China says US has ‘ulterior motives’ in South China Sea Jul 07, 2020 0 21 12345 Beijing China said the United States had “ulterior motives” for dispatching two aircraft carriers to the South China Sea, in the latest show of military might between the two countries.Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said on Monday the US intended to show off its military force in waters that Beijing claims as its own. The two US Navy ships carried out exercises in the South China Sea last week, just as Beijing wrapped up five days of military drills near the Paracel Islands. The island chain, known in China as Xisha, is also claimed by Vietnam and Taiwan. It was the first time since 2014 that two US carriers operated together in the South China Sea, a US Navy spokesperson told CNN. (DPA) Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES With 700,000 virus cases, India is 3rd worst-hit in world Jul 07, 2020 0 470 Duterte’s anti-terrorism law challenged in Philippines’ top court Jul 07, 2020 0 342 World must support Hong Kong, says activist Wong at court hearing Jul 07, 2020 0 37 Over one million told to evacuate in Japan after heavy rain kills 44 DPA Tokyo The death toll from floods and landslides caused by torrential rains on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu climbed to 44 on Monday, while a heavy rain emergency warning forced local authorities to issue .. Philippines raises alarm over spike after COVID-19 lockdown easing DPA Manila Philippine authorities on Monday expressed alarm over a spike in the number of coronavirus infections in the country and urged the public to strictly follow preventive protocols. “We are alarmed because the .. Nepal makes wearing a face mask mandatory in public places DPA Kathmandu Nepal’s Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) made wearing face masks in public places mandatory on Monday, with provisions for legal action against those defying the public health and safety rules. Umakanta .. Hundreds of drones light up Seoul sky with virus messages Seoul Hundreds of drones lit up the night sky in Seoul for a spectacular showcase of motivational and awareness messages as the world battles the coronavirus pandemic. Three hundred unmanned aerial vehicles were .. India, China agree to ‘complete disengagement’ from deadly border flashpoint AFP New Delhi Chinese troops were seen removing structures from a Himalayan valley where they fought a deadly battle with Indian soldiers last month, Indian army sources said Monday, after high-level talks between the .. Border closure as Melbourne sees sharp spike in virus cases DPA Canberra The internal border between Australia’s two most populous states, Victoria and New South Wales (NSW), will close after Covid-19 cases have spiked in Victorian capital city Melbourne, state Premiers ..