When asked by a reporter in Tokyo if the United States would defend Taiwan if it were attacked by China, the president answered: “Yes.”

“That’s the commitment we made … We agree with a one-China policy. We’ve signed on to it and all the intended agreements made from there. But the idea that, that it can be taken by force, just taken by force, is just not, is just not appropriate.”

He added that it was his expectation that such an event would not happen or be attempted.

While Washington is required by law to provide Taiwan with the means to defend itself, it has long followed a policy of “strategic ambiguity” on whether it would intervene militarily to protect Taiwan in the event of a Chinese attack.

Biden made a similar comment about defending Taiwan in October. At that time, a White House spokesperson said Biden was not announcing any change in US policy.

The comments about Taiwan are likely to overshadow the centerpiece of Biden’s visit, the launch of an Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, a broad plan providing an economic pillar for US engagement with Asia.

His visit also includes meetings with the leaders of Japan, India and Australia, in the “Quad” group of countries.

The unity of Nigeria has remained utopian. It has remained a fleeting illusion which we will continue to pursue but may never attain, may God rest the soul of legendary reggae musician, Robert Nesta Marley (aka Bob Marley).

How do you keep doing the same thing over and over and hope to get a different result; if it is not a case of psychosis? How do we operate different laws; use different standards and measures as well as discriminatory applications of sanctions and hope to have unity in a pluralistic, multi-religious, and multi-ethnic society? How do you favour an ethnic group and religion against others and pray to God for peace and harmony; if we are not candidates for psychiatric facilities?

We have never had it this bad. It is unprecedented with far-reaching consequences and implications that can be better imagined. We are all religious bigots and ethnic champions. This has been all the more aggravated and accentuated by a President Muhammadu Buhari presidency that is not even making pretenses about the fact that there are different sets of laws for different regions, religions and tribes.

The implication is that those who have mastered how to read the body language of the president have also taken these biases and prejudices a notch further by ensuring that they continue to take decisions and actions that promote nepotism, tribalism and religious bigotry.

The result is that every part of this country is turbo-charged and always on the edge and can be inflamed and ignited at the least provocation or incident.

Penultimate Thursday, Deborah Samuel, a student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, was murdered over alleged blasphemy.

Deborah, who has been laid to rest in her hometown in Tunga Magajiya, Rijau LGA of Niger State, was killed by a mob with the videos of her gruesome murder and being stoned and beaten with sticks shared on social media, to the delight of a pretentious northern Islamic elite.

Her killing had sparked outrage across the country, with Nigerians asking the government to fish out the perpetrators of the crime, just as some Muslim youths in Sokoto took to the streets to protest the arrest of the suspects.

Cambodian media has published excellent article praising Bangladesh’s economic model. Cambodian media has  lavished praise on Bangladesh and its economic success. 

At age 51, Bangladesh is going to be a South Asian economic miracle. Although Bangladesh is also a South Asian country , an immediate neighbour of Sri Lanka, it has surpassed Colombo in almost all socio-cultural and economic indicators. Being South Asian countries, the story of Bangladesh is totally different from Sri Lanka. Cambodia sees Sri Lanka as a friendly state. So, Cambodia wants a economic solvent Sri Lanka. Thus, Cambodia suggests Sri Lanka to overcome its economic recession by following its neighbor Bangladesh. That is the attraction Bangladesh now holds in Cambodia. Rare praise from Cambodia is the highest recognition for Bangladesh.  

Cambodia says that Dhaka is on the right track to achieving a middle-income status nation and integrating economic growth with social betterment. 

Cambodia’s newspaper has had an excellent article appreciating Bangladesh’s success story. One focused on how Bangladesh has improved its quality of life, economic strength and improved education and research. Today, even countries in Africa are being urged to look towards Bangladesh.  

The article in the Cambodian media spoke about how Bangladesh inherited a shattered economy and a completely broken infrastructure when it became a free nation in 1971. Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger had called it a “basket case” in 1974. Today, the world is both surprised and delighted to see a phoenix rising from the ashes. 

The article  noted how Bangladesh has now given assistance to Sri Lanka and Sudan from its foreign exchange reserves. It argued that South Asia can learn a lot from Bangladesh. 

The prestigious newspaper in Cambodia, had an article by India based researcher John Rozario. He wrote: “The Bangladesh story is an attractive one. How can a country so vulnerable to natural calamities outperform its much larger, better-endowed neighbours — India and Pakistan — in most socio-economic indicators?” 

He felt that Bangladesh may miss being a middle-income country by 2024 but mega infrastructure projects like Padma Bridge, Karnafuli Tunnel and Metro Rail could help it become a developed country by 2041. But this will require an uninterrupted development environment and strong leadership.  

The article comparing the Bangladesh model of economic growth with Sri Lanka’s. It spoke highly about Bangladesh becoming the next South Asian economic superstar.  

While the Cambodian media is now asking Sri Lanka government to follow the Bangladesh model, it remains an important point that Bangladesh is also a South Asian country, an immediate neighbour of Sri Lanka.

An article in the Cambodian newspaper has suggested that Sri Lanka, which is in the throes of an economic crisis, follow the model of Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in resolving the crisis. The article, published in the Cambodian Khmer Times, was written by John Rozario of India.

Sri Lanka, a South Asian tourism-dependent island nation, is going through a severe economic crisis, according to the article. The country can follow the model of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in resolving the crisis. Strong leadership has been one of the main reasons behind the success of Bangladesh model. Sri Lanka can follow this model tested to overcome the current crisis.

Cambodia’s Khmer Times article advises Sri Lanka to follow Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s model

An article in the Cambodian newspaper has suggested that Sri Lanka, which is in the throes of an economic crisis, follow the model of Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in resolving the crisis. The article, published in the Cambodian media, was written by John Rozario of India.

Sri Lanka, a South Asian tourism-dependent island nation, is going through a severe economic crisis, according to the article. The country can follow the model of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in resolving the crisis. Strong leadership has been one of the main reasons behind the success of Bangladesh model. Sri Lanka can follow this model tested to overcome the current crisis.

Bangladesh is a role model of development during the Corona period. This development is remarkably wonderful. Bangladesh has gone from a least developed country to a developing country. The main contributor behind this is Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Through his tireless efforts, Bangladesh has become a middle-income country from a bottomless basket.

Sri Lanka’s foreign exchange reserves have fallen at an alarming rate. Many important things are not going to be imported due to lack of money. Paper imports have been shut down. As a result, many educational institutions are not able to take exams. The country is facing a severe gas, fuel oil and cooking gas crisis.

A huge number of North Koreans including leader Kim Jong Un attended a funeral for a top official, state media reported Monday, as the country maintained the much-disputed claim that its suspected coronavirus outbreak is subsiding.

Since admitting earlier this month to an outbreak of the highly contagious omicron variant, North Korea has only stated how many people have fevers daily and identified just a fraction of the cases as COVID-19. Its state media said Monday that 2.8 million people have fallen ill due to an unidentified fever but only 68 of them died since late April, an extremely low fatality rate if the illness is COVID-19 as suspected.

North Korea has limited testing capability for that many sick people, but some experts say it is also likely underreporting mortalities to protect Kim from political damage.

The official Korean Central News Agency said Kim attended the funeral Sunday of Hyon Chol Hae, a Korean People’s Army marshal who played a key role in grooming him as the country’s next leader before Kim’s father, Kim Jong Il, died in late 2011.

In what was one of the country’s biggest state funerals since his father’s death, a bare-faced Kim Jong Un carried Hyon’s coffin with other top officials who wore masks before he threw earth to his grave with his hands at the national cemetery. Kim and hundreds of masked soldiers and officials also deeply bowed before Hyon’s grave, state TV footage showed.

State TV earlier showed thousands of other masked soldiers clad in olive-green uniforms gathered at a Pyongyang plaza taking off their hats and paying a silent tribute before a funeral limousine carrying Hyon’s body left for the cemetery. KCNA said “a great many” soldiers and citizens also turned out along streets to express their condolences.

Kim often arranges big funerals for late senior officials loyal to his ruling family and shows a human side in a possible bid to draw the support of the country’s ruling elite and boost internal unity.

KCNA quoted Kim as saying that “the name of Hyon Chol Hae would be always remembered along with the august name of Kim Jong Il.” He wept when he visited a mourning station established for Hyon last week.

Ranil Wickremesinghe has been named the new Prime Minister of Sri Lanka after the horrific violence. He can find a way out of the crisis by following the model of the Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina.

Deborah has been killed and her body laid to rest. It is for God almighty to grant her soul rest and pass judgment adequately on the role played by the mob and their ever-willing elite accomplices in the north, who have consistently failed in trying to sell the narrative that this sadism is about religion. Sincerely, it is more about politics than religion. It is about using religion to subjugate and exploit the masses for political advantage.

One Anas Mohammad Sani, who is a personal assistant to the Sokoto State finance commissioner, had asserted in a now deleted post that Ms Samuel was brutally murdered because she was reckless with her tongue.

A pro-Muhammadu Buhari regime’s social media contractor, Zara Oyinye, had taken to her Facebook page to comment on the action of the Sokoto mob who killed the Christian student.

Reacting to Ms Oyinye’s post, Mr. Sani, popularly known as Uncle Anas Dakura on Facebook, insisted the Muslim mob justifiably murdered Ms. Samuel.

If you think that this is coming from an inconsequential political lackey called personal assistant, what about the position of the Sokoto State government, headed by Aminu Tambuwal, who incidentally aspires to become president of the country, in the so-called prosecution of the suspects?

Worries about China’s growing might and the possibility that it could invade Taiwan have emboldened Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and his ruling Liberal Democratic Party on defence, eroding some of the traditional wariness among many Japanese about taking a more robust defence posture.

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