Red Pill? Behind China’s COVID-19 vaccine diplomacy

SHANGHAI/BANDUNG, Indonesia — Starting at noon on select days, green hospital curtains go up on the windows and doors of a Puskesmas — a spare, government-run medical clinic that resembles a large shed — in the heart of the city of Bandung in Indonesia. One by one, people begin to arrive, almost furtively ushered into the interior by officers. They emerge hours later with a single plaster on their arm. The Puskesmas is offering what may be the only way out of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic that has gripped Indonesia now…

#SummerInNovember: Bounce back to Inflatable Island, the biggest floating playground in Asia

If you want to make a bouncier splash in your return to the beach, then your family should head back to Inflatable Island, a.k.a. the biggest floating playground in Asia, as it reopens on Nov. 13.  Put a bit of your courage and leg power to the test with the adrenaline-pumping obstacle course at this seaside water park courtesy of connecting inflatables slides, trampolines, mini bridges, human launchers, swings, and even huge floaters of your favorite cartoon characters.  Inflatable Island, the biggest floating playground in Asia, reopens on Nov. 13 It also offers Instagrammable attractions…

US Looks To Unleash Its Latest B-21 ‘Stealth Bombers’ In-Tandem With F-35 Jets As Tensions Escalate With China

With the US Presidential Elections 2020 in the concluding stage, Americans are destined to soon find out in whose hands will the fate of their country lies for the next four years. Why Was China Pardoned & France Lambasted Over The Caricature Of Prophet Mohammad? However, be it President Donald Trump or Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden who will seize the throne, they will have to act fast according to the changing dynamics of the South China Sea, where the navies of the US, as well as China, have been…

Gov’t plans to make new COVID-19 testing technologies available to disadvantaged areas

The government is planning to make new testing technologies available to far-flung and disadvantaged areas to help detect, isolate and treat people with the new coronavirus disease. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (ARMAN BAYLON/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO) President Duterte bared the latest plan to boost the country’s testing efforts in his second monthly report to Congress on the implementation of Bayanihan 2 law. “Part of the National Action Plan Phase II Planning is a proposal to make new testing technologies available to Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas where access to conventional Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR)…

Australia Joins India, US and Japan in Indian Ocean War Games | Voice of America

NEW DELHI – The Australian navy joined Indian, Japanese and American warships for annual Malabar exercises that began Tuesday in the Indian Ocean marking the growing strategic convergence of the four countries amid rising concerns about Chinese assertiveness in Asia.       India’s decision to include Australia for the annual drills comes in the wake of a push by Washington for deeper security collaboration in the “Quad,” the informal group that includes the United States, Japan, Australia and India as a counter to China.       Australia returns to the…

US, UK express solidarity with typhoon victims, give assistance

News / National / US, UK express solidarity with typhoon victims, give assistance US, UK express solidarity with typhoon victims, give assistance The governments of the United States and the United Kingdom have conveyed their solidarity with the Philippines following the devastation of Category 5 super typhoon Rolly (International Name: Goni) that left at least 20 people dead and thousands of residents displaced. “Our thoughts are with those affected by typhoon Rolly. The U.S. stands ready to help. We are working with the World Food Programme (WFP)-Philippines and the International…

China tightens restrictions on Australian exports

The latest controls apply to timber from Queensland and barley from an additional Australian producer. China is Australia’s biggest export market. Beijing increasingly is using its status as a growing consumer giant as leverage against other governments in political disputes. A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said Tuesday that the quarantine measures were imposed in line with the law. “In the meantime, mutual respect is the foundation and guarantee of practical cooperation between countries,” said the spokesman, Wang Wenbin. “We hope Australia can do more things conducive to mutual trust, bilateral…

Turkey quake death toll rises to 100

News / World / Turkey quake death toll rises to 100 Turkey quake death toll rises to 100 The death toll from a powerful earthquake which hit western Turkey rose to 100 on Tuesday, the country’s disaster authority said. Search and rescue teams look for victims at the site of a collapsed building in Izmir on November 2, 2020, after a powerful earthquake struck Turkey’s western coast and parts of Greece. – Rescue workers were searching eight buildings in Izmir on November 1, despite dwindling hope for survivors, as the…

Watch what you wish for, including a Biden victory

Bilahari Kausikan is former Permanent Secretary of Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. American foreign policy will not automatically return to a prelapsarian state of grace if Joe Biden becomes the 46th President of the United States. We should not idealize pre-Trump policies. Listening to Barack Obama speaking about “pivoting” to Asia was a pleasure. It was flattering when he made time to attend ASEAN meetings. The Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, was a substantive achievement. But some aspects of Obama’s foreign policy were terrible. Obama had little stomach for exercising power.…

Tropical Story ‘Siony’ likely to intensify into typhoon, may affect Northern Luzon

News / National / Tropical Story ‘Siony’ likely to intensify into typhoon, may affect Northern Luzon Tropical Story ‘Siony’ likely to intensify into typhoon, may affect Northern Luzon Tropical storm “Siony” (international name “Atsani”) may intensify into a typhoon prior to its close approach or landfall over the extreme part of Northern Luzon this week. (PAGASA / MANILA BULLETIN) In its 11 a.m. severe weather bulletin on Wednesday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Siony was last observed at 565 kilometers (km) east of Basco, Batanes,…