Asean’s challenges and potentials – Khmer Times

The current and future role of Asean has recently been discussed among academic scholars, political analysts and Asean leaders. The challenges that Asean is facing, such as the South China Sea dispute, the humanitarian crisis in the Rakhine state in Myanmar and trans-boundary water resource governance in the Mekong, have posed a number of puzzling questions with regards to Asean’s centrality role in managing regional issues. The main purpose of Asean is to maintain peace and stability in Southeast Asia through the mechanism of discussion and resolution during the Cold…

Andrea to Wendy: Meet 2019′s hurricane names – News – Northwest Florida Daily News

ERYN DION News Herald Reporter @PCNHErynDion Sunday Mar 17, 2019 at 12:10 PM Mar 17, 2019 at 12:12 PM This year’s names were last used in 2013, with the exception of “Ingrid” which was retired after Hurricane Ingrid devastated Mexico in February of that year and killed 32 people. With only two-and-a-half months until hurricane season and with most people in the Florida Panhandle still grappling with the damage left over from last year, it’s almost time once again to check preparation kits, stock up on batteries and plan evacuation routes. Hurricane season starts June 1 and…

Italy drawn to the promise of China’s Silk Road in defiance of Brussels

Italy is selling itself lock, stock, and barrel to the Chinese Communist Party, flouting the EU’s tough new line on Beijing and openly taunting the Franco-German axis. The techno-utopian Five Star Movement is chiefly responsible for this effusive embrace of Xi Jinping’s authoritarian model. Its leaders suppose there to be a pot of gold in the Middle Kingdom, available to buy Italy’s bonds and to pay for Rome’s unaffordable spending plans.   It is a way to take revenge against the EU policy elites for years of enforced austerity and their failure…

The Battlecruiser Scam: Why These Warships Will Never Be a Battleship

But what if a missile hits them? Just one hit, as we saw with HMS Sheffield and USS Stark, can sink or cripple a ship. Even if it doesn’t sink, the sensors, computers and electronics would likely be so fried or jostled that the ship would effectively be incapacitated. True, there have been improvements in materials and damage control. But in the end, a modern warship dishes out a lot more firepower than it can take. “There seems to be something wrong with our bloody ships today,” said Admiral Beatty…

China strongly supports peaceful resolution of Pak-India conflict: Yi

 BEIJING: China strongly supported the peaceful resolution of Pakistan-India conflict, so that they could continue to focus on the development of their economy for a better future of their people. This was stated by Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi when he met local and foreign journalists here on the sidelines of the second session of the 13th National People’s Congress. He answered 21 questions, highlighting the outlook and complexity of Chinese diplomacy that meant to promote peace, stability and development World over. As the world’s second largest…

Trump tweeted planes like the Boeing 737 Max are becoming ‘too complex to fly.’ The truth is more nuanced.

Get the Think newsletter. SUBSCRIBE March 17, 2019, 11:20 AM GMT By Peter Garrison, Pilot and contributing editor for Flying magazine On March 10, an Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed shortly after takeoff, killing all 157 people aboard. The model of Boeing jet that crashed was also involved in another fatal crash less than six months ago, and several countries have grounded their own Boeing 737 Max 8 and 737 Max 9 jets as a safety precaution. Now President Donald Trump has weighed in, announcing an emergency order from the Federal…

Flagship Blue Ridge pokes China, arrives in Manila Bay

MANILA, Philippines — A U.S. Navy flagship has sailed through the South China Sea with its commander renewing an American vow to “sail, fly and operate wherever the law allows us to” amid China’s objection to U.S. military presence in the disputed sea. Capt. Eric Anduze told reporters on board the U.S. 7th Fleet’s command and control ship Blue Ridge, which anchored at Manila Bay Wednesday, that the visit was the latest affirmation of the strong U.S.-Philippine alliance. “We have a long history … we’re here to let you know…

Asia Times | EU dilemma: how to deal with China

Facing China’s irresistible rise all across the chessboard, and under relentless US pressure, the not exactly democratic EU leadership is on a backbreaking exercise to position itself between a geopolitical/geoeconomic rock and a hard place. The 28-member EU holds a crucial meeting next week in Brussels where it may adopt a 10-point action plan detailing, in a thesis, the terms of an equitable economic relationship with China going forward. This will happen as Chinese President Xi Jinping visits Italy and then France – ahead of the very important, annual China-EU…

Forcing ASEAN to take sides is doomed to fail

Illustration: Liu Rui/GT The Pacific does not always seem quite pacific as its waters are roiled by forces inimical to peace. While China and ASEAN are trying to make the South China Sea a region of peace, friendship and cooperation, US media from across the ocean does not want to see this happen as it muddies the waters through speculation and by misleading the world. It does not mind launching open and covert attacks in order to disrupt the calm.  On March 11, CNN reported that Singapore bought F-35 fighter…