Storm Nakri to make landfall in Vietnam Sunday night

As of 4 a.m. Saturday, the center of Nakri, the sixth storm to hit Vietnamese waters this year, was around 160 kilometers (180 miles) northeast of the Southwest Cay islet in Vietnam’s Spratly Islands, with a maximum wind speed of 115 kilometers per hour, according to the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting. Over the next 24 hours, the storm, projected to become the strongest East Sea storm of the year with wind speeds reaching 11 on the Beaufort scale, will move in a southwesterly direction at 10 kilometers a hour,…

China Warns Vietnam to Not ‘Complicate’ South China Sea Dispute By Seeking Legal Arbitration – The Diplomat

Flashpoints | Security | Southeast Asia Beijing warned Hanoi to not “complicate matters.” Advertising On Friday, China pushed back on a suggestion from a senior Vietnamese official that the country would be willing to pursue international arbitration over its disputes with Beijing in the South China Sea. On Wednesday, Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister Le Hoai Trung, speaking at a conference, said that Hanoi would look to arbitration and litigation if negotiations with China did not yield any solutions. Trung spoke on other possible measures beyond negotiations that Vietnam might pursue in the South China…

NASA sees Nakri strengthen into a Typhoon

IMAGE: NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite passed over Typhoon Nakri on Nov. 8, 2019 and captured a visible image of the storm in the South China Sea. view more  Credit: NASA Worldview, Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) Former Tropical Storm Nakri strengthened into a Typhoon in the South China Sea on Nov. 8. NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite passed over the region and found Nakri appeared more circular and more organized. Visible imagery from the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument aboard NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite on Nov. 8…

In Vietnam, Medical Charity Uninvites Action Star Jackie Chan After Netizens Call for Boycott

Territorial disputes in the South China Sea became the center of a social media outcry, prompting an international medical charity to uninvite Hong Kong-born movie star Jackie Chan from its anniversary celebration scheduled for Nov. 11. The charity involved was the Vietnam branch of Operation Smile, a charity organization that provides free surgeries for children and young adults in developing countries who are born with dental and facial disfigurement. Chan is an ambassador for the charity. On Nov. 8, the charity announced on its Facebook page that Chan will not…

Vietnam is Censoring Politically Sensitive Maps. It’s Not Finished and Not Alone | Voice of America

TAIPEI – The dramatic demise in Vietnam of two maps that show China’s claim to a disputed tract of sea herald a longer-term effort at expunging material that officials find politically offensive — and not just in Vietnam. Both maps, one in a luxury Volkswagen car and the other in a DreamWorks film, show the nine-dash line that Beijing uses to demarcate its claims in the South China Sea. Vietnamese officials contest the line and say some of the waters within it are theirs. The two countries have sparred since…

Accepting The Nine-Dash-Line? Philippines To Resume Stamping Controversial Chinese Passports

The Philippine Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Jaime H. Morente has released a statement that Chinese regular e-passports will have Philippine visas stamped directly on them instead of a separate paper. The question remains: Is this an action simply to address security concerns or is it a sign that the Philippines is growing more accepting of the Nine-Dash Line, a demarcation line that China uses to declare sovereignty over the bulk of the South China Sea? Morente’s statement seems to indicate that security concerns are the reason. He said, “We…

Jackie Chan not welcome in Vietnam, say angry netizens

A spate of Vietnamese social media users have shared a poster with Jackie Chan’s portrait crossed with red X mark to express their anger with a Hanoi event featuring the Hong Kong actor. He is scheduled to join an November 10 event celebrating the 30th anniversary of Operation Smile Vietnam (OSV), which supports Vietnamese children with facial deformities. “I appreciate what OSV has done and I want the organization to develop. But I object to a man who supports the nine-dash line and abandoned his daughter, he can’t be OSV’s…

Philippines Morning News For November 8, 2019

General government debt-to-GDP worsens in Q1THE country’s consolidated general government (GG) debt-to-gross domestic product (GDP) ratio rose in the first quarter of 2019, the Department of Finance (DoF) reported on Thursday.— Manila Times Duterte’s team changes tune on PPPs as infra push gets reality checkThe Duterte administration had a change of heart in its aversion to public-private partnerships (PPPs), as its ambitious infrastructure push gets a reality check and an impending revamp.— Rappler PHL economy grows 6.2 percent in third quarter of 2019The Philippine economy grew 6.2 percent in the…

Vietnam warned Nakri could be strongest storm of the year

As of 7 a.m. Thursday, Nakri was located about 380 km northeast from the Southwest Cay islet in Vietnam’s Spratly Islands, with a maximum wind speed of 100 kph, said the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting. In the next 48 hours, the storm is likely to move west at 10-15 kph, getting stronger on the way. As of 7 a.m. Saturday, Nakri’s center is expected to be 190 km north-northwest of Southwest Cay, with a maximum wind speeds of 135 kph, the center said. By 1 p.m. on Sunday, the…