Countries including Japan and the United States are on the brink of losing their military technological edge over China and should deepen bilateral defence cooperation to shore up their supremacy, a senior Japanese defence official said on Monday. The stark warning, issued by Suzuki Atsuo, of Japan’s agency overseeing military research and development, comes as Washington embarks on its own defence technology-sharing pact with Britain and Australia, widely seen as a counter to China’s growing military presence in the Indo-Pacific. Aukus , as the alliance is known, focuses on defence-related areas including artificial intelligence (AI), quantum technology, cybersecurity and underwater capabilities – all areas in which Tokyo, too, is keenly interested, Suzuki said. Do you have questions about the biggest topics and trends from around the world? Get the answers with SCMP Knowledge , our new platform of curated content with explainers, FAQs, analyses and infographics brought to ... » Learn More about Japan, US risk losing military tech edge to China, Tokyo official says
An online celebrity famous for her work with children in rural schools in central China has been exposed for collecting donations from the public without a charity licence. Gina Long Jingjing, who has a master’s degree in social work from New York’s Columbia University, which she has used to build her profile, was previously hailed in China as the “most beautiful rural teacher” with an overseas degree. Earlier this month a man surnamed Xu tipped off the Changsha Civil Affairs Bureau that Long’s company had collected donations from the public even though it was not a licensed charity, Thepaper reported. Long’s previously pristine image has taken a hit since the story broke, with many people accusing her of using disadvantaged children to personally profit. In a Weibo post written on Saturday (Sept 25), Long, 28, admitted to breaking the law when she published a QR code online to accept donations, but she defended her actions by saying she was unaware she was breaking the law. ... » Learn More about China’s ‘most beautiful teacher’ exposed for collecting money with fake charity
An online celebrity famous for her work with children in rural schools in central China has been exposed for collecting donations from the public without a charity licence. Gina Long Jingjing, who has a master’s degree in social work from New York’s Columbia University, which she has used to build her profile, was previously hailed in China as the “most beautiful rural teacher” with an overseas degree. Earlier this month a man surnamed Xu tipped off the Changsha Civil Affairs Bureau that Long’s company had collected donations from the public even though it was not a licensed charity, Thepaper reported. Do you have questions about the biggest topics and trends from around the world? Get the answers with SCMP Knowledge , our new platform of curated content with explainers, FAQs, analyses and infographics brought to you by our award-winning team. Long’s previously pristine image has taken a hit since the story broke, with many people accusing her of using disadvantaged children ... » Learn More about China’s ‘most beautiful teacher’, famed for work in poor schools, exposed collecting money with fake charity
Image:Instagram/@therealangellocsin Angel Locsin could not help but fangirl over the Irish rock band U2 when she saw their concert at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan yesterday, Dec. 4. “Buong buhay kong pinangarap to (I dreamed of this my whole life)!” she said in her Instagram post yesterday. “Maraming salamat (many thanks) @u2,” she added. “Mahal kita (I love you) Bono!” She accompanied her post with photos and clips from the event. The band was performing a number of their hit songs such as “Pride (In the Name of Love)”, “With Or Without You” and “Elevation”. Meanwhile, Locsin also included a video of her squealing “oh my god!” repeatedly amid screams from fellow concert-goers. Locsin noted that she wanted to cry because she kept jumping during the concert, which stopped her from taking good videos. Despite her lack of clips from the night, she stressed that she still enjoyed the event. “Yes Bono? Tawag mo ko? (Are you calling me?)” the actress joked as Bono, the ... » Learn More about Angel Locsin fangirls over U2 in Japan: ‘Buong buhay kong pinangarap ‘to’
The US-ASEAN Expanded Economic Engagement (E3) Initiative is a framework to promote increased trade, investment, and economic cooperation between the US and ASEAN. The E3 Initiative was originally launched at a US-ASEAN Leaders Meeting in Cambodia in 2012. It was part of then-US president Barack Obama’s “pivot to Asia” policy, as his country sought to make Southeast Asia a higher strategic priority in its foreign policy. Here, we offer an overview of the E3 Initiative and its importance for foreign investors in Southeast Asia. The E3 Initiative at a glance The US made the E3 Initiative a priority in 2012 to signal the country’s economic and political commitment to Southeast Asia, which had historically been uneven. Although the US and ASEAN already had a Trade and Investment Facilitation Agreement (TIFA) in place since 2006, the E3 Initiative promised increased efforts to facilitate trade and investment, strengthen the efficiency and competitiveness of trade flows and ... » Learn More about The US-ASEAN Expanded Economic Engagement Initiative
Presidential aspirant Isko Moreno has been on the receiving end of criticism for what people call fence-sitting or a lack of categorical answers when it comes to issues like Leila de Lima and the Duterte war on drugs. He’s been called “Duterte Lite” or “Duterte 2.0” as people speculate that his lack of clarity is proof that he is a puppet being controlled by President Rodrigo Duterte or that he would adopt his controversial policies if elected into Malacañang. Then there’s the sneering at a man once invited by opposition coalition 1Sambayan and suspected of being impostor who does not represent the “true opposition.” Veteran journalist and Inquirer columnist John Nery wrote that there's no way Isko can now be considered an opposition candidate. Two political analysts say fence-sitting is nothing new and Moreno likely won’t be the only candidate to be accused of this in the months ahead. With President Duterte still enjoying fairly high ... » Learn More about Duterte Lite: Is fence-sitting a sin or strategy in 2022 elections?
Zoox, Amazon’s autonomous robotaxi. Image: Zoox via AFP Relaxnews. Amazon is showing off its self-driving vehicle ambitions with its Zoox project, named after the startup recently acquired by the American giant. It is an electric, self-driving robotaxi prototype, with capacity for four passengers. Zoox is a relatively compact vehicle, but spacious enough to seat four people. It is bidirectional (it can be driven forward or backward) and its four small guide wheels make it easy to park. Without a driver or even a steering wheel, Zoox can reach a top speed of 75 miles per hour in both ways. Its massive 133-kWh battery offers a 16-hour range, which means it can function all day without a break and charge up at night. Zoox is equipped with AI and traffic management systems, meaning it can anticipate potential dangers to avoid on the road (other vehicles, pedestrians, and animals, for example). It boasts several cameras, radars and lidar technologies leading to a 360-degree view of ... » Learn More about Amazon unveils fully self-driving robotaxi called Zoox