Duterte says South China Sea to take 'back seat' during Beijing visit

Duterte says South China Sea to take 'back seat' during Beijing visit

Posted October 20, 2016 01:31:36 The South China Sea arbitration case will “take a back seat” during talks with Beijing, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said, adding that he would wait for the Chinese to bring up the dispute rather than doing so himself. Mr Duterte arrived in Beijing on Tuesday with at least 200 top businesspeople to pave the way for what he called a new commercial alliance, amid deteriorating ties with longtime ally the United States. The effort to engage China — months after the Permanent Court of Arbitration…

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'A new dawn': Duterte to meet China's President in historic visit

'A new dawn': Duterte to meet China's President in historic visit

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Concerns 'brewing' over China's soft diplomacy in Australia: expert

Concerns 'brewing' over China's soft diplomacy in Australia: expert

Posted October 20, 2016 00:20:14 Concerns are growing about China’s soft diplomacy in the region, as well as its moves to buy influence through political donations to Australia’s major parties. Its soft diplomacy came under fire earlier this year when Fairfax Media allowed its major papers to publish paid lift-outs spreading Beijing’s views. The incident has prompted onlookers to ask — how much influence is Beijing exerting on Australia through the media and otherwise, and should it be countered? John Fitzgerald, the director of the Asia-Pacific Program for Social Investment…

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Cobie is a Jack of all trades

Cobie is a Jack of all trades

COBIE Smulders, perhaps best known as Robin Scherbatsky in the nine year run of TV romantic comedy How I Met Your Mother and as Agent Maria Hill in Avengers Assemble (2012), Captain Ameria: The Winter Soldier (2014), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and in the TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., is the female lead in the new Jack Reacher movie — Never Go Back. THE first Jack Reacher movie was a bit of a sleeper — what did you like about it? I really like the character of Jack Reacher…

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