5 Movies That Lie To You (Thanks to Foreign Propaganda)

China has long used propaganda in its efforts to undercut American power. Usually, it’s been subtle—a stiletto hidden beneath a velvet sleeve. But Beijing now appears to think it’s time to jump the shark. Hence, their outrageous claim that Beijing has “led” the global response to the pandemic. Another Chinese whopper holds that the U.S. spread COVID-19 to China. Cleary, Beijing’s war of words against the United States has entered a new phase. The United States has been pushing back, and rightly so. Too often in the past we’ve seen…

Commentary: Malaysia’s new foreign policy outlook under Muhyiddin Yassin’s government – four predictions

KUALA LUMPUR: As Muhyiddin Yassin was sworn in as the eighth prime minister of Malaysia last week, many Malaysians began to ask a flurry questions about the policy direction of this emerging Perikatan Nasional (PN) coalition government – a coalition consisting of three predominantly Malay-based parties (Bersatu, UMNO, PAS), with the support of GPS, the ruling coalition of the state of Sarawak. Will the PN coalition continue or reverse the reform agenda of its predecessor, Pakatan Harapan (PH)? How will it address the frail state of the economy? Can it…

SWS survey: Majority of Pinoys believe AFP can quell foreign threats, rebels, terrorists

Members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines-Northern Luzon Command sing the Philippine national anthem at the peak of Mavulis island in Batanes in commemoration of National Flag Day, May 28, 2019. Jeff Canoy, ABS-CBN News MANILA – Most Filipinos believe the country’s military can defend the Philippine territory, including the West Philippine Sea, against foreign threats and quell communist rebels and terrorists, a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released Thursday showed. This as the military got an “excellent” satisfaction rating, with at least 79 percent of Filipinos content with…

State Department Named 5 Chinese Media Outlets as Foreign Missions, but Not CCTV

The U.S. State Department recently required five Chinese state-owned media outlets in the United States to be registered as foreign missions. However, it did not require China Central Television (CCTV) to do so. CCTV is a Chinese state-owned media outlet and official propaganda mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). CCTV has 50 channels, and its Channel 9 (CCTV-9) was rebranded as CGTN (China Global Television Network) in 2015. CGTN is owned and operated by CCTV. While the U.S. State Department required CGTN to be registered as a foreign mission,…

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang’s Daily Briefing Online on February 18, 2020

I’d like to share the latest numbers with you first. According to this morning’s update from the National Health Commission, February 17 saw 1,701 patients cured and discharged from hospital in China’s mainland, bringing the total number of cured cases to 12,552. New confirmed cases in China excluding Hubei Province stood at 79 on February 17, marking a decline for the 14th consecutive day. Q: The US government is considering a proposal to halt deliveries of jet engines co-produced by General Electric Co. for Comac C919 airliner being developed in…

Jazira-Nusantara concept can strengthen Malaysia’s foreign policy | New Straits Times

MALAYSIA’S foreign policy behaviour is guided by the ‘jazira’ factor of the Malay Peninsula situated in the country’s western region, and the ‘nusantara’ factor of the Malay Archipelago situated in the country’s eastern region. Jazira is the Arabic equivalent of ‘semenanjung’ in Malay or peninsula in English; whereas ‘nusantara’ is an old Javanese term describing the maritime region of Southeast Asia. Malaysia’s ‘jazira’ factor exists in its western region which occupies the whole of the Malay Peninsula’s land mass at the southern tip of the Euroasian continent, which is being…

China’s Belt and Road – China’s flagship foreign policy aims to put itself at the centre of the world once again | Special report

Feb 8th 2020 ON CHINA’S BORDER with Kazakhstan, a new Silk Road city has sprung up with such speed that Google Earth has scarcely begun to record the high-rises that now float on a winter mist above the steppe. What once would have been flattered to be called a hard-scrabble border town is now home to 200,000 people, giant outdoor video screens extolling the glories of a new Silk Road, and restaurants serving sashimi and European wine. Khorgos has become China’s gateway to Central Asia, and all the way to…

China’s Modernizing Military | Council on Foreign Relations

The Chinese government is working to make its military stronger, more efficient, and more technologically advanced to become a top-tier force within thirty years. With a budget that has soared over the past decade, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) already ranks among the world’s leading militaries in areas including artificial intelligence and anti-ship ballistic missiles. More From Our Experts Experts warn that as China’s military modernizes, it could become more assertive in the Asia-Pacific region by intensifying pressure on Taiwan and continuing to militarize disputed islands in the East and South China Seas.…

Foreign policy experts: Voters should keep eye on world issues – News – seacoastonline.com

DURHAM As voters consider candidates for president in the February primary and November election, a panel of foreign policy experts on Thursday evening advised that world issues are as an important a consideration as domestic issues. In fact, participants in the U.S. Foreign Policy Forum at the University of New Hampshire tied such world issues as international trade and climate change directly to the U.S. economy. As Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations and a participant in the forum noted: Foreign policy can’t be foreign.” Haass, who…