Breaking With China Is Exactly the Wrong Answer

Once again, these joint efforts saved lives. From 2014 to 2016, 28,000 people in West Africa contracted Ebola, far fewer than the 1.4 million the U.S. CDC had predicted near the beginning of the outbreak. In August 2014, 40 percent of Americans told pollsters that they expected a “large outbreak” of Ebola in the United States. Ultimately, only a single American died. On Obama’s final trip to China in 2016, the two governments agreed to jointly finance a headquarters for the African Union’s Centres for Disease Control and Prevention so…

Commentary: A cat-and-mouse game between pirates and Southeast Asian maritime security authorities

SINGAPORE:  “A lion never dies; it sleeps”, says an African proverb. The same can be said for Southeast Asian pirates and sea robbers, long neglected after the academic and diplomatic world chose to refocus on illegal fishing in the South China Sea in recent years given rising tensions in those disputed waters. Advertisement Advertisement Like the phoenix, regional pirates and sea robbers may rise from the ashes. The Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) Information Sharing Centre, based in Singapore, rang the…

Editorial: Stealthy as ever | Eleven Media Group Co., Ltd

MANILA (Philippines Daily Inquirer/ANN) – As the Philippines battles the spread of COVID-19 among its people, another malignancy continues to cast a shadow in a specific part of the country—the West Philippine Sea, where last week the Chinese Academy of Sciences launched two research stations on Fiery Cross (Kagitingan) and Subi (Zamora) Reefs in the Spratly Islands, ostensibly to “help scientists expand their research into deep sea ecology, geology, environment, material sciences and marine energy.” According to China’s state news agency Xinhua, the research stations “play a part in monitoring ecological…

US and Israel alter military focus

Both the United States and Israel are in the middle of reassessing and reworking their war fighting capability. In the US the shift is linked to the growing importance of the Pacific theater of operations. In Israel the focus is on countering new generations of weapons supplied by Iran to different terrorist groups, and to a rising crisis with Iran itself. The first sign of major change is in the US Marines, who are reducing numbers, shifting to smart weapons, and reducing support for heavy weapons including eliminating all main battle tanks. …

South China Sea latest: China claims to have set new world records | World | News

As per South China Morning Post (SCMP), the total figure and the 287,000 extracted on one single day would both constitute world records. The gas was extracted from a northerly section of the waterway at a depth of about 1,225m from February 17 to March 18. Beijing’s Ministry of Natural Resources described the trial as a “solid technical foundation for commercial exploitation”. They added China was the first country in the world to extract gas using a horizontal well-drilling technique. Gas hydrates are also known as flammable ice. When extracted, it is…

China extracts 861,400 cubic metres of natural gas from ‘flammable ice’ in South China Sea

China said on Thursday it extracted 861,400 cubic metres of natural gas from gas hydrates found in the South China Sea during a month-long trial that ended last week. The production process, which ran from February 17 to March 18, also set two world records: one for the largest total volume extracted and another for the most produced – 287,000 cubic metres – on a single day, the Ministry of Natural Resources said on its website. The gas was extracted from an area in the north of the disputed waterway,…

Queens Sailor Serves in the South China Sea

By qgazette | on March 27, 2020 Chief Gunner’s Mate Timothy Won, from Queens, performs maintenance on an M2HB .50-caliber machine gun on the aft missile deck aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85) prior to a live-fire gunnery exercise. McCampbell is underway conducting operations in the Indo-Pacific region while assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, the Navy’s largest forward-deployed DESRON and the U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Markus Castaneda) Source…

Beyond Port Visits, US-Vietnam Relations Can Go Further – The Diplomat

Advertisement From enemies during the Vietnam War to a comprehensive partnership forged on mutual cooperation U.S.-Vietnam relations have come a long way. Political and economic components have played key roles in the ongoing normalization of affairs, but so too has the military. As Vietnam seeks to hedge against China’s growing influence in the region, now is the time for the United States and Vietnam to push their relationship to a new frontier. From March 5 to 9 the USS Theodore Roosevelt made a port call in Vietnam’s coastal city of…

Stealthy as ever | Inquirer Opinion

As the Philippines battles the spread of COVID-19 among its people, another malignancy continues to cast a shadow in a specific part of the country—the West Philippine Sea, where last week the Chinese Academy of Sciences launched two research stations on Fiery Cross (Kagitingan) and Subi (Zamora) Reefs in the Spratly Islands, ostensibly to “help scientists expand their research into deep sea ecology, geology, environment, material sciences and marine energy.” According to China’s state news agency Xinhua, the research stations “play a part in monitoring ecological and seismic changes in…

China Boasts of ‘World Record’ Gas Extraction in South China Sea

China extracted 861,400 cubic meters of natural gas from methane hydrate, known as “flammable ice,” during a one-month trial production in the South China Sea, Chinese state media reported on Thursday. The gas was allegedly extracted from a depth of about 1,225 meters in an area in the north of the highly contested body of water. The South China Sea is believed to contain some of the world’s most promising deposits of methane hydrate, and China has identified the “combustible ice” as a potential new gas source. China’s announcement comes in…