Guadalcanal Anniversary Marked by a Kennedy

At a ceremony to mark the 80th anniversary of a crucial battle in the Pacific, two daughters of men who served there reflected on the lessons of war.

#china, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #guadalcanal-solomon-islands, #kennedy-caroline, #kennedy-john-fitzgerald, #sherman-wendy-r, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #world-war-ii-1939-45

We Went on a Lanternfly-Killing Rampage. They’re Still Here.

The spotted lanternfly, an invasive pest that ecologists have urged the populace to squish on sight, is back, infesting the New York City area.

#central-park-manhattan-ny, #city-council-nyc, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #insects, #invasive-species, #new-jersey, #new-york-city, #parks-and-recreation-department-nyc, #pennsylvania, #spotted-lanternflies, #staten-island-nyc, #urban-areas

In the Philippines, Blinken Vows to Strengthen Military Ties

Against a backdrop of rising regional tensions with China, the U.S. secretary of state reaffirmed Washington’s commitment to defending Manila.

#blinken-antony-j, #china, #defense-and-military-forces, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #marcos-ferdinand-jr, #philippines, #territorial-disputes, #united-states-international-relations

Pelosi’s Taiwan Visit Risks Undermining U.S. Efforts With Asian Allies

The Biden administration has built an economic and diplomatic strategy in Asia to counter China, assuring friendly countries that the U.S. is in the region for the long haul.

#australia, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #defense-and-military-forces, #east-asia, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #international-relations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #pelosi-nancy, #united-states-international-relations

China Is Playing Hardball with Troubled Debtors. That’s Dangerous for All of Us.

When one country defaults, lenders start worrying that others will do the same.

#africa, #belt-and-road-initiative-china, #china, #credit-and-debt, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #foreign-investments, #infrastructure-public-works, #internal-sub-only-nl, #international-relations, #latin-america

Biden Should Cut Off the Gas Revenues That Fund Myanmar’s Junta

He should cut off the gas revenues that fund Myanmar’s junta.

#aung-san-suu-kyi, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #chevron-corporation, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #min-aung-hlaing, #myanmar, #rohingya-ethnic-group, #tatmadaw-myanmar, #total-sa, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

The U.S. is losing its military edge in Asia, and China knows it

America can no longer deter China without help from its allies.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #defense-and-military-forces, #defense-department, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #missiles-and-missile-defense-systems, #south-china-sea, #submarines-and-submersibles, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

Export Bans on Malaysian Chicken and Indian Wheat Prompt Fears

Restricted so far in the name of domestic food security: Indian wheat, Malaysian chicken and Indonesian cooking oil. Experts warn of unwanted consequences.

#agriculture-and-farming, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #food, #food-insecurity, #indonesia, #international-trade-and-world-market, #malaysia, #protectionism-trade, #shortages, #singapore, #supply-chain

China Is Beating the U.S. in the Battle for Influence in Asia

Biden’s Plans Will Do Little to Shore Up U.S. Leverage

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #international-relations, #japan, #lowy-institute, #regional-comprehensive-economic-partnership-rcep, #south-korea, #southeast-asia, #trans-pacific-partnership, #united-states-international-relations

Biden Vows to Defend Taiwan, But China Has The Upper Hand

Biden pledges to defend Taiwan against China but U.S. is outgunned

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #defense-and-military-forces, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #missiles-and-missile-defense-systems, #taiwan, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #xi-jinping

Biden to Begin New Asia-Pacific Economic Bloc With a Dozen Allies

The goal is a resurgence in U.S. influence in the region, especially vis-à-vis China, after Trump’s withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #commerce-department, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #hyundai-motor-co, #indo-pacific-economic-framework-for-prosperity, #raimondo-gina-m, #tai-katherine-1974, #united-states-economy

Elephants in Mourning Spotted on YouTube by Scientists

It is difficult to catch Asian elephants responding to deaths of herd members in the wild, but online videos helped researchers observe the behavior.

#animal-behavior, #animal-cognition, #crowdsourcing-internet, #elephants, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #india, #research, #royal-society-open-science-journal, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #your-feed-science, #youtube-com

Poor Countries Face a Mounting Catastrophe Fueled by Inflation and Debt

Russia’s war in Ukraine is combining with a global tightening of credit and an economic slowdown in China to sow misery in low- and middle-income countries.

#africa, #brazil, #bursa-turkey, #cameroon, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #federal-reserve-system, #inflation-economics, #interest-rates, #international-monetary-fund, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #pakistan, #politics-and-government, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #sudan, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-states-economy, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #wheat, #yemen

North Korea’s Covid Outbreak Continues to Worsen

Nearly 1.5 million people have presented with a fever and 56 have died in what the country said was its first outbreak, according to state media.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #medicine-and-health, #north-korea

Biden to Host Southeast Asian Leaders as He Tries to Return Focus to China

The leaders at the two-day summit in Washington will discuss a variety of topics, but the president plans to use it to show a united front against Beijing.

#assn-of-southeast-asian-nations, #china, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #myanmar, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #south-china-sea, #territorial-disputes, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

American Importers Accuse Shipping Giants of Profiteering

Carriers are exploiting the supply chain chaos to breach contracts and jack up rates, importers say in asking for federal intervention.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #federal-maritime-commission, #freight-cargo, #international-trade-and-world-market, #maffei-daniel-b, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #ships-and-shipping, #supply-chain, #united-states

With Us or With Them? In a New Cold War, How About Neither.

Old geopolitical foes are facing off after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but much of the world is refusing to take sides.

#africa, #defense-and-military-forces, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #general-assembly-un, #international-relations, #politics-and-government, #thailand, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

How the Supply Chain Crunch is Hurting California Farmers.

As shipping companies concentrate on the most lucrative routes from China to California, almond growers are struggling to transport their wares.

#agriculture-and-farming, #california, #central-valley-calif, #china, #dubai-united-arab-emirates, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #federal-maritime-commission, #international-trade-and-world-market, #maffei-daniel-b, #nuts, #ports, #ships-and-shipping, #supply-chain, #united-states-economy, #warehouses

Japan Still Closed to Most Travelers, Despite Asia Reopening

Countries across region are reopening borders to tourists, but Japan continues to turn them away. And the country is not rushing to change things.

#coronavirus-reopenings, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #japan, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #travel-and-vacations

In Asia, Coronavirus Rules Fall Away, With a Big Caveat

Daily life in the region was once regulated by a snarl of virus restrictions. That is changing fast — except in mainland China, which is still rolling out lockdowns.

#ardern-jacinda, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #hong-kong, #india, #indonesia, #south-korea, #thailand

High Death Rate in Hong Kong Shows Importance of Vaccinating the Elderly

Covid has surged in a number of Asian countries that had once held the virus at bay. Vaccination levels have largely determined how deadly those waves would be.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #hong-kong, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-science

Asia is still enduring its first Omicron surge, while Europe may get a second.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #disease-rates, #europe, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #united-states

Cambodian Temple, Once Overcrowded, Wants Tourists Back

Cambodia has been open to foreign tourists for months, but in this time of Covid, few have made the trip, making it possible to imagine that you alone have rediscovered the glorious temple complex.

#angkor-cambodia, #angkor-wat-cambodia, #cambodia, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #siem-reap-cambodia, #travel-and-vacations

Blinken Says U.S. Has a ‘Long-Term Future’ in the Pacific Islands

The secretary of state promised a new embassy in the Solomon Islands and help on issues like climate change, as Washington vies with Beijing for influence in the region.

#blinken-antony-j, #china, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #fiji, #global-warming, #solomon-islands, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

Cambodia’s Internet May Soon Be Like China’s: State-Controlled

Under a new decree, all web traffic will be routed through a government portal. Rights groups say a crackdown on digital expression is about to get worse.

#cambodia, #cambodian-peoples-party, #facebook-inc, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #human-rights-watch, #hun-sen, #khmer-rouge, #united-nations

Chinese Tourists Aren’t Coming Back Any Time Soon

Even before Omicron’s arrival, China was discouraging its citizens from traveling abroad. That has had a huge impact on global tourism.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #europe, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #paris-france, #rome-italy, #travel-and-vacations

To Counter China, Austin Vows to Shore Up Alliances With Others in Region

“America is a Pacific power,” the defense secretary said as he laid out a strategy to block efforts by China to dominate the region.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #austin-lloyd-j-iii, #china, #computers-and-the-internet, #defense-department, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

As World Shuts Borders to Stop Omicron, Japan Offers a Cautionary Tale

Japan, which has been very cautious throughout the pandemic, is again barring all nonresident foreigners. There is an economic and human cost.

#business-travel, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #japan, #travel-and-vacations

As ‘Nutcracker’ Returns, Companies Rethink Depictions of Asians

Ballet companies are reworking the holiday classic partly in response to a wave of anti-Asian hate that has intensified during the pandemic.

#asian-americans, #boston-ballet, #butler-university, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dancing, #discrimination, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #pacific-northwest-ballet, #race-and-ethnicity, #scottish-ballet, #the-nutcracker-ballet, #tulsa-ballet

Supply Chain Shortages: Your Questions Answered

Confession: We didn’t even have a logistics beat before the pandemic. Now we do. Here’s what we’ve learned about the global supply chain disruption.

#automobiles, #china, #computer-chips, #europe, #factories-and-manufacturing, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #germany, #international-trade-and-world-market, #ports, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #ships-and-shipping, #shortages, #shutdowns-institutional, #south-korea, #suez-canal, #united-states, #vietnam

What AUKUS Means for U.S.-China Great Power Competition

As experts hail the AUKUS agreement, the Biden administration should ensure it does not reflect a self-defeating concept of great power competition.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #australia, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #defense-and-military-forces, #defense-department, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #federation-of-american-scientists, #france, #great-britain, #india, #international-relations, #japan, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #nuclear-weapons, #paris-france, #politics-and-government, #south-korea, #submarines-and-submersibles, #taiwan, #tools, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #uranium, #victoria-university-of-wellington

How Asia, Once a Vaccination Laggard, Is Revving Up Inoculations

Several countries are now on track to surpass the United States in fully vaccinating their populations, lifting hopes of a more permanent return to normality.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #vaccination-and-immunization

China’s Leaders Are Having Fun With Us. Who Can Blame Them?

We need a better strategy to counter China than submarines. Biden should get back into the TPP trade deal.

#australia, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #international-trade-and-world-market, #mcgregor-james, #obama-barack, #trans-pacific-partnership, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #xi-jinping

Australia’s Submarines Make Waves in Asia Long Before They Go to Sea

Some nations fear an accelerated arms buildup in a region where larger countries have already ramped up their military spending or capabilities.

#australia, #china, #defense-and-military-forces, #east-asia, #east-china-sea, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #india, #international-relations, #japan, #submarines-and-submersibles, #territorial-disputes, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

Australia’s Submarine Deal Adds to Asia Arms Buildup

Some nations fear an accelerated arms buildup in a region where larger countries have already ramped up their military spending or capabilities.

#australia, #china, #defense-and-military-forces, #east-asia, #east-china-sea, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #india, #international-relations, #japan, #submarines-and-submersibles, #territorial-disputes, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

AUKUS Still Leaves Australia at Risk Against China

Australia has thrust itself into a central role in America’s rivalry with China.

#5g-wireless-communications, #australia, #australian-national-university, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #defense-and-military-forces, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #international-trade-and-world-market, #nuclear-weapons, #pacific-ocean, #politics-and-government, #submarines-and-submersibles, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

Why ‘Shang-Chi’ Isn’t a Hit in China

Marvel’s first Asian superhero movie has yet to be released in the mainland amid fierce debate over its back story and star.

#asian-americans, #box-office-sales, #censorship, #china, #chinese-americans, #comic-books-and-strips, #east-asia, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #liu-simu, #marvel-entertainment, #movies, #shang-chi-and-the-legend-of-the-ten-rings-movie, #social-media, #walt-disney-company

Students in Philippines Enter Second Year of Remote Schooling

The closure is spawning a backlash in a country where many people do not have access to a computer or the internet at home. Most schools in the United States and Britain have resumed in-person instruction.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education, #education-k-12, #education-secondary, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #philippines, #viruses

Google Could Be Violating Labor Laws With Pay for Temp Workers

The company realized months ago that it could be running afoul of pay laws in a number of countries but has been slow to fix the problem, according to internal documents.

#adecco-sa, #alphabet-inc, #australia, #brazil, #canada, #computers-and-the-internet, #europe, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #google-inc, #labor-and-jobs, #mexico, #outsourcing, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #securities-and-commodities-violations, #securities-and-exchange-commission, #temporary-employment, #wages-and-salaries

The World Is Still Short of Everything. Get Used to It.

Pandemic-related product shortages — from computer chips to construction materials — were supposed to be resolved by now. Instead, the world has gained a lesson in the ripple effects of disruption.

#china, #columbia-sportswear-company, #cork-ireland, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #england, #european-union, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #freight-cargo, #international-trade-and-world-market, #ports, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #ships-and-shipping, #shortages, #south-dakota, #suez-canal, #target-corporation, #toyota-motor-corp, #united-states

Don’t Let the Fossil Fuel Industry Pivot to Toxic Plastics and Chemicals

As we confront climate change, focusing on a single metric, like greenhouse gas emissions, could leave other harmful practices unaddressed.

#africa, #chemicals, #environmental-protection-agency, #european-commission, #european-union, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #flame-retardants, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #international-energy-agency, #mckinseyco, #national-academies-of-the-united-states, #natural-gas, #ohio, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #pennsylvania, #plastics, #recycling-of-waste-materials, #united-states, #waste-materials-and-disposal

Asian Composers Reflect on Careers in Western Classical Music

For all their shared experiences, each of these five artists has a unique story of struggles and triumphs.

#chin-unsuk, #china, #classical-music, #du-yun-1977, #europe, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #huang-ruo, #race-and-ethnicity, #sheng-bright, #south-korea, #tan-dun, #united-states

Pandemic Surges Again in Many Parts of the World, Fueled by Variants

The highly contagious Delta variant is on the rise, and countries that hoped they had seen the worst of Covid-19 are being battered again.

#bangladesh, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #europe, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #great-britain, #portugal, #travel-warnings, #vaccination-and-immunization

Georgia Attacks Prompt a Muted Reaction in Asia

Six of the eight victims were of Asian descent. But in China and South Korea, debate over the violence played out with far less intensity than it did in the United States.

#atlanta-ga, #china, #discrimination, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #singapore, #taiwan, #vietnam

President Biden Takes 1st Tentative Steps to Address Global Covid-19 Vaccine Shortage

Under pressure to play catch-up on “vaccine diplomacy,” President Biden says he will help finance vaccine manufacturing capacity but is still resisting exports of doses.

#australia, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #factories-and-manufacturing, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #humanitarian-aid, #india, #international-trade-and-world-market, #japan, #polls-and-public-opinion, #shortages, #stockpiling, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

Biden Takes First Tentative Steps to Address Global Vaccine Shortage

Under pressure to play catch-up on “vaccine diplomacy,” President Biden says he will help finance vaccine manufacturing capacity but is still resisting exports of doses.

#australia, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #factories-and-manufacturing, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #humanitarian-aid, #india, #international-trade-and-world-market, #japan, #polls-and-public-opinion, #shortages, #stockpiling, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

‘I’ve Never Seen Anything Like This’: Chaos Strikes Global Shipping

The pandemic has disrupted international trade, driving up the cost of shipping goods and adding a fresh challenge to the global economic recovery.

#california, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #delays-transportation, #europe, #factories-and-manufacturing, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #freight-cargo, #international-trade-and-world-market, #jakarta-indonesia, #maersk-line, #north-america, #ports, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #shortages, #southeast-asia, #trucks-and-trucking, #united-states, #united-states-economy

‘Like a Warm Hug From an Angel’

For a handful of cultures across the globe, the Arab world among them, these distinct blankets deliver not only an impossibly warm, soft hug but a great sense of belonging.

#beds-and-bedding, #design, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #immigration-and-emigration, #middle-east, #muslim-americans, #north-africa, #qasimi-farah-al, #united-states

Biden Inherits Growing Risks on Nuclear Arms Control

With Russia, China and North Korea all modernizing their nuclear arsenals, and Iran enriching, allies want U.S. reassurance. But they are less inclined to believe it.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #europe, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #iran, #merkel-angela, #middle-east, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #nuclear-weapons, #politics-and-government, #strategic-arms-reduction-treaty, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

Future of Pacific Islands Forum Is in Doubt After Palau’s Exit

The future of an 18-nation group is in doubt after Palau abandoned it over a leadership dispute.

#cook-islands, #elections, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #global-warming, #international-relations, #pacific-islands-forum, #palau