South Korea’s pivot to ASEAN

If anything is clear from the ASEAN Summit and the East Asian Summit held in Singapore last November is that Southeast Asia is now hot property. The heads of state that attended the summit says it all, from Russia’s Vladimir Putin to Japan’s Shinzo Abe – everyone is realising the geostrategic importance of the region. The opportunity presented in Southeast Asia is clear; the region’s economy is one of the fastest growing in the world and it has a market with over 600 million consumers. Another reason why many countries…

Destination of deities #AsiaNewsNetwork | Eleven Media Group Co., Ltd

(The Nation/ANN)-The charming Chinese festival to honour the goddess Lim Ko Niao was held this week in Pattani  WITH THE Chinese New Year celebrations done and dusted for another year, the people of Pattani turned their attention last weekend to the southern city’s annual festival honouring the highly revered goddess Lim Ko Niao. Young pilgrims show their spirit in the sacred fire walking ceremony.   The festival, which started last Saturday and drew to a close yesterday, saw the Chinese descendants of the town turn the sacred Leng Chu Kiang…

Venezuela and China, What It Is and What It Isn’t

Photo: Sputnik, retrieved. China will abandon Maduro because of a simple reason: its interests are no longer being served. What brought China and Venezuela together? You might say that no one was willing to make it as easy for China as Chavéz did, but although the terms of the cash-for-oil agreements patently favor China, it’s far from getting a bang for its buck with the current situation of Venezuela and PDVSA. A “marriage of convenience” makes sense; Venezuela holds the largest proven oil reserves on the planet and China is…

Okinawa referendum rejects new US military base but Abe likely to press on | World news

Voters on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa have rejected the controversial relocation of a US military base in a referendum, according to local media, but the result is likely to be ignored by the prime minister, Shinzo Abe. Kyodo news agency said its projection based on exit polls indicated that more than a quarter of Okinawa’s 1.16 million eligible voters had opposed the plan: a threshold that requires the island’s governor, Denny Tamaki, to “respect” its outcome. The public broadcaster NHK said a majority of voters had come out…

Vietnam relishes role as Trump-Kim peacemaker

HANOI — While the leaders of North Korea and the United States debate banishing nuclear bombs from the Korean peninsula, the host of their summit this week, Vietnam, long almost synonymous with war, is relishing its role as a promoter of peace. US.President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will meet on Wednesday and Thursday in Hanoi, hoping to build on their historic summit in Singapore in June, the first between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader. Vietnam’s hosting of the high-stakes talks…

Brexit blues with Beijing, Tokyo tarnish UK’s ties

And this comes after Tokyo’s decision to refuse to replicate, in a post-Brexit UK trade treaty, the terms of agreement that Japan recently reached with the European Union (EU). Tokyo is, instead, reportedly seeking a tougher stance amidst the alarm of many Japanese firms, who employ some 140,000 UK-based employees, over the prospect of a no-deal Brexit withdrawal next month. Source link

Alejano warns Chinese money might influence elections

MANILA – Senatorial candidate Gary Alejano on Sunday warned of possible Chinese meddling in the country’s elections as Beijing seeks to retain its closeness with Manila after gaining President Rodrigo Duterte as an ally. Alejano, representative of Magdalo party-list and a staunch critic of President Rodrigo Duterte, said “there’s a clear possibility that Chinese money would pour in the country and influence elections.” “They did that before 2016. When other countries like China and Russia are doing that, it’s not open. These are special operations in trying to influence policies,…

U.S.-China trade talks: Will the Chinese keep promises to stop bad behavior?

Talks between the U.S. and China to end the trade war appear to be in trouble with the March 2 deadline for a deal fast approaching. In the ongoing trade talks between the U.S. and China, a lack of trust – key to any successful negotiation – appears to be hobbling the ability to reach a deal. Hence it is not clear negotiators will be able to achieve anything substantive before they hit President Donald Trump’s deadline, triggering automatic tariff hikes if there’s no agreement. As a trade economist, I…

MH370 news: How France ‘holds key to solving missing plane mystery’ after BOMBSHELL find | World | News

MH370, which had been travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, disappeared on March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board. The Boeing 777 aircraft last communicated with air traffic control at 1.19am when the plane was flying over the South China Sea, before vanishing from civilian radar screens. In 2015, a piece of the plane’s wing, known as a flaperon, was discovered on the French island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean.  The piece was boxed-up and flown back to France, for the Gendarmerie of Air Transport (GTA) to conduct their own…