Florida Vietnamese refugee to meet mariner who rescued him in 1978 – News – Daily Commercial

Minh Nguyen, a local Vietnamese refugee who named his Sealand restaurant in honor of the cargo ship that plucked him from the South China Sea in 1978, soon will meet the chief ship’s mate who got him and 50 other refugees aboard the vessel and to safety. What’s in a name? For Minh Nguyen, it’s everything. At first glance, Sealand — the name of Nguyen’s restaurant at 47 Miracle Strip Parkway — seems a reasonable moniker for a coastal town restaurant serving fish, steak and other dishes; a kind of…

South China Sea fury: China now ‘outmatches US in every way’ as standoff boils | World | News

The stark warning came from former US Navy commander James Kraska, who said: “The US has lost advantage throughout the spectrum of operations, from low-level interaction against China’s maritime militia to higher-end conflict scenarios. “In other words, China has escalation dominance, because it has the power to deter any US turn towards escalation. The US is outmatched in all of the scenarios.” The disaster for Washington comes largely due to Beijing’s unwavering military development of the Spratly Islands, at the heart of the South China Sea dispute. Described by many…

South China Sea news: Japan demands stronger action against Beijing in disputed waters | World | News

Japanese MP, Akihisa Nagashima, told more than 200 representatives at the 28th Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum in Canberra, the world should not “sit on the sidelines” against Beijing’s emerging influence in the region. China claims vast areas of the energy-rich waters and has established military outposts on artificial islands. The contested waters are also believed to contain large quantities of oil and natural gas. Mr Nagashima, who also sits on the National Security Committee, told representatives from more than 30 countries, including Russia and the US, the actions of Beijing poses…

Florida Vietnamese refugee to meet mariner who rescued him in 1978 – News – Daytona Beach News-Journal Online

Minh Nguyen, a local Vietnamese refugee who named his Sealand restaurant in honor of the cargo ship that plucked him from the South China Sea in 1978, soon will meet the chief ship’s mate who got him and 50 other refugees aboard the vessel and to safety. What’s in a name? For Minh Nguyen, it’s everything. At first glance, Sealand — the name of Nguyen’s restaurant at 47 Miracle Strip Parkway — seems a reasonable moniker for a coastal town restaurant serving fish, steak and other dishes; a kind of…

Indonesia protests to China over border intrusion near South China Sea | News

Monday, December 30, 2019 9:08 a.m. EST JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia said on Monday it had protested to Beijing over the presence of a Chinese coastguard vessel in its territorial waters near the disputed South China Sea, saying it marked a “violation of sovereignty”. The boat trespassed into Indonesia’s exclusive economic zone off the coast of the northern islands of Natuna, Indonesia’s foreign ministry said in a statement. It did not say when the incident occurred. “The foreign affairs ministry has summoned the Chinese ambassador in Jakarta and conveyed a…

South China Sea crisis: Warship deployed as tensions erupt between US and China | World | News

Beijing said its military forces closely followed and monitored the USS Shiloh, a Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser, as it sailed through the sensitive waterway. The latest spat comes less than a week after Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen won re-election by a landslide on a platform of standing up to China, which claims sovereignty over the island.  Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Beijing urged the US to abide by its “one China” policy and deal with Taiwan-related matters in a way that did not undermine China-US relations or stability in…

China’s Xi turns to Myanmar as he pushes for ‘Belt and Road’ plan | China News

Yangon, Myanmar – Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Myanmar on Friday on his first trip to the country since 2009, and is expected to step up investment in the southeast Asian nation including in the conflict-wracked state of Rakhine, a key link in China‘s Belt and Road initiative. Myanmar’s deputy minister of commerce, Aung Htoo, told reporters ahead of the visit that Xi would sign agreements related to the Kyaukphyu Special Economic Zone and $1.3bn port in Rakhine, where a brutal military crackdown in 2017 led hundreds of thousands…

South China Sea: Beijing joins forces with Philippines despite illegal fishing claims | World | News

The exercises come after Philippines’ president Rodrigo Duterte made several visits to China seeking financial backing to allow him to further an infrastructure policy he has described as “build, build, build”. The Philippines has similar infrastructure investment needs to Indonesia which last week scrambled warships and fighter jets after China sent armed coastguard vessels into its exclusive economic zone. Jakarta’s response appeared to have repulsed the incursion but several Chinese boats have since returned to the waters near the Natuna islands. China’s sweeping territorial claims in South China Sea overlap…

China news: Flu epidemic fears grow as deadly coronavirus spreads from China to Japan | World | News

A government official said that a Japanese man had tested positive for the virus. The man is believed to be in his 30s, and was reported to have travelled to Wuhan in eastern China where the outbreak originated. The virus has been described as similar to SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and has infected a number of individuals since the outbreak in December. It is believed an outbreak of pneumonia has caused the latest strain of coronavirus. A Chinese woman was quarantined in Thailand on Monday after authorities realised she…