Australia joining Malabar war games called ‘hollow bluff’ by China

It’s a “hollow bluff”. It’s “irrational”. It’s “interference”. Beijing is upset India has invited Australia to join it, Japan and the United States to play war games in its own backyard. But China only has itself to blame. For the first time in more than a decade, the warships of all four major Indo-Pacific democracies are manoeuvring together in the Malabar naval exercises. It marks an evolution of an informal ‘Quad’ partnership into a potential strategic alliance. It also represents a seismic shift in the regional power balance. “In essence,…

Holy but Hot (B) – Manila Bulletin

WALA LANG Jaime C. Laya Twice, lightning struck San Blas, patron saint of veterinarians. Also invoked to ease choking and to perform healing miracles, the saint’s venerated image in Baclayón, Bohol, was twice stolen and twice returned through the efforts of the same person, handicraft exporter and discriminating collector Antonio “Tony” Martino, who also owns the well-known antique shop Via Ántica on Mabini Street. The way the business works, antique shop owners have runners who scout for old santos, furniture, odds and ends. Freelance agents also bring in stuff, “walking”…

SCS Conundrum: Time Has Come For ASEAN Reforms And Unity – OpEd

Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and East Asia Summit (EAS) will meet in Hanoi virtually in this week for the 37th ASEAN Summit, 15th EAS Summit and related meetings. The main focus of the 37th ASEAN Summit will be on burning issues like the COVID-19 pandemic, the South China Sea (SCS) conundrum, progress of Code of Conduct (CoC) negotiations, ASEAN integration and many other issues.  People may wonder why the SCS and CoC negotiations are serious issues for ASEAN countries. The SCS, a strategic waterway that…

Biden expected to put transatlantic relations in order, revive talks

Headlines in German newspapers in Berlin show a tale of winners and losers as they report Joe Biden’s victory in the US presidential race over outgoing US President Donald Trump on Sunday. German government leaders have reacted with relief and congratulations following the projected win of Biden. Photo: VCG European leaders hope that president-elect Joe Biden will put transatlantic relations in order and revive negotiations, which will also leave more negotiation room for China with the two sides, Chinese experts said, while warning of more toughness from the US and…

Coronation night for United City

Coronation night for United City Bienvenido Maranon of United City gestures after scoring a goal against Stallion Friday night. Photo from PFL United City FC looks to cap off a successful title run with a perfect season when it battles Kaya-Iloilo Monday night in the Philippines Football League at the PFF National Training Center in Carmona, Cavite. Kickoff is set at 7:30 p.m. with United City, which secured the crown last Friday, attempting to end the shortened season backed by Qatar Airways having won all five matches before lifting the…

Kamala Harris: America’s first woman, black vice president

WASHINGTON — Kamala Harris crashed through one of the world’s highest glass ceilings on Saturday to be elected America’s first woman vice president, making history and helping bring to an end Donald Trump’s turbulent rule. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris delivers remarks in Wilmington, Delaware, on November 7, 2020, after being declared the winners of the presidential election. (Photo by Andrew Harnik / POOL / AFP / MANILA BULLETIN) Harris came into Tuesday’s election already a repeat trail blazer as California’s first black attorney general and the first woman of South…

India Takes-On China In Its Own Backyard; Deepens Defense Ties With Another SE Asian Nation

With eyes on China, Asian nations – India and the Philippines are joining hands to counter the  Chinese expansionist strategy in the region.  British Defense Firm Pitted Against US’ Giants – Lockeed & Boeing To Develop Japan’s Stealth Fighter Jet To strengthen bilateral defense ties, the fourth meeting of the India-Philippines joint commission on bilateral cooperation, co-chaired by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his Philippines counterpart Teodoro Locsin Jr. L, was held virtually on Friday. Both sides “agreed to further strengthen defense engagement and maritime cooperation…especially in military training…

Kris Aquino shares another COVID-19 scare

Queen of all Media Kris Aquino has shared another COVID-19 scare which involves her driver. Aquino’s full post on Instagram Nov. 7: “November 3 we all had PCR testing because i was supposed to do a TVC shoot Nov 5… Testing was done in the morning. “8 PM when my sons, my whole team, and i (we’re quarantining together until the 12th when this batch of commitments will finish) got an urgent message: 1 of our drivers tested positive for Covid-19. “He doesn’t stay where we are all living now and…

Biden-led US likely to uphold PH arbitral win in South China Sea – envoy

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 6) — The Philippines is expected to continue to enjoy the United States’ support in its stake in the West Philippine Sea even if a new American president emerges from this week’s elections, the country’s envoy said Friday. Manila can maintain close ties with the US should incumbent President Donald Trump or his Democratic rival Joe Biden win, Philippine Ambassador in Washington, DC Jose Manuel “Babe” Romualdez told CNN Philippines’ The Source, and will continue to benefit with support against China’s sweeping claims in the…