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Russian Navy Pacific Fleet undertakes 'historic' 5-day visit in Philippines

Russian Navy Pacific Fleet undertakes ‘historic’ 5-day visit in Philippines

The Russian Navy Pacific Fleet was on a 5-day goodwill visit to the Philippines aiming to bolster maritime coordination between Manila and Moscow. The Philippines Navy said the Russian Rear Admiral’s visit was “a first in the 80 years existence of the Philippine fleet. The Russian Navy on Thursday visited the Philippine Navy at its base in Cavite as part of a historic five-day visit in the country. Among events lined up during the visit were a wreath-laying ceremony at the Rizal Monument and a series of confidence-building activities such as goodwill games, a boodle fight, and a shipboard tour, the Philippine Navy said.

Russian Navy Pacific Fleet undertakes 'historic' 5-day visit in Philippines

Russian Navy Pacific Fleet undertakes ‘historic’ 5-day visit in Philippines


The Russian Navy Pacific Fleet ships under the command of Chief of Staff of the Pacific Fleet’s Submarine Forces Rear Admiral Eduard Mikhailov embarked on a long voyage on October 1, 2018. The main goal of the voyage was the demonstration of St. Andrews’s flag in the Asian-Pacific region and the subsequent development of naval cooperation with the Pacific Rim countries. During this time the sailors called on ports in Sri Lanka, Japan, South Korea, Brunei, Singapore, China and India, as well as took part in the Russian-Indian military exercise “Indra Navy 2018.”.

This is the Russian Navy’s seventh visit to Manila since 2012. Its last visit was in May 2018.President Rodrigo Duterte had turned to Russia and China, rivals of the country’s closest defense ally the United States, following criticism of his war on drugs by the previous US administration. In January 2017, he visited a Russian warship that docked in Manila. Moscow and Beijing have both offered arms and other military equipment to the Philippines.

Russian Navy Pacific Fleet undertakes 'historic' 5-day visit in Philippines

Russian Navy Pacific Fleet undertakes ‘historic’ 5-day visit in Philippines

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China cautions countries participating in Taiwan Submarine Program

China cautions countries participating in Taiwan Submarine Program

China on Monday firmly opposed transferring of technology to Taiwan to make submarines. Countries which have offered to participate in building submarines for Taiwan risk severely damaging relations with China. Countries which have relations with Beijing should earnestly abide by the one-China principle, Beijing has asserted. China claims that Taiwan which broke away in 1949 is part of Chinese mainland and is opposed to any country having diplomatic contacts with Taipei.

Taiwan media last year reported that the United States (US) had approved the Transfer of Technology (ToT) that will allow Taiwan to produce its own submarines. Enterprises from the US, Europe, Japan and India demonstrated their interest to take part in the project, Xinhuanet reported Tuesday. Six companies- two from Europe, two from the US, one each from India and Japan have submitted design proposals for the submarines. However, the report did not give any more details of the six companies. The designs would come up for approval by Taiwanese government in March this year.

Republic of China (Taiwan) NavyHai Lung-class submarine

Republic of China (Taiwan) NavyHai Lung-class submarine


“China is firmly opposed to any country to have any military links with Taiwan. China is consistent and clear cut. We urge the US and other relevant countries to fully understand how sensitive and harmful this matter is,” Xinhuanet quoted Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying as saying. She urged these countries to adhere to the one-China principle and not to allow their enterprises to take part in Taiwan’s submarine manufacture project in any forms. “They should prudently and properly handle Taiwan related issues thus avoiding harming of bilateral relations and peace stability across the Taiwan straits,” Hua added.

Meanwhile, Taiwanese media reported that as the indigenous submarine program nears the construction phase for its first prototype, China is getting worried and is expressing its unease by issuing warnings to other nations. Taiwan’s MoD recently stated that it expects to submit a complete timeline for manufacturing, testing, and commissioning of the first prototype vessel to the Legislative Yuan by March. Construction may even begin by the end of the 2019, with the first vessel expected to be complete by 2025, Taiwan News reported Tuesday.