CGA needs airborne capacity – Taipei Times

By Wu Tung-ming 吳東明 During last year’s legislative review of the central government budget for this fiscal year, lawmakers requested that the Ocean Affairs Council assess feasibility and necessity of building airborne patrolling and monitoring capabilities for the Coast Guard Administration (CGA). The council in February submitted the assessment report to the legislature, and it has since been discussed in several Chinese-language media. Having spent several decades teaching maritime law enforcement and security, and observing the situation in the waters surrounding the nation as well as the development of…

The Times view on Britain’s responsibilities to Hong Kong: Freedom Curtailed | Comment

Nobody should underestimate the gravity of the Chinese parliament approving a national security law for Hong Kong yesterday. What it represents, in simple terms, is the end of Hong Kong’s status as a semi-autonomous statelet under the umbrella of the People’s Republic. The promise and legal undertaking made in 1997 that China and Hong Kong would be “one country, two systems” has been broken. The new law is expected to criminalise a variety of acts, including the vague offence of undermining the power or authority of the central Chinese government.…

China’s expanding military reach – Taipei Times

Israel-based geo-intelligence data provider ImageSat International on May 13 released a satellite photograph of the Chinese-controlled Fiery Cross Reef (Yongshu Reef, 永暑礁) on Twitter. The image gave a clear view of Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force Shaanxi KJ-500 airborne early-warning aircraft, KQ-200 anti-submarine maritime patrol aircraft and a suspected Changhe Z-18 anti-submarine helicopter, showing that the PLA has advanced its deployment in the South China Sea. Only last month, China established Xisha District (西沙) on Woody Island (Yongxing Island, 永興島) and Nansha District (南沙) on the reef,…

China hikes defence budget to $179 billion, nearly three times that of India | India News

BEIJING: China, the second-largest military spender after the US, has hiked its defence budget from last year’s 177.6 billion to $179 billion, nearly three times that of India, the lowest increment in recent years apparently due to the heavy disruption caused to its economy by the Covid-19, according to the official media. China, which has the world’s largest military of two million troops, will continue to lower its defence budget growth rate to 6.6 per cent in 2020, according to a draft budget report presented on Friday to National People’s…

China hikes defence budget to $179 billion, nearly three times that of India

China, which has the world’s largest military of two million troops, will continue to lower its defence budget growth rate to 6.6 per cent in 2020 (Reuters image) China, the second-largest military spender after the US, has hiked its defence budget from last year’s 177.6 billion to USD 179 billion, nearly three times that of India, the lowest increment in recent years apparently due to the heavy disruption caused to its economy by the COVID-19, according to the official media. China, which has the world’s largest military of two million…

You can’t blame China for everything | The Canberra Times

news, latest-news, There is a lot wrong with China. Goodness knows there is. Where should we start? Human rights, of course. “The human rights situation continued to be marked by a systematic crackdown on dissent,” reports Amnesty International of the PRC’s 2019. “The justice system remained plagued by unfair trials and torture and other ill-treatment in detention. China still classified information on its extensive use of the death penalty as a state secret.” Neighbourliness? In hitherto open water in the South China Sea, China is building islands and creating military…

PH Navy ship docks at Pag-asa Island – The Manila Times

A Philippine Navy ship made history when it docked at the Philippine-occupied Pag-asa (Thitu) Island to drop off soldiers. Commo. Renato David, commander of Naval Forces West, said BRP Ivatan (LC298) docked at a “newly constructed” port on May 13 at Pag-asa Island, one of Manila’s occupied features at the Kalayaan Island Group (Spratly Group of Islands). The ship sailed to the island as part of its mission to bring fresh troops and provisions for the Philippine detachments at the West Philippine Sea. BRP Ivatan also made its rounds at the detachments located at Rizal (Commodore) Reef, Patag…