In the same week China landed a lunar probe on the moon and Canada said that 13 of its citizens have been detained in China, Chinese President Xi Jinping called on Taiwan to follow the “one country, two systems” model for unification. The president said that “Taiwanese independence should not be tolerated” and urged the start of democratic consultations between the two countries. Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, however, said Taiwan will never accept the model, even as Mr. Xi proposed two options: First, military force; or second, the aforementioned “one country, two systems” model.
Later in the week, China’s landing of a lunar probe marked “the world’s first expedition to a lunar region that never faces the Earth”. And in Canada, following the arrest of the chief financial officer of Chinese telecommunications company Huawei, the government said that 13 of its citizens have since been detained in China. At least eight of the 13 have been released. Continue reading
“We’re America, Bitch”: President Barack Obama “apologised to everyone for everything. He felt bad about everything”. President Donald Trump, on the other hand, “doesn’t feel like he has to apologise for anything America does”. And this Trump Doctrine was on full display in the past week, at the Group of Seven (G7) Summit and at the Singapore Summit. Meeting with the leaders of the G7, Mr. Trump made headlines for inviting Russia back and for threatening the other countries over trade and tariff issues. The summit also ended on a bitter note, as Mr. Trump “refused to sign the final joint statement, antagonising other members who had already acceded to the agreement”. Meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore, both leaders agreed to work towards a complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo later added that the United States was seeking to achieve “major disarmament” of North Korea’s nuclear arsenal in the next two-and-a-half years. Continue reading
That two of the best explanations justifying the S$20 million Singapore spent for hosting the historic summit between United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was published on Facebook (offering six reasons, from geopolitics to fiscal perspectives) and Twitter (on most of the expenditure staying within Singapore) – both non-government sources – speaks to the extent to which the government can improve how it talks about expenses for such events. And in the process too, encourage more productive discourse on these events. Continue reading