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Old 2013-11-07, 00:06   Link #31701
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Must have been 2 decades out of date with that news then
Well, to be fair to you, 85% of popular perception of us still stuck in pre-2005 years.
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Old 2013-11-07, 01:35   Link #31702
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China thaw allows Taiwan to expand trade deals
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Taipei, Taiwan (Nov 7, Thu): Taiwan has signed its biggest trade deal with a country that has diplomatic ties with Beijing, as the island tries to integrate its economy with the rest of Asia's and to diversify economic allies beyond China.

A free-trade agreement with Singapore, Taiwan's fifth-biggest trade partner, was inked today in the Southeast Asian city-state after two years of talks, according to Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs.

The deal covers trade in goods and services, investment and government procurement, the ministry said.

China reached a wide-ranging agreement for economic cooperation with Taiwan in 2010. A further substantive pact opening up service sectors like banking and hospitals was signed in June and awaits legislative review.

According to Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou, the deal with Singapore would facilitate Taiwan's entry to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which Taiwan wants to join by 2020.

The TPP is currently under negotiation among 12 countries including the United States and Japan.

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As Obama's Asia 'pivot' falters, China steps into the gap
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Kuala Lumpur (Oct 6, Sun): When then United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared two years ago "We are back to stay" as a power in Asia, the most dramatic symbol of the policy shift was the planned deployment of 2,500 US Marines in northern Australia, primed to respond to any regional conflict.

At this point in time, however, there is not a single US Marine in the tropical northern city of Darwin, according to the Australian defence ministry. Two hundred Marines just finished their six-month tour and will not be replaced until next year, when 1,150 Marines are due to arrive.

The original goal of stationing 2,500 Marines there by 2017 remains in place, but the lack of a US presence there two years after the policy was announced underlines questions about Washington's commitment to the strategic "pivot" to Asia.

President Barack Obama's cancellation of a trip this week to four Asian nations and two regional summits due to the US government shutdown has raised further doubts over a policy aimed at re-invigorating US military and economic influence in the fast-growing region, while balancing a rising China.

While US and Asian diplomats downplayed the impact of Mr Obama's no-show, the image of a dysfunctional, distracted Washington adds to perceptions that China has, in some ways, outflanked the US pivot.

As embarrassed US officials announced the cancellations last week, Chinese President Xi Jinping was in Indonesia announcing a raft of deals worth about US$30 billion and then in Malaysia to announce a "comprehensive strategic partnership", including an upgrade in military ties.

He was en route to this week's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Bali and the East Asia Summit in Brunei, where Mr Obama will no longer be able to press his signature trade pact or use personal diplomacy to support allies concerned at China's assertive maritime expansion.

Since 2011, China has consolidated its position as the largest trade partner with most Asian countries and its direct investments in the region are surging, albeit from a much lower base than Europe, Japan and the US.

Smaller countries such as Laos and Cambodia have been drawn so strongly into China's economic orbit that they have been called "client states" of Beijing, supporting its stance in regional disputes.

Leveraging its commercial ties, China is also expanding its diplomatic, political and military influence more broadly in the region, though its efforts are handicapped by lingering maritime tensions with Japan, the Philippines and several other nations.

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Why does East Asia need a US presence in the region? When there is only one sun in the solar system, every planet must orbit around it. The planets can't defy the law of gravity.
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Old 2013-11-07, 02:41   Link #31703
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Old 2013-11-07, 04:38   Link #31704
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Well, that was a different scenario.

Philippine Coast Guard vs Taiwan Fisherman

Coast Guards' fault. They killed a fisherman accidentally(?). Sorry.

Hong Kong tourist vs Gunma vs Manila Police

We tried to save them but Gunman killed them. Is it directly our fault?

Obviously, HK is jealous.
Well only in the sense that the country is supposed to safeguard it's people and visitors. What I believe the HK people see as the incompetence and lack of urgency on the part of the authorities infuriates them.
Also the gunman being buried in a police uniform and coffin being draped in a Philippines flag like a national hero probably didn't help matters.
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Old 2013-11-07, 04:41   Link #31705
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China thaw allows Taiwan to expand trade deals


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As Obama's Asia 'pivot' falters, China steps into the gap


Why does East Asia need a US presence in the region? When there is only one sun in the solar system, every planet must orbit around it. The planets can't defy the law of gravity.
Note : The further away from the sun, the less circular the orbit is. And the further away from the sun at its prime, the better - novae are not pleasant. Thirdly, Newton has proven that gravity can be defied to a certain limit.

And finally, binary star systems rock.
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Old 2013-11-07, 07:04   Link #31706
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Costco Oct. key revenue metric beats Street's view
http://bigstory.ap.org/article/costc...s-streets-view

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http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/...9A60BX20131107
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Old 2013-11-07, 09:18   Link #31707
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Well only in the sense that the country is supposed to safeguard it's people and visitors. What I believe the HK people see as the incompetence and lack of urgency on the part of the authorities infuriates them.
Also the gunman being buried in a police uniform and coffin being draped in a Philippines flag like a national hero probably didn't help matters.
Well, now the true story come out. No wonder HK got so pissed.
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Old 2013-11-07, 09:32   Link #31708
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How did Philippines become a feudal mess again ?
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Old 2013-11-07, 09:35   Link #31709
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The Americans left?
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Old 2013-11-07, 09:39   Link #31710
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It cannot be that bad that you guys need to live as second class citizens under Yanquistani rule. I would think it started with the fall of Marcos.
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Old 2013-11-07, 09:41   Link #31711
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Marcos was the big thing.

Twenty years of a big thing.


We pulled it together a bit with Ramos and Estrada...sort of.
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Old 2013-11-07, 09:54   Link #31712
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Well, almost none of former Spanish colonies have successfully escaped this kind of crap though.
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Old 2013-11-07, 11:53   Link #31713
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Isn't true than they still have issue developing a modern, 100% Chinese engine?
Yep, they still use either a copies of russian previous generations engines or russian engines. This won't change in the nearest future (5-8 years).
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Old 2013-11-07, 12:51   Link #31714
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Also the gunman being buried in a police uniform and coffin being draped in a Philippines flag like a national hero probably didn't help matters.
so who thought pouring oil on a fire is a good idea?
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Old 2013-11-07, 15:30   Link #31715
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Well, not much the government can do about how his family decided to bury the gunman.
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Old 2013-11-07, 15:47   Link #31716
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Well, not much the government can do about how his family decided to bury the gunman.
don't uniforms usually belong to the government? someone would have had to give permission for his family to buried him in his police uniform. Unless they bought their own form a costume shop.
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Old 2013-11-07, 18:03   Link #31717
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Super typhoon Haiyan slams Philippines; 'significant loss of life' predicted
Source: http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2...predicted?lite
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One of the strongest storms ever slammed into the Philippines early Friday, packing wind speeds so high that a weather expert said were poised to make it the strongest tropical cyclone ever recorded at landfall.

"There will be catastrophic damage," Jeff Masters, a former hurricane meteorologist who is meteorology director at the private firm Weather Underground, told The Associated Press.

Typhoon Haiyan's maximum sustained winds were 195 mph, according to the U.S. Navy's Joint Typhoon Warning Center in Hawaii.
comments: it's also heading toward Vietnam @ 125 mph on the weekend. i'm going to call
and check up on my little sister (in Long Xuyen) living over there and hopefully everything's ok. stay safe everyone!
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Haiyan is expected to lose strength after leaving the Philippines and go on to hit Vietnam with wind speeds of up to 125 mph on Saturday and Sunday, Palmer said.
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Old 2013-11-07, 20:15   Link #31718
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Arafat's mysterious death becomes a whodunit
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories...11-07-19-23-23
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Old 2013-11-07, 20:19   Link #31719
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Arafat's mysterious death becomes a whodunit
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories...11-07-19-23-23
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Old 2013-11-07, 22:04   Link #31720
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don't uniforms usually belong to the government? someone would have had to give permission for his family to buried him in his police uniform. Unless they bought their own form a costume shop.
I think the Flag is what presented to be a problem. Still, according to the story, he was a straight arrow cop until this weird event?
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