Submerged optimism in the South China Sea: Inquirer columnist, Asia News & Top Stories

MANILA (PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – On the morning it was announced that the President had lifted the moratorium on oil exploration in the West Philippine Sea, the shares of PXP Energy went up nearly 50 per cent. Forum Energy, a PXP subsidiary, has a pending project in Recto Bank. The suspension of oil exploration was imposed in 2014 and formalised in March 2015, because, as Forum Energy stated at the time, “the Philippine Department of Energy has granted a force majeure on Service Contract 72 (SC 72) because…

Top US diplomat calls China elephant in the room at India-US Forum

A top US envoy speaking in New Delhi has called China “an elephant in the room” and said Washington is keen to advance India’s interests across the Indo-Pacific region. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun said the US was exploring ways to empower India without altering what he called New Delhi’s “strong and proud tradition of strategic autonomy”. Mr Biegun spoke yesterday in New Delhi at the opening session of the India-US Forum as his three-day visit to India kicked off. US diplomat Stephen Beigun said the US was exploring…

From chumps to champs: Lakers’ long road back to the top

LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts after winning the 2020 NBA Championship over the Miami Heat in Game Six of the 2020 NBA Finals. Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images/AFP Four years after hitting rock bottom, the Los Angeles Lakers are back on top of the basketball world. With a 106-93 victory over the Miami Heat in game six of the NBA Finals on Sunday, the Lakers took a 4-2 series victory and clinched a record-equalling 17th NBA championship. The triumph marked the final stop on what has been a…

Cambodia confirms US-funded defence facility has been razed, SE Asia News & Top Stories

PHNOM PENH • Cambodia has razed a United States-funded defence facility on its southern coast, the deputy prime minister confirmed yesterday, the latest move in the ongoing controversial expansion of a strategically crucial naval base being developed with Chinese aid. The Wall Street Journal reported last year on a secret draft deal allowing China to dock warships at the Ream naval base near the kingdom’s coastal city of Sihanoukville. But Cambodia – awash in recent years with Chinese investments – has strenuously denied the report, although Premier Hun Sen has…

Top 4 Electric Vehicle Myths Debunked

The Philippines is gearing up for a major shift in the automotive industry to electric vehicles (EVs) as Nissan prepares to bring the much-awaited Nissan LEAF to the Philippines. But before the icon of Nissan Intelligent Mobility arrives in the country, Nissan shares the top four electric vehicle myths and debunks them all.  Myth #1: EVs are slow  A recent experiment raced the Nissan LEAF against the fastest elements of nature – fire and wind, with the famous EV winning with its celebrated acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in…

China s top diplomat fails to restore strained ties with Europe-ANI

New York [US], September 5 (ANI): China’s bid to mend its strained ties with European countries did not get much traction during a recent five-day Europe visit by Foreign Minister and State Councillor Wang Yi.The article, which appeared in Bloomberg, explains how China’s coercive diplomacy is backfiring in European countries.In Rome, where Wang began his official tour, he had to handle China’s relationship with Canada and Italy. This is because Italian officials helped to arrange a previously unscheduled meeting with Canadian Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne.It is to be noted that…

Chinese bus offers new evidence of airborne coronavirus spread, study says, East Asia News & Top Stories

WASHINGTON (AFP) – A person on a poorly ventilated Chinese bus infected nearly two dozen other passengers with coronavirus even though many weren’t sitting close by, according to research published on Tuesday (Sept 1) that offers fresh evidence the disease can spread in the air. Health authorities had initially discounted the possibility that simply breathing could send infectious micro-droplets into the air, but did a U-turn as experts piled on pressure and evidence mounted. The article published on Tuesday in JAMA Internal Medicine probes the threat of airborne infection by…

Defying China, Philippines to continue patrolling Spratlys in South China Sea, SE Asia News & Top Stories

MANILA – The Philippines will continue patrolling the Spratlys in the South China Sea, ignoring a warning from China to stop “illegal provocations” in waters around the disputed island chain. “We’re going to continue our patrol because it’s ours. That’s all there is to it, and then they (China) will continue to call it an illegal provocation… but that’s their right. It’s a free world. We can’t stop another country from talking,” Foreign Minister Teodoro Locsin said in an interview on ABS-CBN News Channel on Wednesday (Aug 26). China last…

Asian Insider, August 24: Philippines refutes China’s claims over South China Sea, Sonia Gandhi offers to resign from Congress, Abe’s second visit to hospital, Asia News & Top Stories

Hi,  In today’s bulletin: Coronavirus continues to spread and raise alarm; Philippines refutes China’s claims over South China Sea; Singapore’s 14th Parliament opens, Sonia Gandhi offers to quit India’s leading opposition party after letter of dissent, US President Donald Trump threatens decoupling of US economy from China; Japanese premier Shinzo Abe’s health raises concern, and more. Reading this on the web or know someone who might enjoy receiving Asian Insider? Our sign-up page is here. COVID-19: SEOUL MANDATES MASKS, CORONAVIRUS IN ROHINGYA CAMPS, LIFE NEAR NORMAL IN CHINA Coronavirus continued its rampage…

Taiwan warns of accidental conflict as regional tensions rise, East Asia News & Top Stories

TAIPEI (REUTERS) – The risk of accidental conflict is rising because of tension in the South China Sea and around Taiwan and communication must be maintained to reduce the risk of miscalculation, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said on Thursday (Aug 27). Democratic Taiwan, claimed by Beijing as “sacred” Chinese territory, has complained of Chinese military activities near the island, in what it says is an attempt to force Taiwan to accept Chinese sovereignty. The United States and China have also been conducting military exercises near Taiwan and in the disputed…