ADMM+ a plus for mitigating US–China rivalry

Author: See Seng Tan, NTU The ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM+) turns 10 years old at a time when the US–China rivalry is intensifying. With both China and the United States initiating competing and exclusive regional visions and diplomatic structures, ASEAN-centric platforms such as the ADMM+ are more relevant than ever before. A decade after its establishment, the ADMM+ has arguably achieved greater cooperation than older, more established multilateral platforms in the region. But its coming of age takes place at a time when the region is at risk…

Making Cpec Work — I Daily times

At a panel discussion organized by Pathfinder and Martin Dow Group during Davos 2020 Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh spoke about understanding CPEC and making it work. He provide the context of CPEC by sharing the “Big Facts” about the two economies of China and Pakistan, the current international economic environment, the main features of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and CPEC. Key considerations critical for the initiative to ‘work’ i.e., live up to its fullest promise were highlighted by him. China and Pakistan have strong diplomatic, political and military…

Lawfare under Duterte | Inquirer Opinion

The first time I came across the word “lawfare” was when I read Justice Antonio Carpio’s book “The South China Sea Dispute: Philippine Sovereign Rights and Jurisdiction in the West Philippine Sea.” He used it to describe what the Philippines was doing to protect itself in the dispute with China. Engaging in lawfare, rather than warfare. The Philippines brought suit against China in the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague and we won an outstanding victory. That was lawfare in the positive sense—a nation’s use of legalized international institutions…

She made it through two weeks of quarantine. Now it’s time for dinner with her husband. | Health

WEBSTER GROVES, Mo. – Ken Warren marches across his own front lawn, places two bags of groceries down on the concrete stoop, pushes the doorbell and retreats 25 feet. Half a minute passes in silence. Did she hear? Warren, 76, cautiously approaches again and has to hustle back as it swings opens. His wife, Tao Jiang Warren, 56, steps into the cold sunlight of Thursday afternoon, smiles and waves. “Heyyy!” she says. “How are you? Aww, thank you, thank you!” “There’s bread pudding in there,” he says, voice raised over…

Defense intelligence analyst pleads guilty to leaking classified information to journalists

An analyst with the Defense Intelligence Agency pleaded guilty Thursday to leaking classified national defense information about a foreign country’s weapons systems. The analyst, Henry Kyle Frese, 31, was arrested in October and accused of sharing the top-secret information with two journalists, one of whom he was dating, according to the indictment. Authorities said Frese, who worked at the agency since January 2017, first as a contractor and then as an employee, accessed an intelligence report about the unnamed country’s weapons systems that was unrelated to his counterterrorism work. “He…

Coronavirus catches cruise industry in the eye of the storm as it faces battle to regain customer trust

Dream holidays have become a nightmare for cruise passengers caught in the middle of China’s coronavirus outbreak. About 3,700 people were marooned off the coast of Japan in quarantine for two weeks on the Diamond Princess, with more than 540 passengers showing signs of infection. Another ship, the Westerdam, is quarantined in Cambodia after being repeatedly rerouted across the South China Sea and denied entry to five other countries. Though instances of infection have been limited to two ships so far, both owned by Carnival Corporation, the US$45-billion cruise industry…

Vietnam: Trying to reinvent itself

We’d never been so relieved to see falafel on a menu. My family and I traipsed into the modest Chabad restaurant in Hoi An, Vietnam, famished after five days filled with dietary challenges. We could barely contain our excitement as we waited for hummus, falafel and heaped plates of french fries to arrive at our table. Eating was a problem for us in this southeast Asian country, where pork and shellfish are the most ubiquitous ingredients anywhere. In the markets we saw gigantic mangoes and mouth-wateringly large avocados, but these…

South China Sea: Beijing deploys vessels near Philippines-occupied islands | World | News

Philippines defence secretary Delfin Lorenzana confirmed the Chinese vessels had been located off Pag-asa Island. Mr Lorenzana said: “They were present there intermittently but varying in numbers.” Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative director Greg Poling said China has “maintained a constant maritime militia and coastguard deployment around Pag-asa Island for 424 days and counting”.x They were present there intermittently but varying in numbers Delfin Lorenzana Philippines defence secretary Delfin Lorenzana confirmed the Chinese vessels had been located off Pag-asa Island. Mr Lorenzana said: “They were present there intermittently but varying in…