BANGKOK (AP) — U.S. national security adviser Robert C. O’Brien and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross will represent President Donald Trump at two regional summits in Thailand this weekend, the White House announced, a move that will widely be viewed in the region as a snub. The decision to send O’Brien, who is a presidential adviser and not a member of Trump’s Cabinet, is likely to be viewed in Southeast Asia as sign of a lack of engagement in the region at a time when China’s influence and investments are quickly growing. The announcement late Tuesday comes just days before Thailand is to host the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations annual summit and the accompanying East Asia summit. The summits include sideline meetings that involve the U.S. and other major countries, including China, Russia, Japan and South Korea. O’Brien recently took on his role after national security adviser John Bolton was ousted by Trump. He earlier was … [Read more...] about Trump skips ASEAN meet, sends security adviser O’Brien, Ross
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'Pakistan's military leaders have to accept that the policy of proxy wars has damaged Pakistan more than it has damaged the enemy,' says former R&AW chief Vikram Sood.IMAGE: Security personnel outside the Indian Air Force's Pathankot air station. The latest attack in Pathankot on the night of January 1 and 2 is one more terror incident in a long series where every attempt by India to improve relations has evoked this kind of a response. Everyone knows the list -- The Lahore Bus Yatra followed/accompanied by Kargil in 1999. When the Agra Summit failed in 2001, we had the Parliament attack in December. When Indian forces were deployed in response, we had the attack on Kalu Chak in May 2002 and the two countries almost went to war. After the Musharraf-Manmohan talks ran into rough weather and Musharraf concluded he was not going to get what he wanted, we had the Mumbai serial train bombings and again Mumbai 2008. The prime ministers met in Ufa last July and the response was a … [Read more...] about Pathankot attack: ‘Someone’ is unhappy with Modi-Nawaz talks
Ten photographs from around the world that show we live in an odd world. Women wearing no pants pose for photographs during a promotional event at a ski resort to echo the ‘No Pants Subway Ride’ event, in Xuzhou, Jiangsu province. Photograph: Reuters Students practice antigravity yoga at a training room in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. The use of hammocks help practisers to release pressure from their spines and reshape their bodies, according to local media reports. Photograph: ReutersSu Daocheng rides his home-made mechanical horse vehicle on a street in Shiyan, Hubei province. Su spent 2 months making this 1.5 metre high and 2 metre long horse, which weighed 250 kilograms with 4 legs and 2 supportive wheels. Photograph: Reuters A visitor poses for a photograph in front of a 3D painting depicting US President Barack Obama and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at a 3D art gallery in Beijing. The gallery attracts visitors with various 3D paintings and installations … [Read more...] about PHOTOS: The mad, mad world we live in!
Skywatchers in Southeast Asia are being treated to a special celestial show today — a total solar eclipse that will darken the skies over Sumatra, Borneo and other islands in the Pacific. But perhaps one of the keenest watchers of today's eclipse is Visanu Euarchukiati, a Thai astronomy enthusiast and science historian.This will be the third time Euarchukiati has witnessed an eclipse of the sun, and he has made his way to the Indonesian island of Belitung in the Java Sea, about midway between Sumatra and Borneo, for the occasion. That puts him right in the path of the moon's shadow for this eclipse, which occurs early Wednesday (March 9) local time (late Tuesday, March 8, EST).As a historian, solar eclipses are of special interest to Euarchukiati, who has written a book as well as many articles and podcasts on the topic. At least twice in Thai history, the science of eclipses has played a curious part in the affairs of kings: first in April 1688, when King Narai viewed a solar … [Read more...] about Solar Eclipses and Thailand’s Kings: A Curious History