Why China is probing Taiwanese airspace in South China Sea standoff

For two consecutive days, China has violated Taiwan’s airspace by flying military jets around the self-governing island unannounced. Video / DW China’s aircraft stole the headlines early in the week. But satellite photos reveal why they were in the skies – three allied aircraft carrier task groups operating in the South China Sea. The People’s Liberation air force (PLAF) dramatically upped the ante between Friday, October 1, and Monday, October 4, with 149 aircraft reportedly probing Taiwanese air space. Why? Chairman Xi Jinping’s steadily escalating rhetoric against the island democracy…

The Fish Farms of Hainan Island in the South China Sea

By NASA Earth Observatory October 9, 2021 May 9, 2021 The southern coasts of this Chinese island are lined with tropical beaches, while the inner bays are lined with floating fishing villages. Situated in the South China Sea, the large island of Hainan is China’s southernmost province, spanning approximately 339,000 hectares (1,300 square miles). This photograph, taken by an astronaut onboard the International Space Station (ISS), focuses on the landscape around Gangmen Harbor and captures many typical characteristics of Hainan: forested mountain terrain juxtaposed with dense populations. Cleared lands show…

‘He just wants to make a difference’ – Manila Bulletin

Entertainment / Celebrities / Mariel Padilla on husband Robin’s decision to run for senator: ‘He just wants to make a difference’ Mariel Padilla on husband Robin’s decision to run for senator: ‘He just wants to make a difference’ Mariel Padilla has come out to defend her husband, Robin Padilla against critics not happy with his decision to run in the upcoming elections. Mariel posted a photo of Robin on Instagram recently. She wrote as caption: “Robin is not hungry for money or power. He is at a point in his…

US nuclear-powered submarine in mystery crash near China

It’s unclear what the vessel struck but several sailors needed medical attention on board the long range sub (Picture: EPA/Reuters) An American nuclear submarine crashed while patrolling international waters off the coast of China. The attack vessel came to a screeching halt when it collided with an unidentified object. It happened five days ago but details have remained classified until now, including of injuries to 11 sailors. Two were described as sustaining ‘moderate’ injuries, while nine others suffered cuts and bruises. US Pacific Fleet said the USS Connecticut ‘safe and…