In quick succession in one week, the United States sent a series of clear messages to China that it is firmly committed to protect the Philippines and Japan in their territorial disputes with Beijing.
April 8 marked the end of Microsoft's support to Windows XP. After releasing its last two official patches, Microsoft stopped patching security holes in its 12-year-old operating system. This leaves Windows XP users open to cyber attacks, which will neither be investigated nor fixed.
Next Monday the senior officials from ASEAN and China will be meeting in Pattaya, following their meeting last September at Suzhou, China where they kicked off official consultation on the process of formulating codes of conduct (CoC) for the South China Sea. It was a turning point, as China expressed readiness to engage ASEAN on this sensitive issue. Last month, their officials at the working level met in Singapore to review the progress and prepare recommendations for the Pattaya meeting, which will also meet back-to-back to discuss overall ASEAN-China relations.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, who already wears many hats, acquired his ninth last month as chair of a reform-oriented military taskforce. He was promptly nicknamed Jiu Ba Dao, or “Nine Knives,” the pen name of a popular Taiwanese author-director.
That water is a precious resource is dramatized every time the dry season hits a blazing peak from March to May.
The recent unveiling of the multibillion won salaries that registered board of directors at Korean companies took home seems to have shaken many, including myself.
A few days after Songkran, the anti-government group will probably start counting down the days until the demise of the caretaker Yingluck Shinawatra government.
On Monday, China welcomed visiting United States Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel with a tour of its sole aircraft carrier Liaoning, but the feel-good vibes dissipated a day later.
There were no tangible winners in Wednesday's election. Ironically, the one that finished at the top should be the most disappointed.
The Philippines' decision to contest China's vast claims over the South China Sea was advanced when it recently submitted a formal plea before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (Itlos). A 4,000-page, 10-volume memorial contains Manila's arguments, evidence and maps to support its case against China's nine-dash line, which encloses 90 percent of the South China Sea. Those expansive claims have put Beijing at loggerheads with Manila and others who are determined to defend what they too believe to be legitimately theirs.