Water Wars: Speaker Pelosi’s Taiwan Visit Ignites U.S.-China Tensions

Shinzo Abe Leaves Behind Indo-Pacific Legacy Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was assassinated on July 8 in Nara, Japan, during a speech at a campaign event. The longest-serving prime minister of Japan, Abe left behind a legacy that includes the revitalization of Japan’s security role in the Asia-Pacific region and the creation of the “Indo-Pacific.” In the face of an increasingly powerful China and concerning developments in North Korea, Abe worked tirelessly to bolster Japan’s security role in the region. Abe notably converted Japan’s Defense Agency to a Defense…

India’s Challenge to Belt and Road in Asia

Over the past few years, and most notably during recent border clashes in Ladakh’s Galwan valley, China-India relations have been visibly more acrimonious, confusing, and inimical in diplomatic and military domains, despite their huge mutual business interests. In 2021, trade between the two neighbors grew by 44 percent. India’s imports from China grew from $66.7 billion in 2020 to $97.5 billion, and during the same period, the volume of Indian exports to China jumped to $28.1 billion, displaying hefty growth of 34.9 percent. But ironically, this gigantic volume of bilateral…

Cabaero, Catantan, Gervacio, Davies lead winners in ONE CF meet – Manila Bulletin

Philippine fencing team training pool members Robert Cabaero and Ysa Catantan dominated the 23-under category, while Keonn Davies and Meg Gervacio emerged as winners in the 17-under division in the 4th ONE Canlas Fencing Competition at the SM City Sta. Mesa in Manila. Jodie Tan of St. Jude Catholic School/Canlas Fencing, second from left, clinches the gold medal in the 12-under women’s individual foil category in the 4th ONE Canlas Fencing Competition last Saturday at SM City Sta. Mesa in Manila. Also in photo are silver medalist Nicol Canlas of…

Rain forecast for parts of southern, eastern Taiwan Tuesday

Taipei, Aug. 9 (CNA) A cloud system from the south is expected to bring occasional showers or thunderstorms to eastern Taiwan and the Hengchun Peninsula in the south on Tuesday, while other areas will see mostly sunny skies, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB). The only other threat of rain will come in mountainous areas around the island, with thundershowers forecast in mountains in western and northeastern Taiwan and heavy rain expected in mountains in central and southern Taiwan, according to the CWB. Daytime highs of 34-35 degrees Celsius…

Tale of two ships – How Delhi is asserting Indianness of the Indian Ocean to China

History is colliding with the present this week as the tales of two ships show the incredible change in India’s place in the world in just half a century. US and USSR enter Indian Ocean On 9 August 1971, 51 years ago, India and the Soviet Union signed the Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation, on the eve of the war with Pakistan. The treaty was one element, albeit a crucial one, in then-Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s network of ambitious decisions, building not just a strategic tie with the Soviet Union, but also the case for Bangladesh in key capitals…

Guadiz vows to address ‘slow’ LTO transactions as complaints mount – Manila Bulletin

Newly-installed Land Transportation Office (LTO) chief Teofilo Guadiz vowed to double the efforts in expediting all the transactions in the agency amid complaints of slow processing of documents from getting driver’s license and its renewal, as well as registration of vehicles, which, some critics attributed to its new IT system. In a media interview, Guadiz acknowledged the glitches of the Land Transportation and Management System (LTMS) amid reports that it now takes up to five days before the transaction is completed compared to the previous system wherein transactions are completed…

China versus Taiwan, the American response to the crisis

China is burning fuel after 82 year old Congress Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the number three person in the U.S. government hierarchy, left Taiwan. Large-scale exercises that the People’s Liberation Army of China (PLA) began around the island on August 4, just in time for the visit of the American guest, were supposed to end. Yesterday Beijing extended the duration of the manoeuvres by several days. Parts of the PLA continue to fire rockets and artillery shells at vast areas of water off the Taiwanese coast. The Chinese authorities said they…

China’s Taiwan drills a bid to control East, South China seas: Wu

TAIPEI — Taiwan’s foreign minister said Tuesday that China’s military activities around the island betray Beijing’s geostrategic ambitions to change the status quo in the area. “China seems to be targeting Taiwan now, but its activities around the world have shown that its motivation is far beyond Taiwan,” Joseph Wu told reporters in Taipei. “China is now determined to link the East and South China Seas to the Taiwan Strait so this entire area would become its internal water — and its intentions are not likely to stop there.” Source…

‘Nakaka emo yung bilis’ – Manila Bulletin

First-time mom Angelica Panganiban on pregnancy: ‘Nakaka emo yung bilis’ Now in her 33rd week, Angelica Panganiban couldn’t help but feel emotional waiting for the arrival of her first baby. On Instagram, the 35-year-old star said that they’re now down to their “last two long drives.” “Last two long drives love.. then manila based na tayo waiting for our bean.. pagbalik natin ng subic, may bitbit na tayong baby,” she wrote. Angelica added: “Nakaka emo yung bilis ng mga pangyayari. But at the same time, game na game na ko…