China pushes soft power with hospital ship at RIMPAC

Jul 28, 2014

China pushes soft power with hospital ship at RIMPAC

On a Chinese hospital ship off Hawaii, crew members demonstrate traditional massage techniques to U.S. sailors. The mood is one of collegiality, even after China opted out of Japan-led humanitarian drills at the world’s largest international naval exercise. There are no guns in sight ...

Super Typhoon Rammasun kills eight in China

Jul 19, 2014

Super Typhoon Rammasun kills eight in China

The strongest storm to hit southern China in more than 40 years has killed at least eight people there, state media said Saturday, after causing devastation in the Philippines. Rammasun first made landfall in China on Friday afternoon as a super typhoon, packing winds ...

Typhoon leaves millions without power in Philippines

Jul 18, 2014

Typhoon leaves millions without power in Philippines

Millions of people in the Philippines endured a second sweltering day without power on Thursday after a ferocious typhoon paralyzed the capital and wrecked flimsy rural homes, claiming at least 40 lives. Utility crews scrambled to repair thousands of toppled power pylons as well ...

Jul 18, 2014

Typhoon near Philippines heading northward

A tropycal cyclone over the ocean east of the Philippines turned into a typhoon early Friday, the Meteorological Agency said. Typhoon No. 10, whose atmospheric pressure measures 1002 hectopascals and its maximum wind speed 18 meters per second at its center, is slowly heading ...

Jul 15, 2014

Asia fears China military conflict over sea claims: Pew study

China’s neighbors are increasingly anxious that Beijing’s maritime disputes with countries like Vietnam and the Philippines will lead to military conflict, a U.S. research group said in findings released Monday. Even in China itself, polling showed that 62 percent of the public worried that ...

China friendless in anti-U.S. drive

| Jul 12, 2014

China friendless in anti-U.S. drive

Nearly three decades after Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping famously instructed his diplomats to “be good at maintaining a low profile and never claim leadership,” a new generation of rulers has made it clear that they are ready to shed humility and show off their ...

Jul 7, 2014

Strong typhoon threatens north Philippines, Japan

A strong typhoon was blowing over the Pacific Ocean in the northeastern Philippines on Sunday and may trigger heavy rain, but is too far off to hit land, officials said. Typhoon Neoguri was blowing with sustained winds of 185 kph (115 mph) with gusts ...