Military commanders from Japan, Australia, the Philippines and 20 other mostly Asia-Pacific nations huddled around a large tactical map, poring over satellite images in readiness for an amphibious raid on Hawaii's most populous island Oahu. Although only a drill, it represented a glimpse of cooperation and integration among non-Chinese amphibious forces in Asia that the United States is belatedly encouraging. A senior U.S. official told Reuters the-first-of-its-kind gathering also signifies a nudge towards containing China, as Beijing grows increasingly assertive in pushing its territorial claims in the South China Sea. The shift has left supporters of engagement with China "under pressure", said the source, who declined to be identified because he was not authorized to speak to the media. Early on Tuesday, the foreign amphibious commanders participating in the PACOM Amphibious Leaders Symposium (PALS), boarded Osprey tilt rotor aircraft at Hickam air base, near Honolulu, for a … [Read more...] about U.S.-Asia amphibious forces gathering signals nudge to China containment
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Your say (09-01-2009) Should foreigners be allowed to own property permanently? Next week: The article "Special children may need special loving" in the Viet Nam News on Tuesday raised the problem of raising children with special talents. Sometimes these children are prodigies, sometimes, they are autistic and have rare skills, but only in limited areas. Many parents, once they discover the real talent in their youngsters tend to let them focus on their speciality. Experts have warned that parents should not put too much pressure on those who have all-round talent as it can be burdensome. But how can children with special talents be recognised since Viet Nam has no criteria for recognising genuine child prodigies? How should their talents be developed? Should those children be allowed to learn beyond their normal age groups or just integrate with other students? We welcome opinions via e-mail, at: [email protected] or fax: 84 4 39332311. Letters can … [Read more...] about Should foreigners be allowed to own property permanently?