Author: Mark Magnier

The administration of US President Joe Biden is considering financial measures against Chinese banks to take on its adversaries, Sullivan mentioned during an event. China’s support for Russia, especially in supplying dual-use items, has further escalated the conflict in Ukraine, alarming US officials like Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Despite concerns over US policy consistency, the officials reiterated the message of countering China’s assistance to Russia, supported by allied groupings like the Group of 7 and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. Blinken emphasized that China cannot advocate peace in Ukraine while aiding Russia’s war efforts. Additionally, discussions were held on…

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The Asian American community faces ongoing challenges due to false reporting and biased rhetoric. Recent incidents highlight the harmful impact of misinformation on marginalized groups. Amidst a surge in anti-Asian hate crimes, the AAPI community is mobilizing politically. The fast-growing demographic aims to counter harmful narratives and secure representation. Calls for accountability and accurate reporting are growing stronger. Community leaders emphasize the importance of holding media outlets and politicians responsible for their words. As Asian Americans continue to face discrimination, unity and advocacy are crucial. The AAPI community’s political empowerment is key to shaping a more inclusive and equitable society.…

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A recent survey revealed that Asian-Americans are becoming increasingly influential in US politics. The data showed that Democrats are seen as more effective in countering racism compared to Republicans by nearly three times as many respondents. This highlights the growing importance of the Asian-American community in shaping political discourse in the country. The survey also indicated that Asian-Americans are the fastest-growing racial group in the US and the fastest-growing electorate. The majority of respondents expressed their intention to vote in the upcoming election, with a preference for Biden over Trump. However, a significant portion of voters are considering alternate candidates…

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In a world where the US and China are engaged in a strategic competition, peaceful coexistence seems like a distant dream. Experts express concerns about the deep-rooted ideologies, distrust, and lack of compromise between the two nations. The US and China, with their contrasting views on democracy, history, and power, find it challenging to navigate their relationship. Tensions escalate over contentious issues like Taiwan, the South China Sea, and economic coercion. While some believe that peaceful coexistence is possible and necessary, others are skeptical. Suggestions to de-escalate conflict include mutual reassurances, diplomatic engagement, and a focus on free and fair…

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US and Taiwanese officials recently met in Taipei to discuss expanding Taiwan’s role in international affairs, according to the US State Department. The discussions focused on enhancing Taiwan’s participation in the United Nations system and other global forums, highlighting the island’s capability to address pressing global issues. The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (Tecro) were among the participants in the talks, emphasizing the US commitment to Taiwan’s involvement in international organizations like the World Health Organization and the International Civil Aviation Organization. Despite escalating tensions in the Taiwan Strait, the US continues…

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Tensions are rising in the Indo-Pacific region, fueled by US efforts to reduce reliance on Chinese supply chains and concerns that high-end US semiconductor exports to China are being diverted for military use. While Beijing’s rhetoric about “struggle” and “vigilance” seems aimed at internal tensions caused by economic challenges, signs of a potential invasion of Taiwan cannot be ruled out. Experts point to indicators like a build-up of strategic reserves, civilian defence measures, and propaganda shifts as potential signs of future military action by China. The country’s focus on security over development, along with concerns about food and energy security,…

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With the recent verdict against Donald Trump, the political landscape in America is shifting. The fallout from the trial has left both voters and foreign leaders contemplating the implications of a potential second Trump presidency. Donald Trump as the verdict is read in his criminal trial. Image: Jane Rosenberg via Reuters The trial has raised questions about Trump’s future and his support base. Despite Trump’s efforts to portray the case as a political witch hunt, the guilty verdict has sparked a mix of reactions. While some see it as a triumph of the legal system, others view it as an…

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Amid escalating tensions, China conducted military drills near Taiwan, with 33 aircraft, 15 naval vessels, and 16 coastguard vessels entering Taiwan’s air-defence identification zone. The People’s Liberation Army labeled the drills as a response to separatist forces seeking independence. In contrast, the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China and various lawmakers expressed condemnation, citing Beijing’s actions as a threat to peace in the region. The Chinese consulate in New York rebutted by stating that Taiwan independence efforts were destined to fail and reiterated the one-China principle. The US, while not recognizing Taiwan as independent, remains committed to supporting its defense capability. The…

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Hsiao Bi-khim, the incoming vice-president of Taiwan, has a deep understanding of foreign-policy and national-security issues, positioning her as a key player in US-Taiwan relations. With a proposed tax treaty, potential trade agreement, and focus on defense, she complements president-elect William Lai Ching-te’s agenda. Despite lacking a formal constitutional role, Hsiao’s appointment marks a new era for Taiwan’s vice-presidency. Her previous experience in Washington has raised concerns in Beijing, leading to her blacklisting and sanctions. Known for her ability to connect with Americans, Hsiao’s biracial background and education in the US have given her a unique advantage in shaping diplomatic…

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