Author: Asia Media Staff

LOS ANGELES: PCI TO HONOR FORMER UN SECRETARY GENERAL AND EAST-WEST CENTER

Los Angeles – His Excellency Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General for the last ten years (2007-2016), and the esteemed East-West Center in Hawaii, founded in 1960, will be honored at the annual gala awards dinner of the Pacific Century Institute later this month in Los Angeles. Ban, who stepped down from the UN post after the maximum two terms on 31 December 2016, will accept the PCI 2017 Individual Building Bridges Award for his work in striving for peace in the current complex international environment, for persistently working to create a consensus for dramatic climate action, for creating the...

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HONG KONG: TRUMP COMES UP SHORT – FOR BETTER AND FOR WORSE

ON AMERICA’S INAUGURATION DAY, 20 JAN., THIS NEWS ANALYSIS BY LMU’S PROF TOM PLATE APPEARED IN THE SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST, FOR WHICH PLATE WRITES A REGULAR COLUMN ON SINO-US RELATIONS — Only a relatively few sprinkles fell on President Donald Trump’s inauguration parade. By contrast absolute doubt and worry descended in greater force, starting with the cloudy and overcast American capital city of Washington, then across the vast expanse of the North American continent, to all the way to San Francisco. Protests were held. Mostly untouched by the foul political weather was America’s mid-sector, often termed Middle America....

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SHANGHAI: CHINA TO COME OUT SWINGING WITH ‘SOFT POWER’ RE-BRAND

SHANGHAI: China Central Television (CCTV), Beijing’s largest TV network, said it would launch a new global media platform on New Year’s Day to help re-brand China overseas. The new multilingual operation will have six TV channels and a new media agency, the network said on its website on Friday night. Its CCTV News channel will be re-branded the China Global Television Network, it added. China has launched a number of “soft power” initiatives to expand its influence abroad, including other English-language media outlets. Chinese President Xi Jinping urged the new network to “tell China stories well,” the official Xinhua...

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SINGAPORE: IMPUDENT CHILDISH TEEN, OR CLASSIC POLITICAL DISSIDENT?

EXCERPTED FROM AGENCE FRANCE PRESS AND OTHER NEWS ACCOUNTS – A Singaporean teenager who became notorious for profanity-laced attacks on Singapore’s revered late leader Lee Kuan Yew is seeking political asylum in the U.S., his lawyers said Thursday. Amos Yee, 18, a filmmaker turned activist who has been repeatedly jailed in Singapore for his controversial videos, has been detained by U.S. authorities since he arrived in Chicago airport in early December. “Soon his case will be referred to an immigration judge for a hearing on his eligibility for asylum,” Yee’s lawyers Grossman Law said in a statement posted on...

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HONOLULU: JEFFERSON FELLOWSHIPS ANNOUNCED FOR 2017

FROM ASIA MEDIA’S ANN HARTMAN IN HONOLULU – The East-West Center is delighted to announce the 2017 Jefferson Fellowships for journalists.  We hope that ASIA MEDIA INTERNATIONAL at Loyola Marymount University will share this announcement widely with your networks and encourage qualified journalists to apply. The 2017 program will provide journalists an opportunity to explore the policies and approach of the new US Presidential Administration from the perspective of three key countries in Asia Pacific. (ASIA MEDIA INTERNATIONAL EDITOR’S NOTE: The historic East-West Center, based in Honolulu, will be formally honored by the Pacific Century Institute (PCI) on 23...

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THE CHINA COLUMN

Trump needs to get smart as North Korea keeps up ‘missile diplomacy’

Tom Plate says US policy on North Korea must stem from astute first-hand intelligence, lacking thus far, starting with recognising the country and setting up an embassy read more...


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