‘We won’t have a clue it’s coming’: Jim Molan’s chilling warning on China’s war with Taiwan, US

A former Australian army major general has warned China could attack US resources in a similar way to the infamous surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in World War II. Liberal Senator Jim Molan believes it’s possible China could achieve its twofold objective of removing American influence from the western Pacific and bringing Taiwan into its control by attacking US resources in the region. ‘Having removed America from the Western Pacific they say to Taiwan, well, Taiwan, what are you going to do now? Are you going to fight on without the…

North Korea says ‘all recovered’ after Covid outbreak – Manila Bulletin

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea reported zero fever cases Friday for a seventh straight day, state media said, adding that everyone who had fallen sick since the country confirmed its first Covid-19 infections had recovered. The isolated country, which has maintained a rigid coronavirus blockade since the start of the pandemic, announced an Omicron outbreak in the capital Pyongyang in May and activated a “maximum emergency epidemic prevention system”. State media have meticulously reported the official number of cases, deaths, treatments and recoveries every day since, with leader Kim…

View: Towards a proactive bonhomie in India-Southeast Asian strategic relations

Addressing the inaugural session of a special conference to celebrate 30 years of India-ASEAN relations, Indian Minister of State for External Affairs Rajkumar Ranjan Singh said that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a significant component of India’s Act East policy, which seeks to further reinvigorate New Delhi’s engagements with the Pacific beyond the Look East policy of the 1990s. This comes in the context of the agreement forged between India and ASEAN in June to deepen their ties towards a comprehensive strategic partnership based on mutual interests…

Japan tells China to stop its military drills around the island

“By setting up this exercise area, China was able to get a glimpse of what it would take to blockade Taiwan,” he said. US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, whose visit to Taiwan this week triggered the most serious military stand-off in the Taiwan strait since the missile crisis of 1996, accused China of trying to isolate the island. “They will not isolate Taiwan by preventing us from travelling there,” she said after meeting with Kishida on Friday. “They are not doing our travel itinerary.” Pelosi’s visit has spurred condemnation from…

Outgoing AFP Chief starts farewell tour – Manila Bulletin

Gen. Andres Centino, the outgoing Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff, has started visiting military camps around the country to bid adieu as he is set to relinquish his post on Monday next week, August 8. General Andres Centino, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, talks during his visit at the headquarters of the 4th Infantry Division in Camp Evangelista, Cagayan de Oro City on August 4, 2022 as part of his exit tour. He will relinquish his position on August 8, 2022.…

Analysis: Taiwan tensions reveal challenges for U.S. navy as Chinese threat grows

HONG KONG, Aug 5 (Reuters) – The long route of Nancy Pelosi’s Tuesday flight over Borneo to Taipei and a U.S. aircraft carrier’s complex passage through the South China Sea highlight the difficulties U.S. forces now face against a Chinese military keen to flex its muscles over Taiwan. U.S. military officials repeatedly talk of “routine” patrols to support a “free and open Indo-Pacific” but the realities are increasingly challenging amid the worst Taiwan tensions since 1996, according to diplomats, military attaches and security analysts. U.S. officials told Reuters this week…

Can arts truly make real change? – Manila Bulletin

Kristine Lim urges artists to ‘make art that’s able to do something beyond their canvas’ For years, artworks have been a part of many charities. The process usually involves artists donating pieces to galleries and auctions up for bidding, and their works’ proceeds will be given to communities and charities that greatly need help. But since the pandemic, artists are doing real actions that produce real change. Once shy and introverted people, many Filipino visual artists have come out of their studios and tried to perform roles with a mission…

Analysis-Taiwan tensions reveal challenges for U.S. navy as Chinese threat grows

U.S. military officials repeatedly talk of “routine” patrols to support a “free and open Indo-Pacific” but the realities are increasingly challenging amid the worst Taiwan tensions since 1996, according to diplomats, military attaches and security analysts. U.S. officials told Reuters this week they did not want to escalate matters with unnecessarily provocative deployments before House Speaker Pelosi – a staunch China critic and the third most senior U.S. politician – landed in Taipei on Tuesday on a U.S. Air Force plane. And they are keeping to that approach as the…

Bea Constantino brings Southern Mindanao’s vibrant culture closer to Manila – Manila Bulletin

Championing the Philippines’ weaving heritage, her fashion label Studio Süg opens pop up in Power Plant Mall “Taga-saan ka?” That is a question Filipinos are very familiar with as it sparks conversations about history and heritage. For Bea Constantino, her response to that question is represented by the beautiful and vibrant weaves of Sulu. Handwoven textile from Maimbung, Sulu (Photo from @studiosug) and Bea Constantino (Photo from @beaconstantino) It is not new for Bea to be one of the leading creatives in the local fashion scene. But with her brand…