What a Biden victory means for China

Professor Huang Jing is Dean at the Institute of International and Regional Studies, Beijing Language and Culture University. While Joe Biden has won the U.S. election, it would be wishful thinking that there would be any dramatic improvement in relations between Washington and Beijing, which have deteriorated steadily since Donald Trump came to power. After all, a presidential election — despite all its significance for U.S. politics — can hardly alter the now established bipartisan consensus that China is a strategic competitor, or even an adversary, of the U.S. Moreover, the…

SMC power firm logs P14.5-B net profit, up 27%

The power investment unit of San Miguel Corporation (SMC) considerably bucked the odds of electricity demand slump and economic contraction this year, as its three-quarter income climbed by 27-percent to P14.48 billion versus last year’s P11.385 billion in the same period. SMC Global Power Holdings Corporation further noted that its operating income had just been marginally down by 3.0-percent to P28.989 billion compared to the year-ago level of P29.974 billion. On its net sales, the company emphasized that this was down by 16-percent to P87.866 billion as compared to the…

Between the devil and the deep sea

China is anxiously waiting for the US election results and to see if there’s a chance to restore strategic stability between the two countries. China has many stakes in who becomes the next President. All US presidential candidates since the late 1990s have taken shades of anti-China stance in their poll campaigns, only to switch over to full-fledged engagement with Beijing once they are in the White House. This time, it could be different. In the last four years, the fundamentals of Sino-US engagement policies, assiduously built since Henry Kissinger’s…

Biden pledges to be president ‘for all Americans’

Democrat Joe Biden on Saturday pledged to be a “president for all Americans,” after US networks projected he has defeated Republican incumbent Donald Trump in their bitterly contested election. “The work ahead of us will be hard, but I promise you this: I will be a President for all Americans — whether you voted for me or not,” the 77-year-old former vice president said in a tweet. Projected U.S. President-elect Joe Biden (Photo by Olivier DOULIERY / AFP) “With the campaign over, it’s time to put the anger and the…

Biden to Face Long List of Foreign Challenges, With China No. 1

U.S. relations with China are the worst since the countries normalized ties four decades ago. America’s allies in Europe are alienated. The most important nuclear anti-proliferation treaty is about to expire with Russia. Iran is amassing enriched nuclear fuel again, and North Korea is brandishing its atomic arsenal. Not to mention global warming, refugees crises and looming famines in some of the poorest places on earth, all amplified by the pandemic. President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. is inheriting a landscape of challenges and ill-will toward the United States in countries…

Why the 5 virgins were foolish

WORD ALIVE FR. BEL SAN LUIS, SVD Sometime ago, a news item in the US relates about how burglars broke into a  New York firm. This wouldn’t have raised eyebrows at all since the incident took place in notorious New York. What made it amusing was that it happened to a company that manufactured burglar-proof glass windows! * * *         “It never occurred to us,” said the president of the firm, “to put our own burglar-proof glass in our own door.” The story shows how oftentimes we take things…

Cooperation is Key to Deterring China in the South China Sea

By William TuckerColumnist, In Homeland Security Over the past two decades, China has gone to great lengths to seize as much territory in the South China Sea. Beijing has been rather vociferous in their regional claims making their activities in the sea unsurprising in many respects. While China has increased their naval capabilities, they are still largely bottled up in the East China Sea and the South China, and thus far have been unable to either break out reliably or stop the U.S. Navy from entering the area. For the…

Black means luck as TNT ends losing spell in Mamba jerseys

Roger Pogoy of TNT penetrates through the Meralso during their game Saturday night. (PBA Images) TNT’s new black uniforms turned out to be a lucky charm Saturday night as it snapped a two-game skid with a 92-79 win over Meralco in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Angeles University Foundation Sports and Cultural Center. RR Pogoy bounced back from a shooting slump by producing 27 points, eight rebounds and three assists as the Tropang Giga returned to their winning form after frustrating defeats to the Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok and…

Commentary: Trump admin’s management of troubled Philippine-US alliance

Commentary: Trump admin’s management of troubled Philippine-US alliance A major nuisance between the Philippines and the US regarding their 69-year-old alliance is the ambiguity of the US security guarantee to its Southeast Asian ally as provided by the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) and in the face of China’s aggressive expansion in the South China Sea since the second decade of the 21st century.   The 1951 MDT does not provide for any automatic armed response to armed confrontation from both parties since it only requires each signatory to…

Victolero lauds Magnolia’s tenacity in ‘throwback’ game vs ROS

Chris Banchero of Magnolia takes a jumper over Jewel Ponferada of Rain or Shine. (PBA Images) SMART CLARK GIGA CITY–Locked in another close battle with the same foe, Magnolia coach Chito Victolero only needed to look at a previous grind-out match against Rain or Shine to prevail anew on Saturday.   Victolero said the Hotshots reviewed their semifinal decider versus the Elasto Painters last year to carve out a 70-62 win–their fourth straight in the PBA Philippine Cup bubble that pushed them to a share of fifth with the San Miguel…