The ANC Brief: Modified quarantine

ABS-CBN News Posted at May 01 2020 05:10 AM While it battles COVID-19, the Philippines takes China to task for its moves in the South China Sea. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today: 1 in 5The government allows essential work and religious gatherings in areas under general community quarantine. Also, seniors are allowed to go out for essentials including government aid. Currently the Philippines has 8,488 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 1 in every 5 a health worker. Strong protestThe Philippines said it “strongly protests” the declaration…

Suspected Chinese hackers aim attacks at Vietnamese government officials

Written by Shannon Vavra Apr 30, 2020 | CYBERSCOOP Suspected Chinese hackers are behind a phishing campaign apparently aimed at collecting data about Vietnamese government officials amid an ongoing territorial dispute between the two nations, according to new findings. A hacking group known as Pirate Panda, which has possible ties to the Chinese government, is trying to trick Vietnamese government officials into clicking on malicious Microsoft Excel documents attached to emails purportedly detailing festivities for Vietnamese holidays, according to research the threat intelligence firm Anomali shared with CyberScoop. Targeted individuals…

China throws weight around with new nuclear submarines | World

China has bolstered its great power status beneath the waves with the unveiling of two nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines. The two Jin class, or Type 094A, strategic submarines, built at the Huludao shipyard in Liaoning province, in the northeast of the country, will bring the total size of China’s sea-based deterrent to six vessels. The new submarines, each to be fitted with 12 JL-2 ballistic missiles with a range of 7,000km (4,350 miles), are not yet in service, according to experts at the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies. However,…

Ellsworth B-1B Lancers fly 33-hour round-trip sortie to South China Sea

1/5 AAFB_05 A B-1B Lancer assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing launches from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 28, 2020, to support a Bomber Task Force mission in the Indo-Pacific region. This operation demonstrates the U.S. Air Force’s dynamic force employment model in line with the National Defense Strategy’s objectives of strategic predictability and operational unpredictability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nicolas Erwin) A B-1B Lancer assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing launches from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 28, 2020, to support a Bomber Task…

Second US Warship Challenges Beijing’s Claims In The South China Sea

KEY POINTS The USS Bunker Hill conducted a freedom of navigation operation through the Spratly Island chain located a few hundred miles south of the Paracels The Bunker Hill  was on an “innocent passage” that was made with no prior notification to nations claiming sovereignty over the waterway The Japan-based Bunker Hill, in addition to the FONOP runs, has also passed through the Taiwan Straits twice in April On Tuesday, the American guided-missile destroyer USS Barry sailed into waters in the South China Sea near the Paracel Islands. The waters…

U.S. B-1 Bombers Conduct 32-hour Round-Trip Mission To South China Sea To Demonstrate Global Reach – The Aviationist

A B-1B Lancer assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing takes off from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 28, 2020, to support a Bomber Task Force mission in the Indo-Pacific region. This operation demonstrates the U.S. Air Force’s dynamic force employment model in line with the National Defense Strategy’s objectives of strategic predictability and operational unpredictability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nicolas Erwin) Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers (or “BONEs” from B-One, as the bombers are dubbed) belonging to the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth AFB, S.D., conducted an…

Beijing has ‘no interest’ in US elections

ANKARA China on Thursday said it had “no interest” in upcoming US elections, saying this was an “internal affair” of the country. China’s reaction came after reports claimed US President Donald Trump alleged that Beijing would “do anything” for him to lose his re-election bid in the ballot slated for November. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters that Beijing had “no interest in interfering in the US election, which is their internal affair,” the daily Global Times reported. “We hope US politicians will not stick to the China…

Philippines Condemns Chinas Move To Establish New Districts In South China Sea – Manila

The Philippines protested China’s move to establish new districts under its jurisdiction in the disputed South China Sea, the Philippine Foreign Ministry said on Thursday MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – 30th April, 2020) The Philippines protested China‘s move to establish new districts under its jurisdiction in the disputed South China Sea, the Philippine Foreign Ministry said on Thursday. Earlier in April, China announced the creation of two districts in the South China Sea under the jurisdiction of China‘s Sansha city in the Hainan province. These districts include Spratly island…