Mahathir notes Asean’s success in keeping region stable, Asia News & Top Stories

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad yesterday said Asean has done a good job in maintaining the region’s stability despite coming up against “big powers”. “Asean is one of the few regional organisations that are still functioning today,” Tun Dr Mahathir said. “Asean has stayed together, and by and large, we have the same approach to resolving our problems.” He also said other regional groups such as the European Union and the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) bloc are “not doing very well”. Dr Mahathir was replying to questions from…

Is DreamWorks courting controversy over the South China Sea? | News

DreamWorks’s latest animated film, Abominable, will skip Malaysian cinemas after producers decided against cutting out a scene showing a map supporting Chinese claims on the disputed South China Sea. Vietnam already pulled the US-Chinese production over a fleeting image of the so-called nine-dash line, a vague and broken outline depicting much of the resource-rich sea as Chinese territory. More: China‘s claims to the sea overlap with those of Vietnam, Malaysia and other regional governments. Malaysian film distributor United International Pictures said in a brief statement on Monday that it “has…

Navy, Marines drill with Brunei forces, DreamWorks flick causes row

BEIJING — Here’s your weekly update about developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and are rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. ‘ABOMINABLE’ PULLED IN VIETNAM, MALAYSIA OVER SEA CHINA SEA MAP The animated movie “Abominable” has been pulled from Vietnamese and Malaysian theaters due to a scene showing a map supporting Chinese claims to the disputed South China Sea. The…

Aboard a US aircraft carrier combating Beijing’s growing aggression in the South China Sea

A few hundred miles off the western coast of the Philippines, the roar of American warplanes punctuates the air. The USS Ronald Reagan is carrying out drills above the South China Sea, a 1.4 million-square-mile expanse of deep blue at the heart of a slow-brewing dispute between the US and China. The action does not go unnoticed. Soon after entering these waters, satellite images show the ship is surrounded by Chinese vessels. The defence ministry in Beijing lodges a complaint, accusing the US of provocation by “flexing its muscles” in…

Image Booster: China Wants Other Countries to Help it Clean the Oceans | Voice of America

TAIPEI – Floating trash speckles the world’s oceans, some of which are running low on fish. Now China, a source of those problems and dominant force in several Asian maritime sovereignty disputes, indicates it will work with other countries to improve those seas. Analysts believe the offers would help China bolster its image among other countries, particularly weaker ones in Asia. States that feel threatened by China sometimes get help from Beijing’s rival Washington.  FILE – Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, with former presidents Jiang Zemin, right, and Hu Jintao, left,…

Where’s the line between art and propaganda?

You may have seen news break over the weekend about the controversy surrounding DreamWorks’ upcoming animated movie “Abominable”. The animation, which was supposed to premiere in Malaysia on the 7th of November 2019, has been axed from screening in local theaters because its producers declined to meet a censor board requirement to cut one of the scenes in that movie. For those who aren’t up to speed yet, Abominable is a movie about teenage girl named Yi who finds a yeti living on the roof of her apartment building. The…