With a blizzard hammering the East Coast, Leonardo DiCaprio's "The Revenant" topped a subdued U.S. box office with $16 million at 3,711 locations this weekend, according to Sunday estimates. Winter Storm Jonas shut down theaters Saturday in New York City, Washington D.C., Baltimore, and Philadelphia, cutting the nation's overall moviegoing for the day by as much as 10% with as many as 400 locations affected. Some New York locations were re-opening Sunday but the icy conditions were likely to hold down box office in the Northeast. Fox's "The Revenant," set in the brutal winter of 1823, topped the sixth weekend of Disney's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," which grossed $14.3 million at 3,365 locations. The seventh Star Wars has extended its record-setting domestic total to $880 million in 38 days in the U.S. -- $120 million higher than "Avatar." Universal's second weekend of "Ride Along 2" finished third with $13 million at 3,192 sites as the frosty conditions cut into business at … [Read more...] about ‘The Revenant’ tops chilly U.S. Box Office as storm hits East Coast
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VietNamNet Bridge – The so-called “Silk Road Initiative” in the East Sea is part of China’s three-direction tactic, analyzed by Dr. Nguyen Hong Thao, a senior expert on the East Sea issues. In May 2013, during his official visit to Malaysia and Indonesia, Chinese President Xi Jinping introduced the initiative to restore the so-called "Silk Road on the Sea". The initiative is aimed at three goals: 1) to support the production network across the region, to boost trade and improve the role of China as an investment opportunity, a capital source in the eyes of ASEAN, 2) to expand and link seaport systems, 3) to strengthen the role of overseas Chinese communities and 4) to enhance reliability in order to help ease tension in the region related to territorial disputes and sensitive historical issues. In July 2014, according to Chinese sources, Hainan province tried to register the "Maritime Silk Road" with UNESCO, and planned to excavate the wrecks at … [Read more...] about Is China’s Silk Road Initiative an interest in the East Sea?
VietNamNet Bridge - China is accelerating consolidation of reefs in Truong Sa (Spratlys Islands) and quibbling absurdly, while the US, Japan and their allies are holding exercises and patrols. Since early 2015 China has been accelerating renovation of seven reefs in the Spratlys Islands of Vietnam. It is also illegally expanding the two islands of Quang Hoa and Phu Lam in Hoang Sa (Paracel Islands) of Vietnam, that it illegally occupies. Annual report of the Pentagon dated May 8 said that China expanded its outposts in the areas where it occupied by nearly 400 times. Particularly, in the past five months, the total area of its outpost in the East Sea (South China Sea) increased four times, from approximately 2 km2 in December 2014 to more than 8 km2 at present. China announced that it would use artificial islands for civilian purposes and also for "meeting the needs of military defense of China". China has stepped up the construction of an about 3,000m runway on Chu Thap (Fiery Cross) … [Read more...] about The East Sea situation continues to simmer
The number of Asian students attending U.S. colleges and universities has constantly increased due to their parents' enthusiasm about education. Students from Korea, China, India, Japan and Vietnam are studying at prestigious universities on the East Coast and state universities and community colleges elsewhere in the U.S. … [Read more...] about Number of Asian students at U.S. universities soars
China has not ceased upping the ante in the East Sea despite the US' words of support for its smaller neighbors, a gesture that has drawn great anticipation in Vietnam China has begun building a school on an island that it took from Vietnam illegally by force in 1974, two years after establishing a frontier settlement there to administer most of what the rest of the world calls the South China Sea. The Philippines said over the weekend that it had lodged a protest with Beijing for seizing a disputed reef on the Spratly Islands--the fourth such complaint Manila has filed in three months as Beijing continues to pursue its controversial claim to nearly all of the resources in the oil-rich waters Vietnam calls the East Sea. China’s relentless, unilateral efforts in recent months to stake out its claims have continued to stoke tensions in the region, leaving smaller neighbors -- particularly Vietnam and the Philippines -- increasingly counting on the US commitment to reinvigorate its … [Read more...] about How pivotal is the US ‘pivot’ to the East Sea dispute?