Vietnam majority roots for Trump’s hard line on China

HANOI — Among Asians closely following the lead-up to the U.S. presidential election, Vietnamese stand out not only in their enthusiasm but also in their preference for President Donald Trump over former Vice President Joe Biden. “I support Trump because he does not hesitate to take strong action against China,” a chief executive at a textile company based in Ho Chi Minh City told Nikkei Asia, adding that the president has an attitude unlike any of those of his predecessors. He is not alone. More than 49,000 readers have taken an…

How these celebrity families got dressed for Halloween at home

Coleen Garcia, Bianca Gonzalez, Vicki Belo, Mariel Rodriguez, Iya Villania, and Nina Corpuz and their children had a spooky time indoors We’re not letting the pandemic rain on our trick-or-treat parade. Check out how these celebrity moms Coleen Garcia, Bianca Gonzalez-Intal, Vicki Belo, Mariel Rodriguez-Padilla, and Iya Villania-Arellano dressed up their kids and kept the spooky Halloween tradition alive at home. Where’s Pooh Bear? Coleen Garcia asked the help of her fashion stylist Adrianne Concepcion in sourcing for these Winnie-the-Pooh onesies for her husband Billy, their son Amari, and her.…

New Japanese Prime Minister’s push towards a free and open Indo-Pacific

Like Abe, Suga believes that the concept of Free and Open Indo-Pacific would foster peace, transparency and inclusiveness in the vast region by recognising certain pre-requisite norms. New Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga assumed office on 16 September. Since then, several significant developments contributing to the strengthening of the Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) strategy have taken place. At the very outset, Suga admitted that he would follow in the footsteps of his predecessor Shinzo Abe as far as Japan’s foreign policy was concerned, since his own experience in foreign…

World closely watching US elections today

The United States presidential election today, Tuesday, November 3, is drawing very much more than its usual attention from the people of that country as well as the rest of the world for various reasons. Three days before the election, a record number of over 90 million Americans had already cast mail-in and advanced votes. By election day today, the votes cast will be more than in all previous elections. Young voters are reportedly turning out in huge numbers, along with black, Latino, and other non-white minorities. Are these the…

20 dead, thousands of homes damaged in typhoon

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — At least 20 people were killed as Typhoon Goni lashed the Philippines over the weekend, and about 13,000 shanties and houses were damaged or swept away in the eastern island province that was first hit by the ferocious storm, officials said Monday. Goni blasted into Catanduanes province at dawn Sunday as a super typhoon with sustained winds of 225 kilometers (140 miles) per hour and gusts of 280 kph (174 mph). But it weakened considerably after making landfall and shifted direction to spare the capital, Manila,…

Restoration of power, telco, water supplies in Catanduanes being rushed

The government is expediting the restoration of power, telecommunications, and water supplies in Catanduanes province after it was devastated by typhoon “Rolly.” Civil defense administrator Ricardo Jalad told President Duterte Monday night that Catanduanes has been reeling from the loss of these basic necessities, most especially water, due to power interruption across the province. Jalad had just finished reporting to Duterte the effects of typhoon “Rolly” during a situation briefing when the President asked him if the lack of potable water in Catanduanes is already being addressed. “Iyon bang sinabi…

Yoshihide Suga’s Official Trip: What Does He Expect from Vietnam and Indonesia?

As the present world order weakens, the mega confrontations have appeared more likely: On its post-Soviet revival quest, Russia becomes increasingly assertive in Euro-MED theatre and beyond. The Sino-American relations are increasingly adversarial, with escalating frictions over trade, advanced technology, human rights, and global strategic influence. Currently, both sides – as president of the US Council of Foreign Relations Richard Haass states – ‘are developing scenarios for a possible war’. The two countries rhetoric has grown so hostile that its speed and severity is unprecedented for the post WWII period,…

16 dead, thousands of homes damaged in typhoon

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — At least 16 people were killed as Typhoon Goni lashed the Philippines over the weekend, and about 13,000 shanties and houses were damaged or swept away in the eastern island province that was first hit by the ferocious storm, officials said Monday. Goni blasted into Catanduanes province at dawn Sunday as a super typhoon with sustained winds of 225 kilometers (140 miles) per hour and gusts of 280 kph (174 mph). But the storm weakened considerably after making landfall and shifted direction to spare the capital,…

NTC Orders Smart, Globe: Offer Free Calls to Typhoon Victims

NTC Orders Smart, Globe: Offer Free Calls to Typhoon Victims The National Telecommunications Commission on Monday ordered Globe Telecom and Smart Communications to deploy free calls and charging stations for Filipinos affected by Typhoon Rolly.     In a memorandum signed by Commissioner Gamaliel A. Cordoba, the NTC has tasked the country’s top two telecommunications firms to offer these free and charging services to Filipinos affected by Typhoon Rolly in areas left with no electricity and those having no means to call their loved ones of their plight.     The NTC also reminded…

South China Sea: Why China Hopes for a Biden Victory

The aircraft carriers USS Ronald Reagan (bottom) and USS Nimitz, along with the guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton, sail together in the South China Sea, July 6, 2020. (Mass Communication Specialist Third Class Jason Tarleton/US Navy) When it became clear that the Obama-Biden administration wouldn’t do anything serious to push back, China ramped up its island-building activities. Elections have consequences, both domestic and foreign. There is a consensus among China observers that Beijing hopes for a Joe Biden win this November, because the last time Biden was in charge, as vice…