China harasses PTTEP’s exploration activity off Malaysia

The Chinese coast guard has been harassing a drilling rig contracted to Thailand’s PTTEP in Malaysian waters off Sarawak as the company attempts to appraise its biggest ever gas discovery. The China coast guard ship 5402 harassed Borr Drilling’s Gunnlod jack-up drilling unit and its supply ships within Malaysia’s 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the South China Sea, off the coast of Sarawak, on November 19, reported the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI). The incident appears to have followed two weeks of rising tensions between the Chinese coast…

Guam can’t squander chances to change political status

George C. Eustaquio Published 1:57 p.m. ChT Nov. 30, 2020 President Harry S. Truman (seated) signs the Organic Guam Act of 1950. From left: Sen. Joseph C. O’Mahoney, Wyoming; Carlos Taitano, legislative representative of Guam; Harold Seidman, Bureau of the Budget; Secretary of the Navy Francis Matthews; Sen. Clinton P. Anderson, New Mexico; Secretary of the Interior Oscar Chapman; and Sen. Hugh Butler, Nebraska. (Photo: Courtesy of the Harry S. Truman Library & Museum) “Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?” Thousands of children were taken from the…

China slaps 200% tax on Australia wine amid tensions

BEIJING (AP) — China on Friday added wine to the growing list of Australian goods barred from its markets in a trade war against Australia over disputes including its support for a probe into the origin of the coronavirus. The Ministry of Commerce imposed import taxes of up to 212.1 percent, effective Saturday, which Australia’s trade minister said make Australian wine unsellable in China, his country’s biggest export market. China increasingly is using its populous market as leverage to extract political concessions and increase its strategic influence. Earlier, China stopped…