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  • US still most trusted Philippines ally – Pulse Asia

    01/14/2019 7:11:47 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Philippine Star ^ | 01/14/2019 | Helen Flores
    MANILA, Philippines — The United States has remained the country most trusted by Filipinos, and Russia and China the least, according to the latest Pulse Asia survey. The poll, taken from Dec. 14 to 21 last year, showed 84 percent of Filipinos saying the Philippines should extend “a great deal/fair amount of trust” to the US. This was higher than the 79 percent recorded in March 2017. The US was followed by Japan and Australia with trust ratings of 75 percent and 72 percent, respectively. Great Britain/United Kingdom obtained 57 percent. Reacting to the survey result, Malacañang expressed optimism Filipinos’...
  • Russia will buy Bitcoin to avoid US sanctions, economist claims

    01/14/2019 1:23:42 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Asia Times ^ | 01/14/2019 | Luke Thompson
    A high-profile Moscow economist has reportedly said the Russian government is looking to invest in Bitcoin next month. Australian crypto news website micky.com claims to have spoken with Vladislav Ginko, a lecturer at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration in Moscow. “US sanctions may be mitigated only through Bitcoin use,” the site quoted Ginko as saying. “I believe that the Russia [government] will start diversifying its reserves with Bitcoin in February this year when US Congress will introduce… new sanctions against Russia,” he reportedly said. Ginko estimated that the first wave of Russian investment in crypto...
  • Singapore, Vietnam shortlisted for second Trump-Kim summit: Report

    01/10/2019 8:28:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | January 11, 2019
    Shortlisted venues for a second summit between United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are likely to include Singapore and Vietnam, South Korean media reported on Friday (Jan 11). “(The venues you should pay attention to) are those mentioned by media including Vietnam, Singapore and Hawaii,” a South Korean foreign affairs ministry official told the Korean Herald, speaking on condition of anonymity. “But Hawaii is said to be an unrealistic location as it doesn’t have a North Korean embassy there,” the report quoted another official as saying. Although the South Korean government hoped the truce...
  • South Korea Raised Taxes in Bid for Growth. So Far, It’s Not Working.

    01/10/2019 4:27:17 PM PST · by Theoria · 21 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 09 Jan 2019 | Michael Schuman
    In contrast to President Trump, President Moon Jae-in of South Korea has embraced a pro-labor program of higher wages and taxes. The early results have been discouraging. As President Trump leads a drive to slash taxes and pare back regulation, one major economy is taking a different approach. Under President Moon Jae-in, South Korea has raised taxes and the minimum wage in the name of economic growth. So far, it hasn’t worked out as planned. Growth has slowed, unemployment has risen and small-business owners like Moon Seung are complaining. Mr. Moon, founder of an auto parts maker called Dasung in...
  • Exclusive: New documents link Huawei to suspected front companies in Iran, Syria

    01/08/2019 12:28:26 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | 01/08/2019 | Steve Stecklow, Babak Dehghanpisheh, James Pomfret
    The U.S. case against the chief financial officer of China’s Huawei Technologies, who was arrested in Canada last month, centers on the company’s suspected ties to two obscure companies. One is a telecom equipment seller that operated in Tehran; the other is that firm’s owner, a holding company registered in Mauritius. U.S. authorities allege CFO Meng Wanzhou deceived international banks into clearing transactions with Iran by claiming the two companies were independent of Huawei, when in fact Huawei controlled them. Huawei has maintained the two are independent: equipment seller Skycom Tech Co Ltd and shell company Canicula Holdings Ltd. But...
  • Thinking of visiting Japan? From today, there’ll be a tax to pay whenever you leave the country

    01/07/2019 9:55:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Japan began levying a 1,000 yen (US$9.24) departure tax on Monday, payable by anyone leaving the country by aircraft or ship, in a measure aimed at raising funds to further boost tourism. The International Tourist Tax covers everyone regardless of nationality, from businesspeople to holidaymakers older than two years of age. It will be tacked on to the price of an airline ticket, though those bought and issued before Monday are exempt. Japan’s government estimates that it will make an additional 50 billion yen (US$462 million) from the tax, which it wants to use to improve tourism infrastructure by making...
  • Japanese 'Tuna King' pays record $3M for prized bluefin Tuna at famed Tokyo fish auction

    01/05/2019 11:08:08 AM PST · by DFG · 40 replies
    Fox News ^ | 01/05/2019 | Lukas Mikelionis
    Self-described Japanese "Tuna King" Kiyoshi Kimura paid a record $3 million for a 612-pound (278-kilogram) bluefin tuna at the first new year's auction in Tokyo on Saturday. The winning sum for the prized and threatened species at the auction was more than double the previous record from the annual New Year auction, set in 2013. Kimura, the owner of Kiyomura Corp who also runs the Sushi Zanmai chain, is a regular winner of the annual auctions. He told Japanese broadcaster NHK that he was surprised by the price this year, but didn’t regret the purchase. “The quality of the tuna...
  • Tokyo: Nine Injured After Car Rams Pedestrians in ‘Terror Attack’

    01/01/2019 10:43:23 AM PST · by rktman · 11 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 12/31/2018 | J Kaplan
    Nine people are hurt after a driver deliberately rammed his vehicle into pedestrians in the Shibuya Ward in Tokyo on New Year’s Day in what the suspect told law enforcement was an act of terror, according to Japanese media. 21-year-old Kazuhiro Kusakabe was reportedly arrested in Tokyo on suspicion of attempted murder after plowing his rental car, fitted with an Osaka license plate, into people on the Takeshita Street in the city’s Harajuku district, which was closed to vehicles for the first day of the year. One unnamed source revealed to Kyodo News that the suspect told police that he...
  • Japan to have first aircraft carriers since World War II

    12/17/2018 10:59:27 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 41 replies
    cnn ^ | 12/18/2018
    In its 10-year Defense Program Guidelines, Tokyo said it will buy 42 of the stealthy F-35Bs, which are designed for short-run take offs and vertical landings. Those planes will be available for deployment aboard two flat-top ships, the JS Izumo and JS Kaga, which at more than 800 feet long and displacing 27,000 tons are the largest ships in the Japanese fleet. The Izumo and Kaga have been carrying helicopters designed for anti-submarine warfare since entering service over the past three years. They will need to have their decks reinforced to accommodate the heavier F-35Bs, as well as the heat...
  • China Detains a 2nd Canadian, Escalating Diplomatic Feud

    12/12/2018 10:57:52 PM PST · by Theoria · 12 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 12 Dec 2018 | Steven Lee Myers and Dan Bilefsky
    China appeared to intensify its punitive campaign against Canada over the arrest of a top Chinese technology executive as a second Canadian working here was detained by security officials and dropped out of contact with his government. The second case involves Michael Spavor, a writer and entrepreneur who operates a cultural organization that promotes trips into North Korea. A newspaper linked to the provincial government in Liaoning, along the border with North Korea, reported that he had been detained by security officials there on charges of “engaging in activities jeopardizing China’s national security.” Mr. Spavor gained prominence for helping arrange...
  • France warns North Korea could nuke US, Europe 'within months'

    09/01/2017 4:11:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 1 September 2017 12:35 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    France’s foreign minister warned Friday that North Korea could have the capacity to deliver a nuclear strike on the United States and even Europe “within months”. Jean-Yves Le Drian called the situation following a string of missile tests by Pyongyang “extremely serious” and urged the reclusive state to turn to dialogue to ease spiralling tensions. “We see a North Korea whose objective is to have missiles capable of transporting a nuclear weapon tomorrow,” Le Drian told RTL radio. “In a few months, that will be a reality. At that moment, when it has the capability to hit the US, even...
  • Huawei finance boss Meng Wanzhou charged by US 'had seven passports'

    12/09/2018 1:18:48 PM PST · by ifinnegan · 34 replies
    Sky News ^ | 12-8-18 | na
    US prosecutors have charged Huawei's chief financial officer with fraud, saying she had used at least seven passports in 11 years. - ...she was charged with conspiracy to defraud multiple financial institutions between 2009 and 2014. It is alleged she used Hong Kong company Skycom to access the Iranian market in deals that violated US sanctions. She allegedly assured US banks that Huawei and Skycom were different companies but prosecutors say they were one and the same. - Mr Gibb-Carsley said she had been aware of the US investigation and had avoided entering the country since March 2017, despite the...
  • Famed BBC TV Naturist Deranged Fearmongering at UN Conf.

    12/07/2018 12:28:48 AM PST · by rocknotsand · 24 replies
    David Attenborough’s climate change fearmongering makes him look a fool"by Andrew Bolt column in the Daily Telegraph (Australia) 5 Dec 2018 It’s embarrassing to see Sir David Attenborough make such a fool of himself after decades of brilliant filmmaking. Organisers of this week’s United Nations’ global warming conference, in Poland, asked the documentary superstar to make a speech that would wake the dead. And he gave it his best shot, trying to sound like an Old Testament prophet but so overdoing the fearmongering that he seemed deranged. “Right now, we are facing a man-made disaster of global scale,” he thundered....
  • Two Marine Corps Aircraft Crash off Coast of Japan: Reports

    12/05/2018 3:47:49 PM PST · by blueyon · 18 replies
    breaking911 ^ | 12/05/18 | Breaking911???
    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP BUTLER, Okinawa, Japan – Search and rescue operations were underway for U.S. Marine aircraft that were involved in a ‘mishap’ off of the coast of Japan around 2:00 a.m. Dec. 6, military officials say. The aircraft involved in the mishap had launched from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni and were conducting regularly scheduled training when the mishap occurred — reportedly a refueling exercise.
  • Trump has accomplished more than Clinton, Bush, and Obama combined - this is just the beginning

    06/13/2018 10:02:34 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 38 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 13,2018 | Newt Gingrich
    In fact, my own conversion to Trump as a very real contender only occurred after his July 11, 2015 rally in Phoenix, which led my former colleague, Vince Haley, to come in the office and say: “You had better watch what Trump is doing because his Phoenix rally was emotionally powerful when he turned the microphone over to the father whose child had been killed by an illegal immigrant.” Still, all the elites fervently believed Trump had lost the debate. The gap between the American people and the elites had never been clearer. Two years ago, in June 2016, all...
  • Newt Gingrich: Trump has accomplished more than Clinton, Bush, and Obama combined - this is just...

    06/12/2018 3:59:54 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 46 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 12, 2018 | Newt Gingrich
    Full title: Newt Gingrich: Trump has accomplished more than Clinton, Bush, and Obama combined - this is just the beginningWith his historic summit Tuesday with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, President Trump has once again done something astounding and unpredictable. Yet, the surprise over the sudden summit should not have come as a surprise at all. By now we should be used to President Trump surprising us. Consider his record over the last four years. Four years ago, in June 2014, almost no one would have dreamed Donald J. Trump would be a serious candidate for president. Then, nearly...
  • Robots come to the rescue after Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster

    11/27/2018 11:29:14 AM PST · by Tilting · 39 replies
    CBS News - 60 Minutes ^ | Nov 25, 2018 | Lesley Stahl
    Lake Barrett: It's even a bigger project in my view. But there's a will here to clean this up as there was a will to put a man on the moon. And these engineering tasks can be done successfully. Lesley Stahl: Why not just bury this place? Why not do what they did at Chernobyl? Just cover it up, bury it, and just leave it here all-- you know, enclosed? Lake Barrett: Number one this is right next to the sea. We're 100 yards from the ocean. We have typhoons here in Japan. This is also a high earthquake zone....
  • European and Asian leaders seek to boost trade, security

    10/18/2018 1:49:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 18, 2018 2:46 PM EDT | Mike Corder
    Europe and Asia should use their combined economic clout “to tackle global challenges such as trade tensions that put millions of jobs at risk” and the threat of climate change, a top European official said Thursday. European Council President Donald Tusk spoke in Brussels as he opened the Asia-Europe summit, which brought together 30 European leaders with their counterparts or top officials from 21 Asian nations. The gathering accounts for 55 percent of global trade and 60 percent of the world’s population. […] The meeting is taking place amid a trade war between the United States and China and ongoing...
  • Expect Trump to double down on the trade war with China (Short video, and article from Asia Times)

    11/24/2018 4:00:34 PM PST · by cba123 · 24 replies
    Asia Times ^ | November 20, 2018 and November 23, 2018 | William Pesek
    There are two links for this story. I started linking to the short video which I originally watched. It is from Asia Times. Basically it is almost an advertisement for the article. Runs about a minute and a half, although it mentions the major points from the article. Then there is an actual article in the Asia Times. I will also include a link to that article, for those who want to read the full thing.
  • U.S., Allies Fear Conflict With China Following Maritime Changes (link from Drudgereport)

    11/22/2018 5:01:19 AM PST · by cba123 · 6 replies
    US News ^ | November 21, 2018 | Paul D. Shinkman, Senior National Security Writer
    A LITTLE NOTICED organizational change in China's maritime patrols is causing increasing anxiety among Western military officials and their allies in the region, who fear Beijing is seeking new leverage to advance its goals and raising the likelihood that an accidental encounter could escalate into conflict. The U.S. confirmed earlier this year that China has reorganized its coast guard to serve as a military branch rather than answer to law enforcement authorities. Militarizing the formerly civilian organization provides China with the firepower to harass and intimidate vessels from other countries who dispute China's claims to waterways. The change, which Beijing...