China incursions may spark ‘naval arms race’ – Carpio

MANILA, Philippines — China’s unbridled incursions into the West Philippine Sea and the disputed waters in the South China Sea may render the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos) a dead letter treaty, retired Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio warned on Wednesday. Speaking at a webinar on maritime security issues, Carpio warned that China’s disregard for the international agreement could eventually trigger a “naval arms race” as coastal nations would try to strengthen their own maritime security forces to protect their territories. He reiterated…

U.S. Military’s ‘Maximum Pressure’ in South China Sea ‘Unprecedented’: Beijing Think Tank

The U.S. military exerted “maximum pressure” in the South China Sea last year thanks to “unprecedented” Navy and Air Force deployments to the area, a Chinese think tank has said in its latest report. Strategic weapons platforms including carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups were present in the contested waters for more days than any period in recent memory, the South China Sea Strategic Situation Probing Initiative (SCSPI) said Friday. “The intensity, in terms of the scale, number and duration, of the U.S. military activities in the region in…

A Small Island Chain Could Be the Next Flashpoint in Taiwan-China Relations

Russia’s 2014 annexation of the Crimean Peninsula in Ukraine prompted much international outrage but little meaningful action. President Vladimir Putin was able to forcefully redraw his country’s borders, shrugging off the international sanctions that the United States and European Union imposed in response. Putin’s success augmented “the belief among some that bigger nations can bully smaller ones to get their way,” as U.S. President Barack Obama put it at the time. Given Crimea’s location in a small country—and the complex, often ethnically tinged territorial dispute between Ukraine and Russia—the world…

Sharp jump in US Navy transits to counter China under Trump

WASHINGTON — Activity by the U.S. Navy in its campaign to challenge China’s efforts to restrict transit in the South China Sea and in the Taiwan Strait increased sharply over the past two years. According to U.S. Navy data, war ships maneuvered close to artificial islands claimed and developed by China 10 times in 2019 and another 10 times last year, at least double the annual number going back to 2014. And Navy ships sailed through the Taiwan Strait 13 times in 2020, the highest number of transits in at…

Ceremony commemorates fallen soldiers from Gac Ma Island battle | National

A delegation of officials of the Vietnam General Confederation of Labor and Khanh Hoa Provincial Confederation of Labor offered incenses and flowers to pay tribute to soldiers who sacrificed their lives in a naval battle on March 14, 1988 against  Chinese invasion on Gac Ma Island to protect the fatherland as well as affirmed Vietnam’s sovereignty over its seas and islands. According to the management board of Gac Ma memorial complex, the memorial complex dedicated to 64 naval soldiers received 2,350 delegations and organizations nationwide featuring more than 220,000 visitors…

Vietnam launches new Damen RoRo 5612 multipurpose vessel for Vietnamese navy

According to information released to the Facebook account VietDefense on March 13, 2021, Vietnam has launched on March 12, 2021, a new Damen RoRo 5612 multipurpose vessel at the Song Thu Corporation’s shipyard in Da Nang.Follow Navy Recognition on Google News at this link The launching of the new Damen RoRo 5612 multipurpose vessel at the Song Thu Corporation’s shipyard in Da Nang. (Picture source Facebook VietDefense) Citing VietDefense, this is the 4th ship of it’s class in service with the Vietnam People’s Navy but the only one that was…

Quad leaders led by Biden, Modi overcome hostile lobbies to script history

The purpose of the Quad is not to cause a war but to prevent a conflict by demonstrating even to the military-minded Xi Jinping that such a war will end badly for the PLA and its army of soldiers who have never seen battle except recently across the Himalayas. New Delhi: Despite a lobbying effort that began in 2019 after the first meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the four Quad partners, the combination of the PRC, Russian and Wahhabi lobbies have failed to prevent the first ever meeting of…

Japan vaccine chief says to use six-dose syringes from mid-April

EdgeProp Sale of three-bedder at The Lumos results in $1.86 mil loss SINGAPORE (EDGEPROP) – The sale of a 1,755 sq ft unit at The Lumos, off Grange Road in prime District 9, was the most unprofitable resale transaction for the week of Feb 23 to March 2. The three-bedroom unit, which is on the eighth floor, was sold for $3.66 million ($2,089 psf) on Feb 25.The unit had been bought from the developer for $5.53 million ($3,150 psf) when the project was launched for sale in August 2007. As…

History proves Hoang Sa, Truong Sa belong to Vietnam

“The State of Vietnam was the first state in history to exercise its sovereignty over the two archipelagos of Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) since they were ownerless pieces of land, at least since the 17th century. Vietnam has sufficient historical evidence that has legal value to testify to its sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa,” Dr Tran Cong Truc, former head of the Government’s Boundary Committee, has said. Platform DK1/12 on the southern continental shelf of Vietnam. DK1 platforms are the country’s offshore economic, scientific, and…

Bumble Demand Will Extend Well Beyond Dating, Says CEO

South China Morning Post Coronavirus: Europe raised issues about efficacy and safety of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in November Europe’s drug regulator was worried about the efficacy and safety of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine early in the treatment’s review, according to a new article in The BMJ, a British medical journal. The article cites classified information from the European Medicines Agency (EMA), which reviewed the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for distribution within the European Union. EMA officials specifically expressed concerns about differences between the clinical and commercial batches of the vaccine. “Regulators had major…