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Cocaine worth HK$14 million found in noodle-making machines as South American and European arrested in Hong Kong raids

20 March 2018 06:52:46 South China Morning Post - Hong Kong feed

Two men from South America and Europe believed to be the masterminds of a global drug syndicate were arrested on Monday at a luxury property in Hong Kong’s upscale Gold Coast neighbourhood. Customs officers involved in raiding four flats discovered sachets of cocaine concealed in the metal shafts of noodle-making machines shipped from South America via mainland China. Similar discoveries had been made in previous raids in recent weeks. A total of 14kg of cocaine worth HK$14 million was...

Vice All News Time20 March 2018 06:52:46


North Korea Missile Test: U.S. Should Consider Talks with Kim Jong-un's Regime, Says Nuclear Weapons Expert

13 July 2017 11:59:13 - World News

North Korea's most recent—and apparently successful—missile launch has given Pyongyang the confidence to return to the negotiating table, a U.S. nuclear expert who has been involved in past talks involving the country has said. Suzanne DiMaggio, a senior fellow at the Washington-based New America Foundation, told the South China Morning Post that entering into talks with the country should be America’s focus to stop North Korea from more missile testing. “The best bet...

Vice All News Time13 July 2017 11:59:13

America’s hidden role in Chinese weapons research

28 March 2017 18:41:59 South China Morning Post - China feed

China’s efforts to lure its scientists back from overseas institutions have been paying off militarily, with more than a little help from the United States. Military projects they have been involved in include China’s development of hypersonic weapons capable of penetrating missile-defence systems and the design of new submarines able to patrol quietly along the US west coast, researchers familiar with the programmes told the South China Morning Post. For more than a decade,...

Vice All News Time28 March 2017 18:41:59

US Admiral in Disputed S. China Sea: 'We Will Be Here'

03 March 2017 15:56:37 - Asia News

America will continue to patrol the South China Sea to ensure freedom of navigation and overflight in the disputed region, a U.S. admiral said Friday amid questions whether U.S. involvement in one of Asia's potential flashpoints will change. "We will be here,'' Rear Adm. James Kilby said on board the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson as it steamed through the gentle blue waters, with F18 fighter jets landing, taking off on catapults and zooming over the mammoth warship.   "We have operated here in the past, we're going to operate here in the future, we're going to...

Vice All News Time03 March 2017 15:56:37

Keating says Tillerson threatening to involve Australia in war over South China Sea

13 January 2017 09:01:17 - World News

Former prime minister Paul Keating accuses Rex Tillerson of threatening to involve Australia in war, after the US secretary of state nominee says America will send a "clear signal" that China's access to artificial islands in the South China Sea will be blocked. ......

Vice All News Time13 January 2017 09:01:17

Emails show Clinton's response to LGBT backlash

17 October 2016 12:46:23 The Asian Age

The documents were among thousands of emails hacked from the accounts of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. Washington: Hacked emails released in daily dispatches over the weekend by the WikiLeaks group showed Hillary Clinton's campaign staff worried about a response to the gay community's backlash over a comment concerning former first lady Nancy Reagan and AIDS. Also among the documents are transcripts of Clinton speeches and question-and-answer sessions that Goldman Sachs hosted in 2013, appearances for which she received hundreds of thousands of dollars. The documents were among thousands of emails hacked from the accounts of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. U.S. intelligence officials have blamed the Russian government for a series of breaches intended to influence the presidential election. The Russians deny involvement. Among the revelations from Podesta's hacked emails: Response to backlash for praising Nancy Reagan on aids Hillary Clinton's aides fretted over how to respond to backlash from the LGBT community after Clinton lauded Nancy Reagan for starting a "national conversation" about AIDS in the 1980s, emails released Sunday show. Activists blame President Ronald Reagan for what they view as a devastatingly slow response to the AIDS crisis. Clinton immediately tweeted an apology after her initial remarks last March. But her aides felt the LGBT community was unsatisfied and agreed to release a more detailed response. "I don't want this to fester," wrote Clinton's campaign's LGBT outreach director, Dominic Lowell. An initial draft of Clinton's statement began by stating: "I made a mistake." The line was changed to "I said something inaccurate" with the phrase "I made a mistake, plain and simple" added later. Wall street speeches Hillary Clinton generally avoided direct criticism of Wall Street as she examined the causes and responses to the financial meltdown during a series of paid speeches to Goldman Sachs, according to transcripts disclosed by WikiLeaks. Three transcripts released Saturday did not contain any new bombshells showing she was unduly influenced by contributions from the banking industry, as her primary rival Bernie Sanders had suggested. Still, her soft-handed approach in the speeches was likely to act as a reminder to liberals in the party of their concerns that the Democratic presidential nominee is too close to Wall Street to be an effective check on its excesses if elected. Clinton's campaign neither confirmed nor denied that the speech transcripts and leaked Podesta emails are authentic, but there have been no indications that they were doctored before being released. Apology tour Clinton told the "Builders and Innovators Summit" she'd had to go on "The Clinton Apology Tour" after WikiLeaks in 2010 published diplomatic cables leaked by Chelsea Manning, formerly known as Bradley Manning. Clinton noted that the cables showed U.S. officials characterizing some foreign leaders as "vain, egotistical, power hungry, corrupt. And we knew they were. This was not fiction." "I had grown men cry," Clinton recalled. "I mean, literally. 'I am a friend of America, and you say these things about me?'" Syria Clinton, a few months after departing the State Department in 2013, told a Goldman Sachs conference in South Carolina that she would have liked to see the U.S. intervene in Syria "as covertly as is possible for Americans to intervene." She added, "We used to be much better at this than we are now. Now, you know, everybody can't help themselves. They have to go out and tell their friendly reporters and somebody else: Look what we're doing and I want credit for it." Filibuster Clinton appears to call for eliminating the filibuster rules in the Senate that make a 60-vote threshold necessary to pass most items rather than a 50-vote majority. Clinton says "we need to change the rules in the Senate" and says presidential nominees as well as "policies" deserve "an up-or-down vote." Republicans are already incensed that Senate Democrats recently changed the rules to eliminate the filibuster for most nominations, an extraordinary step known as the nuclear option. China In the June 2013 speech, Clinton said Chinese President Xi Jinping, who had taken over as the country's leader the previous fall, was "a more sophisticated, more effective public leader" than his predecessor, Hu Jintao. Clinton said she had watched Xi "work a room," adding, "you can have him make small talk with you, which he has done with me." She said Xi's experience of visiting Iowa in the 1980s "was a very important part of his own development."

Vice null Time17 October 2016 12:46:23

Duterte wants US special forces out of southern Philippines

13 September 2016 11:18:08 The Asian Age

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte. (Photo: AFP) Duterte says their presence could complicate offensives against Islamist militants notorious for beheading Westerners. Manila: President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday called for the withdrawal of US special forces troops from a group of islands in the southern Philippines, saying their presence could complicate offensives against Islamist militants notorious for beheading Westerners. Duterte, who was in the spotlight last week over a televised tirade against the United States and President Barack Obama, said the Americans still in Mindanao were high-value targets for the Islamic State-linked Abu Sayyaf militants as counter-insurgency operations intensify. "They have to go," Duterte said in a speech during an oath-taking ceremony for new officials. "I do not want a rift with America. But they have to go." He added, "Americans, they will really kill them, they will try to kidnap them to get ransom." The comments by Duterte, a former southern mayor known for his terse words and volatile temperament, add to uncertainty about what impact his rise to the presidency this year will have on one of Washington's most important alliances in Asia. A spokesman for the US State Department, John Kirby, said it was not aware of any official communication by Manila calling for a withdrawal. He said Washington remained committed to the alliance. Another US official said there were only a "handful" of special forces in the Mindanao acting in limited liaison roles. White House spokesman Josh Earnest emphasized shared concerns and interests with the Philippines, before taking a thinly veiled swipe at Duterte, appearing to compare him to Donald Trump, the outspoken Republican candidate in the Nov. 8 U.S. presidential election. "I think it’s an indication of how important elections are," Earnest told a regular news briefing. “Elections have consequences. Elections do say a lot about what kind of person is going to represent your country on the international stage. And it’s why you are going to prize qualities like decorum and temperament and judgment in casting votes in elections, because you know that person is going to represent you on the international stage. That’s certainly something that the Filipino people are well aware of," Josh Earnest said. Obama cancelled a planned meeting with Duterte at last week's ASEAN summit after Duterte appeared to call him a "son of a bitch". The two did eventually meet briefly and on Friday Duterte said he told Obama the remark was not directed against him. Washington deployed special forces soldiers to Mindanao in 2002 to train and advise Philippine units fighting Abu Sayyaf militants in a program that once involved 1,200 Americans. It was discontinued in 2015 but a small presence has remained for logistics and technical support. Washington has since shifted much of its security focus in the Philippines toward the South China Sea, where the two countries have shared concerns about China's territorial claims. As a counter to China, shortly before Duterte came to office, Washington and Manila enacted the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement giving the United States rotational access to five bases in the Philippines. Commander Gary Ross, a Pentagon spokesman, said on Monday that it would "consult closely with our Filipino partners to appropriately tailor our assistance to whatever approach the new administration adopts" on counter-terrorism measures.

Vice All News Time13 September 2016 11:18:08

1st Global Harbor Cities forum kicks off in Kaohsiung

06 September 2016 12:46:38 Taiwan Review

Premier Lin Chuan (fifth right) and Mayor Chen Chu (sixth right) join speakers and representatives from abroad at the opening of the inaugural Global Harbor Cities Forum Sept. 6 in southern Taiwan’s Kaohsiung City. (CNA) The inaugural Global Harbor Cities Forum got underway Sept. 6 in southern Taiwan’s Kaohsiung City, attracting nearly 200 speakers and representatives from 49 cities in 25 countries and territories to discuss ways of promoting sustainable economic growth in port metropolises and fostering international tie-ups. Organized by Kaohsiung City Government, the event is themed “From Past to the Future—Transformation and Cooperation.” It features keynote speeches, panel discussions and roundtable meetings on four main topics: cooperation of harbor cities and urban planning, industrial transformation, marine tourism and sustainable development. “Harbor city governance is a unique challenge involving environmental protection, marine resources and urban planning, among others,” Premier Lin Chuan said during his opening address for the three-day event at Kaohsiung Exhibition Center. “It is hoped that this forum can serve as a platform for port city exchanges, as well as for Taiwan to share its experiences with participants from around the world going forward.” According to Lin, around one-third of the forum’s city representatives are from Southeast Asia. “Kaohsiung should make the best use of its competitive advantages to collaborate with Southeast Asian nations to push forward prosperity and progress in the region, while strengthening Taiwan’s trade and economic ties with neighboring countries,” he said. This approach is in line with President Tsai Ing-wen’s New Southbound Policy, which aims to create fresh economic impetus, deepen trade and cultural links with Association of Southeast Asian Nations member states, South Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Mayor Chen Chu and her Panamanian counterpart Jose Blandon, who is in Taiwan for the Global Harbor Cities Forum, inked Sept. 5 a sister city agreement in an effort to facilitate mutual cooperation and exchanges spanning culture, economy and trade. The pact makes the capital of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Central American diplomatic ally the 29th sister city of Kaohsiung. “Panama is an important ally of Taiwan in Latin America,” Chen said during the signing ceremony. “President Tsai Ing-wen’s attendance at the opening of the expanded Panama Canal illustrates the close bonds of friendship between the countries. “The two cities can help each other in supporting industrial transformation and increasing exchanges and cooperation in areas ranging from culture and creative, finance and the meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions industries, to port city development.” In response, Blandon said he was impressed by the participation of Taiwan women in politics, describing Tsai, Chen and Kaohsiung City Council Speaker Kang Yu-cheng as outstanding role models. He also praised ongoing efforts to promote and strengthen freedom and democracy in Taiwan. The hosting of the forum underscores Kaohsiung’s rising reputation as a world-class MICE destination, a development further illustrated by its staging of a number of international events such as the World Games in 2009, Asia Pacific Cities Summit in 2013 and International Association of Students in Economic and Commercial Sciences (AIESEC) International Congress in 2014. In addition, the opening of Kaohsiung Exhibition Center in 2014 boosted the city’s capabilities to host MICE activities. Last year, the number of major MICE events organized in Kaohsiung reached 1,573, accounting for 17.5 percent of the total nationwide. (KH-E) Write to Taiwan Today at

Vice All News Time06 September 2016 12:46:38

Indonesia actively involved in resolving South China Sea disputes: President

16 August 2016 07:49:33 - World News

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia is actively involved in resolving territorial disputes in the South China Sea, President Joko Widodo said in a prepared state address on Tuesday....

Vice All News Time16 August 2016 07:49:33

POWERCHINA assists the Rio 2016 Olympics (Power Construction Corporation of China Ltd)

15 August 2016 15:42:11 - Asia News

(Source: Power Construction Corporation of China Ltd) On Aug 6 at 7:00am Beijing time, the 31st summer Olympic Games kicked off in Rio de Janeiro, southeast of Brazil. This is the first Olympic Games in history to be held in South America. The enthusiasm and free spirit of Latin American culture, crashing and blending with the 'Faster - Higher - Stronger' spirit of Olympics, will definitely put Brazil and Rio under the global spotlight this summer. As one of the world's top 500 enterprises and a global leader in the power industry, POWERCHINA will most definitely be involved in the Rio Olympics. During the Games, the First Shandong Electric Power Construction Company (SEPCOI), an affiliated...

Vice All News Time15 August 2016 15:42:11