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…

South China Sea crisis: How Iran feud and Australia fires could help China dominate | World | News

US military resources are being stretched further in the Middle East after tensions with Iran nearly escalated into conflict earlier this month. On January 3, President Trump gave the go ahead for a devastating strike which killed Iran’s most important military figure – Qassem Soleimani. In response, Iran hit Ain al-Assad airbase in Iraq, which many believed were holding US soldiers, with at least 10 ballistic missiles. While no US soldiers were hurt thanks to pre-strike warnings, the US has nevertheless had to allocate more military resources to the Middle…

South China Sea: Putin moves to support the Philippines and Vietnam against Beijing’s plan | World | News

The development will frustrate China’s attempts to secure ownership of the lucrative zone within its nine dash line, the proportion of the sea bed that Beijing has allocated for itself. In October Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte invited Moscow-based energy company Rosneft to conduct oil and gas exploration in waters the Philippines claims in the South China Sea. The offer was reciprocated by the Russian ambassador to the Philippines, Igor Khovaev, who invited Philippine companies to also “explore oil and gas in Russia together with Russian companies”. A team from Rosneft…

South China Sea humiliation: Why China’s military bases could crumble in US conflict | World | News

China has engulfed the South China Sea with man made island bases, and has been accused of forming them specifically for military purposes. The key issue for other Asian neighbours is the placement of these bases in archipelagos that are under sovereignty claims by multiple countries. The Spratly Islands are claimed by China, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia, the Philippines and Brunei – and have become the cornerstone of China’s quest for dominance in the region. A leaked set of photos given to a Filipino newspaper showed just how elaborate the developments…

South China Sea warning: Huge ‘negative consequences for globe’ if conflict breaks out | World | News

The area that Beijing is claiming that stretches far from the mainland of China and presses up against the coastal regions of Indonesia and the Philippines has some of the world’s most viable fisheries, which combined could account for one tenth of the world’s total supply. Indian strategy consultancy Intueri has analysed the current state of affairs in the region and announced, “the South China Sea is a vital conduit for global trade and attempts to restrict access to it could prove to have significant negative consequences on the global…

South China Sea: Beijing humiliated as nations round on Xi in tense standoff | World | News

The height of recent hostility has come as a result of yet another standoff between China and a nearby South China Sea nation, with Indonesia expressing fury after Chinese fishing vessels entered the country’s economic exclusion zone last week. Dozens of boats entered the region on the periphery of the Natuna waters, located in the South China Sea between Malaysia and Indonesia, and only departed last Thursday. But China‘s latest act of aggression may have backfired as Indonesia calls on Japan to help defy Beijing’s military presence in the South…

America Couldn’t Have Won World War II Without Britain’s Submarines

Key point: The sphere where submarines interfaced most closely with the British Pacific Fleet’s surface task forces was in the provision of air and sea rescue to retrieve downed Allied pilots. During World War II, after the Royal Navy’s traumatic departure from the Pacific Ocean in early 1942, the 4th Submarine Flotilla and its depot ship, the HMS Adamant, operated with the Eastern Fleet based at Trincomalee––a large, natural harbor located on the coast of Sri Lanka in the heart of the Indian Ocean. Dutch submarines joined them and were placed under…

Here’s why Taiwan is such a complex entity – Mothership.SG – News from Singapore, Asia and around the world

Taiwan is a self-ruled island. Operates like its own country It has its own constitution, its own democratically-elected government, its own currency, and about 300,000 active troops in its military. Its approximately 23 million citizens travel on its own passport as well. Essentially, it operates like an independent country. However, it is treated like a pariah and excluded from most international memberships, such as the World Health Organisation — a situation that experts say could be catastrophic to public health in the region. Taiwan has to be recognised by other…

Taiwan Is About To Have An Election That Will Change The World

2020 is the year of elections. One of the most pivotal elections will take place on January 11, when Taiwan will have its general election, and the Taiwanese will cast votes for president, vice president, and their legislature. This election is pivotal, as it will take place as the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong is ongoing, and the election outcome will have a profound effect on foreign policy strategies and relationships between Washington, Beijing, and Taipei throughout 2020 and beyond. Leading the poll is Taiwan’s fourth democratically elected and first female president,…