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Another British member of parliament has quit the opposition Labour Party, in the wake of se
ven lawmakers splitting to form the Independent Group in Parliament earlier this week.
Those lawmakers cited disagreements over Brexit with Labour’s left-wing leader Jeremy Corbyn, an
d concerns over alleged anti-semitism within the party as their reasons for leaving the party.
on Tuesday, Joan Ryan, MP for the London constituency of Enfield North and chair of the Labour Friends of Israel, tweete
d that she was leaving the party because it had in her view “become infected with the scourge of anti-Jewish racism.”
In a strongly worded resignation letter, she blamed Corbyn for the current situatio
n and said she could not “in good conscience support or represent a party which adopts such an attitude.”
After 4 decades, I have made the terribly difficult decision to resign from the Labour Party. It is the
greatest honour of my life to represent the people of #Enfiel
dNorth. I will continue to represent and speak up for them as a member of the @TheIndGroup of MPs #ChangePolitics
pic.twitter.com/W8UEsJG7RhLate last year, Ryan’s constituency passed a motion of no confidence in her 94-92. Acco
rding to the Times, the motion pointed to her constant criticisms of Corbyn, saying Ryan had “fueled and indee
d inflamed trial by media of the Labour leader.” Ryan, the motion said, behaved like “an independent MP in all but name.”
In September 2015, Alibaba Group founder Jack Ma Yun started a program to sponsor rural teac
hers. His Jack Ma Foundation then launched a Rural Teacher Award to honor the 100 top tea
chers around China each year and offer each of them 100,000 yuan ($15,000) and professional training for three years.
In order to attend the ceremony in Hainan on January 13, Thubten Gyatso had to leave Moding vill
age on January 10, ride a mule to Xulong county, and walk for two hours to Simaoding in Yu
nnan Province. From there, he took a bus to Shangri-La county and flew to Sanya, a tourist city of Hainan.
“Without Jack Ma’s campaign, I wouldn’t have had the chance to go to Sanya. I wanted to see what the sea a
nd big city are like,” Thubten Gyatso said.Born in 1986, Thubten Gyatso has worked in Moding village school for eight years. His onl
y colleague is Tashi Chophel, who was also Thubten Gyatso’s teacher when he was a student at the school.
When Thubten Gyatso was a child, he severely injured his right leg while walking in the mountainous roads and ended
up having to use an artificial limb. After graduating from middle school, he was forced to end his education.
“I was heartbroken, but there was no way for me to continue my studies. When I had time, I learn
ed the Tibetan language by myself,” Thubten Gyatso said in a video interview released on iqiyi.com.
The disability also meant Thubten Gyatso could not do any physical work. His teacher Tash
i Chophel suggested he work at the school to earn some money, and more importantly, to teach the children.
After the aggressive speech by US Assistant Secretary Aaron Wess Mitchell in late October advocating the US to win influence in
Central and Eastern Europe, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo recently visited Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia.
Although Pompeo’s visit covered a wide array of issues including the Middle East, China, Russia, energy
, and security, they pointed to US ambitions in winning the race for influence in Central and Eastern Europe.
Since US President Donald Trump took office, US capabilities have been on the decline along with its willingness to prov
ide public goods to the international community. Although Washington clings to America First doctrine, it doesn’t mean it f
ollows a path of isolationism. The US sometimes provides regional goods to rebuild rules that are more favorable to it.
The US strategy in Central and Eastern Europe follows this logic.
The most important US presence in Central and Eastern Europe i
s the security cooperation under the NATO security framework. If the US wants to s
trengthen its clout in this region, it must win favor from those countries that strike a balance among major powers.
litical and diplomatic means alone cannot support Japan’s global ambitions. A military presence at the global level is needed if Japan is to expand its political clout.
Compared with old European powers like the UK and France, Japan’s military influence in Europe is jerkwater. But it is different after Japan signed military pa
cts with these countries – Japan’s political influence is increasing because of the support of military powers.
With the influence of the UK and France declining in the Asia-Pacific region, their military activities can get
the support from Japan via the ACSA, which will immensely boost Japan’s military clout. These European countries will not look at Ja
pan through the military lens, which will effectively strengthen Japan’s political might.
Meanwhile, exchange of military provisions will help enhance people-to-people exchanges between Japan and these countries, ex
erting Japan‘s cultural influence in these countries and beyond. Even if Japan fails to become a permanent member of the UN Security Co
uncil, it can still play a major role in the world. This has been part of the global strategies of the Abe administration.
We can see that Japan signing ACSAs with six countries is not just for defense and military purposes, it’s part of an overall plan to influence economics, po
litics, military and culture, which is a long-term strategic mind-set of the Japanese government.