LOOK: PH Air Force sends 3 jet trainers for patrol duty in West Philippine Sea

The PAF puts on display three AS-211 trainer jets it was deploying for maritime patrols in the West Philippine Sea. PHOTO FROM TOW FACEBOOK PAGE MANILA, Philippines —Three trainer AS-211 aircraft were deployed to Palawan on Monday to increase maritime patrols in the West Philippine Sea. The jet trainers were expected to support the Philippine military’s Western Command in its mission to protect Philippine territorial integrity in its jurisdiction, which included the West Philippine Sea. The jets would become part of the Tactical Operations Wing (TOW) West at the Antonio…

Senators seek SECDEF support to add names of ‘Lost 74’ to Vietnam Memorial Wall

In the early morning hours of June 3, 1969, the Australian aircraft carrier Melbourne collided with the American destroyer Frank E. Evans (DD-754) during a training exercise in the South China Sea, splitting the ship in half and causing the drowning deaths of 74 American sailors. Now, a bipartisan group of senators has submitted a letter to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper to once again push to add the names of the “Lost 74” — the sailors killed aboard the Evans — to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. A dispute…

Xinjiang and the South China Sea complicate Malaysia–China relations

Author: Ngeow Chow Bing, University of Malaya After a historic 2018 election victory, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad and his Pakatan Harapan coalition seemed to be rolling back Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) deals forged under his predecessor Najib Razak. Mahathir suspended the mostly China-financed US$20 billion East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) and several similar smaller projects. Foreign pundits quickly lauded Malaysia’s apparent pushback against China’s BRI. But 2019 proved to be a ‘turnaround’ year. In April, Malaysia announced that the ECRL was back on track. A few days later,…

Chinese PLA to Procure 1.4 million Body Armor Units Worth $1.85 billion

Chinese PLA soldiers in full combat gear during parade The Chinese Peoples’ Liberation Army (PLA) plans to procure 1.4 million units of Body Armor worth 13 billion yuan ($1.85 billion) in the coming two years as it prepares for possible military conflicts against ‘Taiwan secessionists and US provocations.’ State owned Global Times named ‘Taiwan and US provocations’ as the two main reasons for buying the body armor ‘to keep PLA casualty numbers as low as possible,’ suggesting that preparations for battle are going on. The body armor is meant for…

USD$100 Billion “Loan” Offer from Chinese Businessman

Peter Kenilorea Jr, a Solomon Islands opposition member of parliament who used to head up the country’s foreign affairs department, said the idea of the loan is a fantasy. A Chinese businessman has floated a USD$100 billion loan offer to the tiny Pacific island nation of Solomon Islands, a report said. The offer has raised concern over China’s major power grab in the region, especially since the funds represent an amount of money that is nearly 70 times the gross domestic product (GDP) of Solomon Islands. The news comes five…

Philippine VFA exit raises stakes in Pacific competition with China

Philippine plans to exit the Visiting Forces Agreement signed with the US in the 1990s won’t go into effect until August, but the move is already raising concerns about relations to the US. The potential end of that deal, and a diminished US military presence, comes at a time when the US and its partners in the region are seeking to counter China’s efforts to expand its influence. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s recent decision to withdraw from the Visiting Forces Agreement comes after…

South China Sea news: Vietnam ’spy boats’ infiltrating Beijing waters in illegal move | World | News

According to the South China Morning Post, around 34 Vietnamese boats sailed close to Hainan between January 19 and 31. Most of these vessels went close to the territorial limit, according to South China Sea Strategic Situation Probing Initiative. The South China Sea Strategic Situation Probing Initiative is a Peking University think tank. The move, it says, is seen as Vietnam bolstering its presence, while increasing tension with China. A report says: “As it is known to all, there are a number of Chinese naval and airbases. “It would make…

Best pics of the week: Feb. 23, 2020

Rumors of an Afghan peace deal, Marine Raiders move and a flying machine gun | The Briefing 02.21.20 U.S. and Taliban officials announce a ‘reduction in violence’ agreement that could be a precursor to a full peace deal, the Marine Raiders centralize their home on the east coast, a legendary Iwo Jima vet remembers the invasion on the 75th anniversary of the battle, and DARPA dreams up a flying machine gun on The Briefing for 2.21.20 Source link

Malaysia Morning News For February 24, 2020

Health Ministry: All Malaysian Covid-19 patients in country have recovered, four foreign nationals still hospitalisedAnother Malaysian patient previously diagnosed with the Covid-19 infection has recovered, the Health Ministry said today.— Malay Mail M’sia to be test bed for Next Generation Vehicles: AnalystOne of the new elements of the newly-launched National Automotive Policy (NAP) 2020 – the Next Generation Vehicle (NxGV) – will not only consist of Energy Efficient Vehicles (EEVs), but also autonomous vehicles, and Malaysia will be preparing itself to be the test bed for this, said an automotive…