N. Korean missile lands close to S. Korean waters for ‘first time’, Seoul military says – Manila Bulletin

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea fired at least 10 missiles Wednesday, including one that landed close to South Korea’s territorial waters and prompted a rare warning for people on an island to shelter in bunkers. People watch a television screen showing a news broadcast with file footage of a North Korean missile test, at a railway station in Seoul on November 2, 2022. South Korea on November 2 told residents on the island of Ulleungdo off its east coast to evacuate to bunkers after North Korea fired three short…

BTS’ Jin to revoke the postponement of his military service after Coldplay concert  – Manila Bulletin

BTS member Jin will be canceling the privilege granted by the Korean government that allowed him to postpone his military service until age 30. “Jin will apply (for the cancellation of military service postponement) as soon as he comes back from Argentina and will organize things including his activities,” an industry official told Korean media outlet Sports Chosun in an exclusive report on Oct. 26. BTS’ Jin (Instagram) He is in Argentina to perform his upcoming single “The Astronaut” at Coldplay’s concert “Music of the Spheres” at Estadio River Plate…

Ensure Chinese military don’t encroach, urges MP | Daily Express Online

LABUAN: The continued commitment of the Government through the Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) is needed to ensure that the Chinese military do not encroach the country’s borders and waters in the South China Sea.  ADVERTISEMENT Labuan MP Datuk Rozman Isli said China had recently been quite active through military and maritime enforcement activities in the South China Sea to the point of interfering with fishing activities and the country’s oil and gas industry.According to him, the series of repeated encounters since 2013 can be seen from the Royal Malaysian Navy…

Peace Group Urges US and China to Halt ‘Blatantly Provocative’ Military Maneuvers

A group working for peaceful relations between the United States and China on Monday sent a letter to leaders of both countries imploring them to end or limit “dangerous and provocative military maneuvers” in the South China Sea and near Taiwan that could lead to all-out war. “With the frequency and scale of these maneuvers increasing by the week, the likelihood of a mishap is increasing exponentially.” Writing to U.S. President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, and Chinese President Xi Jinping, Committee for a…

India must have its version of China’s fusion of civil and military in naval deployment

Army chief General Manoj Pande recently emphasised the need to develop India’s grey-zone capabilities. Wars of tomorrow will be fought across multiple traditional and non-traditional domains. And China over the last decade has emerged as a fine practitioner of grey-zone warfare. Look, for example, at the fusion between Chinese civilian and military naval assets. Only last month we witnessed a so-called Chinese scientific vessel, Yuan Wang 5, dock at Sri Lanka’s Hambantota port. In reality it was a spy ship capable of tracking intercontinental missiles. Similarly, China, which has the…

A South China Sea Flare-Up Renews Attention on the U.S.-Philippine Military Pact

A Chinese coast guard ship prepares to anchor at the Manila port in the Philippines on Jan. 14, 2020. (STR/AFP via Getty Images) The latest incident in the South China Sea is reinvigorating attention on the U.S.-Philippine Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT), which pledges U.S. assistance if the Philippines comes under attack, and Washington’s role in the Indo-Pacific. On Nov. 16, three Chinese coast guard ships blocked two Philippine resupply ships from reaching the Philippine-occupied but Chinese-claimed Ayungin Shoal, also known as the Second Thomas Shoal or Renai Jiao, in the South…

US and Philippines increase military ties over China threat

The Philippines and US are increasing military co-operation, including doubling the number of troops involved in joint exercises next year, as Manila starts to consider its role in a potential war with China over Taiwan. The US and Philippines will next year send 16,000 forces to participate in Balikatan, their main annual bilateral military exercise, said Colonel Michael Logico, director of the Philippine military’s Joint and Combined Training Center, which recently hosted a planning conference with US counterparts. “We are going to do a full battle test for operating together, including…

China is using a stealth fleet of fishing boats and ferries to boost its naval power, say military experts

China is utilizing a range of civilian ships to bolster its naval power, AP reports. But a fleet of scientific ships, fishing boats, and ocean ferries also offer a military dimension. Gregory Poling, director of the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, told AP that in the hotly contested Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, Chinese authorities pay trawlers large sums of money, more than they can make through fishing, to anchor for at least 280 days a year to enforce Beijing’s claim on the…