Makati City ramps up COVID-19 vaccination drive – Manila Bulletin

News / Metro / Pabakuna. Pa-back to normal: Makati City ramps up COVID-19 vaccination drive Pabakuna. Pa-back to normal: Makati City ramps up COVID-19 vaccination drive As the country continues to grapple with COVID-19 and its more contagious Delta variant, the Makati City local government continues to ramp up its efforts in protecting the residents against the dreaded virus. (Photo from Makati PIO) According to the local government unit (LGU), the city has already deployed 587,532 vaccines as of Sept. 16. A total of 331,650 residents received their first dose…

How Would China’s Addition to the CPTPP Affect Luxury?

What Happened: China has officially applied to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) after months of lobbying and signaling its interest in joining the free trade agreement. The Obama administration designed this agreement as a way to counterbalance China’s regional influence. But President Trump withdrew the United States from this landmark pact in 2017. The potential enlargement of the CPTPP and China’s acceptance is problematic because all 11 members would have to support China’s candidacy.  Unfortunately, securing a membership seems like an impossible task for the…

China’s Xi warns of ‘interference’ as Australia brushes off anger | South China Sea News

Chinese President Xi Jinping has warned against “interference from external forces” in the region, as Australia shrugged off Beijing’s growing anger about its decision to acquire US nuclear-powered submarines, and promised to defend the rule of law in airspace and waters where China has staked hotly contested claims. In an address before the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) on Friday, Xi urged heads of state to “absolutely resist external forces to interfere [in] countries in our region at any excuse, and hold the future of our countries’ development and progress firmly…