Tag Archives: United States of America

CHEE SOON JUAN: GETTING IN BED WITH USA MAY NOT BE A SMART MOVE WITH A RISING CHINA

I wrote the article (below) in Aug last year after the PM was feted in a state dinner at the WH. It is an occasion that international leaders covet, but also one that doesn't come for free. The event was Obama's not-so-subtle way of telling China that Singapore remains firmly in the US' geopolitical orbit. But as I say in the piece, the US has no friends, only interests. And with changes in the presidency, policies and tactics also change. With Trump as president, is America still as committed to Asia? Will he rely on diplomacy or resort to force over the SCS dispute?

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US SUPREME COURT RULES IN FAVOR OF GAY MARRIAGE NATIONWIDE

In a historical ruling on the rights of homosexuals in the United States, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry nationwide. In a tight 5-4 ruling, U.S. justices said that states lack legitimate reason to deprive gay couples of the freedom to marry. Justice Anthony Kennedy, a Republican appointee, had jumped ship and voted with the four Democratic appointees in the majority in favor of gay marriage, thus effectively legalizing gay marriages in the 14 states where they are still banned.

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