The world needs a more active Germany

Sep 20th 2021 ON AUGUST 2ND the Bayern, a Brandenburg-class frigate, set sail from the North Sea coast with over 200 troops aboard and a novel mission. Over seven months the warship would traverse the Suez canal and Red Sea, dropping anchor in places like Mumbai before reaching the South China Sea, where an assertive China is intimidating neighbours with unfounded territorial claims. “Germany has a strong interest in stability, security, and rules-based politics in the region,” says Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the defence minister. “We are not a regional power, but…

Daniel Craig bids emotional farewell to James Bond role – Manila Bulletin

His video thanking the staff and fellow cast of the film goes viral For an actor, parting with a character is always a bittersweet moment. That case can be seen on a video presenting actor Daniel Craig bidding farewell to the cast and crew behind the upcoming James Bond film, “No Time To Die.” Daniel Craig as James Bond (Photo from 007.com) Wearing the 007 classic tuxedo uniform, the actor got a little emotional as he expresses his gratitude to the people he has worked with while portraying the iconic…

‘Cabbage tactic’ to seize waters

India should be wary of China using the ‘cabbage tactic’ in the Indian Ocean region the same way it tries to grab islands in the South China Sea This week will witness Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting in person with the leaders of Australia and Japan, apart from the US, a move that holds significant importance and may perhaps change India’s foreign policy contours. The meeting comes in the backdrop of Australia’s alliance with the UK and the US – AUKUS — which aims to provide nuclear submarines to Canberra. …

Australian PM says French submarines ‘weren’t going to meet our strategic needs in South China Sea’

Australia had ‘deep and grave concerns’ that the submarines it ordered from France would not meet its strategic needs before cancelling a £48billion defence deal in favour of the Anglo-US agreement last week, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has revealed. Seeking to explain the sudden U-turn that triggered fury in Paris and an astonishing diplomatic spat among the Western nations, Mr Morrison said on Sunday that though he understood France’s disappointment at the decision, ‘Australia’s national interest comes first’. The Prime Minister has not specifically referred to Beijing’s massive military buildup in the…

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…

DITO supports ESKYUSI Mobile Legends Tournament – Manila Bulletin

DITO supports ESKYUSI Mobile Legends Tournament DITO Telecommunity, is the official telco partner of the first-ever E-SPORTS KYUSI (ESKYUSI) Mobile Legends Tournament. Organized by the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Federation of Quezon City and Grey Black Visual Synthesis (GBVS), the tournament aims to discover local gaming talents with prizes worth up to Php 500,000.  “The SK Federation of Quezon City recognizes that gaming has become a passion for many of today’s youth.  We hope to inspire young Filipinos by providing a formal venue where they can pursue and excel in their interests…

There is a new Cold War in the Pacific, however much diplomats try to deny it

The new Australian submarine fleet is hardly going to thwart an invasion of Taiwan or the Spratly islands. But they do have a greater range and can remain submerged for greater periods of time than their diesel electric alternatives – making them perfectly suited to the reconnaissance and below-the-radar manouvering of Cold War style conflicts.   Whether Britain would really be willing to get dragged into a war with China is as ambiguous as ever.  But there has been no comparable build up of military tensions in the Western Pacific since American, British and Australian…

China threatens to sail its navy into Hawaiian waters as US and Australia announce defence pact

China today threatened to send its Navy into Hawaiian waters in the latest round of sabre rattling in the Pacific after Australia, the US and Britain announced a new naval alliance in the region.  Four Chinese vessels have already been spotted sailing off the coast of Alaska this week in a display of naval power amid increasing tensions as a global nuclear submarine pact was signed to take on Beijing.  A  Chinese guided-missile cruiser, guided-missile destroyer, general intelligence vessel, and an auxiliary vessel were spotted off the coast of Alaska’s Aleutian Islands during surveillance…