Chinese Dream

Old map of the Philippines. Illustration at top left shows Chinese traders during the pre-Hispanic era.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Since the early 15th century, before Spain took possession of an archipelago in what is now the Philippines, China had claimed the entire island of Luzon as her territory. However, China’s presence in Luzon was limited to what is now the province of Pangasinan. But now — 592 years later — recent events are raising the specter of Chinese colonization of Read More …

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz Planet Earth has shrunk so much that more than seven billion people’s lives are intertwined and their countries’ economies are inter-dependent with one another. If one country goes down, it pulls down many others, too. It did not then come as a surprise that when China’s stock market crashed, it was like a huge meteor falling in the middle of the Read More …

Chinese fortifications on Panganiban (Mischief) Reef.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz For the past two years, China has embarked on an aggressive encroachment of the East China and South China Seas and the islands and reefs in those waters. And her neighbors aren’t happy about China’s bullying and salami-slicing techniques. But the most disadvantaged among China’s neighbors is the Philippines, which is the weakest militarily among the Asian countries. The country is Read More …

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz In an apparent move against Japan – and the United States — China established an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) over a large portion of East China Sea, which includes the disputed Senkaku Islands. The “No-Fly Zone” took effect last November 23. In her announcement, China said that her military would take “defensive emergency measures” if aircraft entered the area without Read More …

Xi Jinping (Credit: The Economist)

PerryScope By Perry Diaz What started as a word war between Japan and China could lead to another world war, and perhaps the last world war – of the “Dr. Strangelove” variety — on planet Earth. And just the thought of a catastrophic nuclear war would deter China and Japan from starting a war. So, why then wouldn’t the two protagonists stop jabbing at each Read More …

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz When U.S. President Barack Obama met Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Sunnylands estate in the desert city of Rancho Mirage in California last June 7 and 8, it was one of the most heralded summits in recent history. It measured in importance to the Cold War –era Washington Summit between U.S. President Ronald Reagan and the Soviet Union’s Communist Party Read More …

BRP Sierra Madre

PerryScope By Perry Diaz At the rate China is slicing the South China Sea like a link of salami, it won’t be long before the entire Western Pacific waters would become China’s “Lake Beijing,” which would include the South and East China Seas, and the Philippine Sea. China’s modern-day expansionism began when she attacked Vietnamese naval forces in the Paracel Islands (called Xisha Islands by Read More …

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By NESTOR MATA MALAYA ‘China’s new President Xi Jinping first coined the slogan after taking power late last year, and since then many China-watchers have wondered what exactly is his dream.’ AFTER China’s new President Xi Jinping took over power late last year, he coined the slogan “Chinese Dream.” He did it at an exhibition called “The Road to Renewal” at Beijing’s grandiose National Museum, Read More …

Chinese-Dream

Xi Jinping’s vision China’s new leader has been quick to consolidate his power. What does he now want for his country? Source: The Economist BEIJING THESE have been heady days for Chen Sisi, star of a song-and-dance group run by China’s nuclear-missile corps. For weeks her ballad “Chinese dream” has been topping the folk-song charts. She has performed it on state television against video backdrops Read More …

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Source: The Economist China’s future The vision of China’s new president should serve his people, not a nationalist state IN 1793 a British envoy, Lord Macartney, arrived at the court of the Chinese emperor, hoping to open an embassy. He brought with him a selection of gifts from his newly industrialising nation. The Qianlong emperor, whose country then accounted for about a third of global Read More …