Feb 11 2017
"Our military stance should be one that reinforces our diplomats", he said, adding "at this time we do not see any need for dramatic military moves at all".
One US Navy patrol plane and a Chinese aircraft reportedly engaged in close and "unsafe" encounter over the disputed South China Sea islands this week.
The KJ-200 is an airborne early warning and command plane while the P-3 is a maritime surveillance aircraft. US officials said the two aircraft came within 300 meters (984 feet) of each other.
During his confirmation hearings, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson suggested that the USA should take a harder line in addressing China's assertiveness in the South China Sea.
In recent years, the sides have signed a pair of agreements aimed at preventing such encounters from sparking an worldwide crisis, as happened in April 2001 when a Chinese jet fighter collided with a USA surveillance plane over the South China Sea, leading to the death of the Chinese pilot and China's detention of the 24 US crew members for 10 days. The Department of Defense and US Pacific Command are "always concerned about unsafe interactions with Chinese military forces", according to the statement. The Navy plane was forced to change course to avoid a collision.
China's defense ministry defended the Chinese pilot's conduct in an interview with state media, saying the pilot had taken "legal and professional measures".
"We hope the USA side keeps in mind the present condition of relations between the two countries and militaries, adopts practical measures, and eliminates the origin of air and sea mishaps between the two countries", defense officials told the paper.
The previous Philippine government had filed a case against China in the Permanent Court for its blockade of Scarborough Shoal.
China and the United States have been at odds over the growing territorial tensions regarding the South China Sea for some time. "China asserts sovereignty over Scarborough Reef along with the Philippines and Taiwan", according to the CIA World Factbook, but Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has "sidestepped" China's banning of Filipino fisherman from accessing the waters "in a bid to establish closer ties with Beijing", Stars and Stripes reported. The policy rules out independence or US diplomatic recognition for Taiwan, and was first agreed to in 1972 by President Richard Nixon and China's Mao Zedong.
While the court previous year largely rejected China's claims, new Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte has sought to mend ties with Beijing and the situation around the shoal has largely calmed down. The US asked for more freedom in the navigation of such areas.
A U.S. Navy P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft from to the Skinny Dragons of Patrol Squadron (VP) 4 conducts a fly-by with the guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67) on November 15, 2014. In his senate confirmation hearing, U.S. secretary of state Rex Tillerson said China should not be allowed access to islands it has built in the disputed territory, and the White House also vowed to defend "international territories" in the strategic waterway.
Feb 10 2017
Freddie Mac: Mortgage Rates In Holding Pattern Due To Economic Uncertainty
These applications rose 2 percent for the week and are at a 3.6 percent higher than they were a year ago. The short term, popular 15 year fixed rate mortgages can be had for 3.710% today and an April of 3.894%.
Feb 09 2017
Scottish parliament set to reject Brexit bill in symbolic vote
Scottish Conservatives' John Lamont accused the Scottish government of trying to "manufacture a grievance out of nothing". Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said his party is "unapologetically pro United Kingdom and pro EU".
Feb 08 2017
Bill O'Reilly's Putin Comments Lead Kremlin to Call For Apology
Putin's. "This is an awkward situation for Fox News rather than for us", the Kremlin spokesman said. "Lot of killers", Trump says. Scarborough asked about Trump's bromance with Putin and Trump responded, "When people call you brilliant, it's always good.
Feb 08 2017
Brexit French PM, Juncker say deal must be worse than membership
Euractiv reports that Cazeneuve also said the United Kingdom can't get a better deal than what it has now as a member of the EU. He also said the vote would cover the withdrawal arrangements and the terms of Britain's future relationship with the bloc.
Feb 07 2017
Random fan scores date with Eugenie Bouchard
Fast-forward a couple of hours later and the Patriots pulled of the miracle to beat the Falcons 34-28 in overtime. One opportunistic Twitter user definitely owes Tom Brady a pint.
Feb 07 2017
Afghan civilian casualties hit record high in 2016
Of those casualty numbers, 3,512 were children - 923 dead and 2,589 injured, marking a 24% increase on the previous recorded figures.
Feb 05 2017
Hundreds of thousands protests in Romanian cities
The law will decriminalise several crimes and will mean that only offences involving more than $48,000 will punishable by jail. Romania's Constitutional Court will rule on the legality of the law on Tuesday, the last legal resort to stop it.
Feb 05 2017
United Kingdom services growth cools as costs dominate firms' concerns
Activity in the U.S. services sector hit a 14-month high in January, according to data released on Friday. But the Bank's 2017 forecast is now higher than those of most private sector economists.
Feb 04 2017
CBS, Entercom to Merge Radio Business
In this deal, CBS shareholders will have the opportunity to exchange all, some, or none of their CBS shares for CBS Radio shares. The deal, subject to regulatory approvals and a vote by Entercom's board, is expected to close in the second half of the year.
Feb 03 2017
Washington Sues Trump Over Immigration Executive Order
It temporarily bans immigrants from seven countries and suspends the refugee program. Ferguson argues that the Executive Order violates the U.S.
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Feb 04 2017Scramble to replace Tigerair Bali flights
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