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  • Manila walks fine line between Beijing and Washington in South China Sea

    08/01/2020 6:57:52 PM PDT · by Mariner · 17 replies
    The South China Morning Post via Yahoo ^ | August 1st, 2020 | Sarah Zheng
    Under its vocally anti-American President Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines has emerged as a focal point between China and the US in their continuing contest for dominance in the region. After years of cosier ties between Manila and Beijing, at the expense of the Philippines' traditional alliance with the US, Duterte last month appeared to signal a retreat from his anti-Washington stance by reversing an earlier decision to scrap a key military agreement with the US in June. While analysts say Duterte is unlikely to change his policy on China any time soon, the shift to reinstate the Visiting Forces Agreement...
  • Vietnam says up to 800,000 have left virus epicentre Danang

    08/01/2020 3:32:34 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    The total number of infections in the country has since risen to 558 from 413, with most of the new cases linked to three hospitals in Danang. More than 41,000 people have visited the three hospitals since July 1, the ministry said in a statement. The Southeast Asian country reported its first two COVID-19 deaths on Friday, and the toll rose to three on Saturday.
  • BREAKING: Vietnam reports first ever death from coronavirus ...

    07/31/2020 2:21:44 AM PDT · by cba123 · 17 replies
    Twitter ^ | Today
    BREAKING: Vietnam reports first ever death from coronavirus as it struggles with renewed outbreak after 99 days without any cases.
  • Second Wave: Vietnam reports 1st coronavirus death in renewed outbreak

    07/31/2020 2:17:59 AM PDT · by RandFan · 10 replies
    AP ^ | July 31 | AP
    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnamese state media reported on Friday the country’s first ever death of a person with the coronavirus as it struggles with a renewed outbreak after 99 days without any cases. The Thanh Nien newspaper said a 70-year-old man died after contracting the disease while being treated for a kidney illness at a hospital in Da Nang where more than 90 cases have been reported over the past week. The Health Ministry has not confirmed the death. Dr. Luong Ngoc Khue, head of the country’s Administration of Medical Examination and Treatment, said there are at least six...
  • Vietnam to evacuate 80,000 tourists from Da Nang after three residents contract Covid-19

    07/27/2020 10:43:46 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | Updated 27th July 2020 | Helen Regan and Andy Nguyen, •
    On Monday, the government made the drastic decision to begin evacuating 80,000 people from Da Nang, a process it said would take four days. Domestic airlines are operating about 100 flights daily to 11 cities around the country, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam. Only two Vietnamese provinces, Bac Giang and Bac Ninh, will require those returning from Da Nang to be quarantined. Other local authorities will require them to fill in health declaration forms. Da Nang is a tourist hotspot popular with domestic and international tourists, who flock to the city's white sandy beaches and seafront resorts....
  • Traces of early humans found in Ba Be National Park

    07/26/2020 9:42:34 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Vietnam+ (VietnamPlus) ^ | Monday, July 20, 2020 | VNA
    During the recent field survey in Ba Be National Park in the northeastern province of Bac Kan, archaeologists have found many traces of early humans in caves in karst mountains around Ba Be Lake... Traces were found in Tham Kit Cave, Tham Mya Cave, Na Phoong Cave, and Ba Cua Cave in Nam Mau commune, Ba Be district. Most traces were uncovered in Tham Kit Cave, which is 50m above the lake surface. The cave faces southwest while its inside measures nearly 3,000 square metres. Its floor is fairly smooth and divided into three large rooms with many small corners....
  • China, U.S. Escalate Forces, Threats in South China Sea

    07/20/2020 12:34:34 PM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 54 replies ^ | July 20, 2020, at 10:26 a.m. | usn
    CHINA ON MONDAY WARNED the U.S. not to conduct any further military escalation in the South China Sea as both countries dramatically ramp up the presence of their armed forces in the increasingly contested region. Days after the U.S. redeployed two aircraft carriers to the region in move seen as highly rare – and, to China, provocative – Chinese state media on Monday confirmed it had sent a brigade of aviation forces to two islands it administers in the contested Paracel Archipelago along with a series of warships. They plan to conduct "live-fire maritime target attack drills" in response to...
  • Pakistan Jet Crashed Shortly After Bizarre Landing Attempt At 327 KPH

    05/28/2020 2:00:56 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 62 replies
    NDTV ^ | 28 May 2020 | Alan Levin
    At no point did the pilots say they had a problem with their landing gear or any other type of emergency, according to the radio calls. A deadly plane crash in Pakistan is prompting questions about how the crew could touch down without landing gear when their sophisticated jetliner was bristling with equipment to prevent pilots from doing just that "It is unbelievable to me that an airline crew on a jet like an Airbus, with all the warning systems, would attempt to land the plane without the gear extended," said John Cox, an aviation safety consultant who formerly flew...
  • One in three pilots in Pakistan has a FAKE flying license, aviation minister reveals amid probe into crash last month that killed 97 people

    06/25/2020 8:04:59 AM PDT · by texas booster · 27 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 25 2020 | Chris Pleasance
    A third of all pilots in Pakistan are flying with fake licences after paying people to sit their exam for them, it has been revealed. Out of 860 pilots currently licenced in Pakistan, investigators identified 262 who 'did not take the exam themselves' and 'don't have flying experience', he said.
  • Vietnam Suspends 27 Pakistani Pilots Working in its Airlines

    07/19/2020 9:42:00 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 26 replies
    DefenseWorld ^ | June 29, 2020 | "our bureau"
    Vietnam has suspended 27 Pakistani pilots working at local airlines after 262 of 860 civilian commercial pilots in Pakistan were found to have fake licenses. "All of the pilots are of Pakistani nationality and licensed in the country. These pilots are working at several airlines in Viet Nam," Dinh Viet Thang, Civil Aviation Administration of Viet Nam (CAAV), was quoted as saying by Vietnam News Agency. Minister of Transport of Vietnam Nguyen Van The has asked the CAAV to review the licenses and certificates of foreign pilots who are working at local airlines. The minister ordered ban of fight missions...
  • How did Vietnam manage to avoid even one coronavirus death?

    05/30/2020 9:10:43 AM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 54 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 30, 2020 | Dana Kennedy
    ...Simple, say medical authorities, it acted early and swiftly. Vietnam ignored China and the World Health Organization’s initial insistence that there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission and deployed rapid measures like strict quarantining, and contact tracing before its first case was even detected, CNN reported. “We were not only waiting for guidelines from WHO. We used the data we gathered from outside and inside (the country to) decide to take action early,” said Pham Quang Thai, deputy head of the Infection Control Department at the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology in Hanoi...
  • Ronald R. Van Stockum turns 104 today (some positive news)

    07/08/2020 9:07:27 AM PDT · by Borges · 13 replies
    A veteran of Bougainville and Guam campaigns, Brigadier General Van Stockum is most noted for his service as director, Marine Corps Reserve and later as commanding general, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific (Forward) on Okinawa during the Vietnam War.
  • Philippines' Rodrigo Duterte has backflipped on his divorce plans with the US military — why?

    07/02/2020 9:55:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    ABC Australia ^ | 07/02/2020 | Alan Weedon
    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has recently suspended a decision that was described by analysts as one of the geopolitical shocks of the decade. In February, the President announced he would rip up the long-standing Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States, which operationalises the two countries' Mutual Defence Treaty (MDT), signed in 1951. The MDT is similar to Australia's ANZUS security pact with the US — also signed in 1951 — as an attack in the Pacific threatening either party's "territorial integrity, political independence, or security" will automatically trigger a consultation process between Manila and Washington. The cancellation of...
  • US Again Patrols Near Chinese Survey Ship In South China Sea

    07/06/2020 12:45:21 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 3 replies
    Radio Free Asia ^ | 2020-07-02 | Drake Long
    An American Navy combat ship this week conducted “routine operations” near a Chinese geological survey ship in the South China Sea. The maneuvers in waters around the Spratly Islands echoed events off the north coast of Malaysian Borneo in April, when a Chinese survey vessel and a fleet of China Coast Guard (CCG) ships shadowed Malaysian oil exploration efforts, in an apparent bid to deter the smaller nation from exploiting resources in the disputed waters. “The Chinese Communist Party must end its pattern of bullying Southeast Asians out of offshore oil, gas, and fisheries. Millions of people in the region...
  • Vietnam, Philippines criticise Chinese military drills in South China Sea; Both Countries warned of growing insecurity in Southeast Asia at Asean summit

    07/02/2020 9:50:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Vietnam and the Philippines on Thursday criticised China’s holding of military drills in a disputed part of the South China Sea, warning it could create tension in the region and impact Beijing’s relationship with its neighbours. Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said China’s exercises in the waters near the Paracel Islands were “highly provocative”, while Vietnam’s Foreign Ministry called them a violation of sovereignty that could be “detrimental” to Beijing’s relationship with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean). China scheduled five days of drills from Wednesday near the Paracels according to a June 27 announcement by the Hainan’s Maritime...
  • Oakland professor placed on leave after asking a student named Phuc Bui to change her name

    06/20/2020 5:19:29 AM PDT · by kevcol · 34 replies
    Twitchy ^ | June 20, 2020 | Greg P.
    Matthew Hubbard, a math professor at Laney College in Oakland, Calif., was placed on leave after he reportedly asked a student to Anglicize her name because it “sounds like an insult in English”: We are aware of the allegations of racist and xenophobic messages from a faculty member at our college with a student about the pronunciation of their name. Click here to read President Gilkerson's full statement: — Laney College
  • Here Are 24 Alternate Names For U.S. Army Forts And Military Bases

    06/11/2020 3:30:33 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 68 replies
    The Federalist ^ | June 11, 2020 | Anominous
    President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he “will not even consider” renaming military bases like Fort Hood or Fort Bragg. But perhaps it is still worth considering the possibilities of offering recruits more truth in advertising via modern names. The following suggestions were sent in to us at The Federalist as potential solutions for this thorny problem: Fort I Just Wanted Tuition Assistance Fort 100% Promotion Rate Fort 24% Interest Rate On A Camaro Fort Distract Everyone With New Uniforms Fort We’ve Been Using The Same Small Arms For Fifty Years But The Navy Needs A New Carrier Fort Don’t...
  • The Wound to Our Social Order Is Deep and Pervasive

    06/11/2020 5:42:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    American ^ | June 11, 2020 | E. Jeffrey Ludwig
    Fifty years plus one month ago, a student protest against the Vietnam War took place on the campus of Kent State University in Ohio. The National Guard had been sent at the request of the mayor of Kent. They fired on the protesting students, and four were killed and nine wounded. In April, President Nixon had widened the Vietnam War to include Cambodia because the Vietcong were using trails in Cambodia as supply lines. This widening of the war was the immediate cause of the protest. The mayor of Kent and other observers said the students were becoming violent and...
  • China-India border: Why tensions are rising between the neighbours

    06/01/2020 1:38:09 PM PDT · by jonatron · 16 replies
    The B.B.C. ^ | 5/30/2020 | By Anbarasan Ethirajan and Vikas Pandey
    The armies of the world's two most populous nations are locked in a tense face-off high in the Himalayas, which has the potential to escalate as they seek to further their strategic goals. Officials quoted by the Indian media say thousands of Chinese troops have forced their way into the Galwan valley in Ladakh, in the disputed Kashmir region. Indian leaders and military strategists have clearly been left stunned. The reports say that in early May, Chinese forces put up tents, dug trenches and moved heavy equipment several kilometres inside what had been regarded by India as its territory. The...
  • Another Potential Risk from China: The most likely detonator for major conflict with China is Taiwan

    06/01/2020 6:21:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 06/01/2020 | Richard Fernandez
    The most likely detonator for major conflict with China is Taiwan. Hong Kong cannot be viably contested. India can defend itself. Beijing would be foolish to rerun the Korean war. That leaves Taiwan. If Taiwan declares independence it might be enough to light the fuse because China has long declared that any such efforts would be met by force. The question arises: what if Beijing’s actions in Hong Kong precipitates a rush to Taiwanese independence? “Taiwan has moved to assure Hongkongers of “proactive rescue and possibly residency’ to help them through the precarious time facing their city.” This must rankle...