Wen Xin Lim is a Research Associate at IPP Review. She worked as a Research Assistant at the East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore from 2014-2015. She obtained her B. Soc. Science (Hons) in Economics & Chinese Studies from the National University of Singapore in 2013.
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By Wen Xin Lim - 22 Aug 2017
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recently completed his voyage to Southeast Asia, after attending the August 2017 ASEAN Forum in the Philippines and thereafter visiting Malaysia and Thailand.
The US occupation of the Philippines overwhelmed the country with much Americanness in the cultural, social, and political aspects. Yet the search for a Philippine national identity under colonialism drew its people into negative postcolonial mental scripts.
During his presidential campaign, US president-elect Donald Trump repeatedly stressed that he would rebuild US’ deteriorating infrastructure by pumping USD 550 billion into an aggressive plan to ensure better and more effective transportation and network systems.
While Chinese tourists are welcomed due to their increased spending power, their ill manners and rude behaviors unfortunately put the host countries in a difficult position and also tarnish China’s reputation as a whole.
Footage of Queen Elizabeth II making an unguarded comment on China’s diplomats leaked out early this month. Be it cultural difference or misunderstanding, a big question that should be addressed by China is, who is its true friend after all?