Five Eyes for a Saner World needs the Sixth Element

Partha Chakraborty- Partha Chakraborty Partha Chakraborty is an Indian-born immigrant; a naturalized US Citizen since 2018. Educated in India and at Cornell University, Partha is currently an entrepreneur in water technologies, Blockchain, and wealth management in the US and in India. The views expressed are his own. “This is a wonderful school in my home state. If you come, I will introduce you. Hope you can do it.” – was scribbled at the bottom of an invite. The invite went from Westminster College in a tiny midwestern town of Fulton,…

The world needs a more active Germany

Sep 20th 2021 ON AUGUST 2ND the Bayern, a Brandenburg-class frigate, set sail from the North Sea coast with over 200 troops aboard and a novel mission. Over seven months the warship would traverse the Suez canal and Red Sea, dropping anchor in places like Mumbai before reaching the South China Sea, where an assertive China is intimidating neighbours with unfounded territorial claims. “Germany has a strong interest in stability, security, and rules-based politics in the region,” says Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the defence minister. “We are not a regional power, but…

World News | China’s Grip over South China Sea Compels US to Speed Up Coalition Efforts

Washington [US], August 22 (ANI): China’s baseless claims over the South China Sea has compelled the US to speed up the formation of a coalition of claimants to challenge the communist regime in the region, a media report said. Washington is planning to follow the 2016 verdict by the International Court of Justice that thwarted Beijing’s claims over much of the South China Sea. However, Beijing had denied to follow the ICJ ruling. Also Read | Euro 2020 Final at Wembley Stadium Part of COVID-19 ‘Superspreader’ Events. The Biden administration…

Philippines hopes to reduce tensions in South China Sea with unit of female coastguards | World

It is one of the most dangerous waterways in the world, a place of aggressive confrontation that could one day be the flashpoint of a superpower conflict. Now the government of the Philippines is hoping to reduce tensions in the South China Sea with a unit of female coastguards, who will try to soothe national rivalries with their firm but gentle tones. The Angels of the Sea, as they are called, are a team of 81 radio operators newly formed by the Philippines Coast Guard. The idea is that warnings…

South China Sea: Duterte slams Pacquiao in fiery policy debate on waters ‘Study first!’ | World | News

The senator and eight-division champion said he found the leader’s stand on the South China Sea was “lacking”. In a late night interview with SMNI news channel on Tuesday, Duterte said Pacquiao, a senator and close ally, should “study first” before weighing in. Pacquiao stood his ground and hit back on Wednesday, when he said the country should pursue dialogue over disputes, but “stand strong in protecting our sovereign rights”. “I am a Filipino voicing out what needs to be said in defence of what has been adjudicated as rightfully…

South China Sea: ‘Real and increasing’ risk US and Beijing will ‘stumble into war’ | World | News

Beijing has claimed a large part of the South China Sea as its own which has triggered territorial disputes. The US heavily opposes China’s maritime sovereignty claims and on several occasions has sent its own warships to the disputed waters to promote “freedom of the seas”. Writing for Time Magazine, experts James Stavridis and Elliot Ackerman explained how the ongoing tensions between the two superpowers runs the risk of breaking out into war. They wrote: “The two nations are significantly at odds over the status of the South China Sea, which…

China news: Beijing unveils destroyer branded one of world’s ‘most powerful warships’ | World | News

Increasing its naval arsenal, China unveiled the second Type 055 large destroyer, claimed to be one of the largest in the world by the state-run media. Praising the arrival of the new vessel, the state-run Global Times, which acts as a mouthpiece for Xi Jinping, reported the vessel will safeguard China’s sovereignty abroad. The newspaper said: “The commissioning of the Type 055 guided-missile destroyers, considered some of the most powerful warships in the world, marks the strategic development transformation of the PLA Navy, and will enable the service to better…

World War 3: China ramps up presence in South China Sea as a warning to US

The tensions China has with the United States over several issues could lead to a conflict of world war 3 proportions. With tensions rising over the highly-disputed South China Sea, China has recently increased its presence over the waters in a warning to the US. The China Maritime Safety Administration released a notice (via Express) confirming the month-long military drill in a three-mile radius area, west of the Leizhou Peninsula in Guangdong. The notice added that other ships are not allowed to enter the area for the meantime as the…

South China Sea news: US warship deployed to disputed region | World | News

Guided-missile destroyer USS Russell travelled close to Islands claimed by China on Wednesday during a freedom of navigation mission. The US Navy’s 7th Fleet said the vessel “asserted navigational rights and freedoms in the Spratly Islands, consistent with international law.” Beijing claims vast areas of the South China Sea up to the coasts of the Philippines, Malaysia and Taiwan. The global power has increased its military presence in the rich waterways over recent years and has already established military outposts on the Paracel Islands and the Spratly Islands – two disputed…

US warships threaten to erupt South China Sea tensions with drills after Beijing warning | World | News

The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group and the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group conducted a joint naval exercise close to the Chinese-controlled islands on Tuesday. The US navy said the vessels “conducted a multitude of exercises aimed at increasing interoperability between assets as well as command and control capabilities”. The mission was the first dual-carrier operation to take place in the South China Sea since last July. The presence of US forces in the contested waters also comes just days after the USS John S McCain destroyer sailed near to the Paracel…