Shell Marine Integrated Solutions Save Costs for Chinese Ro-Ro Ships

By MarEx 2019-02-19 16:40:06 Shell Marine’s recommendations on medium-speed engine oils selection have saved the equivalent of around $123,000 annually for its customer Hainan Strait Shipping Co. Ltd, one of China’s leading operators of ro-ro tonnage. On Shell’s advice, Hainan Strait Shipping had switched its trunk piston engine oils to a combination of Shell Argina S3 40 and Shell Gadinia S3 40 for six ships operating in the South China Sea. With this change, Hainan Strait Shipping was able to reduce maintenance and lubricant costs, while improving the efficiency and…

Ep. 38: Beyond South China Sea tensions, part two: The CCP vision and the future of Chinese history

How the world’s greatest 15th-century navy is linked to the game-playing robot that put Beijing’s AI visions into overdrive. Google Play Apple Podcasts This week on the program, we’re going to continue our exploration of the U.S.-China relationship, which we began last week with our investigation into the history of tensions between the U.S. and Chinese navies in and around the South China Sea.  This week we turn our attention to the future. Specifically the how the Chinese Communist Party views its future. Because the more we spoke with analysts and observers…

Will the Chinese keep promises to stop bad behavior?

Talks between the U.S. and China to end the trade war appear to be in trouble with the March 2 deadline for a deal fast approaching. In the ongoing trade talks between the U.S. and China, a lack of trust – key to any successful negotiation – appears to be hobbling the ability to reach a deal. Hence it is not clear negotiators will be able to achieve anything substantive before they hit President Donald Trump’s deadline, triggering automatic tariff hikes if there’s no agreement. As a trade economist, I…

Former Chinese diplomat says British cannot accept loss of the empire in fresh rebuke to Gavin Williamson

Chinese state media has blasted the UK’s plans to send its largest warship through disputed waters where Beijing has staked its claim, saying that Britain can’t accept the loss of its empire. A state editorial written by Wu Zhenglong, China’s former ambassador to Croatia posed the question: “As an island country in the Atlantic Ocean, why does the UK travel far and wide to the South China Sea to make troubles?” The answer is because the British are “reluctant to accept the demise of the empire,” Mr Wu writes. “The UK now…

VIETNAM Vietnamese write to Trump asking for help against Chinese expansionism

The second summit between US president and Kim Jong-un is set for 27-28 February in Hanoi. The North Korean leader will arrive in Vietnam next Monday and will meet Vietnamese President and Communist Party leader Nguyễn Phú Trọng. Vietnam is committed to greater cooperation with North Korea and supports peace efforts in the Korean Peninsula. Hanoi (AsiaNews) – Vietnamese at home and abroad are signing a letter to be sent to Trump, warning against the threat of Chinese expansionism in the South China Sea. They hope that the second summit…

New Zealand gets ‘punished’ by Chinese tourists following Huawei ban, according to state media – China power

Updated February 19, 2019 16:14:54 Photo: A Shanghai-bound Air New Zealand flight turned around over papers referencing Taiwan. (AP: Mark Baker) Chinese state media have claimed Chinese tourists are abandoning New Zealand due to its decision to ban Chinese telecommunications company Huawei from operating in the country last year. Key points: China is New Zealand’s largest trading partner Beijing has previously used Chinese tourism as a diplomatic tool Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said there are “complexities” in the relationship The article, published by Chinese state-owned media Global Times, claims Chinese…

Chinese Militia Aside, Philippines to Keep Building on Disputed Islet

TAIPEI —  China and the Philippines became friends in 2016 after four years of struggling for control over a shoal where both sides fish. The friendship has held, but in December and January, China moved as many as 90 ships close to another islet they dispute to monitor Philippine construction of a beaching ramp. The naval, coast guard and idle fishing vessels just watched, but Philippine officials know China has the more powerful military. Still, the Philippines is expected to keep building on the islet, called Thitu, without hurting relations…

Chinese newspaper misquotes AFP chief on presence of militia in Spratlys

Chinese newspaper misquotes AFP chief on presence of militia in Spratlys MANILA, Philippines — In an attempt to downplay the presence of maritime militia in the South China Sea, a Chinese newspaper has wrongfully quoted Armed Forces of the Philippines chief Gen. Benjamin Madrigal Jr. In an article published February 17, Chinese newspaper Global Times accused Washington-based think tank Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) of “misreading” satellite images of Pag-asa Island, one the largest features in the Spratly Islands. Global Times claimed that Madrigal “has played down AMTI’s report…

Philippines advised to treat Chinese firms fairly

Photo: VCG  Two Chinese companies are reportedly interested in buying the Philippines’ largest shipyard, once an important US naval base in the Pacific region. Some Philippine politicians have expressed concern over a possible Chinese takeover, saying it will be a very significant national security issue. An unexpected dilemma is brewing in the Philippines. Since the start of the presidency of Rodrigo Duterte, a marked warming of bilateral ties has stoked Chinese firms’ enthusiasm for investing in the Southeast Asian country. In 2018, China’s outbound investment in the Philippines rose by…

Chinese spies suspected in cyber attack on major parties

One senior intelligence official described the hackers as the “A team” who had presented an “advanced threat”. “It’s been a long time since we’ve been faced with an actor with this level of sophistication,” the official said. “This trade craft is good. This actor is good.” The hacking team’s efforts to disguise their attack and use of new software had made it difficult to identify the perpetrator. Publicly revealing the attack now and removing forensic evidence from the parties’ networks to stop the intrusion, had also made it harder to…