5 things to know for May 4: Covid, immigration, US military, opioids, South China Sea

May the Fourth be with you! A clever Star Wars pun has turned into a holiday for fans of the franchise, but exactly how it got started is still a bit of a mystery. Here’s what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day. (You can also get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.) 1. Coronavirus Daily US Covid-19 case and death totals are now about one-fifth of what they were during their winter peaks,…

China and Russia Turn Deeper Ties into a Military Challenge for Biden

Deepening military and diplomatic cooperation between Russia and China is worrying U.S. defense planners, who fear the two frenemies that share military technology and many foreign-policy goals will complicate the Biden administration’s plan to reassert U.S. leadership.  China is carefully monitoring Russia’s military buildup near the border with Ukraine, which the U.S. Defense Department said this week is larger than the 2014 deployment, with an eye to its own pressure campaign on Taiwan and the South China Sea. Last week, China dispatched a record number of bombers and fighters into…

China’s military expansionism in South China Sea

Beijing [China], March 10 (ANI): China’s military expansionism in the South China Sea (SCS) through island construction, drilling activities, and overfishing has pushed the marine ecosystem of the region to the brink of collapse, and the destruction of coral reefs and the marine life they support is threatening the food and energy security of the littorals, reported Observer Research Foundation (ORF). Pratnashree Basu and Aadya Chaturvedi in a policy brief analysed the environmental impact of China’s activities in the South China Sea and highlighted its implications for the entire region.…

US steps up military presence in South China Sea

A US Navy warship sailed by islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Wednesday, the second such sailing in as many weeks, as the Biden administration steps up the US’ military presence in the disputed waters. In a so-called freedom of navigation operation, the guided-missile destroyer USS Russell steamed within 12 nautical miles of the Spratly Islands in the southern portion of the 1.3 million square mile waterway, almost all of which China claims as its sovereign territory. “This freedom of navigation operation (“FONOP”) upheld the rights,…

MH370 investigator uncovers US military ‘search and rescue’ mission ‘no one knew about’ | Weird | News

Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 went missing on March 8, 2014, shortly after taking off from Kuala Lumpur Airport, during a routine journey to Beijing. The Boeing 777, under the control of captain Zaharie Shah, last communicated with air traffic control at 1.19am while travelling over the South China Sea, before it vanished. There have been varying theories put forward to explain how the aircraft disappeared, but analysis of its automated communications with an Inmarsat satellite indicates it likely crashed in the southern Indian Ocean. In her new book, ’The Disappearing…

PH military modernization not for war with China, says defense exec

FILE PHOTO MANILA, Philippines — The military’s modernization program is not preparation for an armed confrontation with China, but for achieving a “minimum defense capability” that Filipinos will be proud of, according to a defense official. Defense Undersecretary Fernando Manalo said on Wednesday that the upgrade of military bases would be part of the P75-billion modernization plan for the Armed Forces of the Philippines, aside from acquiring new equipment for the military. The Philippine Navy’s bases in Cebu and Palawan would be among those to be rehabilitated with new equipment…

Escalating Threats and Military Tensions

If China is seeking a reset of relations with the Biden administration, it has a strange way of showing it. Instead of backing off from some of its more menacing behavior, Beijing is doubling down. Not only is the Chinese military buzzing Taiwan with 13 fighters and bombers, but Beijing has taken dangerous steps to escalate tensions in the South and East China Seas. Little noticed in Washington, Beijing last week greeted the new U.S. administration with a dubious and unprecedented new law that throws a monkey wrench into U.S.-Chinese…

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…

China orders military to be ready for war ‘at any second’ as Brit aircraft carrier prepares to sail to South China Sea

CHINA has told its military to be ready to “act at any second” amid rising tensions over disputed territories in the South China Sea. It comes with the UK’s new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, expected to be deployed to the region in the coming months as part of its first operational mission. 3 Chinese premier Xi Jinping has told the country’s military to be ready to ‘act at any second’Credit: AP:Associated Press 3 It comes with the UK’s new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, expected to soon be deployed…

China military aggression in South China Sea

(STL.News) Until now tensions are still heating up in contested territory, because Beijing keeps expanding the areas of the sea it claims as its own, although some other countries refused and said territories belonging to other countries. The US guided missile ship conducted normal operations within some claimed territorial seas, said a press statement from the Navy, and this matter to challenge excessive maritime claims, and preserve access freedoms consistent with international law.  YouTube video provided courtesy of The US Military News NOTE: STL.News does not guarantee the accuracy…