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
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For several weeks the Paris special court will hear witness statements from survivors PARIS - Survivors of the November 2015 Paris attacks testify from Tuesday at a historic trial, facing the ordeal of reliving that night of horror in the presence of over a dozen accused in court. One by one over the coming weeks, 300 survivors as well as family members of the victims of the murderous assault on November 13 are to take the stand. The suicide bombing and gun assaults by three teams of jihadists on bars, restaurants, the Bataclan concert hall and the national stadium -- planned in Syria and later claimed by the Islamic State group -- left 130 people dead and around 350 physically injured. Some of the survivors told AFP that, as daunting as it was to tell their stories in a packed courtroom with the accused present, they felt it had to be done. "I want to go through with this, it's part of my reconstruction effort," said 31-year old Marko, who sat on a terrace at the Belle ... » Learn More about Paris attacks survivors to relive horror in trial testimony
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?
I was on a bus riding back home when I read the breaking news on my phone: Duterte appoints Vice President Leni Robredo as co-chair of gov't committee vs illegal drugs . I almost choked on my coffee. This is a ludicrous move from the Palace and only meant to shame the Vice President and critics of the failing "war on drugs." Back in 2016, the then-presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte campaigned on an anti-crime and anti-drugs platform. For the first time in recent memory, a candidate running for a national post politicized such an issue to rouse the electorate's emotions and secure their votes. This is a bold move in a country where campaigns traditionally centered on corruption, economics, and poverty. The previous mayor of Davao City even went on to say that he would put an end to crime in "3-6 months" and annihilate everyone associated with the drug trade. Never mind that countless health and crime experts around the world, including the former ... » Learn More about [OPINION] Nothing but a honeytrap: Leni Robredo’s appointment as anti-drug co-chair
Yahya, an Afghan who identifies as gay and a non-conforming person, speaks during an interview at an undisclosed location on September 28, 2021. – Many LGBTQ Afghans are haunted by the Taliban’s brutally repressive reign from 1996 to 2001 when gay men were stoned to death or crushed by toppled walls as punishment. The militants have not officially commented on the subject since they overran Kabul on August 15, 2021, but former senior judge Gul Rahim told Germany’s Bild newspaper that the death penalty would return. (Photo by – / AFP) / TO GO WITH ‘Afghanistan-Taliban-LGBTQ’ Kabul, Afghanistan — As an Afghan transgender woman, Radwin has suffered brutal sexual violence on the streets and even rejection by her family. But with the Taliban back in power, she fears she will be killed because of her identity — and she is desperate to flee the country. Trans people like Radwin have long been among the most marginalized in Afghanistan, where discrimination against the LGBTQ community ... » Learn More about ‘No future’: Trans woman fears death under Taliban
Speaker Lord Allan Velasco, together with other congressional leaders, meets with Philippine Air Force (PAF) officials led by Commanding General Lt. Gen. Allen Paredes at the House of Representatives on Monday, September 27, 2021, to discuss PAF’s modernization and priority projects for 2022. During the meeting, the Speaker expressed his support for the PAF’s plan to upgrade its fleet by buying new and modern aircrafts. Photo from the Speaker’s Office MANILA, Philippines — Speaker Lord Allan Velasco has endorsed the inclusion of the funding for the purchase of three brand new C-130J planes by the Philippine Air Force (PAF) in the proposed national budget for 2022. Velasco made the endorsement following his meeting with PAF chief Lt. Gen. Allen Paredes in the House of Representatives on Monday. “We fully support PAF’s modernization and priority projects for next year, particularly its plan to upgrade its fleet by buying brand new and modern aircrafts,” Velasco said in a statement ... » Learn More about Velasco: Include purchase of three new C-130 planes in proposed 2022 budget
National – Thailand discovered a total of 9,489 daily Covid-19 infections with 129 additional deaths in the past 24 hours, the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) reported today, September 28th. The number of daily infections becomes lower than 10,000 for the first time in the past three months. TPN media notes, however, that some critics have called out the government on not potentially recording rapid antigen test results amongst positive tests. The government, however, stated that anyone who tests positive on a rapid test must get a second confirmed RT-PCR test and that therefore the results are accurate. The fatalities were 65 men and 64 women with the most numbers recorded in Bangkok with 25. Of that, 122 were Thai nationals, three were Myanmar nationals, two were Cambodian nationals, and one of each was a Chinese and Iranian national. The age range was between 25 and 96 years old. Most of them were reported with underlying health conditions, including ... » Learn More about RECAP: Thailand finds 9,489 daily Covid-19 infections with 129 additional deaths