Satellite images taken on Friday revealed that China has returned surface-to-air missiles to Woody Island in the Paracels, restoring them to exactly the same positions they occupied before tensions with the United States prompted Beijing to withdraw the weapons. The South China Morning Post notes the missiles were seemingly removed after two American B-52 bombers flew over the Spratly Islands, to the great consternation of China. Some analysts at the time suspected the missiles were not being withdrawn as a diplomatic gesture but were instead pulled off the line for maintenance at an opportune moment during typhoon season. The HQ-9 anti-aircraft missile system requires frequent maintenance when deployed close to the sea. “The systems can be deployed, withdrawn and re-deployed whenever politically expedient, and they do not lend themselves easily to verification, compliance and enforcement processes that often characterize arms control,” research fellow Colin Koh of the S. … [Read more...] about China Returns Missiles to South China Sea Island
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News / World by Press Association 14/09/2018, 6:08 am FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Philippine authorities were evacuating thousands of people from the path of the most powerful typhoon this year, closing schools, readying bulldozers for landslides and placing rescuers and troops on full alert. More than four million people live in areas at most risk from the storm, which the Joint Typhoon Warning Centre in Hawaii categorised as a super typhoon with powerful winds and gusts equivalent to a category 5 Atlantic hurricane. Typhoon Mangkhut is on course to hit north-eastern Cagayan province early on Saturday. It was tracked on Friday about 250 miles away in the Pacific with sustained winds of 127mph and gusts of up to 158 mph, Philippine forecasters said. With a massive rain cloud band 560 miles wide, combined with seasonal monsoon rains, the typhoon could bring heavy to intense rains that could set off landslides and … [Read more...] about Evacuation under way as huge typhoon nears Philippines
News / World by Press Association 15/09/2018, 4:56 am FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Typhoon Mangkhut slammed into the north-eastern coast of the Philippines on Saturday, its ferocious winds and blinding rain ripping off tin roof sheets and knocking out power. The typhoon made landfall before dawn in the coastal town of Baggao in Cagayan province on the northern tip of Luzon Island, a breadbasket of flood-prone rice plains and mountain provinces often hit by landslides. More than five million people were at risk from the storm, which the Hawaii-based Joint Typhoon Warning Centre downgraded from a super typhoon but said was still punching powerful winds and gusts equivalent to a category four Atlantic hurricane. There were no immediate reports of major damages or casualties in the region, where a massive evacuation from high-risk areas was carried out over two days. With a huge rain cloud band 560 miles wide, combined … [Read more...] about Blinding rain and ferocious winds lash Philippines as Typhoon Mangkhut hits
Aug 17, 5:38 AM EDT Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury World By Suman Varandani @suman09 08/17/18 AT 4:59 AM The United States warned China against any plans of adding a nuclear element to the ongoing territorial controversy in the South China Sea after a report claimed Beijing will likely construct floating nuclear power plants on disputed islands and reefs.“China’s plans to power these islands may add a nuclear element to the territorial dispute,” the Pentagon said in its 2018 report to Congress titled “Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China.”“China indicated development plans may be underway to power islands and reefs in the typhoon-prone South China Sea with floating nuclear power stations; development reportedly is to begin prior to 2020," the report, released Thursday, added. There have been reports in the past about … [Read more...] about Nuclear Power Plants In South China Sea? US Warns China Over Plans
TYPHOON Mangkhut has made landfall in the Philippines, killing around 14 people as it batters the country with wind speeds of 115mph. But when will the storm reach Hong Kong after raging across the China Sea? Where is Typhoon Mangkhut now? After losing some wind speed, the super typhoon has now been downgraded to a category four storm. It is heading west towards China at about 19 mph. The World Meteorological Organisation branded the storm the strongest tropical cyclone the world has faced this year". Authorities in the Philippines say they've been better prepared for the onslaught than in previous years. The deadliest storm in the country was Super Typhoon Haiyan, which killed over 7,000 people and affected millions in 2013. When will the storm hit Hong Kong? Philippine forecasters said the shifting typhoon will pass near Hong Kong late on Sunday or early on Monday. Residents there have been warned to stay indoors as authorities raised storm alerts to "yellow". Locals have been … [Read more...] about Typhoon Mangkhut path tracker latest — where is the super typhoon now and when will it reach Hong Kong?