Partly due to his prolonged and serious illness, Tran Dai Quang, who died on Friday, did not have a very positive impact on Vietnam’s domestic and foreign policies during his two-and-a-half-year tenure as the country’s president. However, he did do a few remarkable things to raise Vietnam’s image and interests on the world stage. One of these was probably his speech at the 38th Singapore Lecture, organized by the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) and chaired by Singapore’s deputy prime minister and coordinating minister for national security, Teo Chee Hean, during his state visit to Singapore – and his maiden overseas trip as Vietnam’s head of state – in August 2016. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox In that speech, the first such by a Vietnamese leader, he said: “In addition to opportunities and advantages, the world is faced also with many grave difficulties and challenges” that … [Read more...] about Quang warned against ‘might-makes-right’ mindset
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caption Theresa May is heading towards a no-deal Brexit source Neil Hall / Reuters; Yves Herman / Reuters; Samantha Lee / Business Insider LONDON – As the UK edges towards Brexit with little sign of an agreement, the once-unthinkable prospect of a no-deal Brexit has become a realistic one. On Thursday, the UK government will publish its first batch of no-deal technical notices, advising businesses and consumers on how it is preparing for the prospect of leaving the EU empty-handed. But while ministers continue to insist that “no deal would be better than a bad deal,” the truth is that the consequences of such a messy exit would stretch to almost every corner of British life. They would threaten cancer treatments, food and medicine supplies, insurance policies, and the functioning of the NHS, as well as the existence of entire industries within the UK. Here are just some of the things that could happen if May fails to secure a Brexit deal. The NHS … [Read more...] about How a no-deal Brexit could cripple Britain
In one of his international homilies last year, Xi Jinping said that in our world today, “the law of the jungle where the strong prey on the weak and the zero-sum game are rejected.” But China’s recent landing of an H-6K bomber on a disputed island in the South China Sea is another signal that the Asian giant is not practicing what its leader preached. Reading the Chinese president’s addresses to international audiences, one may get the impression that China is the world’s most benign, altruistic, peaceful and international-law-abiding nation. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox Take his keynote speech at the United Nations Office in Geneva in January 2017, for example. In that address, Xi solemnly stated: “China’s proposition is: Build a community of shared future for mankind and achieve shared and win-win development.” He recalled the Peace of Westphalia’s principles of equality and … [Read more...] about Is Beijing using ‘law of the jungle’ in South China Sea?
HOLLYWOOD — Lucasfilm presents “Solo: A Star Wars Story” charts the adventure-filled past of Han Solo, the iconic galactic scoundrel and one of the most beloved characters in cinema history. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo will meet his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounter the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that sets the course of one of the “Star Wars” saga’s most unlikely heroes. Directed by Ron Howard, the fun-filled galactic heist movie stars Alden Ehrenreich (“Hail, Caesar!,” “Tetro”), Woody Harrelson (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” “The Messenger”), Emilia Clarke (“Me Before You,” “Game of Thrones”), Donald Glover (“Spider-Man: Homecoming,” “The Martian”), Thandie Newton (“Gringo,” “Crash”), Phoebe Waller-Bridge … [Read more...] about ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’: 12 things to know
2017. What a year. As the clock is about to click over into 2018 we look back at another busy year on the island. From scams to bus crashes, corrupt officials to shootings, boat crashes to lifeguard contracts, we remember the biggest news stories on the island for the past 12 months. January The year started with the first of many bus crashes, mostly involving tourists who probably saved up for some time to have a happy and joyous holiday on a tropical island, only to end up in hospital pondering how their holiday went so horribly wrong. STORY HERE. An American drug suspect was finally tracked down in nearby Krabi after visiting Thailand numbers times. When he was eventually located he was found, Alexander Rosen was working as a teacher. STORY HERE. The prospect of a new airport, not too far away from Phuket, to ease the air traffic at PIA and provide better access to Phang Nga was mooted and much discussed in 2017. Bangkok Airways has been consulting with Government and … [Read more...] about 2017