Since early 2016 when Tsai Ing-wen became president and her party, the Democratic Progressive Party, took control of the legislature, Taiwan’s defense spending has been below par. It has also been lower than Tsai promised.
In May 2018, China and Japan agreed to start operating a maritime and air liaison mechanism, aiming to avert accidental clashes and avoid military misunderstanding and misjudgment in the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands.
ASEAN’s plans to strengthen connectivity has prompted and heightened competition between the two Asian giants of China and Japan, particularly in the areas of infrastructure financing and high-speed rail construction.
The US is preparing for a new round of tariffs on USD 200 billion worth of Chinese products, following an earlier 25 percent tax on USD 34 billion in Chinese imports. The second wave of tariffs includes finished products sought after by the average US consumer.
The US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley Randhawa, recently visited India. During her visit, Haley met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and discussed a gamut of issues pertaining to the India-US bilateral relationship.
President Donald Trump announced the US would be applying tariffs amounting to USD 34 billion on certain Chinese goods imported by the US, commencing from midnight of July 6, 2018. The liberal Western media responded as if the sky was going to fall.
The recent announcement that six albinos in Malawi plan to fight the violent prejudice against albinism by contesting in next year’s elections has brought renewed attention to the plight of albinos in Malawi and other African countries.
In contrast to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s passionate stance against Western meddling on domestic affairs, he is largely viewed as having a passive attitude towards Chinese intrusions within Philippine maritime territory.
The killing of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan chief Mullah Fazlullah in a US drone strike in Afghanistan is a major blow to the terror group. Fazlullah’s killing will further undermine TTP’s organizational coherence, possibly paving way for more defections.