America’s Asian Allies Need Nuclear Weapons

Nobody envies U.S. President-elect Joe Biden at the moment. The problems he faces seem insurmountable. China likely will be the administration’s most serious foreign challenge. The United States is wealthier and more powerful, but remains committed—overcommitted, in fact—around the globe. The world’s finest—and most expensive—military goes only so far. Moreover, domestic needs and international wants will increasingly clash. As America entered 2020, the federal budget deficit was expected to run to $1.1 trillion. Combating the coronavirus pandemic and providing economic relief pushed that number to $3.1 trillion. It will be more…

Suspected Chinese submarine drone found by Indonesian fishermen in crucial maritime passage to Australia

Indonesian fishermen have discovered a suspected Chinese submarine drone in waters considered strategically important to Australia. Key points: The unmanned underwater vehicle was reportedly found just before Christmas near Indonesia’s Selayar Island Security experts say the high-tech unpowered surveillance drone is known as a glider and relies on variable-buoyancy propulsion The captured drone reportedly gathers oceanographic data including temperature, turbidity, salinity, chlorophyll and oxygen levels Images published in local media show Indonesian military officers posing with the unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) that was found just before Christmas near Selayar Island…

Robredo vows to rally support for Duterte administration

Vice President Leni Robredo pledges to rally support for the Duterte administration in her speech at the Tapatan sa Aristocrat on July 4, 2016. (Photo courtesy of the Leni Robredo Media Bureau) MANILA — Despite  her political differences with President Duterte, Vice President Leni Robredo on Monday said her main duty was to rally the people to support the administration. “This administration deserves our support. This is not only for President Duterte but for the entire country,” the Vice President said in a speech at the “Tapatan sa Aristocrat” forum in…

Tensions rise in Persian Gulf over oil shipments

United States President Donald Trump leaves office in three weeks. Anything could happen before then. Stakeholders are taking positions around the strategically-important Strait of Hormuz, the only sea passage for crude oil shipped from the Persian Gulf to the open ocean. In 2018, some 21 million barrels per day (bpd), or almost 20 per cent of the total global crude consumption, passed through it. Sandwiched between Oman and Iran, the strait is also one of the world’s most strategic chokepoints. Just 34 km wide at its narrowest point, the shipping…

Quake info: Mag. 4.2 earthquake

Light magnitude 4.2 earthquake at 32 km depth 28 Dec 18:20 UTC: First to report: PHIVOLCS after 23 minutes. Update Mon, 28 Dec 2020, 18:24 Light 4.2 quake hits near Iba, Zambales, Central Luzon, Philippines 4.2 quake 29 Dec 1:57 am (GMT +8) The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) reported a magnitude 4.2 quake in the Philippines near Iba, Zambales, Central Luzon, only 27 minutes ago. The earthquake hit early morning on Tuesday 29 December 2020 at 1:57 am local time at a moderately shallow depth of 32…

Zambales execs ask fishermen to keep calm

NUKE-CAPABLE BOMBER OVER SCARBOROUGH China flies a nuclear-capable H-6K bomber over Scarborough Shoal days after an international tribunal ruled in favor of the Philippines in its maritime dispute with China over the West Philippine Sea. The photo was posted on the Chinese social media site Weibo. SUBIC, Zambales—Photos on social media of Chinese bombers flying over the disputed Scarborough Shoal on Monday prompted calls to fishermen by local officials for restraint. “My position is that we should avoid any confrontation,” Gov. Amor Deloso said. “This is a sensitive issue so…

Dire straits as crude politics heats up – Newspaper

THINGS are heating up in the strategically important Strait of Hormuz — the only sea passage to crude from the Persian Gulf to the open ocean. In 2018, some 21 million barrels per day (bpd), or almost 20 per cent of the total global crude consumption passed through the Strait of Hormuz. Sandwiched between Oman and Iran, the Strait is also one of the world’s most strategic chokepoints. Just 34 kilometers (21 miles) wide at its narrowest point, the shipping lane is only 3km wide in either direction. And, with…

China military aggression in South China Sea

(STL.News) Until now tensions are still heating up in contested territory, because Beijing keeps expanding the areas of the sea it claims as its own, although some other countries refused and said territories belonging to other countries. The US guided missile ship conducted normal operations within some claimed territorial seas, said a press statement from the Navy, and this matter to challenge excessive maritime claims, and preserve access freedoms consistent with international law.  YouTube video provided courtesy of The US Military News NOTE: STL.News does not guarantee the accuracy…

Duterte, NSC to discuss PH win over China on sea row

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte interacts with unit troops in formation during his visit in Brgy Palayan Fort Magsaysay , Nueva Ecija. INQUIRER PHOTO/JOAN BONDOC PRESIDENT Duterte will discuss with the National Security Council (NSC) today the country’s  next steps on vital issues, including the peace process, war on illegal drugs and the country’s arbitration court victory over China with regard to the West Philippine Sea. The meeting this afternoon will be the first time the NSC is  convened in the Duterte administration, according to the Presidential Communications Office. The 35-member council…

China sends second ship to trial amid rising tensions in South China Sea

China’s navy has started trials on its second trademark warship as tensions between the Communist nation and the US continue to rise in the fiercely contested South China Sea. The People’s Liberation Army has ordered a total of eight Type 075 assault ships, which are capable of carrying 30 attack helicopters and 900 troops, according to a Newsweek report. On Tuesday, a second Type 075 was seen departing the Hudong Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai, just four months after the maiden voyage of the first vessel. State-owned media have bragged about…