News That Matters

Tag: South

China lands nuclear bombers on South China Sea island

China lands nuclear bombers on South China Sea island

World
May 19 (UPI) -- The Chinese military landed a strategic bomber for the first time Saturday on an island reef in the South China Sea, something the U.S. Department of Defense said is raising tension and destabilizing the region. A Chinese state news agency said the People's Liberation Army Air Force sent the bombers to conduct drills in its "southern waters." Several bombers, including the advanced H-6K, was conducting take-off and landing drills on an island reef. The Communist Party of China, People's Daily, shared a video on social media of the drills. The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative said the H-6K has a combat radius that could cover the entire South China sea. "Nearly all of the Philippines falls within the radius of the bombers, including Manila and all five Philippine mili...
Washington to nominate U.S. Pacific Command chief as ambassador to South Korea

Washington to nominate U.S. Pacific Command chief as ambassador to South Korea

World
April 25 (UPI) -- Washington plans to nominate the U.S. Pacific Command chief Harry Harris to fill the long-vacant seat of U.S. Ambassador to South Korea, U.S. and Australian officials said.According to the Washington Post, the Trump administration is planning to re-nominate Admiral Harris, as the top U.S. envoy to Seoul, although he has already been nominated as the U.S. Ambassador to Australia in February.This came after CIA Director Mike Pompeo promised to quickly fill the position in Seoul, which has been vacant for 16 months, after former Ambassador Mark Lippert finished his term in early 2017.Pompeo reportedly requested President Donald Trump to reassign the admiral, who is said to have conveyed to Pompeo he is willing to swap roles.Officials are said to be waiting for the green ligh...
China space lab mostly burns up on re-entry in south Pacific

China space lab mostly burns up on re-entry in south Pacific

Technology
China's defunct Tiangong 1 space station mostly burned up on re-entry into the atmosphere Monday over the central South Pacific, Chinese space authorities said. The experimental space laboratory re-entered around 8:15 a.m. Beijing time, the China Manned Space Engineering Office said. Scientists monitoring the craft's disintegrating orbit had forecast the craft would mostly burn up and would pose only the slightest of risks to people. Analysis from the Beijing Aerospace Control Center showed it had mostly burned up. Brad Tucker, an astrophysicist at Australian National University, said that Tiangong 1's re-entry was "mostly successful" and that it would have been better if the space station had not been spinning toward Earth. "It could have been better, obviously, if it wasn't tumbling, bu...
Tiangong-1: Defunct China space lab comes down over South Pacific

Tiangong-1: Defunct China space lab comes down over South Pacific

Science
China's defunct Tiangong-1 space lab mostly broke up on re-entering the Earth's atmosphere above the South Pacific, Chinese and US reports say.It re-entered the atmosphere around 00:15 GMT on Monday, China's Manned Space Engineering Office said.Tiangong-1 was launched in 2011 to carry out docking and orbit experiments.It was part of China's efforts to build a manned space station by 2022, but stopped working in March 2016. What do we know about where it came down?The rather vague "above the South Pacific" is the line from space officials. US specialists at the Joint Force Space Component Command said they had used orbit analysis technology to confirm Tiangong-1's re-entry. Astronomer Jonathan McDowell, from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, tweeted that it appeared to have c...
South Korea's K-pop heavyweights set to perform in North

South Korea's K-pop heavyweights set to perform in North

World
South Korea's K-pop stars are due to perform in North Korea for the first time in more than a decade as the two countries on the divided peninsula prepare for a rare summit.More than 150 artists are in the capital Pyongyang for two shows.It is a reciprocal visit after the North sent performers to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics earlier this year in South Korea.It comes amid thawing relations between the Koreas after months of tension.One concert takes place on Sunday, with another set to follow on Tuesday. The delegation mixes K-pop, rock and other genres. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has agreed to hold summits with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and US President Donald Trump. Media playback is unsupported on your deviceHe met Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing last week during...