Navy to test thousands of sailors aboard aircraft carrier after spate of coronavirus cases

“We are in the process now of testing 100 percent of the crew of that ship to ensure that we were able to contain whatever spread might have occurred there on the ship,” Modly said in a briefing at the Pentagon. “But I also want to emphasize that the ship is operationally capable and can do its mission if required to do so.” Modly said the infected sailors, who were flown off the ship and were under quarantine in Guam, had mild symptoms that had not required hospitalization so far. The…

Philippines buys Mitsubishi Electric radar in first defense deal

TOKYO — Mitsubishi Electric will export about 10 billion yen ($89.9 million) worth of radar systems to the Philippines, marking the first export of Japanese-made defense equipment under an updated government policy. The Philippines will purchase upgraded versions of the FPS-3 and TPS-P14  radar systems, both used by the Japan Self-Defense Forces. The FPS-3 is installed along coastlines to detect missiles and other projectiles while the TPS-P14 is mounted on vehicles. Tokyo hopes to aide Manila in boosting surveillance capabilities in the South China Sea as China continues to flex its military muscle in the region.  In…

How China May Foreshadow the Economic Impact of COVID-19

In 2010, China’s urban-dwelling population surpassed its rural population, marking a monumental demographic milestone in the country’s history. Just three decades prior, China looked markedly different. Only 20% of Chinese citizens lived in urban areas, and many of today’s metropolises were still small villages. Since then, huge swaths of the population have moved from farmland into cities, a shift that is still causing many urban areas to swell in size. Case in point is the growth of Guangzhou, which lays just north of Hong Kong. From 1980 to today, more…

COVID-19 Claims Aircraft Carrier USS Roosevelt As Latest Victim « Breaking Defense

USS Theodore Roosevelt transits the Pacific Ocean March 1, 2020. PENTAGON: The coronavirus aboard ship has forced the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier to dock in Guam in the middle of a deployment, a move that might represent the military’s most dramatic move yet to react to the global pandemic.  The loss — for however long it lasts — of the Roosevelt comes as the US and China increasingly challenge one another in the South China Sea. On Tuesday, the destroyer USS McCampbell transited the strategic Taiwan Strait, which separates Taiwan…

Here’s Everything We Know About the Torpedoes Used by the Chinese Navy

Key point: Beijing’s fleet is improving and so are its armaments. Let’s look at what they’ve done with their “fish.” The current fleet of Chinese sub-launched torpedoes represents an interesting blend of Soviet, American and commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) technology. From the Yu-4, a domestic completion of an incomplete Soviet design, to the Yu-6, which uses an Intel microprocessor to power its guidance components, the torpedoes of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) show significant traces of reverse engineering. But how capable are they? Do they really improve on the designs on…

News at a glance | Science

Summary In science news around the world, as cases of coronavirus disease 2019 rise globally, scientists step up research on the disease while other work is suspended and labs are closed. Companies race to develop tests for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 that return results more quickly. The Cambodian government suspends for 10 years plans to build two hydropower dams on the Mekong River, one of the most biologically diverse freshwater ecosystems. A French sociologist jailed in Tehran, Iran, since June 2019 is freed in exchange for an Iranian…

Donald Trump as Winston Churchill?

“In war, resolution; in defeat, defiance; in victory, magnanimity; in peace, goodwill.” — Winston Churchill President TrumpDonald John TrumpNorth Korea asking for aid, while denying any coronavirus cases: report Iranian official maintains Tehran has ‘no knowledge’ of American hostage’s whereabouts Unemployment claims surge to 3.2 million as coronavirus devastates economy MORE says America is fighting a war on “an invisible enemy — the war is against the virus, that’s the war.” He sees himself as “a wartime president,” implicitly invoking the image of Franklin Roosevelt during World War II or…

Tanks spotted in NE Taiwan as tensions with C…

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan battle tanks were spotted prowling the streets of Yilan, Taiwan, on Wednesday (March 25), as cross-strait tensions rise during the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. On Wednesday, the third day of military exercises being held across Taiwan, four army M60A3 tanks took part in a training exercise in Yilan County’s Yuanshan Township. The rare sight of tanks rolling through an urban area drew many curious onlookers. According to Taiwan’s Military News Agency (MNA), the drill was meant to improve the combat effectiveness…

As the world struggles, China engages in theft, militarisation

The Wuhan Coronavirus pandemic has the world struggling to grapple with the greatest crisis it has faced in decades. As countries are being overrun by the pandemic, large parts of the world have enforced a lockdown to prevent the further spreading of the virus. But even as countries are working hard to prevent a catastrophe due to the Coronavirus, China is up to its usual tricks again. After silencing whistleblowers and attempting to cover up the pandemic which has resulted in the calamity that the entire world faces today, China…

Respect Vietnam’s sovereignty over Spratly Islands, China told

“All activities on the Truong Sa (Spratly) and Hoang Sa (Paracel) Islands must receive Vietnam’s approval. Vietnam asks that China respects its sovereignty and refrain from actions which could escalate tensions, complicate the situation and affect peace and stability in the East Sea and the region, as well as efforts of countries in the negotiation process for the South China Sea Code of Conduct (COC),” Foreign Minstry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said Thursday. The East Sea is known internationally as the South China Sea. Hang was responding to an…