China Vs. Indonesia: Intra-Asian Power Games

While President Trump bluffs and blusters in his “trade war” with China, a serious challenge to China’s strategic ambitions has surfaced within Asia itself. Standing up to China can work On January 8, the normally cautious Indonesian government ordered Indonesian naval vessels into the area and dispatched fighter planes to patrol it. In response, the Chinese fishing fleet is reported to have withdrawn. This action occurred after repeated complaints that Chinese fishing vessels protected by its Coastguard vessels were constantly intruding into Indonesia’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). The area in…

Bernie Sanders Wants Nationwide Rent Control—And It’s a Bad Idea

Sen. Bernie Sanders probably doesn’t expect there will ever be nationwide rent control. His presidential campaign proposal is more of the inspirational sort. As the Cato Institute’s Ryan Bourne writes in a new analysis, “What he is really doing here is endorsing a spate of new rent control laws across states, encouraging left‐wing activists to push for more stringent restrictions elsewhere.”  The Sanders plan — limiting landlords to annual rent increases of three percent or 1.5 times inflation “whichever is higher” — also does at least one other thing: It gives insight into…

Hun Sen stays loyal to China over coronavirus…

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen gestures during a speech about first confirmed case of novel coronavirus in country. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen gestures during a speech about first confirmed case of novel coronavirus in country. (AP photo) TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen refused to suspend all flights coming in from China after the first case of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was confirmed in the coastal city of Sihanoukville. At a televised press conference on Thursday (Jan. 30) he warned of the disastrous impact on the…

China locked down 50 million people and has to keep them fed – Examiner Online

BEIJING (AP) — Carrying permits demanding “fast passage,” truck drivers rushed a 560-ton shipment of disinfectant from eastern China to Wuhan, the locked-down city of 11 million people at the center of a vast effort to contain a new viral disease. Outside the metropolis in central China, the cargo was shifted to local trucks with drivers in masks and protective suits, part of a tightly controlled flow of food and other supplies through checkpoints that have blocked most access to Wuhan since Jan. 23. As global anxiety about the new…

Indonesian evacuees from China’s Hubei to be quarantined in Natuna military base

JAKARTA, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Indonesian officials said on Saturday that around 250 of its nationals being evacuated from China’s Hubei province, the centre of the coronavirus epidemic, will be quarantined in its Natuna Islands military base. Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said all the evacuees, along with five officials arranging their return on the Batik Air flight, were healthy and that further medical checks would be conducted on board the plane and at their arrival in Indonesia. Military chief Hadi Tjahjanto said the evacuees would be housed at the military…