Malaysia needs ‘naval boost to deal with possible S. China Sea conflict’, SE Asia News & Top Stories

KUALA LUMPUR • Malaysia needs to boost its naval capabilities to prepare for possible conflict in the South China Sea, its foreign minister said yesterday, even as South-east Asia’s third-largest economy pursues non-militarisation of the disputed waterway. Tensions have escalated in recent weeks, especially after a US Navy destroyer last month sailed near islands claimed by China as a challenge to what the US Navy described as excessive Chinese territorial claims in the region. Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah said Malaysia could issue protest notes if a major power were to…

Philippines’ top diplomat apologises to China for Mao Zedong tweets – SE Asia

The Philippines’ top diplomat apologized on Sunday for Twitter posts on Mao Zedong, the founding father of the People’s Republic of China, including referring to the revolutionary leader as “burnt rice.” In a tweet two weeks ago, Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin called the Chinese revolutionary Mao Che “Tutung,” which means burnt rice in the Filipino language. In a separate tweet on Oct. 11 while reacting to a challenge by left-leaning groups for leaders to use public transport, Locsin said the point of communism is “to take power and unleash…

Philippines’ top diplomat apologises to China for Mao Zedong tweets, East Asia News & Top Stories

MANILA (BLOOMBERG) – The Philippines’ top diplomat apologised on Sunday (Oct 13) for Twitter posts on Mao Zedong, the founding father of the People’s Republic of China, including referring to the revolutionary leader as “burnt rice”. In a tweet two weeks ago, Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin called the Chinese revolutionary Mao Che “Tutung,” which means burnt rice in the Filipino language. In a separate tweet on Oct 11 while reacting to a challenge by left-leaning groups for leaders to use public transport, Mr Locsin said the point of communism…

US counter-terror analyst arrested for leaking top secret info

WASHINGTON: A counter-terrorism analyst at the US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) was arrested on Wednesday (Oct 9) for allegedly leaking top-secret information to journalists, officials said. Henry Kyle Frese, 30, of Alexandria, Virginia, was taken into custody when he arrived at work and faces two counts of revealing classified defense information, they said. Advertisement Advertisement “Frese was caught red-handed disclosing sensitive national security information for personal gain,” assistant attorney general John Demers told reporters. The Justice Department did not reveal the content of the information allegedly leaked by Frese other than…

DIA employee arrested for leaking top secret info

The US Department of Justice building is seen in Washington, DC on July 22, 2019. — AFP photo A counter-terrorism analyst at the US Defence Intelligence Agency was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly leaking top secret information to journalists, officials said. Henry Kyle Frese, 30, of Alexandria, Virginia, was taken into custody when he arrived at work and faces two counts of revealing classified defence information, they said. ‘Frese was caught red-handed disclosing sensitive national security information for personal gain,’ assistant attorney general John Demers told reporters. The justice department…

Framework set up to discuss airspace management and military training, Politics News & Top Stories

Singapore and Indonesia have agreed on a framework to discuss two longstanding issues – airspace management and military training. Both leaders have also instructed their ministers and officials to follow up with detailed negotiations on the basis of this framework, and to conclude and implement agreements in a timely manner, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. “This framework acknowledges that the core interests and rights of both countries must be recognised and respected. And that Indonesia and Singapore should negotiate agreements on these two issues that are durable and for…

Vietnam accuses Chinese vessel of violating its sovereign rights, SE Asia News & Top Stories

HANOI • Vietnam has accused a Chinese oil-surveying vessel and its coast guard escorts of territorial violations by widening their activities after entering the country’s exclusive economic zone and operating within offshore blocks for three months. As of yesterday, the ship called the Haiyang Dizhi 8 has made several passes through the foreign-owned blocks off the coast of central Vietnam after leaving the Chinese-controlled Fiery Cross Reef on Sept 28, according to satellite tracking data from Marine Traffic. “The Chinese survey vessel Haiyang Dizhi 8 and its escorted vessels continue,…

China just unveiled an underwater drone that could one day even the odds against the US and its top allies

Bill Mesta / US Navy / DVIDS The People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) showed off a large unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) called the HSU-001 at the 70th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) rule on October 1. The UUV will most likely be used to spy on US allies in the region, rather than carrying out armed missions. The US is developing its own UUVs, including small ones that can be dropped from airplanes and used in swarms for reconnaissance or to lay mines, according to Bryan Clark, a…

China just unveiled an underwater drone that could one day even the odds against the US and its top allies, Business Insider

caption Chinese navy personnel perform at an event celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) in Qingdao, China, April 22, 2019. source Jason Lee / REUTERS The People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) showed off a large unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) called the HSU-001 at the 70th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) rule on October 1. The UUV will most likely be used to spy on US allies in the region, rather than carrying out armed missions. The US is developing…