Chinese research vessel Xiang Yang Hong 01 tracked in waters near Christmas Island off Western Australia – Politics

Posted March 02, 2020 04:11:15 Infographic: Defence tracked a Chinese research vessel as it mapped crucial submarine routes off the Western Australian coast. (ABC News) A high-tech Chinese research vessel has been detected mapping strategically important waters off the Western Australian coast where submarines are known to regularly transit. Key points: A Defence official said the ship was mapping waters used by Australian submarines to get to the South China Sea A Border Force spokesperson said the Xiang Yang Hong 01 had stayed in international waters In 2018, the Xiang…

Coronavirus live updates: New death in Hong Kong, Macao shuts casinos

Follow our updates: The World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency and the State Department heightened its travel advisory for China to Level 4: Do Not Travel due to the virus outbreak. Federal health officials confirmed there are 11 U.S. cases of the coronavirus, with a couple from central California falling ill after the husband’s trip to China’s Hubei province. Are you in isolation or quarantine because of coronavirus? We want to hear your story. Mapping the spread of the new coronavirus: The United States,…

Hong Kong doctors mull medical strike amid coronavirus outbreak — Quartz

From our Obsession Even small changes in China have global effects. Benjamin So is a 27-year-old doctor in Hong Kong. He usually works in the internal medicine department of Queen Mary Hospital, located on the southern coast of the city with sweeping views of the South China Sea. Right now, however, he’s holed up in a hotel room nearby in self-imposed quarantine—and preparing for a strike. The coronavirus epidemic is unfolding in Hong Kong at a volatile time. After months of large-scale protests, public trust in the government is at…

Noah Ente: Taiwan elections reflect power of Hong Kong protests

Earlier this month, Taiwanese voters went to the polls to decide the future direction of their country’s historically hostile relationship with the Communist Party of China (CPC). At their hands were options to move toward some form of greater reconciliation with President Xi Jinping and his government, or for Taiwan to remain as nationally distinct as possible. On Jan. 11, the people of Taiwan emphatically decided to maintain their independence from the CPC and continue their fight for legitimacy. As a result, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen won reelection amid an…

Photos: I sailed on a cargo ship from Malaysia to Hong Kong

A voyage aboard a cargo ship can be the adventure of a lifetime. A number of shipping companies now offer passenger berths, and a number of specialized travel agencies can arrange trips aboard cargo ships. Some cargo ships, like the CMA CGM Amerigo Vespucci that I traveled on, are far more luxurious than some people might assume, with rooms on par with cruise ships or hotels and amenities including a library, gym, and gourmet meals served by a French-trained chef. Booking through a company called Freighter Travel, I sailed aboard…

Warm spell set to end as forecasters predict cold weather will return to Hong Kong this weekend

Hong Kong’s warm and sunny Christmas holidays are coming to an end, with the temperature forecast to drop to 15 degrees Celsius (59 degrees Fahrenheit) on Friday, with rain also expected this weekend. The city experienced some relatively cooler days earlier this month, with the temperature dropping to 14.7 degrees in the city centre on December 9. Since then, the weather has been warmer, with the temperature reaching nearly 24 degrees at noon on Thursday. But, Hong Kong Observatory said a cold front over inland Guangdong had been moving southwards,…

South China Sea live-fire drill for PLA’s Hong Kong garrison

China’s state broadcaster released a video on Christmas Eve of Hong Kong’s PLA garrison conducting live-fire sea drills in the South China Sea. While key details of the events were not included, the video released on the social media account of China’s Central Television military channel, said the drills were conducted “in recent days” without specifying an exact time, or location, or the craft involved. The PLA warship Qinzhou, a type 056 corvette, which has been used in previous Hong Kong garrison naval drills, featured in the video. In 2018,…