China’s resort island to resume cruise routes to South China Sea

Cruise routes to the Xisha Islands in the South China Sea will resume next month following an 11-month suspension due to the COVID-19 epidemic, according to the Hainan provincial department of transportation. Two cruise ships, the Nanhai Dream and the Changle Gongzhu, or Princess Changle, are scheduled to resume operation on December 9 and 10 respectively. The Xisha tour will last four days and three nights. Tourists will depart from the city of Sanya in Hainan to sail to the Yongle Islands in the Xisha Islands. In line with the…

Type 075 amphibious assault ship spotted on doorstep of South China Sea, near Taiwan island: report

China held a launch ceremony for its first Type 075 amphibious assault ship in Shanghai on September 25, 2019. Photo: 81.cn The Chinese mainland’s first Type 075 amphibious assault ship was recently spotted on the doorstep of the South China Sea, close to the island of Taiwan, Taiwan media reported, leading Chinese mainland military experts to say that the vessel could be conducting another sea trial session in the more challenging sea region of the South China Sea. Recent photos circulating on the Chinese mainland’s social media show a Type…

#SummerInNovember: Bounce back to Inflatable Island, the biggest floating playground in Asia

If you want to make a bouncier splash in your return to the beach, then your family should head back to Inflatable Island, a.k.a. the biggest floating playground in Asia, as it reopens on Nov. 13.  Put a bit of your courage and leg power to the test with the adrenaline-pumping obstacle course at this seaside water park courtesy of connecting inflatables slides, trampolines, mini bridges, human launchers, swings, and even huge floaters of your favorite cartoon characters.  Inflatable Island, the biggest floating playground in Asia, reopens on Nov. 13 It also offers Instagrammable attractions…

‘Rolly’ spares Panay Island – Manila Bulletin

‘Rolly’ spares Panay Island ILOILO CITY—While portions of Panay Island were initially placed under storm warnings, typhoon “Rolly” did not have much effect on the island. “There’s no flooding. There’s no landslide. No significant impact on Panay Island,” said Aleth Nogra,  chief of the disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) division of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD-6) for Western Visayas region. The 5 p.m. bulletin of the weather bureau PAGASA lifted storm signals for Aklan, Antique, and Capiz provinces as well as northern Iloilo province.  “While there was no impact, it was…

Taiwan says Hong Kong warned off flight to Taiwan-controlled island : The Asahi Shimbun

TAIPEI–Hong Kong air traffic controllers on Thursday warned off a Taiwanese civilian flight flying to Taiwan-controlled islands in the South China Sea, forcing it to turn back, the island’s government said. The incident, which comes at a time of rising regional tensions, occurred as a UNI Air charter flight from southern Taiwan’s Kaohsiung to the Pratas Islands was approaching Hong Kong’s flight information region, Taiwan’s Civil Aeronautics Administration said. Hong Kong air traffic controllers told the captain there were “dangerous activities” happening below 26,000 feet and the aircraft could not…

Taiwan says Hong Kong warned off flight to Taiwan-controlled island

TAIPEI, Oct 15 (Reuters) – Hong Kong air traffic controllers on Thursday warned off a Taiwanese civilian flight flying to Taiwan-controlled islands in the South China Sea, forcing it to turn back, the island’s government said. The incident, which comes at a time of rising regional tensions, occurred as a UNI Air charter flight from southern Taiwan’s Kaohsiung to the Pratas Islands was approaching Hong Kong’s flight information region, Taiwan’s Civil Aeronautics Administration said. Hong Kong air traffic controllers told the captain there were “dangerous activities” happening below 26,000 feet…

Taiwan says Hong Kong warned off flight to Taiwan-controlled island | The Mighty 790 KFGO

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Hong Kong air traffic controllers on Thursday warned off a Taiwanese civilian flight flying to Taiwan-controlled islands in the South China Sea, forcing it to turn back, the island’s government said. The incident, which comes at a time of rising regional tensions, occurred as a UNI Air charter flight from southern Taiwan’s Kaohsiung to the Pratas Islands was approaching Hong Kong’s flight information region, Taiwan’s Civil Aeronautics Administration said. Hong Kong air traffic controllers told the captain there were “dangerous activities” happening below 26,000 feet and the…

Beijing floats plan for man-made Hong Kong island

One hundred days have passed since Beijing imposed a catch-all national security law on Hong Kong on July 1, the 23rd anniversary of the return of the former British territory. Since then, the protests that convulsed the financial hub for the better part of 2019 have petered out, to the extent that local police have reputedly downsized their riot squad. Now Beijing is pivoting to Hong Kong’s perennial housing woes, applying expertise and experience gained from building an archipelago of artificial, militarized islands across the South China Sea.  A mammoth…

Maldives Could Relinquish Control Of An Island As Chinese Loan & Pressure Mounts?

The Maldives government is now alarmed at the amount of debt it owes to China. With the coronavirus pandemic, the tourism-dependent islands are now finding it difficult to repay the Chinese debt that the previous government took. China Releases White Paper To Explain Its Commitment Towards Xinjiang & Uighur Muslims India and China have been trying to gain clout in the region. Under Former President Abdullah Yameen’s government, China invested millions of dollars in infrastructure projects under Chinese President Xi Jinping’s flagship Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). However, in 2018…

Navy warship steams near contested Spratly Island reefs militarized by China

Navy warship steams near contested Spratly Island reefs militarized by China YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The Navy on Saturday sent a warship steaming past two of the seven features China has militarized in the South China Sea to challenge restrictions imposed on innocent passage, according to the 7th Fleet. The USS Montgomery operated near Johnson and Fiery Cross reefs in the Spratly Islands, according to Navy photos from the advanced littoral combat ship. The mission marked the first South China Sea freedom-of-navigation operation reported in 2020. …