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…

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…

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…

South China Sea: US strategy makes ‘Biden look soft’ as Australia erupts at rival | World | News

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s willingness to infuriate China, particularly in his latest move to escalate the row over Taiwan, are part of a strategy to ensure that Mr Biden will be perceived as weak, Mr Rudd claimed. He argued that this could see already tense relations hit a new low, leaving many rivals – including Australia – upset at Mr Pompeo’s decisions ahead of Mr Biden’s inauguration later this month. Mr Rudd, leader of Australia in two spells between 2007 and 2013, argued that Mr Pompeo had created “strategic…

Bayan: US, China, Japan out to strip PH of resources

MANILA, Philippines — A few days before the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Summit, protesters stormed the Chinese Embassy in Makati and the Japanese Embassy in Pasay City on Thursday and asked the APEC member states to “keep their dirty hands off the Philippines.”Carrying banners with the texts “Atin ang Pinas, China Layas” and “China out of PH Waters,” about 100 members of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan), League of Filipino Students (LFS), Gabriela and Kilusang Mayo Uno started their series of protest actions at the Chinese embassy along Gil Puyat…

‘Japan’s Abe, Canada’s Trudeau discussed South China Sea issue in bilateral meeting’

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens to a reporters question during a bilateral meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Manila, Philippines, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015. AP MANILA, Philippines — The South China Sea disputes may not have been touched or even mentioned in the summit of leaders of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation but it proved to be among the hot topics on the sidelines. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met for the first time the newly elected prime minister of Canada Justin…

Chinese Y-20 military cargo plane on South China Sea Fiery Cross Reef

The Chinese military was probably testing the capabilities of its transport aircraft, which satellite images showed on the militarized reef in the Spratly Islands on Christmas Day, one analyst said. Days after the plane appeared there, Chinese forces began three simultaneous drills in waters off Hainan, about 1,200 km north of the Spratlys. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. China flew its biggest warplane, the Y-20 transporter, to Fiery Cross Reef in the disputed South China Sea on December 25, satellite images show. The huge aircraft was seen on…