Naval base expansion ‘gives China more power in disputed sea’

Over the past year, China’s navy expanded Yulin naval base on the island province of Hainan from a conventional submarine facility into a bay that berths nuclear submarines, military news database GlobalSecurity.org said. Four trestles for submarines, each 229 metres long, can hold 16 submarines, it says. Aircraft carriers and remote-sensing equipment are also expected to be based at or near Yulin, the report said. The Yulin Naval Base on the Chinese island province of Hainan. (Nine) “It’s going to be kind of a future-oriented construction,” said Alexander Huang, strategic…

Gazmin in China to discuss regional security, defense cooperation

MANILA, Philippines — Defense secretary Voltaire Gazmin is in China to discuss regional security and mutual defense cooperation issues with other southeast Asian defense officials. China is meeting with defense ministers of the Association of South East Asian Nations in Beijing amidst its ongoing territorial disputes with southeast Asian nations over the South China Sea. In a statement, the Department of National Defense said Gazmin would meet with Chinese defense minister China Wanquan at the China-ASEAN Defense Ministers’ informal meeting. The agency said the officials would tackle regional security issues…

Learning to build a community from a ”Solok Literacy Community”in the West Sumatra

In 2019, South Korea imported 745,000 metric tonnes of palm oil, up from 194,000 metric tonnes in 2005. It is one of the fastest-growing markets for the commodity in the world, driven by government policies to boost palm oil as a lucrative green industry and to secure food and energy supplies from overseas. Most of this palm oil comes from Indonesia and Malaysia and until recently was used in processed food, such as instant noodles. But under the country’s “Green New Deal” introduced earlier this year, palm oil is being…

Quake info: Mag. 4.8 earthquake – South China Sea, 10.9 km south of Calaca, Province of Batangas, Calabarzon, Philippines, on Saturday, 16 Jan 2021 6:48 am (GMT +8)

Light magnitude 4.8 earthquake at 185 km depth 15 Jan 23:00 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 11 minutes. Update Fri, 15 Jan 2021, 23:06 Light magnitude 4.8 earthquake 11 km southwest of Calaca, Philippines 4.8 quake 16 Jan 6:48 am (GMT +8) An earthquake of magnitude 4.8 occurred early morning on Saturday 16 January 2021 at 6:48 am local time near Calaca, Province of Batangas, Calabarzon, Philippines, as reported by the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ).According to preliminary data, the quake was located at an intermediate to considerable…

DFA chief in Vietnam to discuss South China Sea issue

MANILA, Philippines — Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario flew to Vietnam on Tuesday, to meet with Vietnam officials in Hanoi, a crucial step in the two countries’ partnership on maritime issues in the region amid the rising tensions in the disputed South China Sea. In a statement, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Del Rosario would lead the Philippine delegation in the October 21ministerial meeting of the 8th Philippines-Viet Nam Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation (JCBC) in Hanoi, Vietnam. “The meeting is an opportunity to discuss developments in our…

Beijing, Taipei, and Washington in the Indo-Pacific

Few areas of contemporary grand strategy command as much attention as U.S.-China relations. Recently, Beijing and Washington’s fragmenting relations have aroused a multitude of concerns from countries in the Indo-Pacific sphere. As both powers seek to gain influence in this region, analysts question how (or if) both powers can come to a reconciliation that allows third-party countries to maintain agency amidst great-power competition. But transparently, perhaps these countries’ trepidation is warranted, especially considering Beijing’s unrelenting pursuit of authority in the South China Sea and the Taiwan Straits. Moreover, cross-strait tensions…

TikTok, Hong Kong and More U.S.-China Flashpoints

An incumbent superpower and a rising one are finding coexistence increasingly difficult. Jockeying for position in a changing world, the U.S. and China are facing off on all sorts of issues, most — but not all — involving economic rather than military might. As the U.S. prepares for a change of leadership, here’s a rundown of flashpoints, some with significant real-world consequences and others that for now are mostly symbolic. Source link

EDCA invalid for skipping Senate, say senators

The first page of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement signed by the executive branches of the Philippines and the United States. MANILA, Philippines — There is no Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement without us. The Senate took the position, on Tuesday, that the country’s Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement with the United States was a treaty and was invalid without its concurrence. The Senate adopted the resolution of Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago declaring the EDCA invalid for skipping the Senate. Fourteen senators voted in favor of Santiago’s resolution. Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV…

Could US-Indonesia Cooperation End China’s Growing Aggression In The South China Sea? – Latest Asian, Middle-East, EurAsian, Indian News

The entire world is aware of China’s rising aggression and unilateral claims in the South China Sea region. While all countries are busy tackling the Covid-19 problem, China is continuing its military aggression in the disputed territory.  What Was The Russian Angle In Former Indian PM Lal Bahadur Shastri’s ‘Mysterious’ Death In Tashkent And it’s clear that China’s actions and unilateral claims are only to control the resources in the region. China has deliberately violated the existing law by carrying out many illegal acts. It tends to overlook the fact…