China launches terrifying new assault ship near Taiwan as US warned it ‘WILL get burnt’ | World | News

The eastern superpower’s first Type 075 amphibious assault ship was pictured at a base of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in Sanya, the south’s Hainan province, near Taiwan. Local media reports claim the ship was built in Shanghai but left in October. It comes as China’s defence ministry spokesman Col. Wu Qian said the US arms deal with Taiwan could “seriously endanger” China’s sovereignty, security and territorial integrity and “seriously undermine” peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. The Type 075 is a 32,000-ton vessel which would be China’s most…

Kielvj, Renzio exit Aura PH

Kielvj, Renzio exit Aura PH Photo from Aura Philippines Facebook page Aura PH released longtime sidelaner Kiel Vj “Kielvj” Hernandez and sixth man Renz “Renzio” Cadua, the team announced on Wednesday night through its Facebook page.  This after the first-ever two-time Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Pro League-Philippines (MPL-PH) champions failed to live up to expectations in Season 6.  “Tonight we will say farewell to ‘The King’ Kielvj and ‘The Phantom Offlaner’ Renzio. Thank you for the past seasons and (we) wish you all the best in your careers,” the team said. …

Manila Pauses Militia Deployment in South China Sea 

The Philippine government’s plan to deploy fishermen as militia forces in the South China Sea has been put on hold over concerns about miscalculations fueling conflict with China, the South China Morning Post reported Nov. 4, citing a statement made by President Rodrigo Duterte’s national security adviser Hermogenes Esperon. … For Serious People Who Seek Intelligence Over News Subscribe Today for $149! High quality, unbiased analysis of global events Quarterly, annual, and decade geopolitical forecasts …

‘Siony’ may reach Batanes, Babuyan islands on Friday morning

A slow-moving severe tropical storm “Siony” (international name “Atsani”) continued to crawl towards Batanes and Babuyan Islands, which prompted authorities to also place Batanes under tropical cyclone wind signal No. 1 on Wednesday evening. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Siony is more likely to make landfall or move close to Batanes and Babuyan Islands by Friday morning. It will begin to accelerate and move west or west-northwest towards the Luzon Strait in the next 48 hours.  In its severe weather bulletin issued at 11 p.m.,…

Ant Group IPO Suspended; Five-Year Plan Unveiled

Chinese Regulators Suspend Ant Group’s IPO On Nov. 3, Chinese regulators announced the suspension of Ant Group’s initial public offering, taking the financial world by surprise. The financial technology giant was poised to break the record for the world’s largest initial public offering (IPO): Ant Group was estimated to raise approximately $34.4 billion in capital, outdoing the previous record set in 2019 by Saudi Aramco’s $29.4 billion IPO. The company would have started trading on the Hong Kong and Shanghai exchanges on Nov. 5. The move brings simmering tensions between…

Amid U.S.-China conflict, can Latin America find its way?

The Chinese embassy in Suriname simply replied: “We advise Mr. Pompeo to respect facts and truth, abandon arrogance and prejudice, stop smearing and spreading rumors about China.” Can LAC countries actually cooperate? Do LAC countries have any alternative? In an article published by Foreign Affairs Latinoamérica, Chilean ex-diplomats assert that LAC could adopt “active non-alignment,” which was used during the Cold War when Washington butted heads with Moscow. But the authors warn that “the difference is that, this time, the stakes from an economic point of view are much higher,…

Low cases of COVID-19 noted at NAIA

Low cases of COVID-19 noted at NAIA The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) has announced lower cases of COVID-19 infections among airport personnel due to massive information drive and disinfection within the NAIA complex. MIAA Public Affairs head Consuelo Bungag said of the 151 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since last March, a total of 146 individuals have recovered.  There are four remaining patients with the dreaded pulmonary disease, and one case of death. The MIAA management has ordered the continued disinfection in the terminals, along with other health safety protocols,…

Heralding Deal with China, Philippines Restarts Offshore Oil-Gas Exploration in Disputed Sea | Voice of America

TAIPEI, TAIWAN – The Philippine government’s lifting of a ban on offshore oil and gas exploration reopens the door to joint energy development with China, the erstwhile biggest player in a regional maritime sovereignty dispute, analysts believe.     Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has approved a Department of Energy proposal to resume exploration in the South China Sea, the department said October 15 in a statement online. Exploration was called off six years ago as a Sino-Philippine maritime dispute peaked.   Resumption of oil and gas exploration will “infuse the economy with…

Duterte gov’t may reconsider ban on joining South China Sea drills

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 4) — The Philippines is not totally closing its doors to participating in joint military exercises in the South China Sea, the country’s top security official said Wednesday. “For now, we think that getting into military exercises in the area doesn’t contribute much to a peaceful South China Sea or West Philippine Sea. We will continue to evaluate that however,” National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, Jr. said in an online media briefing. “[W]e have put them on hold for several reasons but we will consider…

Congresswoman, 77, tests positive for COVID-19

A 77-year-old congresswoman has tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently under home isolation in Quezon City, the House of Representatives reported Wednesday. The lady solon’s identity was withheld.  She became the 90th among House officials and employees infected by the dreaded coronavirus disease. She is also the 10th House member to be infected. Also on Wednesday, the House Medical-Dental Service disclosed that two employees received test confirmation that they are positive for COVID-19. MDS Director Dick Dizon revealed that a female employee from the office of Camiguin Rep. Xavier Jesus Romualdo…