New Law Would Let Chinese Coast Guard Use Weapons in South China Sea

The Chinese legislature has drafted a new law granting the coast guard permission to use weapons within the country’s “jurisdictional waters,” opening the possibility of coastguard ships using more explicit armed force in disputed areas of the South China Sea. China’s Central Military Commission, which oversees the armed forces, first proposed the law in late September. A draft text was subsequently released by China’s legislative body, the National People’s Congress, on Wednesday, as first reported by the National People’s Congress Observer website. The measure is open for public comment until…

Take a walk, improve your mood

The author is the Health editor of The Manila Bulletin If you are having difficulty sleeping, are moody, generally anxious, and feeling fat — it is time to take a walk.  Walk around the house, in the garden, around the block, to the village convenience store.  Or go to YouTube and walk with Leslie Sansone, a very popular walking program which offers easy-to-follow low to high impact programs in 15-minute, 30-minute, to 50-minute sessions.   To many people, including me, walking is the magic pill that always improves the mood,…

China news: Trump places £7.2bn order for ‘most advanced’ US submarine of all time | World | News

The Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine will form one-third of the US military’s feared nuclear triad, which also includes long-range nuclear-armed warplanes and intercontinental ballistic missiles. The order for the new submarine comes amid the chaotic US Presidential election which has yet to produce a clear winner but also at a time of soaring tensions with China. Officials said the deal includes money to finish construction of the future USS Columbia and buy materials for the future USS Wisconsin, the second of the new class of missile subs that will replace…

Magnolia eyes fourth straight win; Meralco tackles skidding TNT

Chris Banchero of Magnolia attacks the basket against Terrafirma defenders. (PBA Images) Two games pitting hot and cold teams will be the theme on Saturday as playoff positioning heats up in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Angeles University Foundation Sports and Cultural Center. Magnolia battles Rain or Shine at 4 p.m. before Meralco faces TNT at 6:45 p.m. as the league makes a temporary return to its traditional doubleheader slate after holding three to four games a day since the eliminations resumed. Both results will play a crucial role…

India, Philippines vow to strengthen defence engagement, maritime cooperation

India and Philippines on Friday resolved to strengthen defence engagement and maritime cooperation, especially in military training, as well as in procurement of defence equipment. The resolve by the two nations to deepen defence and maritime ties comes in the backdrop of China’s growing expansionist behaviour in eastern Ladakh, South China Sea and Indo-Pacific region. The fourth meeting of the India-Philippines joint commission on bilateral cooperation, co-chaired by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his Philippines counterpart Teodoro Locsin Jr. L, was held online on Friday. Both sides held comprehensive…

US$13,500 in small bills seized by NAIA Customs

News / National / US$13,500 in small bills seized by NAIA Customs US$13,500 in small bills seized by NAIA Customs The Bureau of Customs at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) has intercepted two packages at the Fedex warehouse containing undeclared foreign currencies with a total amount of $13,500 in Fedex. (photo from BOC) The packages were both misdeclared as “correspondence/no value”, which arrived on October 23 and 29, 2020, respectively. Both were sent by the same sender, a certain Jefferson from USA, and consigned to the same person from…

Philippines Shelves Plan for South China Sea Fishing Militia – The Diplomat

Advertisement The Philippine government has reportedly backed down on a plan to deploy fishermen as militia forces in disputed parts of the South China Sea, citing concerns about the potential for conflict with China. In a briefing on November 5, President Rodrigo Duterte’s National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon said that the plan, designed to beef up its defenses after years of Chinese intimidation in disputed areas, had not been “finalized” due to worries that the action could be “misconstrued.” Last month, Philippine defense officials said they were considering recruiting fishermen into…

PH Red Cross gets P65-million commitment from UK gov’t

The British government has committed a P65-million financial aid to the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) to boost its typhoon relief operations. Philippine Red Cross (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) Senator Richard Gordon, PRC chairman, said British Ambassador to the Philippines Daniel Pruce called to inform him that the United Kingdom will donate some P65 million to the PRC through the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). “Tumawag siya (He called and told me), ‘We want to help you because you’re doing a good job’. Hindi naman ako…

Japan Could Face The Brunt Of Chinese Navy As Beijing Drafts Another Powerful Law Over Contested Waters

China’s National People’s Congress has proposed a new law that would authorize the Coast Guard to use weapons against foreign ships involved in illegal activities in its waters. After Saudi, Trump Endorses ‘Independent Kashmir’; Why Are Key Allies Turning Against India? The coast guard would be authorized to use weapons “in the case of unlawful infringement by a national organization or individual,” as per the document released by the NCP to seek public comments on the draft law. The law will allow the use of handheld weapons against vessels deemed…