China to launch naval drills ahead of South China Sea ruling

first_img July 4, 2016 China to launch naval drills ahead of South China Sea ruling Back to overview,Home naval-today China to launch naval drills ahead of South China Sea ruling Authorities View post tag: South China Seacenter_img China’s maritime safety administration on Sunday said it would hold military drills in and around the disputed South China Sea territories.Beijing plans to carry out exercises from July 5 to 11 in an area that stretches from the east of China’s Hainan Island all the way to the Paracels.Chinese naval vessels will thereby prohibit all other vessels from entering the region during the exercises which end one day before the international South China Sea ruling which is scheduled for July 12.The International Court of Justice is set to hand down a ruling in the case brought by the Philippines against Chinese claims to most of the South China Sea.While the Chinese Navy regularly conducts military drill in the disputed area, it is widely believed that Beijing is anticipating an unfavorable ruling in the case.China claims almost all of the South China Sea and has lately been building a net of artificial islands in contested parts of the sea. The United States claim that these islands would allow the Chinese to control one of the world’s most important energy trade routes, as EIA, the U.S. Energy Information Administration, put it.Chinese officials have repeatedly stated that they would not accept any outside court-ruling on the dispute. Share this article View post tag: Chinese PLA Navylast_img read more

NFF Offers Eagles Full Benefit Incentive to Qualify for Round of…

first_imgFirst Vice President of the NFF, Seyi Akinwunmi, confirmed to Nigerian reporters here in St Petersburg yesterday that the essence of the full group stage benefit to the team is to ginger the players to give their best in the two remaining matches.“Once they qualify for the Round of 16, they will get their full benefits as if they didn’t lose any match. This is one of the ways we believe we can motivate the players to go all out in the remaining two matches against Iceland and Argentina,” observed Akinwunmi who also doubles as Lagos FA chairman.Nigeria lost her opening match 2-0 to Luka Modric inspired Croatia on Saturday in Kaliningrad but have another opportunity to stay alive in the competition if they are able to get a win against Iceland that forced Argentina to a one-all draw.“Our players are focused on the match with Iceland. They have reviewed the loss to Croatia and done all that is necessary to earn all three points against Iceland on Friday. We are really looking forward to positive result come Friday in Volgograd,” stressed Akinwunmi who also revealed that the NFF was solidly behind Coach Gernot Rohr despite pressure from a section of Nigerians condemning his tactics against Croatia.He insisted that no query or ultimatum has been issued to the German gaffer as a result of the loss last Saturday.“It amazes me that people have easily forgotten that this same coach was hailed for qualifying Nigeria for the World Cup with a match to spare. How come he has suddenly become a bad coach?” queried the NFF chief.On the face-off between some Super Eagles players and a section of Nigerians on the Social Media, Akinwunmi said that the coaching crew had waded into the matter and steps were being taken to avoid a repetition.While refusing to be dragged into NFF election campaigns embarked upon by a section of the football stakeholders here in Russia, the NFF first vice president said the main focus of every patriotic Nigerian now is how Super Eagles will do well at this tournament.“We are not in Russia for any NFF campaign or election matter. We are here solely to ensure that the Super Eagles make all of us proud. That should be the focus of all of us,” he noted.Akinwunmi suggested that henceforth it will be necessary for the NFF elections to be moved away from the World Cup year to avoid the kind of distractions associated with it.“People just want to create problems where they don’t exist. Because we are used to hearing crisis in the NFF whenever it is an election year, they are busy spreading what does not exist in this board. We all (NFF board members) here watched some of the matches together and even had breakfast together this morning. I wonder where such rumours of crisis is coming from,” concludes the NFF chief who was accompanied to the briefing by Chairman of NFF’s Media Committee, Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande, Chairperson of the female league and board member, Aisha Falode and Director of Communications, Ademola Olajire.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Duro Ikhazuagbe in St PetersburgAs a way to motivate the Super Eagles to put behind the loss to Croatia at the ongoing FIFA World Cup here in Russia, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has offered to pay the players full benefits if they qualify for the knock out stage.Eagles who are to leave their camp base in Essentuki on Thursday morning for Volgograd where they will play Iceland in their second Group D match, were offered the incentive by the NFF on Monday night.last_img read more