asia’s experience with the disease SARS in 2003 helped the city-state prepare for the current outbreak. Singapore’s first case of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, was confirmed on January 23. The patient was a man from Wuhan, China, where the disease was first identified in December. By the middle of February, the number of recovering patients in Singapore was greater than the number of new cases.…

US Revises False Posting of S. Korean Defense Chief’s Remarks After KBS Report l KBS WORLD Radio

Photo : YONHAP News The U.S. Department of Defense falsely alluded that South Korea agreed to fund campaigns to defend waters near the South China Sea and the Strait of Hormuz, but later retracted the remarks in question after a related KBS report. KBS on Tuesday reported that the Pentagon published a transcript from Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo and his U.S. counterpart Mark Esper’s joint press conference following their meeting in Washington last month. In the initial version, the Pentagon cited Jeong as saying the allies will “fund” their commitments…

China Threatens to Use EMP Attacks Against American Ships in South China Sea

Chinese state-run media recently released a story in which numerous “experts” discussed the possibility of China using an EMP weapon to deter American ships from entering the South China Sea, as reported by Breitbart. The statements were made in The Global Times, a state-run media outlet, where “Chinese military experts” said that “the Chinese military has the option of using new approaches, including the deployment of electromagnetic weapons,” in order to “counter US’ repeated trespasses into Chinese territorial waters.” The story comes as the Communist government of China is attempting…

Russia’s Kilo-Class Submarines: “Black Holes” No Navy Wants to Fight

Know colloquially as the “Black Holes” by the U.S. Navy, the Improved-Kilo-class of submarines are quite deadly — and could turn the balance of power in the South China Sea in China’s favor. “Stealthy” Subs Small and compact, the Kilo- and Improved-Kilo-Class subs are meant for operations in shallower, coastal waters, and are tasked with anti-ship and anti-submarine warfare. In contrast to the direction of American submarine development, Kilo-class submarines are diesel-electric, rather than nuclear powered, and very, very quiet. The original Kilo-class is a product of the Soviet Union,…

DFA mulls suspending visa issuance during enhanced community quarantine

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is considering the suspension of visa issuance during the month-long “lockdown” in Luzon over the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, according to Manila’s top diplomat. In a tweet Wednesday night, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said the department is also looking into the possibility of suspending visa-free privilege except for country’s belonging to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean). “DFA considering suspension of visa free privilege except for ASEAN. Also stopping visa issuance worldwide during period of lockdown,” Locsin said.…

South China Sea clash: The US-China aircraft flashpoint amid Philippines row | World | News

On May 20 2015, an American plane named the P8-A Poseidon – the US military’s most advanced surveillance aircraft – flew near China’s artificial island bases in the Spratly Chain. Chinese forces ordered the aircraft to leave the area, thought to be from the Fiery Cross Reef which has been contested by the Philippines, China and Vietnam among others. On board the flight was a CNN television crew which record a US pilot flying over international airspace. A commercial flight operated by Delta was also in contact with the Chinese…

China Should Not Be Allowed to Get Away with Its Propaganda

Amid the tsunami of dread and panic this week regarding the coronavirus, on Monday Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took time to lodge an official complaint with China: Stop blaming the pandemic on America. In a phone call to the director of China’s office of foreign affairs, Pompeo “conveyed strong U.S. objections” to China’s efforts “to shift blame for Covid-19 to the United States,” according to the State Department. Pompeo’s complaint did not come out of nowhere. In the last two weeks, Chinese officials and state organs have promoted the theory that…

Shrugging Off COVID-19 Fears, China & Cambodia Hold Joint Military Drills | Voice of America

TAIPEI, TAIWAN – China and Cambodia bucked the global trend of event cancellations this week by starting joint military exercises as a way to show the world they’re over the coronavirus outbreak and getting friendlier despite apprehension in other countries.    The two old friends that often chafe against neighboring Vietnam and the United States began their fourth annual joint military drill on Sunday. The activities in Cambodia’s Kampot province will focus on humanitarian rescue work and counterterrorism work before ending April 1, the Chinese official Xinhua News agency reported.    China and its military weaker…

What Will Great Power Militaries Look Like After COVID-19? – The Diplomat

Asia Defense | Security Defense programs on both sides of the Pacific will face new budget pressures. Advertisement For several years now, Pentagon officials have insisted that the world is returning to an era of “great power competition.” Pentagon budgets prioritizing a bigger fleet, new bombers, advanced new long-range and high-speed missiles, and even 1,000-mile super-guns are all aimed at maintaining an overwhelming military advantage over Russia’s, but especially China’s burgeoning military. But even before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, many of these projects faced uncertain budgetary paths. Afterwards, both China and the…