As Washington pursues a “free and open Indo-Pacific” foreign policy under the Trump administration, many onlookers have struggled to define exactly what that policy will mean for those in the Indo-Pacific region. Among those onlookers anxiously awaiting details of the US strategy are the Taiwanese, who since 1979 have come under the security blanket of the US Taiwan Relations Act. While not equivalent to the mutual defense treaty in place from 1955 until 1979, the act does seek “to provide Taiwan with arms of a defensive character; and to maintain the capacity of the United States to resist any resort to force or other forms of coercion that would jeopardize the security, or the social or economic system, of the people on Taiwan.” The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox Yet in recent months, as Beijing ramps up pressure on Taiwan, some analysts are again questioning the strength of that commitment, as an “America … [Read more...] about What a US free and open Pacific policy means for Taiwan
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caption A cyclist rides beneath Oxford’s Bridge of Sighs. source Oli Scarff/Getty Images College in the United Kingdom looks very different than the United States, despite a shared language and history. UK college students pay less for education, have a different grading system, and spend less time completing their degrees compared to American students. Whether you’re preparing to study abroad or are just curious about the cultural differences, here are six ways college is different in the UK and US. Although they share a language and parts of history, the United States and the United Kingdom are still verydistinct countrieswith a number of cultural differences. The difference in higher education is particularly pronounced. I’m an American who studied abroad in Scotland, so I learned a lot about these differences firsthand. In addition, I’m married to a Brit, and my husband and … [Read more...] about 6 ways college is different in the US and the UK
source Samantha Lee / Business Insider Starting this week, chain restaurants are required to post calorie counts on their menus as part of the 2010 Affordable Care Act. The measure is designed to help people eat healthier, but it’s important to remember where calories come from in the first place – and to know that they’re not the end-all, be-all when it comes to nutrition. In 1918, a Los Angeles physician played a major role in popularizing the calorie as a way of losing weight. It was the first mention of the word in popular culture – and the world’s first viral diet book. Standing before a room of women in Los Angeles, Lulu Hunt Peters wrote a word on a blackboard that she said held the keys to empowerment. It was a word most of her audience had never heard before. Peters insisted it was just as important as terms like “foot” … [Read more...] about Restaurant chains now put calorie counts on their menus — and it’s part of a 100-year-old American obsession that started with a California doctor
At the top of the Old Tianmu Trail in Taipei sits an unusual neighborhood of one-story American-style suburban ranch houses. Many of the houses are in decrepit shape, though some have been remodeled as restaurants and high-end residences. The houses were originally built to accommodate United States Armed Forces sent during the Korean War to defend Taiwan from an impending attack by mainland Chinese forces. As Michael Green recounts in his new book By More than Providence, US president Harry Truman ordered the dispatch of the Seventh Fleet to Taiwanese waters in the wake of the Soviet-backed attack on South Korea and Chinese plans for the invasion of Taiwan. Truman told the American public that “in these circumstances, the occupation of Formosa by Communist forces would be a direct threat to the security of the Pacific area.” The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox US troops were eventually withdrawn from Taiwan in 1979, and nowadays, … [Read more...] about Will Bolton push for US troops on Taiwan?
source Youtube Fox News host Tucker Carlson suggested during his show on Friday night that California has the worst quality of life in the US because of mass immigration from Latin America. The suggestion was part of a larger conversation about a recent US News and World Report ranking that placed California last in terms of quality of life among the 50 US states. Other conservatives used the report as political fodder to criticize the state’s left-leaning government. Primetime Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson used a segment during his show Friday night to focus on a recent report that rated California last in terms of quality of life among the 50 US states. “How do you take a place that was as world famous as Eden and in 50 years, make it the worst place in America?” Carlson asked his guest, radio talk show host Ethan Bearman. When Bearman suggested that … [Read more...] about Tucker Carlson suggests California is turning into a third world country because of poor Latin American immigrants