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Filipino bishops called on the nation Monday to storm the heavens with prayers for the protection of the Philippines and a peaceful resolution of the country's territorial dispute with China in the West Philippine Sea.
Since early this year, Beijing has been capitalizing on the fact that 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and has repeatedly sought to embarrass Japan by reminding the world of its aggression against China in the 1930s and 1940s.
While all eyes were on faraway Greece and its unsettled row with its creditors, a far bigger financial crisis was happening next door, in China. In less than a month since panic-selling started in mid-June, China's stock market has lost some US$3 trillion in value -- equivalent to more than 10 times the economy of the Philippines.
Thailand today looks stable on the surface. There have been no major clashes between progovernment and antigovernment citizens recently, though there was a bombing incident and a demonstration by prodemocracy students voicing antigovernment slogans in central Bangkok.
A few weeks ago, the official launch of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank took place in Beijing with 57 founding member states, including four members of the G-8: the UK, France, Germany and Italy.
Confucian ethics formed the cultural context in which traditional Chinese medicine was evolving and constituted the core of its ethics. Chinese physicians applied the principles of Confucian ethics in medicine. So we have a dictum: Medicine is the art of humaneness (醫本仁術).
Global financial markets were on edge last week after Greece failed to make payment on a loan due to the International Monetary Fund, sending stock and currency markets tumbling worldwide. The Philippines was not spared the nervousness, causing the peso and the stock market to end lower.
Former United States Sen. James Webb has declared himself a candidate for the Democratic Party nomination for president. He formally announced on July 2, just before the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
The Chinese authorities will be able to access records and block dissemination of private information deemed illegal in China under a proposed cybersecurity law that could further curtail freedom for netizens and affect how foreign firms do business in the country.
Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger was supposed to have joked that "there can't be another crisis -- my calendar is full." This July has been full of surprises -- the hottest summer in Europe, a drought in California, a full blown Greek crisis, China's A-share almost in meltdown, and continued conflict in the Middle East.
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