Red tide recurs in Gigantes Islands – Manila Bulletin

Red tide recurs in Gigantes Islands ILOILO CITY – Red tide recurred in the waters of popular tourist destination Gigantes Islands in Carles town, Iloilo province, less than two months after the area was cleared of the toxin. WOMEN process scallops in Barangay Gabi, Gigantes Island, Carles, Iloilo. (Tara Yap) In a shellfish bulletin, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) noted that paralytic poison in the area is beyond regulatory limits. BFAR-6 (Western Visayas) Director Remia Aparri warned against the harvesting, trading, and eating of shellfish from Gigantes…

Signal No. 5 raised over Polillo Islands, northern tip of Quezon province due to super typhoon Karding – Manila Bulletin

(PAGASA FACEBOOK PAGE) The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) raised Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 5 over Polillo Islands and extreme northern portion of Quezon province as super typhoon Karding (international name: Noru) moved closer to northern Quezon-southern Aurora area before Sunday noon, Sept. 25. In its 11 a.m. bulletin, PAGASA said Karding further intensified and had maximum sustained winds of 195 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 240 kph. The center of the eye of Karding was last observed at…

Vietnamese activists remember 1988 Spratly Islands clash with China | News | DW

About 150 people gathered in central Hanoi on Monday to remember the 64 Vietnamese soldiers killed in the 1988 skirmishes with the Chinese navy. The demonstrators lit incense and laid wreathes, before marching around the landmark Hoan Kiem Lake chanting “down with Communist China’s aggression.” The protest was small, but significant given that Vietnamese authorities usually break up any unauthorized demonstrations. Anti-China sentiment is strong among the Vietnamese population, and Beijing’s increasingly assertive actions in the South China Sea in recent years have sparked public anger and protests. Source of…

2022’s strongest storm heads to East China Sea, threatens Japanese islands

Storm must reach sustained winds of at least 240  kmph in order to be classified as a super typhoon Hinnamnor developed into a typhoon August 29, 2022. Photo: iStock The strongest tropical storm of 2022 is raging towards the East China Sea, threatening Japan’s southern islands, according to a forecast from the Japan Meteorological Agency. The typhoon, currently several hundred kilometres to the east of Okinawa, is anticipated to pass through the Japanese islands this weekend. Taiwan or China’s east coast are only at a marginal risk. Super Typhoon Hinnamnor,…

China revealing its plan for Taiwan invasion, island′s foreign minister says | News | DW

As countries around the world grow increasingly concerned about the tension across the Taiwan Strait, Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu has said China was revealing its strategies for a future invasion of Taiwan. He warned that Beijing’s attempt to change the status quo across the Taiwan Strait could be “destabilizing, provocative and very dangerous.” “In the first part of August, China conducted missile tests, large-scale air and sea exercises, cyberattacks, disinformation campaigns, and economic coercion against Taiwan. If you put all these [moves together], it is part of their playbook…

Pointing fingers at China over Solomon Islands’ suspension of foreign navies’ visit shows Washington’s deep insecurity: expert

Scenery of Solomon Islands Photo: IC The US and Australia have stirred yet another round of hype over China’s presence in the South Pacific region, including the fuss the US made after the Solomon Islands suspended port visits by all foreign military ships, and the Australian foreign minister’s visit to the South Pacific region to offset China’s influence.  Observers said this not only reflects the two countries’ colonial mentality of continuing to treat regional countries as their backyard, but their deep insecurity on ties with South Pacific nations.  On Tuesday,…

China stations permanent ‘rescue forces’ on Spratly artificial islands

DIGITALGLOVE VIA CSIS/ AMTI CHINA has placed permanent rescue forces and maritime authorities on its artificial islands in the South China Sea, according to state-owned China Central Television. Its flying squadron and maritime rescue and administration staff would be stationed at Fiery Cross, Subi and Mischief reefs in the Spratlys to boost rescue operations, says the media report. This would transform a regular on-call rescue ship deployment into a permanent institutional presence that could improve the coverage of the southern area of the disputed waterway, it added. The Chinese departments…

Chinese Ships Spotted Near Senkaku Islands, India Takes Carrier Delivery

Jandao-class small frigate (615). JSDF Photo Three Peoples’ Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) hydrographic survey ships transited the Japanese Straits this week while a PLAN corvette sailed south past the Senkaku Islands last week, according to Japan Ministry of Defense releases. On July 22, a PLAN corvette was sighted sailing about 50 miles west of Uotsuri Islands, part of the Senkaku Islands, according to the Japanese Self-Defense Force. Subsequently, the corvette sailed south between Yonaguni Island, which is part of the Yaeyama Islands, and Taiwan into the Pacific Ocean. On Wednesday,…

Will China claim Batanes and our other northern islands?

TERRITORIAL claims are sometimes initiated by pundits and cartographers. Take for instance the nine-dash line which first appeared on an official Chinese map in 1948. Lines with features similar to the nine-dash line appeared in privately produced cartography as early as 1933. At that time, nobody knew what those lines meant until China started delineating the western seaboard of the Philippines with those imagined dashes. In the spring 2021 issue of China Explorers, a magazine of the China Exploration and Research Society, there is an article entitled “Some Stories Related…

China continues militarization of artificial islands in South China Sea as world focuses on Russia

As global attention is focused on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a top United States military official is raising the alarm over China’s aggressive military build-up in the disputed South China Sea. On Sunday, U.S. Indo-Pacific commander Adm. John C. Aquilino said that the Chinese government has armed at least three of several artificial islands it has built in the region with fighter jets and high-tech jamming devices, as well as anti-ship and anti-aircraft missile systems. “I think over the past 20 years we’ve witnessed the largest military buildup since World…