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James Baichan 2016-10-10
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A top mainland research institute is developing the world s smallest nuclear power plant, which could fit inside a shipping container and might be installed on an island in the disputed South China Sea within five years.

Researchers are carrying out intensive work on the unit – dubbed the hedianbao, or portable nuclear battery pack .

Although the small, lead-cooled reactor could be placed inside a shipping container measuring about 6.1 metres long and 2.6 metres high, it would be able to generate 10 megawatts of heat, which, if converted into electricity, would be enough to power some 50,000 households.

It is also capable of running for years or even decades without refuelling, and scientists say that because it produces neither dust nor smoke, even on a small island a resident would hardly notice its existence.

Researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Nuclear Energy Safety Technology, a national research institute in Hefei, Anhui province, say they hope to be able to ship the first unit within five years.

China s nuclear plant makers seek new markets along the ancient Silk Road into Asia, Europe, Africa and Middle East

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Robert Rock 2017-09-14
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Typhoon Doksuri appeared well-rounded and organized on satellite imagery as it moved through the north central South China Sea toward Vietnam.

The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument aboard NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite captured a visible light image of Typhoon Doksuri on Sept. 14, 2017 at 1:48 a.m. EDT (0548 UTC).Although Doksuri's eye was obscured by high clouds, the center was evident by the powerful thunderstorms that surrounded it.

Doksuri's western quadrant had already spread over the east coast of Vietnam as it moved toward that country.

On Sept. 14 at 11 a.m. EDT (1500 UTC), Doksuri, this year's 19th typhoon, had maximum sustained winds near 85 knots (97.8 mph/157.4 kph).

The Joint Typhoon Warning Center expects slight strengthening through the day before a weakening trend begins on Sept. 15.

Doksuri's center was located near 17.3 degrees north latitude and 109.3 degrees east longitude in the west-central part of the South China Sea.

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Berita Terkini 2020-01-03
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"Tiongkok memiliki kedaulatan atas Kepulauan Nansha dan memiliki hak yuridiksi atas perairan dekat dengan Kepulauan Nansha," kata juru bicara Kementerian Luar Negeri Tiongkok, Geng Shuang, dalam jumpa pers di Beijing pada Selasa (31/12) lalu, seperti dikutip dari situs Kementerian Luar Negeri Tiongkok.

Geng menegaskan bahwa Tiongkok juga memiliki hak historis di Laut Cina Selatan.

Menurutnya, nelayan-nelayan Tiongkok telah lama melaut dan mencari ikan di laut sekitar Kepulauan Nansha.Padahal, klaim Tiongkok atas perairan itu juga tumpang tindih dengan sejumlah negara di Asia Tenggara seperti Filipina, Vietnam, Malaysia, dan Brunei.

Bahkan, kepulauan yang oleh Tiongkok disebut Nansha itu juga memiliki nama lain, yakni Kepulauan Spratly.Sidang sengketa yang digelar di Den Haag pada Juli 2016 telah memutuskan bahwa Tiongkok tidak mempunyai landasan hukum dalam berbagai tindakannya, termasuk membangun pulau-pulau buatan di Laut Cina Selatan.

Sidang digelar atas tuntutan pemerintah Filipina yang juga mengaku mempunyai kedaulatan di Kepulauan Spratly.Artikel ini telah tayang di Katadata.co.id dengan judul "Insiden Natuna dan Kusutnya Sengketa Laut Cina Selatan" , https://katadata.co.id/berita/2020/01/03/insiden-natuna-dan-kusutnya-sengketa-laut-cina-selatanPenulis: Pingit AriaEditor: Pingit Aria

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Stuart Smith 2017-08-22
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NASA's Aqua satellite provided an infrared look at the Typhoon Hato as it continued to move toward China.

The Atmospheric Infrared Sounder or AIRS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite looked at cloud top temperatures in Hato using infrared light.

The AIRS data were taken on Aug. 22 at 1:11 a.m. EDT (0511 UTC).

The image showed a large area of very cold cloud top temperatures in thunderstorms over the northern part of the South China Sea.

The eastern edge of the storm was between Taiwan and northern Philippines.

A large area of storms wrapping around Hato's center were as cold as minus 63 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 53 degrees Celsius).

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David Reilly 2017-11-02
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NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite flew over the South China Sea and captured a visible image of newly formed Tropical Storm Damrey as it moved on a westerly track toward Vietnam.

Damrey formed as a depression on Nov. 1 around 5 p.m. EDT (2100 UTC).

It was designated Tropical Depression 28W.

Early on Nov. 2 the depression strengthened into a tropical storm and was renamed Damrey.

On Nov. 2 at 1:24 a.m. EDT (05:24 UTC) the VIIRS instrument aboard NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite provided a visible image of the storm, west of the Philippines, in the South China Sea.

The image showed consolidating bands of thunderstorms wrapping into a low level circulation center

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Luke Hall 2017-12-18
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Two NASA satellites provided a look at Tropical Cyclone Kai-Tak when it was moving through the central Philippines and fizzling just west of Palawan in the South China Sea.

On Dec. 16 at 12 a.m. EST (0500 UTC) NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed over Tropical Storm Kai-Tak when it was at tropical storm strength moving through the central Philippines.

The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument aboard NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite captured a visible image of the storm that depicted a somewhat elongated system.

The interaction with land areas weakened the storm as it moved west through the Philippine archipelago.

On Dec. 17 at 12:30 p.m. EST (Dec. 18 at 1:30 a.m. local time Philippines), the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite captured a visible image of Kai-Tak.

By that time, Kai-Tak was an amorphous-looking depression that continued to weaken.

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Seth Logan 2016-08-01
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China claims to have discovered the deepest blue hole on the planet.

Called Dragon Hole , this vast sinkhole in the middle of the ocean is believed to plummet some 987 feet straight down, smashing the previous record by more than 300 feet.

To give you some idea of just how deep that is, Dragon Hole could fit the Eiffel Tower and still cover the top with water.

A blue hole is essentially a giant sinkhole found in the middle of the ocean.

The name comes courtesy of the sheer drop in the middle which causes the deep blue colours that are often visible from above.

Dragon Hole has apparently been known about for centuries, but it has only been in recently that scientists were able to fully determine its depth.

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Harold Roscoe 2018-06-07
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Tropical Cyclone Ewiniar made landfall on mainland China and as the center of circulation has moved back into the South China Sea and reorganized, NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP provided a look at the storm.

On June 6 at 2:42 p.m. EDT (1842 UTC) the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument aboard NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite captured an infrared image of Ewiniar.

VIIRS is a scanning radiometer That means as the satellite orbits the Earth, VIIRS scans a swath that is ~3040 km wide (the cross-track direction).

The VIIRS image showed that Ewiniar's center was just northeast of Hainan Island, China.

Bands of thunderstorms from Ewiniar's southwestern quadrant blanketed Hainan Island.

On June 6 at 1500 UTC (11 a.m. EDT) Ewiniar regained strength in the warm waters of the South China Sea, and has for the second time become a tropical storm.

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Jonathan Godbey 2016-08-04
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There's a new front in the South China Sea dispute: Cyberspace.

For decades, China and its neighbours have been arguing over the

proper ownership of contested areas of the Sea, with tensions

particularly high after the Hague's international tribunal

ruled against China in favour of Philippines in July

later disregarded the ruling, branding it "ill-founded."

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Calvin Muchow 2017-07-27
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These latest underwater drones could potentially track enemy submarines, and could escalate tensions over disputed South China Sea territory

For years, China has considered the South China Sea part of its territory, despite international tribunal rulings stating otherwise.

Adding fuel to this fire, China has now unveiled and tested a new fleet of the highly advanced underwater drones with potential military capacities.

These so-called glider drones, known as “Haiya” — meaning “sea wings” in Mandarin — are more durable and more energy efficient than previous iterations.

Most importantly, these latest drones are capable of instantly relaying underwater data to the military — a technological achievement the US has yet to accomplish.

China claims it has successfully released 12 of these state-of-the-art drones into the farthest reaches of the South China Sea — to allegedly collect environmental data.

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Kyle Greathouse 2017-07-26
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A government research vessel dropped a dozen underwater gliders at an unspecified location in the South China Sea earlier this month, Xinhua reported on Saturday.

It was the biggest joint operation conducted by Chinese unmanned gliders, according to the state news agency, and comes as the US vows to step up patrols in the disputed waters.

This latest effort by China to speed up and improve collection of deep-sea data in the South China Sea for its submarine fleet operation, coincides with US President Donald Trump’s reported approval of a plan to give the United States Navy more freedom to carry out patrols in the South China Sea – a move analysts say will add to uncertainties over Sino-US relations and regional security issues.

The plan, submitted to the White House in April by US defence secretary Jim Mattis, outlines a full-year schedule of when US navy ships will sail through contested waters in the South China Sea, the far-right Breitbart News website cited a US official as saying on Friday.

“The data is being transmitted back to a land-based laboratory in real time,” meaning the information is sent out the moment it is collected under the water, Yu was quoted by Xinhua.

Yin was lead scientist in several military research projects on underwater communications.

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Pedro Cote 2016-08-11

SHANGHAI Reuters - A newly launched satellite will help China protect its maritime interests, the official China Daily newspaper reported on Thursday amid growing tensions over disputed territory in the South China Sea.

The "Gaofen 3" satellite that was launched on Wednesday has a radar system that captures images from space with a resolution down to 1 metre 3 feet and can operate in all weathers, the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence told the newspaper.

"The satellite will play an important role in monitoring the marine environment, islands and reefs, and ships and oil rigs," the China Daily said, citing project leader Xu Fuxiang.

"Satellites like the Gaofen 3 will be very useful in safeguarding the country's maritime rights and interests," he added, according to the newspaper.

In July, an international court in The Hague ruled against China's claims in the resource-rich South China Sea in an action brought by the Philippines, a decision stridently rejected by Beijing.

China claims most of the South China Sea, through which $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year.

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Guy Moorhouse 2016-09-06
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China is stepping up efforts to build a deep-sea underwater space station in the South China Sea.

If the plans go ahead, the station would be located 3000 metres below the surface, inhabited by humans, and would be used to hunt for minerals.

There are also concerns that it would be used for military purposes in territories that are hotly contested between China and other nations, including the Philippines, Vietnam and Japan.

The news comes from a Science Ministry presentation that revealed China s current five-year economic plan till 2020 .

Despite no further details or blueprints being made public, the presentation ranked this project as second in a list of 100 science and technology priorities according to Bloomberg.

Bryan Clark, at the Centre For Strategic And Budgetary Assessments, told Bloomberg: Having this kind of long-term inhabited station has not been attempted this deep, but it is certainly possible.

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Sandra Wilson 2016-08-05
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Your browser does not support HTML5 videoPlayPausePlayPauseMute0%00:00 / 00:00FullscreenSmallscreen Close Embed Feed South China Sea: The territorial disputes explained Reuters

Hackers have launched a malware spy campaign aimed at accessing information from high-profile targets involved in the South China Sea dispute.

The cyberespionage campaign is believed to be the work of China-based state-sponsored hackers and has already targeted the Philippines Department of Justice DOJ , organisers of the Apec Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit and a reputed international law firm.

According to cybersecurity firm F-Secure, the campaign designated as NanHaiShu, has been active for a while now and uses spearphishing emails to distribute malicious attachments containing a RAT Remote Access Trojan malware.

"We believe these entities were targeted for their involvement in a dispute centring on the South China Sea.

Based on the specific selection of organisations targeted for attack by this malware, as well as indications revealed in our technical analysis of the malware itself, we believe the threat actor to be of Chinese origin," F-Secure said in its report.

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Johnny Ament 2016-08-01
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Flight information screens at Vietnam's two main airports were hacked over the weekend to spout pro-Chinese propaganda.

AP reported that the public address system of Hanoi's Noi Bai airport and the Tan Son Nhat airport, which serves Ho Chi Minh City, were also hacked on Friday evening.

The hackers used the systems to make digs against Vietnam and the Philippines over a long-running territorial dispute against China involving disputed regions of the South China Sea.

Authorities took the hacked systems offline.

Vietnam Airlines was also hacked most likely defaced around the same time, according to local reports.

Vietnamese transport minister Nguyen Nhat played down the significance of the attacks by saying neither the security of the airport nor its air traffic control systems was affected, according to local news outlet VnExpress.

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John Johannes 2020-08-18
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed over the South China Sea and captured a visible image of Tropical Storm Higos. Higos is headed for landfall in southeastern China.
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James Baichan 2016-10-10
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A top mainland research institute is developing the world s smallest nuclear power plant, which could fit inside a shipping container and might be installed on an island in the disputed South China Sea within five years.

Researchers are carrying out intensive work on the unit – dubbed the hedianbao, or portable nuclear battery pack .

Although the small, lead-cooled reactor could be placed inside a shipping container measuring about 6.1 metres long and 2.6 metres high, it would be able to generate 10 megawatts of heat, which, if converted into electricity, would be enough to power some 50,000 households.

It is also capable of running for years or even decades without refuelling, and scientists say that because it produces neither dust nor smoke, even on a small island a resident would hardly notice its existence.

Researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Nuclear Energy Safety Technology, a national research institute in Hefei, Anhui province, say they hope to be able to ship the first unit within five years.

China s nuclear plant makers seek new markets along the ancient Silk Road into Asia, Europe, Africa and Middle East

Berita Terkini 2020-01-03
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"Tiongkok memiliki kedaulatan atas Kepulauan Nansha dan memiliki hak yuridiksi atas perairan dekat dengan Kepulauan Nansha," kata juru bicara Kementerian Luar Negeri Tiongkok, Geng Shuang, dalam jumpa pers di Beijing pada Selasa (31/12) lalu, seperti dikutip dari situs Kementerian Luar Negeri Tiongkok.

Geng menegaskan bahwa Tiongkok juga memiliki hak historis di Laut Cina Selatan.

Menurutnya, nelayan-nelayan Tiongkok telah lama melaut dan mencari ikan di laut sekitar Kepulauan Nansha.Padahal, klaim Tiongkok atas perairan itu juga tumpang tindih dengan sejumlah negara di Asia Tenggara seperti Filipina, Vietnam, Malaysia, dan Brunei.

Bahkan, kepulauan yang oleh Tiongkok disebut Nansha itu juga memiliki nama lain, yakni Kepulauan Spratly.Sidang sengketa yang digelar di Den Haag pada Juli 2016 telah memutuskan bahwa Tiongkok tidak mempunyai landasan hukum dalam berbagai tindakannya, termasuk membangun pulau-pulau buatan di Laut Cina Selatan.

Sidang digelar atas tuntutan pemerintah Filipina yang juga mengaku mempunyai kedaulatan di Kepulauan Spratly.Artikel ini telah tayang di Katadata.co.id dengan judul "Insiden Natuna dan Kusutnya Sengketa Laut Cina Selatan" , https://katadata.co.id/berita/2020/01/03/insiden-natuna-dan-kusutnya-sengketa-laut-cina-selatanPenulis: Pingit AriaEditor: Pingit Aria

David Reilly 2017-11-02
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NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite flew over the South China Sea and captured a visible image of newly formed Tropical Storm Damrey as it moved on a westerly track toward Vietnam.

Damrey formed as a depression on Nov. 1 around 5 p.m. EDT (2100 UTC).

It was designated Tropical Depression 28W.

Early on Nov. 2 the depression strengthened into a tropical storm and was renamed Damrey.

On Nov. 2 at 1:24 a.m. EDT (05:24 UTC) the VIIRS instrument aboard NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite provided a visible image of the storm, west of the Philippines, in the South China Sea.

The image showed consolidating bands of thunderstorms wrapping into a low level circulation center

Seth Logan 2016-08-01
img

China claims to have discovered the deepest blue hole on the planet.

Called Dragon Hole , this vast sinkhole in the middle of the ocean is believed to plummet some 987 feet straight down, smashing the previous record by more than 300 feet.

To give you some idea of just how deep that is, Dragon Hole could fit the Eiffel Tower and still cover the top with water.

A blue hole is essentially a giant sinkhole found in the middle of the ocean.

The name comes courtesy of the sheer drop in the middle which causes the deep blue colours that are often visible from above.

Dragon Hole has apparently been known about for centuries, but it has only been in recently that scientists were able to fully determine its depth.

Jonathan Godbey 2016-08-04
img

There's a new front in the South China Sea dispute: Cyberspace.

For decades, China and its neighbours have been arguing over the

proper ownership of contested areas of the Sea, with tensions

particularly high after the Hague's international tribunal

ruled against China in favour of Philippines in July

later disregarded the ruling, branding it "ill-founded."

Kyle Greathouse 2017-07-26
img

A government research vessel dropped a dozen underwater gliders at an unspecified location in the South China Sea earlier this month, Xinhua reported on Saturday.

It was the biggest joint operation conducted by Chinese unmanned gliders, according to the state news agency, and comes as the US vows to step up patrols in the disputed waters.

This latest effort by China to speed up and improve collection of deep-sea data in the South China Sea for its submarine fleet operation, coincides with US President Donald Trump’s reported approval of a plan to give the United States Navy more freedom to carry out patrols in the South China Sea – a move analysts say will add to uncertainties over Sino-US relations and regional security issues.

The plan, submitted to the White House in April by US defence secretary Jim Mattis, outlines a full-year schedule of when US navy ships will sail through contested waters in the South China Sea, the far-right Breitbart News website cited a US official as saying on Friday.

“The data is being transmitted back to a land-based laboratory in real time,” meaning the information is sent out the moment it is collected under the water, Yu was quoted by Xinhua.

Yin was lead scientist in several military research projects on underwater communications.

Guy Moorhouse 2016-09-06
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China is stepping up efforts to build a deep-sea underwater space station in the South China Sea.

If the plans go ahead, the station would be located 3000 metres below the surface, inhabited by humans, and would be used to hunt for minerals.

There are also concerns that it would be used for military purposes in territories that are hotly contested between China and other nations, including the Philippines, Vietnam and Japan.

The news comes from a Science Ministry presentation that revealed China s current five-year economic plan till 2020 .

Despite no further details or blueprints being made public, the presentation ranked this project as second in a list of 100 science and technology priorities according to Bloomberg.

Bryan Clark, at the Centre For Strategic And Budgetary Assessments, told Bloomberg: Having this kind of long-term inhabited station has not been attempted this deep, but it is certainly possible.

Johnny Ament 2016-08-01
img

Flight information screens at Vietnam's two main airports were hacked over the weekend to spout pro-Chinese propaganda.

AP reported that the public address system of Hanoi's Noi Bai airport and the Tan Son Nhat airport, which serves Ho Chi Minh City, were also hacked on Friday evening.

The hackers used the systems to make digs against Vietnam and the Philippines over a long-running territorial dispute against China involving disputed regions of the South China Sea.

Authorities took the hacked systems offline.

Vietnam Airlines was also hacked most likely defaced around the same time, according to local reports.

Vietnamese transport minister Nguyen Nhat played down the significance of the attacks by saying neither the security of the airport nor its air traffic control systems was affected, according to local news outlet VnExpress.

Robert Rock 2017-09-14
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Typhoon Doksuri appeared well-rounded and organized on satellite imagery as it moved through the north central South China Sea toward Vietnam.

The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument aboard NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite captured a visible light image of Typhoon Doksuri on Sept. 14, 2017 at 1:48 a.m. EDT (0548 UTC).Although Doksuri's eye was obscured by high clouds, the center was evident by the powerful thunderstorms that surrounded it.

Doksuri's western quadrant had already spread over the east coast of Vietnam as it moved toward that country.

On Sept. 14 at 11 a.m. EDT (1500 UTC), Doksuri, this year's 19th typhoon, had maximum sustained winds near 85 knots (97.8 mph/157.4 kph).

The Joint Typhoon Warning Center expects slight strengthening through the day before a weakening trend begins on Sept. 15.

Doksuri's center was located near 17.3 degrees north latitude and 109.3 degrees east longitude in the west-central part of the South China Sea.

Stuart Smith 2017-08-22
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NASA's Aqua satellite provided an infrared look at the Typhoon Hato as it continued to move toward China.

The Atmospheric Infrared Sounder or AIRS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite looked at cloud top temperatures in Hato using infrared light.

The AIRS data were taken on Aug. 22 at 1:11 a.m. EDT (0511 UTC).

The image showed a large area of very cold cloud top temperatures in thunderstorms over the northern part of the South China Sea.

The eastern edge of the storm was between Taiwan and northern Philippines.

A large area of storms wrapping around Hato's center were as cold as minus 63 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 53 degrees Celsius).

Luke Hall 2017-12-18
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Two NASA satellites provided a look at Tropical Cyclone Kai-Tak when it was moving through the central Philippines and fizzling just west of Palawan in the South China Sea.

On Dec. 16 at 12 a.m. EST (0500 UTC) NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed over Tropical Storm Kai-Tak when it was at tropical storm strength moving through the central Philippines.

The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument aboard NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite captured a visible image of the storm that depicted a somewhat elongated system.

The interaction with land areas weakened the storm as it moved west through the Philippine archipelago.

On Dec. 17 at 12:30 p.m. EST (Dec. 18 at 1:30 a.m. local time Philippines), the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite captured a visible image of Kai-Tak.

By that time, Kai-Tak was an amorphous-looking depression that continued to weaken.

Harold Roscoe 2018-06-07
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Tropical Cyclone Ewiniar made landfall on mainland China and as the center of circulation has moved back into the South China Sea and reorganized, NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP provided a look at the storm.

On June 6 at 2:42 p.m. EDT (1842 UTC) the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument aboard NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite captured an infrared image of Ewiniar.

VIIRS is a scanning radiometer That means as the satellite orbits the Earth, VIIRS scans a swath that is ~3040 km wide (the cross-track direction).

The VIIRS image showed that Ewiniar's center was just northeast of Hainan Island, China.

Bands of thunderstorms from Ewiniar's southwestern quadrant blanketed Hainan Island.

On June 6 at 1500 UTC (11 a.m. EDT) Ewiniar regained strength in the warm waters of the South China Sea, and has for the second time become a tropical storm.

Calvin Muchow 2017-07-27
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These latest underwater drones could potentially track enemy submarines, and could escalate tensions over disputed South China Sea territory

For years, China has considered the South China Sea part of its territory, despite international tribunal rulings stating otherwise.

Adding fuel to this fire, China has now unveiled and tested a new fleet of the highly advanced underwater drones with potential military capacities.

These so-called glider drones, known as “Haiya” — meaning “sea wings” in Mandarin — are more durable and more energy efficient than previous iterations.

Most importantly, these latest drones are capable of instantly relaying underwater data to the military — a technological achievement the US has yet to accomplish.

China claims it has successfully released 12 of these state-of-the-art drones into the farthest reaches of the South China Sea — to allegedly collect environmental data.

Pedro Cote 2016-08-11

SHANGHAI Reuters - A newly launched satellite will help China protect its maritime interests, the official China Daily newspaper reported on Thursday amid growing tensions over disputed territory in the South China Sea.

The "Gaofen 3" satellite that was launched on Wednesday has a radar system that captures images from space with a resolution down to 1 metre 3 feet and can operate in all weathers, the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence told the newspaper.

"The satellite will play an important role in monitoring the marine environment, islands and reefs, and ships and oil rigs," the China Daily said, citing project leader Xu Fuxiang.

"Satellites like the Gaofen 3 will be very useful in safeguarding the country's maritime rights and interests," he added, according to the newspaper.

In July, an international court in The Hague ruled against China's claims in the resource-rich South China Sea in an action brought by the Philippines, a decision stridently rejected by Beijing.

China claims most of the South China Sea, through which $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year.

Sandra Wilson 2016-08-05
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Your browser does not support HTML5 videoPlayPausePlayPauseMute0%00:00 / 00:00FullscreenSmallscreen Close Embed Feed South China Sea: The territorial disputes explained Reuters

Hackers have launched a malware spy campaign aimed at accessing information from high-profile targets involved in the South China Sea dispute.

The cyberespionage campaign is believed to be the work of China-based state-sponsored hackers and has already targeted the Philippines Department of Justice DOJ , organisers of the Apec Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit and a reputed international law firm.

According to cybersecurity firm F-Secure, the campaign designated as NanHaiShu, has been active for a while now and uses spearphishing emails to distribute malicious attachments containing a RAT Remote Access Trojan malware.

"We believe these entities were targeted for their involvement in a dispute centring on the South China Sea.

Based on the specific selection of organisations targeted for attack by this malware, as well as indications revealed in our technical analysis of the malware itself, we believe the threat actor to be of Chinese origin," F-Secure said in its report.

John Johannes 2020-08-18
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed over the South China Sea and captured a visible image of Tropical Storm Higos. Higos is headed for landfall in southeastern China.