SYDNEY, Australia — U.S. Defence Secretary Mark Esper said he wants to deploy an intermediate range conventional missile in the Pacific region within months, now that the Trump administration has formally pulled out of a Cold War-era arms control treaty with Russia.
Esper, however, added that it will likely take some time to develop the more advanced land-based missile capabilities. The move is likely to anger China, but Esper said Beijing shouldn’t be surprised by it.
“It’s fair to say, though, that we would like to deploy a capability sooner rather than later,” Esper told reporters travelling with him to Australia on Friday. “I would prefer months. I just don’t have the latest state of play on timelines.”
Esper’s comments come as the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty expired Friday, and the U.S. said it planned to begin testing new missiles that would have been prohibited under the accord. The U.S. has complained for years that Moscow has been violating the treaty and that a Russian system banned by the agreement is a direct threat to the U.S. and its allies.
More young girls from Vietnam are ending up in forced marriages in China, where the gender imbalance has created a demand for foreign brides, as Insight discovers.
VIETNAM AND CHINA: Linh, a high school student, thought nothing of accepting a family friend’s casual invitation to visit the neighbouring district of Muong Khuong.
That family ‘friend’ turned out to be a lying crook – he was in fact working for a human trafficking ring, and had taken a year to slowly befriend the 17-year-old.
“If you are trafficked, of course you will be raped. Probably everyone was raped,” she recalled.
Mystery Chinese warship crashes into Taiwanese cargo ship in Taiwan Strait.Mystery Chinese warship collides with Taiwanese freighter in the Taiwan Strait.
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Coast Guard announced today that an unidentified Chinese warship smashed into the Kaohsiung-registered bulk carrier the “Yutai No. 1” in the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday night (July 31).
… A source familiar with the situation told China Times that the Chinese warship involved in the accident was one of two PLAN ships that were prowling in the Taiwan Strait near the island of Kinmen on Wednesday night. One of them has never been exposed to the media before.
The Type 071 amphibious transport dock “Longhushan” was commissioned late last year, the tonnage of which is only rivaled by China’s aircraft carrier “Liaoning” in the PLAN fleet. The other ship is believed to an unknown cruiser.
Accident in China today at a Water Park, 44 injured by Tsunami like wave. pic.twitter.com/WsgY9GBOYi— Jim 🤣🎶🏴🇮🇪 (@JimLeitrim) July 31, 2019
CHANGCHUN, China: An operating malfunction caused the wave machine at a water park in China’s Jilin province to create enormous waves, injuring 44 people.
The accident at the Yulongshuiyun Water Park in the city of Longjing happened at around 2.40pm on Monday (Jul 29), Xinhua news agency reported the municipal publicity department as saying.
Videos on social media show the moment the wave struck the crowded wave pool. The force of the wave was enough to carry some swimmers out of the pool.
BEIJING (Reuters) – Authorities in the Chinese capital have ordered halal restaurants and food stalls to remove Arabic script and symbols associated with Islam from their signs, part of an expanding national effort to “Sinicize” its Muslim population.
Employees at 11 restaurants and shops in Beijing selling halal products and visited by Reuters in recent days said officials had told them to remove images associated with Islam, such as the crescent moon and the word “halal” written in Arabic, from signs.
HONG KONG: Police in Hong Kong used pepper spray and batons on Tuesday (Jul 30) night against protesters who had gathered outside Kwai Chung police station – where officers had charged dozens of fellow demonstrators with rioting earlier in the evening.
An AFP reporter at the scene saw riot police with batons and shields rush out of the police station towards protesters, sparking clashes with pepper spray used.