Analysts: Militarization of South China Sea is fraught with risk of major war

Further militarization of the South China Sea, which Vietnam has now joined in thereby following in China’s footsteps, may cause skirmishes and fire exchanges, as well as internationalization of the conflict involving the United States’ Pacific Fleet, polled experts have told TASS. OPINION Reuters quotes US intelligence sources as saying Vietnam is moving its missile complexes to Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, disputed by China and three other countries. These weapons are capable of hitting China’s facilities on neighboring reefs. The Chinese Foreign Ministry has expressed a strong…

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U.S. plans third patrol near disputed South China Sea islands – source

The U.S. Navy plans to conduct another passage near disputed islands in the South ChinaSea in early April, a source familiar with the plan said on Friday, the third in series of challenges that have drawn sharps rebukes from China. The exact timing of the exercise and which ship would travel inside a 12-nautical mile limit around a disputed island was not immediately clear. The United States has conducted what it calls “freedom of navigation” exercises in recent months, sailing near disputed islands to underscore its right to navigate the…

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Cunard Announces Grammy Award Artist Gregory Porter to Headline 2016 Blue Note “Jazz at Sea” Transatlantic Crossing

On the heels of Queen Mary 2’s first-ever “Jazz at Sea” Transatlantic Crossing with Blue Note Records, Cunard has announced that Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter, Gregory Porter, will be headlining the third Blue Note jazz-themed Transatlantic Crossing on October 25, 2016. Porter delighted fans with his powerhouse performances in the Royal Court Theatre during the first, October 29 Jazz at Sea Crossing. During the voyage, Porter spoke about Queen Mary 2’s intimate venues and about how the rhythm of water inspires his music. Described by The New York Times…

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Sacred sea: Russia’s vast and remote Lake Baikal

Vast as a sea and deep as an ocean trench, Russia’s Lake Baikal is one of the world’s great natural wonders. With a surface area bigger than Belgium, it contains nearly one quarter of all the world’s freshwater, which is more than the five American Great Lakes combined. Baikal is truly a lake of superlatives. The Earth’s deepest inland body of water, its massive stone basin is so large that all of the rivers on the planet would take an entire year to fill it. While more than 300 rivers…

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