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Trump and Duterte: A not-so-surprising political friendship

US President Donald Trump’s recent friendly phone conversation with Rodrigo Duterte, during which he invited the Philippine president to the White House, raised questions about his penchant for closeness with strongmen. Even though Duterte was noncommittal, saying he might be too busy to stop by anytime soon, this didn’t stop…

North Korea calls on ASEAN nations to support it against the US

North Korea has appealed to Southeast Asian countries for support in its confrontation with the US to prevent what it warned could be a “nuclear holocaust”. In the letter to the secretary general of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-Ho warned the situation…

China launches its first domestically produced aircraft carrier

China has launched its first domestically produced aircraft carrier, in a demonstration of its determination to safeguard its maritime territorial claims. The 50,000-ton carrier was towed from its dockyard this morning in the northern port city of Dalian, where the Soviet-built Liaoning carrier was refurbished before being commissioned in 2012….