October 25, 1996 |
On the Caribbean coast of Panama, at the head of a snug oval harbor guarded on each side by the ruins of two forts, lies what is left of the ancient city of Portobelo: a church with a famous "Black Christ," some old cannons, a few sheds on which in the heavy sultry air watchful vultures perch. Portobelo was once the terminus to which pack animals carried gold and silver from Peru and Bolivia for shipment to Spain. In 1688 the British buccaneer Henry Morgan fell upon the forts from the landward side, forced the town to surrender and made off with great treasure.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 1995 |
The United States should dispatch a naval carrier battle group "on a leisurely cruise" to the Philippines as a warning to the Chinese that they "will not be permitted to reign supreme over their neighbors," Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) said Wednesday. Convinced that China is "becoming an aggressive and threatening force in South Asia," the Orange County congressman met this week with Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos and suggested a strong U.S.
April 3, 1995 |
More than 300 years ago, Portuguese mariners christened this wind-swept peninsula Cap St. Jacque. Over the centuries, it became the favorite seaside playground of rich Vietnamese, French colonialists and U.S. servicemen on leave from the long Indochina War. Now, once-sleepy Vung Tau is being transformed into an oil boom town, reflecting the rush of international energy companies into the uncharted but hotly contested South China Sea.
November 17, 1994 |
Exxon Corp. and the government of Indonesia agreed to spend up to $40 billion over several decades to develop a huge natural gas field in the South China Sea. The Natuna field could produce about 2 billion cubic feet of gas each day for more than 30 years, the company said in announcing the deal Wednesday. If the field's potential is realized, Exxon's stake would boost its gas holdings by 50%.
August 20, 1994 |
The narrow valley that cuts through the sheer cliffs and rugged limestone outcroppings on the border separating China and Vietnam is known today on both sides of the frontier as Friendship Pass. But for centuries, China's most important southern pass, only 100 miles northeast of Hanoi, carried more belligerent names, such as Conquering Barbarian Pass and Conquering South Pass. This was the traditional route for invading Chinese armies.
November 23, 1993 |
President Clinton and Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos vowed Monday to work out a "new partnership" between their two countries, including increased security cooperation, in an effort to ease tensions caused by the ouster of American forces from former U.S. bases in the Philippines.
November 21, 1993 |
The Gurkhas, fabled warriors from the Himalayan nation of Nepal who have fought in the British army in every war since 1815, have new marching orders. The 7,500-man Brigade of Gurkhas--once 16,000 men strong--is headquartered here but dispersed around the world. It is stacking arms, trimming its size to 2,500 by the end of the decade and moving on to new trouble spots. As the new spearhead of the 5th Airborne Brigade, Britain's crisis intervention force, most of the tough Nepalese will be based in England and Wales.