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…

‘They’re taking him for a ride’: Has Philippines gained from Duterte’s China pivot?

MANILA: Teeming with marine life, the waters of Scarborough Shoal are a haven for valuable fish, such as yellowfin tuna, grouper and red snapper. A fishing expedition there can earn fisherman Federico Josol three times more money than fishing in the waters of his hometown Masinloc, the closest point in the Philippines to the shoal. Advertisement Advertisement But every trip to the shoal, located about 225 kilometres off the Philippine coast, carries a risk. And recently, he had a bruising encounter with the Chinese Coast Guard. “They said it was…

South China Sea: Major US boost for furious Philippines amid ‘unlawful’ Beijing move | World | News

South China Sea: Military exercises ‘must continue’ says expert Countries including the Philippines and Brunei, have seen their fishing industries decimated as a result of restrictions placed on the highly valuable South China Sea. China lays claim to around 80 percent of the seas, and puts pressure on neighbouring countries on the areas they are allowed to fish in, while simultaneously threatening others that enter their territory. This had led to dwindling numbers of fish being caught, as well as fierce competition between rival nations, leading to unrest. US Secretary…

Philippines set to be first buyer of India-Russia cruise missile

NEW DELHI/MANILA — India and Russia are looking to export to the Philippines their jointly developed BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, a move that may unnerve Beijing, given its border standoff with New Delhi and territorial disputes with other neighbors in the South China Sea. The BrahMos takes its name from two rivers — the Brahmaputra in India and the Moskva in Russia. The missile is manufactured by an Indo-Russian joint venture, BrahMos Aerospace, which was set up in India in 1998 and is responsible for designing, developing and marketing the…

Amid China Tensions, Malaysia, Philippines and Vietnam Pin Hopes on Biden | Voice of America

TAIPEI, TAIWAN – Projected U.S. president-elect Joe Biden will energize Southeast Asian countries that spar with the more powerful China over the disputed South China Sea by siding with them without inviting armed conflict, analysts believe. These analysts are looking to the record of former U.S. president Barack Obama’s administration – in which Biden served as vice president – for clues to what Biden might do in the region. Obama pursued what his government described as a “pivot to Asia” from 2011 as the region became more vital to U.S. economic interests.…

Heralding Deal with China, Philippines Restarts Offshore Oil-Gas Exploration in Disputed Sea

TAIPEI, TAIWAN —  The Philippine government’s lifting of a ban on offshore oil and gas exploration reopens the door to joint energy development with China, the erstwhile biggest player in a regional maritime sovereignty dispute, analysts believe. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has approved a Department of Energy proposal to resume exploration in the South China Sea, the department said October 15 in a statement online. Exploration was called off six years ago as a Sino-Philippine maritime dispute peaked. Resumption of oil and gas exploration will “infuse the economy with fresh…

Duterte extends Philippines’ military deal with US

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte has decided to extend the Visiting Forces Agreement with the U.S., Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said on Wednesday, amid continuing tensions with China in the disputed South China Sea. The extension would give Manila and Washington, which will usher in a new administration under Joe Biden as President in January, more time to discuss options for the troops deal, a key aspect of their defense alliance, an analyst said. Duterte early this year ordered the abrogation of the 1998 agreement, which facilitates…

India, Philippines vow to strengthen defence engagement, maritime cooperation

India and Philippines on Friday resolved to strengthen defence engagement and maritime cooperation, especially in military training, as well as in procurement of defence equipment. The resolve by the two nations to deepen defence and maritime ties comes in the backdrop of China’s growing expansionist behaviour in eastern Ladakh, South China Sea and Indo-Pacific region. The fourth meeting of the India-Philippines joint commission on bilateral cooperation, co-chaired by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his Philippines counterpart Teodoro Locsin Jr. L, was held online on Friday. Both sides held comprehensive…