South China Sea news: US to base Coast Guard ships in western Pacific to tackle Beijing | World | News

Over recent months, China has built several military bases on a number of the region’s atolls and declared dominance over the highly disputed region. But the US – despite having no claim on any part of archipelago – has hit back at the Communist nation. Now, in order to counter Beijing’s “destabilising and malign” activities in the region, Washington has deployed several Coast Guard vessels to the region. White House National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien said in a statement the US Coast Guard was “strategically home-porting significantly enhanced Fast Response…

Trump casts early ballot in Florida in presidential election

President Donald Trump cast an early ballot Saturday, October 24, in the US election as he geared for another grueling day of campaigning ahead of the November 3 vote. Trump, who is trailing Democrat Joe Biden in the polls, voted at a library serving as a polling center in West Palm Beach, Florida. He has a home in that state and switched his residency there last year from his native New York. “I voted for a guy named Trump,” he said with a smile as he emerged. While voting, he wore a mask, which is rare…

US closely monitoring India-China border row, does not want it to escalate: Official

WASHINGTON: The US is closely monitoring the border row between India and China and does not want the situation to escalate, a senior Trump administration official has said. The official told the reporters during a conference call on Friday, ahead of the next week’s 2+2 India-US Ministerial in New Delhi, that the Trump administration was providing support to India through defence sales, joint military exercises and information sharing. “We as a government are covering the situation in the Himalayas closely, and understandably. We certainly want to ensure that the situation…

Temper justice with compassion – Manila Bulletin

WORD ALIVE Fr. Bel R. San Luis, SVD The heart-rending case of the detained activist Reina Mae Nacino and her three-month-old baby River went viral over the deplorable way she was treated. The poor child after she was born on July 1 was separated from her mother and left to the care of the grandmother. For the absence of proper maternal care, the baby died on October 9. What’s very depressing was that Nacino was given only six hours in two days to attend her wake. Moreover, the police denied…

Suga On A Mission To Vietnam And Indonesia

Newly appointed Prime Minister of Japan, Yoshihide Suga certainly understands the political importance of continuity, especially in Southeast Asia. Suga recently made a first stop in Hanoi, Vietnam and continued on to his second visit in the region to Jakarta, Indonesia. Both these Southeast Asian countries are seen as key to Japan’s “free and open Indo-Pacific,” strategy.  There are other reasons for Suga to visit these two countries as well. Vietnam is current ASEAN chair, while Indonesia as the only member of the Group of 20 major economies from Southeast…

Schneider Electric Innovation Summit World Tour 2020 Embracing digital technologies in the age of Industry Automation

Schneider Electric is taking the frontlines in accelerating our lives into the new normal, fully equipped with a portfolio of innovative, new digital services. For SE, it’s high time to digitize our future — globally. And on this side of the globe, the Schneider Electric Innovation Summit East Asia 2020 slated November 4, 2020 will highlight SE’s unveiling of the latest developments in EcoStruxure architecture and platform as well as several new innovative products. The Innovation Summit East Asia 2020 is part of a global and 10 regional events covering…

PH, Japan seek halt in provocations in disputed S. China Sea

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi during a video teleconference, October 23, 2020. Department of National Defense/Handout  MANILA — The Philippines and Japan on Friday emphasized the need for countries to stop any activity that might provoke tensions in the disputed South China Sea, saying the conduct agreement negotiated by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China should be upheld.  Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi, in a video teleconference, also pointed out the importance of freedom of navigation in…

Duterte asked to act on slow disbursement of aid for seniors

President Duterte has been urged to step in on the supposed slow disbursement of financial assistance to senior citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic. Senior Citizen partylist Rep. Rodolfo “Ompong” Ordanes brought to the attention of the Chief Executive the “continuous troubles” hounding the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s implementation and disbursement of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) , Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT), and Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens. “To date, we continually receive reports from thousands of our senior citizens all around the Philippines on how the DSWD…

Several non-claimant states reject China’s claim in South China Sea

This means these countries told the UN that we do not want any violation of the UNCLOS (the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea) and do not want the UNCLOS to be reduced or made vague. Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Indonesian Foreign Ministry has confirmed that a slew of non-claimant ASEAN member states were rejecting China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea. ASEAN member states and several big nations have sent notes verbales (diplomatic notes) to the UN rejecting China’s maritime claims in the South China…