South China Sea: Why disputed area could be location of MH370 | World | News

MH370 disappeared on March 8, 2014, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board. It is still unknown what exactly happened to the plane, but there is a good reason why it could be in the sea near Vietnam. The South China Sea is an expanse of water containing a number of strategically important islands, each of which are claimed by multiple countries including China, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Brunei. It is located north west of Malaysia, where the plane had been headed, and…

The World Health Organization and its leader play China’s puppets on coronavirus

ANALYSIS/OPINION: For over a decade, China has conducted a broad campaign to reshape the international system into a new, post-American global order. In this effort, it is essential that China project an image of being supremely capable and powerful, thereby demonstrating that China — not Europe or the United States — is the best model for governance and economic development. The coronavirus pandemic undermines this carefully-constructed image, because Beijing’s response to the disease enabled its spread, to the detriment of public health and economies throughout the world. This directly threatens…

China’s Cartels: Those Who Control the Medicines Control the World

If the coronavirus pandemic has taught us anything, the United States is unprepared for a disease outbreak or biowarfare because we no longer make the medicines necessary for survival.  Shortages of masks, ventilators, and respirators have made headline news but shortages of critical medicines have remained largely out of public view. On February 27, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported the shortage of a drug caused by the coronavirus outbreak in China. The agency didn’t name the drug because it would cause hoarding. Since then, the FDA has…

Japanese destroyer holed after collision with Chinese trawler | World

China accused Japan of sailing a warship in its waters after a collision with a fishing boat in the East Sea. Beijing’s foreign ministry criticised the activities of the JS Shimakaze, a Hatakaze-class guided missile destroyer, which was left with a one-metre hole in its hull after the accident about 120 miles southeast of Shanghai and 400 miles west of Japan’s Yakushima island. “The collision occurred in the coastal waters of China,” Hua Chunying, a ministry spokesman, claimed. “The Chinese side has expressed concern to the Japanese over the warship…

The world is less safe when leaders videoconference

TOKYO — The strict travel bans that countries have put in place to contain the spread of the new coronavirus have halted cross-border interchanges in unprecedented ways. Not even during the Cold War days did countries shut their borders to outsiders to this extent. The isolation prevents national leaders and senior officials from meeting face to face, creating a precarious situation for world peace. The Korean Peninsula, the Middle East and the South China Sea remain powder kegs. The U.S., Japan, Australia and Europe need to work closely together to…

The world is less safe when leaders video conference

TOKYO — The strict travel bans that countries have put in place to contain the spread of the new coronavirus have halted cross-border interchanges in unprecedented ways. Not even during the Cold War days did countries shut their borders to outsiders to this extent. The isolation prevents national leaders and senior officials from meeting face to face, creating a precarious situation for world peace. The Korean Peninsula, the Middle East and the South China Sea remain powder kegs. The U.S., Japan, Australia and Europe need to work closely together to…

Rethinking borderless world: Lesson from South China Sea – Mon, March 9 2020

Chinese moves: An image captured by an Indonesian Air Force surveillance aircraft shows an encounter between China Coast Guard vessels and an Indonesian warship in the Natuna Sea on Jan. 4. ASEAN nations and China have yet to agree upon a code of conduct on the South China Sea to avoid further disputes over the ocean territory.(Antara/M. Risyal Hidayat)More than three decades ago, the Berlin Wall, once considered one of the strongest international borders separating nations, fell. Following the collapse of the wall, Kenichi Ohmae, also known as Mr. Strategy,…

South China Sea standoff: How UK warned China ‘we will intervene’ amid US clash | World | News

The warning was issued by the then-Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson amid increasing concerns that the South China Sea region could be plunged into accidental conflict. In February 2019, Mr Williamson indicated in a speech that the UK “may have to intervene” in the future to confront China as it continues to “flout international law” and is “resurgent” in rebuilding its armed forces. He also said that the first operational mission of the HMS Queen Elizabeth would include the Pacific region. While the region is primarily contested by the US and…

South China Sea: US military operations bringing China to brink of war – shock claim | World | News

The South China Sea Strategic Situation Probing Initiative’s annual report claims the United States has intensified its military operations in the region’s waters. It claimed American forces had conducted eight so-called freedom of navigation operations – in which US vessels sail within 12 nautical miles of land claimed or occupied by China – last year, which was three more than in 2018. The report, which tracks US activity in the South China Sea, also said America had engaged in at least 50 joint and multiple exercises with countries from Southeast…

As world is on edge over COVID-19, it’s ‘business as usual’ for China in West Philippine Sea

MANILA, Philippines — A Chinese military transport plane has been spotted on Kagitingan (Fiery Cross) Reef, a Philippine-claimed territory but now being occupied by China in the West Philippine Sea. Analysts said the sighting of the Chinese military aircraft in the area was a sign of unceasing Chinese military operations in the South China Sea despite global anxiety over the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which started in China. Satellite image posted by ImageSat International (ISI), a commercial provider of high-resolution satellite images, showed a Chinese Y-8 transport aircraft on March…