South China Sea: World War 3 FEARS as Vietnam secretly builds ten islands in disputed sea | World | News

The country has placed its construction in the Spratly Islands near its mainland coast to prevent criticism, the New Delhi Times reported. They have slowly added buildings on 10 major islets since 2017, according to the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative. The US Centre for Strategic and International Studies also tracked new communications equipment, a sports field and the extension of a runway from 750 metres to 1,300 metres. Vietnam’s construction is widely seen as defensive, the New Delhi Times reported. The country, which belongs to the Association of Southeast Asian…

South China Sea: Philippines Duterte SUES China for harvesting clams near Thitu island | World | News

The government plans to take legal action against China for harvesting giant clams in Scarborough or Panatag Shoal, the Philippine Star reported. Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said on Twitter: “We just caught them doing that recently, filed a diplomatic note, and will be taking legal action. With our legal department now.” The action follows Chinese ships reportedly swarming Pag-asa island, also known as Thitu. Mr Duterte had previously warned Beijing to “lay off” the island or he will tell his soldiers to “prepare for suicide missions”. He…

Ivanka Trump says she passed on offer from the president to run the World Bank: “He did ask me”

Ivanka Trump revealed in a recent interview that her father had considered appointing her to a job at the World Bank. “He did ask me about that, but I love the work that I am doing,” Trump told the Associated Press (AP), adding that “myself and Secretary Mnuchin, we oversaw the process of selecting the final candidate and bringing multiple candidates to the president ultimately for him to make the final decision.” “We had a strong preference, David Melpass was unanimously confirmed, and he’s going to do an unbelievable job.…

South China Sea: Beijing unveils world’s first drone boat amid growing tensions | World | News

The Marine Lizard could be used to take on land assault operations according to military analysts. The 14-tonne vessel is capable of reaching speeds of 50 knots in the water, GlobalTimes reported. When approaching land, the boat releases four tank treads which allow it to travel at 20km/h (12.4mph). However, the maximum land speed can be increased, the manager of the company which builds the vessel told Hubei Daily. The military expert told the Global Times: “This amphibious drone boat is suitable for island assault operations as a swarm of…

U.S. military’s “unsinkable carrier” springs a leak – People’s World

NASA astronaut image of Diego Garcia Atoll, Chagos Archipelago, April 6, 2003. Public domain in the U.S. because it was created by the Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, of the NASA Johnson Space Center and not copyrighted. | Wikipedia. The recent decision by the Hague-based International Court of Justice that the Chagos Islands—with its huge U.S. military base at Diego Garcia—are being illegally occupied by the United Kingdom (UK) has the potential to upend the strategic plans of a dozen regional capitals, ranging from Beijing to Riyadh. For a tiny…

Japan, Philippines agree on defense cooperation – News – NHK WORLD

The defense chiefs of Japan and the Philippines have agreed to continue cooperation in a variety of areas. Japanese Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya and Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana held talks in Tokyo on Wednesday. Iwaya pointed out that defense cooperation between the two countries is steadily advancing in many areas. He said Japan will further contribute in terms of assistance in times of natural disasters and enhancing the warning and surveillance capabilities of the Philippines. Lorenzana said he wants to further strengthen his country’s strategic partnership with Japan as…

MH370 news: Why aviation specialists claimed plane ‘was HIJACKED and landed HERE’ | World | News

MH370, which was flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, China, disappeared on March 8, 2014. The Boeing 777 was carrying 239 people when the jet disappeared over the South China Sea. Captain Zaharie Shah last communicated with air traffic control at 1:19am during a routine handover from Malaysian to Vietnamese channels. Analysis of radar and satellite data shows that it suddenly changed course and flew back across Malaysia before turning south of Penang and then towards the southern Indian Ocean.  Mr Shah has come under fire numerous times over theories he…

Time for US, Europe to ask what sort of world China wants to build

European Union leaders sat down this week in Brussels for a summit with a China it recently branded a “systemic rival,” and the United States is nearing the end game trade talks with a China that national security documents refer to as a “strategic adversary.” So, it’s surprising that trans-Atlantic leaders are neither working at common cause nor asking the most crucial geopolitical questions of our age. What sort of world does China want to create? With what means would it achieve its aims? And, what should the United States…

China’s modern navy embraces a multipolar world

On April 12 last year, Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, called for building a first-class navy “that has never been more urgent than today” after the largest military review in China since its founding in 1949. China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy will hold its 70th anniversary celebration on April 23. The parade of military vessels will be joined by navies from around the world in the Yellow Sea off the coast of Qingdao…