19th Shangri-La Dialogue, scheduled for June, called off due to coronavirus outbreak, Singapore News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – This year’s Shangri-La Dialogue – a top-level regional security forum hosted by Singapore – will no longer be held from June 5 to 7 as scheduled due to the coronavirus outbreak. The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), which organises the annual forum, said it has decided in close consultation with the Singapore Government not to convene this year’s edition. The Straits Times had first reported on the forum’s cancellation, based on sources familiar with the matter. In a statement on Friday (March 27), the London-based IISS noted…

South China Sea: Brink of war over waters as China continues to flex military muscle | World | News

Warships, coastguard vessels, militia boats and oil rigs in the contested waters have doubled as Malaysia, Vietnam and China fight for their claim to the sea. Chinese military aircraft have conducted anti-submarine drills in the contested waters in recent weeks. This was in response to the USS Mc Campbell sail through the contested region. China conducted joint exercises in mid–March despite knowing the risk of aggravating other claimant countries. China has also activated its fishermen militia which have outnumbered all countries fishing boats in the SCS, in a bid to…

South China Sea latest: China claims to have set new world records | World | News

As per South China Morning Post (SCMP), the total figure and the 287,000 extracted on one single day would both constitute world records. The gas was extracted from a northerly section of the waterway at a depth of about 1,225m from February 17 to March 18. Beijing’s Ministry of Natural Resources described the trial as a “solid technical foundation for commercial exploitation”. They added China was the first country in the world to extract gas using a horizontal well-drilling technique. Gas hydrates are also known as flammable ice. When extracted, it is…

South China Sea: China’s missiles tests in region contested by Philippines revealed | World | News

The tests occurred in 2019, as NBC reported at the time, quoting a US official who said: “The Chinese carried out the first test over the weekend, firing off at least one missile into the sea.” The source even warned that future tests would be undertaken, stating that: “The window for testing remains open until July 3, and the official expects the Chinese military to test again before it closes.” No US Navy vessels were in the area when the missile or missiles splashed down, but the official described the…

South China Sea: Beijing’s ‘dangerous game’ that risks brutal war amid Philippines row | World | News

Beijing and the US have seen their relations break down in recent years – and aside from trade war feuds – the South China Sea has been a huge wedge between the two superpowers. The region is host to lucrative shipping lanes and trading ports, provoking President Xi Jinping to enforce a controversial Nine-Dash Line demarcation of what China deems to be its territory. The demarcation enforces a claim over all of the island clusters in the region and 90 percent of the South China Sea as a whole, but…

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 4:40 a.m. EDT

TORONTO (AP) — The United States’ caseload of coronavirus infections surged to the most in the world and its capital reported more infections as Italy shut most of its industry and masses of Indian day laborers received food rations after a lockdown put them out of work. Increases in the number of cases have been expected as testing becomes more available. The U.S. passed China with more than 85,000 cases, and Italy also exceeded 80,000, the three countries accounting for almost half of the world’s infections from the new virus.…

News at a glance | Science

Summary In science news around the world, as cases of coronavirus disease 2019 rise globally, scientists step up research on the disease while other work is suspended and labs are closed. Companies race to develop tests for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 that return results more quickly. The Cambodian government suspends for 10 years plans to build two hydropower dams on the Mekong River, one of the most biologically diverse freshwater ecosystems. A French sociologist jailed in Tehran, Iran, since June 2019 is freed in exchange for an Iranian…

Philippines Morning News For March 26, 2020

‘Worst is yet to come unless DOH, FDA act with urgency’ says LacsonSenator Panfilo Lacson on Wednesday, March 25, said that the Department of Health and the Food and Drugs Administration must act with urgency to flatten the coronavirus curve in the country.— Rappler PhilHealth enhances package rates for COVID-19 patientsWith the surge of Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) confirmed cases and the number of Persons Under Investigation (PUIs) admitted in the hospitals nationwide, the Philippine Health Insurance Coporation (PhilHealth) has enhanced its package rates related to corona virus infections particularly…

US warship sails through Taiwan Strait amid tensions with China | China News

A United States warship passed through the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday, the US and Taiwan‘s militaries said, following heightened tensions between China and Taiwan that has seen Taiwanese air force jets scramble to intercept Chinese fighters. The ship sailed north through the waterway and was monitored by Taiwan’s armed forces, the island’s defence ministry said in a statement on Thursday. It described the sailing as an “ordinary mission”, saying there was no cause for alarm, Reuters news agency reported. More: Anthony Junco, a spokesman for the US Seventh Fleet said…

Taiwan displays military preparedness with exercise that sees tanks on the streets – Taiwan English News

Taiwan staged drills around the nation today, on the third day of a large-scale military exercise designed to test combat readiness to repel an invasion. There were tanks on the streets, but no citizens felt threatened: there was no Tank Man attempting to stop the soldiers from carrying out their mission. “The drills were designed to test the combat readiness of our forces and their responses to an all-out invasion by the enemy,” the Ministry of Defense (MOD) said. The tank maneuvers were implemented in Yilan County, where four M60A3…