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China’s Foreign Ministry made the astonishing claim after accusing Washington of failing to approve visas in time for Chinese space officials attending an international event. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Chinese officials had wanted to take part in the ongoing International Astronautical Congress which was to be held in Washington. Ms Chunying said China applied for the visas back in July, but by mid-October they had not been authorised. China was therefore unable to attend the start of the event. Ms Chunying said: “This caused the Chinese delegation to…

How to Stop China in the South China Sea: Maritime Counterinsurgency

Key point: What America needs is a maritime counterinsurgency against China. The rule of an international system that upholds the legal and philosophical principle of the “freedom of the seas” ranks among America’s most important if uncelebrated national interests. The preservation of a free and open maritime order is imperative for a country whose ability to connect with over 80 percent of the world’s population depends on overseas transportation. For nearly four centuries, the oceans have held the status in legal principle (later codified in the United Nations Convention on the…

Wake up call for the United Nations

Many in Asia look at the Middle East with a mixture of expectation of stable energy supplies, hope for economic opportunity and concern about a potential fallout of the region’s multiple violent conflicts that are often cloaked in ethnic, religious and sectarian terms. Yet, a host of Asian nations led by men and women, who redefine identity as concepts of exclusionary civilization, ethnicity, and religious primacy rather than inclusive pluralism and multiculturalism, risk sowing the seeds of radicalization rooted in the despair of population groups that are increasingly persecuted, disenfranchised…

What’s Behind Dreamworks’ Chinese Propaganda Map In ‘Abominable’

Hollywood is in hot water once again. A growing list of Southeast Asian countries such as Vietnam and Malaysia are boycotting American animation studio DreamWorks’ latest film “Abominable” over a map of China. The movie is a joint production between DreamWorks and the China-based Pearl Studio. It is about a Chinese girl named Yi, who helps Everest, a yeti, find his way back to his home in the mountains. In one of the movie scenes, Yi stands next to a map of China depicting China’s “nine-dash line” in the South…

Letter from the South China Sea: Time for unusual thinking, unorthodox partnerships and old-fashioned making money

Letter from the South China Sea: Time for unusual thinking, unorthodox partnerships and old-fashioned making money 23/10/2019, by Yeoh Siew Hoon, in Distribution, Events, Featured, Marketing, Mobile, Regions, Sectors, Social, Startups, WIT Thoughts Yeoh Siew Hoon gets stranded on a coral reef off Cempedak and ponders the secrets of the travel universe as they were revealed at last week’s WiT Singapore 2019. The sun was about to call it a day when we set out on a boat from Cempedak Island off Bintan, Indonesia. Our destination was a coral seabed…

Philippines Cozies up to India, Both Wary of China

TAIPEI, TAIWAN —  The Philippines has agreed to strengthen defense ties with India, an increasingly significant Western ally in Asia, as part of its accumulation of foreign support in case fragile ties with China suddenly break down. Last week, the presidents of India and the Philippines decided to work more closely together on defense and security in light of what the presidential office in Manila called a “fast-changing geopolitical landscape in the Asia-Pacific region.” Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte welcomed India’s role in a Philippine program to upgrade defense, the presidential…

2-day symposium on South Asia begins in Istanbul

ISTANBUL A symposium on South Asia began in Istanbul on Wednesday with the inaugural speech of Burhan Aykac, rector of Istanbul Gelisim University. The two-day event, dubbed as the 1st International Asia-Pacific Studies Symposium, will host around 50 experts and academic from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Turkey. “We aim to draw world attention to the Asia-Pacific region, as the region is getting importance in the world’s trade and politics,” Aykac said, adding the main focus of this year’s symposium will be the political, economic and social…