The Philippine Left has a gift for mischievous phrase making, and last week's coinage was both obvious and effective. #Chexit, with the now-obligatory hashtag, quickly made the rounds. Inspired by the tumultuous campaign to consider Britain's exit from the European Union, the new catch phrase was code for the legal campaign to force China to "exit" the South China Sea.
The summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), held in Warsaw Poland July 8 and 9, has been generally overshadowed by other news. Competition for media attention regarding Europe has been dominated by the British referendum vote to leave the European Union (EU).
An international court in The Hague has ruled that China's trump card in its claims in the South China Sea -- its long historical relationship -- as depicted in a nine-dash line shown on official maps enclosing up to 90 percent of the waters has no legal validity in an arbitration case brought by the Philippines.
An international tribunal has rejected and rebuffed many of mainland China's claims regarding exclusive sovereignty and rights in the disputed South China Sea.
Even before the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague announced in late June that the arbitral tribunal in the case of the Philippines against China will issue its award, or decision, on July 13.
Cross-strait exchanges are expected to continue despite an impasse between Taiwan and the mainland, said a Hong Kong-based National Committee Member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.
Are code names necessary? Oh yes, they are necessary for the military. General Dwight D. Eisenhower dubbed his Normandy invasion "Operation Overlord" during WWII.
There is grave concern that the world economy is slipping into what Harvard professor and former U.S. Treasury Secretary Larry Summers calls global secular deflation. In simple terms, growth has slowed without inflation, despite exceptionally stimulative monetary policy. Summer's view is that advanced countries can use fiscal policy to stimulate growth, using massive investments in infrastructure. If need be, this can be financed by central banks.
I've never had the opportunity to meet journalist Frank Ching, but if I ever get that privilege, I'd like to shake his hand and thank him for his fine work.
"Someone to talk to" is how McGeorge Bundy, national security adviser to U.S. President John F. Kennedy, summed up the special relationship between Great Britain and the United States, dating from the darkest period of World War II. The same term can be applied to Canada, and increasingly Mexico as well.