China actions in SCS provoking reactions from Asian nations

first_imgFrom Lalit K JhaWashington, Feb 25 (PTI) Chinas actions in the disputed South China Sea aimed at extending its sway in the region are provoking reactions from countries like India, Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines who are ramping up their defence spending, US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter told lawmakers today.”It (Chinese actions) is having the effect of causing others in the region both to increase their own maritime defence activities, and to align them with the United States. Old allies, like Japan, South Korea, Australia and the Philippines, and then new partners, like Vietnam and India, that are working with us increasingly,” Carter said during a Congressional hearing.”So, the Chinese behaviour is having the effect of self-isolation, and its also galvanising others to take action against it. That is a change in the strategic aspect that China presents to the region. Were determined to do what the United States has done for 70 years, which is to keep a peaceful and stable environment,” he said.Responding to a question, Carter acknowledged that China is placing great importance to developing a blue water navy.”There was a time when the Chinese military was largely a land-based military. It was a military focused on defence of its own territory. Now, it clearly has the aspiration to extend its sway in the Pacific. And the United States policy there is, as it has been for 70 years, to remain the pivotal military power in the Asia-Pacific,” he said.”That is what our rebalance to the Asia-Pacific is about, that is why were making all the investments in high-end naval warfare, undersea warfare, new kinds of weapons, new aircraft, joint strike fighters, long range strike bombers and so forth, in recognition of that,” he explained adding that the US is not doing anything new in the region.advertisement”The thing that is new is the Chinese — and of course, there are some other countries that do some of this, but nothing on the scale of China — exactly as you say, dredging and putting military equipment on,” he said.General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said it is very clear to him that capabilities being developed by China are intended to limit US ability to move into the Pacific or to operate freely within the Pacific.”We call that anti-access, aerial-denial capabilities. So, their developments in anti-ship capability, anti-aircraft capability, and then their blue-water navy are clearly intended to limit our ability. And that is why, in this particular budget, we have focused on capability development that allows us to maintain a competitive advantage versus China,” he said.”Its equally clear to me that on the trajectory that China is on today, were we to not maintain an investment profile, as outlined in the current budget, we would lose our competitive advantage over time, and find ourselves unable to adequately advance our interests in the Pacific,” Dunford warned. PTI LKJ KUNlast_img read more

Say goodbye to cricket: Qadir to Afridi

first_imgKarachi, May 6 (PTI) Former leg-spin great, Abdul Qadir has advised flamboyant Pakistan allrounder Shahid Afridi to say goodbye to cricket and slammed Umar Akmal, saying he lost his place in the national team because of his own mistakes. Qadir, known for his candid comments, said at a function in Lahore that Afridi had aged and was no longer fit for top level cricket. “I dont think cricket is any longer the forte of Afridi and he should say goodbye,” Qadir said. He also didnt mince any words on the exclusion of batsmen Ahmed Shehzad and his son-in-law Umar Akmal from the list of probables for the tour to England. “To me Shehzad is simply more of an actor than a cricketer while Umar Akmal has lost his place in the team because of his own mistakes,” he added. Umar, who is married to Qadirs daughter, has in recent months been at the centre of controversies raising questions over his commitment to the game. Qadir also slammed the culture of favoritism and nepotism in Pakistan sports and cricket board. “This culture has destroyed the fabrics of our sports and particularly cricket. In every department in the Pakistan cricket board they are people who have been appointed because of favoritism and nepotism. Najam Sethi who heads the executive committee also came in because of the prime minister,” Qadir said. He said the PCB was wasting its time searching for a foreign coach and should instead appoint a local coach. “And if they still want to have a foreign coach I dont think there is a better choice than the West Indian great, Sir Viv Richards who is also interested himself in working with Pakistan cricket.” On the appointment of former captain, Inzamam-ul-Haq as chief selector, the former Test spinner said he hoped he (Inzamam) had taken up the job after giving it lot of thought since there was a culture in the board which didnt allow people to work properly. “Many of former players have either declined to join this board or been wasted and this is because they are not allowed to work properly and honestly,” he said. PTI Cor ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Corinthia Hotel Buda

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Corinthia Hotel Budapest has appointed Eszter Kálmán as the hotel’s dedicated Tea Sommelier, becoming the first and only hotel in the city to offer this expertise. Eszter joins Corinthia Budapest following a career with The East India Company and as junior tea master in London hotels.“When guests enter the bar, I often already know what kind of tea would suit them best,” says Eszter. Guests can find Eszter in the hotel’s Le Bar, which is open daily from 6.30pm and features a menu of tea specialities from Eilles Tea House.Eszter launched her career as a barista with a degree in hospitality and tourism. “Tea is not only my profession, but indeed my life’s passion – and the positive health benefits have been incredible. Tea belongs to the superfood category: it is organic; it detoxes the body and restores a healthy balance; and it can be either energising or relaxing. I start every day with a Japanese matcha tea, and I haven’t had any health issues in years. Tea is the second most popular drink in the world after water, and my goal in life is to familiarise more Hungarians with it. After all, there’s a tea for everyone out there,” said Eszter Kálmán.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more