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It's an unchanging principle. Abe said he wants to meet Trump to deepen that relationship further. Trump will be sworn in as president Friday. I plan to further strengthen the bond with new President Trump, Abe said. He didn't give a specific date, but local media reports have mentioned late January as a possibility. In the speech at the parliament, Abe also said the two allies, enemies in World War II, have a responsibility to show the power of reconciliation as they work together to contribute to global peace and prosperity. Abe reiterated his concerns about heightened tension in the region amid China's increasingly assertive maritime activity, and pledged to step up cooperation with other countries in the Asia-Pacific region, including India, Australia and those in southeast Asia. He said he wants to keep the U.
TIME - Global Spin
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That concern is not unfounded, says Aynne Kokas, an assistant professor at the University of Virginia and author of forthcoming book, Hollywood Made in China. Studios want to make sure that their film has the possibility of entering the Chinese market, she says. When you look at Silence ... one could imagine that the Chinese market wasnt a huge consideration, and this is a film directed by Martin Scorsese so he has a lot of flexibility. But most directors dont have that kind of flexibility. But for local producer Jay Lin, currently working with Filipino director, Joselito Altarejos, on his new film, Tale of the The Lost Boys , the solution is simply to focus on the youthful movie-going populations of Southeast Asia instead. Ive chosen not to really focus on China as a market, he says. Especially as the subject matter that I focus on tends to be taboo subjects anyway, with LGBT-related characters.
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In response, Tencent uses localization strategy by securing personalized content. For instance, JOOX provides separate and unique interfaces for Chinese, English, and Malay speakers. Even though Tencent is beating its rivals with WeChat and JOOX, there are still challenges ahead. First, it lacks brand awareness compared to global companies like Apple and Facebook. It's gaining popularity in Southeast Asia, but its corporate brand has little influence in the US and Europe. This serves as a drawback to Tencent as it can be a top priority for entering overseas market. Recently, Apple announced its entry into the entertainment business. The move can be seen as a strategy for synergy between Apple's brand and Hollywood's influence in Asia. The decline in the number of mobile internet users in Chinese market, which has already reached saturation, is not beneficial either.
Futurity
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It's important to try to keep primate habitats as intact as possible because when they become fragmented primates may be forced to come out and raid agricultural crops just to get enough to eat. And crop raiding leads to all kinds of conflict, such as fights between dogs and primates, and opportunities for fecal contamination. Genetic diversity can flag species in trouble Work by Gillespie and his colleagues has found that human misuse of antibiotics is putting the Gombe chimpanzees at risk for antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections. Among the pathogens threatening both humans and non-human primates are the malaria species Plasmodium knowlesi , which can cause disease in pigtail macaques in Southeast Asia; Ebola, which affects chimpanzees and gorillas in Africa; and yellow fever, which strikes brown howler monkeys in South America.
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APP said it was aiming to responsibly increase its production capacity. It said in a statement that its pulpwood suppliers were bound by its conservation policies, which include committing to "no new development on peatland since February 2013 as well as the implementation of responsible, peatland best management practice". Vast areas of peatland, which store carbon, have been drained in recent years using networks of canals to convert them into plantations for trees to produce pulp and palm oil. The drained peatlands emit greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, and also create arid tracts of land that are vulnerable to going up in flames. Huge fires erupt on and around plantation land every year on Sumatra, much of it in peat. The fires in 2015 were among the worst on record and cloaked Southeast Asia in toxic haze for weeks, causing many to fall ill, schools to close and flights to be cancelled.
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To complicate matters further, -- there are now nuclear powers. I am pleased to see the Minister for Southeast Asia in his possession, and I am grateful to him for taking the time to meet with members of the all-party group on Kashmir recently. I know he will wish to cover today.
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The spotlight thus far, especially in American media, has been on the U.S.-China war of words. Donald Trumps secretary of state pick, Rex Tillerson, made strong comments during his Senate confirmation hearing last week comparing Chinas island building in the South China Sea to Russias annexation of Crimea. His remarks that China would not be allowed access to those islands had many in Southeast Asia wondering exactly what U.S. policy in the region would be. The bellicose Global Times of China wrote, among many things in response, If Trumps diplomatic team shapes future Sino-U.S. ties as it is doing now, the two sides had better prepare for a military clash. The paper is state-owned but not a direct government mouthpiece. Its excitable belligerence reflects a hawkish element, but its editorial policy values the sort of color that gets its editorials re-reported widely in the West.
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Voice Of America
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Stung by a world arbitration court ruling against the basis for its claim to 95 percent of the sea, China was keen then to negotiate differences with other countries. A peace-seeking statement from China and any other maritime claimantfits China’s damage-control agenda” after the arbitration verdict in July, said Denny Roy, senior fellow at the U.S. think tank East-West Center. China prefers bilateral talks rather than negotiating through multi-party organizations such as the 10-country Southeast Asian bloc ASEAN or the world court, which may dwarf Beijing's diplomatic clout, analysts believe. The communique issued Saturday in Beijing was part of Vietnamese Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong’s four-day visit to China, where he met with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. It’s too early to tell what will come of the statement itself, analysts say.
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You know that you are no longer living in a democracy because the elections in which you are participating no longer can yield political change. It is possible to read what I’ve written here as a defense of authoritarianism, or as a dismissal of democracy. But my message is the exact opposite. The fantasy of authoritarianism distracts Americans from the mundane ways in which the mechanisms of political competition and checks and balances can erode. Democracy has not survived because the alternatives are acutely horrible, and if it ends, it will not end in a bang. It is more likely that democracy ends, with a whimper, when the case for supporting it—the case, that is, for everyday democracy—is no longer compelling. Thomas Pepinsky is associate professor of government at Cornell University. He is the author of Economic Crises and the Breakdown of Authoritarian Regimes (Cambridge 2009), and blogs regularly about politics, Southeast Asia, and food at tompepinsky.
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Many of them were, at that time, deemed unfit for combat because of their lack of training. Despite that and many other disadvantages, they still managed to put up a stiff resistance during the battle, and caused considerable Japanese casualties. At least four surviving war veterans were present at the ceremony. One of them was Peter Choi, a Hongkonger who saw active combat during the Battle. He said hes attended every years commemoration ceremony since the war ended. There wasnt much fear to speak of, he recounted his wartime memories to reporters at the ceremony. One either lives or dies in battle. Another Chinese-Canadian veteran at the ceremony, Tommy Wong, saw action not in Hong Kong, but in nearby Burma and India as the war raged on. Recruited as Japanese forces advanced through Southeast Asia, he became part of a clandestine British unit dropped into Burma to assist local resistance efforts in fallen areas.
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I will go almost anywhere to discover compelling history, fascinating cultures and beautiful art work. If I can take a swim in a beautiful sea while I am there, all the better! Favorite familiar places? Southampton . By far! I have only been going to Southampton for the last three summers, but it is my preferred familiar destination to rest and relax with family and friends. I love swimming in the Atlantic Ocean and taking long walks with my dog on the beach. The roads are flat and I can go miles on my cruising bike. The light at sunset is like no other Where would you like to go next? As I grow older, I have a strong desire to explore places that are remote and exotic. The more unfamiliar the culture and landscape, the better. If it's balmy with a rich history and interesting people, it's on my bucket list! Specifically, I would like to spend more time in Southeast Asia .
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Today, I want to share a story from TPG reader Josh , who scored a trip to Spain courtesy of Ultimate Rewards points and the Citi Prestige Card. Here's what he had to say: Josh scored a great deal on a Delta flight from New York to Madrid, and made it even better by paying with points. I've been a happy user of the Citi Prestige Card for a while now, particularly thanks to the 4th Night Free benefit . During a month-long trip to Southeast Asia last summer, I managed to get four free nights, including at an amazing beach resort south of Bangkok. I also decided I couldn't pass up the sign-up bonus and category rewards on the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card , and having these two cards helped me book a trip to Spain at a great price. In November, I saw your Amazing Deal Alert for flights to Spain, and found an itinerary in February leaving JFK for Madrid on Wednesday night and returning on Monday afternoon.
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SINGAPORE: Southeast Asia's first heart transplant patient and one of the world's longest surviving cases has died, his family said on Monday, more than 31 years after his operation. Singaporean Seah Chiang Nee, a former newspaper editor, died aged 76 in a local hospital on Saturday, his wife Patricia Wong told AFP. He was hospitalised in July. Seah underwent heart transplant surgery on Oct 12, 1985 in Sydney, when doctors removed his organ in a five-and-a-half hour operation and replaced it with that of a 17-year-old boy who had just died. "Based on his record he should be one of the longest-surviving in the world," said Kenneth Ng, a cardiologist at the Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital in Singapore. "The median survival rate for heart transplant is only 10 years... so it is definitely on the high end." The world's longest surviving heart transplant patient was a Briton named John McCafferty, who died at age 73 last year, 33 years after the transplant, according to British media reports.
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SINGAPORE: Southeast Asia's first heart transplant patient and one of the world's longest surviving cases has died, his family said on Monday, more than 31 years after his operation. Singaporean Seah Chiang Nee, a former newspaper editor, died aged 76 in a local hospital on Saturday, his wife Patricia Wong told AFP. He was hospitalised in July. Seah underwent heart transplant surgery on Oct 12, 1985 in Sydney, when doctors removed his organ in a five-and-a-half hour operation and replaced it with that of a 17-year-old boy who had just died. "Based on his record he should be one of the longest-surviving in the world," said Kenneth Ng, a cardiologist at the Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital in Singapore. "The median survival rate for heart transplant is only 10 years... so it is definitely on the high end." The world's longest surviving heart transplant patient was a Briton named John McCafferty, who died at age 73 last year, 33 years after the transplant, according to British media reports.
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