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How the US and Chinese Navies Are Trying to Avoid Accidentally Starting World War III
By Jennifer Peters
September 5, 2015 | 5:15 pm
As China celebrates its victory over Japan in World War II with a much-hyped Victory Day parade, it's continuing to drift toward a new conflict in the South China Sea. But promising new developments in the relationship between the US and Chinese navies appear to be keeping things calm — at least for the moment...
Arctic scramble spurs new debate over U.N. Law of the Sea pact
The international scramble over development, energy and climate change in the Arctic — highlighted by President Obama's trip to the Alaska's far north this week — is prompting fresh debate over whether American influence in the region may be limited by the fact that the U.S. is the only nation in the fight to have never ratified the Law of the Sea treaty...
Mauritius: Ocean Economy Can Create 25,000 Jobs and Unlock U.S $600 Million of Investments, Says Prime Minister
My vision is to develop the ocean assets of Mauritius into one of the innovative pillars of our economy. A pillar that would unlock investments of approximately 600 million USD dollars and create 25,000 jobs, said the Prime Minister, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, this morning in his keynote address at the opening of the Ministerial meeting of the two-day Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Blue Economy Conference which is being held at Le Meridien Hotel in Pointe aux Piments.
CYPRUS: Oil, gas and diplomacy
04 September, 2015
Egypt and Israel sent two new diplomats to Cyprus on Friday, just as the three neighbours are upping the ante in their energy, trade and security relations.
Cairo's Ambassador Hussein Abdelkarim Tantawy Mubarak presented his credentials, a day after President Anastasiades and Abdel Fattah El Sisi had a telephone conversation to discuss energy cooperation, despite the recent discovery of an enormous offshore gasfield in Egyptian waters, the biggest in the eastern Mediterranean.Some had feared that Italian ENI's discovery of 30 trillion cubic feet (tcf) at the Zohr field, which is in close proximity to the border of Cyprus' offshore Block 11, currently licensed to French oil giant Total, would upset negotiations to sell Cyprus gas to Europe via BG's plant in Egypt. Egyptian officials were quick to reiterate their good relations with Cyprus and that the two countries would maintain negotiations for future gas sales, not expected before 2018 or 2020...