China aggressively pursues the promising energy source located at the bottom of the oceans and in polar regions for two decades now. Jiang Daming, China’s minister of land and resources said that the successful collection of the flammable ice that can be frozen fuel was “an important achievement that may lead to a global energy revolution” to be at par with the US.
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[VIDEO]: State media reported that China has successfully mined the fuel source in the South China Sea. Meanwhile, the Associated Press reported Japan also drilled for combustible ice earlier this month off the Shima Peninsula
Substitute for China War Worries
Experts agree that flammable ice could be a game-changer for the energy industry. But there are important technological and environmental considerations that need to be cleared. The fact that to build an industry around the frozen fuel also known as gas hydrate can be hazardous to the environment is already a crucial consideration. Nevertheless, its exploration halts China war triggers.
The world’s resources of flammable ice in which gas is stored in cages of water molecules are vast. Gas hydrates are estimated to hold more carbon than all the world’s other fossil fuels combined. It’s densely packed. One cubic foot of flammable ice holds 164 cubic feet of regular natural gas.
The frozen fuel is a strong contender to replace regular oil and natural gas. However, flammable ice raises significant environmental concerns. Experts worry about the release of methane. It is a super potent greenhouse gas with 25 times as much global warming effect as carbon dioxide. Although burning natural gas is cleaner than coal, it still creates carbon emissions.
The fuel source certainly has a lot of potentials. The country’s successful trial and government support to develop the industry are very crucial to its success. Nevertheless, commercial production is not going to happen in the next three years due to high costs, potential environmental concerns, and technological barriers.
Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo faced the media on recently for the launch of Atty. Estelito Mendoza’s primer on the West Philippine Sea. Mendoza recalled that during the Arroyo administration, the South China Sea was peaceful and quiet. It’s only when the country under the Aquino administration made claims at the Haque that provoked China.
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[VIDEO]: The big headache of the President in the South China Sea is caused by Aquino’s filing a case at the Hague.
The continuing tension in the South China Sea is further provoked by the naval display of forces by the United States. China can only respond along with other countries. That did not exist during the Arroyo administration. It was relatively quiet and peaceful then because all these countries knew the importance of navigational freedom.
During the Arroyo administration, Mendoza disclosed that a joint seismic survey was undertaken by the three countries in the South China Sea. They agreed that all information gathered would be shared amongst them. Bilateral talks and understanding were highly respected then. There was no sneaking around to pursue territorial claims.
China did not Contest
Mendoza explained further that the Philippines even passed a law declaring the country’s rights over its 12 nautical miles territorial sea and exclusive economic zone of 200 nautical miles “China did not contest our 12-mile territorial sea. It implicitly recognized our 200-mile economic zone,” Mendoza said.
The President’s Headache
The artificial islands that China built during the Aquino administration as their way of contesting former Benigno Aquino’s filing a case at the Hague are now the current president’s big problem. Arroyo believes that the economic ties must be prioritized since China did not claim the Philippine territory within the 12 nautical miles in the West Philippine Sea.
A North Korean diplomat wished journalists in the United Nations press conference to have a good holiday weekend recently and then warned a possible thermonuclear war retaliation to the US warning. It may be the North Korean’s usual stint against the interference of the Americans – but this time, the nuclear war threat is now with serious name and details.
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[VIDEO]: United Nations (CNN)Only at a North Korean press conference at the United Nations, can you hear a diplomat say he hoped journalists had a good holiday weekend and then warn of possible thermonuclear war.
Consistent Nuclear Threats
North Korea is consistent in their nuclear war threats toward the United States for decades, but since the Trump administration’s announcement to end of a “strategic patience” policy with Pyongyang, it has made its warning a reality with facts. It’s UN deputy representative, Kim In Ryong disclosed at a UN press conference some war scenarios and rhetoric with the United States as a target.
Just hours after US Vice President Mike Pence visited the North and South Korea demilitarized zone, the UN press conference was held. Pence warned North Korea not to test the might of the United States or the strength of their military forces. Instead of retreating, he touched the ego of the Korean leaders and slams him off in a separate press briefing.
North Korea Retaliates
The country returns the verbal fire in New York. North Korea’s UN ambassador condemns the US naval buildup off the Korean Peninsula. They are also not happy with the US missile attacks on Syria. Kim said, “It has created a dangerous situation in which thermonuclear war may break out at any moment on the peninsula and poses a serious threat to world peace and security.”
More Serious this Time
The thermonuclear term relates to or using nuclear reactions that occur only at very high temperatures. Kim did not say nuclear but it is clear that they anticipate the use of thermonuclear. If nuclear war is devastating enough, how much more thermonuclear?
Will China get involved with the US-Russia war? Russia directly intervened in Syria by launching air strikes to control rebel groups. Beijing tried to keep a distance from the conflict. It is firm in its standing that the fate of Bashar al-Assad’s government must be decided by the Syrian people themselves. , China opposed any interference by foreign powers – just like in its the South China Sea disputes.
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[VIDEO]: Chinese UN envoy Liu Jieyi said that political solution is the only way out for Syria.
Salin Attack Reaction
Beijing is seen backing Russia by casting its sixth veto to protect Assad’s government from the Security Council action. It blocks a bid by Western powers to impose determined sanctions over accusations of a chemical weapons attack believed to be Salin substance. It was the seventh time Russia blocks Western-sponsored sanctions on Syria since the beginning of civil war six years ago. Tens of thousands of deaths and more homeless result from the internal war. It seems that this could escalate after the US’s missile strikes on a military base that allegedly carried out the Salin attack on civilians that moved the US president.
Freedom of Expression
China joined Russia in vetoing a council resolution. The case was drafted by France, Germany, Portugal and Britain. It demanded that Syrian authorities stop using armed forces against civilians and to allow the exercise of freedom of expression, including peaceful assembly and other human rights. Li Baodong, China’s representative to the UN, said that the resolution did not ease the situation in Syria. and did not comply with UN principles of non-interference in internal affairs.
Rear Admiral Guan Youfei, who is in charge of China’s Central Military Commission said that the PLA is willing to continue exchanges and cooperation with the Syrian military. They can provide training as well. China also named Xie Xiaoyan, the former ambassador to Iran, as its special envoy to Syria for its assurance in their commitment in the troubled country under Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
Assad welcomes companies from Russia, China, and Iran. He is grateful to these three countries that supported Syria during its destructive civil war. They should take part in the reconstruction of the country. Assad also acknowledged Beijing’s part in vetoing UN sanctions on Syria. He announced that China was directly involved in building various projects, particularly in the industrial sector in Syria. In fact, Chinese experts are still working in Syria.
In response to the US missile bombing that hit a military airbase allegedly responsible for carrying Salin attack that killed civilians including women and children, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a warship in full combat to Syria that signals the start of the Syrian war between two superpowers. This is to help them against what they perceived as US aggression that signals the Syrian war among two superpowers.
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[VIDEO]: The US President said he ordered a targeted military strike on the airfield in Syria from where a Syrian chemical attack was launched.
US Airbase Attack
The attack on the airbase was in retaliation to an intelligence report that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad was behind the lethal sarin gas attack on civilians in a rebel-held area which claimed approximately 72 lives including 20 children – some of them were beautiful babies as mentioned by the US president.
Allies in the Syrian War
On the military build-up by Russia and the US in the Middle East, the US President received full backing from Prime Minister Theresa May that assures to be followed by Israel, Australia, France, Germany and European Council President Donald Tusk. The Syrian war alone can already escalate.
On the other hand, the International Committee of the Red Cross issued a stark warning over the US action against the Russian-supported Assad regime. ICRC spokeswoman Iolanda Jaquemet said: “Any military operation by a state on the territory of another without the consent of the other amounts to an international armed conflict.”
World War 3 Possibility
It only takes a single misplaced U.S. strike that kills Russian armies in that chaotic country could be the spark that starts a much greater conflict. Perhaps a war that sparks from the Baltics into Ukraine and all the way back to the Middle East. Considering that Washington and Moscow have arsenals of nuclear weapons, the stakes could be serious. Putin also backs China’s position in the South China Sea — the Chinese can very well take care of the US allies in Asia with Beijing’s reinforcement from its fake islands with now permanent fighter and bomber aircraft.