Geopolitics

Geopolitics

Imelda’s Dream Fulfilled As Family Regains Power

Decades after fleeing the Philippines with bags and boxes stuffed with jewels, gold and cash, former first lady Imelda Marcos has achieved her ultimate ambition: her son winning the presidency. The frail but flamboyant 92-year-old matriarch has been the driving force in the family's comeback from exile to the peak of power in the 9 May polls. President-elect Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos has described his mother as "the supreme politician in the family", one who wields a "very big influence". Known for her lavish spending, Imelda symbolises the greed of her husband Ferdinand Marcos's

Marcos Jr To Uphold South China Sea Ruling

Philippine president-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr said Thursday he would uphold an international ruling against Beijing over the disputed South China Sea (SCS), insisting he would not let China trample on Manila's maritime rights. China claims almost all of the resource-rich waterway, through which trillions of dollars in trade passes annually, with competing claims from the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam. Beijing has ignored a 2016 decision by The Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) that declared its historical claim to be without basis. Outgoing President

China Offers South Pacific Nations Security, FTAs

China has put forward plans to dramatically expand security and economic cooperation with South Pacific nations, in what one regional leader called a thinly veiled effort to lock them into "Beijing's orbit". The wide-ranging draft agreement and a five-year plan, both obtained by AFP, will be the subject of discussion during Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi's tour of Pacific nations, which began Thursday. The package would offer 10 small island states millions of dollars in Chinese assistance, the prospect of a China-Pacific Islands free trade agreement (FTA) and access to China's lucrative

Marcos Jr Proclaimed Next Philippine President

Ferdinand Marcos Jr was Wednesday proclaimed the next Philippine president after a landslide win that rights groups and religious leaders fear could weaken the corruption-prone country's democracy. Marcos, who formally takes office next month, secured more than 31.6 million votes, or 58.8 percent of the total, according to a final tally released by parliament. He was the first presidential candidate to win an outright majority since his dictator father, who presided over widespread graft and human rights abuses, was ousted by a popular revolt in 1986. A joint session of the House of

Energy

Thai, Malaysian Firms Pull Out Of Myanmar Project

Thailand's oil and gas conglomerate PTTEP and Malaysia's Petronas announced Friday they would withdraw from the Yetagun gas project in coup-hit Myanmar. There has been an exodus of global energy companies from Myanmar…

Wind And Solar Reach Milestone As Demand Surges

Wind and solar generated 10 percent of global electricity for the first time in 2021, a new analysis shows. 50 countries get more than a tenth of their power from wind and solar sources, according to research from…

Geothermal Key To Philippines’ Energy Demand

Today, there are nearly eight billion people living on the planet. As this number continues to grow, the need for water, food, land, and energy will also rise. The climate is one of the earth’s fundamental life support…

The World's Slow Transition To Cleaner Energy

The transition towards cleaner energy has made progress but not quick enough to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius, as agreed in the 2015 Paris climate agreement. While the COVID-19 pandemic initially…

Markets

China Issues Warning On COVID-Hit Economy

China's premier called for more to be done to stabilise the world's second-largest economy, issuing an unusually stark warning as the country's zero-COVID strategy bites into growth. China is the last major economy…

Food Crisis: Malaysia Bans Chicken Exports

Malaysia says it will cut the export of chickens from the start of June because of shortages in the country. Elsewhere in Asia, India has banned wheat exports, while Indonesia blocked overseas sales of palm oil. It…

AirAsia Faces Backlash Over Pandemic Refunds

Malaysia’s AirAsia is facing a wave of complaints from customers who say they have still not been refunded for flights that were cancelled or rescheduled during the pandemic. AirAsia and its subsidiary AirAsia X (AAX…

Global Stocks Rally Eyeing China Reopening

Global stock markets rallied Tuesday on hopes that China will ease its weeks-long COVID lockdown and gradually reopen businesses. European exchanges closed higher and Wall Street's main indices also rose, spurred as…

Technology

Indonesia’s ‘Crazy Rich’ Influencers Arrested

Indonesian influencers Indra Kesuma and Doni Salmanan lived the kind of lives most people can only dream of. On his now-deleted Instagram, 25-year-old Kesuma, aka Indra Kenz, regularly posted pictures of himself posing…

How China Is Using AI, Big Data To Fight COVID

Sitting at the entrance of Chengdu’s East Railway Station, Fu Guobin stared at a screen displaying infrared images of people passing through the station’s gates. As each person entered, a number popped up next to their…

Airlines Vs 5G: What Are The Concerns?

Airlines have voiced concern that the rollout of 5G mobile technology in the United States (US) could cause potentially dangerous interference with aircraft systems. Verizon and AT&T were activating their networks…

Pandemic Exploited To Normalise Mass Surveillance?

The COVID-19 pandemic was exploited as an excuse to further normalise surveillance and monitor an increasing number of daily activities of people around the world under the guise of public health, a tech watchdog warned…

Environment

Monkeypox Isn’t What We Should Be Worried About

In the past three weeks there have been nearly 100 cases and 18 human deaths from a rare tick-borne disease in Iraq; a fourth case of the Ebola virus and more than 100 cases of bubonic plague have been found in the…

Monkeypox: How Worried Should We Be?

As the world continues to battle COVID-19 and many countries look at ways to recover from the pandemic, a new virus is making headlines worldwide. The monkeypox virus is now thought to be nearing 100 cases in 12…

Seven Killed After Fire Engulfs Philippine Ferry

At least seven people were killed and scores plucked to safety in the Philippines Monday after a fire ripped through a ferry and forced passengers to jump overboard, coast guard and witnesses said. The blaze broke out…

Is Our Food System About To Collapse?

For the past few years, scientists have been frantically sounding an alarm that governments refuse to hear: the global food system is beginning to look like the global financial system in the run-up to 2008. While…