Asia Times | EU on the horns of a China dilemma

It is hard to judge how German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s recent visit to Beijing relates to Europe’s broadly cooling relations with China. Merkel, joined on the state visit by the Federation of German Industries, signed 11 cooperation agreements while in Beijing, at a time when Europe is tightening regulations on certain Chinese investments. The German leader raised human rights during the visit, including in a meeting with Chinese premier Li Keqiang where she said that political freedoms in embattled Hong Kong “must be guaranteed.” But some analysts sensed that Merkel…

Re, “The problem with China is the USA”

Re, “The problem with China is the USA” (The Freeman) – September 18, 2019 – 12:00am Dear Sir Jerry Tundag: Thank you Sir for mentioning my reaction letter to your column titled “60-40 or all-or-nothing” last September 13, 2019, in your today’s column (September 16, 2019) titled “The Problem with China is the USA). I know you have other important subject matters to take up in your column, but please allow me to make further enlightenment on the viability of my suggestion, which you need not take up in…

Philippines Morning News For September 18, 2019

Palace: Docu on PHL drug war biased, ‘bordering on black propaganda’Malacañang on Tuesday slammed a foreign documentary on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, accusing it of dishing out false narratives and putting the Philippines in a bad light.— GMA Network Online gambling contributes P551 billion to Philippine economy yearlyPhilippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs) contribute some P551 billion to the Philippine economy yearly, overtaking traditional information technology and business process management (IT-BPM) companies, according to estimates of real estate services firm Leechiu Property Consultants.— Rappler Duterte affirms PDEA’s tale, wants…

Aquino-del Rosario offered Sabah to Malaysia for its support in arbitration case vs China

Aquino-del Rosario offered Sabah to Malaysia for its support in arbitration case vs China RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO Fifth of a series THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) under President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s watch, then headed by Albert del Rosario, practically offered to drop our decades-old claim over Sabah against Malaysia in exchange for Kuala Lumpur’s support in the Philippines’ arbitration suit filed against China in 2013. This was disclosed by high-ranking former and current DFA officials involved in the preparation of the suit. Since I started this series on the…

Vicious circle of world crises – Kılıç Buğra Kanat

The recent developments in different parts of the world demonstrate an emerging, rather unstable international system that can generate serious political and security risks for the future. Indeed, there has not been a period of complete peace and stability in human history, but the extent of incidents taking place in a very short period of time show that the unfolding of the existing international system could be more challenging, given the increasing destructive capabilities of states and non-state actors. Besides, the fact that several crises are taking place in different…

Views by ads on music videos won’t be counted by YouTube’s new policy

Recently, the 1997 built Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya 1 is in criticism from the British officials. On Tuesday, Britain’s foreign minister Dominic Raab accused the Iranian tanker to have sold its crude oil to Assad regime led by the Syrian politician Bashar Hafez al-Assad, who became the president of Syria in 2000.   “Iran has shown complete disregard for its own assurances over Adrian Darya 1”, said Dominic Raab. As known from the previous data, the Iranian officials assured that they would not sell crude to any other country,…

Exile drug lords to West PH Sea

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 16) — A lawmaker on Monday proposed sending drug lords jailed at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) to an island in the West Philippine Sea. In a statement, ACT-CIS party list representative Nina Taduran said the “detained powerful drug lords” could continue doing business via cellphones and by bribing guards and officials. To put a stop to the illegal practices, she suggested putting convicts in a place “with no cellphone signal, no guards to bribe, and no means of escape.” She was referring to reports…

Philippines Morning News For September 17, 2019

PH, Chinese firms sign $1.1-B dealsFilipino and Chinese companies on Monday signed business agreements worth $1.1 billion. The agreements were signed during the Philippines-China (Chongqing) Trade and Investment Forum at the Conrad Hotel in Pasay …— Manila Times Power supply deficit seenONCE the Malampaya gas field goes offline in October, the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) is seeing a power supply deficit of almost a thousand megawatts (MW) within its franchise area.— Manila Times DA: African Swine Fever cases in Bulacan, Rizal “may be considered outbreak but not epidemic”-African Swine Fever…

China’s New Transport Ship Will Help Fortify Islands in Disputed Sea

TAIPEI —  A new large supply transport ship will help the Beijing government ferry supplies to its holdings in the disputed South China Sea, a resource-rich waterway contested by other countries. China has alarmed the other countries since 2010 by landfilling small islets for military use. Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan, Vietnam and the Philippines contest all or parts of the 3.5 million-square-kilometer sea with China. China claims about 90% of it. The Sansha No. 2 transport ship that passed trial in August can “cover the whole South China Sea,” Chinese state-run…

Asia Times | Why Confucius rubs America the wrong way

The campaign to eliminate the Confucius Institutes from American education marks a level of ideological insecurity that has characterized this country for a long time. Willful ignorance about China has been an important part of that insecurity. The mission of the institutes is not ambitious; it is mainly devoted to offering Chinese language courses in colleges that lack them or have fledgling programs. As for Confucius himself, in America, interest in his thinking has never been strong; in China relatively greater attention is given to American thinkers and writers. The…