Google Maps expose Taiwanese secret military base in 3D view

        News oi-Vishal Kawadkar Google Maps’ recent update spills beans for the Taiwanese military. | Published: Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 16:16 [IST] The latest update for Google Earth 3D maps might have accidentally spilled the beans for Taiwan by exposing their secret military base to the public. Some of the locations in full three-dimensional detail include a facility that is the home to Patriot missiles, and Taiwan’s National Security Bureau, reports The South China Morning Post. The update was meant to show public locations in Taipei, New…

‘May’s Goal is to Create a Base in Pacific Ocean to Counter China’ – Prof

Opinion 16:44 14.02.2019(updated 18:54 14.02.2019) Get short URL British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday rolled back Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson’s comments on sending the HMS Queen Elizabeth to the South China Sea. Sputnik discussed the development with Dr Zalmay Gulzad, professor at the Political Science Department at Harold Washington College in Chicago. Sputnik: In your view, what does Theresa May’s reversal on the statements made by Gavin Williamson regarding sending the HMS Queen Elizabeth to the South China Sea? What does that mean for the Department of Defence and Williamson’s policies, if not Williamson’s…

China closes Everest base camp to tourists until further notice to tackle mountain of rubbish

The Mount Everest base camp in Tibet will be closed to all tourists until further notice to clear the garbage that has piled up, Chinese officials say. The decision, officially announced last month, came to public attention in the past couple of days after reports claiming the base camp of the world’s highest mountain had been permanently shut down went viral. On Thursday, state news agency Xinhua quoted Kelsang, deputy director of the Mount Everest reserve’s administration, as saying ordinary tourists would be allowed to visit areas around Rongpo monastery,…

US Military Mulls Base Deployment Near South China Sea – Adm Davidson

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Chinese “militarization” of the South China Sea has prompted the United States to begin discussing the possibility of relocating US forces and opening bases in the region, US Indo-Pacific Command chief Adm. Philip Davidson said in congressional testimony on Tuesday. “We have to accept the fact that the environment is changing so drastically in the South China Sea that it’s going to require new approaches”, Davidson told the US Senate Armed Services Committee. “It’s going to require us to think about some places, if not bases… We are in conversations with partners and allies about what…

Implications Of Indonesia’s New Military Base In The South China Sea – Analysis – Eurasia Review

Though Indonesia is not a claimant in the South China Sea, Jakarta and Beijing have entered into skirmishes in the Natuna area. By Premesha Saha A new military base was inaugurated by the Indonesian Military (TNI) Commander, Air Marshall Hadi Tjahjanto on 18 December 2018 in Natuna Besar, a disputed territory between Indonesia and China in the South China Sea. The two countries have conflicting interests and rights on this island, which is the largest in the southern peripheral of the South China Sea. Though Indonesia is not a claimant…

Implications of Indonesia’s new military base in the South China Sea

Though Indonesia is not a claimant in the South China Sea, Jakarta and Beijing have entered into skirmishes in the Natuna area for long. The development of the Natuna base can be seen within the wider gambit of Indonesia’s ‘eastern balancing.’ Photo: Greater Natuna Islands — © Flickr/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 A new military base was inaugurated by the Indonesian Military (TNI) Commander, Air Marshall Hadi Tjahjanto on 18 December 2018 in Natuna Besar, a disputed territory between Indonesia and China in the South China Sea. The two countries have conflicting…

Cambodia’s Government Denies Reports it Will Amend Constitution to Allow Chinese Naval Base

Cambodia’s government on Friday denied reports that the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) plans to amend the constitution to allow China to build a naval base in the country, amid growing influence from Beijing in the Southeast Asian nation. On Jan. 29, U.S. Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats submitted a Worldwide Threat Assessment to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence that warned of Cambodia’s “slide toward autocracy” after its Supreme Court dissolved the main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) in November 2017, paving the way for the CPP…

Beijing opens maritime rescue base in South China Sea

Posted January 31, 2019 20:48:34 Photo: China first took possession of the Fiery Cross reef in 1988. (Supplied: CSIS/AMTI) Beijing has opened a maritime rescue centre on a reef in the hotly contested South China Sea as it seeks to continue building up its presence in the region. The centre was opened on Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly Islands — which China calls Yongshu reef and the Nansha Islands — according to China’s state-run Xinhua news agency, which regularly carries official announcements. It will “better protect navigation and transport…

[ANALYSIS] Despite Duterte rhetoric, US military gains forward base in PH

It’s a clear signal that the Americans will stay here, and in the region, for a long time Published 9:33 AM, January 31, 2019 Updated 9:33 AM, January 31, 2019 The United States has gained a forward base for its Pacific Air Force in the Philippines despite President Rodrigo Duterte’s rhetoric against the country’s oldest security ally and former colonial master and his pivot to China. In mid-January, US Air Force F-16 “Fighting Falcon” fighter planes deployed from a base in South Korea landed at the Cesar Basa Air Base…

China opens maritime rescue base in disputed Spratly Islands | #AsiaNewsNetwork

China’s Ministry of Transport opened the new facility on Kagitingan Reef (Fiery Cross Reef), known to Beijing as Yongshu Reef, Xinhua said in a report on Tuesday. “The center will offer better support to maritime rescue operations in the southern part of the South China Sea,” the ministry was quoted as saying. Xinhua also reported that it deployed another rescue ship on Zamora Reef (Subi) last October, to replace the first one it deployed in July. China earlier announced that it would permanently station a search-and-rescue ship at Panganiban Reef.…