Car Carrier Catches Fire Near Spratly Islands

Reed Bank, left, and Malampaya gas field, upper right (chart image via social media) By MarEx 2019-06-17 20:49:37 [Brief] The K Line car carrier Diamond Highway caught fire Saturday night near the northeastern end of the Spratly Islands archipelago, and she is now adrift, according to the Philippine Coast Guard. The Highway reported a fire on board late on Saturday, said PCG spokesman Captain Armand Balilo, at a position in the vicinity of Reed Bank. Her 25 crewmembers abandoned ship and were rescued by another ro/ro, the Canopus Leader, which…

Growing vegetables against all odds on Spratly Islands | #AsiaNewsNetwork

But the young man soon realised the importance of self-sufficiency and learned how to cultivate vegetables after joining the navy soldier troop on Đá Thị (Petley) Reef, a coral rock 322 nautical miles from Cam Ranh Peninsula, which is part of Việt Nam’s Spratly Islands. “Planting vegetables here on the reef does not only provide me and my fellows with healthy food, which are an important part of daily Vietnamese meals, but also entertains me during leisure time and eases feelings of homesickness,” Cường said. Every day, Cường and his…

Photo exhibition to feature Vietnam’s seas, islands

VNA Monday, June 10, 2019 – 16:41:00 Print A corner of Phu Quoc island, Kien Giang province (Photo: VNA)   Khanh Hoa (VNA) – A photo exhibition on Vietnam’s sea and island cultural and tourism heritages will take place in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa from June 14-18, as part of National Tourism Year 2019 themed “Nha Trang – Colour of the Sea”. The event will be organised by the provincial People’s Committee, the Vietnam Exhibition Centre for Culture and Arts, the departments of culture, sports and tourism of…

South China Sea: World War 3 fears as Beijing deploys troops and weapons on islands | World | News

China has vowed to protect what they see as their territory following accusations of aggressive militarisation in the area. General Wei Fenghe, China’s minister of national defence said the county is within its right to build defence facilities. Other countries have fiercely contested China’s hold over the seas. General Wei told the Shangri-La Dialogue: “It is the legitimate rights of a sovereign state to carry out construction on its own territory. “Where there are threats, there is defence. “In the face of heavily armed warships and military aircraft, how can…

China claims naming South China Sea islands with English names

China claims naming South China Sea islands with English names Patricia Lourdes Viray (Philstar.com) – June 4, 2019 – 12:40pm MANILA, Philippines (Update 2, 3:01 p.m.) — Distancing itself from the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), Beijing insisted that artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea have been named a long time ago. Speaking at the 2019 Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, Chinese Ministry of Defense Security Cooperation Center director Senior Colonel Zhou Bo, talked about the artificial islands in the South China Sea. Collin Koh, maritime…

Tensions escalate as US warships sail past islands claimed by China

The ships were warned away by the Chinese navy (Picture: Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images) Two US warships have sailed near islands claimed by China today in a move that could aggravate tense relations between the countries. According to the US military, the guided-missile destroyers Preble and Chung Hoon travelled within 12 nautical miles of Gaven and Johnson Reefs by the Spratly Islands, in the South China Sea. The waterway is one area of dispute between the US and China that has the potential of triggering a war. Family’s £3,000 holiday ruined…

China admits to deploying troops, weapons to South China Sea islands

China admits to deploying troops, weapons to South China Sea islands MANILA, Philippines — China has every right to deploy troops and build weapons on islands and reefs it claims in the South China Sea, two top-level leaders from Beijing said in response to criticisms of its aggressive militarization of the disputed area.   Gen. Wei Fenghe, China’s minister of national defense, told an international security forum in Singapore that China is well within its rights to build defense facilities on its natural and man-made islands in the South China…

Australia’s Scott Morrison to visit Solomon Islands as China increases influence over South Pacific nation

SYDNEY – Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison will visit the Solomon Islands next week, two sources familiar with the plans said Monday, as Western nations seek to rein in China’s influence on the tiny Pacific island nation. With the United States and its allies keen to ensure China does not increase its foothold in the Pacific, protecting diplomatic recognition for self-ruled Taiwan has emerged as a flash point in regional ties. “China is the Solomon Islands’ largest trading partner and this is adding a lot of pressure on lawmakers to…