Iran seizes South Korean-tanker, Seoul demands release

Photo: AFP

Iranian media said on Monday, January 4, that Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps captured a South Korean-flagged tanker in Gulf seas, at a time when Tehran and Seoul are at odds over Iranian funds held in South Korean banks due to US sanctions. Seoul confirmed the seizure of a South Korean chemical tanker off the coast… Continue reading Iran seizes South Korean-tanker, Seoul demands release

China rebuffs Taiwan’s latest offer of talks as a “cheap trick”

China has rejected Taiwan’s most recent offer of negotiations, describing it as a “cheap trick” and provocation in which the government seeks confrontation with China at any costs. President Tsai Ing-wen said in her New Year’s address on Friday that Taiwan is keen to engage in “meaningful” negotiations with China on an equal basis if… Continue reading China rebuffs Taiwan’s latest offer of talks as a “cheap trick”

Taiwan’s president reaches out to China again in her New Year’s speech

REUTERS/Ann Wang

President Tsai Ing-wen said in her New Year’s speech on Friday that Taiwan is eager to engage “meaningful” negotiations with China on an equal footing as long as both sides are willing to put aside their differences. Democratic Taiwan, claimed by China as its sovereign territory, has come under increasing pressure from Beijing, which has… Continue reading Taiwan’s president reaches out to China again in her New Year’s speech

2 Chinese jets enter Taiwan’s air space on Christmas Day

Two Chinese jets crossed Taiwanese airspace on Christmas Day, according to Taiwan’s military ministry. On December 25, two PLA aircraft, the Y-8 ASW and the Y-8 reconnaissance, entered Taiwan’s southwest ADIZ (air defense identification zone), according to Taiwan’s defense ministry. To keep an eye on the Chinese jets, Taiwan sent radio warnings and deployed its… Continue reading 2 Chinese jets enter Taiwan’s air space on Christmas Day

US military school rocked by cheating scandal

AP Photo/Adam Hunger

With hundreds of cadets suspected of breaching the academy’s honor code in the spring, America’s famed military school West Point has been rocked by its greatest cheating scandal in decades. The exclusive school, located 95 kilometers north of New York City on the banks of the Hudson River, has a code that states, “A cadet… Continue reading US military school rocked by cheating scandal

US warship sails by the contested Spratly Islands in the West Philippine Sea

US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Taylor DiMartino/file

In the latest challenge to Beijing’s broad territorial claims in the region, an American warship sailed through waters off the contested Spratly Islands in the West Philippine Sea on Thursday, December 22. The USS John S. McCain, a guided-missile destroyer, “asserted navigational rights and freedoms in the Spratly Islands,” according to the US Seventh Fleet. “This… Continue reading US warship sails by the contested Spratly Islands in the West Philippine Sea

Multiple rockets hit US base in Afghanistan

Mohammad Ismail / Reuters

Five rockets were fired on Saturday at a major US facility in Afghanistan, but no one was hurt, according to North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and provincial officials. According to Wahida Shahkar, a spokeswoman for the governor of northern Parwan province, the rockets hit Bagram Airfield. She added that 12 rockets were placed in a vehicle, five of… Continue reading Multiple rockets hit US base in Afghanistan

China ‘expels’ US Navy destroyer sailing near Spratly Islands in the WPS

In a new escalation of tensions between Beijing and Washington, Beijing announced on Tuesday that its military had “expelled” a US Navy destroyer cruising near the Spratly Islands in the West Philippine Sea. China said the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) southern theatre command dispatched ships and aircraft to warn the US destroyer USS John S.… Continue reading China ‘expels’ US Navy destroyer sailing near Spratly Islands in the WPS

US Navy vows to be ‘more assertive’ in countering China in Pacific

PHOTO: REUTERS

The US military warned on December 17 that its warships will be “more assertive” in response to international law infractions, citing Beijing’s expansionist goals in the West Philippine Sea as an example. In a document setting objectives for the US Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard for the coming years, the Pentagon stressed that numerous countries, notably… Continue reading US Navy vows to be ‘more assertive’ in countering China in Pacific