The parlous state of China’s coral reefs

What is the significance of the 2019 China Coral Report? It’s hugely significant for coral research in China. It’s the first broad and systematic look at the state of the country’s coral reefs. There have been several English-language reports on the subject. In 2004, a coral research team from SCSIO joined the Global Coral Research and Monitoring Network (GCRMN), and it publishes a report every four years. But those reports are in English, and the sections on China just look at a few representative regions, such as Dongshan in Fujian;…

Psaki clarifies how Biden will encourage states to prioritize the vaccination of teachers

South China Morning Post Hong Kong authorities looking into death of chronically ill man two days after receiving Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine Hong Kong health authorities on Tuesday night revealed that they were investigating the death of a chronically ill man two days after he received China’s Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine, but cautioned that no connection had been ascertained yet. The Department of Health said the 63-year-old man had received the shot on February 26 at Kwun Chung Sports Centre in Jordan, one of the government’s designated vaccination sites. He was sent…

European navies build Indo-Pacific presence as China concerns mount

TOKYO — Major European countries are sending warships to the Indo-Pacific region amid mounting suspicion toward China over the crackdown in Hong Kong and its handling of the coronavirus outbreak. On Wednesday, the French Embassy in Tokyo posted an article describing the activities of a frigate in Asian waters. “The frigate Prairial is currently deployed in Asia-Pacific where it is participating in the system to fight against the circumvention of United Nations Security Council sanctions by North Korea,” the embassy said. “It is one element of our work for the…

Taiping Island ideal for a global science peace park

(MENAFN – Asia Times) Itu Aba, also known as Taiping, is an island administered by Taiwan in the Spratly archipelago. It represents an opportunity for the development of a laboratory for science cooperation in a region torn by competing territorial claims and marine governance failures in the disruption of flora, fauna, fish and reefs. Appropriately, the island’s Chinese name, Taiping, translates as ‘peaceful,’ and as such affords a sanctuary for a common-interest approach to the region’s acrimonious disputes. Both the People’s Republic’s and the Republic of China’s (Taiwan’s) claims to…

World War 3: China ramps up presence in South China Sea as a warning to US

The tensions China has with the United States over several issues could lead to a conflict of world war 3 proportions. With tensions rising over the highly-disputed South China Sea, China has recently increased its presence over the waters in a warning to the US. The China Maritime Safety Administration released a notice (via Express) confirming the month-long military drill in a three-mile radius area, west of the Leizhou Peninsula in Guangdong. The notice added that other ships are not allowed to enter the area for the meantime as the…

China donated COVID-19 vaccines with no strings attached

China’s donation of 600,000 doses of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine to the Philippines did not come with strings attached, said President Rodrigo Duterte. The President made the assurance after the arrival ceremony of the 600,000 doses at the Villamor Air Base on Sunday afternoon. “China never asked for anything. China has been giving us everything and never asked anything from us,” Duterte said in a press conference. President Duterte, however, said that he assured China that he will not allow the US to store its nuclear armaments in the Philippines.…

Strike capabilities of Japan, India, oz key for US-led counter-China strategy

The offence-defence combination with long-range strike capability is a more effective strategy than a defence-only strategy when countries face China’s territorial expansion. Washington, DC: For a long time, Japan, India, and Australia have depended on US strike capabilities. For example, Japan possesses missile defence capabilities to intercept an enemy’s missile but not the capability to strike the missile launch pad of an enemy. However, Japan, India, and Australia have recently been seeking strike capabilities. As a result, all Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (QUAD) countries, including the US, Japan, India, and Australia,…

How Navy based in Pacific Northwest is helping contain China

CLOSE BREMERTON — The USS Nimitz training with another aircraft carrier in the waters of the disputed South China Sea. The Bangor-based USS Ohio helping Marine Expeditionary Forces learn to load quickly onto a submarine. The development of the first squadron of underwater drones at Keyport that could slip past the enemy’s gaze for a competitive edge. It’s always been true that the Navy’s fleet based in Western Washington performs critical missions across the planet. But as the Pentagon prepares for greater conflict at sea, the Navy vessels of the Pacific Northwest are currently showing they’ll play…

Vietnam strengthens fortifications in disputed South China Sea, satellite images reveal

MELBOURNE, Australia — Vietnam has continued to beef up its outposts in the disputed South China Sea with improved fortifications and infrastructure, although the scale of its activities is modest compared to that carried out by China, according to a new report. Emplacements for anti-aircraft and coastal defense systems have been built on reclaimed land at West Reef and Sin Cowe Island, according to the report by the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, or AMTI, which is part of the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies. It made its assessments…