Has China Peaked? | The National Interest

Over the past year or so, China has made a series of bold moves across the Indo-Pacific region—moves that seem to reflect a growing confidence in Beijing that China’s moment has arrived. Those moves include aggressive actions along the border with India, continuing efforts to assert sovereignty over the South China Seas and the finalization of a new strategic partnership agreement with Iran. In addition, Beijing has carried out a crackdown on democracy in Hong Kong and dropped the word “peaceful” from its annual call for unification with the island…

China tensions with US explode as Washington ‘sends warning’ by shooting down mock missile | World | News

On Tuesday, the US shot down a mock ICBM over the Pacific Ocean after reports of Chinese missiles successfully hitting a moving shop in the disputed South China Sea surfaced. But military experts have said Washington sent a clear warning to Beijing after shooting down the mock war weapon. Beijing-based military expert Zhou Chenming said: “[It wanted to show its] Asian allies that Washington is still able to protect them. “The SM-3 Block IIA interceptor test could be seen as a response to China launching two ‘aircraft carrier killer’ missiles…

Why Biden must beware of accommodating China again

With Joe BidenJoe BidenManufacturers association calls on GSA to begin transition process Biden vote tally getting close to 80 million AOC, progressive Dems attack corporate greed during health care discussion MORE’s election, appeals for U.S. accommodation of the People’s Republic of China are likely to be prominent. But accommodation will fail if the intent of such policies is to appease China’s ambitions and end or reduce the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) motivation to transform global politics through coercive measures, including threats or conflict.   As it has for decades, the CCP…

More reasons why it’s practical to live in McKinley Hill

The pandemic has changed our views on home ownership. Now, more than ever, people realize the importance of being near “essential” destinations—supermarkets and convenience stores, hospitals and wellness centers, laundry shops to hardware outlets. All over Metro Manila, there are communities presented as “complete” since everything you need is just a walk away. Pandemic or not, this is an ideal proposition for smart home seekers. McKinley Hill in Taguig City, the 50-hectare township by Megaworld, is now shaping up to be that complete community. Inside it, home seekers can check…

Navigating Asia’s trade tangle and a NSW “step-up”

Finding RCEP India might have spurned the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, but its parable of the blind men and the elephant still provides the best way of understanding reaction to the region’s newest trade deal. Is it a child’s paddling pool the width of an ocean (Financial Times’ Alan Beattie), giving boosterism a bad name (The Australian’s Greg Sheridan) and thin from an Australian perspective (former trade negotiator Alan Oxley), to take a random selection of comments from obvious sceptics? Or will it promote the further integration of the member…

Pag-IBIG allows deferral, lower payments on housing loans under a new program

Top executives of the Pag-IBIG Fund announced the offering of a loan restructuring program that would allow housing loan borrowers to lower their monthly payments and to defer their payments until March next year. Secretary Eduardo D. del Rosario Secretary Eduardo del Rosario, who serves as Chairman of the 11-member Pag-IBIG Fund Board of Trustees and head of the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development, said that the agency is ready to grant home loan borrowers with lower monthly payments or up to six months of payment relief. Del…

BUCHANAN/Beijing sends Biden warning

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Because of Donald Trump, Vice President Joe Biden thundered during the campaign, the U.S. “is more isolated in the world than we’ve ever been … America First has made America alone.” Biden promised to repair relations with America’s allies. And he appears to have gone some distance to do so in the congratulatory phone call he received from Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan.  According to Suga, during the brief call, Biden said Article V of the U.S.-Japan Mutual Security Treaty of 1960 covers the Senkaku…

These Chinese Submarines are the Terror of the South China Sea

The only active-service Chinese submarine of foreign origin, Russia’s Kilo-class continues to fill a valuable local defense role within the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN).  Diesel-electric submarines have long formed the backbone of Beijing’s littoral defenses, with the PLAN operating a wide swathe of imported and license-built Soviet diesel-electric attack submarines throughout the late Cold War. Following the Soviet collapse, the PLAN decided to invest in its domestic Submarine industry with a slew of indigenous designs. The Song-class, or type 039, entered service in the late 1990s as the first…

PH’s critical care utilization rate increases -Roque

The country’s critical care utilization rate has recently increased after more coronavirus patients have been confined in hospitals, a Palace official said Thursday. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque (CAMILLE ANTE / MANILA BULLETIN) Presidential spokesman Harry Roque bared that less than half of the 1,900 intensive care unit (ICU) beds are now left available for use as of Nov.18. Giving the latest update on the coronavirus situation, Roque claimed that more senior citizens and other vulnerable individuals are now occupying these hospital beds to get medical care for the coronavirus. “Sa ating…

PAT BUCHANAN: Beijing sends Joe Biden a clear warning | Columnists

Consistent with China’s toughening policies toward its neighbors, four members of the opposition in the Hong Kong legislature were ousted last week, which led to wholesale resignations that have left Hong Kong’s governing council under the total control of pro-Beijing hardliners. The era of “one country, two systems” for Hong Kong, dating to the transfer of sovereignty by Great Britain, appears to be over. The dissidents and demonstrators who filled the streets just months ago appear to have been routed, and the city’s future looks less like the Hong Kong…