At the just-concluded Biden-Xi meeting in San Francisco, the most romantic city in America, one sensed the beginnings of a second love affair with China. Post-Trump, China has been plunged into a Niagara of American paranoia. US-China relations is overdue for a reset. The rapturous applause that greeted President Xi's speech as well as a responsive Biden promises a revitalized relationship, after its derailment by the colluding unfriendly Western press and opportunistic politicians.
We don't need to wait for the military outcome of the war in Gaza. America and Israel are already big losers. In a UN resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire and a humanitarian corridor in Gaza, a staggering 120 countries voted in favor. Only 12 other states backed America and Israel.
Once again, bombs and bullets are flying, and thousands are dying. Two wars now rage side-by-side—one in the West, the other in the Middle East. If we are not careful, we could tilt into a reality-redefining World War III to end all wars.
Once known as the Sick Man of East Asia, the Chinese are the Spartans in sports. China is now an undisputed international sports powerhouse. In the current Asian Games, it is the absolute run-away leader in the winner's table, whose medal haul is more than the next 10 countries combined.
The mouse has just roared. Much to the chagrin of President Biden, the prime minister of the tiny Solomon Islands has openly snubbed mighty America's Pacific Island Summit with a no-show. Other Pacific island absentees include the leader of Timor Leste which is forging close ties with China in energy, agriculture and infrastructure. Vanuatu's prime minister also sent his regrets. A slap in the face heard around the world for the Lord of the White House.
Japan's decision to dump nuclear wastewater into the Pacific hinges on two things: science and politics. It calculated that greenlight from IAEA takes care of science, and US backing takes care of politics. But they miscalculated. It has only opened the Pandora's box and unleashed the beast. Its thick-headed leaders fail to foresee the fallout. The move has reshuffled the deck. No one knows how this game will be played from now on.
Memories of Japan's war brutalities against Asians are still raw. In China alone, more than 35 million people perished during its last savage invasion. It took a terrible toll, devastating China for generations, but at least it's over now. Not so with Japan's second wave of terror against its Asian and Pacific neighbors--dumping so-called treated radioactive wastewater into the ocean. Uranium 238, for example, is said to have a half-life of over 4.5 billion years. It will haunt humanity and Asian countries in particular for all eternity.
If, as a traveler, you visit the port of entry at the Hong Kong-Macau-Zhuhai bridge, you will come face to face at the transparent glass-top bus shelters with a forest of umbrellas shielding waiting passengers from the scorching sun. Others awkwardly cover their heads with jackets for relief from the brutal heat. A ridiculous sight in a city once synonymous with efficiency!
The Republican Party was once the party of Abraham Lincoln. Now it is the party of Donald Trump. Once, it was the party of a saint. It is now the party of Satan. Where Trump leads, his flock will follow. Republicans in Congress had had the chance to twice impeach the highly impeachable Trump. But fear of upsetting the Trump base costing them their political careers has kept them reluctantly submissive or hypocritically supportive of a morally bankrupt leader.
In the west, only popes are said to be infallible. Court judges are not. That's why the court system has many layers, each subject to the next level of scrutiny. High Court Judge Anthony Chan, praised by some for showing judicial backbone, has just rejected the government's application to ban the playing and performance of the protest song "Glory to Hong Kong", a ballad linked to the unrest.