Schneider Electric Innovation Summit World Tour 2020 Embracing digital technologies in the age of Industry Automation

Schneider Electric is taking the frontlines in accelerating our lives into the new normal, fully equipped with a portfolio of innovative, new digital services. For SE, it’s high time to digitize our future — globally. And on this side of the globe, the Schneider Electric Innovation Summit East Asia 2020 slated November 4, 2020 will highlight SE’s unveiling of the latest developments in EcoStruxure architecture and platform as well as several new innovative products. The Innovation Summit East Asia 2020 is part of a global and 10 regional events covering…

South China Sea news: Beijing fires ‘dozens of missiles’ in two-day exercise | World | News

China claims it has a historic right of ownership to almost the entire South China Sea, despite a 2016 international arbitration ruling saying Beijing’s claim had no legal basis under international law. But the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei also have overlapping claims to parts of it. An official Chinese outlet said air-to-air missiles were launched during a two-day military exercise on Hainan Island this week. The drill was attended by up to 100 soldiers and was organised by the naval force of the Southern Theatre Command of the…

South China Sea in ‘freefall’ as US and Beijing aggression makes conflict risk ‘high’ | World | News

Beijing’s intense militarisation of the region has led to increased concerns over conflict between the US and China. Described by many as “island fortresses”, China has engulfed the South China Sea with man-made island bases and has been accused of forming them specifically for military purposes. The key issue for other Asian neighbours is the placement of these bases in archipelagos that are under sovereignty claims by multiple countries. The Spratly Islands are claimed by China, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia, the Philippines and Brunei – and have become the cornerstone of…

South China Sea: Indonesia snubs US by rejecting requests to host spy planes | World | News

US officials sent “high-level” requests in July and August to Indonesia’s defence and foreign ministers. However, Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo refuted the help. The request comes as tensions between US and China mount over their influence in Southeastern Asian territories. Indonesia has a long-standing neutral stance to avoid entering conflict. It does not allow foreign defence forces to operate within its boundaries. The country does not officially claim the disputed South China Sea territory, but observes part of it as its own. It has frequently expelled Chinese coastguard boats and fishing…

Shopee partners with World Vision to support young Filipino learners through Abutin Na10 campaign

Last June, the Department of Education (DepEd) and World Vision launched a fundraising campaign entitled “Abutin Na10”. The initiative aims to ensure that millions of Filipino learners today continue to have access to good education despite the pandemic. Funds raised will directly support DepEd’s implementation of multi-modal learning approaches. Months have passed, and many have been greatly affected by the COVID-19 health crisis. The children living in the poorest of the poor are among the most vulnerable. Since its launch, “Abutin Na10” has drawn support from various public and private…

As US election nears, some Chinese firms turn away from the world | China News

Down a side street near Shenzhen’s university cluster, a drone swoops down between low-slung, graffiti-covered buildings, coming to rest in a large utility box where a robotic arm swaps out its batteries for new ones. Moments later the drone rises and whizzes off again to carry on its work. Wang Yang, founder and CEO of DY Innovations, which designs automated systems for industrial drones such as this one used to inspect power lines and solar panels, is doing brisk business. Wang, who studied in the United States for four years…

South China Sea news: Fishing on ‘verge of collapse’ as tensions soar in the waters | World | News

The South China Sea is now believed to be the highest biodiversity place on earth, according to marine biologist John McManus. He said there is about 570 species of coral in the region and this high level brings thousands of species of fish. Professor McManus is urging local governments to establish a regulatory authority to stop the destruction of offshore reefs and clamp down on overfishing. It comes as an army chief warned that China is creating a “potential flash point” in the disputed waters with its military force. Last week,…

South China Sea news: Canada urges NATO to track Beijing | World | News

The South China Sea is a highly contested region which faces claims of ownership from China, Malaysia, Taiwan, Vietnam and the Philippines. Now Canada has accused Beijing of “hostage diplomacy” after detaining two Canadians. Appearing from Ottawa via a video link, Canada’s defence minister Harjit Sajjan said NATO needs to “monitor” China’s activities as the actions in the region are “concerning”. He said: “This type of hostage diplomacy is not what good rules-based order nations do. “So, if you want to be part of the global rules-based order, we need…

Philippines, China seek to jointly develop energy projects in South China Sea, World News

The Philippines government on Friday lifted the moratorium on oil and gas exploration in the South China Sea amid talks with China over the disputed region. Also Read: China protests US Navy’s ‘provocative actions’ in South China Sea Philippines had stopped drilling in the disputed waters in 2014, however, President Rodrigo Duterte began talks with China two years ago to jointly explore in the South China Sea. “Now that the moratorium is lifted, I’m sure that will expedite the discussions,” Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said: “China…

South China Sea news: US pushes Beijing as Trump sends warships to disputed waters | World | News

The strike group travelled into the Taiwan Strait on Thursday led by the USS Ronald Reagan. Training included flight operations with fixed and rotary-wing aircraft. The group also undertook maritime strike exercises and coordinated tactical training, the US Navy said in a statement. The US regularly sends warships through the disputed waterway, an action which China condemns. China claims nine-tenths of the South China Sea, through which some $4trillion (£3.06trillion) of trade passes each year. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have competing claims. The US Navy said the…