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David Beckham Experiences the Fiercest Comments in Social Media

David Beckham





welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Football icon, David Beckham spent time in Shanghai and Hong Kong, a territory of China during the weekend for promotional purposes. He wrote on his Facebook page that he had a “Great 48 hours in China”. To his surprise, fans quickly called his attention correcting him that it’s not Hongkong but China. Others say something else.






Youtube video by; Kurt Lord
[VIDEO]: ‘They are totally different!’: David Beckham sparks furious backlash from fans in Hong Kong as he gushes over great holiday in ‘China’



Hongkong Trip

Beckham probably thought he was just sharing some harmless, pleasant content when he posted a silent video of some of the scenery in Hong Kong on Saturday, but all hell broke lose when he captioned the clip, “Great 48 hours in China.” Read story here: http://elitedaily.com/entertainment/celebrity/david-beckham-fb-post-china/1843316/



Shocking Transformation

The usually dapper athlete also grimaced in the photo, revealing a set of yellowed, damaged teeth. Beckham’s fans were quick to react to his incredible makeover, with some praising the stage makeup and others exclaiming in disgust. Here’s more: http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/david-beckham-reveals-shocking-transformation-for-film-cameo-w474042



Look in King Arthur

The notoriously groomed star took to Instagram to share a seflie with his fans – though his face was dominated by a graphic scar. In the shocking snap David’s face is almost unrecognisable as his left side is completely scarred. Rushing to express their concern, one fan wrote: “What happened? Check here: http://www.dailystar.co.uk/showbiz/600740/David-Beckham-face-scar-Instagram-King-Arthur








Hongkong Belongs to China

Some people responded to the sportsman after he changed the caption by pointing out that Hongkong is indeed part of China. Many said that he should not have rectified his message. Not only that, his disfigured image on Instagram for his role in King Arthur is also attacked. He’s just popular no matter what he does!




http://www.express.co.uk/celebrity-news/785435/David-Beckham-furious-BACKLASH-fans-EPIC-China-trip-blunder-Facebook




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Duterte’s Influence: Reconciliation and Friendship with China – the Marcos Way

Marcos





welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Time has passed quickly and many forget that the Chinese are out brothers. Media propaganda might have played the scene to destroy the Philippines-China relations but now, it has been restored. Guess what, Bongbong Marcos, the middle child and only son of the late strongman is also one of Duterte’s Philippine delegation. Filipinos in Beijing cannot hide their joy seeing in person the new Vice President of the Philippines if he wins the electoral protest.


Youtube video: Chairman Ferdinand E. Marcos
[VIDEO]: Ferdinand E. Marcos and THE CHINESE EMPIRE
A documentary film on the State Visit of President and Mrs. Ferdinand E. Marcos to China in 1975 and the opening of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and the People’s Republic of China.



Restoration of Friendship with China

President Rodrigo Duterte is not the first President who made friends with China. Way back in 1975, it was done by the late President Ferdinand Marcos. The Marcoses comprised it’s biggest delegation at that time. The class and charisma of the Marcoses are evident in this event. Something that Filipinos can be proud of.

Close to Filipinos’ Hearts

It cannot be denied that more Filipinos are longing for the Marcoses’ return to the highest office in the country. After all, the nation is more prosperous during Marcos’s 20-year reign. It was the time when Filipinos were so proud of the first family – wherever they represent the country to the world. Many are longing to make those times come back. Despite the resistance of the alleged martial law victims perpetrated by media propaganda.



Financial and Trade Relations

Previous joint ventures halted as soon as the outcome of the U.S.-backed EDSA revolution sets in. The Americans detest Marcos’s friendship with the Chinese. Naturally, as a pay back, the Aquino rulers must prioritize dealings with America over China. That setup deteriorizes when the China-U.S. rivalry arises. Despite poor deals, the Aquinos must stick to the Americans and disregard our Asian neighbor.



China’s Trademark

The little girl giving flowers to Duterte in the welcome event during his state visit in China resembles that when the late President Marcos steps into the Chinese land at the airport. Joined with his family, they were welcomed warmly by Chinese leaders under the leadership of Chairman Mao Tse-tung.



Wrong Speculation

Poverty then during the Golden age was obviously blamed to the Marcos family. The American media were particular in using the former first lady’s 3,000 pair of shoes. They also came up hilarious accusations of Imelda’s expensive shopping spree. They assumed that they have stolen the money from the people even without proofs. Stealing money from the people is not one of Ferdinand E. Marcos’ many sins.



No Violence for Marcos

The Aquinos should not fear the Marcoses. They are not violent people. They are just victims of media propaganda. The Marcos way is gentle, clever and diplomatic. It is about time that a Marcos take over the nation’s reign. Because despite the unfair treatments they have experienced, revenge is never in their hearts. The only way Philippines can heal.

http://edition.cnn.com/SPECIALS/1999/china.50/inside.china/profiles/mao.tsetung/

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Most Filipinos do not trust $China unlike Rody

$China





welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Aligning a new alliance with another country requires a referendum. How would President Rodrigo Duterte convince Filipinos? A recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey shows that 55 percent, or five in 10 Filipinos, have “little trust” in China.

[VIDEO]: The recent Trust Ratings Survey shows that most Filipinos do not trust China and detest President Duterte’s praising them. They trust the United States more.



Lowest Trust Rating

China receives the lowest trust rating of the seven countries included in the SWS survey with a ‘bad” net trust rating of minus 33.

Highest Rating

Respondents gave the highest trust rating for the U.S., despite Duterte’s criticism of the Philippines’ long-time ally the U.S. and U.S. President Barack Obama.



Survey Period

SWS interviewed 1,200 adults for the survey, which was conducted September 24 to 27, with a margin of error of ±3 percent. The results were published late Monday on BusinessWorld online.



Intention is Good but too Drastic

The President has all the good intentions in dealing with China as far as the economy and foreign relations is concerned. He has his own agenda in doing it differently. He wants to be independent from the Americans – but perhaps not a good idea to turn to China at this point.



Marcos Influence

It is true that the late President Ferdinand Marcos was hoping to open partnership talks with China. It is also noted that the U.S. is strongly against that. The story then is far too different from now. We already experience patronizing their cheap and below standard products. Can trains and rehabilitation centers be safe with the quality of work that China is noted for?



Trust is Everything in a Partnership

How can you sleep with the enemy? You can’t. So, President Duterte will have more work to do as soon as he decides to pursue his dealings with China. May God help him.

http://cnnphilippines.com/news/2016/10/18/SWS-trust-rating-U.S.-China.html

 

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South China Sea News: China, Russia hold naval maneuvers war games as practice

South China Sea News





welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
China attempts to counteract the near total isolation it has incurred from regional states. This is the result of its maritime claims. They use show of force together with the Russian military. Perhaps to intimidate neighbors. Read this interesting South China Sea news:

South China Sea

Chinese and Russian naval forces

Large-scale war games in the South China Sea by Chinese and Russian naval forces included practice for taking over islands in the disputed waters and appear part of efforts by both states to counter the U.S. pivot to Asia.

The exercises began Sept. 13 and concluded Monday. Dubbed Joint Sea-2016, the Chinese and Russian naval maneuvers involved the use of both warships, aircraft and marines in practice combat operations – a clear sign Beijing continues gearing up for a future military conflict with the United States over China’s expansive maritime territorial claims.

Largest Naval War Games

It was the largest joint exercises since the two navies began holding the war games and the first in the contested South China Sea. Chinese military officials described the war games as “a strategic measure” aimed at increasing military and especially naval cooperation.

State-run Chinese and Russian news reports provided a glimpse into some of the operations that took place in three phases, the largest of which involved naval live- fire drills, and anti-submarine warfare and air defense maneuvers. Details of the island-seizure practice were omitted in state-controlled media reports from both countries.

Overwhelming Warfares

A total of 13 warships took part, including guided-missile destroyers, frigates, landing ships, supply ships and significantly – two submarines. The two Chinese submarines were not identified by type but were used in anti-submarine exercises.

Aircraft included 11 Chinese fixed-wing warplanes and eight helicopters. A total of 160 Chinese marines also participated.

Russia dispatched three warships, two supply vessels, two helicopters and 96 marines, along with armored amphibious tanks.

The war games took place not far from the disputed Paracels claimed by China, Vietnam and others.




South China Sea Patrol

The operations were carried out near the city of Zhanjiang, located in southern Guangzhou province and north of the South China Sea’s Hainan Island, where China’s main regional military base is located.

A Pentagon official said U.S. reconnaissance assets, both sea-based and aerial, closely monitored the maneuvers.

In Washington, Japan’s Defense Minister Tomomi Inada said last week that Japan supports the Pentagon’s limited freedom-of-navigation operations in the sea to counter what she called attempted coercion by China. And Inada announced Japanese naval forces would soon join American naval forces in joint patrols in the South China Sea.

Japan to increase Engagement

“Japan, on its part, will increase its engagement in the South China Sea,” she said during think tank speech. “So for example, maritime defense forces joint training cruises with the U.S. Navy, bilateral maritime exercises with regional navies as well as providing capacity-building assistance to coastal nations.”

The announcement drew a harsh response from China denouncing any international patrols as “gunboat diplomacy” that would be met with unspecified countermeasures.

Careful not to upset China

Sticking to its policy of seeking to avoid upsetting China, the Obama administration remained relatively silent on the joint South China Sea exercise.

Adm. Harry Harris, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, made no mention of the war games during a speech Sept. 15 in Los Angeles.

China’s “Great Wall of Sand”

Harris, who only months ago had been very outspoken in denouncing what he termed China’s “Great Wall of Sand” in the sea, appears to have been muzzled. In his Los Angeles remarks, Harris said only that Moscow and Beijing need to follow an international rules-based order.

The only public American comment came from State Department spokesman John Kirby who played down the large-scale exercises as “not unusual.”

“The only thing that, you know, we’re mindful of is that as exercises like this take place, they take place in accordance with international law and don’t do anything to raise tensions,” he said.

Exercises Raise Tensions

The exercises have raised tensions and followed years of Chinese provocations in the sea. Those have included the large-scale building of islands, deployment of warplanes and missiles on them, and heightening tensions with Vietnam by moving an oil platform to the Paracels. In the Spratlys, China has built several long runways that could be used for military transports and it is eyeing the strategically-located Scarborough Shoal for militarization in the future. The shoal is close to the Philippines where U.S. aircraft and naval vessels will be based as part of an enhanced defense agreement.

So far, the U.S. pivot to Asia has been limited to bolstering ties with India, Australia, Japan, Philippines, and Vietnam. Most military activities have been limited to periodic deployments of warships and increased surveillance activities.

Provocative Warplane Flights

Russia also is seeking to counteract the U.S. pivot by stepping up joint military activities with China and by conducting provocative warplane flights. Last year, two Russian bombers made a low pass near the aircraft carrier USS Reagan. Nuclear-capable Russian bombers also have flown around Guam several times. The island is the center of the military element of the Asia pivot.




Misleading South China Sea war game

Russian state-controlled news reports noted that the “massive” South China Sea war games followed recent U.S. naval operations in the area.

During the recent war games, Chinese propagandists used English-language media to mislead western publics about the exercises. For example, Zhang Junshe, a researcher at the Chinese Navy’s Military and Academic Institute, told the official Xinhua news agency the joint exercise was “essentially defensive and totally different from the island landing and retaking drills that a few countries engage in year after year in the west pacific region against an imaginary enemy,” an apparent reference to U.S. military exercises in the nearby East China Sea.

Other Chinese language reports on the war games provided a different description. The two militaries would be involved in “seizing reefs,” “amphibious landing” of troops and weapons on islands, and “other island defense and offense joint training.”




China, Russia stage joint island-seizing drills

And the Communist Party-affiliated newspaper Global Times newspaper headlined its Sept. 19 report on the exercises with this: “China, Russia stage joint island-seizing drills.”

Xinhua added that the war games were not targeted against “third parties.” But the exercises clearly were designed to send a targeted strategic message to the United States that China is increasing its military presence in the sea.

Another Chinese report said the joint operations included practice for “basic beachhead attack tactics.”

Chen Xi, captain of the guided-missile destroyer Zhengzhou that was part of the exercise, described the military operations as drills for sudden, surprise attacks using asymmetric weapons – arms that provide a weaker opponent with capabilities to defeat stronger foes.

“As the commanding post of the blue team, we can use early warning helicopters to search and engage JH-7A aircraft and submarines in combat,” Chen said. “The blue team enjoys the priority of initiating the combat which means we have the priority over when to engage, giving the other team a secret and sudden attack.”

Military intelligence sharing

Xinhua also disclosed what had long been suspected: China and Russia are engaged in military intelligence sharing, including data on the use of both radar and sonar – key electronic warfare capabilities.

During the drills, Chinese warships escorted a ship that played the role of a merchant vessel. Those ships were then joined by a Russian destroyer that provided air defense and anti-submarine warfare protection for the merchant ship.




Anti-submarine warfare helicopters dropped sonar buoys that transmitted data to the Russian anti-submarine destroyer Admiral Tributs, a vessel the Chinese say has more technical capabilities than those of Chinese, according to Xinhua.

Permanent Court of Arbitration

The high profile war games followed a setback for Chinese efforts to legitimize control over 90% of South China Sea. The Permanent Court of Arbitration in July ruled against China and in favor of the Philippines in a legal dispute over who owns the disputed Spratlys islands. The United Nations court ruled there was “no legal basis for China to claim historic rights to resources within the sea areas falling within the ‘nine-dash line’” – a ill-defined border covering most of the strategic waterway.

China has insisted that its militarization of the South China Sea through deploying military forces on some of the 3,200 acres of newly reclaimed islands is not destabilizing. Beijing also has claimed that the joint drills with Russia are not destabilizing.

The recent military exercise shows that China is attempting to counteract the near total isolation it has incurred from regional states as a result of its maritime claims by using a regional show of force together with the Russian military. So much for that part of the South China Sea news.




Sources: Freebeacon.

Reference: http://atimes.com/2016/09/counter-pivot-china-russia-hold-large-scale-s-china-sea-war-games/

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/09/12/asia/china-russia-south-china-sea-exercises/

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Are we going to war with Russia, China in Space?

Are we going to war with Russia



welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Are we going to war with Russia and China? The nominee to lead the U.S. Strategic Command warned Congress this week that China and Russia are rapidly building space warfare capabilities. The United States is lagging behind in efforts to counter the threat.
Russia

Both Beijing and Moscow are developing anti-satellite missiles and laser guns and maneuvering killer space robots that could cripple strategic U.S. communications, navigation and intelligence satellites, the backbone of American high-technology warfare. The question; Are we going to war with Russia, China at Space will be answerable by yes and no. We do not have to go to space for that. It’s their technology being so advanced, they can manipulate via space channels.



Chinese and Russian

Air Force Gen. John E. Hyten, picked to be the next Stratcom commander, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that Chinese and Russian space weapons pose “an emerging challenge” and that the Pentagon is accelerating its efforts to counter the threat.


“The Department of Defense has aggressively moved out to develop responses to the threats that we see coming from China and Russia,” the four-star general said Tuesday. “I believe it’s essential that we go faster in our responses.”


U.S. military

A program called Space Enterprise Vision is being carried out by the U.S. military and the National Reconnaissance Office, the spy agency that builds and launches U.S. satellites, to prepare for war in space.


Committee Chairman John McCain, Arizona Republican, said that information he received from the general is classified. It’s about the rapid buildup was “deeply disturbing.”


Reference: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/sep/21/china-russia-space-war-weapons-on-fast-track/

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/08/21/politics/us-warns-syria-russia-on-attacks/

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/09/20/politics/syria-convoy-strike-us-conclusion-russia/

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