Palpable is the mounting pressure that China now exerts. Call it âhostage diplomacyâ or the decidedly colloquial âChinaâs tit for Canadaâs tatâ, the death sentence awarded last Monday to Canadian Robert Lloyd Schellenberg on drug charges after Ottawaâs detention of a Chinese executive, Meng Wanzhou, is a direly worrisome trans-Atlantic joust.
From the moment he launched his campaign for president, Donald Trump compared the barrier he wanted to build along the US southern border to Chinaâs Great Wall. With the US government now shuttered by the standoff over funding Trumpâs wall, both he and his Democratic opponents might want to take a closer look at the Chinese fortification â and why exactly it failed.
As an academic and as a columnist, I associate thinking mostly with the written word. I read books and articles, and I write for readers. I listen to music, not to the spoken word. And the columns I write â unlike the editorials I used to write for television â are meant to be read, not heard.
Recently, I revisited the famous Spanish town of Ronda to follow the trail of the late American writer Ernest Hemingway, who celebrated his last birthday there. Ronda is famous because the old town was built on high, stiff cliffs that make for truly dazzling scenery. It also has the enchanting Mina Secreta Y Jardines del Rey Moro, where former US first lady Michelle Obama visited some time ago.
Many have been concerned about the damage to Malaysiaâs royal institution.Â
While there has been public debate over Sultan Muhammad Vâs conduct as head of state since Pakatan Harapan won the landmark May 9 elections, the idea of the Kelantan ruler ending his reign prematurely was unthinkable, as no previous king had ever abdicated.
The foreign ministerial talks between Japan and Russia were held in Moscow. It has marked the first meeting since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe named Foreign Minister Taro Kono and Russian President Vladimir Putin named his Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to be in charge of peace treaty negotiations.
Is it still relevant to our security? Maybe not,â Philippines Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said at a press conference last month, revealing his plans to review the 1951 Philippine-US Mutual Defence Treaty (MDT).
It is a measure of the renewed tension over the status of Taiwan that President Tsai Ing-wen, has sought âinternational supportâ in response to the blunt message of President Xi Jinping â either to unite with China or âface the forceâ of Beijing to prevent Taiwan from seeking formal independence.
It comes with the territory: That was how President Rodrigo Duterte described the heinous crime of rape against overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in a speech last week. Itâs a given for those âworking as slaves [overseas],â he said. âRape comes with the territory.â
The past weekend saw another wave of fine dust blanket South Korea. Over the past 10 years, the frequency of waves of fine dust has increased steadily, causing people to worry about their negative effects on public health.
During a visit to London, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held talks with British Prime Minister Theresa May in which they agreed the two nations would closely cooperate in working to maintain the free trade system.