'Endemic Racial Discrimination' Exposed In US

The coronavirus pandemic's disproportionate impact on ethnic minorities, and protests triggered by George Floyd's death, have laid bare "endemic inequalities" in the United States, the UN rights chief said Tuesday, urging action.Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, warned that the COVID-19 crisis has had a worse impact on racial and ethnic minorities in the United States and a range of other countries."This virus is exposing endemic inequaliti

3 June 2020

Philippine Exit From Key US Military Pact 'Suspended'

The Philippines has told the United States (US) it is suspending its bid to break off a key military pact, the two allies said Tuesday in a sharp turnaround of President Rodrigo Duterte's foreign policy.Duterte in February gave notice to Washington he was axing the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) after accusing the US of interference in his internationally condemned narcotics crackdown.That began a 180-day countdown to ending the deal central to hundreds of joint military exercises with

3 June 2020

10 Green Destinations Around The World (Part 1)

Since Malaysia and perhaps all of Asia for that matter, are now working towards a more sustainable lifestyle and culture, it’s good to have some role models to look up to. There are about 20 cities in the world at the moment that are setting the benchmark for us all, and in this article, we’re going to look at the first 10. Perhaps they might also inspire you to go green, and serve as your next trip’s destination as well?SEE ALSO: You Can Make the World Greener During Your Travels.

7 August 2019

Hannah Tan’s Guide to a Holiday in Honolulu

Beautiful sunshine with a dash of rainbow – can be said about both Malaysian celebrity Hannah Tan and Hawaii, America’s island of dreams.It makes perfect sense that Hannah’s chosen holiday destination is the hot and sexy Honolulu.

5 April 2019

Southeast Asia: Victors of the trade war?

The latest round of tariffs imposed by the Trump administration on US$200 billion worth of Chinese goods was met with a similar tariff on US$60 billion worth of American exports to China. Trade tensions between the two have grown more hostile of late with no sure signs of either one backing down. As of July 2018, the United States’ (US) trade deficit with China stands at US$223 billion according to the US Census Bureau.

4 October 2018

Denuclearisation talks underway in Pyongyang

United States (US) Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo is back in Pyongyang for his third visit to the hermit kingdom, for further discussions on denuclearisation on the back of the historic summit between the leaders of both states in Singapore last month. Since that meeting, Trump has remained optimistic on the prospect that North Korea will hold up their end of the bargain and give up its nuclear arsenal.

6 July 2018

Can Southeast Asia weather a trade war?

In the face of growing economic protectionism, undergirded by a trade tiff between the United States (US) and China, Southeast Asian economies are bracing for the impact from a possible economic fallout.

5 July 2018

How a trade war between the US and China could play out

President Donald Trump is betting Beijing will blink first in the showdown over tariffs. Such an outcome is far from assured - and it could also take a while.Trump said Friday the United States (US) will slap duties on US$50 billion in Chinese imports, with the first wave of tariffs to cover US$34 billion of goods and take effect 6 July. The president threatened to raise the total even higher if China retaliated, which it swiftly pledged to do.

18 June 2018

China hits back in trade war opener

China’s in-kind response to United States (US) President Donald Trump’s announcement of tariffs on US$50 billion of imports from the Asian nation left the global economy on the verge of a trade war.Two detailed lists of products on which tariffs will be collected starting 6 July now form the core of the conflict between the world’s two largest economies: One released Friday aimed at curbing China’s industrial advancement and the other aimed at hurting the commodity producers of the American h

17 June 2018

Can ASEAN be counted on when it matters?

The concept of centrality has seen a resurgence in use during the past few days, featuring prominently in the speeches and comments made during the recently concluded Shangri-La Dialogue (SLD).

4 June 2018