China’s Far Seas Naval Operations, from the Year of the Snake to the Year of the Pig

By Ryan D. Martinson Every year, about this time, the leaders of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) send their regards to Chinese sailors deployed overseas during the Lunar New Year. Every year these messages are covered by the Chinese press. Few in China pay attention to these reports. Fewer foreign observers even know of them, but they should. This annual ritual tells the story of China’s emergence as a global naval power. A Tradition is Born PLAN leaders made their first Lunar New Year’s call in the second year…

High-speed rail line to mainland China and Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge get record passenger numbers during Lunar New Year holiday

Hong Kong’s newest links to mainland China had another bumper day on Thursday, with passenger numbers setting records for the second consecutive day during Lunar New Year. But a false alarm at the local end of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge caused a brief shock for scores of visitors on Friday morning, while glitches in the shuttle bus ticketing system led to crowds of passengers being stranded for hours at the Zhuhai bridge port across the border. At the West Kowloon terminal of the high-speed rail line to mainland China, the…

PH, US to meet this year to review the Mutual Defense Treaty » Manila Bulletin News

Published February 5, 2019, 5:21 PM By Francis Wakefield  Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana said a delegation from the United States is expected to arrive in the country within the year for exploratory talks on the Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT). Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (photo courtesy of the Office of the Secretary of National Defense) Lorenzana made the revelation as he underscored the imminent Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) review with the United States within the year. “Maybe within the year, within the year because the Americans are also interested, they…

May Chinese New Year signal a fresh start

While China’s importance as a customer for Australian iron ore and coal show up in the trade statistics, now is the one time of year when Australia’s economic reliance on China’s success is most obvious on Sydney’s streets. The Lunar New Year festival, which started on Tuesday, has become a significant part of Sydney’s life, not least because about 10 per cent of greater Sydney’s 5 million residents are of Chinese ancestry, more than any other non-English speaking ethnic group. No doubt hoping to win their votes, Prime Minister Scott Morrison…

Chinese New Year: Ten places to celebrate the Year of the Pig

From pig museums to winery pigs to pig hotels, we’ve got you covered. 1. SYDNEY LUNAR FESTIVAL – AUSTRALIA Chinese New Year, on February 5, ushers in the Year of the Pig. See Qian Jian Hua’s show-stopping pig lantern next to the Sydney Opera House – it’s one of Sydney Lunar Festival’s awe-inspiring sculptural installations depicting the zodiac animals. When the now Sydney-based artist was 15, he was decentralised to a farm during the Chinese Cultural Revolution where he kept the pigs safe. The lanterns, some of which are three…

Philippines’ Duterte aligns himself with China in Chinese New Year message | World | News

The South East Asian nation has had a rollercoaster relationship with Beijing as the nations are at odds over the South China Sea. However in an address on the eve of Chinese New Year, the leader of the Philippines said the “friendship and cooperation forged between the Philippines and China” had led to “greater prosperity and economic growth”. Mr Duterte said: “The friendship and cooperation forged between the Philippines and China have not only led to greater prosperity and economic growth for both our nations, but also gave rise to…

Duterte’s Chinese New Year wish: Greater peace, understanding between PH, China

AS HE joined the Chinese-Filipino community in the country in celebrating the Chinese New Year, President Rodrigo Duterte expressed hope for “greater peace and understanding” between the Philippines and China. “May this New Year bring hope, inspiration and more achievements for the Chinese-Filipino community and the entire nation,” the Chief Executive said in his message for Chinese New year released on Monday, February 4. “Together, let us cultivate the values and ideals that fuel our strong resolve to usher in a period of greater peace and understanding as we…

Tony Abbott hits back after attending Chinese New Year function

Tony Abbott has lashed out after he was hosted at an event by the Chinese Communist Party’s top Australian lobbyists. Mr Abbott was a VIP guest at a recent Chinese New Year function, which was attended by some of Beijing’s highest-ranking United Front affiliates in Australia. The Sydney Morning Heraldnoted the Chinese government-affiliated United Front Work Department aims at influencing overseas Chinese and Western elites to back Beijing. Politicians frequently face issues with these events, because they’re attended by members of the Chinese Communist Party whom Australian politicians don’t want…

What does Year of the Pig have in store for Asian leaders? We asked four fortune-tellers | This Week In Asia

With Tuesday ushering in the Year of the Pig according to the Chinese zodiac, what are the prospects of political leaders across the Asia-Pacific? This Week In Asia spoke to four of Hong Kong’s best known fortune-tellers to get their views. To feng shui master Lee Shing-chak, who has been in the business for almost three decades, the year will bring “lots of changes”. He said there will be tensions over cyberwarfare and technology, while conflict in the South China Sea will “affect the economy”. “Leaders should wear blue and…

Africa 2019:A year of revolutionary rupture? Looking beyond the curve

Understanding how the present came from the past is not just useful; it is essential. But understanding the past needs equipping one with conceptual categories. Here I use two critical categories to understand the past as a basis for understanding the present. One is Louis Althusser’s concept of “revolutionary ruptures”, and the other is Mao Tse-tung’s concept of “contradictions” – both of which made innovative theoretical contributions to Marxism. Marx, as we know, made a radical epistemological break from all previous modes of thought based on German philosophical idealism and…