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PerryScope By Perry Diaz President Donald Trump would have achieved a five-star rating during his five-Asian tour. But while one can say that he would easily have breezed through Japan and South Korea, who were more than happy to accommodate him, the China visit looked like a vassal kowtowing to the Chinese emperor. While some people might suggest that Trump’s “America First” is going to Read More …

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz It’s not everyday that someone would call the most powerful leader in the world a “moron” or anything close to that. But that’s what Secretary of State Rex Tillerson did. And for those who don’t know what it means, the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “moron” as a “very stupid person” or “a person affected with mild mental retardation,” which then begs the Read More …

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By REY O. ARCILLA  MALAYA (‘I told my friend that my considered view is that there is nothing to worry about North Korea or the US launching a nuclear strike against each other any time soon.’) My God… I hate corruption! – President Rodrigo Roa Duterte aka Digong. Now, if only the heads of the other branches of government, the legislative and the judiciary, could Read More …

Three U.S. supercarrier battle groups sail in formation.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz In my column, “China’s gunboat diplomacy” (July 19, 2012), I wrote: “ ‘China frigate leaves shoal: [Malacañang] Palace happy,’ said a huge electronic billboard, which I saw on the way to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport to catch a plane home last July 16, 2012. The news of a grounded guided missile Chinese frigate near Half Moon Shoal (Hasa-Hasa Shoal) in Read More …

U.S. President Donald Trump interacts with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago resort.
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PerryScope By Perry Diaz When President Donald Trump met his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at his luxurious resort Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida last April 6, he was hoping that Xi would accept his invitation to stay at the posh resort. Well, Xi politely declined and instead stayed at a nearby hotel. But other than that, their summit was deemed a “success.” Trump got something Read More …

North Korea's Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz In the wake of the Tomahawk cruise missile strikes on a Syrian airbase and after dropping a 2,100-pound “Mother of all Bombs” – MOAB – in Afghanistan, North Korea had threatened to test another nuclear weapon, her sixth test. In reaction, senior U.S. intelligence officials told the media that the U.S. is prepared to launch a preemptive strike with conventional weapons Read More …

Members of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) Guard of Honor perform drills during a media tour in Beijing, China. (Photographer: Sim Chi Yin/Bloomberg)

By Indira A.R. Lakshmanan Bloomberg News   China’s “spectacularly active” naval posture and “massive” military buildup in Asia are part of a pattern of belligerent behavior toward Japan and other neighbors over maritime disputes, according to Japan’s ambassador to the U.S. Speaking at a Bloomberg Government breakfast in Washington yesterday, Japanese Ambassador to the U.S. Kenichiro Sasae described China’s increasingly frequent forays to lodge territorial 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 …

President Xi Jinping of China and President Obama took a walk Saturday on the grounds of the Sunnylands estate in California. (Evan Vucci/Associated Press)

By JACKIE CALMES and STEVEN LEE MYERS The New York Times RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. — Even as they pledged to build “a new model” of relations, President Obama and President Xi Jinping of China ended two days of informal meetings here on Saturday moving closer on pressuring a nuclear North Korea and addressing climate change, but remaining sharply divided over cyberespionage and other issues that Read More …

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) meets with China's Vice President Xi Jinping in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, February 14, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Reed/Files

By Steve Holland and Matt Spetalnick Reuters WASHINGTON  (Reuters) – A shirt-sleeves summit between the world’s two top economic powers is shaping up as anything but relaxing, with an assertive new Chinese leadership seeking a bigger place at the global table and the United States pushing back, especially in the battle over cyberspace. U.S. President Barack Obama and newly installed Chinese President Xi Jinping will Read More …