Australia

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) Australia said victims hope Benedict is replaced with a more co-operative pontiff.

Source: AAP    AN Australian victims’ group has welcomed Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to resign, saying he has done little “to stop the reign of terror of child rapist priests”. Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) Australia said victims hope he is replaced with a more co-operative pontiff. “Victims welcome the resignation of a church official with immense power who has done so little Read More …

Chinese customers of KFC, the biggest fast food chain in the country, said they would still patronize it despite a government food safety investigation which has hit sales. U.S.-based Yum! Brands Inc., whose portfolio includes KFC and Pizza Hut, said this week that sales in its key China market were forecast to fall more than expected in the fourth quarter in the wake of the probe into excess antibiotic levels in chickens. (Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images)

Source: ChinaFile.com  In January 2013, Australia’s biggest supermarket chain Woolworths began restricting sales of baby formula to four tins per customer after a massive increase in demand stripped shelves bare of popular brands such as Karicare. The buyers were not Australian mothers suddenly clamoring for more baby formula; the demand epicenter was in China, where families fearful that domestic baby food might be tainted were Read More …

In this photo taken Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, Japanese Lt. Gen. Masayuki Hironaka, U.S. Pacific Air Forces commander Gen. Herbert Carlisle and Royal Australian Air Force Air Commodore Anthony Grady speak to the media at Andersen Air Force Base on the island of Guam to kick off the beginning of the Cope North military exercises. Fighter jets from the U.S. and two key allies roared into Western Pacific skies Thursday, Feb. 7 in the combat phase of exercises that have gained importance as the region responds to the rise of China and other potential threats. The Cope North exercises - which could soon swell in participants - are aimed at preparing the air forces of the U.S., Japan and Australia to fight together if a military crisis erupts.AP Photo/Eric Talmadge) Photo: AP

By ERIC TALMADGE Associated Press   ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam (AP) — Fighter jets from the U.S. and two key allies roared into western Pacific skies Thursday in the combat phase of annual exercises that have gained importance as the region responds to the rise of China and other potential threats. The Cope North drills — which could soon swell in participants — are aimed Read More …

Chief of US Pacific Command (PACOM) Adm Samuel Locklear. AFP photo

TOKYO – Agence France-Presse Australia is a ‘critical pillar’ in the US pivot to Asia and the rebalancing of its military strategy, a senior US commander says. Yet the strategy does not mean any new bases in the region, according to him Australia is a “critical pillar” in the U.S. policy pivot toward Asia and the rebalancing of its military strategy, the region’s most senior Read More …

Liu Mingfu

By John Garnaut, Beijing The Sydney Morning Herald A CHINESE military officer has raised the spectre of nuclear weapons and warned Australia not to side with the United States and Japan as a territorial dispute in the East China Sea continues to escalate. Senior Colonel Liu Mingfu, of the National Defence University, blamed America’s ”orchestration” and Japan’s ”militarism” for rising tensions over disputed islands known Read More …

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By Erick San Juan ”If this Japanese wolf again attacks America’s Pearl Harbor or Australia’s Darwin, how do you know it wouldn’t receive another nuclear bomb? The world would hail if Japan receives such a blow.” The abovementioned quote is from Senior Colonel Liu Mingfu, Chinese Military officer of the National Defence University as a reaction to the growing tension between China and Japan over Read More …

Top: Australian Defense Minister Stephen Smith (left) and British Defense Secretary Philip Hammond hold a press conference on January 18 in Perth, Australia during bilateral ministerial meetings on defense and foreign affairs. The two leaders agreed to explore cooperation in developing the next-generation Type 26 Global Combat Ship (bottom) that is being built by BAE Systems. (Paul Kane/Getty Images)

SOURCE: LIGNET Summary The decision by the UK and Australia to strengthen military ties and explore collaboration on weapon systems is a pragmatic response to fiscal and strategic challenges that impact the two allies in different ways. While the UK faces defense budget reductions, Australia is expanding its navy to answer China’s buildup. A significant element of the agreement is collaboration on the next-generation Type Read More …

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By Volkhonsky Boris The Voice of Russia  On Wednesday, as reported by Reuters, the U.S. Navy announced that the first of a new class of coastal warships will be sent to Singapore next spring for a roughly 10-month deployment. The proposed move may seem insignificant in terms of the total capacity of only one warship, but it definitely highlights a strategic pivot in U.S. policies Read More …

Move Aimed at Countering China in Asia, Clarifying Free Access to South China Sea BY LAURA MECKLER WALL STREET JOURNAL WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama will announce an accord for a new and permanent U.S. military presence in Australia when he visits next week, a step aimed at countering China’s influence and reasserting U.S. interest in the region, said people familiar with his plans. The agreement will Read More …

Federalism

PerryScope By Perry Diaz With a strong movement going on in the Philippines to change the form of government from a unitary presidential system to a parliamentary system.  The proponents of charter change, while agreeing on a parliamentary system, are divided between the supporters of Federalism and those that decry Federalism as an unworkable political system. Instead, the anti-federalist group is pushing for the adoption Read More …