Warren Fernandez, Editor-in-Chief, The Straits Times Warren Fernandez, Editor-in-Chief, The Straits Times These days, Harvard Professor Graham Allison is hailed as something of a prophet. Officials he met in China recently referred to him as the man who “predicted” a clash between the United States and China, he says. “It was not a prophesy,” he adds. “I simply pointed out the recurring patterns of history.” “Today, the conversation has moved to the more urgent question, which is, what’s to be done, and how to escape Thucydides’ Trap?” He is talking about his ground-breaking, best-selling book, published in 2017, with the ominous title, Destined for War: Can America and China escape Thucydides’s Trap? The book, whose title refers to an ancient Greek historian’s chronicle of upstart Athens taking on Sparta, caught global attention for its study of 16 periods of power rivalry over the past five … [Read more...] about US, China: Frenemies?
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Santorini is a top attraction with extraordinary landscapes and ancient archaeological sites. Photo courtesy of the embassyViet Nam News On the occasion of the National Day of Greece, the Embassy of Greece to Việt Nam sends a message to celebrate the country’s independence and the relationship with Việt Nam. Nearly two centuries ago, on March 25, the War of Greek Independence began. This event was of great importance as it eventually lead to the establishment of the sovereign country, that is today the Hellenic Republic. Another interesting fact is the day, March 25, coincides with the Greek Orthodox Church’s celebration of the Annunciation of Our Lady (Theotokos = Mother of God). In the joyful atmosphere of this special occasion, it is worth seeing how Greece has developed over the years and built up new ties on the international stage, including Việt Nam. Nowadays, Greek is the 15th largest economy among the 27 members of the … [Read more...] about Việt Nam, Greece to boost diplomatic exchange
Looking for a dose of instant sunshine to help you through the winter? This latest deal out of Italy could be just the warm jolt of vitamin D you need. As of right now, you can buy a house on southern Italy's beautiful island of Sicily for less than the cost of an espresso. Sambuca, a hilltop town with views over the Mediterranean island and nearby beaches, has placed dozens of dwellings on the market for €1, or just over a dollar. The deal is aimed at reviving a community that, like many other rural spots in Italy, has suffered from depopulation in recent years as residents move to bigger cities. It's not the first Italian town to lure in outsiders with tempting offers but, say local officials, Sambuca is scrapping red tape to make sure anyone interested can more or less make their purchase right away. "As opposed to other towns that have merely done this for propaganda, this city hall owns all €1 houses on sale," says Giuseppe Cacioppo, Sambuca's deputy mayor and tourist … [Read more...] about Italian town of Sambuca in Sicily sells homes for a dollar
Vice Secretary of the Hanoi Party’s Committee Ngo Thi Thanh Hang meets with Deputy Mayor of Athens Nelly Papachela during her visit to Greece from November 15 – 19. (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Vice Secretary of the Hanoi Party’s Committee Ngo Thi Thanh Hang met with Deputy Mayor of Athens Nelly Papachela during her visit to Greece from November 15 – 19 to discuss enhancing the two capital cities’ relations. Hang thanked leaders of Athens for the warm welcome and praised Greece and Athens’ thousands of years of history and culture. She highlighted the necessity for enhanced ties between the two capital cities to help translate the two governments’ cooperation programme into reality. Hanoi wants to learn from Athens’ experience in preservation and management of cultural heritages and step up the bilateral cooperation in culture, tourism, trade and investment to make the most of the two cities’ and countries’ advantages. … [Read more...] about Hanoi, Athens seek closer ties in cultural heritage management