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US President Donald Trump’s allegedly bigoted statement made during a meeting with senators on the immigration reform issue, in which he summarily dismissed some immigrant-originating nations as “shit hole” countries, has struck a raw nerve in many countries and communities around the world, apparently even enraging some who were not…

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NUCLEAR weapons are considered weapons of mass destruction for at least one reason. They could wipe out indiscriminately (with regard to military versus civilian personnel) the whole population of cities (as the atomic bomb, the precursor to nuclear bombs, inflicted on Hiroshima and Nagasaki), with lingering radiation affecting the health…

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THE year ahead will not be an easy one, with the world and the region getting increasingly fractured and, most prominently, the already amply demonstrated and seemingly downward spiraling dereliction of its worldwide superpower duties by the United States. With far fewer foreign-policy exceptions that appear to be the fruition…

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It is that time of year again when perhaps a certain degree of review of the major events that took place over the past year should be conducted, and their appropriate lessons extracted. As usual, I will not enumerate all the big happenings from around the world, but will only…

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AS we approach the end of yet another eventful year, it is usually the time of year to reflect upon some of the lessons that could be gleaned from the incidents big and small that took place in the preceding 12 months. When I tried to do so, however, I…

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THE latest American tax reform initiative, besides rationalizing a slew of inconsistencies in the American taxation regime, is in essence a plan for massive tax reduction. And it would appear that it is something both President Trump and the Republican congressional leadership must undertake at this juncture. Trump was a…

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THE South China Sea (as is commonly known internationally, although also variously known as West Philippine Sea in the Philippines and South Sea in China) is vital for both the world and the Asian regional economy for at least three reasons. First, the SCS straddles the busiest shipping routes, with…

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EARLIER this month I was privileged to have participated in the World Chinese Economic Summit (WCES) in Hong Kong, organized by the Asia Strategy and Leadership Institute (ASLI), to which I am a senior adviser on international affairs. The WCES this year commemorates the twentieth anniversary of the establishment of…

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IT is perhaps unfortunate but undeniable that when the name “Zimbabwe” is mentioned even in passing, an almost automatic mental association with abject poverty and a failed state is evoked. For at least the past two decades, the southern African state has degenerated into such a dire situation, thanks primarily…

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AS the East Asia Summit (EAS) is under way in the Philippines, the world is once again reminded of the centrality of the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) in regional strategic and security matters. For the summit is basically a gathering of Asean leaders plus their counterparts from…

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